Cincinnati Reds Caravan focused on new players as the team travelled across Reds Country

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The Cincinnati Reds Caravan had a new flavor this off-season as it focused on new players and prospects.

With the Cincinnati Reds’ spring off to such a bad start, it seems like a perfect time to review some fun events from the off-season.

The Cincinnati Reds Caravan had two names that have been at the heart of Reds’ fans discussion this off-season.  In the outfield, Reds’ fans have been talking about how good Scott Schebler might be.  On the mound, Reds’ fans are excited to hear what new closer Drew Storen has in store for 2017.

Drew Storen grew up in Brownsburg with Reds’ catcher Tucker Barnhart.  He travelled with the Reds Caravan on the east leg of the trip.  The east leg went to West Virgnia and some rural parts of southeast Ohio and northeast Kentucky.

First of all the fans were excited to see and meet their new closer.  It is important for a new player like Storen to see what Reds Country is like.  Reds Country is an interesting mix of rural and various sized cities outside of Cincinnati.

Furthermore, Storen grew up in Indiana where there are few hills.  The leg of the trip that he went on has mountain views and more hills than any other.  Part of being in Reds Country is meeting people that turn on the radio every night to listen to Marty Brennaman and his son Thom.

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Storen is excited to play with his high school teammate Tucker Barnhart.  They both hope to have even more success as battery mates in the majors.  Local boy comes home made for a good narrative during the Reds Caravan.

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New Cincinnati Reds’ right fielder Scott Schebler went from the Los Angeles Dodgers to travelling the Reds Caravan in a single year.

Schebler didn’t have a chance to be part of the Reds Caravan in 2016.  He went on the northern leg, visiting Dayton and Columbus, among other cities.  In the northern leg they keep the caravan participants busy as the travel time on the road isn’t as much as the other routes.

The fans enjoyed seeing the new right fielder and getting a sense of his preparedness for the 2017 season.  Schebler created high expectations after turning a bad start of the season into a great year overall.

Travelling through central Ohio gave Schebler a chance to see what Reds Country is all about.

In 157 combined games between Louisville and Cincinnati Schebler created 95 runs.  For point of comparison those are Ryan Braun type numbers.  Everyone wants to see what Schebler could do over the course of a full season in Cincinnati.

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The Reds Caravan is important for both the fans and players.  In recent years the Reds have focused on getting both the Brennamans and the Castelinis out in front of the fans.  It was nice to finally see the focus start to turn back to the ball club.