03/11/07 3:30 PM ET
Cueto emerging from Bailey's shadow
Right-hander is Reds' next top pitching prospect
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
On the move: Miguel Perez, who has been restricted from much activity after a rib removed during November surgery, has begun catching in the bullpen. On Sunday, he was catching a bullpen session for Bailey. Perez is not expected to resume playing in games until at least the All-Star break.Name in the game: Former Reds first baseman Todd Benzinger, who caught the final out when Cincinnati won the 1990 World Series at Oakland, has been in Minor League camp this week working with hitters as a guest instructor. Benzinger will be departing this week. Class of '06: Right-handed pitcher Sean Watson, the Reds' second-round draft pick last season, was 1-2 with a 4.23 ERA in 17 games combined at rookie level Billings and Class A Dayton. Watson owned a 1.52 ERA in his seven games at Billings, including four starts. Game on: Minor League camp full squad workouts began late last week. The first Minor League games begin on Thursday. What they're saying: "He didn't have any days off in there. That was 32 straight games. You know as a hitter at any level, to be able to do what he did just shows he's a very consistent player that's serious about his work. He was prepared every day." -- Griesser, on shortstop Chris Valaika, the 2006 third-round draft pick that had a Pioneer League record 32-game hitting streak for Billings last season.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.