Name in the game: Former Reds great George Foster arrived at Reds camp late last week. Foster, who played for Cincinnati from 1971-81, will work with hitters in both the Major and Minor League camps.They're No. 1: 2005 first-round pick Jay Bruce played in his first big-league spring games this past week. Bruce, a right fielder, appeared in two split-squad games on Thursday -- both against the Pirates. He went 1-for-2 in the first game and 0-for-3 in the second game. The 19-year-old was 0-for-1 Saturday vs. Boston. Class of '06: Right-handed pitcher Josh Roenicke, Cincinnati's 10th-round pick last year, went 2-0 with a 4.63 ERA in 21 games with the Gulf Coast League Reds and Billings in his first pro season. Roenicke, who played college ball at UCLA, is the son of Gary Roenicke and the nephew of Ron Roenicke -- both were former big-league outfielders. What they're saying: "Jay can beat you a lot of ways. He's got great power, he steals bases, hits for average, a plus defender in the outfield, can play center, play right. He's really worked on his effectiveness against left-handed pitching. That was a big key for his development last year. In the second half, he started doing well vs. lefties. As a long left-handed hitter, that's the hardest thing. You don't see that many now in pro ball. He's starting to see them and recognize what he's got to do to get his hits off of left-handers." -- Griesser, talking about Bruce's development at Class A Dayton 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.Less