"I never thought I'd be over here this soon," said Thompson, who was seated in front of his locker. "To be here with guys I watched growing up, I never thought I'd be pitching with them or on the same field and team with them. It's amazing. But I can't sit here living my dream. I have to keep going. It's not over yet. I want to be in the big leagues for a long time."Dusty to visit: With the full squad reporting on Wednesday to Minor League camp, Reds manager Dusty Baker plans to come over later this week to talk to the organization's developing players. Baker also plans on bringing some of his big league veterans along. "A lot of guys are going over to see if we can get some kind of organizational and systematic beliefs and ideas," Baker said on Wednesday morning. Class of 2007: Catcher and first-round selection Devin Mesoraco has been in camp since last week, and he has a chance to compete for a spot at Class A Dayton. Mesoraco struggled during his first pro season, but the organization remains pleased with his ability. "Every step he takes, he impresses," Reynolds said. "He needs innings and time. He has the skills." What they're saying: "He's always at the right place at the right time. He knows all the plays. For a guy at his age that's moved around here in Spring Training, he knows all the cutoff relay positions. He knows the signs." -- Baker, on shortstop prospect and non-roster invite Adam Rosales, who has impressed the manager in camp
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.