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Travieso among prospects on hand in Arizona

Travieso among prospects on hand in Arizona

Travieso among prospects on hand in Arizona
PHOENIX -- Before Monday's series opener vs. the D-backs, the Reds had their entire rookie-level Arizona League affiliate on the field to watch batting practice. Among the group was the team's 2012 first-round pick, pitcher Nick Travieso.

"It's great to know [the big leaguers] were in the complex we were in," Travieso said. "Hopefully one day we'll get to be where they are. They were in our shoes."

Travieso, 18, was the 14th overall pick out of Archbishop McCarthy High School near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and signed for a $2 million bonus on June 12. He's been making the challenging transition from high school kid to professional baseball pitcher.

In eight starts, Travieso is 0-2 with a 4.71 ERA, five walks and 14 strikeouts. Besides getting used to the heat and pitching with better location, he is adjusting to pitching every fifth day.

"I'm starting to get used to it now," Travieso said. "It's already toward the end of the season, but I've gotten it down a lot more. In high school, it's every eight or seven days. It was probably the biggest adjustment for me to get my arm used to it and used to all the throwing and getting prepared every five days."

Then there is the life off of the field and being away from home for the first time.

"It's a huge eyeopener," Travieso said. "You don't have your family to wash your clothes for you or cook for you. You're pretty much on your own. You spend your own money on your own budget. I feel like it's been great for me. I've adjusted pretty well. I'm loving the life."

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