Reds’ Montas struggles against Royals in Spring Training

In his second spring start for the Reds, Frankie Montas didn't quite have his best stuff as he was roughed up by the Royals in a 7-3 loss at Surprise Stadium. Despite the tough outing, Montas remained positive and focused on working through his pitching struggles.


In his second spring start for the Reds, Frankie Montas didn't quite have his best stuff as he was roughed up by the Royals in a 7-3 loss at Surprise Stadium. Despite the tough outing, Montas remained positive and focused on working through his pitching struggles.

Montas' Performance


Montas lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out one batter and allowing two home runs. The right-hander admitted that his fastball command was inconsistent, which made a significant difference in his performance on the mound.

The Royals took advantage of Montas' struggles, with Bobby Witt Jr. and MJ Melendez both hitting home runs off the pitcher in the third inning. Despite the rough outing, Montas remained determined to work on his pitching and improve his command for future starts.

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Montas' Velocity and Health


In his first spring outing against the Cubs, Montas showed better velocity with his fastball, reaching speeds of 94-96 mph. However, against the Royals, his velocity dropped slightly to 92-93 mph, with a peak of 95 mph on his final pitch of the day.

Despite the decrease in velocity, Montas reassured fans and coaches that he is feeling healthy and has no lingering issues from his previous shoulder surgery. Reds manager David Bell acknowledged that fatigue is normal during the spring build-up and was pleased with Montas' effort on the mound.

Benson's Progress


Outfielder Will Benson showcased his hitting prowess against left-handed pitching, a skill he has been working on improving during spring training. His RBI double off lefty Daniel Lynch IV was a positive sign of his progress, as he looks to become a more well-rounded hitter in the upcoming season.

Benson's dedication to facing left-handed pitchers in practice sessions has impressed the coaching staff, showing his commitment to becoming a better player and contributing to the team's success. His performance against Lynch and other lefties will be crucial in determining his role in the Reds' lineup.

Barrero's Transition


Jose Barrero, a former shortstop prospect, is making a transition to the outfield in an effort to secure a spot on the Reds' roster. The 25-year-old player hit his first spring home run against the Royals and expressed his comfort with playing different outfield positions.

Barrero's versatility and willingness to adapt to a new role will be key factors in his quest to make the team's 26-man roster. Despite his struggles at the plate in previous seasons, Barrero remains focused on improving his hitting and fielding skills to earn a spot on the Reds' roster.

As the Reds continue their spring training preparations, Montas, Benson, and Barrero will look to fine-tune their skills and make a strong impression on the coaching staff before the start of the regular season.

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