Travieso turning heads early in Spring Training

Price 'excited' to watch prospect in camp after breakout 2014

Travieso turning heads early in Spring Training

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher prospect Nick Travieso wasn't entirely thrilled Saturday with his performance in live batting practice, but he liked how he finished.

"I think I started off trying to do a little too much," Travieso said. "I didn't have my best stuff today so I tried to compensate by throwing it harder. Tucker Barnhart behind the plate kind of calmed me down and told me to get in line with my front shoulder. After that, everything was pretty smooth."

A non-roster invite and MLB.com's No. 9 Reds prospect, Travieso's camp performance has been singled out a few times already by manager Bryan Price.

"We get the reports, so we're looking at our players, but when you get to see these young guys perform, it leaves more of an impression than group of statistics. He's been great," Price said before Saturday's workout. "He's a physical guy who's throwing at the bottom of the strike zone, which is very important to see guys that don't just have arm strength but bottom-of-the-strike-zone command. He's has a very, very good slider. He's a yes-sir, no-sir guy. The rest of the organization is excited about him too. It gave me even more excitement to see him personally."

The organization's Minor League pitcher of the year in 2014, Travieso was 14-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 26 starts for Class A Dayton.

"I was really looking forward to this year," Travieso said. "I felt like once I got that call to big league camp, I really kicked it into gear the last month before I came out. My offseason routine really worked for me and I feel like I am stronger than I'd been the last two years out here."

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Other items of note from Saturday:

Homer Bailey, who threw off the mound Friday for the first time since September surgery to repair a torn flexor mass tendon, felt no ill effects on Saturday. "No soreness," Price said.

• Rotation candidates Tony Cingrani, Anthony DeSclafani and Raisel Iglesias were among the pitchers who also threw live BP on Saturday. Batting right handed, Billy Hamilton cleared the fence with a drive off of Cingrani, drawing hoots from teammates. Although the homer may have been wind-aided, Hamilton was smiling when he left the cage.

• It rained Saturday morning and showers are expected all day on Sunday, which could wipe out the next live BP session.

"We'll dance around it," Price said. "We've got an alternate set-up. We'll be ready."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.