Price taking close look at Ervin this spring

Reds' No. 10 prospect one of two OF non-roster invitees

Price taking close look at Ervin this spring

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- With several prospects and young players in camp, Reds manager Bryan Price has had the opportunity to personally observe some of the organization's prospects -- a luxury that's unavailable during the regular season.

Among those Price is excited about is Phillip Ervin, the Reds' 10th-ranked prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com.

"I just want to be able to see him," Price said. "I know he really kind of came on a bit in the Fall League last year. He had a really great first season when we drafted him. He scuffled a bit in his next season and then last year he kind of came back a bit."

Ervin, one of the two outfielder non-roster invitees in Reds' camp (top prospect Jesse Winker is the other), was the Reds' first-round selection (23rd overall) in the 2013 Draft.

Ervin's RBI single

The 23-year old outfielder hit .331 in 46 games that year before his numbers dipped in 2014.

Ervin bounced back in 2015, was promoted to Double-A Pensacola late in the year and finished off the season in the highly-regarded Arizona Fall League.

"He's a guy that we think can be not just a left fielder, but play some in center field as well. We think he can defend," Price said. "He's been a very successful base stealer, he's shown some power, an ability to drive in some runs."

• While predictions and prognostications are the norm this type of year, the lineups that the Reds trot out early in Cactus League play are not worth over-analyzing.

"I've got a pretty good feel about the lineup when we're completely healthy," Price said. "But until we get Billy [Hamilton] back throwing regularly and until we get [Devin] Mesoraco and [Zack] Cozart back playing regularly, it's really hard."

• Jonathan Sanchez pitched two scoreless innings in Thursday's 9-1 win over the Indians.

Sanchez, a 33-year old right-hander competing for a spot in the Reds' rotation, was out of baseball entirely last year, but signed a Minor League deal with the club in late January.

Sanchez strikes out Davis

"A couple hitters got away from him, but other than that made some good pitches with his fastball inside," Price said. "[He] had a good breaking ball for a third strike and a good change up. I liked what I saw. The key to his success, same when he was in San Francisco and other places, is commanding the strike zone."

The veteran has thrown 786 1/3 career innings, but hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2013.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.