Peraza adds left field to his spring positions

Reds' No. 5 prospect competing for reserve role

Peraza adds left field to his spring positions

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- For the first time this spring, the Reds gave Jose Peraza a start in left field in a 6-3 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

"He's been playing out there, taking balls and working out in left field," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's just one more place to give him a look. Since there's not an everyday position here at this point in time, it's really looking at different ways in which he can help the club."

Peraza, who is on the roster bubble, has also played shortstop, second base and center field during camp.

Peraza's RBI triple

One of the issues the Reds have in their decision about Peraza is whether he can get enough at-bats as a role player in the big leagues. Set to turn 22 on April 30, he remains a young player who needs at-bats to keep developing.

Now the Reds' No. 5 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, Peraza was acquired from the Dodgers in December's three-team trade that sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox.

Peraza was 2-for-3 with a RBI triple and sacrifice bunt Wednesday and is batting .305 in 20 games. He had a couple of plays in left field as he cleanly caught a screamer of a line drive hit by Frazier in the fourth. In the sixth, he made a long run trying to get Tyler Saladino's short fly to left-center field. The ball went off of Peraza's glove, but the play was ruled as a hit.

Peraza is competing for the final bench spots with Jordan Pacheco, Jake Cave and Yorman Rodriguez.

More notes from Wednesday

• Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who is entering the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to throw his second simulated game Thursday. Bailey will remain in Arizona for extended spring training and could face Minor League hitters before eventually beginning a rehab assignment. He is due to return in May.

• Major League Baseball announced a new agreement with Apple to have iPad Pros in use for all teams in the dugout and bullpen this season. The tablets will be used for players and coaches to get scouting reports, video and other information. In a coincidence, Reds closer J.J. Hoover was at his locker Wednesday morning with his personal iPad Pro and welcomed the news.

"It saves trees. Instead of having the reports on paper, we'll be able to have them on the iPads," Hoover said. "I think we'll even be able to have a little bit of video which will be good, too. It will be a little different, but we'll move with technology."

• Pitching in a Minor League game, Opening Day starter Raisel Iglesias threw 74 pitches in his final tuneup. Over 4 2/3 innings, Iglesias allowed five earned runs and seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

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