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Updated Mar 27, 2011 1:13 PM ET

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP)

The Cincinnati Reds have reassigned left-hander Dontrelle Willis and outfielder Jeremy Hermida to their minor league camp.

 

 

 

Willis, who agreed to a minor league deal in November, was trying to win a spot in Cincinnati's bullpen but walked 11 in 9 2-3 innings this spring. He also had no record with a 9.31 ERA. The 29-year-old Willis has struggled since he went 22-10 for Florida in 2005, appearing in just 30 major league games over the last three seasons.

 

Hermida hit .342 with three homers and six RBIs this spring but was trying to win a roster spot as a non-roster player.

 

Cincinnati announced the moves on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO sorry to hear about Willis. Always has been a favorite of mine.

 

 

 

Won't say the same for Hermida, lol. Look how far he has fallen!!!!! Goes to spring training as a non-roster player. Can't say the Marlins didn't give him enough time.

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Willis just can't find the strike zone anymore, I still say he should pull a Rick Ankiel and become an outfielder (he already has 7 more HR's than Bonifacio and only 9 less 3b's).

As for Hermida, the Reds are fairly well set in the outfield, so he would have had to have an amazing ST to make the team, he'll probably end up somewhere like KC before years end.

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We need Hermida back. We don't have a crappy player other posters can make excuses for anymore.

 

Willis, I just feel pity.

 

 

 

Helms and Bonifacio are still here.

 

But nobody sees "future all star" or "POTENTIAL TO THE MAX!!!!!!!!!" in either Helms or Boni. We have come to understand who they are as players. Hermida never got that sort of reality check from either the Marlins staff (until the end of the Hermida era) or the board.

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Willis hit a triple the other day. Maybe he should become a lefty bench bat....

 

 

It was fun seeing him slide into third, leap up and be all excited. He definitely should try to pull an Ankiel.

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And it was well deserved. Hermida was a top prospect at the time. If he comes here now, we'll understand who he is a player.

 

 

Early on it was deserved but his last 2 years here it wasn't. I couldnt stand hearing just give him time, hes young, etc. Hermida did teach me to temper my expectations with prospects though.

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And it was well deserved. Hermida was a top prospect at the time. If he comes here now, we'll understand who he is a player.

 

 

Early on it was deserved but his last 2 years here it wasn't. I couldnt stand hearing just give him time, hes young, etc. Hermida did teach me to temper my expectations with prospects though.

So it wasn't deserved immediately after he hit .296/.369/.501?

Maybe his last year he didn't, but his second to last year came immediately after doing that in 2007.

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And it was well deserved. Hermida was a top prospect at the time. If he comes here now, we'll understand who he is a player.

 

 

Early on it was deserved but his last 2 years here it wasn't. I couldnt stand hearing just give him time, hes young, etc. Hermida did teach me to temper my expectations with prospects though.

So it wasn't deserved immediately after he hit .296/.369/.501?

Maybe his last year he didn't, but his second to last year came immediately after doing that in 2007.

 

I was referencing more to his 2009 where I couldn't stand hearing he's young etc. It was deserved I personally just never was that in love with him as a prospect even after that great 2007 season where I felt like I was very wrong about him being below average.

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And it was well deserved. Hermida was a top prospect at the time. If he comes here now, we'll understand who he is a player.

 

 

Early on it was deserved but his last 2 years here it wasn't. I couldnt stand hearing just give him time, hes young, etc. Hermida did teach me to temper my expectations with prospects though.

So it wasn't deserved immediately after he hit .296/.369/.501?

Maybe his last year he didn't, but his second to last year came immediately after doing that in 2007.

 

I was referencing more to his 2009 where I couldn't stand hearing he's young etc. It was deserved I personally just never was that in love with him as a prospect even after that great 2007 season where I felt like I was very wrong about him being below average.

Well, you said the last two years. That was just the last year when almost everyone was saying that it was his last shot and most people gave up on him by July (though at least he was walking... even if it was in the outfield too).

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  • 3 weeks later...

Apr 18 OF Jeremy Hermida's contract was purchased from Class AAA Louisville, and he took the roster spot of INF Juan Francisco (strained left calf). Hermida was hitting .333 with two home runs and nine RBI in 33 at-bats for Louisville. Hermida, who saw major league action last year with Boston and Oakland, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout Monday in his Reds debut.

Willis thus far in AAA

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG

LOU INT 2 0 0.00 2 2 0 0 0 12.0 8 0 0 0 3 11 1.88 .190

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