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Reds set to visit Ashland on Saturday

Jan. 22, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- Starting pitcher Homer Bailey and new manager Bryan Price head the list of Cincinnati Reds scheduled to appear at the team's Caravan at Fannin Motors on Saturday.

The caravan will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. and also will feature Reds broadcasters Chris Welch and Jeff Piecoro, Minor League Player of the Year Seth Mejias-Brean, Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe and mascot Mr. Red. All will be available to greet the public, answer questions and sign autographs as time permits at the free event.

Reds sales representatives will be on hand to discuss season ticket plans and memberships to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

Bailey, 27, went 11-12 with a 3.49 earned run average last season. In 32 games, all starts, the hard-throwing right-hander allowed 181 hits, struck out 199 and walked 54 while holding opponents to a .234 batting average. Bailey, who is in the final year of his contract with the Reds, is one of just 27 pitchers in Major League Baseball history to have thrown two no-hitters -- one in 2012 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and another last season against the San Francisco Giants.

Price was hired Oct. 22 as the 61st manager in Reds history, replacing Dusty Baker. Price had served as Cincinnati's pitching coach the previous four seasons. He also had served as pitching coach with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Mejias-Brean, 22, was the Reds' eighth-round draft choice from the University of Arizona in 2012. Last season, the third baseman hit 10 home runs and drove in 79 runs while batting .305 with an on base percentage o .381 and slugging percentage of .453 at Class A Dayton. Mejias-Dean earned a brief promotion to High Class A Bakersfield last season and figures to begin the 2014 season there or in Class AA Pensacola.

Welsh is a former major league pitcher with the Reds, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers and Montreal Expos. Welsh pitched in the big leagues from 1981 through 1986.Welsh has broadcast Reds games since 1993.

Piecoro has broadcast Reds Live for 17 of his 18 years with Fox Sports Ohio. He also works the booth at University of Kentucky football games and University of Dayton basketball games.

Graupe, along with his staff and scouts, is in charge of guiding and evaluating the Reds minor leaguers.



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