It's pretty surprising that Hernan Iribarren of all players managed to claw his way back to the major leagues once again. 2016 seemed likely to be another year spent serving as organizational depth, as he began the campaign with his fifth straight assignment to the Triple-A level, but last season turned out to be different. In 410 at-bats with Triple-A Louisville, the veteran batted .327 while walking eight percent of the time and striking out just 14.6 percent of the time. This performance (plus a multitude of injuries at the major league level) led the Reds to bring him up for his first big league action since 2009 with the Brewers, and despite an 0:11 BB:K, he managed to bat .311 with three triples. At 32 years old, Iribarren's best days are behind him, and although last season's performance was a pleasant surprise, it's unrealistic to expect the same production out of him in 2017.
Iribarren was reassigned to the Reds' minor-league camp Tuesday. After spending six straight seasons at the Triple-A level, Iribarren surfaced in the big leagues with the Reds in the second half of 2016, but was never considered part of the club's long-term plans and was outrighted from the roster shortly after the season. He re-signed with the team on a minor-league deal in the offseason and will continue to function as organizational infield depth. Iribarren should play regularly with Triple-A Louisville, but given his standing as a non-roster player, it may take a number of injuries to the infield ranks before he receives another look from the Reds.
Iribarren agreed to a minor league contract with the Reds that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Iribarren reached the majors for the first time since 2009 last season and played surprisingly well, batting .311 in 45 at-bats with Cincinnati. He'll return to try to garner a reserve utility role out of spring training, although it'll be tough for a middling 32-year-old to swipe a 40-man roster spot while the Reds are trying to rebuild with younger pieces.
Iribarren was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Friday. Iribarren was solid in his first taste of the majors since 2009, but he doesn't fit into the Reds plans for the future. He'll likely spend more time as organizational depth piece like he has the past few years.
Iribarren was promoted from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, MLB.com reports. Iribarren last saw Major League action in 2009, appearing in 12 games for the Brewers. He's spent the seven seasons since at the Triple-A level -- four in the Pacific Coast League, and the three most recent with Louisville in the International league. The 32-year-old has played in more than 1,250 minor league games, and although he is well past the prospect stage, the Reds will use him as an extra left-handed bat off the bench.
MLB.com reports that the Rockies sent first baseman Ben Paulsen, pitchers Claudio Vargas and Sean White, infielder Hernan Iribarren and outfielder Charlie Blackmon to minor league camp on Saturday.