Friday news and notes Doug Gray October 21, 2011 7 Comments The Reds Organizational All Stars, as picked by Milb.com is now up. My biggest gripe would be with the omission of Denis Phipps from the list. Tough to leave out a guy who hit .346 between AA and AAA. Perhaps it was just an oversight, but its a pretty big one. While Aroldis Chapman isn’t a prospect or minor leaguer anymore, the Reds announced he would be making three appearances in the Arizona Fall League to build up some stamina as a starter. Hopefully he will make some appearances in stadiums with Pitch F/X installed. Speaking of Pitch F/X, Brad Boxberger threw Thursday afternoon and while his results weren’t good, there was Pitch F/X data to look at. His fastball worked 92-93 and topped out at 95.1 MPH. hope that over the next week that the Desert Dogs spend a few more days in stadiums with Pitch F/X set up, as I would like to have even a small sample of data to look at for the pitchers we have. Right now there is only about 60 pitches between Boxberger and Nick Christiani, and nothing on Travis Webb. Boxberger also updated his blog at the AFL Prospects Blog. He talked about the ups and downs of baseball and touched on his appearance on Thursday. In there he noted that he left some pitches up yesterday and paid the price for it. Go read the whole thing though, it is always interesting to look into what a player has going on in their head about the game. Project Prospect has brought out their A+ and AA “top prospects” lists, though it is mostly a statistical tool that uses stats and age to find a group of players who are young and have performed well. In the A+ list, Henry Rodriguez makes an appearance where it was noted that he carried his success to AA. On the AA list, Neftali Soto and his power bat made the list. The Reds new AA team in Pensacola has updated photos of the new ballpark construction. You can check them out here if you want. The park really looks like it will be a very aesthetically pleasing place to take in a ball game. One final piece of good news: Texas Rangers 2 – St Louis Cardinals 1. 7 Responses The Duke October 21, 2011 The stadium in Pensacola looks pretty cool. I really like how it is right on the water. I wonder how far a HR to left has to go to hit the water? I’ll have to try to coordinate a family vacation to the Pensacola area at some point. Bill October 21, 2011 Wonder why MiLB didn’t mention Boxberger. Kyle October 21, 2011 The Reds should have plenty of internal replacements for Brandon Phillips. This season there is Henry Rodriguez in Louisville, Brodie Greene in Pensacola, Ronald Torreyes in Bakersfield, and Ryan Wright in Dayton. Henry would seem to be in line to get the first crack at the job. If Torreyes has a big year though, he could certainly be in the 2013 conversation. wanderinredsfan October 23, 2011 I doubt H.Rodriguez gets the nod to start next season in L’ville; he’ll probably start out in Pensacola. I just think they are going to keep Valaika and/or Negron in the 2B mix at AAA, before Rodriguez gets his call-up. firstname.lastname@example.org October 21, 2011 Looks like a lot of bench type seating in Pensacola. You have got to hate that if you are in a row with a couple of 300 pounders. Always think they should make anyone who’s butt is wider than their alloted seat buy 2 tickets. MK October 22, 2011 Lotzkar has a great outing in Pan Am games. 4 2/3 shutout innings. Must be on a tight pitch count. He has Venezuela’s number. Soto seems to be doing well for PR as well. The Duke October 23, 2011 Good to hear, he needs the however many innings he can get and stay healthy.