Minor League Game Review – 5/14/12 Doug Gray May 15, 2012 23 Comments 5/14 Game Review Louisville won 5-1, lost 4-3 in a double header. Game 1: 5-1 win. Box Score Kristopher Negron went 1-3 with a run. Denis Phipps went 1-3 with an RBI and a run. Bill Rhinehart went 1-3 with a double, 2 RBI and a run. Danny Dorn went 1-3 with a double and a run. Dioner Navarro went 2-3. Miguel Rojas went 1-3 with a double. Sean Gallagher went 1-2 with an RBI at the plate. On the mound he allowed a run in 6 innings with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Travis Webb threw a perfect inning of relief. Game 2: 4-3 loss. Box Score Kristopher Negron went 1-3. Bill Rhinehart went 2-3 with a solo HR (3) with 2 runs. Chris Valaika went 1-3 with a HR (2) and 2 RBI. Corky Miller went 0-1 with 2 walks. Josh Judy threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Kanekoa Texeira threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout. Game notes Bill Rhinehart went 3-6 with a double, HR and 3 RBI in the doubleheader. Rhinehart is hitting .333/.388/.578 in May. Kristopher Negron extended his hitting streak to 5 games by singling in both games of the double header. Game links Postgame article from BatsBaseball.com. Pensacola lost 8-4. Box Score Ryan LaMarre went 2-3 with a walk, steal (10) and 2 runs. Didi Gregorius went 1-3 with a triple and RBI. Cody Puckett went 1-4 with a solo HR (7). Joel Guzman went 2-4 with a solo HR (5). Andrew Means went 1-3. Clayton Tanner threw a perfect inning of relief with a strikeout. Drew Hayes threw a perfect inning of relief with a strikeout. Game notes Daniel Corcino gave up 6 runs in 5 innings, and the big blow came in the 2nd as he gave up 5 runs, all on home runs including a grand slam. Ryan LaMarre is having a hot May, hitting .349/.491/.395 on the month with 7 steals, 12 walks and 12 strikeouts. Game links Postgame article from BlueWahoos.com. Bakersfield won 11-6. Box Score Bryson Smith went 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run. Donald Lutz went 5-5 with a double, HR (11), 3 RBI, steal (6) and 4 runs. Stephen Hunt went 1-4 with a run. Theo Bowe went 3-3 with an RBI, run and a steal (13). Jon Matthews went 1-4 with an RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 1-3 with a double and 2 runs. Justice French threw 5 shutout innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Daniel Wolford threw 1.2 scoreless innings with a walk and strikeout. Game notes What a night for Donald Lutz. He is not hitting .326 on the season with 13 doubles and 11 home runs. Bryson Smith pushed his average to .322 on the season. Bakersfield has a double header tomorrow. Dayton lost 4-2. Box Score Sean Buckley went 1-4 with a double and a run. Josef Terry went 1-3 with a double, walk, RBI and a run. Steve Selsky went 2-4. Kyle Waldrop went 1-4 with a double. Yovan Gonzalez went 1-3 with an RBI. El’Hajj Muhammad threw 2 perfect innings of relief. Carlos Contreras threw a shutout inning of relief. Game notes The Dragons fell to 2-11 on the month. The four pitchers in the game for the Dragons ended the game with a sub 3.00 ERA. Game links Postgame article from DaytonDragons.com. Game preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 12-27 N/A 7:05pm Villarreal Here Here Here Pensacola 18-21 N/A 8:00pm Crabbe Here Here Here Bakersfield 21-15 N/A 6:00pm TBA/TBA Here Here N/A Dayton 14-24 N/A 7:00pm Robles Here Here N/A 23 Responses icehole3 May 15, 2012 How is Lutz coming on in the OF anyone know? bb May 15, 2012 ouch billy ham 0-5 with a CS and a PO? gotta be smart! The Duke May 15, 2012 He was bound to slump at some point. The question now is how quickly he can pull himself out of it, and how he rebounds. Beard May 15, 2012 One nice thing is that it is hard for speed to slump. Hamilton is capable of getting so many infield hits and bunt hits (does he bunt well?) that multiple games with 0fers in a row will not often be seen. As he advances levels, it would be nice to see the organization instruct Hamilton to focus on having an SB% of at least 80%. If he can do that it will be a nice harnessing of his talents. Essentially, at some point he should be told something like, “Hey you are going to be batting leadoff and guys like Votto and Bruce will be hitting behind you in the lineup. Get on base and let them drive you in. Don’t make unnecessary outs on the bases. If you can steal with an 80+% success rate and be one of the best first to third guys in the league, you will bring an electricity to the Reds that hasn’t been seen since Deion Sanders was here.” The Duke May 15, 2012 Hamilton was a decent bunter last year in Dayton and I know he already has several bunt hits this year. Even with first and third basemen playing him on the infield grass. DaveCT May 15, 2012 Looks like Lutz wants to snack on some AA pitching, like Vidal, too. Very encouraging to see Lemarre come on some. Maybe not quite the hit tool of Sappelt, but much better in the field. With Puckett showing a better approach and Fellhauer hitting a bit, too, some decent OF depth, helping offset Phipps’ descent below the Mendoza line (why is this guy still hitting 3rd?). Alan Horn May 15, 2012 I agree. Looks like Lutz won’t long for A+. I liked LaMarre when I saw him play earlier in the season. He needs to pick his hitting up somewhat, but he looked good defensively. MK May 15, 2012 Listed to Blue Wahoos broad cast. There was a Developmental guy there who said Lutz needs to show more consistency. Seems like he has been consistent to me. The Duke May 15, 2012 Perhaps they meant defensively and plate discipline? He only has 9 walks in 36 games vs 40 K’s Doug Gray May 15, 2012 Probably right on both accounts. 40/9 is not a good ratio at all. Alan Horn May 15, 2012 He can learn LF in AA as easy at A+. I would say test his bat at the higher level and let the defense catch up at the higher level. I agree, his bat looks pretty good so far. Doug Gray May 15, 2012 I can’t figure out why Phipps is still hitting 3rd. While that entire line up is essentially struggling, Phipps is struggling more than them all. Randy in Chatt May 15, 2012 the only thing I can think of is that he is on the 40 man and may need him if called upon, thus they will keep putting him out there to get the most AB’s to get out of “his funk” Quinn May 15, 2012 I just don’t think this is a ‘funk’. This looks like a nasty regression back to the mean. The Duke May 15, 2012 Perhaps Lutz is not long in following Vidal to Pensacola? 25 extra base hits in 36 games played, 11 of which being home runs. On pace for 40 home runs and 94 extra base hits, which is just ridiculous. What is even more ridiculous is him not getting time in LF while we run out an organizational player like Theo Bowe to play there. Bowe has great speed, but his 3-3 game last night notwithstanding, can’t do much else. For a 34th rd pick, Bryson Smith sure has played well. Skipped Low A like a 4 year college guy should if he has talent, and has stepped up once they put him in the middle of the order. Kind of the new Heisey, except he came from a major program at Florida. I’ll be curious to see if he keeps it up. I’m not a Justice French believer after seeing him pitch in Dayton, but he has had 2 great starts after moving up a level. Is his command really that good and I just saw him on an off night? Throwing between 74 and 86 he needs to be exact at all times with his throws. Lamarre is just on a tear. And like last year, he is taking plenty of walks while doing it. Even of the power never comes and he is a 4-6 HR a year guy with a bunch of doubles, he could be an ideal leadoff hitter. Has started stealing more during this run as well. .290/.385/.393 on the year now. The General with another extra base hit sighting, but his average is down to .286. Even more disconcerting ishe made his 9th error on the year already, not that much less than Hamilton’s 11. Corcino finally took his lumps in AA, it’s to be expected from a 21 year old who skipped a level, what’s important is how he responds in his next start. Rough first game in AA for Vidal, 0-4 with 2 K. Hopefully, we can chalk that up to the cross country move and hoopla surrounding a promotion and he comes back strong tonight. Doug Gray May 15, 2012 His command is pretty darn good. You probably saw him on a bad night. Still, he has to be perfect with his spots or he is going to get hit. MK May 15, 2012 The grand slam home run Corcino gave up was supposedly foul. Riggleman practically got thrown out. They announcers alluded to him not getting thrown out because the umpires knew they blew the call. A positive was that Daniel didn’t have a melt down. He would have melted down last year. It sounded funny. After the argument the umpire ordered him to get on the rubber and pitch and Daniel just stood and looked at him. After a few moments and another pitch demand the umpire realized he had not given him a new ball. I think a very effective way to show the umpire up. Doug Gray May 15, 2012 I will go back and watch it later today and see if I can tell. DaveCT May 15, 2012 I have to think Lemarre’s power will emerge, just looking at his build and his swing. Perhaps not as electric as Jacoby Ellsbury but maybe a similar upside if he keeps progressing. I have to say, with all of the minor league movement recently, I like the fact the organization seems more willing to make moves. Theo Bowe can’t be long for Hi-A when after at least 2 seasons he cannot hit in Lo-A. bigdog May 15, 2012 At the end of the month if Lutz keeps it up and gets promoted, who will go up for pensacola? Guzman won’t because Soto will play everyday. Probably an outfield? Rhinehart is the only OF hitting in AAA, (Phipps, Dorn, Perez). Or will then just send HRod straight to Louisville? Doug Gray May 15, 2012 They could just send HRod to Louisville, though I don’t know if they will. MK May 15, 2012 Have Harris playing at 3rd , H-Rod a better choice. Kyle May 15, 2012 Baseball America posted their top 100 prospect list. Based on what I’ve read, I like Corey Seager and DJ Davis the most for our pick (based on guys who could realistically fall to us).