Minor League Game Review – 5/16/12 Doug Gray May 17, 2012 21 Comments 5/16 Game Review Louisville lost 4-1. Box Score Kristopher Negron went 1-3 with a walk, 2 steals (13) and a run. Neftali Soto went 0-2 with 2 walks. Felix Perez went 2-3. Carlos Fisher threw 3 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Game notes The Bats struggles continue as they managed just 5 hits on the game and only scored because of an error. Chad Reineke had 8 strikeouts in 5 innings, but allowed 4 runs (3 earned). It would have been 2 runs and 1 earned had a pop up been caught rather than lost in the lights to end the inning. Game links Postgame article from BatsBaseball.com. Pensacola had the day off Bakersfield lost 5-4. Box Score Billy Hamilton went 0-2 with 2 walks and 3 steal (38). Devin Lohman went 1-4 with an RBI. Bryson Smith went 2-4 with a solo HR (4). Travis Mattair went 1-4 with a triple and a run. Theo Bowe went 1-3 with a solo HR (2). Chad Rogers allowed 2 runs in 5 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Game notes The Blaze were up 4-3 after 7 innings but allowed a run in the 8th and the 9th to fall to Stockton, who had lost 16 in a row coming into the game. Game links Postgame article from BakersfieldBlaze.com. Dayton lost 4-1. Box Score Juan Perez went 2-4 with a triple and a run. Joe Terry went 1-4 with a triple. Steve Selsky went 1-2 with an RBI and 2 walks. Kyle Waldrop went 1-4 with a double. Stalin Gerson threw 5 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Jimmy Moran allowed an unearned run in 2 innings of relief with 2 walks. Game notes The Dragons offense continues to sputter as they fell to 2-13 on the month with their 5th loss in a row. Dayton is averaging just 2.07 runs per game in the month of May. Jacob Johnson will start today for the Dragons in his return from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss all of last year. Game links Postgame article from DaytonDragons.com. Game preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 12-29 N/A 7:05pm Tomko Here Here Here Pensacola 19-21 N/A 7:35pm Sulbaran Here Here Here Bakersfield 23-16 N/A 10:05pm Smith Here Here N/A Dayton 14-26 N/A 7:35pm Johnson Here Here N/A 21 Responses The Duke May 17, 2012 Weird seeing Johnson starting for Dayton and Sulburan for the Blue Wahoos when Johnson was the superior pitcher in 2010 when both pitched for Dayton. Sulburan had better stuff, but back then Johnson had a lot better poise and feel for the zone. MDRon May 17, 2012 I’m excited to see what Johnson does. It may take some time for him to get back in the swing of things, but he showed a lot of promise two years ago. zblakey May 17, 2012 Hamilton with THREE more steals – up to 38. (hitless but had two walks). Doug Gray May 17, 2012 I am much more impressed by the two walks than the three steals. If he didn’t steal another base all season, I wouldn’t care much. MK May 17, 2012 I think you will be suprised when you see Johnson. He looks like he has added 5″ to his chest and shoulders. Terry M May 17, 2012 Do you think that will add to his fastball?? The Duke May 17, 2012 If the arm is fully healthy I wonder if the added bulk added anything to his fastball. He was 89-90 occassionally throwing some 91’s back in 2010. A guy with his frame might be able to add 2-3 mph to his fastball filling out properly (not fat), as long as the shoulder cooperates. Ron May 17, 2012 I missed what happened to Johnson. Did he need TJ surgery or something? Doug Gray May 17, 2012 Shoulder. The Duke May 17, 2012 The draft can’t get here fast enough, this system badly needs an infusion of hitting talent. Jim Callis has the Reds taking Texas A&M RHP Michael Wacha in his first draft, but I asked what hitters we might be in on and he said in yesterdays chat that there has been quite a bit of interest in Clemson 3B Richie Schaffer from the Reds as well. If Courtney Hawkins is there at 14, it’d be tough to pass on that power. It’s good to see Neftali Soto taking some walks, but he’s had one of the most disappointing starts to the year. Low average and little power. Doug Gray May 17, 2012 Soto didn’t hit for much power at the start of last year either (3 home runs through May), granted he was injured for some of that time but he then hit 27 home runs in the last three months. Scott from upstate NY May 17, 2012 Many of the scouting reports I have read on-line for the projected first rounders seem to be emphasizing the player’s weaknesses rather than the strengths. The reports have left me with a feeling that this class may not have as much hope as in years past. Doug Gray May 17, 2012 One of the big national guys (I can’t remember who it was) said that this years college class is as weak as he can ever remember. Ron May 17, 2012 Its nice to go to the Reds organizational page, look at the stats and see Cingrani at the top of every category but Saves. I’m excited to see what he will do at Pensacola. Ditto for Joseph at Louisville when he is promoted. Have to think it won’t be long for him. Lutz is another guy that should be moving along. I can’t see older guys like Guzman & Perez holding him back. Heck, even Means at this point is more of an organizational filler than a legit prospect in my opinion. If I were the Reds I’d have Lutz playing LF everyday because that is the best path to get him to the show. Glad to see Vidal get bumped up. Granted it was do to injury but he had earned the promotion none the less. I was surprised to see he was only 5’8″ Last scouting report I saw on him a couple of seasons ago was 5’11”. Not that it matters as his defense was better than most gave him credit for. His plate discipline was the big question with him and early ’12 results show promise in that direction (.358 OBA). Early yes, but good to see. zblakey May 17, 2012 I know the sample size is very small (less than 2 months) but there appears to be a drop off in offensive production throughout the entire organization. Wonder how runs scored season to date would compare to last season for the same period. Anyone else concerned about the (apparent) drop? The Duke May 17, 2012 It’s not just the Reds, it’s almost league wide Doug Gray May 17, 2012 Yeah, the Majors are down across the board…. but the minors is another story. Our bookend teams are flat out atrocious on offense right now. hunt4redsoct May 17, 2012 D’anna activated by blaze, now maybe Lutz will see more time in LF. mauired May 17, 2012 Is it just me or does Mike Costanzo look like Joey Votto on crack? Adam May 17, 2012 HAHAHAHA That is hilarious! MK May 17, 2012 It is just you.