Minor League Game Review – 8/5/12 Doug Gray August 6, 2012 34 Comments 8/5 Game Review Louisville won 4-2. Box Score Denis Phipps went 1-2 with a solo HR (10) and 2 walks. Neftali Soto went 2-3 with a double, walk and a run. Mike Costanzo went 3-4 with a solo HR (9). Cody Puckett went 1-3 with a HR (16). Chad Reineke allowed 2 runs in 7 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts. JJ Hoover struck out 2 in the 9th to pick up the save. Game notes Denis Phipps continues his hot second half as he reached base three times and cracked a home run. JJ Hoover lowered his ERA to 1.45 and now has 45 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched. Nick Masset was scheduled to start, but he warmed up and then there was a long rain delay, so he never took the mound. Pensacola lost 7-4. Box Score Josh Fellhauer went 1-3 with 2 walks and a run. Ryan LaMarre went 1-4 with a walk and RBI. David Vdal went 2-5 with a double, 2 RBI and a run. Brodie Greene went 2-4 with a double, triple and an RBI. Andrew Means went 2-4. Kyle Lotzkar went 1-3 at the plate. Chris Manno allowed an unearned run in 1.1 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Game notes Billy Hamilton stole 3 bases in a 1-5 evening. That puts him at 125 steals, which is 3rd most all time in the minor leagues. Kyle Lotzkar continued his struggles as he walked 4 and struck out just 1 in 5 innings. You really have to wonder how his arm is doing at this point in the season. He has never thrown this much in a single season. Bakersfield lost 6-5 in 10 innings. Box Score Theo Bowe went 2-4 with a walk. Travis Mattair went 2-4 with a double, triple, walk, RBI and a run. Niko Vasquez went 2-5 with 2 runs. Juan Duran went 2-4 with a double, HR (10), walk and 2 RBI. Kurtis Muller went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Josh Smith allowed a run in 6 innings with 4 strikeouts. Andrew Brackman threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts. Game notes Josh Smith lowered his ERA to 3.85 on the season. Theo Bowe raised his average to .345 with the Blaze. Dayton won 11-5. Box Score Juan Perez went 2-4 with a double, HR (7), 2 RBI and 2 runs. Jefry Sierra went 2-4 with an RBI and a run. Joe Terry went 2-4 with an RBI. Kyle Waldrop went 2-5 with a run. Juan Silva went 1-3 with 2 walks and a run. Junior Arias went 2-5 with 2 RBI, a steal (25) and 2 runs. Nick O’Shea went 3-4 with a HR (4), 3 RBI and 3 runs. Dan Jensen threw a perfect inning of relief. Michael Dennhardt threw 2 hitless innings of relief with a walk. Game notes The Dragons were down 4-1 as the 6th inning began. By the time the 8th inning was over they had scored 11 runs as a 6 run inning was bookended by two 2 runs innings. Michael Dennhardt lowered his ERA to 1.85 with the Dragons this season (43.2 innings). Robert Stephenson starts today and the game is on Milb.tv if you are a subscriber. Game links Postgame article from DaytonDragons.com. Billings won 8-4. Box Score Brandon Dailey went 2-5 with a run. Jesse Winker went 3-5 with 2 doubles. Daniel Pigott went 1-3 with a double and 2 runs. Carlos Sanchez went 1-4 with a HR (6) and 2 RBI. Zach Vincej went 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs. Jon Matthews went 1-4 with a triple and 3 RBI. Jon Moscot threw 2 innings and allowed a walk and a strikeout. Erik Miller threw a hitless inning with a walk. Joel Bender threw 3.1 innings with just 1 run as he walked one and struck out 5. Alejandro Chacin threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout. Game notes Seth Mejias-Brean went 1-5 as he extended his hitting streak to 21 games. Jesse Winker pushed his average to .356 with the Mustangs. Billings is now 7-1 in the second half of the season AZL Reds won 4-3. Box Score Brent Peterson went 1-4 with a run. Humberto Valor went 2-4 with an RBI. Jhimmy Lopez went 1-4 with a double, RBI and a run. Adam Matthews went 1-3 with a double, walk and RBI. Josh Kennelly went 1-3 with a double, RBI and a run. Jose Williams allowed just 1 hit in 6 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts. Abel De Los Santos struck out 2 batters as he picked up the save. Game notes Strong start from Jose Williams who has really struggled so far this season. Humberto Valor has been hot over the last 10 games, hitting .361/.465/.500. Game preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 45-71 N/A 7:05pm Gustafson Here Here Here Pensacola 34-35 22-21 7:43pm Corcino Here Here N/A Bakersfield 41-29 19-24 OFF OFF Here Here N/A Dayton 30-40 18-23 7:05pm Stephenson Here Here Here Billings 21-17 7-1 9:05pm Guillon Here Here N/A AZL Reds 13-23 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 34 Responses MikeD August 6, 2012 My guess is that Duran repeats Bakersfield next season? I would also think that next season is critical for him. The Duke August 6, 2012 Duran definitely isn’t ready for AA, but he’ll also have to contend with YRod and Waldrop for corner outfield spots. I think the DH will be an OF more often than not next year. MK August 6, 2012 This is exactly what was being said last year only the assumption was he would be back in Dayton. Does he need to be protected on the 40-man next year? The Duke August 6, 2012 In theory yes, in practicality, no. No one is going to carry Juan Duran on their roster all next season. And I think this year has proven those who said he should repeat Low A correct. I thought last year he was ready to move up and YRod needed another year in Dayton. Turns out both needed it. mac624 August 6, 2012 Yes, he’ll repeat, but I don’t think it’s a “critical year” yet. He’s only 20 years old, playing High A this season, so 21 next season is still about right where he needs to be. If he’s not in AAA ball by the time he’s 24 (4 years from now), then I’m concerned, but for me, he still has a lot of time left, as does YRod. The Duke August 6, 2012 Unless the Bats are throwing Gustafson on short rest, I woukd think that Redmond would make the start in AAA tonight. He hasn’t pitched since July 31 and Gustafson pitched on August 2. And it looks like it is Travieso’s turn in the AZL rotation. If so it should be a fun night to follow Reds arms with Stephenson, Travieso, Guillon, and Corcino all throwing. BaBull August 6, 2012 Unless life gets in the way, I have plans to watch Stephenson tonight. I can’t wait. The Duke August 6, 2012 I’ll listen if I can, but if it is as nice as they are saying it’s going to be, I should take the kids to the park. Perhaps I can get them to the park right after work and be home before 7 for dinner and still listen. Like you said though, life gets in the way sometimes, haha. BaBull August 6, 2012 I hope you get to go, Duke. It is tough being here in SW Florida. I miss going to the games in Dayton. The first time I saw Joey there, He hit any opo bomb over the tent thingy out in left. His swing was sooo awesome. My son was with me and he looked at me after he hit it and just said d@mn. I said take a good look at him cause there is the Reds’ starting first baseman in 3 yrs. I was wrong. It was like 2.5 yrs. MK August 6, 2012 You have to wonder about the level of pitching in the Arizona League. Adam Matthews is hitting over .300 just a few weeks after hitting .236 in 225 at bats for South Carolina. Looks like David Vidal is getting a little more comfortable at AA. Hitting a little more consistently with a little more extra base power. Leading team in HRs and one behind LaMarre in extra base hits (with 100+ less at bats). It was mentioned yesterday that Fellhauer has had a good year but has been a platoon player, not hitting against lefties. If this is about development why would they pigeonhole him like that? The Duke August 6, 2012 Vidal is just 22, I think we’ll see him more productive next year starting in Pensacola with a little more experience under his belt. Tough jump from A+ to AA, especially leaving a park like Bakersfield. Have to like the state of 3B in the system right now: MLB: Todd Frazier AAA: Henry Rodriguez AA: David Vidal Rk: Seth Mejias-Brean AZL: Tanner Rahier Arias still has some promise in A-, but his star is fading. It’s hard to take any short season stats too seriously. I’m trying to temper my enthusiasm for SMB, but he is a big time athlete showing good contact and plate discipline, with a good amount of upside, poistional value, and good defense. Fellhauer was a borderline org guy coming into this year, a platoon player is about his MLB ceiling. MK August 6, 2012 Don’t disagree on Fellhauer’s future but I am surprised they have started the platooning in AA. DaveCT August 6, 2012 They also have Lutz playing LF, plus Lemarra fulltime in center, as well as Bryson Smith. Means is the odd man out. MK August 6, 2012 Smith and Lutz are recent additions. He wasn’t playing anymore before they were there. Means is the one who has lost playing time. BaBull August 6, 2012 I agree MK. If he doesn’t get much of a chance against lefties, his growth is stunted. If he can’t hit ‘em he can’t but, we need to find out. The Duke August 6, 2012 I think the Reds have already made that determination. Fellhauer is likely considered an org guy. Maybe he can be an ok backup OF. BaBull August 6, 2012 Means probably should have kept his football options open, it appears. Arias has been a big disappointment for me. I need the Hubble telescope to see his star. He better get it together quick. Seth and Tanner will be running up his back next year. The Duke August 6, 2012 I think SMB leadfrogs him. Rahier is the one who could run him down, albeit his season hasn’t been much more successful than Arias’ Doug Gray August 6, 2012 I don’t think Means had football options. He ran a sub 4.4 40 yard dash and went undrafted. BaBull August 6, 2012 He WAS from Indiana. They don’t put out alot of NFL talent…lol Greg August 6, 2012 Jay Cutler if that counts BaBull August 6, 2012 An Indiana Hoosier footballer is what I meant. I should have been more clear. MK August 6, 2012 I agree Doug. I think if he had been drafted he would have benn playing football. As I remember he didn’t report until after the draft that year. As Doug reported yesterday Arias got a $300,000 bonus so he is going to get a lot of opportunities. Greg August 6, 2012 Whats everyone’s thoughts on Reds international player develpoment. Im not sure but I think it is below averae compared to other teams whats your thoughts. Doug Gray August 6, 2012 Tough to really compare team to team. Unlike the draft, international player signings don’t really break down in an even manner. Top that off with the Reds not really being big players in that market for nearly as long as other teams and it gets even tougher to figure it out. Greg August 6, 2012 IYO do you see them maybe getting aggresive with the new cba? Its seems that could be another avenue for this team to stay competitive besides the draft. They have had a willingness to spend before there was spending limitations. Do you think they need to do more or do you think they are already doing a good job? RobL August 6, 2012 The Reds tried being big spenders on Yorman and Duran. So far, not the best returns. It’s the small bonus guys, Corcino, H-Rod, Torreyes, Didi that have produced and developed. I don’t know if the Reds want to blow their budget on one or two guys. I think they’ll continue trying to find bargains since their is so much unknown with 16 year olds. Greg August 6, 2012 Whats the new limits of the CBA for international players. Isn’t it $100,000? The Duke August 6, 2012 There is no individual limit, but each team is limited to $2.9 mil total spending on the international market, excluding Japan. So we could drop all that on one player and sign no one else, but I don’t see the Reds doing that. Doug Gray August 6, 2012 That isn’t how I remember it. It is like the draft, each team has a budget based on their previous years record. There have already been a bunch of ideas out there of how to get around it though. RobL August 6, 2012 Just checked an older BA article that stated 2.9 mil as the cap, without mention of record. I remember somewhere else it was said that teams could sign unlimited players for $5,000 or $10,000 without counting toward the cap. Doug Gray August 6, 2012 I believe the worst team is capped at 2.9M, but I think some teams are limited to as low as 1.3M. RobL August 6, 2012 Doug, you are right. I just looked on MLB for highlights of the new cba. The bonus pool is based on the teams previous season’s winning percentage. Rick in Va. August 6, 2012 So that means next year the Reds can’t spend very much! Not a big loss, though, since they don’t seem to have been spending much on international free agents anyway, apart from Chapman.