Minor League Game Review – 8/19/12 Doug Gray August 19, 2012 41 Comments 8/19 Game Review Louisville won 9-8. Box Score Chris Valaika went 3-5 with a double and 2 runs. Didi Gregorius went 2-5 with a double and a run. Felix PErez went 1-4 with a run. Denis Phipps went 3-3 with 2 home runs (13), 6 RBI and a walk. Mike Costanzo went 1-4 with a run. Cody Puckett went 1-4 with an RBI. Josh Judy threw 1.2 shutout innings of relief. JJ Hoover threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Game notes Denis Phipps with a huge game that the Bats needed all of to pull out the win. JJ Hoover lowered his ERA with the Bats to 1.25 in 36 innings with 12 walks and 52 strikeouts. Pensacola won 9-2. Box Score Billy Hamilton went 2-3 with a triple, 2 walks and 2 RBI. Josh Fellhauer went 2-3 with 2 walks and 3 RBI. Donald Lutz went 1-2 with a walk and a run. David Vidal went 1-4 with a HR (18) and 2 RBI. Mark Fleury went 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs. Miguel Rojas went 0-1 with 3 walks and 3 runs. Wirfin Obispo allowed a run in 5 innings with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts. Wilkin De La Rosa threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout. Justin Freeman threw a perfect inning of relief. Curtis Partch threw a perfect inning of relief. Game notes Billy Hamilton was picked off once and took a base on a double steal with Lutz, who was caught stealing and the official scorer did not award a steal to Hamilton. He remains at 143 steals, needing 2 to tie Vince Coleman’s record and 3 to break it. The Blue Wahoos walked 9 times in the game and struck out just 5 times. Wirfin Obispo lowered his ERA to 2.19 with Pensacola. Bakersfield won 6-5. Box Score Ryan Wright went 2-4 with a double, HR (8), 2 runs and 2 RBI. Dominic D’Anna went 3-4 with 2 runs. Juan Duran went 1-4 with an RBI and a run. Stephen Hunt went 2-4 with an RBI. Devin Lohman went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI. Tim Crabbe allowed 2 earned (3 total) in 7 innings with a walk and 8 strikeouts. Game notes Ryan Wright has 3 home runs with the Blaze in 62 at bats after just 5 with Dayton in 389 at bats. Dayton won 5-1. Box Score Kyle Waldrop went 2-4 with a double and solo HR (8). Nick O’Shea went 1-4 with a run. Juan Silva went 2-4 with 2 doubles and a run. Yovan Gonzalez went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Ismael Guillon threw 6 shutout innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Carlos Gonzalez threw 2 innings and allowed a run with a strikeout. Ryan Kemp threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Game notes Ismael Guillon threw 6 shutout innings in his debut for the Dragons as he lowered his ERA on the season to 2.05 in 57 innings between Billings and Dayton. Kyle Waldrop has hit .351 over his last 10 games. Game links Postgame article from DaytonDragons.com. Billings won 5-0. Box Score Carlos Sanchez went 2-2 with 2 walks and a run. Daniel Pigott went 1-4 with a double and 3 RBI. Robert Maddox went 1-4 with a HR (11). Zach Vincey went 2-4 with a double and a run. Wagner Gomez went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Drew Cisco threw 5 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Jesus Adames threw 3 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Alejandro Chacin threw a perfect inning of work. Game notes Drew Cisco allowed just one hit and one walk as he moved to 4-0 with a 2.89 ERA. Alejandro Chacin lowered his ERA to 2.01 on the season. The game was finished in one hour and 55 minutes. Quickest I can recall in a long time on the minor league level where pitching changes occur more often. The win moved the Mustangs to 15-6, where they hold a 2 game lead over Missoula. The game is on Milb.tv if you are a subscriber. AZL Reds lost 14-8. Box Score Humberto Valor went 2-5 with a run. Adam Matthews went 3-4 with a double, walk, HR (1), 2 RBI and 2 runs. Jhimmy Lopez went 1-4 with a double, walk and an RBI. Jonathan Reynoso went 3-5 with a run. Jose Valdelamar went 2-4 with a double, HR (2), 2 RBI and 2 runs. Joey Housey threw 2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Game preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 50-80 N/A 7:05pm Reineke Here Here Here Pensacola 34-35 29-27 8:00pm Rogers Here Here Here Bakersfield 41-29 22-33 10:15pm TBA Here Here N/A Dayton 30-40 23-30 7:05pm Johnson Here Here N/A Billings 21-17 15-6 9:05pm Romano Here Here Here AZL Reds 15-31 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 41 Responses djday August 20, 2012 Does anyone else think Wilson Valdez looks like Usher? Doug Gray August 20, 2012 I can see a vague resemblance. BP August 20, 2012 Bill Rhinehart has been given his walking papers, and wished well on his future endeavors. zblakey August 20, 2012 Louisville won 9-8 Doug Gray August 20, 2012 Yeah, total brain fart there. I talked about the win in the game notes, but had it wrong in the line. Whoops. Fixed. charliefunny August 20, 2012 Gooood Morning Reds fans, yesterdays 5-1 records is great. Tonight’s Blaze starter is Walzak. according to their radio announcer Dan Besbris. Thanks so much Doug for all your hard work. Roughly how many hours per day do you put into this site? Phipps’s 5 RBI game article/video http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120819&content_id=36984656&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb & Billy ball stolen base status article http://www.milb.com/news/article/video .jsp?ymd=20120807&content_id=36276558&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb Doug Gray August 20, 2012 Depends on the day. Sometimes it is only 2 hours. Sometimes it is 12. charliefunny August 20, 2012 Wow! Doug we owe you alot. Should we click on the ads everytime we come here to help you out the most (& maybe grab a Subway or BK sandwich too? LOL) Here are yesterdays games news articles. I read the newspapers website articles every morning & thought (light finally came on!) why not post the links here for fans that couldn’t hear the games online that Doug gives us daily links to (was up late listening to Blaze). Just trying to help you Doug. Bats: http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120819/SPORTS07/308190065/Denis-Phipps-finds-stroke-keys-Louisville-Bats-win Blue Wahoos: playoff run (2 games behind in BIG 5 game series this week vs first place Biscuits (Tampa Bay’s AA), so we’ll see how the team (& Billy) plays under pressure: http://www.pnj.com/article/20120820/SPORTS/308200020/Billy-Hamilton-s-bat-vital-his-feet?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports http://www.pnj.com/article/20120820/SPORTS/308200018/Title-chase-begins-Blue-Wahoos?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports Blaze: http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/sports/blaze/x290598004/Big-inning-lifts-Blaze-past-Mavs Dragons: Don’t do daily game articles anymore, but here’s a Sammy Diaz article from Friday http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/sports/baseball/diaz-makes-most-of-chance/nRDLt/ Mustangs: http://billingsgazette.com/sports/baseball/professional/minor/pioneer-league/mustangs/cisco-helps-mustangs-cap-homestand-with-dominating-performance/article_3faf03fb-2ed6-5b0d-8935-38c6148d0b93.html Doug Gray August 20, 2012 Problem with posting those anymore is that most of the papers have gone to a charge format. I can’t view Billings Gazette articles anymore because they limit the amount to see before paying. Same for the Courier-Journal. Alan Horn August 20, 2012 I think most newspapers are going that route. No one can afford to subscribe to all of them. I think the ones that don’t go that route will win out in the end. zblakey August 20, 2012 Alan, What do you think they will win? Newspapers have been folding left and right, and their traditional revenues streams (advertising) have plummted. The light bulb has come on for some that they need to have some type of additional revenue for their online product, or they won’t be able to exist. As the publisher / editor of a subscription based site, I can tell you that is the only model for long term survival – ad revenue won’t cut it. I have a ton of respect for guys like Doug that produce free sites – But Doug, correct me if I am wrong here – most do it because they have a PASSION for it, not for the payout. If its not your hobby or your passion, it can’t survive without some type of revenue stream in addition to advertising. Alan Horn August 20, 2012 Traffic which is survival. People will for the most part not participate. If they do, if will be a select few sites. A good example is MLBTradeRumours.com. An excellent site that survives off it’s adds. They get the adds because of the quality of the product they produce. I think the local newspapers might be forced to web only(and survive), but the national sites will suffer. People can only afford so many pay sites. It was/is the same for magazine subscriptions. I let most go years ago and only kept the best ones because I couldn’t afford them. Traffic gets adds and adds means dollars for the publisher. The problem may be with getting established initially. I might add that there are a lot of older folks around who don’t do internet(a limited group of younger ones as well). So you will lose those when you go to internet only whether it is pay or not. Doug Gray August 20, 2012 I certainly don’t do it for the money, but the site can be as good as it is, at least in a one man operation because it does provide me with some money to pay the bills. Ad revenue can cut it, but you need to be bringing 500,000 hits a month (which means loading about 1.5M ads) or more to bring in any kind of actual “livable” kind of money assuming you aren’t also selling any products and it is a one man operation. The problem with the newspapers moving to charging is that it is simply to late. People are used to not paying for the content online. The Enquirer for example has been free, online, for nearly 20 years. Now the content has suffered big time, there are a ton more sources to get your information from and you begin to charge? Terrible business plan. Newspapers used to break news. Now they don’t. They not only need to change their monetary model, but their business model. Newspapers are a dying breed because they are still clinging to the old way of things and that simply does not work anymore. Alan Horn August 20, 2012 You do a great job with your site. I think it would definitely survive if you went to a reasonable charge. The Enquirer is good also for breaking news(discussion boards are terrible because of the type people who get on). All the other Reds sites are a step down in my opinion. zblakey August 20, 2012 Agree, Agree. The newspapers gave it away for years, so certainly now they are fighting an up-hill battle. MLBTraderumors is great, I visit it daily – and they have a great following, and cover their territory like no other – ‘they own it’ whish is what you have to do. Most sites are not going to live off of ‘breaking news’ = as ten seconds after you break a story, 20 others will replicate it. What people will pay for is great commentary and opinion along with ‘inside info’. Someone once told me that people on the internet will pay for only two things, 1) Porn 2)College Recruiting info (the type site I run). So far that has proven to be pretty much true. Some of us will pay for MLB or even MILB, but there are not many individuals out there getting rich off of pay per view sites. Doug Gray August 20, 2012 Also, the clicks on the ads on the site don’t bring any additional revenue. But, if you want to click the ads in my youtube videos, that really makes a big difference in how much I get paid. Ed from P-cola August 20, 2012 Great work Doug, working on getting you hits down here..!! poorolddad August 20, 2012 Doug, would you start Obispo at AAA next year? It seems his career has taken a lot of twists and turns, but he looks to be a real talent that maybe needs to be tested against better competition. Doug Gray August 20, 2012 I would probably have sent him there again earlier this year. His control wasn’t so good the first go around, but he has just dominated the AA level. jim t August 20, 2012 Doug, any guesses on who gets called up when rosters expand in Sept.? Would you bring hamilton up? Doug Gray August 20, 2012 I imagine most of the healthy guys get a call up, including Hamilton, who I would call up. boiler August 20, 2012 By getting called up, how does it affect the team control of Hamilton in the long run zblakey August 20, 2012 I think it would start the option clock one year earlier than it would have to – guys correct me if I am wrong. Doug Gray August 20, 2012 That is correct. Hamilton would use his first option in spring of 2013 assuming he doesn’t make the team. That would mean he has through 2015 to be fully ready to stick in the Majors, assuming he were optioned every year. Norwood Nate August 20, 2012 If I had to guess, I’d say Navarro, Hoover, and Bray/Masset (activated from DL) will be the first to come up. Three catchers provides much more flexibility, and you can always use relief help, and all those guys have MLB experience. I really hope the Reds can find a way to give Perez a chance. He’s a lefty, which would benefit the bench, and he’s been having a really solid year. I’d much rather see Perez than Phipps, maybe they’ll switch the two out for each other on the 40-man. Krozley August 20, 2012 I could see them adding someone like Ohman as well just to have another LOOGY. Masset and Negron will switch roster places, but I’m not sure who would go off the 40 man to accommodate those they want to have that are not currently on the roster including suggested people like Hamilton, Perez, and LOOGY. Norwood Nate August 20, 2012 Wouldn’t Bray be the LOOGY? We have Marshall and Chapman already as lefties. Bray could be the LOOGY, Marshall handles 7/8th innings where there would be majority lefties, Chapman closes it down. Personally, I would like to see Phipps and Perez switched out. I don’t see Phipps being able to help the club any more so than Perez in the near future. I don’t see Phipps being ready to be the extra OF next year, and then after that LaMarre/Fellhauer/B. Smith and possibly even Lutz/Hamilton will be ready to move up into the OF mix. I know it’s a little “what have you done for me lately” by taking Perez over Phipps this year, but neither have much of a ceiling anyway and Perez has the advantage of being LH and having played pretty well this year. As far as finding a spot for Hamilton, it’s a tough call. The only two on the roster I can see being moved would Phipps and Jordan Smith. So probably one of those two, or both in the instance Perez gets a shot. MK August 20, 2012 Smith is certainly an option. However I think Valaika will go before Phipps. If anything he has digressed. Although his numbers have also digressed, this is Phipps first full year in AAA. A better roster question will come by Dec. 1 when the decision of who to put on and take off the 40-man is decided. There is some good people the Reds could lose in the Rule 5 Draft. Norwood Nate August 20, 2012 You know, I completely forgot about Valaika. You’re right, he has appeared to regress over time and I don’t really see how he’s fitting into the future plans. About a week ago, there was some discussion of players that would need to be protected. If I remember correctly, only Corcino seemed to be a no-brainer out of the group. But I also seem to recall Fellhauer and Serrano falling into that mix as well. I could see either of them getting picked up, Serrano for the bullpen, Fellhauer (more likely) as a platoon outfielder. Also, Guillen, but as he’s just now in low-A I doubt there’s much chance someone wants to keep him on the 25 man roster all year. But Rolen and Cairo will come off the roster. And Ludwick/Madsen both have mutual options, so it remains to be seen with them. I don’t know the contract status for Paul. Valdez will be in arbitration still next year, as well as a few others (Bray, Ondru, Masset?). So there is a lot of movement that might happen this offseason. MK August 20, 2012 Broxton will be a Free Agent, Masset still has another year. I think Ludwick is a team option so he will be around. The Duke August 20, 2012 Billy Hamilton showing he belongs in AA. A .405/.500/.595 line over his last 10 games, his stats in Pensacola matching his stats in Bakersfield except for a little less average so far, but taking even more walks to make up for it. I just hope he breaks the record soon so he c an stop forcing it on the basepaths so much and focus a little more on the right time to run. David Vidal’s average is still low, but he might pull out another 20 HR season, and he is starting to hit after a slow start in AA. His last 10 he is .306/.380/.597. With his defense at 3B he could push Frazier to LF if the bat can play up to the point where he could be a .270 hitter with 20 HR at the MLB legel. That’d be a real nice #6 hitter. Lutz is also killing it his last 10. .342/.405/.526, A lot of these guys will he back to start next year, so The Wahoos should still have a fun product t watch next year. Any chance Vincej skips Dayton next year? Touted as a plus defender at SS coming out of the draft and hitting over .400 with less than 1 K every 2 games so far. Granted it’s still a small sample size as he was a late sign after the draft. Juan Perez is more a natural 2B, and I could see Brent Peterson going straight to Dayton with Valor at SS in Billings in 2013. The Dayton rotation next year should be crazy good to start. Stephenson, Guillon, Langfield, Cisco, and Mugarian as long as no one gets injured. I’ll need to get to a lot of early season games. Ed from P-cola August 20, 2012 Was at Wahoo game yesterday. Great game, everybody played well. Gained a game on biscuits in standings…!! AdamL August 20, 2012 If the organization decides that Hoover could help in the postseason, is there a bullpen arm that would go out? Or maybe a Valdez? Assuming Cairo is out when Votto returns. MK August 20, 2012 If they thought he was better than what they have why wouldn’t he be there now? Doug Gray August 21, 2012 How they can’t think he is better than Ondrusek at this point still boggles my mind. I would also take him over LeCure and Broxton. But maybe I am crazy. charliefunny August 20, 2012 Hey Doug, I’m sure you’re very busy (& sometimes frustrated) compressing raw video buuut now that it’s almost the Reds AFL announcement time (end of August), when will you upload an AFL nomination topic? We can post our choices to see who comes closest to the Reds eventual picks? Thanks alot. Doug Gray August 21, 2012 If I can remember, later this week. charliefunny August 21, 2012 Thanks a bunch Doug! U da best! LOL MK August 20, 2012 Wow, Billings on milb TV tonight. MK August 20, 2012 As hot as Soto is, H Rod and Didi are that cold. charliefunny August 20, 2012 Mustangs Sanchez FOUR doubles tonight!