Wednesday news and notes

Over at MiLB.com Tony Cingrani was a recent interviewee with Robert Emrich about his rise through the Reds system.  These two things jumped out to me from the interview the most:

MiLB: Some scouts think you’ll wind up in the bullpen in the Majors because they consider you a two-pitch pitcher. What would you say to that?

Cingrani: The numbers speak for themselves. Give me a chance to be a starter and we’ll see what happens. Until I fail, I should get a chance. I should be good to go next year.

MiLB.com: Do you feel your slider needs work?

Cingrani: Yeah. Everything is a work in progress — changeup, too. It’s a good enough changeup to work off my fastball. For me, my fastball gets me through everything.

My biggest concern with Cingrani has been his over reliance on his fastball. The pitch is very good, but even Justin Verlander has to throw other pitches 35% of the time.

Chris Valaika is now a Miami Marlins player, so cross him off of the list of guys who may have come back after electing free agency. After the trade that they just pulled off, he might spend the season in the Majors.

Not minor league related, but the sooner that Major League Baseball goes to automated balls and strikes call, the better. A new study suggests that Jose Molina, who could barely hit his body weight over the course of 80 games was as valuable as Giancarlo Stanton in 2012 because he is able to trick umpires into calling a large number of balls as strikes. The “it has always been a part of the game” crowd drive me crazy. Would they be ok with changing the rules of football so that Tim Tebow were allowed to be as valuable as Peyton Manning or Tom Brady? That is basically what is happening by allowing umpires to be tricked by catchers. It drives me batcrap crazy.

The Reds had a nice day in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday.  Drew Hayes and Josh Ravin each threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts, while Curtis Partch threw a perfect 9th inning with 1 strikeout. At the plate Didi Gregorius went 2-4 with a HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs and a walk.

Here is an update on the Reds players who are participating in fall/winter ball:

BATTERS LG AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Hargreaves, Elliott ABL 7 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
Gregorius, Didi AFL 71 3 1 1 8 6 4 2 .282 .333 .394 .728
Hamilton, Billy AFL 55 1 1 1 9 7 9 10 .273 .349 .382 .731
Lutz, Donald AFL 43 3 1 1 4 1 7 2 .395 .422 .581 1.004
Mattair, Travis AFL 32 1 0 0 3 2 10 0 .188 .250 .219 .469
Phipps, Denis DWL 45 1 1 2 10 4 11 1 .200 .288 .400 .688
Vicioso, Danny DWL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Soto, Neftali PWL 15 0 0 0 1 2 6 0 .333 .412 .333 .745
Vidal, David PWL 8 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 .125 .125 .125 .250
Fellhauer, Josh VWL 30 2 0 0 3 5 8 1 .233 .343 .300 .643
Perez, Felix VWL 94 7 0 1 12 2 19 2 .309 .327 .415 .741
Rodriguez, Henry VWL 60 7 0 0 4 4 9 0 .300 .344 .417 .760

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PITCHERS LG W L SV IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP
Crabbe, Tim AFL 1 1 0 19.0 19 3 9 11 4.26 1.47
Hayes, Drew AFL 2 0 0 14.0 13 0 8 11 4.50 1.50
Partch, Curtis AFL 0 0 1 11.2 8 2 6 12 3.86 1.20
Ravin, Josh AFL 0 1 0 10.1 10 1 2 10 6.97 1.16
Judy, Josh DWL 0 1 1 4.1 8 1 0 0 4.15 1.85
De Sousa, Jose VWL 0 0 0 0.1 1 0 0 0 27.00 3.00
Freeman, Justin VWL 1 1 2 8.1 14 0 4 8 8.64 2.16
Morillo, JR VWL 0 0 0 2.1 4 1 3 1 7.71 3.00
Parra, Jesus VWL 0 0 0 2.0 3 0 0 0 0.00 1.50
Romero, Franderlin VWL 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 2 9.00 2.00

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