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The Reds put a beat down on the Diamondbacks yesterday and it was mostly built on the backs of the youngsters. Here is how the guys performed.

  • Billy Hamilton went 0-1 with a walk.
  • Ryan LaMarre went 1-3 with a walk, double and 2 runs.
  • Kristopher Negron went 2-3 with an RBI, triple and 2 runs.
  • Denis Phipps went 1-2 with a run and a triple.
  • Yorman Rodriguez went 2-2 with a walk, double, HR, 3 runs and 3 RBI.
  • Donald Lutz went 2-3 with a double, HR, 2 runs and 5 RBI.
  • Henry Rodriguez went 3-3 with an RBI and a double.
  • Drew Hayes threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Chad Rogers threw 1.2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts.
  • Nick Christiani threw a shutout inning.

Apparently the Reds are considering shifting Neftali Soto back to third base in order to give him a chance to see time with the Reds. I think it is worth a shot. If he can figure things out at the plate, he could be a difference maker and there still won’t be a chance he can do anything if he is stuck behind Joey Votto. With that said, in his career in the minors with 148 games at third base he posted an .895 fielding percentage, so there will be plenty of work to do. It is still worth a shot though.

This isn’t exactly prospect related, but just baseball related in general. Brandon Morrow printed out some Pitch F/X data on teammate Ricky Romero and gave it to him, perhaps highlighting part of the reason as to why Romero saw his production drop off dramatically. While this kind of data isn’t publicly available for minor leaguers (some teams bought and had the systems installed in their minor league parks for internal uses), and isn’t quite as important at the minor league level where learning and developing is more important than winning, it still surprises me when I see articles like this. Players shouldn’t be finding this kind of stuff out from other players on their own team. Teams have been scooping up guys from the web who have been proficient in Pitch F/X analysis for years now, so there is obviously teams using the data, so I just wonder why Romero found this out from a teammate.

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