Yesterday was the 2nd day of the Arizona Fall League. It was a mixed bag for the Reds prospects. On the offensive side of things Travis Mattair (1B) went 2-4 with a walk and a solo home run out of the cleanup spot. Ryan LaMarre (CF) went 1-4 with a walk while batting 5th. From the pitching side of things, it was a rough go for it for Michael Lorenzen and Jamie Walczak. Lorenzen walked 3 batters and gave up two home runs as he allowed 7 earned in 2 innings. Walczak also walked 3 batters and allowed 4 earned in 1.1 innings with 2 strikeouts. Chad Rogers allowed a hit in 2 shutout innings of relief with 2 strikeouts. Here is what Kiley McDaniel from Scout.com had to say about Michael Lorenzen during the game yesterday:
Reds RHP Michael Lorenzen working 93-95 but lots of command issues and 2 HRs in first.
— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) October 9, 2013
As I noted earlier this week, the plan to get Bakersfield a new stadium seems to have fallen through. Baseball America has an article up on the entire situation that has a bit of new information.
While (Cal League president) Blaney admits that there are few other options for Bakersfield in California, he says he is not currently reconsidering a previously discussed plan of shifting two franchises from the California League to the Carolina League.
Remaining at Sam Lynn Ballpark “is not an option anymore,” Blaney said. “We all realize that. (Minor League Baseball) has been patient because we were making progress, but this is a big stumbling block that we need to get past somehow.”
Ben Lindbergh, a baseball writer who writes for Baseball Prospectus and Grantland (and perhaps other place) is currently at MLB Scout School (hey guys, I would like an invite…. someone get in touch with me). He is writing about his experience at Grantland right now and it has been fantastic to read so far. You can check out part 1 here. Part 2 is here.
The Venezuelan Winter League begins today. Once the league gets going I will track down which Reds prospects are actually playing in the league rather than just guys on rosters (who don’t always play). Here are the start dates for the other winter leagues:
- Mexican Winter League – October 11
- Dominican Winter League – October 18
- Australian Winter League – October 31
- Puerto Rican Winter League – November 1