Wednesday news and notes Doug Gray June 11, 2014 20 Comments Baseball Prospectus redrafted the 2013 first round. In the redraft Michael Lorenzen wound up being selected 20th overall. Phillip Ervin, despite his struggles early on moved up as well and was selected 24th overall. While the All-Star teams for all but Triple-A were announced last week there have been two Reds minor leaguers added to the rosters since. Sal Romano was added to the roster for the Midwest League All-Star team and Yorman Rodriguez was added to the Southern League All-Star team. I have been staying on top of the 2014 Draft Tracker. If you haven’t checked that out, you should. It shows which draft picks have signed, how much they have signed for, how much money the Reds can spend, have spent and have left to spend. The Dominican Summer League is just over a week into their season. The Reds have two teams in the Dominican Summer League, the DSL Reds and the DSL Rojos. The biggest performer thus far has been Michael Beltre, an 18-year-old outfielder. The 6′ 3″ and 180 lb outfielder is hitting .429/.590/.643 with 10 walks and nine strikeouts in 39 plate appearances so far this season. Perhaps the biggest thing of note though is that infielders Hector Vargas and Luis Gonzalez aren’t on either of the rosters. The two middle infielders were among the best prospects on the teams last season, though Vargas had a much stronger performance. Vargas is a 6′ 2″ and 170 lb infielder who spent most of his time at shortstop, but saw three games at third and two at second base last season while hitting .327/.408/.389 with 21 steals for the DSL Reds. He will be 19-years-old when he takes the field this season. Gonzalez is a 6′ 0″ and 175 lb infielder that spent all but one of his games at shortstop last season. He hit .235/.278/.326 on the season with 18 steals. Coming into the season, Baseball America had both of them ranked as better shortstop prospects than Carlton Daal according to their depth chart in the Prospect Handbook. Until the rosters come out for the AZL Reds, we don’t know for sure if they will be there or not, but their lack of being on the rosters in the Dominican Summer League probably gives us a good idea that they will be there. 20 Responses Champ Summers June 11, 2014 Roger Bernadina is not helping the big league team and is blocking guys who could make a contribution off the bench. It would be great if we could DFA the guy asap and see if someone else could help the bench. Seems Nelson, Gotay, Perez, Neal and Bourgeois would be the in house candidates. Lutz needs work so rotting on the bench keeps him out of the discussion for me. Who helps or is the best fit? Doug Gray June 11, 2014 Does it matter if no one is going to play? Champ Summers June 11, 2014 at this point the 7th inning PH appearance might as well be a pitcher. Would be nice to get a professional at bat. That roster spot is a throw away right now. Those guys at AAA are not prospects and it would be nice to see if they could contribute 3 or 4 times a week. terry m June 11, 2014 In BA it shows Vargas on the Arizona Reds roster. I know it’s not a final roster but he does show up along with Siri and a couple other DSL players. Mel June 11, 2014 champ and Doug Lutz needs at bats , you are dead on Not really sure what the game plan is Mongo June 11, 2014 Mongo has question. Since Bakersfield contract up after season, chances reds move to a better and closer location? Doug Gray June 11, 2014 I am sure that they will try. Have all of the full season teams close to another just makes everything easier on everyone. Instead of sending guys up from Arizona to fill in for a week or two to High A where they will be overmatched, they can work from Dayton or Pensacola. And for my own selfish reasons, I wouldn’t mind going back to a “not having to stay up until 3am working every night because Bakersfield home games don’t begin until 11pm in the summer” schedule. Mongo June 11, 2014 Thanks Doug! Mongo would like to see team move to Lynchburg Virginia. Make Mongo as happy as fat kid at Golden Corral. peppe June 11, 2014 Do the Reds have a hitting coach ? Doug Gray June 11, 2014 Two. Jim t June 11, 2014 Please not another call for a hitting coach. It might be time to look at the players. The at bat Ludwick had Monday with the bases loaded and no one down out, down 4 runs was enough for me. On a 2-0 pitch off a pitcher who couldn’t throw a strike he hit a check swing roller to the pitcher for a home to first double play on a ball that wasn’t close to being a strike. I haven’t seen a worse situational hitting team in quite sometime. The reds are 6 wins and 7 losses in games Cuetos starts and his ERA is under 2.00. Alan Horn June 11, 2014 You are on target Jim. With no offense coming from your typical high offensive positions(LF, 1B and RF), it is a wonder we are as close to .500 as we are. Injuries are part of it, but the bottom line is the offense is not producing. I am well pleased thus far with Mesoraco, Frazier and Hamilton. Phillips has been decent also. I can live with Cozart’s lack of offense if he gets his average up to around .250(which I think he will). Votto and Bruce have hit in the past, so you have to think they will bounce back. I think what you see out of Ludwick is about what we will get the rest of the way. If we don’t start hitting soon we can hang it up. I still believe we need to trade one of the starters or Chapman for a proven hitter(LF) if possible. Jim t June 11, 2014 Alan, they definitely need another bat. Doug Gray June 11, 2014 Bruce and Votto are easily the best hitters on the team. They have missed a combined 7 weeks. Devin Mesoraco has been the best hitter this year. He missed a few weeks himself. It’s very tough for anyone to score runs when that happens. Alan Horn June 11, 2014 The Reds are up 5-0 and the middle of the lineup produced tonight(Bruce, Votto and Phillips). Maybe it is a sign of things to come. Still, they need a bat for LF. I have been saying that since the beginning of last season. Jim t June 12, 2014 Not denying the injuries but even without them they need a bat for LF. When Gomes and Ludwick contributed offensively we walked away with division. Shchi June 11, 2014 Jamie Ramsey? via Twitter… Some of today’s #Reds organization transactions include Carlos Marmol being placed on restricted list (left club w/o permission) The Marmol signing was a waste of time and money. Hopefully this will put that episode to bed and the Reds will now concentrate on more pressing issues, like promoting legitimate major league prospects rather than leaving them languishing in lower levels with nothing left to prove or learn. Drew June 11, 2014 Just seen this come across twitter about Carlos Marmol leaving the Bats after last nights game, his agent said he needs to take a break and just focus on getting back on track. Very odd Says he needs to take a break mentally. Either way not a big deal, just odd. Doug Gray June 11, 2014 It’s a big deal to take a break without asking. Brad Konerman June 11, 2014 Crazy. Votto and Bruce hit = Reds offense creating runs. Story of the season.