Minor League Game Review – 7/28/14 Doug Gray July 29, 2014 42 Comments Louisville won 6-5. Box Score Ruben Gotay went 2-4 with a walk and 3 runs. Felix Perez went 3-5 with 3 doubles, an RBI and 3 runs. Neftali Soto went 2-3 with a walk and 2 RBI. Thomas Neal went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 0-2 with 2 walks and an RBI. David Holmberg allowed 3 runs in 6 innings with 4 strikeouts. Curtis Partch threw 1.2 hitless innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Game Notes The Bats rallied in the first inning to score twice. With Ruben Gotay on third (walk) and Felix Perez on second (double), Neftali Soto singled them both in. In the third inning those three joined up again to account for two more runs as Perez doubled in Gotay who has singled earlier. A Neftali Soto ground out brought Perez in from third and Louisville had a 4-0 lead. Charlotte rallied in the top of the fourth though, scoring three times to make it a one-run game. The Bats would add on single runs in the fifth and the seventh on a Thomas Neal RBI single and a bases loaded walk to Tucker Barnhart, making it a 6-3 game. The bullpen ran into some troubles in the ninth, allowing two runs, but with two runners on Justin Freeman got out of trouble with a strikeout and a fly ball to end the game. Pensacola lost 6-2. Box Score Yorman Rodriguez went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Travis Mattair went 2-4 with a double. Juan Duran went 2-4 with a triple and a run. Brodie Greene went 2-4 with an RBI and a run. Ben Klimesh threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Game Notes Jon Moscot ran into problems in the first inning, allowing five runs before all was said and done. He settled down after that, throwing five shutout innings to follow, but the Blue Wahoos were in a big hole. The score stayed 5-0 for Mississippi until the fifth inning when Pensacola busted through as Juan Duran led off with a triple and came around on a Brodie Green single. Yorman Rodriguez would single in Greene later in the inning to make it a 5-2 game. Unfortunately that was all the the Blue Wahoos offense had in them on the night and they eventually fell 6-2. Bakersfield lost 8-7. Box Score Beau Amaral went 2-5 with a run. Zach Vincej went 1-4 with a walk. Sebastian Elizalde went 3-5 with 2 doubles, an RBI and 2 runs. Marquez Smith went 4-5 with 2 homers (21), 3 runs and 5 RBI. Juan Perez went 1-4 with a walk. Yovan Gonzalez went 2-3 with a double, walk and an RBI. Ryan Kemp threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout. Brian Pearl threw a shutout inning. Game Notes Visalia started off with a bang, getting a grand slam and a solo homer in the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. Bakersfield would start to chip away at the lead though beginning in the third inning with an RBI double by Sebastian Elizalde. In the fourth Yovan Gonzalez would also have an RBI double, making it a 5-2 game. The Rawhide would squash that though in the fifth, adding three more runs to make it 8-2 and seemingly put the game away. Perhaps they got too comfortable though and saw the Blaze make another run, getting a 3-run homer from Marquez Smith to make it an 8-5 game and putting Bakersfield back in reach. Both teams stayed quiet until the bottom of the ninth inning when Marquez Smith homered for the second time in the game, this time it was a 2-run shot, to make it a one-run ballgame. That was all they were able to muster though, falling to 16-21 in the second half. Dayton won 3-2. Box Score Jamodrick McGruder went 2-4 with a triple, steal, RBI and a run. Jonathan Reynoso went 2-4 with a double, RBI and a run. Robert Ramirez went 1-3 with a double, walk and an RBI. Phillip Ervin went 1-3 with a walk and a steal. Joe Hudson went 1-3. Ronald Bueno went 1-3 with a triple and a run. Sal Romano allowed a run in 5 innings with a walk and 10 strikeouts. Radhames Quezada threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk. Alejandro Chacin threw a hitless inning with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Game Notes For the second straight day a Dayton Dragons pitcher struck out 10 batters as Sal Romano took care of business on Monday evening. He had 10 strikeouts and a walk over 5.0 innings and like Amir Garrett the day before, his stuff was just nasty. Nick Howard followed Romano and gave up a solo home run, accounting for the first run allowed in his career. Radhames Quezada and Alejandro Chacin followed Howard and shut things down from there to finish out the win. The big inning for Dayton came in the fifth, with the game tied at one. Ronald Bueno and Jamodrick McGruder both tripled and Jonathan Reynoso doubled to give the Dragons a 3-1 lead. Phillip Ervin made a big defensive play to end the eighth inning as a runner tried to go first to third on a single and Ervin uncorked a laser to make the final out of the inning of a 3-2 game. Billings won 10-5. Box Score Ty Washington went 2-4 with a double, 2 runs and an RBI. Alex Blandino went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Aristides Aquino went 1-4 with a run and a steal. Brian O’Grady went 1-3 with a walk, HR (4), 2 runs and 3 RBI. Taylor Sparks went 1-3 with a walk, HR (4), 2 runs and 3 RBI. KJ Franklin went 2-4 with a double, triple, RBI and a run. Shedric Long went 1-4 with a run. Wyatt Strahan was charged with 4 unearned runs in 3 innings with 3 strikeouts. Seth Varner threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Wagner Gomez threw 2 hitless innings with 2 walks and a strikeout. Game Notes It seemed for a while that four was the magic number on the night as Helena scored four runs in the second inning, while Billings scored four runs in both the third and the fifth innings. The Mustangs broke the four run inning streak with two runs in the eighth. Despite just nine hits, Billings made their hits count as six of the hits were for extra bases. Brian O’Grady and Taylor Sparks had nearly identical stat lines on the day, each going 1-3 with a walk, homer, three runs batted in and two runs scored. Alex Blandino was promoted to Dayton after the game. AZL Reds lost 3-2. Box Score Hector Vargas went 1-3 with a walk, steal and a run. Jose Siri went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Junior Arias (rehab) went 1-3 with a double. Paul Kronenfeld went 1-4 with an RBI. Chadwick Tromp went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Bernardo Moreta allowed a run in 5 innings with 4 strikeouts. Israel Cuevas threw 3 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Game Notes The Dodgers struck first on Monday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. The Reds would get that run back in the top of the sixth. Hector Vargas walked and stole second before moving to third on a ground out. A wild pitch would bring him across the plate to tie the game up. In the top of the ninth inning Paul Kronenfeld singled in Jose Siri to put the Reds ahead 2-1. I’m not entirely sure what happened to end the game, but the Dodgers apparently scored two runs on this play according to the game log…. you can try to figure out exactly what happened: “Daniel Canellas reaches on a missed catch error by first baseman Paul Kronenfeld, assist to second baseman Shane Mardirosian. Lucas Tirado scores. Matt Jones scores. “ 7/29 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 54-57 N/A OFF OFF Here Here Here Pensacola 31-39 14-24 8:00pm Stephenson Here Here Here Bakersfield 45-25 16-21 10:30pm Dennhardt Here Here N/A Dayton 36-32 16-20 7:05pm Langfield Here Here Here Billings 17-21 2-1 9:05pm Mahle Here Here N/A AZL Reds 12-19 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 42 Responses zblakey July 29, 2014 I noticed that Carlton Daal was not in the Dayton lineup last night and now Blandino has been promoted to the Dragons. Will Daal move up as well? sultan of swaff July 29, 2014 To me, Daal is a cinch to stick at SS. I would think he’d have to move up to Bakersfield to clear the decks for Blandino, but I could also see Blandino moving to 2B for the remainder of the season and taking McGruder’s spot. McGruder is very old for that level and shouldn’t block a first round pick. Doug Gray July 29, 2014 Daal is heading to the disabled list. He has a wrist injury. The Duke July 29, 2014 Good to see Junior Arias back in the field. Maybe he can still get another 100+ at bats in Bakersfield this year. Randy in Chatt July 29, 2014 Speaking of Blandino, Milb.com is wrong on in listing Blandino as a LHH. Everything I have seen in photos, etc. he is a a RHH……..unless he is trying SwH but I doubt that this late in the game. Max July 29, 2014 Your correct. It all says he is a left handed hitter but watching him play vs Vanderbilt he was RHH Andy July 29, 2014 Why doesn’t Felix Perez get a chance in the big leagues? Is there a specific reason you guys see or what. Doug Gray July 29, 2014 Well, let’s be upfront: I don’t get to make the decisions on which players move up, down or sideways. I just write about the guys. With that said, his July has been pretty bad. I would have given him a chance earlier in the year, and last year, to be an extra outfielder on the big league roster. I think his skillset would work there. The Reds simply haven’t agreed though. MK July 29, 2014 Blandino must be meeting the team in Lansing as he didn’t get on the bus this morning. I know flying in and out of Billings can be challenging. Last year when Pedro Diaz was living with us and he was sent to Billings he had to fly from Dayton, to Chicago, to Denver, to Minneapolis, to Billings . Took about 19 hours DaveCT July 29, 2014 and the old school (MLB) says that’s why pay lower than minimum wage and ramen noodles every day evens things like bad travel out. it is what it is. MountainLover July 29, 2014 You can fly from Dayton to Minneapolis to Billings, so it must have had to do with getting a really cheap ticket. I don’t believe there are any flights late enough for Blandino, so he must have flown out this morning. MK July 29, 2014 They told us that there was only one flight, in some part of it and a delay somewhere else caused the around the country tour. I know another player had a similar experience coming the other way. MountainLover July 29, 2014 I suppose one problem is that players are moved without warning, and flights may be full. JMO July 29, 2014 DFA Ludwick, Hannahan and Skip. Call up F Perez, Navarro and Soto. Brad Konerman July 29, 2014 Off Topic: I am planning a trip to Arizona for Spring Training. What is the best week to be out there? Want to see a few major league games and spend some time on the minor league fields. Thanks for any input. hunt4redsoct July 29, 2014 I go every year. Minor leaguers report later than majors. My favorite week is two weeks before MLB season starts. Minor league games going full tilt. AA+AAA travel together. So if they are on road A teams are home. Major league games more like regular season and prospects on 40-man are usually sent down by then. You can go to practice facility at about 9am and catch the major league BP then go grab lunch and return to minor league side of the facility around 12:45 to catch the minor league games. Side note: check out the action on two fields of clover leaf not having games. See a lot of prospects not playing that day either drilling with visiting instructor or coaches or some cool loose batting practices. Once caught Griffey Jr. Having home run derby v. 5 pitchers including Danny Graves. Grif won 6-1 Doug Gray July 29, 2014 The later the better. Minor League spring training games don’t start until mid-March. I think last year the first game was March 15th for the minor leaguers, so I would shoot for something around the 20th just be be absolutely sure you are on the safe side of things. Brad Konerman July 29, 2014 Thanks. Huge help. KyWilson1 July 29, 2014 Not Reds related but, its pretty crappy that Boston can possibly deal Lester for a huge haul, and then resign him in the off season. Hes already said hes open to returning if traded and Boston could have planned this since he wants to be there anyways. If any team trades for him they should be pulling a sign and trade. Never been a fan salary caps, but there should be a rule about how long a player you’ve traded has to be with another team before you can resign them(note-you could trade for them back whenever, just cant resign them the off season after trading them). A simple rule like that would help small market teams a little. Doug Gray July 29, 2014 I don’t agree, except for the part where a team should try a trade/extend thing with him. But aside from that, why shouldn’t the player have the right to go play where he wants to? The owners and players all agreed on the system saying that is perfectly fine. And really, a team trading for him understands he’s walking at the end of the year in almost every scenario, so they know exactly what they are getting, 8 weeks and hopefully 3-4 more in the playoffs of Lester. That’s it. KyWilson1 July 29, 2014 It just seems to beneficial to the big market teams that when a elite player gets close to FA they can trade him and stock up on prospects and then go out and immediately resign him. The Reds don’t have the financial option to do that with a Cueto or Latos. Either way the hopefully the trade deadline is exciting for the Reds and actually plays out well for them. MK July 29, 2014 The first receiving team knows the risk. If they do not like it they shouldn’t make the original trade. Lester’s comment might have been a negotiation thing to make himself less attractive in a trade forcing Boston to up the anti. KyWilson1 July 29, 2014 Hes going to get paid, and if he is traded i highly doubt he resigns with Boston. It was a thought, and another possible advantage for large market teams. Like i said the Reds, Rays, Pirates, A’s, etc cant do that, even though its genius for high payroll teams. If he is traded though I see the Cubs being his landing spot(Theo-Hoyer connection). Him and Arrieta* fronting a rotation with a Bryant-Casto-Alcantrera*-Rizzo infield is the start of a very good looking, very young team, with big pieces available to move. Making the Reds handling of Latos-Leake-Cueto trade/sign/walk scenarios more important. Doug Gray July 29, 2014 It’s all unfair when you have different capabilities to spend. That’s what makes baseball so infuriating at times. The other leagues all have caps and floors. Baseball just let’s the Dodgers and Yankees spend 10 times as much as the Astros or Marlins. MK July 29, 2014 Blandino in Dragons line-up tonight. Mustang John July 29, 2014 Well deserved call up for Alex.A true LEADER always hustles.Will be missed in Billings.OGrady and Sparks not far behind MK July 29, 2014 Blandino HR 1st at bat. Doug Gray July 29, 2014 That is a good start. Brad Konerman July 29, 2014 Mike Leake, Jonathan Broxton, Ryan Ludwick to LA Dodgers For: LF Joc Pederson, RHSP Zach Lee, LHSP Chris Reed, SS/2B Darnell Sweeney, RHSP Zachary Bird, LHSP Victor Gonzalez OR: SS Corey Seager, LF Pederson, RHSP Lee Which package do you take? Who says no? MK July 29, 2014 Dodgers and me. Tim July 29, 2014 Cueto and Broxton for Dodgers Seager and Pederson. Doug Gray July 29, 2014 I really don’t understand why people think the Reds are going to trade Leake/Latos/Cueto/Chapman right now. On paper, the 2015 Reds should be rather good. The Reds front office knows this. They are not going to trade one of those guys before this time next year, and even then, it’s only going to be if they are out of it then. DaveCT July 29, 2014 When I hear trade talk at the level of giving up high value guys who we control for 1 or more years past 2014, our enviable pitchers especially, it reminds me of Jim Bowden firesales. Not saying don’t trade — just trade within the plan of having elite defense and pitching, and with an eye on adding the pieces we need to next year. Plus let’s face it, there are no cleanup hitters available out there who play great d. We’re better off with the high OPS guys like Winker, and the likes of Gavin Lavalley to be drafted and developed. coltholt July 29, 2014 And that is why there could be a decade of sub 500 baseball after 2015. This team needs to follow the example of the a’s, rays, heck, even the pirates. 2015 can still be a year to compete while trading Cueto, simon, and chapman and or Broxton by obtaining guys ready to step in. It requires taking a chance, but nobody ever made a fortune by sliding their nest egg under the mattress. DaveCT July 30, 2014 A decade? That means none of Cingrani, Stephenson, Lorenzen, Lively, Moscot, Traveiso, Guillon, Howard, Constante, etc are able to replace Cueto, Latos and Leake when they leave. And that Winker, Ervin, YRod, SMB, Waldrop, Daal, Blandino, Sparks, Lavalley, etc cannot replace Ludwick, Phillips, and Cozart when they are gone. It just doesn’t fly. To the notion of discarding our elite guys before we lose team control, that just defies logic, especially for a team like the Reds, A’s, Pirates, etc. In 2014 it is ALL about team control — getting the most value possible from the players that you develop before the best of them leave via free agency. If you choose to completely rebuild, then you may give up a final 1/2 to full year of control in order to rake in a bit more in terms of prospects. Otherwise, not so much return, except for one thing — the five plus years you already had them. It’s just the way it is. And if everyone is about getting the best value from their home grown guys, obtaining somebody’s elite guys who can step in is more rare by the hour. Kris Bryant will be in Wrigley for years to come. Then again, so will Winker. DaveCT July 30, 2014 sorry, will Winker be in GABP. Brad Konerman July 29, 2014 Not saying they would. Just curious on value at this point. Jim t July 29, 2014 Doug, much of 2015 will depend on the health of Joey and finding one more bat to bridge the gap to Winker. A longer view would be finding a taker for BP and using the payroll to lock up the pitching. I do agree nothing major will be done until the deadline next year. Rather we are buyers or sellers at that point will depend on where we are in standings. nycdave July 29, 2014 I really don’t get all the fuss about Stephenson. He has no command whatsoever. I think Lorenzen is a much better prospect. coltholt July 29, 2014 Rumor has it the rays could get oscar Tavares, Shelby miller, and there compensation pick. If I am jocketty, I call up the cardinals and offer Cueto up for that yesterday. Miller can immediately slot into the rotation and oscar can play left field. That could potentially bring in a starter who could potentially be lightning in a bottle, a future all star outfielder and a first round pick. If billy beane were running this time, he would have made this deal yesterday. babull July 31, 2014 Billy Beane knows what he is doing. Walt does not. Doug Gray July 31, 2014 I imagine if Walt had a team like Beane does, he too would have gone all in. Instead he has the team that the Reds have. He could have done some selling, but he surely shouldn’t have been buying.