Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 4/16/17 Doug Gray April 16, 2017 18 Comments If you aren’t signed up to support the site through Patreon yet, you can do that today and start getting emails each morning with notes and updates from each game (and other perks). Louisville lost 8-0. Box Score Tony Renda went 2-4 with a double. Seth Mejias-Brean went 1-3. Phillip Ervin went 1-3. Alejandro Chacin threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout. Austin Brice threw 1.2 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Kevin Shackelford threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts. Pensacola won 2-0. Box Score Alex Blandino went 1-3. Taylor Sparks went 1-3 with a run. Joe Hudson went 1-3 with a 2-run homer (1). Austin Ross threw 8.0 shutout innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Jimmy Herget threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Daytona lost 5-0. Box Score Daniel Sweet went 1-3 with a walk. Gavin LaValley went 1-3. Mitch Piatnik went 2-3. Ty Boyles allowed 2 earned (4 total) in 4.0 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Juan Martinez threw 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout. Jake Paulson was charged with an unearned run in an inning with a strikeout. Tanner Rainey threw 2.0 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Dayton had the day off. 4/17 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 5-6 N/A OFF OFF Here Here Here Pensacola 7-3 N/A 7:35pm TBA Here Here Here Daytona 6-5 N/A 7:05pm TBA Here Here N/A Dayton 7-3 N/A 7:00pm Santillan Here Here Here Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel A+ 0-3, BB. 2 Jesse Winker AAA DNP 3 Robert Stephenson MLB DNP 4 Amir Garrett MLB DNP 5 Sal Romano MLB 3IP, 3H, 2ER, 4BB, 2K. 6 Taylor Trammell A OFF 7 Aristides Aquino AA 0-2, BB. 8 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 9 Luis Castillo AA DNP 10 Tony Santillan A OFF 11 Nick Travieso DL DNP 12 Chris Okey A+ 0-3. 13 Tyler Mahle AA DNP 14 Tyler Stephenson A OFF 15 Phillip Ervin AAA 1-3. 16 Ian Kahaloa Susp DNP 17 Shed Long A+ 0-4, 2K. 18 Keury Mella AA DNP 19 Austin Brice AAA 1.2IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 2K. 20 Jimmy Herget AA 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K. 21 T.J. Friedl A OFF 22 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 0-2, BB. 23 Zack Weiss DL DNP 24 Ariel Hernandez AA DNP 25 Michael Beltre A OFF 18 Responses Brennan April 16, 2017 4 runs for the entire organization today! Ouch! Reply Wes April 16, 2017 St. Louis cardinals run is coming to an end. They are going to bottom out. Reply Mark April 16, 2017 I just can’t believe how poor senzel and Aquino have started this season low average and no home runs Reply Doug Gray April 16, 2017 More surprising for me is the slow start for Senzel, than for Aquino. But, we aren’t even two weeks into the season yet, so there’s nothing to really worry about. Reply The Duke April 17, 2017 It’s 11 games. In his first 10 games last year, which were all in rookie ball, he had a .475 OPS. He was then promoted to full season Dayton where he had a .982 OPS the rest of the season against better competition. Senzel may have the Votto-esque slow starter trait. Reply Alex Reds April 16, 2017 Keep an eye on Austin Ross at Pensacola. He’s 28 and not a prospect, but he might be able to make an impact in the majors for a pitching needy team if he can keep this up. Might be a better choice than Arroyo… Reply MK April 17, 2017 Seems Ross is this years Aldeman for the Blue Wahoos. Reply Ty April 17, 2017 Doug, have you ever thought of doing something similar to a go fund me page before you visit the Reds minor league affiliates or or go to spring training? While people can subscribe to this site, they may also be willing to throw in $20 at different points in the year for you’re travel expenses. Thank you for your dedication to this site, Doug. This something that I look forward to everyday, and hope you continue to have success. Reply The Duke April 17, 2017 I like seeing Blandino in the leadoff spot for Pensacola. Even when he is struggling with his batting average, his walk rate is usually strong which leads to a solid OBP even when his batting average is lagging. They should also play him all over the infield, all 4 spots. He could be a valuable utility man even if he doesn’t live up to his billing as a supplemental first round pick. Defensive versatility and a quality at bat off the bench is important. Senzel started off slowly last year as well. If his line looks similar once we get into May, then the alarm bells can start going off a bit. I can’t imagine Tanner Rainey stays in Daytona too much longer. He’s flat out dominating the level, and is already 24 years old. Hernandez to Louisville, Rainey to Pensacola, and Hendrix to Daytona seems like an obvious move to me. Solid AAA debut for Brice this year now that he is done with his rehab. Since he’s on the 40 man I expect we’ll see him as part of the reliever dance this year, especially since so many of the Reds starts are only lasting 3-4 innings. Not so solid a AAA debut for Guillon. Phillip Ervin riding that hot streak. Is he still trying to pull everything? If he can learn to go the other way effectively and punch that outside pitch to RF, then he still has a good amount of upside. If he’s still trying to yank everything to LF, then I expect we’ll see his results normalize soon. Reply Jim Delaney April 17, 2017 I know it is only 2 weeks but Herget has dominated AS hitters, should he be fast.tracked to AAA? I can see him up by mid June and would give Reds a late inning option and allow the unorthodox use of Lorenzen and Ilglesias to continue… Reply The Duke April 17, 2017 He just made the jump out of A ball. The early results are very promising, but I’d wait at least until the AA all star break to promote him. Let teams see him multiple times, get a scouting report on him, and make adjustments. If he sustains this kind of success through them, then I agree it’d be time to move him up. It’s been all of 6 IP so far. An impressive 6 IP, but still just 6 IP. Reply MK April 17, 2017 If promoting after 2 weeks lets demote also and Senzel back to Dayton, it would be fun to watch him again. Don’t think Herget or Rainey are any more dominating than Herget and Chacin were in 2016 and they spent the entire seasons at the same level. Also need to remember that Rainey was pretty bad last season. Reply DanD April 17, 2017 Would Ervin be able to play CF in the majors on a limited basis? The Reds need a RH OF bat off the bench. The at bats and the play in the field of Alcantara has been bad. What Alcantara did yesterday really hurt Romano with the extra pitches and the extra run. It is amazing how in spring training how some guys can impress then when the real season starts just cannot perform. Either bring up Ervin or get a RH outfielder for the bench and demote Alcantara. Reply The Duke April 17, 2017 You probably wouldn’t want Ervin in CF every day, but he’s more than capable of being a spot starter there. I wouldn’t bring him up to ride the pine and get 4-5 at bats a week though. There is still some upside there if he can figure out how to hit the outside pitch to RF with authority. Reply DanD April 17, 2017 Duke, what or who would be your choice to replace Alacantara? Not very impressed with him hitting or fielding. I know the Reds have 4 starting pitchers on the DL but we have capable replacements as of right now but I do not enjoy seeing our bench players besides Scooter on our team. It has been a long time that we have had a great or even a good bench with the likes of Cairo, Heisey, Paul to name a few. If the Reds want to compete next year I hope money is spent on bench players The Duke April 17, 2017 Long term I think Ervin and Blandino are both quality bench guys where one can cover all 3 OF spots and the other can cover all 4 infield spots. Another spot will always go to a backup catcher, then that leaves 2 spots that can go towards the best pinch hit opportunities. The Reds have some guys who might be able to fill that like Sebastian Elizalde, Brandon Dixon, Zach Vincej could be a defense first middle infielder if you want a plus defensive guy up the middle on the bench. For the now, I’d replace Alcantara with Tony Renda. MK April 17, 2017 Alcantara’s defense wasn’t all that stellar in the spring. Reply kevin zook April 17, 2017 agree duke let Ervin play everyday in AAA …still upside there don’t want him as a bench player already until proves otherwise Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.