Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 4/18/17 Doug Gray April 19, 2017 8 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 6-4. Box Score Juan Perez went 2-4 with a double, walk, steal and an RBI. Sebastian Elizalde went 1-4 with a double and a run. Tony Renda went 3-3 with a double, walk, RBI and 2 runs. Jesse Winker went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Phillip Ervin went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Seth Mejias-Brean went 1-4 with a run. Lucas Luetge allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Evan Mitchell threw a hitless inning with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Pensacola won 7-4. Box Score Blake Trahan went 1-4 with a run. Devin Mesoraco (rehab) went 0-4. Gabby Guerrero went 3-4 with a double, triple and two runs. Aristides Aquino went 2-4 with a run and 2 RBI. Angelo Gumbs went 1-3 with a walk, steal and a run. Brian O’Grady went 1-2 with 2 walks, a home run (3) and 2 RBI. Josh VanMeter went 1-2 with 2 RBI. Leon Landry went 1-1 with a run scored as a pinch hitter. Luis Castillo allowed 2 earned in 5.1 innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Ismael Guillon threw 1.2 shutout innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeotus. Jimmy Herget threw a shutout inning with a walk and a strikeout. Daytona lost 10-1. Box Score Gavin LaValley went 1-4 with a solo home run (4). Narciso Crook went 2-3 with a double, was hit by a pitch and had a steal. Jonathon Crawford threw 5.0 shutout innings with 5 walks and 1 strikeout. Blake Butler, an infielder by trade, threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Dayton won 11-2. Box Score Michael Beltre went 2-4 with a walk, 2 runs and 2 RBI. Tyler Stephenson went 2-5 with a double, 2 runs and 2 RBI. TJ Friedl went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI. Avain Rachal went 1-4 with a walk and a run. James Vasquez went 1-4 with a run and a walk. Brantley Bell went 3-3 with a double, walk, 2 runs and 2 RBI. Hector Vargas went 2-4 with a run. Scott Moss allowed a run in 5.1 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts. Aaron Fossas threw 3.2 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. 4/19 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 5-7 N/A 6:35pm Stephens Here Here Here Pensacola 9-3 N/A 7:35pm Mella Here Here Here Daytona 6-7 N/A 7:05pm Lopez Here Here N/A Dayton 8-4 N/A 7:00pm Romero Here Here Here Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel A+ 0-4. 2 Jesse Winker AAA 1-4, 2B, RBI. 3 Robert Stephenson MLB DNP 4 Amir Garrett MLB DNP 5 Sal Romano AAA DNP 6 Taylor Trammell A 1-5, run, RBI, K. 7 Aristides Aquino AA 2-4, run, 2 RBI, 2K. 8 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 9 Luis Castillo AA 5.1IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 6K. 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Nick Travieso DL DNP 12 Chris Okey A+ 0-2, BB, K. 13 Tyler Mahle AA DNP 14 Tyler Stephenson A 2-5, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBI, K. 15 Phillip Ervin AAA 1-4, 2B, RBI, K. 16 Ian Kahaloa Susp DNP 17 Shed Long A+ 1-4, K. 18 Keury Mella AA DNP 19 Austin Brice AAA OFF 20 Jimmy Herget AA 1IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 1K. 21 T.J. Friedl A 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI. 22 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 0-3, 2K. 23 Zack Weiss DL DNP 24 Ariel Hernandez AA DNP 25 Michael Beltre A 2-4, BB, 2 runs, 2 RBI. 8 Responses redleggingfordayz April 19, 2017 Doug, can we talk about how good Evan Mitchell has been to start the season? When does he get a shot? Reply Doug Gray April 19, 2017 It’s still early – but, I was saying all offseason that he was one of the guys to watch out for. With the way the team has been going through pitchers, it wouldn’t surprise me if we see him this year. The only thing working against him is that he’s not on the 40-man roster right now. Reply The Duke April 19, 2017 I was at the Dragons game last night, albeit I had to leave in the 7th (school night for the kids). Here are my thoughts: Scott Moss overall looked pretty good, but his velo has been higher in the past from what I’ve seen on TV and read about. The stadium gun was a little wonky last night and didn’t read every pitch, but for the most part his fastball was coming in around 90-92, and I believe he was throwing some 2 seamers as well at around 88-90. He showed multiple off speed pitches with his slider in the low 80’s and what looked like a curveball in the high 70’s. I was in the grass down the LF line, so my angle wasn’t the best. His changeup was right around that 79-81 range as well. His control on the night was a little spotty (as evidenced by 38 balls vs 52 strikes) but when he missed, he wasn’t missing over the plate and was able to only issue 1 walk. It did run his pitch count up though. I thought his “wild pitch” was more of a passed ball imo. Stephenson had to reach up for it and got a glove on it, and while it was a tough pitch to get, he should have got it. Overall I was fairly impressed by Moss, he’s got clean mechanics that he repeated well, I think the control will continue to improve with IP after pitching so few innings over the past 3 years because of his TJ surgery. I also think there is more velo in there as he matures as he has shown it in the past. That one wild pitch/passed ball aside, Tyler Stephenson looked good behind the plate, and very good in his at bats. His swing plane looked good with very good bat speed, and he seemed in control at the plate. His one strikeout was very questionable as that ball was solidly below his knees for strike three on what should have been ball 4. He hit the ball with authority up the middle and down the line making hard contact that just wasn’t elevated. I saw him play twice last year, and he looks much more comfortable at the plate this year. Taylor Trammell showed the bat speed, and foot speed I expected, but he needs to settle down a little at the plate. His at bats reminded me a lot of Stephenson last year in that he’s looking to crush a hit rather than stay controlled through the zone and trust his bat speed. All the raw tools are there though, and I think he’ll settle down with more AB’s. He’s 19 and he looked 19 at the plate last night. I never really saw him tested in LF, but everything looked fine out there. Michael Beltre had a great all around game. Running balls down in RF, showing good arm strength, his at bats were patient but he attacked balls in the zone. Athletically, he is a lot like Trammell, but you can just tell he is a couple years older. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him promoted to Daytona at some point this year, while Trammell likely spends the entire year in Dayton. Friedl looked good as well, like both Trammell and Beltre he just has that easy speed. His double would have been a triple had the ball not gotten lost in the Lansing bullpen down the RF line. The crowd thought he was going to get an inside the park home run before the ump called him back with the RF just throwing his hands up in the air. Hector Vargas looked better defensively at SS than he did at the plate, his 2 hits aside. Showed good range on the night and a solid arm. He’s no Luis Gonzalez, but he’s a more than capable SS. Brantley Bell had a great game both at the plate and he looked good at 2B. I’m a little surprised he is off to as slow of a start as he is, because he looked in control at the plate. He wasn’t chasing bad pitches and hit the ball well. One of his hits was soft contact but it was a slow chopper that Lansing didn’t really have a chance on. If he continues to look like he did last night, his average will rise quickly. John Sansone had a nice 2 RBI double, but overall I wasn’t overly impressed by him at the plate. He was definitely up there to swing and if I were pitching to him, I’d make him chase balls of the plate until he proved he could lay off of them. His defense was solid at 3B. Not a Dragon, but Vlad Guerrero Jr looks exactly like his dad, and his bat speed was on another level from everyone else in that ball park. He’s going to be a stud sooner rather than later. His inexperience and youth showed a bit defensively, but all the raw tools are there for him to be a good 3B with work, I think he easily sticks in the dirt which is contrary to some of the stuff I’ve read about him. Plenty of arm and athleticism. Bo Bichette had a better game at the plate, but he still needs to grow into power, and he won’t be a SS for long I think. He’s plenty athletic, but he just doesn’t have the range and instincts of a SS imo. He’ll either move over to 2B (not a chance he’s moving Vlad Jr off of 3B) or end up in a corner OF spot. If I were a betting man, I think he ends up a LF unless he shows dramatic improvement over the next couple of years. Solid hitter overall though. All in all a very fun night to be at a Dragons game with an 11-2 win. Sounds like I didn’t miss much in the 8th and 9th, and the weather was absolutely perfect. Reply Jasonp April 19, 2017 Thank you The Duke. I enjoy reading your reviews of the games you get to see. Reply Norwood Nate April 19, 2017 Mesoraco seems to be nearing his required amount of innings to demonstrate he’s healthy enough to catch. But the bat has been pretty non-existent against AA pitching so far (yes SSS). Normally the numbers wouldn’t concern me on rehab, but so much of hitting is timing and I just don’t think he’s gotten back to being close to where he was prior to injury. At that point, if he’s not hitting, what value does he carry? He’s the lead defensively skilled catcher on the roster, and I don’t think it’s close. Will the Reds keep him down until he shows signs of life at the plate or call him up once he can handle 9 innings on back to back days? I hope it’s the former. If Crawford can come back and be anywhere close to what he once was as a prospect that’s a real boost to the system. He’s looked good so far. LaValley may be rediscovering that HR stroke. 4 HRs in about 50 ABs this year, 11 in 350 ABs last season. Beltre and Friedl seem to have adjusted to the level jump quickly, hopefully it’s legit and not just a hot start. Reply Wes April 19, 2017 I agree on meseraco. That dude is getting close to potentially never making it back. Shame too- a good hitting catcher w power batting 4-6 in reds future lineup vs other teams batting catcher 8 is a big advantage in NL. He just never had the health. Maybe he will be willing to chip in on Roberts signing? Reply MK April 19, 2017 Seems LaValley has found his power. Has his body finally adjusted to his smaller size? I can remember sitting with his family in Dayton and his dad complaining that the Reds made, the former University of Oklahoma offensive lineman recruit, lose to much weight costing him his power. Reply sultanofswaff April 19, 2017 Who is his dad, John Kruk? lol 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.