Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 4/19/17 Doug Gray April 19, 2017 21 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 10-3. Box Score Dilson Herrera went 1-3 with a run and an RBI. Sebastian Elizalde went 1-4 with a triple and an RBI. Juan Perez went 1-4 with a double. Zach Vincej went 2-3 with a walk, run and an RBI. Kyle McMyne threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout. Austin Brice threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Louis Coleman threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Kevin Shackelford threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Beau Amaral, the outfielder, allowed a run in an inning of work. Pensacola won 7-5. Box Score Alex Blandino went 1-4 with a walk, run and an RBI. Blake Trahan went 2-4 with a walk, run and 2 RBI. Josh VanMeter went 2-5 with 2 RBI. Gabby Guerrero went 2-5. Aristides Aquino went 1-4 with a run. Eric Jagielo went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Adrien Nieto went 2-4 with a run. Brian O’Grady went 0-1 with 3 walks, a steal and 2 runs. Angelo Gumbs went 1-1 with a run. Keury Mella allowed a run in 6.0 innings with no walks and 7 strikeouts. Geoff Broussard threw a perfect inning. Daytona lost 4-3. Box Score Daniel Sweet went 3-4. Nick Senzel went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run. Narciso Crook went 1-4 with a home run (1) and 3 RBI. Garrett Boulware went 1-3. Jose Lopez allowed 2 earned (3 total) in 5.1 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Tanner Rainey threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Dayton won 4-3 in 11 innings. Box Score Michael Beltre went 1-4 with a double and a run. John Sansone went 2-5 with a double, run and an RBI. Tyler Stephenson went 1-4 with a walk and an RBI. James Vasquez went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Jose Siri went 1-3 with a walk. Brantley Bell went 2-4 with a walk and a run. Hector Vargas went 1-4 with a walk off single. Wennington Romero was charged with an unearned run in 6.0 innings with no walks and 6 strikeouts. Joel Kuhnel allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and a strikeout. Jesse Adams threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. 4/20 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 5-8 N/A 7:05pm TBA Here Here Here Pensacola 10-3 N/A 7:35pm McGuire Here Here Here Daytona 6-8 N/A 7:05pm Gutierrez Here Here N/A Dayton 9-4 N/A 7:05pm Olson Here Here Here Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel A+ 0-2, 2BB, run. 2 Jesse Winker AAA 0-4, K. 3 Robert Stephenson MLB DNP 4 Amir Garrett MLB 7IP, 7H, 2ER, 1BB, 12K. 5 Sal Romano AAA DNP 6 Taylor Trammell A 1-5, 2K. 7 Aristides Aquino AA 1-4, run, steal, 2K. 8 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 9 Luis Castillo AA DNP 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Nick Travieso DL DNP 12 Chris Okey A+ DNP 13 Tyler Mahle AA DNP 14 Tyler Stephenson A 1-4, RBI, BB, K. 15 Phillip Ervin AAA 0-3, BB, run, K. 16 Ian Kahaloa Susp DNP 17 Shed Long A+ DNP 18 Keury Mella AA 6IP, 4H, 1ER, 0BB, 7K. 19 Austin Brice AAA 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, K. 20 Jimmy Herget AA DNP 21 T.J. Friedl A Pinch runner. 22 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 1-4, K. 23 Zack Weiss DL DNP 24 Ariel Hernandez AA 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 3K. 25 Michael Beltre A 1-4, 2B, run. 21 Responses Mongo April 20, 2017 The Tanner Rainey is the man. Doug Gray April 20, 2017 He has been good. And stuff. Norwood Nate April 20, 2017 It’s like he’s playing a video game on the easy setting Steve April 20, 2017 Now that Adleman will pitch Friday and Reed Saturday, Brice up and Bonilla down tomorrow? There are only 3 starters in Louisville with Romano, Stephens and Wooten. Astin and Routt made starts recently, but have not been stretched out to go more than 4-5 innings. MK April 20, 2017 It was nice to see Cassidy Brown get a hit in the 11th inning and score the winning run. He has really struggled at the plate and was down to a .065 average. James Vasquez had a couple of hits as well as he moved closer to .100. John Sansone jumped over the Mendoza Line,as several players had a good night in Dayton. Luis Bolivar is actually making moves like he wants to win. He pinch ran Friedl last night to pinch run and brought in Adams to face a lefty batter in the middle of an inning. Those type game moves have not been made in the past in DYton. The Duke April 20, 2017 Oof, a rough go of it for Jackson Stephens so far in AAA. Given how much the big club is raiding Louisville for pitching, I expect he’ll avoid any demotion and that he’ll improve as the year moves on, but it’s been a rough go of it so far. After a rough spring, Brice has been pretty good in his rehab in AA and his first couple appearances in AAA. Missing bats and limiting base runners. He’ll get his shot with the big club sooner rather than later the way we’re flying through relief pitching. McMyne isn’t missing a ton of bats, but his heavy ground ball tendencies could work in GABP. Not being on the 40 man may keep him and Louis Coleman from getting a shot. We seem to be past the days where there is much dead weight on the 40 man and we’ll need to open up 3 spots eventually with the return of Homer, Disco, and Travieso. If we had to clear 3 today and no one else goes down to take their place on the 60 day DL, I would guess Ogando, Stephens, and Bonilla would be the cuts. Maybe they cut Alcantara as bad as he has been. Norwood Nate April 20, 2017 I noticed it has been a rough start for Stephens. He’s typically been solid but never dominant at any level. Hopefully he’ll adjust. I would agree his 40-man spot is probably on shaky ground at the moment. He was the most surprising addition to me over the offseason. Jim Delaney April 20, 2017 Amir with another very strong and impressive outing. Love watching this kid pitch, he has a maturity about him and looks like he belongs out there.. a shame that Reds bats slept walked against Reds.killer Jimenez… IF Romano, Mahle, Castillo, Reed or Stepehenson can step up in the next.couple seasons and show they can be legit MLB starters the rotation could become a huge asset for Reds… jeep our fingers crossed no injuries occur!!! The Duke April 20, 2017 Garrett has been fantastic so far. He’s definitely trusting his stuff more and his plus plus athleticism is really starting to show itself in how his control and command have improved. He’s putting his slider wherever he wants it, has shown more confidence in his changeup, and his fastball command has been on point. For the long term, his first start aside, I think Romano will be a work horse who gives 200+ IP year in and year out. His control is good, he just wasn’t getting that corner in his first start. If Mahle gets a shot at the rotation, I don’t think he lets it go and shows well as a back of the rotation pitcher with an ERA consistently in the 3.80-4.20 range. His control is top notch. The question then becomes who amongst the guys with more electric stuff, is able to harness it and be an effective SP. A lot of options between Reed, Stephenson, Castillo, and Gutierrez. Rookie Davis I think long term is best as a fit in the long reliever role. sultanofswaff April 20, 2017 Agree with all that! Philer Up April 20, 2017 Doug , Amir is doing exactly what I knew he would do. Let’s not talk pitches or athletic abilities , but let’s talk mentality, something Garrett has over the rest of the rookies. I know you are finding it hard to see Garrett’s early success. Doug Gray April 20, 2017 “I know you are finding it hard to see Garrett’s early success” What on the planet Earth are you talking about? Mr. French Tickler April 20, 2017 I would say he is talking about the fact that you haven’t had Garrett as the #1 prospect in the universe. You’re such a buffoon Doug!!! In all seriousness, I would guess Philer Up has been in the camp that was giving you crap about underrating Amir your rankings. Doug does an amazing job scouting these guys and staying in the know. I think if Doug believes AG22 is just inside our top 5 prospects, that bodes better for the Reds than Doug being wrong about someone or underrating them. Doug Gray April 20, 2017 I’m sure that’s what it is – and as I’ve explained so many different times, I’ve actually ranked Amir higher than most places have – just not within the Reds specific system. It’s not that I’ve been lower on Amir than other places, because I’ve generally said I’d rank him higher than the other places had him nationally, it’s that I was higher on some other guys in the system that I too would have ranked higher nationally. But, Philer and a few other guys have some personal connection it would seem with Amir, so anytime there’s anything that can remotely be viewed as a slight, it turns into a big ordeal somehow. It’s tiring, and a bit annoying to have to go through this all of the time. It would be one thing if I was saying that Amir Garrett weren’t any good. But that’s not what I’ve ever said. Heck, for two years in a row now I’ve said he’s a Top 75 prospect in all of minor league baseball. I’ve said he needs to find more consistency with the strikezone at times and his change up would need to improve if he’s going to remain a starter long term. I’ve also noted how the change up has improved, big time, over the last 18 months. I’m just not sure what else one could want me to say other than to change the number in front of the ranking because that, instead of what I’m actually saying, is more important (it’s not). The Duke April 20, 2017 Whoops, hit submit too early. Herrera DH’ing again. It’d be nice to see him healthy enough to play in the field every day at 2B. Blandino kind of doing what Blandino has been doing since he got to AA. Only hitting .219, but with a .342 OBP. His BABIP is solid, he’s making hard contact, just needs to figure out how to cut down on the K’s. This is the kind of start that we’ve been waiting for from Mella since we traded for him. Duvall has already made that a worthwhile trade for us, but Mella was supposed to be the centerpiece. No walks and 7 K’s. He needs a lot more starts like this if he wants to assert his position as a possible starting pitcher in the Reds near future. He has a ton of competition for that kind of chance now. It’s nice to see Pensacola and Dayton out to such hot starts. I think it really does make a difference in the attitude of the team and the excitement of the local fan bases when the team is winning. Minor league titles mean nothing, but a winning culture can have a big impact on these kids as they make their way through to the majors. The atmosphere at the Dayton game the other day was better than I’ve seen it in years. Daytona needs a spark, and ideally they need it to come from Nick Senzel. He hasn’t been terrible, but he needs to go on a nice hot streak and have that team come alive around him. He started out slow last year too, so he may have Joey Votto disease. Wennington Romero with 20 K vs 1 BB in 16.1 IP so far this year. Hard to ask much more from a 19 year old in A ball (he just turned 19 in January too). A 0.80 WHIP, solid ground ball rate so far too. As an undersized guy he’s likely going to have to reprove himself at every level, btu he’s definitely ringing the bell so far. Wes April 20, 2017 Someone tell Garrett he has a ceiling as a #4 starter but is more suited for the pen. Mr. French Tickler April 20, 2017 No kidding Wes. Who does this guy think he is? I hate trying to project what # starter a guy is. Aren’t you just trying to see who your best 5 starters are on your team? Amir has done an unbelievable job just pitching and not overthrowing. Hoping that Robert Stevenson is taking note, as his stuff has looked electric but as we know sometimes he just doesn’t have it. Not sure Amir threw a pitch over 93 MPH last night. His ability to change speeds so deceptively is incredible. I was at the game last night, admittedly in the sun deck so I wasn’t super close to the mound, but my friends and I were amazed at how identical the delivery was on his fastball and change up. Guessing the O’s were also considering the 12 K’s. Thanks for the free pizza btw Amir. The Duke April 20, 2017 I think Stephenson is closer than most think. His one big problem (and it is a very big problem) is fastball command. If he can learn to harness that fastball and hit the corners with it, it will make everything else play up. Teams are laying off the fastball at the corners, because Stephenson isn’t hitting them. Once he does, hitters will have to be quite a bit more aggressive going after borderline pitches. wes April 20, 2017 His strike out ratio is insane! So is his whip though lol The Duke April 20, 2017 His first bad game weighs down his WHIP. Exclude that one (admittedly terrible) appearance and his WHIP goes from 2.42 to 1.40. Only 3 appearances on the year so SSS is still in effect. MK April 20, 2017 Just got back from breakfast with the Dragons before they left on the road. The mood was pretty light. The new coaching staff is really adding to that feel. When the former major leaguer hitting coach, Daryl Ward is the first to arrive and greets all the players, it really shows the boys the dedication it takes for success. This might be the most positive group since the Barnhart/Hamilton team of 2011. You can really get a feel for team attitude when they are in street clothes and out of uniform.