Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 4/20/17 Doug Gray April 20, 2017 22 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 won 9-1. Box Score Juan Perez went 3-5 with 2 home runs (4). Dilson Herrera went 1-4 with a walk, run and an RBI. Seth Mejias-Brean went 2-5 with a double and a run. Jesse Winker went 1-2 with a walk, double and an RBI. Phillip Ervin went 1-4 with an RBI. Brandon Dixon went 2-4 with a solo home run (2) and 2 runs. Nick Routt allowed a run in 4.0 innings with a strikeout. Evan Mitchell threw 3.0 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. Lucas Luetge threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Alejandro Chacin threw a perfect inning. Pensacola won 8-5. Box Score Blake Trahan went 1-4 with a walk, double, RBI and a steal. Gabby Guerrero went 1-4 with a double and a run. Aristides Aquino went 2-4 with a triple, home run (1), 2 runs and 2 RBI. Angelo Gumbs went 3-4 with a double, home run (1), 2 runs and 2 RBI. Taylor Sparks went 1-4 with a double, run and an RBI. Brian O’Grady went 2-3 with a triple, walk, 2 runs, steal and an RBI. Leon Landry went 1-1 as a pinch hitter. Jake Ehret allowed a run in 2.0 innings with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Domingo Tapia threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Daytona won 5-4 in 10 innings. Box Score Shed Long went 3-5 with a home run (1) and 2 RBI. Nick Senzel went 2-5 with 2 doubles and a run. Gavin LaValley went 2-4 with a walk, double, home run (5) and 2 RBI. Narciso Crook went 1-5 with a walk-off double. Alfredo Rodriguez went 3-4. Chad Tromp went 2-4 with a run. Vladimir Gutierrez allowed a run in 5.0 innings with 7 strikeouts. Sandy Lugo threw 1.2 hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout. Sarkis Ohanian threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Dayton lost 8-3. Box Score Jose Siri went 2-5 with 2 triples and 2 runs. John Sansone went 1-4 with 2 RBI. Michael Beltre went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Avain Rachal went 1-4 with a solo home run (1). TJ Friedl went 2-4. Jesse Stallings allowed a run in 2.1 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Patrick Riehl threw a perfect inning. Lucas Benenati threw 2.0 perfect innings with a strikeout. 4/21 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 6-8 N/A 7:05pm Romano Here Here Here Pensacola 11-3 N/A 7:35pm Ross Here Here Here Daytona 7-8 N/A 7:05pm TBA Here Here N/A Dayton 9-5 N/A 7:35pm Jordan Here Here Here Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel A+ 2-5, 2 2B, run. 2 Jesse Winker AAA 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB. 3 Robert Stephenson MLB DNP 4 Amir Garrett MLB DNP 5 Sal Romano AAA DNP 6 Taylor Trammell A DNP 7 Aristides Aquino AA 2-4, 3B, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI. 8 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ 5IP, 5H, 1ER, 0BB, 7K. 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 DNP 15 Phillip Ervin AAA 1-4, RBI, K. 16 Ian Kahaloa Susp DNP 17 Shed Long A+ 3-5, HR, 3 RBI. 18 Keury Mella AA DNP 19 Austin Brice AAA DNP 20 Jimmy Herget AA DNP 21 T.J. Friedl A 2-4. 22 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 3-4. 23 Zack Weiss DL DNP 24 Ariel Hernandez AA DNP 25 Michael Beltre A 1-3, 2B, BB, 2K. 22 Responses kevin zook April 20, 2017 nice to see Senzel, Long, Lavalley, Aquino…. all have good games …great to see Steve April 21, 2017 With Cingrani to the DL, Astin back up with the Reds? Herget to Louisville and Rainey to the Wahoos? Mes back with the Reds ? Doug Gray April 21, 2017 I don’t think you’re going to see an injury move up guys in Daytona/Pensacola. Astin would be my guess as coming back to Cincinnati. Mesoraco is staying with Pensacola through the weekend. Brad April 21, 2017 I would like to see Juan Perez on Reds bench over Alcantara. I generally prefer to promote from within. Guy can play all over the field and has hit at every level. Give him a shot. Doug Gray April 21, 2017 If Alcantara doesn’t start doing something it won’t surprise me if that’s a switch we see at some point. Hingle McCringleberry April 21, 2017 Alcantara has to play. Price is terrible at rotating to make sure his bench is getting enough at bats to stay productive. Doug Gray April 21, 2017 Being a bench player isn’t easy. I get that. At the same time, I think that’s more about hitting than fielding. Alcantara has looked really bad in the field. I never expected him to hit much. Tough to find him playing time though – who should he be playing over? The young guys don’t exactly need off days. The Duke April 21, 2017 Gutierrez’s best start so far. It had been a while since he had thrown consistently against competition. The stuff definitely looks to be there, and as he gets back into the swing of things I think we’ll see a lot more lines like this one. I’d like to see him limit the hits a little more. Tanner Rainey finally shows that he is human giving up the long ball. He did manage to limit the damage to just that one hit/home run. After 21 HR in his first 1036 at bats, Lavalley with 5 HR in his last 59 at bats. In the FSL no less, it’s not like he’s taking advantage of Cal league parks. Winker with more walks that K’s so far, but still showing some limited power. If Schebler gets to May and is still sub Mendoza, I imagine they’ll have to start thinking about making that change. I suppose they could decide to give Ervin a shot if they think Winker still needs to work on things. Evan Mitchell still sporting a 0.00 ERA through 11 IP so far. The 11 hits given up in that time is a little disconcerting, but his massive ground ball rate so far along with his 14 K vs 3 BB is very nice. If any pitcher has to go to the 60 day DL, I expect he is next in line to get a shot on the big club. The last time Juan Perez hit over .270 was in the complex leagues 6 years ago so I doubt he sustains this kind of success, but he has been very hot to start the year. The glove is solid and he could be a bench middle IF at both spots if he’s figured enough out at the plate to be a threat at the plate. Greenfield Red April 21, 2017 Hey Duke. Nice write up. Lots of information. At the major league level, I think we’re seeing the vulnerability of the lineup. Hamilton and Peraza have got to be more selective. As much as we line Duvall, he has got cut down the strikeouts. Votto is swinging at the first pitch way too much (I’m not in the camp that didn’t like all his walks the past few years). Schebler just not hitting. Cozart and Suarez are impressive. Hope they keep it up. Greenfield Red April 21, 2017 Also to be noted, Alfredo Rodriguez is hitting after skipping a level. Probably will always be a #8 hitter, but he can be productive there. The Duke April 21, 2017 The reports of his defense have been absolutely glowing. The average is solid so far, but only 1 extra base hit and few walks to go along with it. Greenfield Red April 21, 2017 I agree on the one extra base hit and few walks. That’s why I think he should be groomed as a #8 hitter for now. Arnold Ziffle April 21, 2017 LaValley was my breakout player pick and he hasn’t disappointed. At least so far. When Eric Davis said on the Reds Caravan tour this winter that LaValley probably had the best bat speed of any Reds prospect I took notice. Davis mentioned him as one to keep an eye on this year. I am partial to 1B anyway. He was near the top on my list to see when I will go to Daytona Beach later this year. But he just might get promoted before that trip happens. He and Senzel both. HavaKlu April 21, 2017 Has there been any further evaluation of Zach Weiss’ situation. He’s gone a long time without pitching for someone who didn’t require surgery. Also, I’m assuming Dan Langfield has either been released or retired since their has been no information on him. Doug Gray April 21, 2017 He did wind up having surgery. Wasn’t Tommy John, but he did have his elbow cleaned up in the offseason. Expected timetable is June-Mid-June, assuming no setbacks. Norwood Nate April 21, 2017 Some less heralded guys off to great starts with Perez, O’Grady, and Guerrero. All could factor in to bench positions in the future. O’Grady has always demonstrated a good plate approach. Perez has historically hit pretty well as he’s adjusted to the level. Some other bats heating up in the system, which is good to see. LaValley’s power resurgence is nice to see. Rainey proves he’s human after all. sultanofswaff April 21, 2017 I just want to see the Reds be hyper aggressive with roster moves until the cavalry arrives. To me it sends a strong message about not accepting business as usual and that every effort will be made to try and win while working thru the development phase of the rebuild. With Winker/Mez/Disco/Homer’s arrival in mind, would you agree that if this team is .500 on June 1st that they have a legit shot at a wild card? Arnold Ziffle April 21, 2017 U of F and So. Carolina got into a pitchers duel last night, with UF winning 1-0. UF’s Alex Faedo pitched his best game of the year and that probably improved his draft stock a tick or two. Faedo went 8.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, and 9 K. On the season Faedo stands at 65.2 IP, 50 H, 25 R, 18 ER, 20 BB, 77 K, and a 2.47 ERA. Most of the other college pitchers go tonight. Bukauskas, McKay, Lange, and Houck. The Duke April 21, 2017 Faedo threw 125 pitches last night. Third time this year he’s racked up a big pitch count that I can think of off the top of my head. Arnold Ziffle April 21, 2017 Did anyone hear Reds GM Dick Williams on the pre-game show last night? When asked about Luis Castillo, he said fans will probably see him sometime this year. He also mega-praised the scouting department on getting Castillo in the Straily trade. He said the scouts came back to him and said this is the guy we want. He said the scouting dept. went to the mat for Castillo as their recommendation for the trade return. Williams also said the Reds will be all-in on Luis Robert. That is until the money is too high. If the money gets too high they will be out of the bidding. On the draft at #2, #32 and #38, he didn’t give up much info only to say that they are more inclined to go with the best player available than target a specific position for those picks. Not much new info. But the front office and the whole organization are very, very high on Luis Castillo. That was evident. The Duke April 21, 2017 Castillo is on the 40 man. I bet we see him in September out of the bullpen a few times. asinghoff April 22, 2017 Doug, easy request. Can we get the Luis Castillo link on the proper Luis Castillo? It keeps sending to the ex-Marlin, Twin and Met instead of just the ex-Marlin. Also, what kind of year would it take for Friedl to hop into your top 10? Granted, it’s early, and international signings and draft picks could push him down further. With promotions, it could balance out. But what would you need to see from him now and in Daytona to jump him up.