Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 5/17/17 Doug Gray May 18, 2017 28 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 16-2. Box Score Phillip Ervin went 2-4 with a double and a run. Dilson Herrera went 1-2 with a walk and an RBI. Jesse Winker went 1-3 with an RBI. Sebastian Elizalde went 0-1 with 2 walks. Beau Amaral went 1-3 with a double, run and a walk. Alejandro Chacin threw a shutout inning. Hernan Iribarren threw a shutout inning. Pensacola won 8-4. Box Score Leon Landry went 2-5 with a run. Alex Blandino went 2-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and an RBI. Josh VanMeter went 2-4 with a double, walk and 3 runs. Aristides Aquino went 2-5 with a double, run and an RBI. Eric Jagielo went 4-4 with 3 doubles, a walk, run and 2 RBI. Adrian Nieto went 1-4 with an RBI. Deck McGuire threw 6.0 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit with 5 walks and 3 strikeouts. Geoff Broussard threw 1.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Daytona won 9-8. Box Score Alfredo Rodriguez went 3-5 with a double, run and an RBI. Shed Long went 2-4 with a run and was hit by a pitch. Nick Senzel went 1-4 with a walk, double and a run. Gavin LaValley went 1-2 with 3 walks, an RBI and 2 runs. Daniel Sweet went 2-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Chris Okey went 1-3 with a walk, run and 2 RBI. Blake Butler went 1-4 with a run and an RBI. Mitch Piatnik went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Robert Stock threw 2.0 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts. Dayton lost 7-5. Box Score TJ Friedl went 2-4 with a double and a run. Taylor Trammell went 2-4 with a walk, home run (3) and 2 RBI. Tyler Stephenson went 1-4 with a walk. John Sansone went 2-4 with a double and a steal. Bruce Yari went 1-4 with a solo home run (1) Brantley Bell went 2-4 with an RBI. Jesse Stallings threw 2.0 perfect innings. 5/18 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 12-27 N/A 10:35am Reed Here Here Here Pensacola 22-18 N/A 7:35pm Mahle Here Here Here Daytona 22-18 N/A 7:05pm TBA Here Here N/A Dayton 26-13 N/A 7:00pm Jordan Here Here Here Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel A+ 1-4, 2B, BB, run, 3K. 2 Jesse Winker AAA 2-4, 2B, run. 3 Robert Stephenson MLB DNP 4 Amir Garrett AAA DNP 5 Sal Romano DL DNP 6 Taylor Trammell A 2-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI, 2K. 7 Aristides Aquino AA 2-5, 2B, run, RBI. 8 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 9 Luis Castillo AA DNP 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Nick Travieso DL DNP 12 Chris Okey A+ 1-3, BB, run , 2 RBI, 2K. 13 Tyler Mahle AA DNP 14 Tyler Stephenson A 1-4, BB. 15 Phillip Ervin AAA 2-4, 2B, run. 16 Ian Kahaloa Susp DNP 17 Shed Long A+ 2-4, run, K. 18 Keury Mella AA DNP 19 Austin Brice MLB 2.1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 1K. 20 Jimmy Herget AA DNP 21 T.J. Friedl A 2-4, 2B, run, K. 22 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 3-5, 2B, run, RBI. 23 Zack Weiss DL DNP 24 Ariel Hernandez AA DNP 25 Michael Beltre A DNP 28 Responses The Duke May 18, 2017 Alex Blandino still has a low batting average, but his OBP is up to .383. It’s also interesting that he has pretty much split time between 2B and 3B, and even has 4 starts this year at SS. Given his ability to take a walk, a little bit of pop in his bat, and they are really working on his defensive versatility, I wonder if the Reds view Blandino as a future bench option who can play any infield spot and give a solid at bat off the bench. While not a great base runner, if he could maintain a good walk rate, he could even possibly get a shot as a regular still, you never know when an injury will give someone an opportunity. I’d kind of like to see him bumped up to AAA this year despite his struggles to hit for average to see if he can maintain that kind of walk rate at the next level. Paying bench players league minimum seems a lot better idea than paying them $2-$5 million. AlfRod® up to .260 now after his big slump and hitting .390 over his last 10 games with at least one hit in all 10. He really seems to have taken to that leadoff spot, and his kind of speed plays there as well. It’d help if he could walk a little bit more and hit for a little more gap power. The Shed and Senzel show keeps on rolling. A league leading 15th double for Senzel, and Shed with 2 more hits to go with a HBP. Oddly enough, they were the only two Tortugas to not have an RBI in the 9-8 win. The multi hit games and the power are starting to play more and more for Trammell. Hitting .311/.407/.622 now in May. The K rate is still a little higher than we’d like to see, but he’s getting his walks. I think the K rate will go down a bit with his athleticism once he gets more experience. Once Garrett graduates, I think Trammell might be #2 in our system (at least until the draft) only after Senzel. TJ Friedl is on a nice little run too. Hitting .344 over his last 10 games with 5 BB vs only 4 K, and he has a nice .285/.371/.460 line on the year. Only the one home run, but he’s driving the ball plenty with 11 doubles and 5 triples already. Arnold Ziffle May 18, 2017 I agree with you on each item. I love that Senzel is becoming a doubles machine. The HR stat line with him won’t be that critical if he becomes a 45-50 doubles hitter each year in the ML. The Duke May 18, 2017 And playing in GABP, some of those doubles are going to be HR, especially as he gets a little older and stronger as he enters his mid 20’s. I think peak Senzel could still be a 20+ HR and 40+ 2B guy. William Kubad May 18, 2017 The Duke May 18, 2017 “Alex Blandino still has a low batting average, but his OBP is up to .383. It’s also interesting that he has pretty much split time between 2B and 3B, and even has 4 starts this year at SS. Given his ability to take a walk, a little bit of pop in his bat, and they are really working on his defensive versatility, I wonder if the Reds view Blandino as a future bench option who can play any infield spot and give a solid at bat off the bench. While not a great base runner, if he could maintain a good walk rate, he could even possibly get a shot as a regular still, you never know when an injury will give someone an opportunity. I’d kind of like to see him bumped up to AAA this year despite his struggles to hit for average to see if he can maintain that kind of walk rate at the next level. Paying bench players league minimum seems a lot better idea than paying them $2-$5 million.” Alex Blandino – 4 for 9 last two days……4 doubles….1 RBI…. .229 average….. .383 on base percentage Was very disappointed that Blandino was “demoted” to Pensacola this year….he was the spark plug that gained the ‘Hoos the 5 game win streak that secured home field advantage in last year’s playoffs…..has struggled with hitting for average but the on base percentage of .383 is the best on this year’s ‘Hoos. Tick…tick…tick….the Reds organization must act on Blandino shortly or he becomes a free agent. Role player for the Reds or role player on another team…make up your minds GO STANFORD CARDINAL BASEBALL The Duke May 18, 2017 Not really demoted as he has never played a game in AAA. His .670 OPS is AA last year wasn’t really screaming for a promotion either. Not really tick tick tick either as all they need to do is add him to the 40 man roster and they’ll have 3 option years until he’d become a free agent. Jim H May 18, 2017 And there is little chance he’d be added at this point and even less they’d lose him in the Rule 5. I’d say it’s more tick tick tick for Blandino to prove himself. Arnold Ziffle May 18, 2017 “Hernan Iribarren threw a shutout inning.” Adding to his versatility. I had to read it twice for it to sink in. But in a 16-2 drubbing it is easy to see why he was on the mound. DG, why is Louisville so dreadful this year? Several good players at Louisville, though I know you need 25 good ones. Is the Reds pitching carousel having an effect this drastic? What an infield at Daytona. I hope to get there to see a couple of games before they get promoted. Doug Gray May 18, 2017 I think that’s been a big part of it. For most of April they were using one or two starters, then a group of relievers to fill in the rotation. Krozley May 18, 2017 It might be time to move on from Delino DeShields as a manager. .439 winning percentage over the last 5+ years translates to an average 71-91 record over 162 games. I’ve never been impressed with him starting with two Dayton games I saw a few years ago where in one case he submitted the wrong lineup card that cost them a couple runs and another where he handled the pitching staff very strangely. Only a couple games I know, but there’s also the handling of Stephenson last year that may be the reason they’d rather have BobSteve coached at the big club this year. I know the Bats have had to deal with a mangled pitching rotation, but I would think they should be better. My opinion is move on from DD, but what do I know. Clammy May 18, 2017 That is one ugly boxscore from the Louisville game. Brandon Dixon has committed 9 errors already this year? Mr. French Tickler May 18, 2017 Can’t stop looking at draft boards….. Anyone have any perspective on UK first basemen Evan White? Maybe an option at 32 or 38? I know we most likely aren’t in the market for a first basemen but White has received rave reviews for his athleticism, and could easily move to the outfield. .381/.460/.663/.1122 this season in the SEC. Big reason why the Cats have been such a surprise and in 2nd in SEC at this time. The Duke May 18, 2017 Most of the draft buzz I’ve read is that White keeps moving up boards. He could probably be a capable to above average corner OF, but his defense at 1B is called gold glove worthy. It sounds like he’ll go somewhere 15-25. terry m May 18, 2017 Nice write up about White in Baseball America. It’s reports on their top 50 draft prospects. It is a premium article. Report had good things to say and that he could play in the outfield and that he was very athletic but a somewhat concerned about his power output. Arnold Ziffle May 18, 2017 Good to see Cody Reed pitching well for Louisville today. He and the Reds need this. The Duke May 18, 2017 MudHens starter Drew VerHagen’s game score: 3. Haha, Don’t think I’ve ever seen one that low. At least not that I’ve noticed. Coooooop May 18, 2017 Hey Duke, what is game score and how important is it anyway? I’ve seen it in box scores a few times but never heard anyone talk about it till now, so I thought it was low importance. I still know fpk’s first pitch strikes are a very important stat for a pitcher. Pros know it but scorekeepers dont put it in a box score. Maybe fpk’s should replace game score? LOL. Doug Gray May 18, 2017 It’s not important. The Duke May 18, 2017 As soon as you type this, he gives up a 2 run HR. That’s on you AZ! Arnold Ziffle May 18, 2017 I jinxed it. At least he had a 10 run lead when he gave it up. Some run support is always nice. Hopefully no more damage and he finishes well. Doug Gray May 18, 2017 It’s actually on me. It happened within five minutes of me turning the game on. terry m May 18, 2017 BA mock #3 out 1. Wright 2. Mckay 3. Greene Would not be happy with this unless SD signs Robert and trades him to us for cash. (50% discount from there cost) Arnold Ziffle May 18, 2017 With OF Jordon Adell falling all the way to #32 and the Reds. I don’t see #2 or #32 happening. Bubba Woo May 18, 2017 Any update on players getting promoted soon? Just guessing: 1. Stephenson, Freidl, Bell, and Romero(?) to Daytona. 2. Senzel, Long to Pensacola. 3. Mahle, Castillo, Herget, and Hernandez to Louisville. The Duke May 18, 2017 I doubt we see many promotions before the minor league all star games. FSL ASG is on June 17, and the Southern League ASG is on June 20 and will be hosted by our Pensacola Blue Wahoos. I think Stephenson and Romero spend all year in Dayton. They are 20 and 19 respectively, and while doing well, neither is obliterating the league. Same with Trammell at just 19 years old. I expect him to be in Dayton all year. I think after that ASG Senzel, Long, Vlad Gut, Lavalley, and Rainey could all get moved up in short order to bolster Pensacola for the playoff run. Taking their place I could see Sansone, Bell, Moss, Vasquez, and Hendrix moving up to Daytona. Friedl could go either way. If someone from the Dayton OF gets moved up this year, I think it would be him. In Dayton then Luis Gonzalez would step in at 2B and still get some starts at SS, Webb or Olson could step back into the rotation if either is healthy, relievers are easy to bring up and down from the rookie leagues, and Bruce Yari is already in Dayton could man 1B full time. Mahle isn’t on the 40 man, and there really isn’t a huge difference between AA and AAA, especially once the top talent in AAA gets moved to the bigs safely past the super 2 deadline. I could conceivably see him Pensacola all year working with one pitching coach on refining whatever they are working on and him starting 2018 in AAA and called up at some point in the season when injury provides an opportunity. Castillo is a little older, but he has limited experience as a starter. Louisville could really use some rotation stability as well with all the yo-yo promotions to the big club. He’s on the 40 man as well, so he may be spending September in Cincinnati as opposed to a minor league postseason. Herget isn’t on the 40 man. I wouldn’t be shocked if he is in Pensacola all year with the bullpen depth we have. Hernandez is similar to Castillo, but has already made his big league debut. Tough to tell. Doug Gray May 18, 2017 There’s next to no chance Romero or Stephenson are being promoted anytime soon. Generally speaking, starting pitchers and position players don’t get promoted until at least Mid-June. Relievers are a bit of a different story. Brad May 18, 2017 Mesoraco to DL, Astin or Hernandez re-called? Bullpen is getting crushed last 7 days. MK May 18, 2017 Guess I would like to see if Deck McGuire can finally be successful above AA. H e might be a nice filler starter for Bats. Brad May 18, 2017 Im with MK. Rotation will soon get congested in majors and AAA. In order I would promote from Pensacola: Ross, Mcguire, Castillo, Mahle, Mella. This puts Mahle and Mella in AA potentially all year. See what you have in Ross and Mcguire. Castillo is on 40-man and is 24.