Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 7/13/17 Doug Gray July 14, 2017 33 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 10-0. Box Score Brandon Dixon went 1-3 with a walk. Phillip Ervin went 2-3 with a walk. Chad Wallach went 1-4 with a double. Alex Blandino went 0-2 with 2 walks. Pensacola lost 2-0. Box Score Josh VanMeter went 2-4. Nick Senzel went 1-4 with a double. Nick Longhi went 1-2. Joe Hudson went 1-3. Keury Mella allowed 2 runs in 7.0 innings with 5 strikeouts. Jake Ehret threw a shutout inning. Brennan Bernardino threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Daytona lost 1-0, 5-4 in a double header. Game 1: 1-0 loss. Box Score Daniel Sweet went 1-3. James Vasquez went 1-2 with a walk. Garrett Boulware went 2-3. Brian O’Grady went 1-2 with a walk. Vladimir Gutierrez allowed a run in 5.0 innings with a strikeout. Brian Hunter threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Game 2: 5-4 loss. Box Score Blake Butler went 1-4 with a run. Alfredo Rodriguez went 2-4 with 2 doubles, a run and an RBI. James Vasquez went 2-4 with an RBI. Reydel Medina went 1-3. Daniel Sweet went 2-3. Chris Okey went 3-4 with a double and a run. Luis Gonzalez went 1-3 with a home run (5) and 2 RBI. TJ Friedl went 1-2 with a walk. Austin Orewiler allowed a run in 3.1 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Dayton won 8-4. Box Score Jose Siri went 2-5 with a double, home run (15), 2 runs and 3 RBI. Michael Beltre went 1-4 with a walk, 2 steals and 2 runs. Taylor Trammell went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Tyler Stephenson went 1-4 with a double, walk, run and an RBI. Kevin Franklin went 2-5. Malik Collymore went 2-5 with a double, steal and a run. Gabriel Ovalle went 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs. Andrew Jordan allowed 2 runs in 5.0 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Joel Kuhnel threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout. Billings lost 4-2. Box Score Stuart Fairchild went 3-3 with a triple and a walk. Miles Gordon went 1-4 with a steal. Alejo Lopez went 1-4 with a double and a run. Leandro Santana went 1-4 with a run. Andy Sugilio went 1-4 with a steal. Luis Alecis allowed 2 runs in 4.0 innings with 3 walks and 7 strikeotus. Ryan Nutof threw 3.0 shutout innings with a strikeout. AZL Reds lost 3-1. Box Score Reshard Munroe went 1-4 with a solo home run (1). Seth Varner (rehab) allowed a run in 3.0 innings with 3 strikeouts. Ricardo Smith allowed a run in 3.1 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts. 7/14 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 35-55 N/A 7:05pm Stephens Here Here Here Pensacola 40-30 10-11 7:35pm McGuire Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 2-18 6:30pm Boyles Here Here N/A Dayton 41-29 7-14 7:30pm Blandino Here Here Here Billings 13-11 N/A 9:05pm Naughton Here Here N/A AZL Reds 5-10 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel AA 1-4, 2B, K. 2 Luis Castillo MLB DNP 3 Hunter Greene N/A DNP 4 Sal Romano AAA 2.1IP, 2H, 3ER, 3BB, 4K. 5 Jesse Winker MLB DNP 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ 5IP, 4H, 1ER, 0BB, K. 7 Tyler Mahle AAA DNP 8 Taylor Trammell A 2-4, HBP, 2 RBI, K. 9 Tyler Stephenson A 1-4, BB, 2B, run, RBI, K. 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Shed Long AA 0-3, K. 12 Jeter Downs BIL 1-5, K. 13 Stuart Fairchild BIL 3-3, 3B, BB. 14 Jose Siri A 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBI. 15 Aristides Aquino AA 0-1. Didn’t start, double switched. 16 Jose Garcia DSL DNP 17 T.J. Friedl A+ 1-2, BB. 18 Gavin LaValley AA 0-4. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA DNP 20 Zack Weiss AA DNP 21 Ariel Hernandez MLB DNP 22 Jackson Stephens AAA DNP 23 Phillip Ervin AAA 2-3, BB, K. 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 2-7, 2 2B, run, RBI, K. 25 Alex Blandino AAA 0-2, 2BB, K. 33 Responses icehole3 July 14, 2017 Doug which players in the Reds system best resembles Votto when he was coming up in your opinion, Senzel? MK July 14, 2017 Not Doug but I saw them both extensively at Dayton. Defense and base running there is no comparison Senzel was much better. Senzel had more power. I thought Votto was going to be a Sean Casey clone at the time. Although there was an experience difference between a high school and Div. I college player. Doug Gray July 15, 2017 There is not one, really. The Duke July 14, 2017 Taylor Trammell’s first 144 games as a pro, roughly what someone might call a full season: 549 at bats .293/.367/.445 9 HR 26 2B 15 3B 87 RBI 89 R 48 SB Just call him the Matrix. His average is down a little bit this year vs last year, albeit he went from one of the most hitter friendly environments in baseball to one of the more pitcher friendly leagues this year while being only 19 in full season ball. His walks are up, and his power is significantly up (with more to come imo) though. David July 14, 2017 Is Vladimir Gutierrez hitting the wall? In his first 11 starts, he struck out 11.0 batters per 9 innings (28.4%). But over his last 5 starts those numbers have taken quite a tumble. He has fanned just 4.5 batters per 9 innings (12.5%). Is that any reason for concern? Jasonp July 14, 2017 If I remember correctly he hadn’t pitched in like 2 years and was a reliever before. So probably a lot of innings pitched compared to what he had been use to. Billy July 14, 2017 Doug, Tebow’s good play in A+ (in a small sample size) and relatively poor reviews by scouts has me wondering… What do you consider the absolute minimum talent level required to still be able to succeed at the major league level? Who would be an example of someone who accomplished a lot despite having little to work with? sultanofswaff July 14, 2017 Stuart Turner. lol From a physical tools standpoint, I think a backup catcher can mask a lot of shortcomings with experience and preparation. Billy July 14, 2017 Turner isn’t really what I’m looking for. He’s only on a roster because of Rule 5, and he’s not all that productive anyway. I’m more thinking of someone that’s a decent player who seems to put up OK or even good stats that far exceed what his tools and skills suggest he should be able to do. I mean, has there ever been a major leaguer that was seriously lacking in talent but was still able to be quite productive? Over a short stint, that can just be luck. But who has actually maintained that productivity over an extended time? MK July 14, 2017 He was an All State high school baseball player as a Junior in Florida, which requires some skills in a very competitive, talented high school baseball state. Urban Meyer convinced him to graduate early to enroll at Florida in time for Spring Football so that he would not play baseball and get drafted. So it is true he too a very unconventional almost impossible pro baseball path it isn’t like he had no background or skills Billy July 14, 2017 No, I get that. I think it is fantastic what he is doing. Good for him. This is just a more general question that it brought to mind… What is the bare minimum level of talent required to be a productive player if everything breaks right for you? Make it about me if you like. Could I have made it if I did everything right and got incredibly lucky too, or would that still not been good enough? And how good could I have been if everything broke just right. RickDinSTL July 14, 2017 The Reds minor league system has been losing a LOT since the draft. I get that they only exist to feed the major league team but… gosh… that Daytona team has a horrid second half record. Would be nice if the Reds had a winning culture. Norwood Nate July 14, 2017 I’d guess most teams that lose their 3 best everyday players would take a step back. That’s what happened in Daytona when Senzel, Long, and LaValley moved up. Plus Lopez moved up as well and was one of their most consistent starters. That’s a lot of loss. EF Hutton July 14, 2017 Man, that was a blockbuster trade the Cubs and the WhiteSox pulled off yesterday. WhiteSox are now said to have 9 of the top-100 prospects in MLB. Nine! That is certainly one way to rebuild. There seems to be some serious buzz picking up and going on in Cincinnati about the possibility of the Reds trading Raisel Iglesias. Will there be a team that will overwhelm the Reds to get Iglesias??? The Cubs could still trade Ian Happ and keep Javy Baez, but are low on top-100 prospects now. The Nationals?? Greenfield Red July 14, 2017 The Nats, Dodgers, and Yankees all have farms to pay for RI. Let’s see if they will. wes July 14, 2017 Nationals for sure need cozart too. Look at their lineup! They need him batting 2nd behind Turner for stretch run. Cozart is a better option at short even when turner comes back because he’s coming off an injury and Cozart being there will take pressure off of him. Turner also plays outfield so they can both play. Not real sure what Cozarts value is today but seems like Reds would have took a fringe top 10 organizational prospect for him before the season started. If I am the Nats I want Iggy, Cozart, and Storen- 1 stop shop dbfromnva July 14, 2017 The Nats do not want Storen back and he would not want to go back. A lot of bad feelings there. I can’t see any interest in Cozart with Turner coming back for the playoffs. They would only be interested in high quality relief pitching. wes July 14, 2017 Look at the nationals lineup- cozart playing short and batting second is perfect for them- especially as a throw in for the iggy trade. It’s a perfect fit- Turner can play outfield when he comes back. I thought about bad blood w Storen, but unless he has issues in the locker room with actually players- both sides should be professional about it…if not take Cingrani Josh July 14, 2017 Doug and others. What do you think of this trade Iglesias for Trea Turner straight up and then Cozart for Juan Soto. I highly doubt the Nat’s would do that but it would help them out. They probably value Turner more than Iglesias though. Kap July 14, 2017 I just don’t see the nationals parting with turner. Good productive cheap player at a premium position with years of control. Teams beg for those type of players. And I think so to is too much for cosart. Andrew Stevenson or a prospect like that would get it done Kap July 14, 2017 I still say if the nationals want iggy, it’s Robles and others or nothing. Period Bill July 14, 2017 The Nats want to win this year and next year. I wouldn’t expect them to part with players that fall into that window such as Turner or nearly ready prospects such as Fedde or Stevenson. Bill July 14, 2017 In case you missed this in the box score … the DSL Rojos squad learned a painful lesson on the value of OBP by scoring 13 runs on only 8 hits in their 13-5 victory over the DSL Brewers. The Rojos took advantage of 10 walks and 6 HBP (3B Soto was hit 3 times). RedsKoolAidDrinker July 14, 2017 Am I reading this wrong? How was it a painful lesson? Mark l July 14, 2017 6 hbp terry m July 14, 2017 Yanks looking for pitching Pineda out partial tear elbow !!! Feldman ?? Sandoval released by Boston also.. Need a 3rd baseman. Think Devers is too young to bring him up. Marc July 14, 2017 Maybe trade Feldman. He is a FA after this year, 3.94 ERA. Maybe able to get someone like a flowers or a 8 – 12 level prospect. (man they have a good farm system) MK July 14, 2017 Mustangs add their fourth catcher,Mark Kolozsvary, not including Jake Turnbull. Got to think someone is going somewhere soon. Shawn July 14, 2017 Turnbull is no longer a catcher Hingle McCringleberry July 14, 2017 Hey doug, any reason the reds haven’t signed Henderson Alvarez? They love bargain deals and this could pay dividends. Great stuff. Alot of funky movement on those pitches and not afraid to hit both sides of the plate. Give Dick Williams a call would you? Shamrock July 14, 2017 What ever happened with Kevin Franklin? I remember being excited about this 2nd Rd pick third baseman a couple years ago. I think it was suggested that he might never be able to hit for a high average, but the Home Run power was definitely legitimate. (I was thinking that his floor might be a young Russell Branyan)…..Now I just glanced at his stats and see like 10 homers in 4 years. wth Still only 22yrs old…..any chance he ever puts it together?? Doug Gray July 15, 2017 Baseball is a very difficult game. DaveCT July 14, 2017 Wow,AA. Reyes, 5 IP, 2 hits, 2 BB, 5 K’s 87 pitches in 5 innings (not so great), and 9 groundouts to 0 fly ball outs.