Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 7/17/17 Doug Gray July 18, 2017 10 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 11-8. Box Score Darnell Sweeney went 2-5 with a walk and 2 runs. Phillip Ervin went 3-5 with a walk and 2 runs. Sebastian Elizalde went 4-6 with a home run (3), 2 runs and 3 RBI. Devin Mesoraco (rehab) went 1-4 with 2 walks and a Grand Slam. Brandon Dixon went 2-6 with a steal (12) and a run. Alex Blandino went 1-3 with a walk. Chad Wallach went 1-2. Pensacola won 5-2. Box Score Blake Trahan went 2-5 with a run scored. Josh VanMeter went 3-3 with a double, walk, home run (4) and 2 RBI. Shed Long went 3-3 with a double, walk, solo home run (15) and 2 runs. Joe Hudson went 1-3 with a walk. Jose Lopez allowed a run in 6.0 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Domingo Tapia threw a shutout inning with a walk and a strikeout. Zack Weiss threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Daytona was postponed. Dayton lost 2-1. Box Score Jose Siri went 2-4 with a triple, steal (27) and a run. Taylor Trammell went 0-2 with 2 walks and a steal (27). John Sansone went 1-4 with a double. Malik Collymore went 1-3. Tony Santillan allowed 1 earned in 5.0 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Dauri Moreta threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Billings lost 3-2. Box Score Miles Gordon went 1-3 with at riple and a walk. Leandro Santana went 1-3 with a walk, double and 2 runs. Andy Sugilio went 1-3 with a walk, double and an RBI. Tyler Mondile threw 4.0 shutout innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Ryan Nutof threw 2.0 shutout innings with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. AZL Reds had the day off. 7/18 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 37-57 N/A 7:05pm Reed Here Here Here Pensacola 40-30 13-12 OFF OFF Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 2-21 6:30pm TBA Here Here N/A Dayton 41-29 8-17 OFF OFF Here Here Here Billings 14-14 N/A 9:05pm Alecis Here Here N/A AZL Reds 7-10 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel AA 0-5, 2K. 2 Luis Castillo MLB DNP 3 Hunter Greene BIL DNP 4 Sal Romano MLB DNP 5 Jesse Winker MLB 0-0, BB. Pinch hitter. 6 Vladimir Gutierrez DL DNP 7 Tyler Mahle AAA DNP 8 Taylor Trammell A 0-2, 2BB, steal, K. 9 Tyler Stephenson DL DNP 10 Tony Santillan A 5IP, 5H, 1ER, 2BB, 3K. 11 Shed Long AA 3-3, BB, HR, 2B. 12 Jeter Downs BIL 0-4. 13 Stuart Fairchild BIL 0-3, BB. 14 Jose Siri A 2-4, 3B, run, K. 15 Aristides Aquino AA DNP 16 Jose Garcia DSL DNP 17 T.J. Friedl A+ DNP 18 Gavin LaValley AA 0-3, BB, run, K. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA DNP 20 Zack Weiss AA 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K. 21 Ariel Hernandez MLB DNP 22 Jackson Stephens AAA DNP 23 Phillip Ervin AAA 3-4, BB, 2 runs. 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ DNP 25 Alex Blandino AAA 2-4, 2B, 3B, run, 2 RBI, K. 10 Responses Shamrock July 18, 2017 It looks like Darnell Sweeney has been getting between 2-3 hits a night for a while now. I know that he came over from the Dodgers pretty cheap and without much fanfare, but is the really already closed on him? I’d personally prefer to see him on the Reds bench right now over guys like Peraza and Alcantara. I know it’s doubtful he’ll ever be a full-time starter, but could he perhaps have a career in a Lenny Harris kinda role?? Doug Gray July 18, 2017 I’m hoping to be in Louisville later this week. While the trip won’t be specifically to get a look at him, I’m hoping he’s in the lineup so I can get a better look at him. While I’ve seen him play plenty on MiLB.tv, it’s always better to get in-person looks. I can just see things much better. Stock July 18, 2017 Any news on Debby Santana? He hasn’t played a game since July 7. Doug Gray July 18, 2017 No, but I also haven’t asked, either. If he’s not back in a week or two I’ll try to remember to ask about him. HavaKlu July 18, 2017 Michael Beltre is looking like this year’s biggest disappointment. Batting below .220, with no power and not a stolen base threat. And why does Daytona keep throwing Crawford to the wolves—–obviously there is something wrong with his arm. MK July 18, 2017 I think it has been discussed in the last week or so but it is not unusual to see a guy hit well in the hitter friendly Pioneer League and really struggle when they get to the pitcher friendly Midwest League. Aquino might be the most glaring example when he had much the same kind of year Michael is experiencing. Beltre started off the year fairly well. Good enough to have the managers select him to start the Midwest League All Star game. Cassidy Brown is going through the same thing only worse. Aquino, though struggling a little this year, rebounded nicely at Daytona. In Crawford’s case I am sure for the Reds it is more important that he go out there on a regular turn each time than his numbers, though secondarily they would like to see good ones of those too. If he can continue to log starts and innings they will be happy and start worrying about performance in 2018. WS July 18, 2017 Looks like Shed Long stats do not match up in the rundown vs. box score summary. Any word on Tyler Stephenson yet? Thanks for all the info as always Doug. Norwood Nate July 18, 2017 While the run results aren’t what you want, the K/BB for Stephenson last night is exactly what you’re looking for out of him. He was sent down to work on his control and he’s done just that. In his last five games he’s posted 34 K’s to 3 BBs in 27.1 IP. That includes the game he only went 3 IP due to blisters. I hope he gets called up to start in Feldman’s place. You have to respect a guy who puts in the work on his deficiencies. LaValley’s been in a bit of slump lately, just as it seems Long is heating up. Time for Senzel to start another hit streak tomorrow. Jose Lopez has gone out and made a great case for being added to the 40-man roster next season. His transition to AA has gone well so far. Also glad to see Weiss pick up where he left off. So do we think other Midwest League managers are calling DW asking him to promote Siri before he gives their pitchers an inferiority complex? Really hoping we’re witnessing the light coming off. Lots of intriguing names to follow at Billings that are young and relatively unestablished or unheralded. Santana, Sugillio, and Lopez are all interesting to me for one reason or another. Hoyce July 18, 2017 Daytona is 2-21 since break? Man that would be hard to do if u tried to lose every game. William Kubas July 18, 2017 Former Stanford Cardinal, Alex Blandino raises his on base percentage to .364 Blandino collected a single and a walk, with a plate appearance hit by pitch. Also the number two piece in the Dan Straily trade, Austin Brice, allowed 3 runs in the 6th. Brice is pitching in AAA.