Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 8/8/17 Doug Gray August 9, 2017 35 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 2-1. Box Score Phillip Ervin went 1-3 with a walk. Hernan Iribarren went 3-4 with a run. Alex Blandino went 2-3 with a walk. Adrian Nieto went 1-3 with a walk. Brandon Dixon went 1-2 with an RBI. Tyler Mahle allowed a run in 5.0 with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Alejandro Chacin threw 1.2 hitless innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Ariel Hernandez threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Pensacola won 5-0, lost 2-1 in a double header. Game 1: 5-0 win. Box Score Blake Trahan went 2-4 with a double and 2 runs. Gabriel Guerrero went 2-4 with a run. Nick Senzel went 3-4 with a double, run and 2 RBI. Gavin LaValley went 1-4 with an RBI. Josh VanMeter went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Jonathan Reynoso went 1-4 with a run. Joe Hudson went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Jose Lopez threw 7.0 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts. Game 2: 2-1 loss. Box Score Blake Trahan went 0-1 with a walk, HBP and a steal. Josh VanMeter went 1-3 with a double. Chad Tromp went 1-3. Alberti Chavez went 1-2 with a double, walk and a run. Austin Ross went 1-1 at the plate. He allowed a run in 3.0 innings with 2 strikeouts on the mound. Domingo Tapia threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts. Zack Weiss threw a perfect inning. Daytona lost 11-4. Box Score TJ Friedl went 2-4 with 2 doubles and a run. Luis Gonzalez went 2-4 with a double, 2 runs and an RBI. Reydel Medina went 2-4 with a double, run and an RBI. Daniel Sweet went 2-4 with an RBI. James Vasquez went 2-4 with an RBI. Aaron Quillen threw a shutout inning of relief. Dayton lost 4-3. Box Score Taylor Trammell went 2-3 with 2 walks, 2 steals (31) and a run. Bruce Yari went 1-4 with a walk, double and 2 RBI. Hector Vargas went 1-3 with a walk. Malik Collymore went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run scored. Jesse Stallings threw 2.1 shutout innings. Joel Kuhnel allowed a run in 2.0 innings with 3 strikeouts. Billings lost 10-7. Box Score Jeter Downs went 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI. Stuart Fairchild went 2-4 with a walk, double and a run. Andy Sugilio went 2-4 with a walk and 2 runs. Hunter Greene went 1-4 with a triple and 2 RBI. Alejo Lopez went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Hendrik Clementina went 1-4 with a double and 2 runs. Jake Turnbull went 2-4 with a run scored. Tyler Bufferr was charged with an unearned run in 3.1 innings with 5 strikeouts. AZL Reds lost 2-0. Box Score Miguel Hernandez went 1-4. Mariel Bautista went 1-4 with 2 steals. Juan Martinez went 2-2 with 2 walks. Jacob Heatherly allowed 2 earned in 4.1 innings with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. Edward Escoboza threw 3.2 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts. 8/9 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 45-69 N/A 7:05pm Davis Here Here Here Pensacola 40-30 21-24 OFF OFF Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 10-35 7:05pm Crawford Here Here N/A Dayton 41-29 14-31 OFF OFF Here Here Here Billings 18-19 3-4 9:05pm De Jesus Here Here N/A AZL Reds 15-20 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel AA 3-7, 2B, run, 2 RBI. 2 Luis Castillo MLB DNP 3 Hunter Greene BIL 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI, K. 4 Sal Romano MLB 6IP, 9H, 5ER, 2BB, 2K. 5 Jesse Winker MLB 2-3, BB, run. 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 7 Tyler Mahle AAA 5IP, 2H, 1ER, 2BB, 2HBP, 5K. 8 Taylor Trammell A 2-3, 2BB, 2 steals, run, K. 9 Tyler Stephenson DL DNP 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Shed Long AA/DL DNP 12 Jeter Downs BIL 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI. 13 Stuart Fairchild BIL 2-4, BB, 2B, run, 2K. 14 Jose Siri A 1-5, run, 2 steals, RBI, 2K. 15 Aristides Aquino AA 0-3, K. 16 Jose Garcia DSL DNP 17 T.J. Friedl A+ 2-4, 2 2B, run, K. 18 Gavin LaValley AA 1-4, RBI, run. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA DNP 20 Zack Weiss AA 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K. 21 Ariel Hernandez AAA 1IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 1K. 22 Jackson Stephens AAA DNP 23 Phillip Ervin AAA 1-3, BB, K. 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 0-5, K. 25 Alex Blandino AAA 2-3, BB. 35 Responses SteveO August 9, 2017 Lopez continues to pitch real well. I think that the Reds should really consider having Dr.Death in Louisville helping Garrett, Reed, Davis Stephens, etc. With the exception of Mella, all the starters that have pitched for the Wahoos have pitched really well this season. Mahle, Castillo, McGuire, Ross, Lopez and Reyes. Tapia, who recently moved into the rotation is having a pretty good season too. I’d like to see a little coaching shakeup next season. Of course, starting from the top and replacing Price. Reply MK August 9, 2017 Stephenson, Garrett,Davis and Reed have all previously pitched for the Blue Wahoos. Ted Power had a pretty good minor league coaching resume as well and would not like to see him discarded. Reply Doug Gray August 9, 2017 Ted Power hasn’t been in Louisville for a year and a half. When the Reds fired Pico, Power was promoted to be the big league bullpen coach. Jeff Fassero is the pitching coach in Louisville. MK August 10, 2017 Key word was “had”, meaning if going off minor league coaching records he should get first shot at top job over Darwin. William Kubas August 9, 2017 Former Stanford Cardinal, Alex Blandino raises his on base percentage to .397 with his 31st and 32nd hits in 114 at bats and produces his 18th base on balls in 132 plate appearances since joining the Louisville Bats. Reply The Duke August 9, 2017 Former Stanford Cardinal Alex Blanino’s line in AAA is now better than his line was in AA. He’s hitting .281/.397/.447/.844 in AAA. Have to think he’s going to get a shot at some point next year. Reply RedsKoolAidDrinker August 9, 2017 Why wait until next year to get a shot? That because he’s not on the 40-man this year? He’s going to have to be added anyways for next year’s Rule 5, correct? The Duke August 9, 2017 Because while we may have given up with several guys on our 40 man roster doesn’t necessarily mean the Reds have. They may want to evaluate who they have now more before the 40 man decisions have to be made. Kap August 9, 2017 And did it against one of the best starting pitching prospects in the game in Honeywell. Impressive Reply Norwood Nate August 9, 2017 I may have missed it somewhere, but is Long hurt? Didn’t play in either double header. In fact I don’t believe he played yesterday either. Reply asinghoff August 9, 2017 I’m assuming that’s what the DL next to his minor league level is in reference to on the top 25 prospect list here. Reply Norwood Nate August 9, 2017 Thanks. I missed that, was only looking at the DNP’s. Wes August 9, 2017 Senzel is having an outstanding season. Nice to see reds 1st 3 picks all have good nights. Reply The Duke August 9, 2017 His bat control is just unreal. I think he’ll end this year somewhere around 12-13 HR, but next year I won’t be surprised if he is over 20. Given the whole launch angle craze now, he’s the type of hitter who can capitalize on those type of adjustments and give you the power when you need it. His power is already up in Pensacola over what it was in Daytona. Louisville Slugger Field might depress his power a bit when he’s in AAA, but once he’s playing in Great American Small Park, it’ll really play up. Reply Kap August 9, 2017 Lopez continues to impress. Calling it now, He will get a shot in Cincinnati’s rotation in the near future and will be more successful than most of the young starters in the upper minors currently. Reply The Duke August 9, 2017 Last nights game is his most impressive of the year. Complete game shutout (albeit only 7 innings as part of the double header), only one base runner allowed, 7 K’s, more ground outs than fly outs, and he did it in only 79 pitches (of which 60 were for strikes). Lopez might be forcing his way into the AAA rotation to start next season at this rate, and move a guy like Rookie Davis or Jackson Stephens to the bullpen. I’d put Davis in the bullpen before Stephens and tell him to let loose as a 1 inning reliever. Let the fastball play up and just focus on one offspeed pitch. Reply Kap August 9, 2017 I agree. Some pitchers are destined to be reliever and there is nothing wrong with that. Once the reds can fill out a normal rotation, the rest of the young starters should follow that route as well (reed, Garrett, mella) or be minor league depth (adleman) ephram August 9, 2017 So long… “3 Hunter Greene BIL DNP” Green had a nice run with the DNP status. I suppose we’ll have to get used to seeing real numbers next to his name now. Reply sultanofswaff August 9, 2017 With 2 healthy SS on the Reds roster and a clear need to have a right handed platoon for Gennett, the justification for keeping Alcantara is even flimsier than ever. We’ll never have to worry about years of control for Blandino due to his projection as a utility guy, so he (or Dixon) should be up. This is low hanging fruit—gheesh!!! Reply MK August 9, 2017 Not campaigning for Alcantara but I believe Cozart is far from healthy. He would run into trouble trying to score from first on a triple and could easily find himself out of action again. Reply Bill August 9, 2017 Cozart may be traded as well. Reply sultanofswaff August 9, 2017 Big Sal sure was a whipping boy for Thom and the Cowboy last night. I don’t recall that sort of ire directed at Bailey or Castillo over the weekend when they struggled with command. Reply JRZ August 9, 2017 Totally agree. What makes Them such an expert? Reply RedsKoolAidDrinker August 9, 2017 Maybe because Homer is coming off of MAJOR surgery/ time-off and is still trying to get his “feel” back. I’m pretty sure Castillo despite his trouble with command had better results than Romano without having his best stuff, plus you have to take into account all the previous starts in totality. Reply Champ Summers August 9, 2017 I’m not sure why they would be up Romano’s backside like that. it is frustrating to watch a guy miss up and in the zone consistently. That said Romano is in this situation out of desperation. He should still be in AA/AAA developing his secondary stuff and gaining confidence. I don’t value Romano close to where Doug values him but I still think he can be a solid asset and pitch at the top level with success. To be down on a guy they way they were considering where he is in his development was overkill. Kap August 9, 2017 Champ, true but compared to the other young pitchers, Romano looks like an all star Doug Gray August 9, 2017 The Reds announcers really like to pretend that the game is easy. Reply Greenfield Red August 9, 2017 I value Chris Welsh and Jeff Brantley’s take on pitching. I think they are normally correct. What I don’t know is if they made the same silly mistakes when they were pitching 15 or 20 years ago. Doug Gray August 9, 2017 Here’s my problem with Jeff Brantley…. He says that these young pitchers don’t have the intestinal fortitude to throw strikes. Then when Homer Bailey struggled to throw strikes the other day it was because he wanted to face the next batter. I’d like to ask Jeff where his intestinal fortitude went in the 5-6 years of his career when he had terrible walk rates. Was he terrified to throw strikes? Or is baseball just really freaking hard? Kindell August 9, 2017 This is unfortunetly extremely true. Thom seems to do this just about every broadcast , unfortunetly, I have just became used to it. It would have been nice though to see JB use his time in the bigs to relate how difficult it is. He could have reminded Thom how he is not only trying to throw a strike, but throw a strike that doesn’t get hit 400 ft. It was Sal’s 7th appearance in the bigs, big league stadium, on TV, palms seating, trying to throw a ball hard and accurate over and over. Just for fun…. Jeff Brantley 7th game at almost 2 years older than Romano. IP H R ER BB SO HR DEC 5.0 5 4 4 4 2 1 Loss Reply MK August 9, 2017 They could get rid of Thom and his dad as far as I am concerned. On those occasions when they do a game together it is hard to listen to and if you do listen you do not know what is going on in the game. Reply DaveCT August 9, 2017 Times 2. Thom just isn’t that smart. And Marty … Reply Ty August 10, 2017 Dumbest comment I think I’ve ever read on reds minor leagues. Marty is the only reason why I attempt to listen to this terrible team. They tell it like it is and get frustrated just like other fans do. Reply Doug Gray August 10, 2017 Telling it like it is is one take. More often, Marty is telling it like he sees it and it’s often not correct. Marty literally is the reason I avoid listening to games on the radio most of the time. Ever since Joe left us, no one has had the guts to call him on his crap in the booth and he’s just kept on getting worse on letting his opinion, and it’s just that, get worse and more ferocious. It’s incredibly off-putting. Champ Summers August 10, 2017 Doug is spot on here. I’m so glad I have options to listen to the games in FL. I find myself listening to the opposition’s PBP team on the at bat app. I was in Cin last week and it gives you the chills for a moment when you’re in the car and you turn on 700 and hear Marty…until you listen to what he’s saying. Marty is a straight shooter from his perspective but saying exactly how you feel when what you feel isn’t accurate is not responsible. Some people only get their Reds news from this guy. He’s just making them less informed in many cases. Face it, they’re not going anywhere and we just need to listen with a filter or move to FL Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.