Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 8/10/17 Doug Gray August 11, 2017 29 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 3-1. Box Score Phillip Ervin went 3-4 with a steal (23), double, triple and a run. Chad Wallach went 2-4 with a double. Tyler Goeddel went 1-2 with a walk. Cody Reed went 1-2 at the plate. He allowed a run in 6.0 innings with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. Barrett Astin threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Pensacola lost 10-9. Box Score Blake Trahan went 0-3 with 2 walks and 3 runs. Nick Senzel went 3-4 with a walk, steal (12), 2 home runs (11), 3 runs and 4 RBI. Gavin LaValley went 1-3 with a walk, run and an RBI. Josh VanMeter went 1-4 with a double, run and an RBI. Aristides Aquino went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Chad Tromp went 1-4 with a double and a walk. Alberti Chavez went 2-4. Tanner Rainey threw 2.0 hitless innings with 2 walks and a strikeout. Geoff Broussard threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Brennan Bernardino threw a hitless inning with a walk. Daytona lost 2-1 in 10 innings. Box Score TJ Friedl went 2-4 with 2 steals (14). Reydel Medina went 1-4 with a double, walk and a run. James Vasquez went 1-4 with an RBI. Daniel Sweet went 2-5 with a triple. Brantley Bell went 2-3 with a walk. Garrett Boulware went 1-3. Wyatt Strahan was charged with an unearned run in 6.0 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts. Jake Paulson threw 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Ryan Hendrix was charged with an unearned run in 2.0 innings with 3 walks and a strikeout. Dayton lost 5-2. Box Score Randy Ventura went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Jose Siri went 2-4 with a double and a run. Taylor Trammell went 3-3 with a walk, steal (32) and an RBI. Hector Vargas went 1-4 with a double and a run. Mitch Trees went 1-3. Carlos Machorro threw 1.2 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Dauri Moreta threw a perfect inning with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Billings had the day off. AZL Reds won 10-9. Box Score Reshard Munroe went 2-4 with 3 runs scored. Mariel Bautista went 2-5 with a double, steal, run and an RBI. Reniel Ozuna went 2-4 with a triple, walk, 2 steals and 2 runs. Jonathan Willems went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Evan Mitchell (rehab) threw a shutout inning. Isaac Anesty allowed a run in 3.0 innings with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. 8/11 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 46-70 N/A 7:05pm Stephens Here Here Here Pensacola 40-30 21-25 7:35pm McGuire Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 10-37 7:05pm Varner Here Here N/A Dayton 41-29 14-32 7:35pm Moss Here Here Here Billings 18-19 4-4 9:00pm Sceroler Here Here N/A AZL Reds 16-20 N/A OFF OFF Here N/A N/A Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel AA 3-4, BB, steal, 2 HR, 3 runs, 4 RBI, K. 2 Luis Castillo MLB 6IP, 6H, 3ER, 3BB, 4K. 3 Hunter Greene BIL DNP 4 Sal Romano MLB DNP 5 Jesse Winker MLB 0-3, BB, run. 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 7 Tyler Mahle AAA DNP 8 Taylor Trammell A 3-3, BB, RBI, steal. 9 Tyler Stephenson DL DNP 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Shed Long AA/DL DNP 12 Jeter Downs BIL DNP 13 Stuart Fairchild BIL DNP 14 Jose Siri A 2-4, 2B, run, 2K. 15 Aristides Aquino AA 2-4, 2 RBI, K. 16 Jose Garcia DSL DNP 17 T.J. Friedl A+ 2-4, 2 steals. 18 Gavin LaValley AA 1-3, BB, run, RBI, K. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA DNP 20 Zack Weiss AA DNP 21 Ariel Hernandez AAA DNP 22 Jackson Stephens AAA DNP 23 Phillip Ervin AAA 3-4, 2B, 3B, run. 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 1-5, K. 25 Alex Blandino AAA 0-1. 29 Responses William Kubas August 11, 2017 Former Stanford Cardinal, Alex Blandino, pinch hits in the 7th inning with a pop out and his on base percentage falls to .394 since joining Louisville Bats DHud August 11, 2017 Reed is frustrating at AAA. His stuff is good enough to get results even with the walks, but everyone knows he’s not making the next step until he quits walking people Simon Cowell August 11, 2017 Correct me if I am wrong but Siri has had a hit in every game since his record setting streak ended? Also is Ervin a good enough centerfielder to usurp Hamilton? His bat bat looks light years better Doug Gray August 11, 2017 Yes on Siri. Not sure on Ervin. It’s a massive step down from Hamilton’s defense – which, well, yeah, Hamilton is incredible out there. But, I’d like to at least see the Reds consider it with Ervin. Bubba Woo August 11, 2017 Seriously? He’s hitting for the same average in AAA, without the steals or Gold Glove defense at the third most important defensive position. Ervin’s not good enough to usurp Alcantara. JAMES BRIAN DEHAN CPA August 12, 2017 If only… Billy hit .270 and drew a few more walks then everyone would just keep quiet about CF. As it is, gold glove CFers do not grow on trees (even in Fla) and neither do CFers leading the NL in SBs. Just saying … Norwood Nate August 11, 2017 If I’m the Reds, I don’t even call Reed up in September unless he shows drastic improvements in BB rates between now and then. He’s been absolutely brutal with walking guys. He has options, the Reds don’t need him up in September unless he shows he can make the necessary improvements. DaveCT August 11, 2017 The Arizona Fall League is more appropriate for Reed this year. He shouldn’t have to try to learn a new delivery in the ML’s. That would be unfair and do a lot of damage. Norwood Nate August 11, 2017 I agree. It would be nice to see him out there continuing to work on things. Can the Reds send him since he’s not a prospect? The Duke August 11, 2017 Over his last 4 starts Wyatt Strahan has only given up 5 runs over 24 IP with 21 K vs only 4 BB and 18 hits given up. Looks like the further he gets from his surgery he’s looking more and more like the pitcher he was before it. Now the question is do you move him up to AA next year in a starting role, or possibly shift him to the bullpen where he could be a 7th/8th inning guy possibly? Taylor Trammell starting to turn it on again. I’d love to see him get hot at the end of the year and finish over .300 again. Even so, a .286/.368/.447 line as a teenager in the Midwest league is impressive. Over his last 10 games he’s hitting .406 and has 8 BB vs only 5 K, and his August line is .414/.514/.586 through 9 games. En fuego. Reaganspad August 11, 2017 Duke, can’t he always move to the pen? I say your first suggestion is best to see what we have. I have been watching his run also DaveCT August 11, 2017 Strahans most likely destination is the pen anyways, but I support the time starting to re-build arm strength and to polish his pitches. Nice to see such a strong recovery. Greenfield Red August 11, 2017 Question for Doug: Do other teams, specifically San Diego in this case, have a site like your’s that you know of? My brother is a Padre fan, and loves your Reds site. We googled and did not find what we were looking for. The question also reminds me again how lucky we are, as Reds fans, to have this site and the work Doug does. Doug Gray August 11, 2017 I don’t know of a Padres site that focuses solely on the minors. That doesn’t mean there isn’t one, but if there is, I’ve never run into it. Greenfield Red August 11, 2017 Thanks. That just reiterates my value of this site. MK August 11, 2017 It has been fun watching the development of Taylor Trammel this season. Unlike many of the very athletic type prospects that have come along Taylor has played enough baseball in the past to understand situations. He has turned from a teenager trying to get along to a leader making all the plays. Although he plays with intensity he has the maturity to not let his emotions get in the way. I think he has a chance to be a star. DaveCT August 11, 2017 Supports the thinking of leaving him at Lo-A for the whole year. So far, an excellent (and fortunate) draft pick. MikeD August 11, 2017 I say lock Trammel up with a 15 year contract and he will earn every penny of it! His consistent ascent throughout the season is impressive and pair that with the approach between the ears, and as MK said, you have the makings of a star! Unfortunately I don’t think the Reds future success will be determined by the likes of Senzel or Trammel. It will all come down to the ever diminishing hump and the realization of talent. Scoring is the name of the game, but as improved as the bullpen has been, between the health and failures of the young pitchers, the Reds have had no chance. If the Reds want to contend next season, they need to sign or trade for a couple real 3/4 starters. I would not trade any top 10 guys unless you can get a 2 or a solid 3, but I doubt that even gets it done. Cozart is surely helping his case of getting a 2 to 3 year deal from someone. I hate watching the Yankees, more specifically, DD Gregorias. What a special player and I can’t even recall who we got for him! Duke, what was the great nick you called him? Go Reds! Hoyce August 11, 2017 Dd traded for shin so choo. I believe and a lesser player. Think Reds had Stubbs in that one too. But dd is turning into a great player The Duke August 11, 2017 It was a sad day when The General left the system, albeit Choo was pretty dang good that year. DaveCT August 11, 2017 Being in Yankee territory, I am reminded of that day constantly. I do, though, appreciate watching him from time to time. Very, very few players could have stepped after Jeter. I think it too a Curacao islander to do so. Shawn August 11, 2017 They also have Ronald Torreas. I know the spelling is probably wrong bilirubin I’m not looking it up sultanofswaff August 11, 2017 Saw enough of Winker’s arm in the last week to fairly say his arm as a RF is a tad below average. As a LF he would be middle of the pack. Duvall’s arm in RF would still be above average. I’d switch them in the offseason and not think twice. With Reed, the question becomes–do you want him to continue pitching or shut it down when Louisville’s season ends? There may be value in coming back up and giving the kid a few appearances out of the bullpen so he can go into the offseason with a better sense of how his stuff plays vs. major league hitters. Likewise, Senzel has earned a trip to Louisville. MikeD August 11, 2017 I would never have traded DD for a one season player. Those kind of trades are what put the Reds in their current position. Walt didn’t help the Reds, as they essentially won with players from previous regimes. Rolen, Latos and Choo were helpful, but the core was in place. DaveCT August 11, 2017 At least WJ didn’t sign Choo for five years. The way balls went over his head in CF made him seem the a fourth OF playing short field. Champ Summers August 11, 2017 The Reds were pretty much going for it that year. They won 97 games and had a real shot if you don’t recall. It’s easy to monday morning QB it. DD was dealt to the Yankees 2 years later with all kinds of questions about his bat. I don’t question the deal at all. Michael Smith August 11, 2017 Agreed Champ. Sometimes its a lose lose with the fan base sometimes. At the time the Choo trade was a great deal and the right move. MikeinSoCal August 11, 2017 At the time of the trade some were saying we traded the wrong SS. But then Cozart went out and hit 20 or so homers and DD didn’t click at Ariz. So it looked like we kept the right SS and got a rental of Choo. Fast forward to now and we see what an overall game DD has. Cozart has bad legs that I doubt will ever be healthy. Watch him walk away after he has had to charge a ball and you will see a limp, which was evident earlier in the season before any DL time. Probably should been rested along the way to save him from injury. Matt McWax August 11, 2017 I picked Daniel Sweet last year as a dark horse future major leaguer that we got in the 29th round so I check up on him sometimes. He seemed pretty polished for where he was drafted. His numbers don’t really jump out at you but he’s been pretty solid for Daytona. He had a bad May (.211/.286/.237/.523) but in the other months he’s had obp’s of .402, .402, .386, and .333 in August. He sits at #8 in OBP in the FSL among qualified hitters at .367 and is 5th in steals but is only 73.3%. His slg dipped this year but is better in August. I haven’t got to see him play. I wonder if anyone here has seen him or heard some scouting info or comments from coaches. How’s his defense?