Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 8/11/17 Doug Gray August 12, 2017 21 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 Darnell Sweeney went 2-4 with a walk and 2 steals. Brandon Dixon went 1-4 with a run. Hernan Iribarren went 3-4. Jackson Stephens went 1-3 at the plate. He allowed 2 runs in 6.0 innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts on the mound. Pensacola lost 3-1. Box Score Brian O’Grady went 0-3 with 2 walks and a run. Gabfiel Guerrero went 2-5. Nick Senzel went 1-3 with a walk and a double. Aristides Aquino went 1-3 with a walk. Chad Tromp went 2-3 with a walk. Deck McGuire threw 7.0 shutout innings with a walk and 7 strikeouts. Carlos Gonzalez threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Daytona won 12-8. Box Score Alfredo Rodriguez went 2-5 with 2 runs and an RBI. TJ Friedl went 2-5 with a double and 3 runs. Luis Gonzalez went 4-5 with a double, run and 4 RBI. Reydel Medina went 2-5 with a run. James Vasquez went 1-3 with a double, walk, run and 4 RBI. Daniel Sweet went 1-4 with a run and an RBI. Brantley Bell went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Gabriel Ovalle went 3-4 with 2 runs. Sandy Lugo allowed a run in 3.0 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Juan Martinez threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Dayton lost 5-2. Box Score Jose Siri went 2-4 with a steal (35) and a run. Taylor Trammell went 1-2 with 2 walks, a run and an RBI. Michael Beltre went 1-3. Scott Moss allowed 2 runs in 5.2 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Jesse Adams threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts. Billings lost 2-1. Box Score Miles Gordon went 1-4 with a solo home run (6). Alejo Lopez went 1-3 with a walk. Mac Sceroler allowed 1 earned in 5.0 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts. John Ghyzel threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Ryan Nutof threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. AZL Reds had the day off. 8/12 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 46-71 N/A 6:05pm Garrett Here Here Here Pensacola 40-30 21-26 7:35pm Reyes Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 11-37 7:05pm Boyles Here Here N/A Dayton 41-29 14-33 7:05pm Santillan Here Here Here Billings 18-19 4-5 9:00pm Mondile Here Here N/A AZL Reds 16-21 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel AA 1-3, 2B, BB, K. 2 Luis Castillo MLB DNP 3 Hunter Greene BIL 0-3, K. 4 Sal Romano MLB DNP 5 Jesse Winker MLB 2-5, 2B, run, 2 RBI. 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 7 Tyler Mahle AAA DNP 8 Taylor Trammell A 1-2, 2BB, run, RBI, K. 9 Tyler Stephenson DL DNP 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Shed Long AA/DL DNP 12 Jeter Downs BIL 0-3. 13 Stuart Fairchild BIL 0-3, BB, 2K. 14 Jose Siri A 2-4, steal, run, K. 15 Aristides Aquino AA 1-3, BB. 16 Jose Garcia DSL DNP 17 T.J. Friedl A+ 2-5, 2B, 3 runs. 18 Gavin LaValley AA 0-4, 2K. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA DNP 20 Zack Weiss AA 1IP, 4H, 3ER, 0BB, 2K. 21 Ariel Hernandez AAA 1.2IP, 2H, 1ER, 3BB, 2K. 22 Jackson Stephens AAA DNP 23 Phillip Ervin AAA 0-3, BB. 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 2-5, 2 runs, RBI. 25 Alex Blandino AAA 0-1. Late game replacement. 21 Responses William Kubas August 12, 2017 Former Stanford Cardinal, Alex Blandino, is involved in a double switch, coming in as the third baseman, with Brandon Dixon going to the field, in the eighth inning. Blandino flies out in his at bat and has his on base percentage fall to .391. Simon Cowell August 12, 2017 This Jose Siri character is unreal. He is practically forcing the organization to promote him. If not now then surely at the beginning of next year. I don’t think their is a hotter hitter in the minors except maybe future team mate Senzel James K August 12, 2017 Given that the Reds have so many outstanding prospects, why are the minor league teams losing most of their games? Simon Cowell August 12, 2017 That’s a good question I have thought about that one as well. My best guess is an I’m balance to our rosters. Where we have good pitching we have weak hitting and vice versa. Doug Gray August 12, 2017 This seems like as good of an explanation as any. RedsKoolAidDrinker August 12, 2017 I personally don’t have a problem with sacrificing wins in the minor leagues if it means prospects are working on things. For example, if when Sal Ramono was at AAA worse numbers (leading to a loss that would have been a win) would have been worth it to me if it meant he was throwing his changeup a lot more to develop that before he got called up to the majors. Winning shouldn’t totally be ignored bc you want that culture, but I’d take developing prospects with high ceilings if it meant taking some lumps in the W-L column. James K August 12, 2017 Yes, but other teams are doing the same thing. It still should be that the organizations with more good prospects should win more games. Some of the Reds’ prospects (e.g. Garcia, Greene) have not played, or have played very little, and some (e.g. Tyler Stevenson) are injured, but presumably the same is true for other organizations. Little Earl August 12, 2017 Deck McGuire having a career year. At 28 years, could he finally be putting it together? He was a former 11th pick in 2010 draft. MikeinSoCal August 12, 2017 I’ve noticed that also. He has had quite a few nice outings. High strike outs/low walks. RedsKoolAidDrinker August 12, 2017 I too was going to ask Doug is there something there to look more into? Matthew O'Neal August 12, 2017 Do you have a scouting report on Aaron Fossas? Undrafted FA last season, hes already24 in low a, but put up good numbers in rookie ball last year and Dayton this year. With his age mmight the Reds get aggressive with his promotions next year? Doug Gray August 12, 2017 More of a control guy than a stuff guy, so I doubt they’d get too aggressive…. but, if he performs early, I doubt we’ll see him stick around a full year in Daytona. MikeinSoCal August 12, 2017 Timing is everything. A few years ago we were in dire need of a warm body to put into LF. Remember Donald Lutz called up from AA. And now this year, we are longing for playing time for Winker and we have Sweeney at AAA putting up the kind of numbers you want from a 4th OF. DaveCT August 12, 2017 Hard to believe Luis Gonzalez just turned 23 a few weeks ago. I’ve been wondering if he’ll reclaim prospect status given his increase in hitting and power. Always had a good glove. But, then, I saw the so’s and the (lack of) bb’s. Given his age, I’d like to think he can improve enough there for a utility role as he has the glove for ss. Champ Summers August 12, 2017 I’ve seen him in Daytona at 3B and he really looks uncomfortable. With Alfredo moving up with him and Shed up a level I’m not sure he’ll get much time at a spot he’s comfortable playing. Last game he ole’d a couple shots right at him. He’s in a tough spot right now. His bat is ready for Pen. DaveCT August 12, 2017 Imagine being Suarez learning 3B at the ML level. Makes his defense this year all the more impressive. I wish the Reds announcers would highlight this more. Greenfield Red August 12, 2017 I have to agree Dave. His fielding is really good, and I’ve noticed a big change at the plate in the last month or so. He is being much more selective, and it’s making him a much better hitter both in terms of power and average. It’s very encouraging. I think the Reds have him for three more years. He is turning into a very good player. MK August 12, 2017 I believe one of Luis’s developmental issues was that he was rushed to Dayton a year too soon. There are few successful 19-year-old shortstops in that league. He started digging a whole with his defense and it got too him. At the end of that year he severely broke and dislocated his ankle. He spent the year favoring the ankle and at times struggled again. This year he has been able to break out by being healthy. They have also told him to concentrate on being a utility player which I am sure has made his defensive play acceptible but less than stellar. Champ Summers August 12, 2017 Suarez could certainly get more credit. He was a very iffy SS and I’m not sure if it was range or just unsure hands but he didn’t look good. What he’s done at 3B is pretty amazing. I tried to make the move in HS from 2B-SS to 3B when a much slicker younger player moved up from JV and it was a night and day transition. Doing at the high level he’s doing it at is crazy. I couldn’t make it and settled for the OF and the mound. Todd Frazier was a guy that was being moved all over the IF in the minors and when he settled in for Rolen permanently, he made similar miraculous strides in his second season. We’ve been very fortunate in this regard. MikeD August 12, 2017 Doug, I don’t want to run your nose in your prognostication, but your prediction that Cozart wouldn’t keep his offensive production up, has proven to be quite incorrect. LOL, he just keeps hitting game in and game out and it is no longer surprising. He’s certainly making himself more money. Between his defense and his bat, there will be a team that is in contention that will want him. I still would like to see the Reds keep him, but understand the dissenting opinions. HavaKlu August 13, 2017 I agree Mike D. The Reds would be remiss if they didn’t try to sign him to a 2-3 year contract. He has been able to sustain his production with his new hitting approach for the whole year, despite his injury interruptions. Hard to argue against a + .400 OB% and his stellar fielding. Duvall was also predicted not to be able to duplicate what he did last year but certainly has been able be an even better hitter.