Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 8/23/17 Doug Gray August 24, 2017 11 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 10-2. Box Score Darnell Sweeney went 1-4 with a solo home run (6) and 2 runs. Brandon Dixon went 2-4. Adam Brett Walker went 3-4 with a double and an RBI. Zach Vincej went 1-4 with a double. Hernan Iribarren went 1-3. He also threw a perfect inning. Geoff Broussard threw 2.0 perfect innings with a strikeout. Ariel Hernandez threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Pensacola won 9-3. Box Score Gabriel Guerrero went 2-5 with a double, run and an RBI. Nick Senzel went 3-4 with 3 runs and a walk. Josh VanMeter went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Gavin LaValley went 3-4 with a double, run and 4 RBI. Aristides Aquino went 1-4 with a run and 2 RBI. Joe Hudson went 1-4 with a double and 2 runs. Robert Stock threw 2.1 shutout innings with a strikeout. Nefi Ogando (rehab) threw a shutout inning. Andrew McKirahan threw a shutout inning. Daytona lost 9-6 in 13 innings. Box Score Alfredo Rodriguez went 1-5 with a run and was hit by a pitch. James Vasquez went 2-5 with 2 doubles, a walk, a run and 2 RBI. Brantley Bell went 2-6 with a steal (27), run and an RBI. Blake Butler went 2-4 with a double and 2 walks. Mitch Piatnik went 2-5 with a double, home run (2) and 2 RBI. Austin Orewiler threw 2.0 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Jake Paulson threw 3.0 hitless innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts. Dayton won 11-1. Box Score Randy Ventura went 2-5 with a double, triple, 2 runs and 3 RBI. Carlos Rivero went 1-3 with 2 walks, a run and an RBI. Jose Siri went 2-5 with a home run (22) and 3 RBI. Taylor Trammell went 1-3 with 2 walks and a run. John Sansone went 2-4 with a run. Hector Vargas went 2-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and an RBI. Mitch Trees went 1-4 with a run and an RBI. Michael Beltre went 3-3 with a walk, triple, 2 runs and 2 RBI. Andrew Jordan allowed a run in 6.0 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Jesse Stallings threw 1.2 perfect innings with a strikeout. Jesse Adams threw 1.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Billings lost 4-3. Box Score Andy Sugilio went 1-4 with a run and an RBI. Miles Gordon went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Leandro Santana went 1-3 with a walk. Morgon Lofstrom went 2-3 with a steal and a run. Packy Naughton allowed 2 runs in 5.0 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. AZL Reds won 8-2. Box Score Miguel Hernandez went 1-4 with a walk, run and an RBI. Jonathan Willems went 1-2. Cash Case went 1-2 with a run. Mariel Bautista went 1-4 with a steal (12), 2 runs and an RBI. Justin Bellinger went 2-4 with a double, run and an RBI. Juan Martinez went 2-4 with an RBI. Raul Juarez went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Reniel Ozuna went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Edwin Yon went 2-4 with a triple, run and 2 RBI. Alexis Diaz allowed a run in 4.2 innings with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Francis Jones was charged with an unearned run in 2.1 innings with a walk and a strikeout. Adrian Chacon threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout. 8/24 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 51-78 N/A 7:05pm Garrett Here Here Here Pensacola 40-30 28-30 7:35pm Reyes Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 14-44 7:05pm Boyles Here Here N/A Dayton 41-29 22-37 7:00pm Blandino Here Here Here Billings 18-19 8-13 9:00pm Alecis Here Here N/A AZL Reds 19-28 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel AA 3-4, BB, 3 runs. 2 Luis Castillo MLB DNP 3 Hunter Greene BIL 1-4. 4 Sal Romano MLB DNP 5 Jesse Winker MLB 1-1. Pinch hitter. 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 7 Tyler Mahle AAA DNP 8 Taylor Trammell A 1-3, run, 2BB. 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 DNP 14 Jose Siri A 2-5, HR, 3 RBI, K. 15 Aristides Aquino AA 1-4, run, 2 RBI. 16 Jose Garcia DSL DNP 17 T.J. Friedl A+/DL DNP 18 Gavin LaValley AA 3-4, 2B, run, 4 RBI. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA DNP 20 Zack Weiss AA DNP 21 Ariel Hernandez AAA 1IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 1K. 22 Jackson Stephens AAA DNP 23 Phillip Ervin AAA DNP 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 1-5, HBP, run. 25 Alex Blandino AAA 0-1, HBP. 11 Responses Matt August 24, 2017 Darnell Sweeney does something every day in these recaps, Doug. I don’t know much about him. Whats the quick scoop on his ability and whats his long term outlook with the Reds? Doug Gray August 24, 2017 Possibly an extra outfielder. I’d like to get a better look at him defensively in CF though because I just haven’t seen much of him out there. Kap August 24, 2017 I would say add an getting a established reliever to the list of offseason needs. The reds bullpen has been boarder line awful lately and the higher ranking relievers (hernandez, weiss, hendrix) are not giving anyone much hope right now sultanofswaff August 24, 2017 Nick Senzel, what can’t you do??? Nice to see Chacin get his feet wet. He left a fastball up to LaStella, probably nerves, but the backup action on his fastball locked up a few guys, even at 90mph. MikeinSoCal August 24, 2017 Louisville and Indianapolis have identical records. Just have to flip the wins and losses on one of them. We should have deep pitching at Louisville with Reed, Stephenson, Garrett, etc., but it sure doesn’t show up in the wins column. Grover August 24, 2017 What is wrong with Shed Long? He has been on the 7 day dl for three weeks. MIchael B. Green August 24, 2017 Assuming that Long is given a mental/physical rest, I’m guessing that his is a prime candidate for the Arizona Fall League? Any other obvious others? Wonder if Siri goes there? MikeD August 24, 2017 Michael Beltre seems to be putting together a good finish to his disappointing season. It is funny to listen to the Reds TV people when it comes to who should be the next shortstop in the event that Cozart moves on. Welch and Brennaman don’t want to even entertain the idea of moving the gold glove (sands Arenado) of Suarez over, but they won’t give any solution. I agree that moving Suarez is not the ideal answer, but the fact of the matter, is that Senzel is going to be ready come next June and it is doubtful that there is another solution to having both of them in the lineup. I do not believe that second base is part of the solution. Suarez has become my favorite Red’s player and he really seems to enjoy playing the game. I understand that smiling and enjoying yourself is not a requirement to play, but from my perspective, it’s fun to see. I like Duval and Schebler a lot, but if I had to pick one player to lock up for a while, it would be Suarez. Greenfield Red August 24, 2017 Suarez struggled at SS a couple of years ago, and he struggled at 3rd base last year. He improved greatly at 3rd base this year. Is it not possible that his improvements would carry back to short? As Doug mentioned yesterday, his production at shortstop would be amazing. If they can keep Suarez in the lineup, add a productive Senzel, and find a way to get Winker in the lineup everyday (assuming he is indeed a .300/.400 hitter), that would be a tough lineup. MikeD August 24, 2017 I believe Suarez could be as good as Rich Aurilia when he was playing with the Giants and certainly by the time he played for the Reds. Suarez bulked up when he moved over to third, so he may have to do some Yoga to improve his agility. If he worked at it the way he did third base, I believe he can be adequate. His bat would be great, as Doug mentioned. Jim Delaney August 24, 2017 Key items to look at for 2018 season for potential improvement at the big league level: New Manager to change the atmosphere. Price hasn’t been dealt a great hand but as a former pitching coach he hasn’t shown talent in bringing the most of out the young pitchers and the losing seems accepted. A NEW VOICE IS NEEDED! Make decision on future at SS until Rodriquez is ready. Make decision on Winker or Schebler ADD at least one veteran proven starter. ADD at least one proven veteran reliever prefer a left hander Decide which young pitchers at AAA/MLB level that you want to grow with and look to move a couple to improve MLB roster. What date will Senzel be called up?