Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 8/24/17 Doug Gray August 25, 2017 24 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 10-0. Box Score Alex Blandino went 1-3 with a walk. Brandon Dixon went 1-4 with a double. Tyler Goeddel went 1-3. Ismael Guillon allowed a run in 2.2 innings with 2 walks and a strikeout. Rafael De Paula threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Pensacola lost 2-1. Box Score Gabriel Guerrero went 1-4 with a solo home run (7). Nick Senzel went 1-1. He was replaced after the 1st inning. Jonathan Reynoso went 1-2 with a walk. Josh VanMeter went 1-3 with a walk. Jesus Reyes allowed 2 runs in 6.0 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Domingo Tapia threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Tanner Rainey threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Daytona won 7-5. Box Score Brantley Bell went 1-2 with a double, HBP and 2 RBI. James Vasquez went 1-4 with a solo home run (9). Garrett Boulware went 2-4 witha run. Shane Mardirosian went 0-1 with 3 walks and 2 runs. Malik Collymore went 1-3 with a walk, home run (4) and 3 RBI. Mitch Piatnik went 1-3 with a double, walk, steal (10) and 2 runs. Dayton won 4-1. Box Score Jose Siri went 1-4 with a solo home run (23). Taylor Trammell went 1-4 with a solo home run (13). Bruce Yari went 2-4 with a double and a solo home run (10). John Sansone went 1-4 with a double. Cassidy Brown went 1-2 with a double, walk and a run. Michael Beltre went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Matt Blandino allowed a run in 7.0 innings with 2 strikeouts. Joel Kuhnel threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Aaron Fossas threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Billings lost 4-0. Box Score Alejo Lopez went 1-3. Montrell Marshall went 1-3. Zac Correll threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Ryan Nutof threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. AZL Reds won 10-7. Box Score Miguel Hernandez went 2-5 with a double and 2 runs. Alejandro Paulino went 2-5 with 2 doubles, a run and 2 RBI. Justin Bellinger went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Raul Wallace went 2-5 with a run and an RBI. Reniel Ozuna went 2-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. Edwin Yon went 1-4 with a walk and a run. Isaac Anesty threw a hitless inning with 2 walks and a strikeout. Alexander Perez threw 1.1 shutout innings. 8/25 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 51-79 N/A 7:05pm Davis Here Here Here Pensacola 40-30 28-31 7:35pm Lopez Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 15-44 7:05pm Bautista Here Here N/A Dayton 41-29 23-37 7:05pm Romero Here Here Here Billings 18-19 8-14 9:05pm De Jesus Here Here N/A AZL Reds 20-28 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel AA 1-1. Left the game early. 2 Luis Castillo MLB DNP 3 Hunter Greene BIL DNP 4 Sal Romano MLB 7IP, 6H, 2ER, 3BB, 7K. 5 Jesse Winker MLB 0-2, BB. 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 7 Tyler Mahle AAA DNP 8 Taylor Trammell A 1-4, HR, 3K. 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 0-1. Pinch hitter. 14 Jose Siri A 1-4, HR, K. 15 Aristides Aquino AA 1-4, 2K. 16 Jose Garcia DSL DNP 17 T.J. Friedl A+/DL DNP 18 Gavin LaValley AA 1-4. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA DNP 20 Zack Weiss AA DNP 21 Ariel Hernandez AAA DNP 22 Jackson Stephens AAA DNP 23 Phillip Ervin AAA DNP 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 1-4. 25 Alex Blandino AAA 1-3, BB. 24 Responses icehole3 August 25, 2017 Is Greene OK? Doug Gray August 25, 2017 Why wouldn’t he be? icehole3 August 26, 2017 Just asking. Haven’t been here in a week or so. Wes August 25, 2017 Jose (Siri) Conseco 40/40 in his future. The whole world but Doug had big sal has a future reliever. Look good on that call Doug e fresh! James K August 25, 2017 Doug is now entitled to tell us, “I told you so.” Champ Summers August 25, 2017 Cool your jets. Doug Gray August 25, 2017 Calm down, rich guy. None of the rest of us have jets. But, I guess I will go turn the AC on in my lowly car. Bill August 25, 2017 Last night the bats committed 3 more errors. Thus far, they’ve surrendered a IL leading 82 unearned runs. Beyond the miscues, how many more plays are missed due to defensive range or just poor fundamentals. Could poor defense be negatively impacting our pitchers’ development as it would lead to longer innings? For those of you that get to see the Bats play, are they as bad as the unearned run total implies? Greenfield Red August 25, 2017 There are a couple of things that worry me about the rebuild. One is the previous GM’s insistence on near major league ready return on trades. There were several trades that gave the Reds to opportunity to rebuild a big portion of the AAA and major league teams. Yet the Reds are 20 games under .500 and the Bats are 30 games under. That is bothersome to me. The other thing that gnaws at me with regard to the farm system is the terrible won-loss record when the records from the Reds down to the DSL Rojos are combined. I know this is probably not a great gauge, but with the Reds supposedly having all this talent, why aren’t they winning? These farm teams are oftentimes getting clobbered as badly as the Reds are. I will say this, it appears to me that each team in the system has 4 or 5 guys who are having really good years (Siri, Trammel, Moss, and Santillian in Dayton for example), while the rest of the team appears to be struggling big time. Thoughts? CP August 25, 2017 Probably not the best indicator to look at that, but I see where you are coming from. The ML team is taking losses due to poor SP. That much seems pretty clear. The bats are there, and more or less are ready. The pitching has taken small steps forward, though less than I’m sure many of us hoped for. As for the other minor league teams I don’t feel like I know enough to speak into that, other than to say that the front office isn’t assigning players to their respective teams based on competitiveness as much as for player development. So when considering that, looking at wins and loses is probably not the best indicator. davidmac84 August 25, 2017 Trading for close to major league talent or the AAAA talent besides the Chapman trades(which I believe was probably ownership driven) has been the smartest decision the organization has made. Suarez, Duvall, Schleber have been above average starters with Suarez showing potential to be a top 30 position players. Peraza has also shown some glimpses of being useful. The Reds position grouping has been easily in the top 10 this year with major help coming in Senzel next year. Obviously they have to figure out the Rotation but I am pretty bullish on Mahle and Romano before the season and now Castillo with his break through year. I dont see this club as that far away: a couple positive breaks on the starter front next year and they can be a playoff team in 2018. Wes August 25, 2017 I think it’s a valid concern when u are looking at how quick they will turn things around when the 3a team is as terrible as it is. This off season i hope to see termendous turnover. Reds organization in general has a terrible loosing disorder and a recreation of environment seems very necessary at this point. Whole major league staff and good portions of staffs below need to go. The talent is there- we need coaching and player development. Reds pitching development seems dismal at best. Greenfield Red August 25, 2017 There appears to be several players on Louisville’s roster that can’t possibly be part of the Reds future. William Kubas August 25, 2017 Former Stanford Cardinal, Alex Blandino has his on base percentage fall to .385 with his 41st hit in 155 at bats, and his 25th base on balls in 180 plate appearances. Blandino commits 2 errors (3rd and 4th)…….in the 4th inning, Blandino’s fielding error also the batter to advance to 1st base, scoring two batters latter, making the score 0-3………in the 6th, a throwing error allows the batter to reach 1st base, scoring 2 on the error…….the runner scores two batters latter making the score 0-8. Wes August 25, 2017 Just curious on anyone’s feedback- I thought at the beginning of season Stephenson should have been in the rotation and left there regardless of performance all season. IMO he should have earned his stripes on the major league level starting over Bronson. I’d prefer Roberts 6 era to Bronson’s while he works through struggles at highest level w best coaching. Just curious of other points of view? Situations like these is where I want to see reds improve player development. Greenfield Red August 25, 2017 I don’t really understand the whole long relief in the majors thing they did with Stephenson unless they wanted to deliberately break down his normal preparation in order to rebuild it. I think he should definitely start every 5th day until the end of the year. I’ve been encouraged a little by him lately. sultanofswaff August 25, 2017 Agreed. BobSteve should’ve been in the rotation from day 1. Pitch selection has a lot to do with it as well. His fastball is pretty straight and he doesn’t spot it well. Price/Barnhart love to call for it when ‘the book’ says you should, but I think they’d have more success pitching backwards like a soft tosser generally would. Jasonp August 25, 2017 I think they messed up big time doing that. They took the two pitchers we had that needed the most reps and put them in a position where they couldn’t work on anything as a reliever because you can’t work on things the day or days after you pitch because you might be needed the next day. Where as a starter you could work on things in-between starts. Reed needed a lot of reps to work with his new release point and Stephenson needed reps to work on fastball control. They also messed up with Rookie Davis. Before this season he had only 5 starts in AAA with a 7.5 ERA. Except for Romano (who didn’t pitch in AAA last year) he was least AAA experienced player out of all who might have made the team as a starter. If we were putting any starter in as a reliever it should have been him. I think they let last years playoffs between Cleveland and Chicago dictate to much what they were going to do this year. Chapman and Andrew Miller were both experienced pitchers and were asked to go more innings then normal in the playoffs. I don’t know why they decided to ask two rookies who never were relievers and had little or no experience in MLB to do the same. If they want to develop pitchers to do what they tried to do with Reed and Stephenson they need to start doing with players in the minors. MK August 25, 2017 It worked for Pedro Martinez, Adam Wainwright, Zack Greinke, Roy Halladay, and Max Scherzer to start in bullpen. In older Reds history 20-game winners Jim Maloney and Sammy Ellis as well as Big Red Machine ace Don Gullett all started out early in their Big League careers as relievers. So it certainly was not without precedence, RedsinWashSt August 25, 2017 I hate sticking up for Price on this but I think Stephenson’s control was so bad at the beginning of the year that he wouldn’t have made it as a starter. Probably would have been better to start at 3A. He has now after going to 3A gotten somewhat better with alot less pressure on him. Let’s hope he continues to improve. MK August 25, 2017 If you have milb-tv it might be worth watching Dayton and Great Lakes tonight, their first meeting since the Loons threw at Siri to end his streak and Dragons radio announcer Tom Nichols called out the Dodgers organization as a whole for their conduct and intent(which went viral). Ty August 25, 2017 Can anyone tell what has happened to Amir Garret? He seems like he has totally lost it. Is it his confidence, or volocity? He gives up a few walks but hasn’t Really struggled in that department like Reed or Stevenson have. RedsKoolAidDrinker August 25, 2017 He’s learning to pitch (like Michael Lorenzon)… but he’s learning under the tutelage of Nick Howard. Reds4ever August 25, 2017 Just watch the games, he gets no help. 6 singles yesterday, 9 the game before that. He was 92-97 what I saw yesterday. His stuff looks really good. And he’s changed his mechanics from what I saw.