Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 8/27/17 Doug Gray August 28, 2017 23 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 3-0. Box Score Hernan Iribarren went 2-4 with a double. Sebastian Elizalde went 1-3. Jackson Stephens allowed 3 runs in 7.0 innings with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Barrett Astin threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Pensacola lost 5-2. Box Score Josh VanMeter went 2-3 with a walk. Gavin LaValley went 2-4 with an RBI. Chad Tromp went 2-3 with a walk. Blake Trahan went 3-3 with a double and an RBI. Keury Mella threw 6.0 shutout innings with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Daytona lost 5-4. Box Score Alfredo Rodriguez went 2-4 with a double, 2 runs and an RBI. Shane Mardirosian went 2-2 with a double, run and an RBI. Luis Gonzalez went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. James Vasquez went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Brantley Bell went 1-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. Blake Butler went 1-2 with a double and was hit by a pitch. A double header was scheduled, but game 2 was rained out. Dayton won 2-0. Box Score Randy Ventura went 1-4 with a steal and a run. Jose Siri went 2-3 with a walk, 3 steals (44) and a run. Taylor Sparks went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Tony Santillan threw 6.0 shutout innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts. Dauri Moreta threw 2.0 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Jesse Adams threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Billings won 4-2. Box Score Jeter Downs went 3-3 with a walk. Hendrik Clementina went 1-3 with a run. Andy Sugilio went 2-3 with a walk, 2 steals (16) and 2 runs. Leandro Santana went 3-3 with a home run (10) and 3 RBI. Hunter Greene threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Tyler Mondile threw 5.0 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts. Tyler Buffett threw 2.0 shutout innings with a strikeout. AZL Reds lost 9-4. Box Score Miguel Hernandez went 3-5 with 2 runs. Reshard Munroe went 1-4 with a walk and an RBI. Raul Juearez went 1-3 with a walk. Ernesto Liberatore went 1-4 with a run. Ermys Reyes went 2-3 with a walk and a run. Yerry Santos was charged with an unearned run in an inning with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Francis Jones allowed 1 earned in 2.0 innings with a walk and a strikeout. 8/28 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 52-81 N/A 5:00pm TBA/TBA Here Here Here Pensacola 40-30 28-34 7:35pm Ross Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 15-46 6:30pm TBA Here Here N/A Dayton 41-29 25-38 7:05pm Jordan Here Here Here Billings 18-19 10-15 9:05pm Naughton Here Here N/A AZL Reds 21-29 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A Top 25 Prospects Daily Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel AA DNP 2 Luis Castillo MLB DNP 3 Hunter Greene BIL 1IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, K. 4 Sal Romano MLB DNP 5 Jesse Winker MLB/DL DNP 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 7 Tyler Mahle MLB 5IP, 4H, 3ER, 4BB, 5K. 8 Taylor Trammell A 0-3, BB, K. 9 Tyler Stephenson DL DNP 10 Tony Santillan A 6IP, 3H, 0ER, 1BB, 5K. 11 Shed Long AA/DL DNP 12 Jeter Downs BIL 3-3, BB. 13 Stuart Fairchild BIL 1-4, 2K. 14 Jose Siri A 2-3, BB, run, 3 steals. 15 Aristides Aquino AA 0-4, K. 16 Jose Garcia DSL Season Complete. Did not play. 17 T.J. Friedl A+/DL DNP 18 Gavin LaValley AA 2-4, RBI. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA DNP 20 Zack Weiss AA DNP 21 Ariel Hernandez AAA DNP 22 Jackson Stephens AAA 7IP, 5H, 3ER, 3BB, 6K. 23 Phillip Ervin MLB DNP 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 2-4, 2B, 2 runs, RBI, K. 25 Alex Blandino AAA 1-4. 23 Responses Cooop August 28, 2017 Hey Doug its groundhog day, pitchers styyyyle! Lol. Doug Gray August 28, 2017 And game time style! It’s the last thing I do every post…. I swear, I almost forget to update it every single time. Good looking out. Mark August 28, 2017 Have I missed it but is there any definitive word on what happened to senzel? Matthew O'Neal August 28, 2017 Around game time yesterday, Zach Buchannon tweeted out that he’d been told that Senzel has been sick the last few days. Bill August 28, 2017 That makes 3 nice starts in a row for Santillan at Dayton. He’s put together a really nice year. Wes August 28, 2017 I’ve been following reds prospects for 4/5 seasons now and best prospect by a mile is senzel in that time. The next, from a projectable standpoint, is hunter Greene. If you remember reds got super lucky getting pick 2 last year. Right now reds would have 4th pick and are a game or so away from 6th pick. Really hope they don’t win to many down the stretch for the hopes of getting one more top of the line prospect. It’ll be reds best chance to add a top of line prospect. Greenfield Red August 28, 2017 Agree on this. The way the draft works, there really is no reason to ever finish right at .500. Give me white hot or ice cold. I don’t want luke warm. Brad August 28, 2017 Big series this week vs the Mets. Wouldnt mind getting swept. Really can use another top 5 pick. terry m August 28, 2017 On milb.com under “Top Headlines” you can click on a story about Greens pitching yesterday. MK August 28, 2017 Even though Daytona lost Crawford can end his season with a positive by pitching his first complete game of the season. It would have been nice if they could have held on for a win. sultanofswaff August 28, 2017 Keury Mella’ numbers this year aren’t that impressive for a starter—more hits than innings pitched, not enough K’s and doesn’t limit walks very well. Does anyone know if he has a 2 plus pitch mix that would play up as a reliever? I don’t know what to think of Mahle. The location and velocity wasn’t particularly impressive nor was his offspeed stuff. Left me scratching my head how he could be so dominant in the minors. The fastball command probably has a lot to do with it and making your debut surely led to some wildness, but there’s gotta be some deception in his release point like Cingrani to some degree as well. I’ll take him as a #5 starter in a heartbeat he can give me 180 innings with a league average ERA. wes August 28, 2017 Guys like Mella and Reed is what leaves me frustrated with Reds player development. They were both soaring through minors for Royals and Giants. Then they disappear when in Reds system. I chalk Mahle’s performance to nerves. I haven’t seen much of him but I am assuming he has excellent accuracy since his heat isn’t elite. I think if he’s our forth starter down the road he does big things- like Leake Billy August 28, 2017 I don’t know if it is fair to put all of that on the Reds player development. Yes, Mella and Reed were performing well for the Giants and Royals. Those teams were also willing to trade those players. Sometimes, guys get in a groove and really perform well, only to be unable to replicate that success in subsequent seasons. If Mella and Reed are floundering because of the Reds player development approach, then what do you make of Luis Castillo or Tyler Mahle? Are they just overcoming a lackluster approach? I imagine that the players and the team share in both the successes and the failures, although I really have no idea how to allocate shares accordingly. I just feel pretty confident that it’s never 100% for one party and 0% for the other party. wes August 28, 2017 I totally agree w comment you make about franchises trading away highly regarded players at the top of their value because they don’t feel same way about them with the closer look they have. On that note- I think Braves system blows White Sox completely out of water even though WS are filled with more highly regarded prospects I think they got some guys from Nationals, red sox, and Cubs that those teams didn’t see panning out as highly as outside world did. Mahle and Castillo are reaching their potential; Sal is getting there. Reed and Stepehenson were nearly universal top rotation prospects. Garrett was #2 lefty coming into season and he’s out of options- what’s his role? Rookie Davis was projected as a #4 starter when acquired- what’s his projection now? Gutierrez is having an ok first season but honestly I was hoping for more with the hype coming into the season. More failures than success and I assume that’s somewhat of a norm comparing to other franchises, but I’m not impressed overall in pitching development in Reds organization. I agree no one is completely at fault and I use to think player development responsibilities on the organization is kind of joke, but the more look into it the more I see it as a science. Everyone we speak of has one thing in common- they are all millennial’s. So they need to be treated differently than past generations just do to their make up of being more in tuned to their feelings and emotions. You can disregard that and tell them to suck it up, but when that happens you create isolation and discouragement. Doug had a good article on an audio piece from DW a few months back where he got into the development side of the organization and I was pretty intrigued by what he said and the investment reds are willing to make. Can you post that link Doug? William Kubas August 28, 2017 Former Stanford Cardinal, Alex Blandino raises his on base percentage to .390 with his 44th hit in 165 at bats since joining the Louisville Bats. sultanofswaff August 28, 2017 Hopefully in a few days you’ll be saying ‘since joining the Cincinnati Reds’. MK August 28, 2017 So you really think Price will play him if he gets the call. He is going to continue to play Suarez, Cozart, Gennett and Pereza. He might get 4 at bats a week. He will site the integrity of the pennant race as his reasoning for not playing the young guys. sultanofswaff August 28, 2017 You’re not wrong. I just think there’s value in having him with the team in September rather than in his recliner at home. I’m also calling up Ariel Hernandez, Herget, Reed, and Garret. Last year we got caught with our pants down sending guys home for the winter only to have injuries pop up and leave us shorthanded on starters. There are also innings limits to be mindful of. Where I think there should be a significant upheaval in playing time is CF. Schebler is faster than Choo and we made it work. Throw Ervin into the mix with Billy as a late inning pinch runner/defensive replacement. Barring a trade I think a 3 headed monster could give you a significant upgrade from that position. September would be a good trial run for such a setup. MK August 28, 2017 So if Greene ends up with 5 or 6 innings pitched by the end of the season and the Reds like to increase workload by 25 to 35 innings does that mean he tops out at 40 next year? jhutson5 August 28, 2017 I bet he gets more in instructional league and ends up 80 to 100 next season Doug Gray August 28, 2017 No. Because he’ll also throw in instructs. And he did throw some in high school, too. He’ll probably get 70-90 innings next year. Which, as an 18-year-old, is about what you expect. Adam August 28, 2017 Man, Senzel must really be sick. Holy Moses. Ty August 29, 2017 Can anyone tell me what has happened to Shed Long? I never saw a single post on what put him on the DL.