Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 8/30/17 Doug Gray August 31, 2017 22 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 6-1. Box Score Darnell Sweeney went 2-3 with a walk, 2 steals (10) and solo home run (7). Brandon Dixon went 1-3 with a walk and a double. Zach Vincej went 1-2 with 2 walks. Nefi Ogando threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts. Pensacola won 4-3, 6-5 in a double header. Game 1: 4-3 win. Box Score Arismendy Alcantara went 1-3 with a double and 3 RBI. Shed Long 2-2 with a walk. Gabriel Guerrero went 1-3. Gavin LaValley went 1-3 with a double and a run. Jonathan Reynoso went 1-1 with an RBI. Robert Stock threw 1.2 hitless innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Tanner Rainey threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Game 2: 6-5 win in 10 innings. Box Score Blake Trahan went 2-4 with a steal (12). Gabriel Guerrero went 1-4 with a double, walk and 2 runs. Jonathan Reynoso went 2-5 with an RBI, a steal and 2 runs. Reydel Medina went 1-2 with a home run (9) and 3 RBI. Gavin LaValley went 1-3 with a run. Shed Long went 0-0 with a walk as a pinch hitter. Andrew McKirahan allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a strikeout. Zack Weiss threw 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Carlos Gonzalez was charged with an unearned run in 2.0 innings with 2 walks. Daytona lost 4-1. Box Score Alfredo Rodriguez went 1-4 with an RBI. Chris Okey went 1-3. Malik Collymore went 2-3 with a double and a run. Sandy Lugo allowed a run in 2.2 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Aaron Quillen threw a perfect inning of relief. Dayton won 9-8. Box Score Randy Ventura went 3-5 with a steal and a run. Jose Siri went 1-4 with a walk, triple, 2 steals (46), 2 runs and 2 RBI. Taylor Trammell went 2-4 with a double, walk, 2 runs and an RBI. Bruce Yari went 2-5 with an RBI. Taylor Sparks went 1-2 with a walk, home run (5), 2 runs and 2 RBI. John Sansone went 2-4 with a home run (13) and 3 RBI. Moises Nova allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Carlos Machorro threw 1.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Jesse Adams threw 1.2 hitless innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Billings lost 9-7. Box Score Jeter Downs went 1-3 with a home run (6) and 2 walks. Raul Wallace went 1-4 with a run. Pabel Manzanero went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Nadir Ljatifi went 2-4 with 2 home runs (2) and 4 RBI. Tyler Buffett was charged with 2 unearned runs in 2.0 innings with 2 strikeouts. John Ghyzel allowed 1 earned in 2.0 innings. AZL Reds lost 7-5. Box Score Miguel Hernandez went 2-5 with a run and an RBI. Justin Bellinger went 2-3 with a double, run and 2 RBI. Reniel Ozuna went 2-5 with a double. Juan Martinez went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Valentin Martinez went 1-4 with a walk and a run. Adrian Chacon allowed a run in 2.0 innings. Alexander Perez threw 1.2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Junior Harding threw a hitless inning with 2 walks and a strikeout. 8/31 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 54-83 N/A 7:05pm Stephens Here Here Here Pensacola 40-30 31-34 7:05pm McGuire Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 16-48 7:05pm TBA Here Here N/A Dayton 41-29 27-38 7:00pm Webb Here Here Here Billings 18-19 11-17 9:05pm Heatherly Here Here N/A AZL Reds 22-31 N/A OFF OFF 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 DNP 4 Sal Romano MLB 6IP, 6H, 3ER, 2BB, 5K. 5 Jesse Winker MLB/DL DNP 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 7 Tyler Mahle MLB DNP 8 Taylor Trammell A 2-4, 2B, BB, 2 runs, RBI. 9 Tyler Stephenson DL DNP 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Shed Long AA 2-2, 2BB. 12 Jeter Downs BIL 1-3, 2BB, HR, K. 13 Stuart Fairchild BIL 0-4, BB, steal, run, K. 14 Jose Siri A 1-4, BB, 3B, 2 steals, 2 runs, 2 RBI, K. 15 Aristides Aquino AA 0-2, 2BB, run, K. 16 Jose Garcia DSL Season Complete. Did not play. 17 T.J. Friedl A+/DL DNP 18 Gavin LaValley AA 2-6, 2B, run, K. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA 1IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K. 20 Zack Weiss AA 2IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, 3K. 21 Ariel Hernandez AAA DNP 22 Jackson Stephens AAA DNP 23 Phillip Ervin MLB 1-4, 2K. 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ 1-4,, RBI, K. 25 Alex Blandino AAA 0-3. 22 Responses William Kubas August 31, 2017 Former Stanford Cardinal, Alex Blandino has his on base percentage fall to .386 with no hits in 3 at bats. Simon Cowell August 31, 2017 Nick Senzel done for the year or something? Hasn’t played in quite a while now. Doug Gray August 31, 2017 Don’t know. Doubt he’s done for the year, but he’s got to be pretty sick to have missed the last week-ish of games. There’s a rumor floating around twitter if you search hard enough for it – but, don’t believe the rumors if you do find them. And no, I’m not even going to put it out there because I don’t want it being linked in any form to this site. Just know that if you do see it, it’s not true. Chris r August 31, 2017 Doug I missed that reydel median was promoted to wahoos.. it’s been awhile that he’s been mentioned.. where he standing these days prospect wise?? Doug Gray August 31, 2017 His plate discipline is a major issue. Unless something changes in a big way…. The Duke August 31, 2017 Taylor Trammell with a robust 70 walks on the year now. Have we seen anyone with those type of walk numbers since the days of Joseph Daniel Votto? Votto’s age 19 season in Dayton he went .231/.348/.287 in Dayton over 233 plate appearances with 34 BB vs 64 K in 60 games. The next year he was back in Dayton at age 20 and hit .302/.419/.486 over 473 plate appearances with 79 BB vs 110 K in 111 games. Now this year at age 19 Trammell is hitting .284/.372/.457 over 557 plate appearances with 70 BB vs 118 K in 126 games. So not quite to Votto age 20 levels, but a pretty darn good year for a teenager in full season ball. What is especialy encouraging is how his K rate has fallen throughout the year while he has maintained his walk rate at the same time. I still think the national rankers are sleeping on Trammell who I have #3 in our system and an easy top 50 guy nationally imo. Greenfield Red August 31, 2017 I gotta agree Duke. He has a ton of potential. Stock August 31, 2017 I agree with your assessment on Trammell. I felt at mid-season that with good 2nd halves Trammell, Mahle, Castillo, Stephenson, Siri, Santillian, Shed Long and possibly Jeter could jump into the top 100 on these publications alongside Senzel, Greene and Winker. Castillo and Winker are no longer prospects but Trammell has been fantastic so I see him as a top 50 prospect now. Siri is in the top 100. Mahle is in the top 100 unless he blows up the next month or exceeds the IP limit. Stephenson and Long were hurt. Santillian probably didn’t do enough to make the top 100. Still I think Senzel is top 10, Greene top 25, Trammell top 50 and Mahle, Siri make the top 100. Mahle could move into the 30-40 range with some good performances next month. Jeter and Long may make some top 100 lists. Doug Gray August 31, 2017 I’ll be surprised if Siri shows up on some Top 100’s. I think the strikeout-to-walk ratio problems will keep him off of them despite the incredible toolset. His age, while not working against him, isn’t working in his favor when it comes to lists, either. MK August 31, 2017 Have seen the complete 19 year old seasons for both, even the 20 year old by Votto and you said I could have one or the other I would take Trammel without a doubt. Even getting to know them I would prefer Trammel for overall personality. Defensively there would have been no question Joey was poor defensively in Dayton. Greenfield Red August 31, 2017 There is a report this morning that Zack Cozart was blocked on waivers. I don’t get it. Nobody wants to trade anything for him, but yet some team puts in a waiver claim to keep another team from trading for him? Jim H. August 31, 2017 If you are in the playoff hunt, you keep a competitor from getting better. The Reds would do the same thing if they knew the player wouldn’t be dumped on them. No way would the Reds drop Cozart for nothing, so easy blocking move. Norwood Nate August 31, 2017 Unless it’s 2013 and you’re Walt Jocketty. He allowed Byrd to go to the Pirates, who we were battling for the wild cards, even though we had a pretty gaping hole in LF ourselves. Never understood why that move wasn’t blocked or why the Reds didn’t try to claim him instead. IndyRedsFan August 31, 2017 I guess I don’t understand why the Reds wouldn’t let the claiming team take him. They save a month’s salary, PLUS they free up playing time for Peraza and perhaps Suarez at SS. Not letting him go means they get nothing for him a month from now. Why not let him go for “nothing” now? Bill August 31, 2017 IRF, because you keep the option to extend a qualifying offer in tact. MK August 31, 2017 Back in ’95 the Reds claimed Mariano Duncan on waivers (I think from Yankees) to keep him from going to Atlanta even though they had Bret Boone at second. sultanofswaff August 31, 2017 Ervin looked merely average on defense in CF last night. In other words, about the same as Schebler. Surely mixing and matching those two with Billy off the bench/spot starting would give better production than what we’re getting. So, has Cozy played his last game for the Reds??? Doug Gray August 31, 2017 Unless Cozart doesn’t play again this season, he’s a Red the rest of the way. They can’t trade him at this point. CP August 31, 2017 Good to see big Sal put out another quality start. If he keeps this up, I think he is carving himself an inside shot at a spot in the rotation next year. It will be hard to ignore his progress shown at the ML level next spring training. If Sal, Castillo, and even Stephenson continue to pitch the way they all have as of late, there is a good chance that those three have pitched their way into next year’s rotation. With an off season for Homer, Disco, and Finny to get healthy, that fills out the rotation and then some. Plus the depth of Garrett, Reed, Davis, & Mahle in AAA to fill in if/when injuries and/or poor performance occur. It took almost till the end of the season, but the picture for nexts years rotation is starting to clear up a bit hopefully. A piece or two of that could go to the ML bullpen, but I would hate to see them give up too quickly on very many if any of them. Especially, when there are ML ready bullpen pieces in the minors that are probably ready to contribute next year. I’m not sure the Reds will need those guys to transition to the bullpen as much as they will need them to continue developing as SP’s. That depth is going to be needed to get through the season next year. As Reds fans, we are more aware than many that it takes a whole lot more than just 5 SP to get through the year…. MK August 31, 2017 Really don’t think they should count on Disco since he can not get elbow healthy enough to even finish a rehab assignment probably should have had TJ surgery back in Spring Training as it seems inevitable. Pat August 31, 2017 Streamed the Bats game last night. Team seemed lethargic – small crowd for earlier start – Davis got hit hard, his “out” pitch wasn’t getting guys out, and fastball about 92 with not much movement, but no BBs (30K and 1BB in last 5 starts). Some jumbling in line up…amazed Jagielo and Walker (about .175 and .150 each) are at AAA (Jagielo maybe b/c of the trade?). Maybe just a long season (not successful one) catching up? Lots of questions heading into the offseason for the brass to consider. MikeinSoCal August 31, 2017 I’ve wondered why Jagielo is at AAA. Poor production, usually bats down in the order, 8th or so. Pretty sad for a corner infielder. I’m guessing they just needed that position filled. What a trade.