Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 9/2/17 Doug Gray September 2, 2017 12 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 was postponed. Double header on Saturday. Pensacola won 3-1. Box Score Shed Long went 3-3 with a walk, double and an RBI. Joe Hudson went 1-4 with a double. Austin Ross allowed a run in 6.0 innings with 6 strikeouts. Zack Weiss threw 2.0 perfect innings with 4 strikeouts. Tanner Rainey threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout. Daytona was rained out. No make up game will be played. Dayton won 7-6 in 10 innings. Box Score Randy Ventura went 1-4 with a run and an RBI. Jose Siri went 3-4 with a double, triple and 3 RBI. Bruce Yari went 1-4 with a walk and a run. Cassidy Brown went 1-4 with a double and 3 runs. Carlos Rivero went 2-4 with 2 runs. Michael Beltre went 3-3 with 2 walks and an RBI. Carlos Machorro allowed a run in 2.1 innings with 3 strikeouts. Dauri Moreta threw 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Jesse Adams threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Billings won 2-0. Box Score Jeter Downs went 1-4 with a run and an RBI. Stuart Fairchild went 3-4 with an RBI. Leandro Santana went 1-4 with a double. Alejo Lopez went 1-3 with a walk. Packy Naughton threw 6.0 shutout innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts. Tyler Buffett threw 3.0 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. AZL Reds lost 6-1. Box Score Alejandro Paulino went 1-3 with a double, walk and a run. Reshard Munroe went 2-4. Valentin Martinez went 2-3 and was hit by a pitch. Ermys Reyes went 0-1 with 2 walks and was hit by a pitch. Ricky Karcher threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Francis Jones threw 2.1 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. Stephen Keller threw 2.0 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. 9/3 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 54-85 N/A 2:05pm Reed/TBA Here Here Here Pensacola 40-30 32-36 6:35pm Mella Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 19-48 5:35pm Varner Here Here N/A Dayton 41-29 28-40 2:05pm Romero Here Here Here Billings 18-19 13-18 3:05pm Alecis Here Here N/A AZL Reds 22-33 N/A Season Complete N/A 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 DNP 5 Jesse Winker MLB/DL DNP 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ DNP 7 Tyler Mahle MLB 6IP, 5H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K. 8 Taylor Trammell A 0-5, 3K. 9 Tyler Stephenson DL DNP 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Shed Long AA 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI. 12 Jeter Downs BIL 1-4, run, RBI. 13 Stuart Fairchild BIL 3-4, RBI. 14 Jose Siri A 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI. 15 Aristides Aquino AA 1-4, 2K. 16 Jose Garcia DSL Season Complete. Did not play. 17 T.J. Friedl A+/DL DNP 18 Gavin LaValley AA DNP 19 Jimmy Herget AAA DNP 20 Zack Weiss AA DNP 21 Ariel Hernandez MLB DNP 22 Jackson Stephens AAA DNP 23 Phillip Ervin MLB 1-3. 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ DNP 25 Alex Blandino AAA DNP 12 Responses Jim t September 3, 2017 Shed long seems to be getting it figured out in AA. Greenfield Red September 3, 2017 From a numbers perspective, I agree. However, the reports are that he has been hitting the ball well in AA. HI s strikeout % is actually down in AA from A+. Just a lot of bad luck. Jim t September 3, 2017 Good to know. Thanks for adding your comment. Glad to see his approach his translating at AA. Greenfield Red September 3, 2017 If you read this site enough, you’ll see Doug point out again and again, success or failure is determined by k/bb percentages for most guys. There are a few exceptions and the scale slides a little based upon power, but for the most part, you can take it to the bank. It’s a credit to Doug for pointing it out. Jim t September 3, 2017 I am a longtime reader of Doug’s work Simon Cowell September 3, 2017 That Tyler Mahle is proving to be something else. That high fastball of his is just about unhittable. I am not sure how he blew through the minor leagues so fast under the radar as he has. I am thinking he would be a ROY candidate next year if he doesn’t get to many innings under his belt this year. Impressive. and to think he is on the same team as Castillo, Romano, and Stephenson??? How many teams can brag about having so many youthful arms? MK September 3, 2017 Not sure he has been that far under the radar by the Reds, but he has been for some of the national experts. The Reds selected him as their Minor League Pitcher of the Year twice and he probably will again this year, in addition they have moved him pretty quickly through the system. I give Tom Browning and their year together in Dayton, a lot of credit for his development. His pitching style is very reminiscent of Browning’s. Work quickly, pound the strike zone, don’t be afraid to challenge them up or inside. Simon Cowell September 3, 2017 Mahle is proving the rumors floating around about hitters focusing in on the low cut fastball. the time their effort with an upper cut swing. Batters simply cannot adjust to Mahle’s style of pitching and if the did they would be out of sorts against the next pitcher that they face. He will do wonders as a #2 or #3 pitcher. Imagine if he ever learns a secondary pitch with equal success as that fastball. We could be talking a Greg Maddux type of arm here. Doug Gray September 3, 2017 We should probably not be comparing anyone to Greg Maddux, who is one of the 10 best pitchers to ever live. MK September 3, 2017 Bad week for the Dragon’s playoff chances, with the shoulder problems of Santillan, scratching him from pitching first game of first round and last night Randy Ventura crashing into foul line wall and leaving the game with an apparent injury the next inning. Greenfield Red September 3, 2017 Didn’t know about Santillan. How bad? MK September 3, 2017 They say he might be able to return later in playoffs, if they advance. Seems to be a question as to whether he had proper time to prepare to pitch Friday night after the rain delay. Andrew Jordan will start Game 1, followed by Moss and if needed Romero. Andrew definitely has the ability to get it done but it seems he is either very very good or not good at all. Does not seem to be a middle ground.