Hunter Greene struggles; Taylor Sparks goes deep twice Doug Gray September 2, 2017 8 Comments On Friday night Hunter Greene took the mound for the second time this season. Things did not go nearly as well as they did the first time he took the mound. In total, Hunter Greene allowed six runs in the 1st inning while recording just one out. The Osprey hit six singles against him and his lone out was a strikeout. Listening to the game it sounded like only one of the hits were strong contact, but six hits in a third of an inning is still six hits in a third of an inning. If you want to look for silver linings, Hunter Greene sat 98-99 MPH and touched 101 with his fastball. Also, unlike his first outing, he mixed in quite a few breaking balls. In the first start he threw just one offspeed pitch, while on Friday night there were more than a handful thrown. He threw 25 pitches and had 16 strikes. Taylor Sparks goes deep again for Dayton Taylor Sparks had a big night in Dayton on Friday. The third baseman went 3-4 and smacked two home runs. He’s played in 30 games for the Dragons and he’s now hit seven home runs. He got out to a slow start with Dayton as he was coming off of a rehab assignment after missing two months. He hit just .149/.240/.239 with five walks and 28 strikeouts in the first 18 games back. Since then he’s hit .359/.432/.897 in 44 plate appearances with four walks and 11 strikeouts. Andy Sugilio keeps hitting for Billings Friday night was a game like many others this season for Andy Sugilio. The outfielder had two more hits in four trips to the plate. That pushed the 20-year-old’s line in 55 games with the Billings Mustangs to .343/.391/.473. He’s walked 16 times and struck out just 30 times to go along with 17 steals in 21 attempts. He’s also doubled 12 times with three triples and three home runs. It’s been a big step forward in 2017 for Andy Sugilio. Last season with the Arizona League Reds he hit just .221/.287/.288. He’s upped his walk rate and significantly cut down his strikeout rate from last season. His isolated power (SLG-AVG) has also nearly doubled. He’s turned himself into an intriguing prospect with his performance in 2017. 8 Responses sixpacktwo September 2, 2017 Our minors are stronger now than I can remember and I’ve been a fan since 56! Greenfield Red September 2, 2017 I agree, but you can’t tell by the won-loss records. Bill September 2, 2017 It’s good to see Sparks have a nice burst at Dayton. How he does in the AFL and in 2018, likely back at AA, will be huge in determining his baseball future. MikeinSoCal September 2, 2017 Doug, what’s your prediction on next years bullpen? Storen should be gone, right? Iglesias, Peralta, Lorenzen are locks. Adelman and Wojo as long relief. Shackleford showed some promise. Would a guy like Bernardino get a look? Somewhat similar to Peralta. Lot of strikeouts, occasional walk. I prefer upgrading from within but do you think the Reds will sign their predictable BP free agent and look for minor league contract guys? MK September 2, 2017 I like Bernadino a lot but other than both being lefty he is not much like Peralta. Wandy is up around 96-97 and Brennan might be able to get there but I have never seen it. One is about power and one location and movement MikeinSoCal September 2, 2017 Just hope with all the arms we have, and they all cannot start, we retool the bullpen with what we got. I’m rooting for Bernardino. So many guys at that age where its do or die on the vine. Bill September 2, 2017 Another player to think about is Jack Leathersich, a LHRP just DFA’d by the Cubs. He’s got pretty nice K rates and had a nice run with the Mets previously. KyRed September 2, 2017 Good for Taylor. Hunter has been a big disappointment considering his hype. There is no way he should be top 10 in the reds minor leagues considering his performance.