Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 9/6/17 Doug Gray September 7, 2017 18 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: Season Complete Pensacola won 2-0. Box Score Shed Long went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Josh VanMeter went 4-4 with a steal and 2 RBI. Joe Hudson went 1-3. Blake Trahan went 1-3 with a double. Deck McGuire threw 8.0 shutout innings with 13 strikeouts. Zack Weiss threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Pensacola leads the best of five series 1-0. Daytona: Season Complete Dayton lost 3-2. Box Score Jose Siri went 1-3 with a run and a walk. Bruce Yari went 1-4 with a 2-run home run. Taylor Sparks went 1-4 with a double. Hector Vargas went 1-3. Michael Beltre went 1-3. Andrew Jordan allowed a run in 6.0 innings with 5 strikeouts. Dauri Moreta threw 2.0 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Dayton trails the best of three series 1-0. Billings won 10-2. Box Score Andy Sugilio went 3-5 with a run and 2 RBI. JD Salmon-Williams went 1-4 with a walk, home run (3), 2 runs and 2 RBI. Alejo Lopez went 2-3 with a walk and 2 runs. Pabel Manzanero went 1-3, with a walk, run and an RBI. Jake Turnbull went 2-4 with a grand slam (2). Nadir Ljatifi went 1-3 with a walk. Hunter Greene was charged with an unearned run in 3.0 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Tyler Mondile threw 4.0 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. John Ghyzel threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Ryan Nutof was charged with an unearned run in an inning with 2 strikeouts. AZL Reds: Season Complete 9/7 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 56-86 N/A Season Complete N/A N/A N/A Pensacola 40-30 34-36 7:35pm Lopez Here Here Here Daytona 33-32 20-48 Season Complete N/A N/A N/A Dayton 41-29 30-40 7:00pm Moss Here Here Here Billings 18-19 15-19 9:05pm Naughton 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 8IP, 4H, 1ER, 0BB, 10K. 3 Hunter Greene BIL 3IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 4K. 4 Sal Romano MLB DNP 5 Jesse Winker MLB/DL DNP 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ Season Complete. 7 Tyler Mahle MLB DNP. 8 Taylor Trammell A 0-4, K. 9 Tyler Stephenson DL DNP 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Shed Long AA 1-3, BB, run. 12 Jeter Downs BIL DNP 13 Stuart Fairchild BIL DNP 14 Jose Siri A 1-3, BB, run, K. 15 Aristides Aquino AA 0-3. 16 Jose Garcia DSL Season Complete. Did not play. 17 T.J. Friedl A+ Season Complete. 18 Gavin LaValley AA 0-4, 2K. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA Season Complete. 20 Zack Weiss AA 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K. 21 Ariel Hernandez MLB DNP 22 Jackson Stephens MLB DNP 23 Phillip Ervin MLB 1-4, steal, K. 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ Season Complete. 25 Alex Blandino AAA Season Complete. 18 Responses icehole3 September 7, 2017 Is Castillo the ace next year? The Duke September 7, 2017 If we’re going to be competitive, we need him to be. Ideally we need Castillo to be our ace, and Stephenson to cut his walk rate down to 3 per 9 and be another front line guy. The talent is there, it’s the control and the consistency that he needs to lock down. MK September 7, 2017 Heck with next year. He is the ace right now!!!!!!!!!! MikeD September 7, 2017 I would like to believe that Castillo will be one of the cornerstones of a much better rotation. Stevenson needs only to mature with his focus and he will be another important piece. If Homer stays healthy, that gives the Reds 3 reliable pitchers. Add in Sal and whoever else can stay healthy and things look a lot better for next season. I really have to wonder if the Reds TV announcers are on top of things or do they just show up? Chris Welch is a smart guy and he suggest that the Reds pick the best 5 pitchers next spring for the rotation. That seems like good logic, yet it is not the way the Reds seem to work. You would think being around the team regularly, they would have some insight, but it seems all they spew, is their vague thoughts. Hmm…. Doug Gray September 7, 2017 It’s not the way that any team works. No team is taking the best 25 guys north because fairly or unfairly, contracts matter. Even to teams like the Dodgers. HavaKlu September 7, 2017 Speaking of the Reds’ announcers, they, along with Joe Morgan, talked extensively about Garrett yesterday and not once did they mention a hip injury. They attributed his problem to being discouraged because he was sent back to Louisville. I’ m wondering now if Garrett really had an injury and if so, why would the announcers not mention it? The Duke September 7, 2017 That’s a false narrative. He was getting lit up the few starts before he got down too. And if he isn’t mentally strong enough to handle a temporary demotion, then there are bigger problems. Trusting the announcers as any sort of reliable info isn’t a good way to be properly informed. Discouragement didn’t take 2-4 mph off his fastball. CP September 7, 2017 Castillo just looked absolutely in control yesterday. He will surely have his lumps next year, but I am inclined to think he is the real deal. With how the other young guys have stepped up over the last month, and how Homer is starting to give more good than bad as of late, it really does give me hope that the rotation can be competitive next year. Here is my best guess for the rotation. Castillo Disco Homer Finny Stephenson I know I am assuming a lot of health, but I do think they go with these guys if healthy and looking right. Then that leaves in AAA these guys ready to help if health or poor performance calls for them. Romano Mahle Amir (I heard he is being given another option) Rookie Stephens It appears they are really considering Cody Reed in the bullpen going forward. Price is on record of using him in that capacity in the MLB this month while he is up. I know the likelihood of everyone being healthy may not be great, but my point is that the depth of MLB starting pitching is not just quantity, but now has some real quality. And it will take more than just 5 good quality SP to get through a season. Makes me hopeful that the Reds will finally start to be able to turn this thing around next year! Greenfield Red September 7, 2017 While I agree with most of what you say CP, I’ll be shocked if Disco is ready to go in the Spring. CP September 7, 2017 I fear that too, but unless he encounters another setback why should we be? He is throwing bullpens now, so as to be able to have as normal of an off season as possible. Matthew O'Neal September 7, 2017 Reed doesn’t have to stick in the majors until 2020, so I don’t see any reason to rush him to the bullpen just to have him with the club. If you believe he can be a great starter with his new mechanics once they’re figured out, you should absolutely give him time to figure them out. Don’t rush the kid. Alex September 7, 2017 I’m wondering if the new mechanics for reed have effected his confidence at all? I think the off-season will benefit him more than anyoneand a fresh start next year can help him alot. CP September 7, 2017 Totally agree with you concerning Reed. I had high hopes for that guy going into the year this year. I was just stating what I have read about the Reds plans for him this September. Seems to indicate they view him as a bullpen piece moving forward. I hope that I am wrong in my reading of their intentions…. The Duke September 7, 2017 His slider hasn’t been the same since the mechanical changes. It lost a lot of horizontal movement. Beard September 7, 2017 The 2018 rotation will be very interesting. I am not sold yet on Finnegan. If Bailey and Disco are healthy, they are in. Castillo is in. That leaves two spots for: Stephenson, Romero, Mahle, Garrett, and Finnegan. Nice problem to have, but I don’t know there is much differentiation between those last five. Plus, the Reds are talking about going out to get someone. I’d actually think trading a starter might help the overall talent in the long run. Doug Gray September 7, 2017 While plenty of fans don’t seem to be sold on Finnegan, the Reds are. At least to the point where he’s going to be in the rotation until he shows he’s clearly not one of the best 5 options. MK September 7, 2017 Pitching Coach Ebert took some of the heat for the Dragons 9th inning loss last night. As, after first base runner, he went to mound and told Aaron Fossas he wanted him to use a slide step to keep the runner close. It was not something Aaron had done before or felt comfortable with. It through off his mechanics and location. Brad September 7, 2017 Happy to see Ervin in the lineup. Cozart is a FA in a month and clearly not 100% healthy. I would love to see Peraza, Suarez or even Vincej get some more time at SS. Play Cozart 3-4 times per week, Peraza 2 and Vincej 1. Cozart playing 6 days a week make me wonder if they have an understanding he will be back next season and beyond. Anything over 8M AAV, I hope it is not true.