Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review – 9/10/17 Doug Gray September 10, 2017 14 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: Season Complete – Southern League Champions Daytona: Season Complete Dayton lost 6-0. Box Score Randy Ventura went 2-4. Jose Siri went 0-2 with a walk. Taylor Trammell went 1-2 with 2 walks. Michael Beltre went 1-1. Left the game with a leg injury. Lucas Benenati threw 4.2 hitless innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts. Aaron Fossas threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. The series is now tied at 1-1. The winner on Monday night moves on to the Midwest League Championship. Billings: Season Complete AZL Reds: Season Complete 9/11 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 2017 SL Champions N/A N/A N/A Daytona 33-32 20-48 Season Complete N/A N/A N/A Dayton 41-29 30-40 7:00pm Jordan Here Here Here Billings 18-19 18-20 Season Complete N/A N/A 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 Season Complete. 2 Luis Castillo MLB DNP 3 Hunter Greene BIL Season Complete. 4 Sal Romano MLB 5IP, 8H, 2ER, 0BB, 6K. 5 Jesse Winker MLB/DL DNP 6 Vladimir Gutierrez A+ Season Complete. 7 Tyler Mahle MLB DNP 8 Taylor Trammell A 1-2, 2BB. 9 Tyler Stephenson DL Season Complete. 10 Tony Santillan A DNP 11 Shed Long AA Season Complete. 12 Jeter Downs BIL Season Complete. 13 Stuart Fairchild BIL Season Complete. 14 Jose Siri A 0-2, BB, 2K. 15 Aristides Aquino AA Season Complete. 16 Jose Garcia DSL Season Complete. Did not play. 17 T.J. Friedl A+ Season Complete. 18 Gavin LaValley AA Season Complete. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA Season Complete. 20 Zack Weiss AA Season Complete 21 Ariel Hernandez MLB DNP 22 Jackson Stephens MLB 1.1IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, 0K. 23 Phillip Ervin MLB 0-1, K. Pinch hitter. 24 Alfredo Rodriguez A+ Season Complete. 25 Alex Blandino AAA Season Complete. 14 Responses Wes September 10, 2017 With another strong performance by big sal and Doug talking 2018 starting rotation on podcast- here’s my take- reds are in a favorable position first time in Long time. Lock Bailey Probable Disco Castillo Questionable Finnegan Stephenson Garrett Romero Doubtful Davis Reed Out Stephens Mella Mahle (service time; questionable once service time is saved) Feldman I think it’ll be in order Castillo Homer Disco Finnegan BobSteve Reed and Davis to pen. Garrett, big sal, and mahle ready to come up next with spot reserved for mahle in rotation once service time is saved as long as he remains status quo If finnegan can’t start season healthy then big sal will take his spot and finnegan will prob get moved to pen for good. A huge win for reds is if they can move either homer disco or finnegan as a viable starter next year. If Garrett rebounds early next year he needs to be given another chance early so he can hopefully transition to pen if he fails in rotation. I’d give Stephenson a ton of slack. Let him be my no pressure #5 starter and roll with him even if he struggles abundantly. I really hope they don’t over promise a veteran and start him. I like the minor league offer better- if reds can sign Feldman to minor league deal or someone equal- I’m more for that than promising a vet a rotation spot. sultanofswaff September 11, 2017 I don’t get the Finnegan love as a SP from the front office. His walk rate was bad last year and his lone start this year was more of the same. Still, he’s very young. After missing an entire year, I’d deliberately start him in AAA to knock off the rust for a month or more before making a decision one way or another. Alex September 11, 2017 Finny had pretty solid year last year for his first full year in the majors. if you look at the other options like Romano BobSteve and garret they all struggle with walks as well. not sure finn should be guaranteed a rotation spot but I definitely believe he deserves the opportunity DaveCT September 11, 2017 Finnigan’s improvement as the season progressed was pretty good. He began throwing an effective change and had a nice three pitch mix going. Not to mention 170 innings. He’s also a Price type of guy, a bulldog on the mound. Very competitive. That’s my take. Tampa Red September 11, 2017 Well he actually started 4 games, not one. In his first start, he threw 7 innings of 1 hit, 1 walk and 9 strikeout ball. He’s also as young or younger than all of the other youngsters other than Mahle and has done something none of them have: throw 170+ big league innings with 145 K’s and a 3.80 ERA. Obviously he needs to work on his command some. As do all of them, I think. I’m not going to look it up, but I’d guess that Romano and Stephenson’s walk rates are as high as Finnegans. And his offspeed stuff needs to keep developing for sure. But again, that’s true of just about all of them. I’m just saying that if he’s healthy, I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t make the opening day rotation. Anyway, just killing time waiting for the power to come back on….. Matthew O'Neal September 11, 2017 I really like what Stephens has showed in his couple of outings in relief since his call up. Maybe he’d willingly move to the pen to get him to stick in the majors? It’s doubtful he climbs the hill to one of the best 5 starting options. MK September 11, 2017 He has not built up any say so in the matter so I doubt his willingness will come into play. He will pitch when he is told, perform in that role or go home. Matthew O'Neal September 11, 2017 Poor choice of words on my part. I understand the business of it that he will perform where told. Not sure how I could reword it, but what I said didn’t really totally convey what I meant. DaveCT September 11, 2017 Matthew, perhaps you could have said if he takes to relieving … As for his skill set, he’s started and relieved, so he’s a solid bullpen candidate (Doug would say “and he always was”). Big durable guy, I’d say he has long and middle relief written all over him. These days, he may actually have that written on him, now that I think about it. But I agree. I like what he can do. terry m September 11, 2017 Matthew I knew what you meant. Other people take every word “literal”. MK September 11, 2017 Beltre out with ankle sprain, Miles Gordon coming to Dayton to replace him. DaveCT September 11, 2017 Great choice. Trammell, Siri, Ventura and Gordon is a supercharged OF. Cguy September 11, 2017 Any chance Moss or Santillan will see action out of the bullpen for the Dragons tonight? Would have been nice to see Moss win his 15th or Santillan win his 10th. Doug Gray September 11, 2017 Those wins wouldn’t count anyways. And no, I can’t imagine that’s happening.