Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 4/15/18 Doug Gray April 15, 2018 16 Comments This is something new this year, but we’re going to call it Patreon Preview Monday. While I absolutely do make money from the advertisements on the site, the amount fan fluctuate wildly, even if the same number of people show up each month. The support over on Patreon gives me a much better idea of what will be coming in. Each morning throughout the season those who support the site through Patreon get an email with game notes, and a rundown of how the Top 25 prospects performed the night before. If that sounds like something that’s for you, check it out (click that orange Patreon banner just above this text). If not, well that’s alright, too. Here’s what was emailed to everyone for the games played on Sunday, and is similar to the kinds of things they get every day during the year. Louisville Bats The Bats won 5-4 in 10 innings, moving to 4-6 on the season. Box Score Mason Williams went 1-4 with a run scored. He also made an outstanding defensive play in the game. The center fielder was running directly backwards and made a leaping/diving catch over his head. Nick Senzel went 1-4 with a walk and a run scored. Scott Schebler, rehabbing with the Bats, went 0-3 with 3 strikeouts. Steve Selsky went 1-3 with a walk, steal, run and 2 RBI. Patrick Kivlehan went 1-4 with 2 RBI. Brandon Dixon went 1-1 with a double as a pinch hitter. DJ Peterson went 1-1 with a double and an RBI as a pinch hitter. Justin Nicolino allowed a run in 6.0 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. He threw 87 pitches with 52 strikes, 3 ground outs, and 6 fly outs. His ERA through two starts is at 1.64. Jimmy Herget threw 1.2 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. He’s yet to allow a run through 4.2 innings this season. Zack Weiss was charged with an unearned run in an inning of work without allowing a hit or a walk, and he struck out a batter. Pensacola Blue Wahoos The Blue Wahoos lost 5-4 on Sunday afternoon, falling to 4-6 on the year. Box Score Shed Long went 2-4 with 2 runs scored. He’s hitting .310/.355/.448 through the first week-and-a-half of the season. Nick Longhi went 2-4 with a home run, his first of the year, and he drove in two runs. He’s hitting .375/.429/.500 this year. Josh VanMeter went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run scored. Aristides Aquino went 2-4 with 2 doubles. Seth Varner threw 2.2 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts. He was hit by a line drive comebacker that ended his day. It knocked his glove off and possibly could have gotten him on the pitching hand as well. He left the field after being checked out by the trainer and went to the clubhouse. Brennan Bernardino threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Daytona Tortugas The Tortugas lost 9-3 on Sunday night, falling to 8-3 on the season. Box Score TJ Friedl went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Luis Gonzalez went 2-4 with a double. After his 18-game hitting streak came to an end on Saturday he’s back at it. He’s hitting .385 this season. Tyler Stephenson went 2-4. He’s hitting a ridiculous .455 this season with more walks than strikeouts. Mitch Nay went 2-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .342 early on this season. He remained a guy to really keep an eye on as he’s coming back from a whole lot. Bruce Yari went 1-2 with 2 walks and a run scored. Daniel Sweet went 2-3 with a run scored and a strikeout. The strikeout was his first of the entire season. Juan Martinez went 2.2 innings and allowed a run with 4 walks and a strikeout. Joel Kuhnel threw 1.2 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. Dayton Dragons The Dragons were postponed for the third straight day. Off day on Monday before returning to play at home on Tuesday evening. Top 25 Prospect Rundown Rank Player Level Performance 1 Nick Senzel AAA 1-4, BB, run. 2 Hunter Greene A PPD 3 Tyler Mahle MLB DNP 4 Taylor Trammell A+ 0-3, BB, steal, K. 5 Jesse Winker MLB Pinch runner. 6 Tyler Stephenson A+ 2-4. 7 Tony Santillan A+ DNP 8 Shed Long AA 2-4, 2 runs, K. 9 Jose Siri DL DNP 10 Vladimir Gutierrez AA DNP 11 Jeter Downs A PPD 12 Jose Garcia A PPD 13 Stuart Fairchild A PPD 14 Miles Gordon A PPD 15 Andy Sugilio A/DL DNP 16 Jose Lopez AAA DNP 17 Alex Blandino MLB 0-4, K. 18 Aristides Aquino AA 2-4, 2 2B, K. 19 Jimmy Herget AAA 1.2IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 2K. 20 Miguel Hernandez Ext ST DNP 21 Phillip Ervin MLB 0-3, 3K. 22 Gavin LaValley AA 0-2, BB, RBI, K. 23 Nick Longhi AA 2-4, HR, 2 RBI. 24 Jesus Reyes AA DNP 25 Zack Weiss AAA 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, K. 4/16 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 4-6 N/A 6:05pm Stephenson Here Here Here Pensacola 4-6 0-0 8:00pm Wright Here Here Here Daytona 8-3 0-0 OFF OFF Here Here N/A Dayton 5-3 0-0 OFF OFF Here Here Here 16 Responses kevinz April 15, 2018 He dont have much speed but i like Longi like his approach other than april last year he showed he can for sure hit AA. Has a better arm tad lil more speed than Winker mayb Winker help bring something back? Its early but liking peraza starting look like player 2nd half last year. Reply Shawn April 15, 2018 Have you heard anything about Siri, Traviaso or Moscot? Reply MK April 16, 2018 Mason Williams made 2 real nice plays in center today including the one described above. The Ironpigs announcer really likes him from previous years. Schebler has not looked good in rehab at bats this weekend. I think the nerve in his elbow is still bothering him as he flexes his fingers between pitches. Dayton will lose at least one game in first half due to three rainouts this weekend. They have a home three game series with Loons next month but League rules will only allow them to play two double headers in that time frame. Reply Matthew O'Neal April 16, 2018 This was Schebler’s first game in 2 weeks. I’d give him more than three ABs to get the feel back for game speed play. Reply MK April 16, 2018 My concern was not the strike outs or timing but his nerve issue was causing numbness in his fingers and after a couple of at bats I saw he was flexing those fingers after a swing and miss. Kind of made me think the nerve problems have not be healed and it might be a longer rehab process than expected. Alex April 16, 2018 I think mason Williams is a perfect fit for a backup outfielder for us. Can play solid cf and also be speed off the bench. Reply MikeD April 16, 2018 This is a great resource each morning that I appreciate having in my email inbox. Well worth the few dollars! Great job Doug! Reply Gilbert Keith Chesterton April 16, 2018 5 Jesse Winker MLB Pinch runner. You had to remind me about the absurd decision that the Reds made to use Winker as a pinch runner :) He’s a high OBP guy who is supposed to be part of the future of the franchise, and yet they don’t give him a single AB since April 12. Yesterday the Reds are in a 1 run game with weak hitting Ervin & Hamilton coming up to bat. What a perfect opportunity to put your high OBP hitter in as a pinch hitter. Instead, they waste him as a pinch runner, letting the fate of the game fall on the bats of Blandino, Ervin & Hamilton. Sometimes I feel like Price is daring ownership to fire him… Reply Colt Holt April 16, 2018 Winked is hurt. Bad shoulder, not available to hit. Reply Doug Gray April 16, 2018 Saw someone else bring this up, though, and it could be worth watching: If Winker can’t play for a few more days, using him as a pinch runner, instead of using a starting pitcher like say Tyler Mahle, it means that they can’t now 10-day DL Winker retroactively, and will just keep on playing a guy short on the bench. Maybe he’s ready to play today or tomorrow. But if he’s not, it’s just another head scratcher. RobL April 16, 2018 Doug that is a great point. But I just looked at what other position players the Reds have available on the 40 man roster. It’s Long and Aquino. Neither one should just be called up to sit the bench. I guess they could carry another pitcher, but again the bench is short. I would guess that Winker could play in case of emergency. Andy Jennings April 16, 2018 Great to see Aquino is off to a nice start. Last year was a tough year for him hopefully he has made the adjustments to be a better hitter and cut down the strikeouts. Reply MK April 16, 2018 He is proving to be an even number year hitter, Good year Billings 2014, bad year Dayton 2015, good year Daytona 2016, bad Pensacola 2017 and now 2018. Reply Brad April 16, 2018 Any word on Ariel Hernandez? How many days do Reds have to work out a trade before he goes through waivers? Reply Doug Gray April 16, 2018 It could take up to 10 days from when he was DFA’d. 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