Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 4/24/18 Doug Gray April 25, 2018 35 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, including a rundown of how each of the Reds Top 25 prospects performed the night before). Louisville won 5-1. Box Score Rosell Herrera went 3-5 with a home run (3), steal, and 2 RBI. Eugenio Suarez (rehab) went 1-2 with a double, 2 walks, and a run scored. Sebastian Elizalde went 2-4 with a home run (2) and 3 RBI. Blake Trahan went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. Cody Reed allowed a run in 3.0 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Domingo Tapia threw 4.0 shutout innings with 3 walks and a strikeout. Tanner Rainey threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Pensacola lost 9-5. Box Score Shed Long went 2-4 with a triple, run, and a walk. Gabby Guerrero went 0-1 with 3 walks. Aristides Aquino went 1-4 with a run. Luis Gonzalez went 1-4 with a run. Taylor Sparks went 1-4 with a home run (2) and 3 RBI. Jesus Reyes was charged with 6 unearned runs in 2.2 innings with a walk and a strikeout. Dean Kiekhefer threw 1.2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Daytona won 7-3. Box Score Dilson Herrera went 3-5 with a double, 2 runs, and had an RBI. TJ Friedl went 1-4 with a walk, run, and an RBI. Mitch Nay went 0-1 with a run scored and 3 walks. Tyler Stephenson went 1-4 with a grand slam (4). Taylor Trammell went 2-3 witha walk. Daniel Sweet went 1-2 with 2 walks, a double, and a run scored. Carlos Rivero went 1-4 with an RBI. Ryan Olson was charged with 2 unearned runs in 6.0 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts. Joel Kuhnel threw 1.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Dayton lost 7-0. Box Score Morgan Lofstrom went 1-2. Mark Kolozsvary went 1-3. Luis Alecis threw 2.0 hitless innings, but allowed a run with 5 walks and 1 strikeout. Ryan Nutof allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. 4/25 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 6-9 N/A 11:00am Stephenson Here Here Here Pensacola 8-11 0-0 7:35pm Strahan Here Here Here Daytona 14-5 0-0 7:05pm Romero Here Here N/A Dayton 9-7 0-0 7:05pm Sceroler Here Here Here 35 Responses WVRon April 25, 2018 Stephenson and Finnegan both go Wednesday. That could be an interesting comparison. It might be time for those two to switch places. B-town Fan April 25, 2018 I think your more likely to see Garrett and Finnegan switch places. Hal April 25, 2018 I wouldn’t have them trade places, but would have Stephenson join Reds as starter (if not have a plan for Garrett to do so) and move Finnegan to the pen. Get your best 12-13 arms in Cincy and let it all play out. Mark April 25, 2018 I believe it’s time to bring up Rosell Herrera for Pennington or gosselin MK April 25, 2018 As I said yesterday Herrera and Williams for Gosselin and Pennington. It will be interesting to see who goes when Suarez is activated. Mark April 25, 2018 I think it would be good to swap for Pennington and gosselin for Herrera and Suarez Matthew O'Neal April 25, 2018 Is Shed Long tied to Pensacola until Senzel is in Cincinnati? And once he moves to Louisville, what are his chances of a call up? He’s blocked pretty much everywhere. jim t April 25, 2018 Matthew was thinking the same thing. He is certainly trying to kick the door down. Him and Tyler Stephenson are off to very nice starts. MK April 25, 2018 Scooter might be in his way more than Senzel. They are basically the same prototype of a player. The Duke April 25, 2018 While Shed might not be a great defensive 2B, I’d certainly say he’s better than Scooter. wes April 25, 2018 I was nervous about Long when he struggled at AA last season, but scouts were still real high on him this off season. He’s 23 in august and has been in minors since 17- he’s getting close to ready! Reds should be trying him at corner outfielder, 2nd, 3rd and catcher even maybe? Let him earn his way on the field. Based upon trade history of minors- targeting prospects as main trade piece brings back little value, but when scouts like a guy unanimously like Long- I think he could bring back a piece of interest. Lots of teams need 2nd basemen. terry m April 25, 2018 Doug Know R Herrera can play all over but can he play in CF ?? He looked real good in AZ. and he is off to a great start in Louisville… Brad April 25, 2018 With Minor League lineups, why would a top prospect like Taylor Trammell hit 6th? Garcia 8th? I get that you move guys around to get most out of ljneuo, but if minors are truly decevelopmental, don’t the Reds want top prospects to get the most plate appearances? MK April 25, 2018 I am all in on Riggleman. I liked him sending Garrett out there in. The ninth, even though it did not work out. I liked the multiple innings out of Hughes but I most liked the squeeze play. Don’t think you would have seen any of those under Price. Wonder where William is this morning when he should be going goo-goo over the Stanford Cardinal. icehole3 April 25, 2018 Me too MK, the squeeze fooled everyone in the building. I also think Riggleman loves Blandino. The Duke April 25, 2018 William Kubas = Jim Riggleman? Would explain why he hasn’t been posting as much lately, too busy managing the Reds. Colt Holt April 25, 2018 Riggleman is from Frostburg State, not Stanford…if he was a Stanford alum when I looked him up, I would have legit laughed out loud. Alex April 25, 2018 Dick Williams mentioned that the lineup wasn’t exactly how he would of liked while price was in charge. Blandino has been playing more since then Cbus April 25, 2018 Agreed, Riggleman’s been good. Leaving Amir in was the right call even though it didn’t work out. Playing Blandino more and batting Hamilton 9th every game is also good. It’s a shame this season is already lost after such a poor first 3 weeks, this team once healthy and with a new manager seems to have potential. The Duke April 25, 2018 Interesting that Shed doesn’t have any HR yet. Hitting for solid power with 2B and now a 3B, just nothing leaving the ballpark 14 games in. Possible change in approach or swing? Hitting .340+ is certainly nice. Tanner Rainey has been as dominant in AAA as he was a punching bag in MLB. The contrast between the two levels is amazing. I hope when he gets his next shot with the big club he can clear that mental hurdle and trust his stuff. Solid start from Cody Reed, although the 2 BB in 3 IP is less than ideal, although his percentage of strikes thrown was solid (65.3%). I hope they stretch him out properly and give him another shot at starting, still too early to give up on him there. Taylor Trammell seems to be getting out of his funk. 4 game hit streak now with 4 BB in those 4 games as well. .390 OBP despite the .266 average so far, and his slugging is up too despite being in the Florida State League. I hope Dr Stephenson and not Mr Robert shows up in Louisville this morning. If he could just find that consistency, the raw stuff is so good. Reaganspad April 25, 2018 Calling Dr. Stephenson….. I agree Duke. His stuff is just so ideal if he could just get it over like Mahle Doug Gray April 26, 2018 Pensacola isn’t exactly the best ballpark for a guy like Shed. Right field tends to hurt power because the wind pushes everything towards the bigger part of the ballpark (wind comes across the bay, from right field pushing towards left). And while Shed has that opposite field pop, it’s 342 to the line in left, so it’s not exactly short out there either. SultanofSwaff April 25, 2018 Given that he is likely 3rd in line for a rotation spot behind Disco and BobSteve, I think Reed will stay stretched out and be used either as AAA insurance or as the long man in Cincy. I’m ok with either scenario Blandino is a sleeper for sure. His hard hit/line drive % is equal to the best hitters on the team. We know he’ll take a walk. I LOVE him as the utility guy when Geno returns……or even as the everyday 3B? 2 more hits for Scooter vs. a lefty. The data says he’s hitting the ball harder and spraying it around more so far this year than last, so the whole non-juiced ball narrative is bogus. I wonder if he’d be open to a 2 year extension IF he gave the Reds a hometown discount. An excellent piece to mix and match. Playoff teams need guys like this. The fastball by Mahle was impressive, but the slider looked good too. Gotta see these secondary offerings improving. He pitched so free and easy, as if he found a whole new style. Good to see. wes April 25, 2018 How were they ever going to stop “juicing” the balls anyway? The article’s I read were more about evolution than adding…. Reds sure do have a serious IF log jam! Reds can afford to pay Scooter 2 for 20mil so really don’t need much of a hometown discount, but more in lines of making sure you are making the right move. There is 4/5 guys you are stonewalling for having Scooter at second through 2020. Not saying I’m against it though…. MK April 25, 2018 The people who did not complain about the player juicing were the guys selling all the tickets to the fans who liked the home runs. So if it is tabu for the players to juice; then continue to juice the balls. When Stanton or Judge hit a home run longer than Mantle did suppose anyone will want the record not to count since it is with a juiced ball? Shawn April 25, 2018 I wouldn’t resign Scooter. Not purring him down, we just have other options. Senzel May have to play treee if he or Suerez can’t play SS. You also have Blandino and Long wes April 25, 2018 Mahle looks pretty good! He’s a great fit in Cincy since he’s good at keeping ERA down even without a ton of strikeouts. That also makes him a good fit in Colorado where their top prospect, Brendan Rodgers, is log jammed. IMO, Mahle is the most for sure thing out of all the starting pitchers Reds have in whole organization. So would you give that up for Rodgers to have your SS of the future??? Reds would prob have to give more up than that, but Rockies are contending and if they could get a Mahle and a corner outfielder or another starter- they would almost certainly have to be interested. Hoyce April 25, 2018 Great outing by bob Steve But 89 pitches in 4 innings- that’s not gonna cut it Greenfield Red April 25, 2018 He only gave up 1 run, but 8 walks in 4 innings < a great outing. Hoyce April 25, 2018 Ha. I Read that as 8 k’s So ya. Not very good MK April 25, 2018 Doug you look good standing behind backstop in Louisville. Should be decent videos and photos. Doug Gray April 26, 2018 *so glad they don’t broadcast in HD* But I’m hoping some of the video turned out well, though there wasn’t a ton going on today from the hitters. Kopech kept them in check most of the day. Some of the pictures did turn out well, though. Datdudejs April 25, 2018 I would like to know more about R. Herrera. He has been destroying the ball all the way back to spring training MK April 25, 2018 Everything to know at baseball reference.com MK April 25, 2018 The “Quacker” passed through waivers ans is assigned to Louisville.