Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 5/11/18 Doug Gray May 11, 2018 20 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 2-1. Box Score Mason Williams went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Brandon Dixon went 2-4 with a steal and a solo home run (3). Steve Selsky went 1-3. Garrett Boulware went 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Blake Trahan went 2-3. Robert Stephenson allowed a run in 6.0 innings with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Kevin Shackelford threw a perfect inning. Tanner Rainey threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Kevin Quackenbush threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Pensacola won 7-6. Box Score Shed Long went 1-5 with a triple, run scored, and he had 2 RBI. Luis Gonzalez went 1-5 with 2 RBI. Daniel Sweet went 1-3 with a walk. Aristides Aquino went 1-3, was hit by a pitch, and had a 2-run home run (3). Taylor Sparks went 2-4 with a double, solo home run (3), and he had 2 RBI. C.J. McElroy went 1-3 with a walk, stolen base, and he scored 2 runs. Wyatt Strahan allowed 4 earned in 7.0 innings with 4 strikeouts. Carlos Navas threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Daytona lost 7-2. Box Score Jose Siri went 3-5 with 2 doubles. Ibandel Isabel went 1-4 with a solo home run (4). Brantley Bell went 2-4. Hector Vargas went 1-4 with an RBI. Alex Webb threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Nick Howard threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout. Aaron Quillen threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Dayton lost 7-4. Box Score Jeter Downs went 0-3 with 2 walks and a run scored. Miles Gordon went 4-5 with a stolen base (10) and 3 runs. Michael Beltre went 2-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. Stuart Fairchild went 1-3, was hit by a pitch, and had an RBI. Tyler Buffett allowed 1 earned in 2.0 innings with 3 strikeouts. 5/12 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 12-19 N/A 6:30pm TBA Here Here Here Pensacola 15-20 0-0 7:35pm Wright Here Here Here Daytona 22-12 0-0 6:15pm Romero Here Here N/A Dayton 18-14 0-0 7:00pm Greene Here Here Here 20 Responses Bill May 11, 2018 Nick Howard has put a few nice games together… good to see! Bromleyjake May 12, 2018 Siri’s confidence should be at an all time high. Coming off last season with the hit streak and the good work he put in during the off season is he poised to jump more than one level this year ala Jay Bruce? weigarp May 12, 2018 It’s interesting to see that Siri has 5 hits and 4 Ks in his first 10 ABs. RedsinWashst May 12, 2018 yea and no walks typical Siri. Maybe he is the one guy who can pull it off. MikeD May 12, 2018 Siri will always strike out a lot, and that makes it all the more important to get more base on balls. Hopefully Stephenson is developing the mental aspects of pitching. Some seem to get it sooner than others. We all would like the physical skills to align with the brain maturity, but that’s just not life. I believe he will be okay, but it will take time. RedsKoolAidDrinker May 12, 2018 This is why i think it’s important not to stick him in the majors and see what he’s got. I believe the Reds are actually doing the right thing when it comes to Stephenson, Reed, and especially Finnegan. They’ve gotten a taste of the big leagues but make them earn their spot on the 25 man. Give them something too soon and they won’t have that sense of urgency to focus on that mental aspect you were writing of. MikeD May 12, 2018 I totally agree RedsKoolAidDrinker! Let guys prove they are ready. A good start is not earning. Sustained consistency. I am a running coach and I tell my runners they have to earn the right to increase their running pace. That takes time and results. Stephenson needs to develop the ability to locate his pitches. Jim t May 12, 2018 Lotenzen and Disco heading to Pensacola. While I hate how the season started I do like how the development of some prospects are going. Romano, Mahle and Castillo seem to be moving in right direction. Peraza seems to be trending up. Winker has performed at the plate but it’s apparent his spot in the field is LF The bull pen is looking very strong after a rough start. We could stand to improve defensively. Prospect wise we have some guys off to nice starts in the minor leagues. While our record is dismal at ML level I’m more interested in how we improve going forward. Right now it seems we are moving in that direction. RedsKoolAidDrinker May 12, 2018 I’m liking some of the changes I’m seeing since Price left but there could always stand to be more. Can anyone explain why in a year that we aren’t contending that Duvall gets the play LF and not Winker when they are both in the lineup together? Jim t May 12, 2018 If you want to have any chance on moving Duavl for a decent prospect you can not bury him on the bench. Of course it would help if he started hitting. ohiojim May 12, 2018 The Friday might have had a very different ending had anyone other than Duvall been in LF during the 9th inning. I don’t think either Winker or Schebler make the catch that Duvall did for the 27th Dodger out. That ball falls in and the tying run is at the plate. RedsKoolAidDrinker May 12, 2018 Agreed Ohiojim, it my point is this is not a contending team. Get Winker comfortable where he will be playing when the Reds do compete. Also, that is just one play and there’s been plays in RF that Winker has been a stinker on. MikeD May 12, 2018 Great analysis Jim! The Reds certainly have some positive things going. Sustaining them is now important. I understand the Harvey trade, still don’t think it will pan out. GAB is not the place for him. Hope I’m wrong. RedsinWashst May 12, 2018 Dixon is looking good, maybe he is ready to bring up and be a pinch hitter. He is 26 and will probably not be a good defensive replacement but can hit. He has power and some speed. If we can get a few more good starts from Harvey maybe he would be a good trade chip along with Scooter. RedsKoolAidDrinker May 12, 2018 I can see Herrera coming down and Dixon moving up. Just glad we don’t have to watch Pennington and Gosselin any more. MK May 12, 2018 It has been 2 games. If he averages 5 hits every 2 games I don’t care if he ever walks again. MikeD May 12, 2018 I agree MK, but I doubt that will be the case and walks would certainly help with offsetting the amounts of K’s he will most likely incur. MK May 12, 2018 Nice to see Miles Gordon break out last night. Even though they lost the Dragons executed two beautiful hit and run plays. Once with Dons running and Gordon hitting and once with Gordon running and Beltre hitting. Both left-handed hitters hit the hole vacated by shortstop covering the bag. RedsKoolAidDrinker May 12, 2018 How much movement can Michael Beltre make up the prospect rankings? AirborneJayJay May 13, 2018 RStephenson had a decent t line, but he had a rough start. He hit a guy in the face. Stephenson should be some other teams enigma.