Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 5/15/18 Doug Gray May 15, 2018 27 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 lost 3-1. Box Score Mason Williams went 1-3 with a walk. Brandon Dixon went 1-3 with a walk. Steve Selsky went 1-4 with a solo home run (3). Justin Nicolino allowed a run in 6.0 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Pensacola won 10-8. Box Score Shed Long went 3-5 with 3 runs scored and he drove in 2 runs. Luis Gonzalez went 2-5 with a double, run scored, and he drove in 2. Daniel Sweet went 2-5 with a steal and a run scored. Brian O’Grady went 1-4 with a double and he drove in 2. Nick Longhi went 1-4 with a run, RBI, and he was hit by a pitch. Aristides Aquino went 2-5 with 2 home runs (6) and he drove in 3. Taylor Sparks went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. Chris Okey went 2-4 with a steal and a run scored. Rafael De Paula allowed a run in 2.0 innings with 2 strikeouts. Daytona won 4-3. Box Score TJ Friedl went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. Jose Siri went 2-4 with a home run (1), steal, and he had 2 RBI. Taylor Trammell went 2-4 with a steal and a run scored. Tyler Stephenson went 1-4 with a home run (4) and 2 RBI. Bruce Yari went 2-4 with a double. Joel Kuhnel threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout. Dayton lost 10-9 in 10 innings. Box Score Jeter Downs went 1-5 with a double and an RBI. Andy Sugilio went 1-5 with a double and a run scored. Michael Beltre went 3-5 with 2 runs scored. Stuart Fairchild went 2-5 with a run and an RBI. John Sansone went 1-5 with a run scored. Hendrik Clementina went 2-4 with a walk, home run (8), 2 runs scored, and he had 2 RBI. Miles Gordon went 3-5 with a double, triples, steal (11), 2 runs, and he had an RBI. Adrian Chacon allowed 1 run in 2.2 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Cory Thompson threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout. 5/16 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 12-22 N/A 7:05pm Finnegan Here Here Here Pensacola 17-22 0-0 11:35am Strahan Here Here Here Daytona 23-13 0-0 10:30am Santillan/Canelon Here Here N/A Dayton 18-16 0-0 7:05pm Naughton Here Here Here 27 Responses jim t May 16, 2018 Siri has 6 hits in 14 AB’s. He also has 6 K’s. If he can draw a few walks and make some consistent contact he is our CF of the future. The Duke May 16, 2018 You must have posted that before last nights stats updated on his MiLB page, now showing: 4 games 18 at bats 8 hits (1 HR, 3 2B) 7 strikeouts 0 walks I don’t think counting on a .727 BABIP is a good long term strategy, but the sample size is still incredibly small. He needs to walk a little bit more and K a little bit less though. His BABIP may always be somewhat high though given his speed and power combo. Jim t May 16, 2018 If he keeps mashing the ball like he is now Pitchers are going to be a lot more careful with him which could lead to more walks. jim t May 16, 2018 2020 Jeter Downs SS Winker RF Votto 1b Siri CF Trammell LF Long 2b Stephenson c Suarez 3B The Duke May 16, 2018 More realistic 2020 lineup: Trammell, CF Senzel, 2B Votto, 1B Suarez, 3B Winker, LF Schebler, RF Barnhart, C Peraza, SS Jeter Downs is still in Low A and while solid, isn’t exactly a wunderkind so far and is still just 19. 2021 would be an aggressive timeline, and he isn’t a sure fire SS either according to industry consensus. I’ll be shocked if Tyler Stephenson doesn’t move one level a year. 2019 in AA, 2020 in AAA, 2021 in Cincinnati. Siri is tantalizing, but until the BB and K rates improve, I don’t see it holding up against more advanced pitching. Not a Senzel believer? Suarez hitting 8th? He’ll be in the middle of his prime in 2 years and is a .914 OPS player with good defense right now. Jim t May 16, 2018 Thanks for the reply Duke. I didn’t have them in a batting order just playing with the positions. I agree on Siri. More walks less K’s I think Tyler S may even move positions. Could be Joey’s replacement by 2020. I like Senzel but this Vertigo issue has me a bit spooked. If that is cleared up I definitely have him above Long. Also agree on Jeter Downs he is probably more then 3 years away. Alex May 16, 2018 I like shed for Lf. I think he has more upside than winker or schebler. He also can’t be any worse than winker on defense right?? Baba Louie May 16, 2018 Senzel? Mark May 16, 2018 I personally think we need to move either Schebler or Winker in a trade. I really think both are overvalued and are playing mainly because we have no one else truly knocking on the door of the bigs in AAA. I don’t get what Winker really brings to the table that is amazing and we have to keep him, he can’t steal a base, he is not fast on defense and he has no arm and are we going to “live” with a corner OF that can’t hit you hardly, maybe if lucky 5 HR’s at his current pace which is what 0 right now…? Go get Kyle Lewis and hope that Trammel and Siri rapidly develop and there might be your future OF starters. Schebler is just not consistent enough for my liking and strikes out too much. I would like to see Dixon and the Punisher get up here as well in the next year as well if possible to round out the outfield. RobL May 16, 2018 Schebler is only striking out 15% of the time. That is less than everyone other than Votto and Peraza. SultanofSwaff May 16, 2018 Still waiting for Siri to take his first walk. Surely he knows his approach isn’t sustainable. Speaking of not taking walks, Peraza’s OPS down to .638. Only 4 walks in 170 ABs. It will be a struggle for him to OPS even .700 with that approach, and even then it only puts him in the middle of the pack for shortstops. Give me Senzel at SS all day and let’s platoon Scooter with Blandino. Nick’s offense will far outweigh his average defense. Loving the .400 OBP/.400 slugging hitters in the system–Fairchild/Trammell/Stephenson/Friedl. Give me a lineup of guys like that and I’ll show you a productive offense. Vlad Gutierrez isn’t walking guys, but he’s giving up more than a hit per IP. Makes you wonder if his ceiling is middle of the rotation. Jim t May 16, 2018 Hamilton’s OBP is higher then Peraza but his BA is 217. I don’t think either guy is a keeper long term. Wes May 16, 2018 Actually sounds more like vlads ceiling is the pen. And that’s ok. I’m more of a numbers guy vs visual but I do see, when I watch, peraza does take a lot of pitches. He looks acceptable on d a lot and terrible from time to time. Think jury is still out but prob a better option for 2nd base long term and I think he plays in majors long term to as starter. Just not sure as a red which stinks bc he has very little trade value. Datdudejs May 16, 2018 Do you guys think the Reds should call the Ref Sox about Swihart? Norwood Nate May 16, 2018 And play him where? The Sox have two catchers that can’t hit and he still isn’t seeing time behind the plate, his defense in the OF would make Winker look like a GG. If they wanted a better bench bat who doesn’t have options , add Herrera back to the roster, at least he can play a position at times. Datdudejs May 16, 2018 Backup catcher.. he’s young, was a former top 100 prospect and might just need some playing time. Why waste a roster spot on an old backup catcher with no upside. If he comes over and regains his confidence and swing it could be a nice buy low, high reward type move. Norwood Nate May 16, 2018 I think if he wasn’t an absolute liability behind the plate, the Red Sox would have been playing him there. Their catching tandem has been abysmal on offense. He’s seen 1 inning behind the plate this season. That tells me what I need to know about their belief in his catching ability. If there was reason to believe he could catch, sure, why not take a chance. I just don’t see a reason to believe that he can consistently. Datdudejs May 16, 2018 I’ve never seen him play, but everything I’ve read says he’s athletic behind the dish, has a good arm and frames pitches well. I can’t find any reports saying anything other then he is a solid to good defensive catcher. Just because another organization doesn’t want him doesn’t mean he can’t turn it around and be good. Look at scooter as an example. Straily is another. Suarez even wasn’t very highly thought of in his previous organization. No team is perfect, and sometimes situations just are vastly different between them. Bill May 16, 2018 I wouldn’t be opposed to the idea depending on how much improvement the Reds believe they could get Swihart to make defensively and who the Red Sox would want in return. But like others have said, its not like the Sox catchers are setting the world on fire, and yet they seem to want no part of Swihart behind the plate. Jim t May 16, 2018 Siri and Aquino are both guys that if they can figure out the strike zone a bit can be real possibilities in the line up. Lots of tools for each. MK May 16, 2018 Early morning a killer for Santillan. 4 runs first inning with 2 hbp The Duke May 16, 2018 I’m with Doug, AM professional baseball is the worst. Professional baseball should never be played before noon. MK May 16, 2018 If I were a school kid I would love a field trip to a ballgame. Clammy May 16, 2018 Just noticed Lavalley is hitting. 198 Wes May 16, 2018 Reds should send mahle down now and bring up bobsteve til disco is ready. MK May 16, 2018 That strategy really served Amir well last year. MK May 16, 2018 Great day to be retired and have milb-tv. Seldon get to see Daytona but both games televised as well as Pensacola, then both done and Reds come on regular tv. Only Dragons with no tv coverage today.