Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 6/12/18 Doug Gray June 12, 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 lost 6-2. Box Score Nick Senzel went 2-4 with an RBI. Josh VanMeter went 2-4 with an RBI. Dilson Herrera went 0-2 with 2 walks. Gabby Guerrero went 2-4. Chad Tromp went 1-4 with a run scored. Cody Reed allowed 4 earned in 7.2 innings with a walk and 11 strikeouts. Pensacola split a double header. Game 1: 2-1 win. Box Score Daniel Sweet went 1-3 with a run scored. Shed Long went 0-1 and was hit by a pitch. Narciso Crook went 1-3 with an RBI. Taylor Sparks went 1-3 with a solo home run (5). Vladimir Gutierrez allowed a run in 5.1 innings with a walk and 7 strikeouts. Alejandro Chacin threw 1.2 shutout innings with a strikeout. Game 2: 5-1 loss. Box Score C.J. McElroy went 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Narciso Crook went 2-3 with an RBI. Nick Longhi went 1-3. Cassidy Brown went 2-3. Rafael De Paula threw a perfect inning with 3 strikeouts. Joel Bender threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Daytona won a double header. Game 1: 6-1 win. Box Score Taylor Trammell went 2-4 with a double and he scored 3 runs. TJ Friedl went 2-3 with a walk, steal (11), double, RBI, and he scored a run. Mitch Nay went 1-2 with 2 walks and he had 2 RBI. Ibandel Isabel went 1-4. Brantley Bell went 1-3 with a steal. Morgan Lofstrom went 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Tony Santillan allowed a run in 5.2 innings with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Brian Hunter threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Game 2: 8-2 win. Box Score Taylor Trammell went 1-3, walked, was hit by a pitch, stole a base, and he scored 2 runs. Michael Beltre went 3-5 with a steal, a run, and he had an RBI. TJ Friedl went 1-5 with a run scored. Tyler Stephenson went 2-3 with a walk, double, RBI, and he scored 2 runs. Bruce Yari went 2-4 with 3 RBI. Mitch Nay went 1-3 with a walk, double, and he had an RBI. Ibandel Isabel went 1-4 with a solo home run (17). Brantley Bell went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Scott Moss allowed 1 earned in 5.0 innings with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Ryan Hendrix threw 2.0 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts. Dayton won 3-2. Box Score Leandro Santana went 1-4 with a solo home run (5). Stuart Fairchild went 1-4 with a stolen base (16). Andy Sugilio went 1-4 with a run scored. John Sansone went 1-4. Mark Kolozsvary went 2-4 with a double. Packy Naughton was charged with 2 unearned runs in 6.2 innings with 5 strikeouts. Cory Thompson threw 1.1 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. John Ghyzel threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. 6/13 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 22-38 N/A 7:00pm Stephenson Here Here Here Pensacola 27-36 0-0 7:35pm Wright Here Here Here Daytona 34-28 0-0 6:30pm TBA Here Here N/A Dayton 30-33 0-0 7:05pm Mondile Here Here Here 35 Responses kevinz June 12, 2018 Nice good games from Senzel Trammell and Beltre first good game in A+ my fav non top 10 Prospect Rich H. June 13, 2018 Also from Gutierrez, Santillan, and Moss. This has gotta be the best line overall for the Reds top prospects at each level for a while, or am I crazy? Feels like a lot of big(ger) names showing up. kevinz June 13, 2018 I agree it is for one night at the same time usually it it just a few with big nights. Very nice to see indeed Norwood Nate June 13, 2018 Add Packy to that list. Good outing from him as well. Plus I just like typing his name. Simon Cowell June 13, 2018 I’m not sure what to make of Cody Reed. His career 1.75 WHIP is disheartening. kevinz June 13, 2018 He is making himself into a Bust as a starter hope mayb thrive in relief at some point Simon Cowell June 13, 2018 I was going to use the label bust but I was afraid of a public outcry. Cguy June 13, 2018 Cody went 7.2 innings last night & struck out 11. He had only allowed 2 runs through 6 innings. He gave up 1 in the 7th & 2 more in the 8th. It wasn’t a great outing, but not a failure either. He threw a lot of strikes. Colorado Red June 13, 2018 Cguy Still a failure. Some good innings and some bad = BAD. MK June 13, 2018 When I was coaching I refused to call any at bat good that ended as a strike out. A kid would be up there and have a 10-pitch at bat and strike out. Parents would be yelling great at bat Johnny. He knew that was crap and so did I. If Cody looked at his game as if it were an at bat, I am not sure he would consider it a good at bat, he lost. Tom June 13, 2018 He can’t change his MLB WHIP in AAA so this seems unfair to point out. His AAA WHIP is 1.44 or something. Not that great still. To me, might as well move on him to the MLB pen. He should be a very good LHRP. Could have a Affeldt type of career. Peralta is decent and cheap but has never seemed like an elite level talent. By 2019 one of these players will emerge over the other. Wes June 13, 2018 I wrote reed off a long time ago. 1.75 whip is terrible and 1.44 whip in AAA is worse than 1.75 in majors. He’s also 0-5 w a 5 era this year as a 25 year old. Most pitchers don’t pan out. Reed is one of them. Ryan June 13, 2018 Do the Reds sign Vlad Gutierrez if he had prominent neck tats a year and a half ago? Norwood Nate June 13, 2018 Does it change his mechanics? Decrease his velocity? If it doesn’t affect performance not sure why it matters? AC June 13, 2018 No, but he may be mistaken for Yadi. We can’t have that! Norwood Nate June 13, 2018 I mean…that’s a fair point. MK June 13, 2018 Not sure what your point is Ryan, but believe they would have still signed Chapman with all his current arm and neck ink. I personally do not think it looks good but it is America after all. Norwood Nate June 13, 2018 Box scores don’t open on my phone, did Long leave the game after HBP? Hope he’s ok. RedsKoolAidDrinker June 13, 2018 Has there been an article on here (like a scouting report) on Cory Thompson or have I missed it? His numbers are pretty astounding to say the least (and now a decent sample size) when it comes to someone who just picked pitching back up after a pretty good layoff. Doug Gray June 13, 2018 Low 90’s, good curveball, throws strikes. Quick and easy scouting report. RedsKoolAidDrinker June 14, 2018 Thank ya, good sir! The Duke June 13, 2018 FSL All Star game is this Saturday, Southern League All Star game next Tuesday, and the Midwest league all star game is also next Tuesday, so I think a week from today we may see a wave of player movement. MK June 13, 2018 Duke last year Friedl was on a plane to Daytona the same night theDragons clinched a first half playoff berth, even though it cost him the opportunity to participate in the All Star Game. Wonder if this could be in play again with Tortugas. SultanofSwaff June 13, 2018 ….and therein lies the problem imo. Why dictate player movement based on an arbitrary date on the calender rather than treating each player as individuals? The light has clearly gone on for Trammell/Fairchild/TStephenson/etc., all high level picks, but instead the Reds employ a cookie cutter approach. I say challenge these high rounders until they find their level. The Duke June 13, 2018 There is value in playing in high profile games like all star games. Not only for the experience, but also to be seen more by other organizations. Every little bit of extra exposure could increase the perceived value if a trade is being made. And while all those you listed are having nice years, they aren’t exactly destroying the league either. SultanofSwaff June 13, 2018 Maybe it doesn’t play out in the majors the same way, but you have to be encouraged by the steady play of Reed and BobSteve. The Duke June 13, 2018 Never give up on arm talent until you absolutely have to. You never know when the light is going to go on. And troubles aside, Reed and Bob Steve absolutely have arm talent. Michael B. Green June 13, 2018 CIN brass will strategically handle Reed and Stephenson. They are both either potential prized trade chips, outstanding relievers on a contending Reds team, or quality depth at SP (good/great teams need 7-8). Most of all, the Reds brass is challenging both hurlers to fulfill their potential. The pressure to perform at the highest level is ample motivation. Excellent outings – like Reed’s performance last night – also puts pressure on the pitchers holding down rotation spots at the MLB level. Knowing that a guy behind you had a great night should motivate you to amp your game up too. Competition breeds excellence. Excellence breeds winning. wes June 13, 2018 At best either players value is a throw in piece on a trade and there’s a lot of teams out there that don’t have a 40 man spot for Cody Reed. Hard to think Bobsteve will never have the control to pitch out of the pen, but he’s for sure a great back end rotation piece! He can surely pitch a gem from time to time. I completely agree with your last state about competition and I do like Reed in the sense that he creates competition at lower levels. I don’t ever see him as an MLB pitcher anymore, but I wouldn’t run him out of Louisville bc of that. Let someone earn his spot. Doc June 13, 2018 It’s a ray of sunshine to me to see a Reds’ pitcher at any level go 7+ and 100 pitches. Sure Reed tired in the seventh and eighth, he hasn’t been there enough, either due to his pitching or to Reds’ pitch limits. Compared to what has been happening on the big club, six innings of two run ball would be manna from heavem MK June 13, 2018 Is Siri having an issue I have missed. Didn’t play in either game of doubleheader. Doug Gray June 13, 2018 I haven’t heard anything, but did find it weird that he didn’t play in either game. We will see if he’s in there today. If not, I will ask someone and see whats up. kevinz June 13, 2018 I know it was vs the Royals but that was a heck of a start for Romano. Was praying to the heavens that he would not lose the way it looked liked. Would have hated for that type of start to be wasted.’ Great start Sal. MK June 13, 2018 Where have the Romano haters gone today. Maybe he needs some positive equal time for a change. RedsKoolAidDrinker June 14, 2018 There are way too many haters on this site now. The sky is falling everyday. I get that BobSteve and Cody Reed aren’t as far a long as we thought they’d be by now, but it’s asanine some of the comments I see OVER AND OVER who completely write these YOUNG men off. There is something called history where it’s shown that not every highly thought of prospect who struggles for an extended amount of time is doomed. Baseball is very hard and you can’t convince me that these two players at this point (maybe before they were) are happy about being in the minors and therefore aren’t trying to find and refine that adjustment or two that gets them back for good to the big show. I’m ok with others having a difference of opinion, but when you post the same thing AGAIN AND AGAIN about how if you were the GM you’d cast them off pronto, it gets old and it makes it aggravating to have to sift through these childish posts to find the ones that I enjoy reading from those who are informative and elicit thought provoking conversation.