Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 7/8/18 Doug Gray July 9, 2018 14 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). Here’s a free preview of what you could be getting every morning in your inbox. Louisville Bats The Bats won 6-1 on Sunday afternoon, improving to 35-50 on the year. Box Score Mason Williams went 1-5. He was named to the International League All-Star team over the weekend as a replacement for someone who was unavailable. Phillip Ervin went 2-4 with 2 RBI as he continues to just destroy the baseball. He’s up to .288/.373/.473 on the season in 41 games with the Bats and he’s at .444 over his last 10 games – 7 games of which are multi-hit games. Brandon Dixon went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. He’s 4-12 since coming back from Cincinnati. Gabby Guerrero went 2-4 with a solo home run and 2 runs scored. The home run was an opposite field blast and his 8th of the season. Josh VanMeter went 2-4 with an RBI. Nick Longhi went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Stuart Turner went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Blake Trahan went 1-4 with a run and he had an RBI. Keury Mella was charged with an unearned run in 5.0 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. He threw 84 pitches with 55 strikes, and had 5 ground outs with 4 fly outs. His fastball was working in the 93-95 MPH range on the day. This was his first start at Triple-A this season. He had one previous start in Triple-A, back in 2016, in the final game of the year as a spot starter when the Bats lost players to September call ups. Homer Bailey pitched out of the bullpen for the first time on rehab. He threw 2.0 shutout innings, allowing a hit, walking 2, and he struck out a batter. He threw 42 pitches with 25 strikes in the game. Domingo Tapia threw a hitless inning with a walk. Jimmy Herget threw a hitless inning with 2 walks. Pensacola Blue Wahoos The Blue Wahoos won 2-1 on Sunday evening, improving to 43-42 on the season. Box Score TJ Friedl went 1-3 with a double, walk, and he scored a run. He just keeps on doing what he’s been doing – he’s hitting .311/.408/.410 with Pensacola after hitting .294/.405/.412 with Daytona. Jose Siri went 1-4. Mitch Nay went 1-4 with an RBI. Brian O’Grady went 2-4 with a double, steal, and he scored a run. Over his last 29 games he’s been raking – posting a .316/.391/.540 line for the Blue Wahoos. Taylor Sparks went 2-2 with a walk, 2 stolen bases, and he had an RBI. Chris Okey went 1-3. Tony Santillan allowed 1 earned in 6.0 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts in his Double-A debut. He threw 89 pitches with 57 strikes, and had 7 ground outs with 2 fly outs. Joel Bender threw 2.0 hitless innings with 4 strikeouts. He’s allowed 1 earned in 11.1 innings this season with 3 walks and 11 strikeouts since coming back from his suspension. Alex Powers threw a shutout inning. He lowered his ERA to 2.70 on the season. The Blue Wahoos are now 13-4 in the second half of the season. Daytona Tortugas Daytona won 5-1 on Sunday afternoon, improving to 47-35 on the year. Box Score Randy Ventura went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. He’s hitting .321/.377/.357 since joining Daytona three weeks ago. Brantley Bell went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Taylor Trammell went 1-4 with a steal, a run scored, and he drove in a run. Tyler Stephenson went 1-3 with a walk. Bruce Yari went 2-4 with a double and he had an RBI. Ibandel Isabel went 1-4 with a run scored. Michael Beltre went 1-2 with a walk and he scored a run. Tommy Bergjans threw 7.0 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. He threw 77 pitches with 55 strikes, and had 4 ground outs with 8 fly outs.He lowered his ERA to 2.93 in 5 starts with the Tortugas. Michael Byrne allowed a run in an inning with a strikeout. This was his professional debut – he was the Reds 14th round pick this year. Nick Howard threw a hitless inning with 2 walks and a strikeout. Dayton Dragons The Dragons lost 7-5 on Sunday afternoon, falling to 39-47 on the season. Box Score Jose Garcia went 2-4 with a walk, double, and he scored a run. He’s hitting .300 over his last 10 games played with 5 walks. Lorenzo Cedrola went 3-5 with a double, 2 steals, and he scored a run. Jeter Downs went 2-3 with a walk, 2 steals, a run scored, and he had an RBI. He now has 25 steals on the season. Andy Sugilio went 1-3 with a walk, run scored, and he had 2 RBI. Hendrik Clementina went 2-4 with a home run and 2 RBI. It was his 11th home run of the year. It went over 400 feet to dead center field. Wendolyn Bautista allowed 2 earned in 5.0 innings with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. Making a spot start he threw 83 pitches with 53 strikes, and had 2 ground outs with 4 fly outs. Billings Mustangs The Mustangs lost 6-3 on Sunday evening, falling to 9-15 on the season. Box Score Dylan Harris went 1-4 with a run scored. Reshard Munroe went 2-3 with a walk, steal, home run, 2 runs scored, and he had 2 RBI. He’s hitting .338/.413/.493 this season in 21 games played with 7 walks and 16 strikeouts. Bren Spillane went 0-2 with 2 walks. Pabel Manzanero went 2-4 with an RBI. Jared Solomon was charged with an unearned run in 5.0 innings with a walk and 7 strikeouts. He threw 78 pitches with 54 strikes, and he had 4 ground outs with 4 fly outs. He now has a 1.00 ERA through 5 starts, spanning 27.0 innings this season with just 14 hits allowed, 7 walks, and he has 30 strikeouts. Eddy Demurias threw a hitless inning with a walk. Greeneville Reds The Reds lost 4-2 on Sunday afternoon, falling to 5-12 on the season. Box Score Hunter Oliver went 1-4 with a run scored. Reniel Ozuna went 1-4. Rylan Thomas went 1-3 with a solo home run. It was his 2nd home run of the season. Jose Tello went 1-2 with a walk and an RBI. Jacob Heatherly threw 4.0 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit, walking 6 and striking out 5. He threw 90 pitches with 51 strikes, and had 4 ground outs with 3 fly outs. Mike Siani went 0-3 and was hit by a pitch. Jonathan India went 0-4. He reportedly made two outstanding defensive plays at third base. AZL Reds The Reds won 3-1 on Sunday night, improving to 5-12 on the season. Box Score Danielito Remy went 1-4 with a double. He’s hitting .339/.362/.482 through 14 games this season. 20-year-old second baseman. Danny Lantigua went 1-4 with a solo home run. It was his 4th homer of the year. The 19-year-old is slugging .590 through 16 games, but had a .263 average and a .295 on-base percentage. Victor Ruiz went 2-2 with a walk and a run scored. Carlos Reina went 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Debby Santana had a pinch-hit RBI double. Carlos Carreno allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and a strikeout. Daniel De La Fuente threw 4.0 hitless innings of relief with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Alberto Gonzalez threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Frainger Aranguren threw 1.2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Patreon emails also include a rundown each day of how the Top 25 Prospects performed, but since this post will be published before the release of the updated Top 25 that is in these emails, it’s not being included here on the site (you’ll have to wait an hour after this is posted before the Top 25 goes live – but it’s also 1:30am, so this probably won’t apply to many of you). 7/9 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 35-50 N/A All-Star Break Here Here Here Pensacola 30-38 13-4 7:35pm Wright Here Here Here Daytona 37-29 10-6 5:00pm Antone/Canelon Here Here N/A Dayton 31-37 8-10 7:05pm Naughton Here Here Here Billings 9-15 0-0 OFF OFF Here Here N/A Greeneville 5-12 0-0 7:00pm Gray Here Here N/A AZL Reds 5-12 0-0 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 14 Responses icehole3 July 9, 2018 Great start for Keury Mella, keep it up kid. SultanofSwaff July 9, 2018 Good to see Bailey pitching from the ‘pen if only to keep him that much further from the Cincy rotation. Bobsteve, you’re the next man up! Alex Powers’ peripherals the last 3 seasons are pretty good. Makes you wonder why he hasn’t climbed the ladder faster. In my mind I’d love to see Billy traded soon so Ervin can get a good long look. If he struggles again, Friedl gets a long look in September. The Duke July 9, 2018 Given his solid contact rate (22.2% K rate) and solid power and bat speed, I’m a bit surprised Jeter Downs is only hitting .265. He’s got a very good 10.2% walk rate to go with it as well. I could see him progressing with the bat very similarly to what we’ve seen from Taylor Trammell. His K rate is up from last year, but his power is also up slightly going from the very hitter friendly Billings, to the hitter neutral Dayton. I think over the last third of the season and into next year we see that K rate get back to that 15-16% rate he had last year, while keeping his improvements in power and walk rate. He’s a 2B, but I think he’s going to be a good one. Jim H. July 9, 2018 If Billy were traded, you’d see Schebler as the regular CF with Winker in RF. Ervin likely 4th OF. Ervin’s done nothing to move him ahead of any of those 3 in the lineup. Plus if Billy’s moved, I think they’d go after someone who could replace him in CF or have that in the works for another trade. Champ Summers July 9, 2018 In Daytona last night to see Byrne make his debut. Looked like some nerves initially then got out of a potential mess with some nice D. Howard followed and started by almost beheading the lead off batter. He was all over the place then was fortunate to throw a double play inducing ground ball. He walked the next guy before finally pulling it together. He really seems to have no idea where the ball was going half the time. It’s too bad. MK July 9, 2018 I constantly read here about challenging the Top prospects by pushing them up the system. Howard might be an example of how this can have a negative impact. By after draft, sending him directly to Dayton, skipping rookie ball and then to AzFL after a full extended (College World Series) college season. He was over challenged and over used. With less than positive success, I expected him back in Dayton the following year for his first full season but they challenged him by sending him to Daytona where he failed miserably and came up with a sore arm. Not a poor draft pick but a poor development plan. Former major league pitching coach Mack Jenkins was the minor league pitching coordinator at the time. I hope Byrne is different. Doug Gray July 9, 2018 Nick Howard’s problems had nothing to do with how he was promoted, though. Krozley July 9, 2018 I guess that is the end for Montrell Marshall. 50 day suspension for 2nd offense. Stock July 9, 2018 Antone has 7 no hit innings Stock July 9, 2018 8 perfect innings for the Wahoos Cguy July 9, 2018 Doug, Rookie Davis threw 4 hitless innings on a rehab appearance the other day. Did you get any info on how fast he was throwing? Doug Gray July 9, 2018 I did not. Hoyce July 9, 2018 Gray, naughton and Antone had very nice nights. Good to see some quality pitching MikeinSoCal July 10, 2018 Heatherly threw 90 pitches in 4 innings. Yet he only gave up 1 hit. He either struck them out or walked them, 6 walks, 5 strike outs. Had to be a long 4 innings.