Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 7/10/18 Doug Gray July 11, 2018 36 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 is on the All-Star break. The Triple-A All-Star game will be on MLB Network tonight at 7pm ET if you’d like to watch. Pensacola won 3-2. Box Score TJ Friedl went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. Shed Long went 1-4 with a 2-run home run (9). Mitch Nay went 1-3 with a walk. Aristides Aquino went 2-4 with a solo home run (10). Gavin LaValley went 2-4 with a double. Wyatt Strahan allowed a run in 6.0 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Carlos Navas threw 2.0 shutout innings of relief with 3 strikeouts. Daytona won 8-7. Box Score Randy Ventura went 1-4 with a walk and a run scored. Brantley Bell went 1-5 with an RBI. Tyler Stephenson went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Daniel Sweet went 1-4 with a 3-run home run (2). Stuart Fairchild went 2-4 with 2 runs scored. Michael Beltre went 3-4 with a double, run scored, and he had 2 RBI. Bruce Yari went 1-1 as a pinch hitter. Michael Byrne was charged with an unearned run in an inning of relief with 2 strikeouts. Ryan Hendrix threw a perfect inning of relief with 2 strikeouts. Dayton had the day off. Billings lost 9-4. Box Score Zeek White went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Reshard Munroe went 1-3 with a solo home run (3). Pabel Manzanero went 2-3 with a walk and a solo home run (3). Juan Martinez went 3-4 with an RBI and he scored a run. Matt Pidich threw 3.2 shutout innings of relief with 5 strikeouts. Ryan Dunne threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Ryan Campbell threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Greeneville lost 13-12. Box Score Mike Siani went 2-5 with a walk, steal, and he scored a run. Jonathan India went 0-3 with 3 walks and 2 runs scored. Jonathan Willems went 4-5 with a double, triple, home run (3), 3 runs scored, and he had 3 RBI. Rylan Thomas went 1-2 with 3 walks, a run scored, and he had an RBI. Nate Scantlin went 2-5 with a double, a run scored, and he had an RBI. Hunter Oliver went 3-5 with a double, a run scored, and he had an RBI. Miguel Hernandez went 1-5 with a double and an RBI. Robert Boselli went 1-4 with a walk, home run (1) and 2 RBI. AZL Reds lost 5-4. Box Score Reyny Reyes went 2-5. Danielito Remy went 1-4 with a walk and he had an RBI. Edwin Yon went 2-5. Debby Santana went 4-5 with a double and a run scored. Isaias Silverio went 1-4 with a double, walk, and he had an RBI. Edward Guzman went 1-3 with a walk, triple, and he scored 2 runs. Luis Lopez went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Eduardo Salazar threw 2.0 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts. Orlando Noriega threw 2.0 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Rob Wooten (rehab) allowed a run in 3.0 innings with 3 strikeouts. 7/11 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 14-5 7:35pm Varner Here Here Here Daytona 37-29 11-8 7:05pm Moss Here Here N/A Dayton 31-37 9-10 7:00pm Rodriguez Here Here Here Billings 9-16 0-0 9:05pm Alecis Here Here N/A Greeneville 6-13 0-0 11:00am Richardson Here Here N/A AZL Reds 5-13 0-0 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 36 Responses Bryce July 11, 2018 Doug, Could you see Taylor Trammell get the call after the futures game to Pensacola? Reply Doug Gray July 11, 2018 I think it’s a possibility, but I still wonder “where will they play everyone” if it happens. I understand the “Trammell should get priority” idea. But Pensacola’s outfield currently has 2 guys on the 40-man roster, and TJ Friedl – all guys that also should be getting every day playing time. And that’s not even counting Narciso Crook, who has been raking this season and isn’t exactly a guy without tools who should be playing frequently. Reply Kap July 11, 2018 The 0 for 12 streak for india isn’t too alarming. The 5 strikeouts are unfortunately. Hopefully that issue can be corrected. At least he is able to pile up walks Reply The Duke July 11, 2018 .000/.333/.000 is an interesting line. Reply Kap July 11, 2018 Indeed. He’ll have a 2 for 4 or a 2 for 3 game here soon, if not the next game. I haven’t seen any highlights (or lowlights) of his at bats yet, but it seems he has an idea of the strikezone. I have confidence that he’ll get a better idea of of pitches to swing at and to make better contact. He is too talented not to. It wasn’t a fluke that he was the SEC player of the year. Redsvol July 11, 2018 I just pray they keep him in Greenville for 2 more weeks so I can see him play. And how about that awful Greenville pitching staff…….I’ve never seen a team give up so many double digit run games. That is not common in the appalachian league. The dayton pitching staff next year might be terrible based on Billings and Greenville pitching – sorry MK! Reply Cguy July 11, 2018 Just noticed that Keury Mella with 2 games & 4 innings pitched is the sum total of ML experience in Doug’s new top 25 list. Reply jim t July 11, 2018 Beating the Indians last night by scoring 7 in the 9th inning was much fun. Would love Tyler to continue his run of good starts and finish the series by sweeping the tribe. Guys I know much has been debated about how the rebuild was progressing but since early May it is becoming apparent that many pieces needing to contend are starting to come to the surface. If we can add some rotation pieces that are ready now we can contend next year. Dare I say our window is opening. If the Reds make trades at the deadline I hope it is for the NOW!!! This team has offensive talent. Land some quality pitching and we can become relevant in the pennant chase again. Williams mentioned in his interview that we have money to spend. Reply Joe July 11, 2018 At the start It looked as if this might has been Romano’s last game but I was impressed with big sal after giving up 4 quick he settled down nicely and had retired 15in a row at one point.Hopefully jus one more great start for Harvey and we trade him and bring Robert Stephenson up for good and let him take off Reply Joe July 11, 2018 And how bout Dilson putting together a major league ab in th 9th to give Votto a chance. Wes July 11, 2018 Big sal only gave up 3. Kudos to Riggleman for leaving him in to get the quality start Redsvol July 11, 2018 Jim – I agree. Now is not the time to add prospects in exchange for major league production. I’d like to see them go after a proven major league pitcher with 1-2 years of control left – Snell from Tampa fits the mold. Dallas Keuchel in free agency is probably a pipe dream but I’d like to see him added too. Time to cash in some chips and spend some money for a playoff run next year. However – this trade may be easier to make in the offseason. Reply jim t July 11, 2018 Redsvol, absolutely this will be a big off season. Like you I want to acquire some big league pitchers to hopefully put us over the top. If that means trading some of our depth or some prospects so be it. MK July 11, 2018 Then pony up and keep Harvey. Hoyce July 11, 2018 Snell would cost Senzel, Trammell and 2 more prospects (somewhere between #4-12). I love snell. But would u pay that to get him? Sandheel July 11, 2018 Marinan’s debut at Billings was awful 6 runs (4 earned) in 1.1 innings Reply The Duke July 11, 2018 An extremely small sample size of 4 games for Siani, but hitting .313 with a .389 OBP so far with a 17.6% K rate. No power yet, but it’s been a nice start for a guy right out of high school who’s not in the complex leagues. Have also heard very good things about his defense in CF so far as well. Reply Joe July 11, 2018 Agree on Siani very impressed so far especially for him skipping over Arizona Reply Wes July 11, 2018 Reds are one stop shop for Cleveland. Their rotation is WS worthy and they have a good nucleus of hitters as well. Neither scooter nor Iglesias is enough to pull a top 25 prospect on their own in this market but combined with Schebler/Duvall/another reliever fills a ton of wholes in Cleveland’s line up and can get that quality return. Scooter Iglesias Duvall For McKenzie Valera Hentges That would get u Machado if u r Cleveland but I’d take the depth and years control over a few months of a super star. And we all know superstars don’t stay in Cleveland. For reds, they have super deep system. So instead of cluttering another 6-8 names in the mix by trading guys on their own get one potential star and a couple of high upside guys. Reply Hoyce July 11, 2018 Would have to look up the other 2 prospects from clev. But if McKenzie is included… deal. Reds have to acquire SP. and honestly, I don’t see them even missing the guys traded. Reply SultanofSwaff July 11, 2018 Seeing Allen blow the save and Iglesias cruise to the save might leave a lasting memory for the Tribe GM. If their dealing, McKenzie has to be the ask if you’re the Reds. Iggy straight up makes a ton of sense for both size if you compare years of control, potential salary/WAR. Reply Shawn July 11, 2018 Reds don’t have to trade Iglesias, Scooter and others for major league ready players. They should trade for the best prospects no matter what level. We can always flip prospects after the season, when more teams will be involved to, fill needs. We need to go for it starting next year. Reply MK July 11, 2018 I’m headin down next week but if he is gone should see him in Dayton eventually. We have found in Dayton not to pay attention to any pitching or hitting numbers from Billings. Luis Alecis is a perfect example. Pitcher of Week in Pioneer League, couldn’t find home plate with a map in Dayton a couple months ago. Reply MK July 11, 2018 Siri has walked 7 times in 19 AA games, Reply The Duke July 11, 2018 Along with 31 K 9.2% walk rate is very promising 40.8% K rate not so much He’s hitting .209 with a .438 BABIP Reply kevinz July 11, 2018 You have to start somewhere Duke haha just glad he is walking more. The one thing I do like is Siri trying like Heck to hit it to RF. Seems like he is trying to stop being all Pull type of hitter. The hits have not Happened yet but I have a feeling they will. That is if keeps he trying to go Opposite field. Stock July 11, 2018 I think the K’s are a result of his trying to change. He is being more selective. This accounts for the added K’s and the added BB. He will get it. His BABIP with Pensacola is .3128 not .4375. I think you forgot to subtract the 4 HR from the numerator. In spite of all the K’s and the adjusting to the new approach his OPS since June 19 is .809. Not bad considering the adjustments he is going through. kevinz July 11, 2018 I agree the more Added K’s are from being more patient. he has been taking strikes earlier in the count than he ever has. Once he balances it all out I think could be a star or Borderline Allstar type. Stock July 11, 2018 In fact his BABIP is .294. I did not add in the two SF. As his BABIP reverts to his career norm his BA should bump up to .250 and his OPS should be in the .850-.900 range. I think his timing is off a bit still. Once it comes back to 100% he will take off. A good final month (.900 OPS, 20% K, 8% BB) and he could be a top 50 prospect. MK July 11, 2018 Lets not forget what a difficult move it is to go to AA, maybe the toughest along the way, I would give him a couple more weeks to scuffle to get too excited. I wouldn’t get too worked up over India’s slow start remembering Senzel hit .152 at Billings in 10 games bt had 6 walks. Brad July 11, 2018 Have to be impressed with Jose Garcia getting his average up to .221. With the hole he dug early on (and in cold weather + long delay of game action) I thought .220-.230 would be an incredible end of season average. He may overshoot that. Hard to evaluate full season MiLB numbers. Have to go month, week, series. Reply The Duke July 11, 2018 Garcia is hitting .314/.400/.371 in July. I get to see him play tonight. He only played about 2-3 innings the first game I saw (looked very athletic then), so I’m hoping he starts at SS tonight so I can get a good read on his defense there. He’s raised his OPS every month so far, so hopefully the trend continues: April: .416 May: .559 June: .628 July: .771 So if the trend continues I can’t wait to see him post a .900+ OPS in August, haha. Reply kevinz July 11, 2018 Thanks for Showing this Duke I knew was Improving. that is all can ask for when miss Plenty of time before playing again. I see him Being the biggest surprise player next year. Fox for Rays struggled the same way after missing over a year. Fox has bounced back this year looks like the Player SF Originally signed. Reaganspad July 11, 2018 nice job by Nick Howard. 5 outs, 2K’s………..0 walks ok so his one hit left the yard but that is a matter of refining strikes, not refining balls. Let’s go Nick! Reply Hoyce July 11, 2018 Howard is coming around… still not 1st rd worthy. But not terrible wither Reply WillieG July 11, 2018 Hunter Oliver with third homer of the season. Putting up good numbers. How is his defense? Anyone seen him? 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