Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 8/5/18 Doug Gray August 6, 2018 23 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 would show up in your inbox each morning during the season. Louisville Bats The Bats lost 9-8 on Sunday afternoon, falling to 50-60 on the season. C.J. McElroy went 1-5 with 2 runs scored. Blake Trahan went 2-5. Gabby Guerrero went 3-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and a solo home run. That was his 16th home run of the year, and his 5th in the last 7 games for the Bats. He’s slugging .593 since the beginning of July with 5 doubles, 3 triples, and 10 home runs. Brian O’Grady went 1-5 with a run scored and he had 2 RBI. D.J. Peterson went 2-5 with a double, run scored, and he had 2 RBI. He’s up to .281/.323/.476 on the year in 92 games played with 39 extra-base hits. Nick Longhi went 1-4 with a run scored. Tim Federowicz went 1-5 with a double and an RBI. This was his organizational debut. He was a free agent pick up earlier in the week. Taylor Sparks went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Matt Wisler threw 3.0 shutout innings of relief with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Brandon Finnegan allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and a strikeout. Pensacola Blue Wahoos The Blue Wahoos lost 7-3 on Sunday evening, falling to 59-52 on the year. Jose Siri went 1-5 with a solo home run. It was his 11th home run of the year. Aristides Aquino went 1-2 with a solo home run and 3 walks. It was his 16th homer of the season. The hits haven’t been falling in for Aquino in the last 10 games, as he’s hitting just .176 in that span. But he’s walked 9 times over the last 10 games to boost his on-base percentage. Mitch Nay went 2-4 with a run scored. Narciso Crook went 0-2 with 2 walks. Daniel Wright allowed 3 earned in 6.0 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. He threw 107 pitches with 71 strikes, and had 6 ground outs with 8 fly outs. Nick Howard threw 1.1 shutout innings of relief. Daytona Tortugas The Tortugas lost 5-4 on Sunday afternoon, falling to 57-52 on the year. Randy Ventura went 2-5 with a walk and a steal. Michael Beltre went 1-6 with a run scored. Bruce Yari went 2-5 with a double, walk, and he scored a run. Ibandel Isabel went 1-5 with a walk and a solo home run. It was his 25th home run of the season. Taylor Trammell went 2-5 with a walk, double, steal, run scored, and he had an RBI. The steal was his 19th of the season. Brantley Bell went 0-3 with 3 walks. Tommy Bergjans allowed 2 earned in 5.0 innings with a strikeout. He threw 87 pitches with 56 strikes, and had 4 ground outs with 6 fly outs. Carlos Diaz threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Joel Kuhnel threw 2.0 shutout innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.82 n the year. Michael Byrne threw 2.0 shutout innings with 2 walks and a strikeout. One of the walks was intentional. Dayton Dragons The Dragons won 5-3 on Sunday afternoon, improving to 51-60 on the season. Jose Garcia went 1-3 with a 2-run home run, and he was hit by a pitch. His homer, the 3rd of the season, was an absolute laser to the patio in left field. Reshard Munroe went 1-4 with a solo home run. It was his 1st homer with Dayton and his 4th on the year. He went back-to-back with Garcia in the 5th to put Dayton in front for good. Andy Sugilio went 2-4 with a triple and a run scored. Jonathan India went 1-4 with a run scored. Alejo Lopez went 2-4 with an RBI. He’s now got a 9-game hitting streak that includes 5 multi-hit games. He’s up to .315/.373/.396 in 42 games played with the Dragons. Mitch Piatnik went 1-4. Lorenzo Cedrola went 1-3 with a run scored. Miguel Aguilar threw 2.2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts in relief. He lowered his ERA to 3.70 on the year. Brian Hunter threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. He needed all of 6 pitches to get through the inning. Billings Mustangs The Mustangs won 6-5 on Sunday afternoon, improving to 24-25 on the season. Jay Schuyler went 2-4 with a walk and a run scored. Mariel Bautista went 2-4 with a solo home run and was hit by a pitch. It was his 5th homer of the year. He’s now hitting .312/.363/.518 on the season, and he’s hitting .419 over his last 10 games. His last 5 games have all been multi-hit games. Pabel Manzanero went 3-5 with a double and a 2-run home run. His home run put the Mustangs in front by a run in the top of the 9th inning and was his 6th of the season. He’s now hitting .323/.349/.491 on the year. Drew Mount went 1-4 with a run scored. Juan Martinez went 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI. Carlos Rivero went 1-3 with a walk. Adrian Rodriguez allowed 3 runs in 6.0 innings with 6 strikeouts. He threw 81 pitches with 56 strikes, and had 3 ground outs with 4 fly outs. Ryan Campbell threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout. Ryan Dunne threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Greeneville Reds The Reds won 7-3 on Sunday evening, improving to 18-25 on the season. Claudio Finol went 2-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. He’s caught fire in the last 9 games, going 14-32. He’s raised his average on the season to .302 in 27 games played with Greeneville. 18-year-old infielder. Miguel Hernandez went 2-3 with an RBI. Jonathan Willems went 2-4 with a triple, run scored, and he had 2 RBI. The triple was Willems 20th extra-base hit of the season in his 36th game played. Reniel Ozuna went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run scored. Last season he walked 11 times in 35 games with the AZL Reds. This season he’s now walked 22 times in 39 games with the Greeneville Reds. Edwin Yon went 1-3. Justin Bellinger went 1-1 with a 3-run pinch hit home run. Robert Boselli went 1-4 with a run scored. Brandt Stallings went 1-3 with a run scored. Jacob Heatherly allowed 3 runs in 5.0 innings with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. He was up to 96 MPH on the day with his fastball. He threw 72 pitches with 46 strikes, and had 3 ground outs with 1 fly out. Manuel Cachutt threw 3.0 perfect innings of relief. Jerry D’Andrea threw a perfect inning of relief with a strikeout. He lowered his ERA to 3.77 on the season in 14.1 innings pitched. AZL Reds The Reds lost 8-5 on Sunday night, falling to 7-30 on the season. Peterson Plaz went 1-4 with a walk and a run scored. Danny Lantigua went 1-5 with 3 RBI. Danielito Remy went 3-5 with 2 steals, a run scored, and he had an RBI. The 20-year-old switch hitter is batting .353/.379/.445 on the season. Debby Santana went 1-4 with a double. Reyny Reyes went 1-4 with an RBI. Victor Ruiz went 2-4. Since joining the AZL Reds he’s hitting .362 in 13 games played. Carlos Reina went 2-3 with 2 runs and a walk. He also stole a base. Jeffry Nino threw 3.0 shutout innings with 2 walks and a strikeout. Ariel Mojica allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and a strikeout. DSL Reds The DSL does not play on Sundays. Top 25 Prospect Rundown 8/6 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 50-60 N/A OFF OFF Here Here Here Pensacola 30-38 29-14 7:35pm Strahan Here Here Here Daytona 37-29 20-23 7:05pm Antone Here Here N/A Dayton 31-37 20-23 7:05pm Naughton Here Here Here Billings 15-23 9-2 All-Star Break Here Here Here Greeneville 18-25 N/A 7:05pm Richardson Here Here N/A AZL Reds 7-30 0-0 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 23 Responses Wes August 6, 2018 It would be pretty wild if reds go into 2019 w Stephenson and reed at top of rotation considering they were suppose to be that in 2017. There’s a case to be made that they have been best two pitchers so far this season and both should get some chances to prove their worth down the stretch. CP August 6, 2018 Both have to be given the opportunity to pitch in the majors again first. Looks like Stephenson will have that chance starting Wednesday hopefully, but hard telling when/if Reed will get that shot again. AirborneJayJay August 6, 2018 There is a 50-50 chance that Mella gets that Wednesday start, depending on if Mella is used out of the bullpen tonight. If Mella doesn’t pitch tonight my suspicion is that he will get Wednesday’s start. With Reyes now up, I can see them naming Mella as the starter instead of sending someone all the way to NY to pitch in one game. kevinz August 6, 2018 Good Point I wish Mella had more starts at AAA. Mayb learning from Darwin and being with his best friend Castillo more helpful. I still am high on Mella as a SP i am not sure if anyone else is though. He is one of the rare Pitchers who the reds have. One who has a great arm but also can get Ground balls at a decent rate. Most of the Pitchers The reds have including Minors are flyball Pitchers. Most the Pitchers have a high average against as well including MILB. Stephenson the Only Pitcher at AAA who batters have a low amount of hits against . Even the Pitchers traded for got 250 average vs them. So about 280 or higher at MLB level. That not going to work. When you look at a Pitchers average Vs them in MILB. Then look at what the ave vs them goes up to in MLB. which is usually 20-30 points or Higher. What getting at is if cannot Limit the Hits, you either have to strike them out or get them to hit it on the Ground. Most the pitchers do not have that in the Minors at AAA. CP August 6, 2018 Man if I am Robert Stephenson I would be extremely disappointed if that happened…. CP August 6, 2018 Glad to see Aquino’s progression of controlling the strike zone continue. His power and hitting ability will play, but the real question has always been his control of the zone. If he can continue to show marked improvement in this one area he has a real shot of attaining more of his ceiling than many probably thought possible (myself included)! SteveLV August 6, 2018 Yeah – might be dreaming a little here, but if they all could reach their potential, an outfield of Winker, Siri, Aquino, and Trammell in 2021 would be pretty exciting. AirborneJayJay August 6, 2018 I thought Gabby Guerrero should have been called up to the Reds when they called up Mason Williams. Williams had a little ML experience though and the Reds went with that. Williams has acquitted himself nicely though in Cincinnati. I still would like to see Guerrero called up. The Reds could use an extra RH hitter. Tucker hasn’t shown much since he arrived in the Duvall trade. Those 2 should be switched out, but I believe Guerrero would have to be added to the 40 man roster first. kevinz August 6, 2018 Williams can play CF gabby cannot. Gabby cannot control the Zone he would perform like Dixon. I am done with free swingers. If you cannot control the Zone in AAA def can’t in MLB. 3 walks to 23 SO for Gabby lately that will not cut it at all at the MLB level. AirborneJayJay August 6, 2018 Talking out of your rear end again. I don’t know where you get your scouting reports, is it Big Lots? I didn’t know Billy Hamilton was hurt. I thought the Reds lost 2 corner OFers by injury and lost another corner OFer via trade. Don’t they need corner OFers? Ervin can play CF in a pinch. FWIW, Gabby had 80 starts in CF last year in Pensacola. He has 26 starts in CF this year between Pensacola and Louisville. I’d say he could play CF if need be. If the Reds need was corner OFers, Guerrero has much, much more pop than Williams. Williams has played well in his short call up, but if Schebler doesn’t come back Guerrero should get a chance too in RF. A September OF of Ervin-Williams-Guerrero might be nice to watch 2-3 games a week. All 3 could cover CF. But Guerrero has to be on the 40 man to get a September call up. kevinz August 6, 2018 Nah got it for Free I am cheap that is for sure. I just figured reds need a real CF for when Hamilton takes the day off. If Billy gets Benched for Williams then i could see gabby in RF then. It still does not change the fact you have to make Contact for that Power for Gabby to show it. I do not think Gabby will make enough Contact at the MLB level for it to show. So feel like the Power Williams does have, will show up more because will make more Contact at MLB level than Gabby. thanks have a great day . Shawn August 6, 2018 Tucker has had some bad luck on babip by my eyes since he’s been in Cincinnati. Seems like a lot of his outs have been rockets. Just missed the bomb in his first or second game, just right. I would like to see him with some consistent time. kevinz August 6, 2018 Very nice to see Aquino controlling the Zone a lot better. That would be huge for when he goes into slumps. kevinz August 6, 2018 I really Hope Ervin and Williams play really well and become the starters. They both have been doubted and left with much hate. They were both considered Bust. Would Love for both to Prove all the Doubters wrong, especially since all the Doubters couldn’t even run or catch the ball themselves. RedsinWashst August 6, 2018 Now Kevin, just because people don’t think someone is a good player does not mean they are hated. Don’t take it all so personal. kevinz August 6, 2018 I know thanks i just hope they prove all Doubters wrong now since both Underdogs. I hope reds can keep Finding failed former Top prospects. They could flip them for Pitching or can Flip tops Prospects for Pitching. If they can find or get 25-26 year olds who find it in their prime . They tend to get over looked since get Pushed Down the list or off the Prospect list for another young hot shot prospect. AndyBado August 6, 2018 Doug, is Zeek White close to playing into your top 25 list? Doug Gray August 6, 2018 He’s got my attention, for sure. I saw him, briefly, in Greeneville. Going to talk to some people after the season is over. IMHO August 6, 2018 D’Andrea is looking good in bullpen for Greeneville. 1.12 whip/19ks/9bbs Cachutt and Heitler too… Cooop August 6, 2018 Anyone watch Howard & Sims pitch this weekend? Gameday showed most their strikes right down the middle but wasnt able to hear the game online to verify Gameday was correct. I did listen to Mustangs and Gameday was off toward the end of the game vs the radio. I trust a several year employed announcer vs a person just putting pitch locations in for who knows how many years. Doug Gray August 6, 2018 Gameday in the minors is NEVER correct. They do not have pitch tracking in the minors. It’s just some dude clicking the strikezone from the press box. Coooop August 7, 2018 Thanks Doug, from the Press box! Makes sense though since it must be where the laptop is to enter pitch location. If the box is not inline behind the plate, no wonder it’s pretty skewed up (or left… right? LOL) IMHO August 13, 2018 Doug, Do you ever go through the UDFA and rank them?