Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 8/18/18 Doug Gray August 19, 2018 30 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 7-6 in 10 innings. Box Score Blake Trahan went 4-5 with a home run (2), a steal, and he had 2 RBI. Gabriel Guerrero went 1-5 with a run scored. Brian O’Grady went 1-4 with a walk and a steal. Steve Selsky went 1-3 with a run scored and he had 2 walks. Tim Federowicz went 2-5 with a solo home run (1) and he scored 2 runs. Taylor Sparks went 2-5 with a run scored and he had an RBI. Nick Longhi went 1-5 with an RBI. Keury Mella allowed a run in 4.0 innings with 3 strikeouts. Matt Wisler was charged with an unearned run in 2.0 innings with 2 strikeouts. Pensacola won 5-2. Box Score TJ Friedl went 1-4 with a steal (28) and a run scored. Jose Siri went 2-4 with a double, RBI, and he scored 2 runs. Mitch Nay went 1-3 with an RBI. Shed Long went 1-3 with an RBI and a steal (17). Chris Okey went 1-3 with a run scored. Wyatt Strahan threw 7.0 shutout innings with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Daytona won 9-4. Box Score Randy Ventura went 1-5 with a walk, a run scored, and he had an RBI. Ibandel Isabel went 1-4 with a walk, was hit by a pitch, and he scored 3 runs. Bruce Yari went 1-4 with a walk and a run. Taylor Trammell went 2-4 with a walk, a steal, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and he had 3 RBI. Brantley Bell went 1-4 with a walk and he had 2 RBI. Michael Beltre went 1-4 with a walk, a steal (21), and he scored a run. Alfredo Rodriguez went 1-3 and was hit by 2 pitches. Tejay Antone allowed 2 earned in 7.0 innings with a walk and he had 5 strikeouts. Ryan Hendrix threw 1.0 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Dayton won 3-1. Box Score Jose Garcia went 2-4. Jonathan India went 1-3 with a double, run scored, and he had an RBI. Andy Sugilio went 1-3 with a 2-run home run (4). Reshard Munroe went 1-3. Austin Orewiler allowed a run in 7.0 innings with a walk and a strikeout. Cory Thompson threw a perfect inning of relief. John Ghyzel threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Billings won 6-4. Box Score Drew Mount went 3-4 with a double, run scored, and he had an RBI. Pabel Manzanero went 1-3 with a double, run scored, and he had 2 RBI. Bren Spillane went 1-2 with a walk, was hit by a pitch, and he scored 2 runs. Dylan Harris went 1-3 with a double, was hit by a pitch, and he had 2 RBI. Juan Martinez went 1-4. Carlos Rivero went 1-4 with a run and he had an RBI. Ricky Salinas allowed 3 earned in 5.0 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Jake Wyrick threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts. Moises Nova threw a hitless inning with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Ryan Dunne threw a shutout inning with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Greeneville won 7-5. Box Score Claudio Finol went 3-5 with an RBI. Miguel Hernandez went 2-4 with 2 runs scored. Edwin Yon went 2-4 with 2 home runs (2) and he had 4 RBI. Raul Juarez went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. Lyon Richardson allowed 2 earned in 4.0 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Connor Bennett threw 1.1 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts. AZL Reds won 11-8. Box Score Peterson Plaz went 1-4, was hit by a pitch, and he scored a run. Debby Santana went 1-4 with a grand slam (6). Victor Ruiz went 2-4 with a double and he scored 2 runs. Danny Lantigua went 3-4 with 2 home runs (8), 3 runs scored, and he had 4 RBI. Cristian Olivo went 1-4 with a run scored and he had an RBI. Carlos Reina went 1-3, was hit by a pitch, and he scored 2 runs. Ranser Amador went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Carlos Machorro (rehab) threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Frainger Aranguren threw 4.0 shutout innings of relief with 7 strikeouts. 8/19 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 53-69 N/A 5:05pm Mahle Here Here Here Pensacola 30-38 33-21 5:05pm Varner Here Here Here Daytona 37-29 25-30 1:00pm Romero Here Here N/A Dayton 31-37 24-31 2:00pm Sceroler Here Here Here Billings 15-23 15-5 6:00pm Rodriguez Here Here N/A Greeneville 24-32 N/A 4:00pm Diaz/Karcher Here Here N/A AZL Reds 10-36 0-0 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 30 Responses Jim t August 19, 2018 Peraza production outside of OBP is not far off Votto’s year. If I’m rebuilding the reds I am very nervous about this development. 2020 positions Schebler 1b Senzel 2b Peraza SS Winker LF Siri/Trammel CF Ervin RF Suarez 3b Barnhart/ Stephenson c Norwood Nate August 19, 2018 Votto: wRC+ 132, fWAR 2.8, .842 OPS, 129 OPS+, 2.9 bWAR Peraza: wRC+ 96, fWAR 1.9, .735 OPS, 97 OPS+, 1.8 bWAR Votto has significantly outproduced Peraza this season. There’s no logical argument that suggests otherwise. You’re trying to say the same stuff on RLN to get people riled up about Votto’s decline. Why? Has his power been down this season? Yes. Will he continue to decline as he ages, yes. Everyone does. But he’s been worth a surplus of value compared to the amount of his entire contract. Jim t August 19, 2018 Nate not trying to rile anyone up just looking for a assortment of opinions on value of Votto going forward. I am not some child looking to start a uprising. I post on both sites and enjoy the feed back. Without his power Votto may turn out to be a sunk cost. I actually expected some regression but not this much this fast. Norwood Nate August 19, 2018 A sunk cost is something that cannot be recovered. Votto has already been worth more than the total sum of his contract. There is no lost value to be recovered, only further surplus to be added. The guy is still about 30% better than the league, the only reason that’s a regression at all is that he’s been about 50-60% better than the league overall the past few years. Some Reds fans are funny. (not directed at you Jim) Brandon Phillips didn’t sniff the type of OPS+ Votto has this year, in his worst year since an injury riddled 2014. Phillip’s best season was 2011 at 118 OPS+. He was never even league average offensively during his extension, but he and his contract was defended vehemently by his fans until the day the Reds paid the Braves to take him off their hands. Yet Joey Votto, who’s already provided surplus value on his contract is a concern and a problem. I don’t get it. Norwood Nate August 19, 2018 Actually, my bad, Votto’s been between 60-70% better than the league the past few seasons. Jim t August 19, 2018 Thanks for the feedback Nate. redleggingfordayz August 19, 2018 You had me full stop at “Votto is a sunk cost”. He is the 5th best 1B this year with an .850 OPS. What are you even talking about lol. El Maka August 19, 2018 I think that batting of 4 1 debby santa with full base is to highlight and having a good month of August 12dias batiando de hit is solprendente for me MK August 19, 2018 Early in the season Tom Nichols the Dragon TV and radio voice said he was told by a non-Reds scout and reported that Jose Garcia would be the best players on the 2018 Dragons. It certainly did not look like that in the season’s first half with a well below .200 batting average. But it might be true right now. He was moved to the lead-off spot in the batting order and his average is up over .240 and his defense sometimes spectacular has been solid overall. His Ks are over 100 but again many of those came in the first half. Off the field the kid has worked hard to learn English and is very respectful, friendly and courteous. MikeD August 19, 2018 That’s some great background MK. Like to hear about the respectful side of young players. The older I get, the character issue weighs heavier on my list of priorities. The Reds are going to have a few options a shortstop in the years to come. Peraza should be above average for a few years before he becomes too expensive. Then we will be looking Alfrod, Garcia and then Hernadez. My feeling is that Garcia becomes the long term guy down the road. Show Triple Slash August 19, 2018 Different Jose Garcia in the link. Doug Gray August 19, 2018 The links are autogenerated by Baseball-Reference,not done manually. There are going to be some links to wrong players with common names, unfortunately. Show Triple Slash August 19, 2018 Ah. Ok, thought I was being helpful. Even with that infrequent glitch, they’re nice to have – thanks. Doug Gray August 19, 2018 It’s all good. For the most part it does a great job, and I enjoy being able to just click the “BRef Linker” to add links to the players pages. In cases with common names it’s supposed to go to the page that just lists all of the players with that name. But for some guys it doesn’t do that. Not sure why. Jim August 19, 2018 The Reds have 54 wins and now sit in 8th for the draft. Today is one of those days that they should win. In the closet I go to quietly say BOO. My wife says I can’t use any of OUR savings to buy the Reds, but I got 300 in change she doesn’t know about. I figure I need a billion to buy the team and operating costs. Colorado Red August 19, 2018 So if 3.5 million of us get together, we can do it. RedsinWashst August 19, 2018 Jim, How do I know that when you have the money that you won’t turn into big bob. You know the saying ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ You will need to make me the president to keep an eye on you, I can be trusted. Phil August 19, 2018 You linked the Brewers Alf Rod instead of the Reds Alf Rod from milb stats. FYI. Redsvol August 19, 2018 every pitcher in the Reds organization ought to watch a replay of Harvey’s outing last night. No two pitches were alike – change of speed and height was tremendous. Most of the young pitchers just throw harder and harder and have very little difference between their fastball and off-speed stuff. I’m liking Harvey more and more for a free agent addition. He has become a pitcher instead of a thrower. Rick August 19, 2018 Doug is the same intellect that deemed Ariel Hernandez ‘elite’ after 4 mlb innings. No one should listen to this idiot fanboy. He’s a super fan, not a baseball mind. In fact, the vast majority of his analysis is comically wrong Nick August 19, 2018 Hey Rick, if Doug is an idiot fan boy who is always comically wrong, why do you keep coming back here and making him money from ads? Always free to get info elsewhere. Doug Gray August 19, 2018 Hey Rick, I hope things in your life turn around for the better, man. Andrew August 19, 2018 Troll get lost Shawn August 19, 2018 Rick, if Doug wouldn’t look down on it I’d tell you how I really feel. I really dislike jerks who get on the computer and trash people. At any rate, thanks Doug, I visit several times a day and generally enjoy spending a lot of time in the comment section. On a totally different note, how about the kids playing well. This just might work if we buy a pitcher or two. Disco, Castillo, 3, 4, then Bailey because we have to. Would like Stephenson Reed Mahle or Sal to fill out eventually. Go reds. Doug Gray August 19, 2018 Rick, go troll somewhere else. Colorado Red August 19, 2018 rick, if you can do a better job, give it a try. I am sure your super website will bomb big time. Doug, Enjoy your site. MK August 19, 2018 Anyone noticed there are more and more Reds unbuttoning the top buttons on their uniform jerseys since Harvey showed up. Even Riggleman is doing it now. I think it looks a little sloppy and unprofessional. While I’m venting I hate pine tar on the helmets. I remember hearing back in the 70s Bob Howsam calling the dugout i Houston to tell a player to wear his uniform properly, Bob must be rolling over in hid grave now. Andrew August 19, 2018 Could be a valid point. But – this team NEEDED to loosen up a bit, pun intended. You are likley old school MK which i respect. But at the end of the day, its just baseball. Its not like Harvey and Riggleman are representing the united states in Peace Talka with the UN or negotiating in a court room. IndyRedsFan August 19, 2018 I’m with you on this one MK. KyWilson1 August 20, 2018 If we are being honest, i don’t like the button up jerseys period. Never liked playing in them, don’t like them aesthetically. But if they have buttons, i could care less if they button them or don’t, just win in them.