Friday afternoon Reds minor league news and notes Doug Gray September 7, 2018 3 Comments My friend Jason Linden, who you’ve probably read over at Redleg Nation, has up an article at Cincinnati Magazine about Hernan Iribarren playing all nine positions in the Louisville Bats season finale earlier this week. There’s some good stuff in there on Iribarren, and well, the final two sentences are a fun reminder about baseball. Go check it out. On the MLB Pipeline Podcast this week Taylor Trammell was the guest. He joined Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Tim McMaster to talk all kinds of things. You can listen to it below, or download it, or subscribe to the MLB Pipeline Podcast. He is the first real part of the podcast, basically from minutes two through eighteen. Taylor talked about a whole lot of things. But he was pretty specific with the things he wanted to work on in the Arizona Fall League. They included working on his throwing and his approach at the plate. Speaking of Daytona Tortugas prospects, C. Trent Rosecrans wrote about the season that Tyler Stephenson has had. For Stephenson, staying healthy and on the field all year has been the biggest thing for him. the most important thing of his season is that he was still on the field in September, something that he hadn’t been able to do since 2015, the year he was drafted. “The only way to get better is to get out there and play,” Stephenson said before Wednesday’s playoff game in Daytona. “It sucks when you’re not out there.” There’s some good stuff in the article beyond that. There’s a good note from a scout that Trent spoke with about Stephenson’s improvements this season. Go give it a read. The last two notes for the day go out to friends of mine Justin Rocke and Tommy Thrall. The Appalachian League released their 2018 Award Winners this morning. Rocke, the broadcaster of the Greeneville Reds took home Radio Broadcaster of the Year. Greeneville Reds’ radio voice Justin Rocke has been named the 2018 Appalachian League Radio Broadcaster of the Year, presented to the radio person doing the best all-around job of covering their particular club. In his second year in the Appalachian League, Rocke broadcasted all 68 games for the Reds and served as the main media relations contact in-season, also running the team’s social media platforms. His broadcasts showcased the complete Greeneville franchise, with nightly interview guests covering a variety of topics from the team’s relationship with Cincinnati to community involvement in Greeneville. Thrall, the broadcaster for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, will be calling the Reds games this weekend. He’s been the voice of the Blue Wahoos since the franchise came into existence. With Marty Brennaman hosting his charity golf outing, Thrall will team up with Jeff Brantley for the games Friday through Sunday on 700 WLW. Bill Vilona of the Pensacola News Journal has some more on Thrall and his journey here. 3 Responses Lee September 7, 2018 If the Reds were smart, they would find anyway possible to keep Hernan in the organization for life. Of course, they’ll probably release him and he’ll go to the Cardinals and cure cancer or something. Bob Anderson September 7, 2018 Stephenson and Trammall both need to shorten their swings. That is why they struggled over the course of the season. Too big and loopy right now. Ribeye Medium Rare September 7, 2018 Wennington Romero was placed on the 7-day DL today with left forearm strain. I am guessing that did not come about from signing too many autographs. Packy Naughton is making the start for the ‘Tugas tonight.