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If you’ve been visiting the site long enough, you know that when I go to the minor league games I will take plenty of pictures and video, mostly for the website so I’ve got images of everyone in the case that I am writing about them on that day. But all of the images are typically cropped in to fit the design of the website. Today I’m going to share some of the images from my trip for Florida to watch the Daytona Tortugas and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos play for the first two weeks of August.

Daytona Tortugas

Amir Garrett

Left Handed Pitcher Amir Garrett of the Daytona Tortugas

Junior Arias

Outfielder Junior Arias of the Daytona Tortugas

Keury Mella

Right handed pitcher Keury Mella of the Daytona Tortugas

Nick Travieso

Right handed pitcher Nick Travieso of the Daytona Tortugas

Seth Varner

Left handed pitcher Seth Varner of the Daytona Tortugas

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Third baseman Taylor Sparks of the Daytona Tortugas

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Zack Weiss

Right handed pitcher Zack Weiss of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Zach Vincej

Shortstop Zach Vincej of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Tim Adleman

Right handed pitcher Tim Adleman of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Seth Mejias-Brean

Third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos watches as a home run stays just fair.

Sal Romano

Right handed pitcher Sal Romano of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Jesse Winker

Outfielder Jesse Winker of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Jesse Winker

Outfielder Jesse Winker of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Daniel Wright

Right handed pitcher Daniel Wright of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Alex Blandino

Infielder Alex Blandino of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Alex Blandino

Infielder Alex Blandino of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Non-Reds Photos

Tim Anderson

Chicago White Sox prospect Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson

Chicago White Sox prospect Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson

Chicago White Sox prospect Tim Anderson

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 8/21/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/22/reds-minor-league-game-review-82115/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/22/reds-minor-league-game-review-82115/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 04:55:13 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13584 Junior Arias homered twice and stole his 30th base of the season in a Daytona Tortugas win on Friday night.

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Louisville lost 4-2. Box Score

  • Juan Silva went 1-3 with 2 walks.
  • Bryson Smith went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Juan Perez went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Michael Lorenzen allowed 3 runs in 7 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Gwinnett grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Michael Lorenzen settled in after that. The Bats scored a run in the 5th inning and tied the game up in the 6th when Bryson Smith drove in Adam Duvall. The tie didn’t last long as the Braves scored the g0-ahead run in the bottom of the 6th inning. They would pad their lead in the 8th with another run and hold on or a 4-2 win.

Pensacola lost 7-2. Box Score

  • Ryan Wright went 1-4 with a walk, run and a double.
  • Alex Blandino went 1-4 with a double, walk and anRBI.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean went 1-3 with 2 walks.
  • Marquez Smith went 2-5 with a double.
  • Beau Amaral went 1-3 with a walk, double and a run.

Game Notes

Chattanooga grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning. They would add to in in the 3rd and the 5th to go up 4-0. Pensacola would get on the board in the bottom of the 5th inning on back-to-back doubles by Ryan Wright and Alex Blandino to bring in a run, but the Lookouts got that run right back and added two more in the 6th to put the game out of reach.

Daytona won 8-4. Box Score

  • Junior Arias went 4-5 with a double, two home runs (11), a steal (30), 3 runs and 4 RBI.
  • Daniel Pigott went 1-4 with a walk and an RBI.
  • Chad Wallach went 2-3 with 2 walks, a run and a double.
  • Jeff Gelalich went 3-4 with an RBI and a run.
  • Brian O’Grady went 1-1 with a run and 2 RBI.
  • Nick Travieso allowed a run in 6 innings with a walk and 7 strikeouts.
  • El’Hajj Muhammad threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout.

Game Notes

After a scoreless 1st inning, Daytona took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd when Taylor Sparks doubled and scored on a Jeff Gelalich single. Tampa would get the run back in the bottom of the inning. Ty Washington led off the 3rd inning with a walk and he’d score on a Junior Arias home run to put the Tortugas back in the lead. That lead would stand as Nick Travieso allowed just one run over six innings with seven strikeouts before giving the game over to the bullpen. Junior Arias would add to his home run total and the Daytona lead with a 2-run homer n the 8th inning as the Tortugas took an 8-1 lead. The Yankees would score three in the bottom of the 9th but their comeback fell short.

Dayton lost 4-3. Box Score

  • Jon Matthews went 2-4 with a run.
  • Shed Long went 1-4 with a run.
  • Aristides Aquino went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
  • Garrett Boulware went 2-3 with a walk and 2 RBI.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Tejay Antone allowed 2 runs in 5 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts.
  • Ty Sterner threw 2 hitless innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Great Lakes scored two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning to take an early lead. The Dragons got one of the runs back in the 2nd inning when Aristides Aquino scored on a sac fly. The score stayed 2-1 until the top of the 6th inning when Garrett Boulware singled in Jon Matthews and Shed Long to put the Dragons ahead 3-2. The Loons would tie the game up in the bottom of the 8th and they would walk off with a win in the bottom of the 9th.

Billings lost 5-3. Box Score

  • Mitch Piatnik went 1-4 with a steal and a run.
  • Kevin Garcia went 3-4 with a run and an RBI.
  • KJ Franklin went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.
  • Jonathan Martijn went 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Ed Charlton went 2-4.
  • Hector Vargas went 1-2.
  • Jose Lopez was charged with an unearned run in 4 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.
  • Sarkis Ohanian was charged with an unearned run in a hitless inning with 2 walks and a strikeout.
  • Sandy Lugo threw 2 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The Mustangs jumped on Missoula early. Mitch Piatnik singled to lead off the 1st inning and then stole second base. Brantley Bell followed with a walk. Kevin Garcia and KJ Franklin both followed with RBI singles to make it 2-0. Tyler Stephenson would walk to load the bases and Kevin Garcia would score on a sac fly to make it 3-0. An unearned run against Jose Lopez would come across in the 2nd inning, the only run the Osprey would score while he was on the mound as the righty lowered his ERA to 2.79 on the season. The score would remain 3-1 until the top of the 7th when Missoula rallied with the help of the Mustangs defense, scoring four runs to take a 5-3 lead. Billings couldn’t make the comeback in the final three trips to the plate.

AZL Reds won 4-2. Box Score

  • Satchel McElroy went 1-4 with a run.
  • Miles Gordon went 1-3 with a triple, RBI and a run.
  • Jake Turnbull went 2-3 with a walk, run and an RBI.
  • Jose Siri went 2-3 with a double and a triple.
  • Francis Azcona went 1-1 with a double and a run.
  • Wendolyn Bautista allowed 2 runs in 5 innings with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Connor Bennett threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.
  • Pedro Damian threw a shutout inning with a strikeout.
  • Israel Cuevas threw a hitless inning with a walk and 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Both teams would score a run in the 1st inning and the score would stay there until the D-Backs would take a 2-1 lead in the top of the 4th. The Reds would tie the game up in the 6th after Miles Gordon tripled and scored on a wild pitch. In the 8th inning the Reds would take the lead when Francis Azcona scored on a sac fly. They would score another run when Jake Turnbull singled in Satchel McElroy to take a 4-2 lead. They would hold on for the win.

8/22/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 60-67 N/A 7:05pm Roach Here Here Here
Pensacola 25-43 30-24 7:35pm Astin Here Here Here
Daytona 37-33 34-19 6:00pm Stephens Here Here N/A
Dayton 39-31 23-30 7:05pm Paulson Here Here Here
Billings 17-20 10-11 8:05pm Romero Here Here N/A
Arizona 12-14 12-12 OFF OFF Here N/A N/A

Top 25 Daily Rundown (Top 25 based on the Midseason Rankings)

Rank Player LVL Performance
1 Robert Stephenson AAA DNP – Injured
2 Jesse Winker AA DNP
3 Nick Travieso A+ 6IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 7K.
4 Yorman Rodriguez AAA DNP – Injured
5 Sal Romano AA DNP
6 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
7 Raisel Iglesias MLB DNP
8 Tyler Stephenson BIL 0-2, 2BB, 2K.
9 Phillip Ervin AA 0-2, 2BB.
10 Alex Blandino AA 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI, 2K.
11 Jon Moscot MLB DNP – Injured
12 Aristides Aquino A 1-3, run, BB, K.
13 Kyle Waldrop AAA 0-3, BB.
14 Jonathon Crawford A+ DNP – Injured
15 Mark Armstrong A DNP – Injured
16 Tyler Mahle A DNP
17 Junior Arias A+ 4-5, 2B, 2 HR, steal, 3 runs, 4 RBI, K.
18 Tejay Antone A 5IP, 9H, 2ER, 1BB, 5K.
19 Nick Howard A+ DNP – Injured
20 Gavin LaValley A 0-3, BB.
21 Wyatt Strahan A DNP
22 Luis Gonzalez A 1-3, RBI, K.
23 Sebastian Elizalde A+ 0-3, 2BB, K.
24 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 1-3, 2BB.
25 Carlton Daal A+ DNP – Injured
Trade Adam Duvall AAA 0-3, BB, run.
Trade Brandon Finnegan AAA DNP
Trade Cody Reed AA 5IP, 9H, 4ER, 0BB, 4K.
Trade John Lamb MLB DNP
Trade Keury Mella A+ DNP

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Cincinnati Reds Prospect Hot List: Week 19 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/21/cincinnati-reds-prospect-hot-list-week-19/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/21/cincinnati-reds-prospect-hot-list-week-19/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:30:27 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13580 Amir Garrett threw 14.0 shutout innings last season as he heads the Cincinnati Reds prospect hot list for week 19.

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The season is winding down with just over a week left in Arizona and two or three weeks left for everyone else. Let’s take a look at those who performed the best over the last week and a day. With the Marlon Byrd trade happening yesterday and the chain reaction of roster moves it caused throughout the farm system I pushed things back a day, so there’s a bonus extra day this week.

The Hitters

Name Lvl PA R 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
Aristides Aquino A 30 5 0 1 2 4 0 2 5 .296 .367 .593
Blake Trahan RK+ 20 2 1 0 0 1 3 7 0 .385 .600 .462
Brian O’Grady A+ 16 1 0 0 1 3 1 6 2 .500 .688 .800
Dalton Carter RK+ 17 4 2 0 2 5 0 1 2 .313 .353 .813
James Vasquez RK- 27 4 3 0 2 6 0 4 4 .478 .556 .870
Jesse Winker AA 19 3 0 0 3 6 0 2 3 .294 .368 .824
Juan Perez AAA 14 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 3 .429 .429 .571
Juan Silva AAA 27 3 4 0 0 1 0 3 3 .348 .423 .522

The Pitchers

Name ERA SV IP H HR BB K WHIP
Amir Garrett 0.00 0 14.0 7 0 2 11 0.64
Tony Santillan 0.00 0 8.0 4 0 2 9 0.75
Cody Reed 0.00 0 7.0 4 0 4 10 1.14
Jacob Constante 0.90 0 10.0 7 0 4 12 1.10
Michael Lorenzen 0.00 0 9.0 4 0 1 1 0.56
Tim Adleman 0.61 0 14.7 10 0 4 11 0.95
Zack Weiss 0.00 4 5.7 2 0 3 7 0.88

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Reds RHP Ian Kahaloa strikes out nine in four hitless innings http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/21/reds-rhp-ian-kahaloa-strikes-out-nine-in-four-hitless-innings/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/21/reds-rhp-ian-kahaloa-strikes-out-nine-in-four-hitless-innings/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:37:13 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13578 Cincinnati Reds 5th round pick Ian Kahaloa had a career high nine strikeouts in four hitless innings for the AZL Reds on Thursday night.

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When the Cincinnati Reds drafted and signed Ian Kahaloa out of a high school in Hawaii they agreed on a lower-than-previously agreed upon signing bonus after his physical revealed something in his pitching arm. Whenever that happens there is obviously some concern for what exactly it is that is going on, but the right hander didn’t miss any time on the mound after signing and has pitched well.

He made his debut on July 17th, throwing one inning against the Angels. He’s ramped up his outings since then and in his first six appearances he threw 16.0 innings with a 3.38 ERA, including back-to-back four shutout inning appearances to begin August with 11 combined strikeouts and no walks.

His next outing was a bit rough as he allowed three runs on three hits, three walks and a home run in 2.2 innings pitched against the Arizona League Cubs.

Last night the 17-year-old right hander took the mound on the road against the Arizona League Mariners and put together the best performance of his young career. Kahaloa tossed four hitless innings with just one walk. He faced 12 batters in the game and he struck out nine of them. The other three outs were recorded via groundball outs. That’s about as dominant as you can get.

On the season he’s holding opposing hitters to a .181/.262/.278 line thanks to just six walks and 28 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched. Right handers have had a little more success against him than lefties, but even right handers are struggling with an OPS of just .583 this year when they step into the batters box.

After a slow start he has found his groove in August, making four starts with a 1.84 ERA over 14.2 innings with four walks and 22 strikeouts to go along with a 0.68 WHIP. The Arizona League Reds only have seven games left this season, meaning there’s likely only one start left for Ian Kahaloa, but he’s certainly turned in one of the better performances from the Reds 2015 draft picks.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 8/20/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/21/reds-minor-league-game-review-82015/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/21/reds-minor-league-game-review-82015/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 06:10:34 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13575 Tim Adleman threw 7.1 strong innings in a Pensacola Blue Wahoos win on Thursday night.

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Louisville lost 5-4. Box Score

  • Irving Falu went 1-4 with a run.
  • Juan Sila went 1-3 with ad ouble, walk and a run.
  • Kyle Waldrop went 1-4 with a home run (7) and 3 RBI.
  • Bryson Smith went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Miguel Celestino threw 1.2 shutout innings with a walk.
  • Jose De La Torre threw a shutout inning.

Game Notes

Gwinnett took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning and they added another run in the 3rd. The score would hold there until the bottom of the 6th when the Braves would add two more runs to take a 5-0 lead. Ramon Cabrera hit a sac fly with the bases loaded in the 9th inning to put the Bats on the board. Kyle Waldrop followed with a 3-run home run, his first with Louisville, to bring the game to within a run. The next two batters failed to reach and extend the inning as the comeback fell just short for the Bats.

Pensacola won 3-1. Box Score

  • Ryan Wright went 1-4 with a double.
  • Juan Duran went 1-3.
  • Kyle Skipworth went 2-3 with a run and an RBI.
  • Ray Chang went 1-3 with a double, run and an RBI.
  • Beau Amaral went 1-2 with a walk and an RBI.
  • Tim Adleman allowed a run in 7.1 innings with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts.
  • Zack Weiss threw 1.2 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Pensacola grabbed an early lead when Marquez Smith walked and stole second base before scoring on a Kyle Skipworth single in the 2nd inning. They would hold that lead on the back of Tim Adleman who gave up just one run in 7.1 innings, before padding their lead in the bottom of the 7th inning when Ray Chang doubled in Kyle Skipworth and Beau Amaral drove in Chang to make it 3-0. The Lookouts got on the board in the top of the 8th to make it a 3-1 game, but that was as close as they would get as Zack Weiss shut things down for the final five outs.

Daytona won 7-4. Box Score

  • Ronald Bueno went 3-5 with a steal (4), run and 2 RBI.
  • Jeff Gelalich went 2-4 with a double, walk, steal (12), run and an RBI.
  • Daniel Pigott went 2-5 with a home run (1) and 2 RBI.
  • Junior Arias went 3-4 with a run.
  • Brian O’Grady went 2-3 with a walk, home run (9) and 2 RBI.
  • Carlos Gonzalez threw 1.2 perfect innings with a strikeout.
  • Evan Mitchell threw 1.2 shutout innings with a strikeouts.

Game Notes

Keury Mella ran into trouble in the 1st inning as Tampa took a 3-0 lead. The Tortuga offense had his back and rallied in the top of the 2nd. Daniel Pigott led off with a solo home run. Taylor Sparks followed with a walk, Junior Arias single and Joe Hudson walked to load the bases. Brian O’Grady drew a walk to make it 3-2 and Ronald Bueno would single in two more runs later to make it 4-3. Mella buckled down after that, striking out seven batters in 5.1 innings as he allowed just those three runs in the 1st. Daytona would pad their lead in the 7th inning, starting out with Brian O’Grady homering to lead off the inning. Jeff Gelalich doubled in Ronald Bueno to make it 6-3. Gelalich would score on a Daniel Pigott single to make it 7-3. The Yankees would get one run back in the bottom of the 8th inning, but Evan Mitchell took care of the final five outs of the game to seal the win.

Dayton won 7-2. Box Score

  • Jimmy Pickens went 1-4 with a double, steal, 2 runs and 2 walks.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 3-6 with a double, run and 3 RBI.
  • Gavin LaValley went 4-5 with a double, walk, run and 3 RBI.
  • Aristides Aquino went 1-5 with a walk.
  • Avain Rachal went 2-5 with a walk and an RBI.
  • Garrett Boulware went 2-6 with a run.
  • Jonathan Reynoso went 2-6 with a run.
  • Narciso Crook went 3-5 with a run.
  • Wyatt Strahan allowed 2 runs in 6.2 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
  • Jake Ehret threw 1.1 hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Jeremy Kivel threw a shutout inning with 2 walks and a strikeout.

Game Notes

Dayton got out to a quick start. Jimmy Pickens and Gavin LaValley both doubled in the 1st inning, giving the Dragons a 1-0 lead. They would pad the lead in the 2nd inning when Luis Gonzalez singled in two runs with the bases loaded that made it 3-0. In the 6th inning they would add to their lead again, starting with Luis Gonzalez doubling in Jimmy Pickens. Gavin LaValley singled in Gonzalez and he’d score on a single by Avain Rachal as the Dragons opened up a 6-0 lead. Wyatt Strahan allowed two runs in the bottom of the 6th, his only two of the game as he fired 6.2 quality innings to lower his ERA to 2.72 on the season. Jake Ehret and Jeremy Kivel combined to throw the final 2.1 shutout innings as Dayton picked up the win.

Billings lost 5-4 in 10 innings. Box Score

  • Zach Shields went 2-5 with a run.
  • Brantley Bell went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • Tyler Stephenson went 2-5 with a double.
  • KJ Franklin went 3-5 with a double.
  • Jonathan Martijn went 2-5 with a triple and a run.
  • Dalton Carter went 1-5 with a home run (2) and 2 RBI.
  • Jacob Constant threw 5 shutout innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.
  • Austin Orewiler threw 2 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Jacob Constante threw five shutout innings with six strikeouts but he left the game in a scoreless game. The Mustangs finally broke through in the 7th inning when Jonathan Martijn tripled and Dalton Carter followed with a home run. Brantley Bell singled in Hector Vargas to make it 3-0. Idaho Falls would get all three runs back in the bottom of the 8th inning. Billings grabbed the lead back in the top of the 9th thanks to an error that brought Zach Shields across the plate. The Chukars got the run back in the bottom of the frame and sent the game to extra innings. KJ Franklin doubled in the top of the 10th and was pinch run for, but was stranded at third base. Idaho Falls would score in the bottom of the 10th inning to walk-off with a win.

AZL Reds won 2-1. Box Score

  • Satchel McElroy went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
  • Miles Gordon went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • Michael Beltre went 1-4 with a run.
  • Maikel Lopez went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI.
  • Ian Kahaloa threw 4 hitless innings with a walk and 9 strikeouts.
  • Jesus Reyes allowed a run in 5 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Ian Kahaloa put together the best start of his young career by tossing four hitless innings with a walk and nine strikeouts before giving the game to Jesus Reyes. Reyes took the no hitter into the 7th inning before allowing a leadoff single. The Reds took the lead in the top of the inning, but that hit would eventually lead to the tying run in the bottom of the frame. The Reds got the run back when Miles Gordon doubled in Satchel McElroy. Jesus Reyes took things from there and tossed the final two innings without allowing a run.

8/21/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 60-66 N/A 6:35pm Finnegan Here Here Here
Pensacola 25-43 30-23 7:35pm Reed Here Here Here
Daytona 37-33 33-19 7:00pm Travieso Here Here N/A
Dayton 39-31 23-29 7:05pm Antone Here Here Here
Billings 17-20 10-10 9:05pm Lopez Here Here Here
Arizona 12-14 11-12 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A

Top 25 Daily Rundown (Top 25 based on the Midseason Rankings)

Rank Player LVL Performance
1 Robert Stephenson AAA DNP – Injured
2 Jesse Winker AA DNP
3 Nick Travieso A+ DNP
4 Yorman Rodriguez AAA DNP – Injured
5 Sal Romano AA DNP
6 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
7 Raisel Iglesias MLB DNP
8 Tyler Stephenson BIL 2-5, 2B.
9 Phillip Ervin AA 0-3, K.
10 Alex Blandino AA 0-2, BB.
11 Jon Moscot MLB DNP – Injured
12 Aristides Aquino A 1-5, BB, 3K.
13 Kyle Waldrop AAA 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, K.
14 Jonathon Crawford A+ DNP – Injured
15 Mark Armstrong A DNP – Injured
16 Tyler Mahle A DNP
17 Junior Arias A+ 3-4, run, K.
18 Tejay Antone A DNP
19 Nick Howard A+ DNP – Injured
20 Gavin LaValley A 4-5, 2B, BB, run, 3K.
21 Wyatt Strahan A 6.2IP, 6H, 2ER, 2BB, 4K.
22 Luis Gonzalez A 3-6, 2B, run, 3 RBI, K.
23 Sebastian Elizalde A+ 0-4, BB, K.
24 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 0-4, 2K.
25 Carlton Daal A+ DNP – Injured
Trade Adam Duvall AAA 0-3, run, 3K.
Trade Brandon Finnegan AAA 4IP, 5H, 3ER, 1BB, 3K.
Trade Cody Reed AA DNP
Trade John Lamb MLB 5.1IP, 9H, 3ER, 0BB, 8K.
Trade Keury Mella A+ 5.1IP, 3H, 3ER, 3BB, 7K.

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The Reds trade Marlon Byrd, call up Ryan LaMarre, promote several others http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/20/the-reds-trade-marlon-byrd-call-up-ryan-lamarre-promote-several-others/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/20/the-reds-trade-marlon-byrd-call-up-ryan-lamarre-promote-several-others/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:45:44 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13573 The Cincinnati Reds traded Marlon Byrd to the San Francisco Giants, acquired RHP Stephen Johnson, promoted Ryan LaMarre and made several minor league moves.

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You try to go out and have a nice bike ride through the park on a gorgeous afternoon and the Cincinnati Reds go out and make all kinds of moves.

The biggest news of the day is that the Reds have traded outfielder Marlon Byrd to the San Francisco Giants for minor league reliever Stephen Johnson. More on Johnson below.

The Reds, needing to fill the roster spot vacated by Byrd’s exit, made a series of transactions throughout the system.

  • Ryan LaMarre was added to the 40-man roster and called up to Cincinnati.
  • Bryson Smith was promoted from Pensacola to Louisville to take his place.
  • Phillip Ervin was promoted from Daytona to Pensacola to take his place.
  • Carlton Daal placed on the DL for Daytona. He was hit by a pitch last night.
  • Daniel Pigott was activated from the disabled list in Daytona.
  • Blake Trahan promoted from Billings to Daytona.
  • Jon Matthews was activated from the disabled list and sent to Dayton.
  • Argenis Aldazoro was placed on the disabled list in Dayton.

I hope I didn’t miss any other roster moves, but there certainly could be one that I simply overlooked in all of the madness.

Let’s start with the Reds promotions. Ryan LaMarre gives the Reds another outstanding glove in the outfield and he’s got speed off of the bench. He’s also been flashing a little bit of power this season as well.

Bryson Smith has battled health problems the last few years, but over the last month he’s been playing consistently with Pensacola and has hit .284/.333/.463 in 102 plate appearances.

Phillip Ervin has struggled since his incredible April. His OPS by month this season are as follows: 1.121, .585, .688, .623 and .574. The good news is, the peripherals seem good in each of those months. He’s been walking at a good rate and making contact at a good rate in every month. The Florida State League is tough on hitters and it crushes power output and after that incredible month of April, the power stopped showing up. The rest of the game still seemed to be there. Getting out of the Florida State League might be what he needs to finish out the season on a high note.

Blake Trahan is coming up to Daytona to take over the shortstop position for Carlton Daal after he hits the disabled list after being hit by a pitch last night. It’s a big jump from Billings to Daytona, but Trahan seems to have a good approach that should help that out. He walked more in Billings than he struck out and made a ton of contact on top of that. Not too much power, so that won’t be something we’re likely to see in the Florida State League, but he’s there for his defense at this point and hopefully his contact oriented approach will transition well to the new level of competition.

After missing the first month of the season, Jon Matthews joined the Daytona Tortugas. He played there for two months before hitting the disabled list on July 5th. He missed about three weeks before beginning a rehab stint in Arizona where he last played on August 11th. He was activated in Daytona and then sent to Dayton.

Now on to the new guy. Stephen Johnson has been with the Giants since they drafted him in the 6th round of the 2012 draft. He’s never started a game in his career as he’s been used solely as a reliever. The 24-year-old has thrown 58.0 innings with 29 walks and 68 strikeouts while allowing just two home runs. He’s always had control problems, with this season being the best of his career in terms of a walk rate and it’s still sitting at 4.5 walks per 9 innings pitched.

The good news is that he’s got an arm that has touched 102 MPH in the past, though these days he’s been throwing more in the 92-96 MPH range on most nights. The bad news is, his delivery is a mess and it’s one of the big reasons he’s struggled to throw strikes throughout his career. He’s a lottery ticket, but it’s a lottery ticket with a big jackpot if you can hit it. Not a bad pick up for a 38-year-old outfielder and some cash. He’s being assigned to Pensacola.

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Amir Garrett continues his strong August with a dominant start http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/20/amir-garrett-continues-his-strong-august-with-a-dominant-start/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/20/amir-garrett-continues-his-strong-august-with-a-dominant-start/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:04:17 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13571 Cincinnati Reds left handed pitching prospect Amir Garrett continued his strong August with another dominant start for the Daytona Tortugas.

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Amir Garrett has been strong all season long for the Daytona Tortugas. He entered the month of August with a 2.73 ERA in 102.1 innings with 45 walks and 104 strikeouts while allowing just one home run. The walk rate was a little bit higher than you’d like to see (3.95 walks per 9IP), but the results speak for themselves.

For as good as the first four months of the season were for the left handed starter, his August has been even better. He’s made four starts so far in August and last night was his best of the bunch as he fired seven shutout innings without a walk and he struck out six batters while allowing just four hits. It was his third start in a row that lasted seven innings.

In the four August starts he’s thrown 26.1 innings, allowed just three earned runs, walked six batters, allowed just 16 hits and he’s struck out 21. That’s good for an ERA of 1.03 and a WHIP of 0.84.

The month of August has lowered his season ERA to 2.38 in the Florida State League. That is now the best in the league. His 128.1 innings rank 4th in the league. Garrett also ranks second in the league with 125 strikeouts.

Amir Garrett is perhaps saving the best for last as Daytona pushes toward the playoffs down the stretch run of the second half. Perhaps just as importantly for Garrett is that his performance may get him a chance to pitch in the big leagues during September. Being on the 40-man roster leaves open that possibility, and while it’s a big jump from Advanced-A to the big leagues, being a left hander always gives a team a way to get a guy into a game here and there just to get some experience. Combine that with the outstanding season and an even better stretch run and it may just add up to a trip to Cincinnati when the minor league season is over.

Here’s some video from Amir Garrett in his first start of August.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 8/19/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/20/reds-minor-league-game-review-81915/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/20/reds-minor-league-game-review-81915/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:22:10 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13567 Seth Varner threw five shutout innings in a Daytona Tortugas sweep of a double header on Wednesday night.

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Louisville had the night off.

Pensacola lost 11-0. Box Score

  • Alex Blandino went 1-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Marquez Smith went 0-1 with 2 walks.
  • Yovan Gonzalez went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Ryan Wright went 1-1.
  • Joel Bender threw 4 shutout innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts.
  • Kyle McMyne threw a perfect inning.

Game Notes

The game couldn’t have gotten out to much worse of a start as Chattanooga was leading 10-0 after three innings. The Blue Wahoos offense never got going, managing just three hits in the game.

Daytona won 4-0, 3-0 in a double header.

Game 1: 4-0. Box Score

  • Carlton Daal went 1-3 with a run.
  • Phillip Ervin went 1-3.
  • Joe Hudson went 1-2 with a double, walk and 2 runs.
  • Taylor Sparks went 3-3 with a triple, home run (12) and 3 RBI.
  • Chad Wallach went 1-3.
  • Amir Garrett threw a 7 inning complete game shutout with 6 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Daytona took an early lead when Phillip Ervin singled and an error on the right fielder brought Carlon Daal in to score. That was enough for Amir Garrett as he lowered his ERA to 2.38 with a complete game shutout. Taylor Sparks hit his 12th home run of the year.

Game 2: 3-0 win. Box Score

  • Junior Arias went 2-3 with a solo home run (9) and 2 runs.
  • Sebastian Elizalde went 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Chad Wallach went 2-3.
  • Brian O’Grady went 1-2.
  • Seth Varner threw 5 shutout innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts.
  • El’Hajj Muhammad threw a shutout inning.
  • Alejandro Chacin threw a perfect inning with 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Much like game one, the Tortugas struck in the bottom of the 1st inning. Taylor Sparks got things started with a sac fly and Sebastian Elizalde singled in a second run. Junior Arias hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning to put Daytona up 3-0. Seth Varner took care of things through the first five innings. The lefty didn’t allow a run and struck out six batters. El’Hajj Muhammad and Alejandro Chacin each tossed a shutout inning to complete the sweep.

Dayton lost 8-3. Box Score

  • Gavin LaValley went 2-4 with a run.
  • Aristides Aquino went 1-3 with a triple, run and an RBI.
  • Jimmy Pickens went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • Chad Tromp went 1-3 with a double and a run.
  • Tyler Mahle allowed 2 earned (3 total) in 4 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The Dragons scored a run in the 1st inning and held a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the 4th. That’s when South Bend broke through for three runs to take a lead. It was a lead they’d add to and never give up as they would hold on for an 8-3 win.

Billings lost 8-6. Box Score

  • Shane Mardirosian went 1-4 with a run.
  • Mitch Piatnik went 1-3 with a double, walk and a run.
  • Kevin Garcia went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • Reydel Medina went 1-4 with a double, run and an RBI.
  • Ed Charlton went 2-4 with a double and a run.
  • Hector Vargas went 2-3 with a double and 2 runs.
  • Mitch Trees went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Junior Arias threw 2.2 shutout innings with 2 walks and a strikeout.

Game Notes

Idaho Falls jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. The Mustangs stormed back in the 4th and 5th innings and tied the game up, getting doubles by Mitch Piatnik, Reydel Medina, Ed Charlton and Mitch Trees. The Chukars took the lead back in the bottom of the 5th with two runs and never gave the lead back, holding on for an 8-6 win.

AZL Reds won 7-1. Box Score

  • Satchel McElroy went 4-5 with a run.
  • JD Salmon-Williams went 1-3.
  • James Vasquez went 1-4 with a double and a run.
  • Blake Butler went 1-3 with a double, run and 2 RBI.
  • Michael Beltre went 2-4 with a run and an RBI.
  • Alberti Chavez went 2-4 with a run.
  • Francis Guerrero went 1-4 with a solo home run (2).
  • Alejo Lopez went 3-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Jake Turnbull went 1-1.
  • Tony Santillan threw 4 shutout innings with a walk and 7 strikeouts.
  • Alfredo Mena allowed a run in 4 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
  • Alexis Diaz threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The Reds grabbed a 1-0 lead on a Francis Guerrero solo home run in the 3rd inning. They held that lead until the 7th inning thanks to Tony Santillan tossing four shutout innings with seven strikeouts before giving the game to Alfredo Mena who gave up just that one run in the 7th inning that tied the game up. The Reds exploded for six runs in the bottom of the 8th inning with the big blow coming on a a 2-run double by Blake Butler. Alexis Diaz came on for a shutout 9th inning to seal the win.

8/20/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 60-65 N/A 6:35pm Finnegan Here Here Here
Pensacola 25-43 29-23 7:35pm Adleman Here Here Here
Daytona 37-33 32-19 7:00pm Mella Here Here N/A
Dayton 39-31 22-29 7:05pm Strahan Here Here Here
Billings 17-20 9-10 9:15pm Constante Here Here Here
Arizona 12-14 10-10 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A

Top 25 Daily Rundown (Top 25 based on the Midseason Rankings)

Rank Player LVL Performance
1 Robert Stephenson AAA DNP – Injured
2 Jesse Winker AA 0-4, K.
3 Nick Travieso A+ DNP
4 Yorman Rodriguez AAA DNP – Injured
5 Sal Romano AA 0.2IP, 5H, 5ER, 2BB, 0K.
6 Amir Garrett A+ 7IP, 4H, 0ER, 0BB, 6K.
7 Raisel Iglesias MLB DNP
8 Tyler Stephenson BIL 0-4, RBI, K.
9 Phillip Ervin A+ 1-6, K.
10 Alex Blandino AA 1-3, 2B, BB.
11 Jon Moscot MLB DNP – Injured
12 Aristides Aquino A 1-3,3B, run and an RBI.
13 Kyle Waldrop AAA 1-4, 2B, run, K.
14 Jonathon Crawford A+ DNP – Injured
15 Mark Armstrong A DNP – Injured
16 Tyler Mahle A 4IP, 6H, 2ER, 2BB, 4K.
17 Junior Arias A+ 0-2.
18 Tejay Antone A DNP
19 Nick Howard A+ DNP – Injured
20 Gavin LaValley A 2-4, run.
21 Wyatt Strahan A DNP
22 Luis Gonzalez A 0-4, K.
23 Sebastian Elizalde A+ 1-6, RBI, K.
24 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 0-4.
25 Carlton Daal A+ 2-3, HBP, BB, K.
Trade Adam Duvall AAA 0-3, BB, K.
Trade Brandon Finnegan AAA DNP
Trade Cody Reed AA DNP
Trade John Lamb MLB DNP
Trade Keury Mella A+ DNP

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Reds call up Sam LeCure and Brennan Boesch from Louisville http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/19/reds-call-up-sam-lecure-and-brennan-boesch-from-louisville/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/19/reds-call-up-sam-lecure-and-brennan-boesch-from-louisville/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:54:19 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13563 The Cincinnati Reds have called up RHP Sam LeCure and outfielder Brennan Boesch from Triple-A Louisville.

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The Cincinnati Reds made two sets of roster moves this afternoon. Billy Hamilton was placed on the disabled list after injuring his shoulder last night. The team also placed Nate Adcock onto the 60-day disabled list, opening up a 40-man roster spot while optioning RHP Dylan Axelrod to Louisville.

To replace Hamilton on the roster the team called up Brennan Boesch from Triple-A Louisville. Sam LeCure has been added to the 40-man roster and called up as well.

After struggling mightily with the Reds in the first half of the season, Brennan Boesch was sent to Triple-A Louisville. With regular playing time for the Bats, the outfielder has hit well, posting a .331/.394/.438 line. The power hasn’t shown up, but he’s posted a solid walk rate and made contact at a good clip as well while hitting for a good average.

From July 31st through August 5th he was absolutely on fire, going 14-22 with three doubles, a home run and two walks in five games. He’s slowed down in the six games since then, missing nearly a week in that span, hitting just .174 with 12 strikeouts in 24 plate appearances.

Sam LeCure currently has an ERA of 5.25 with the Louisville Bats this season. That’s the worst ERA among all relievers currently on the team. With that said, he’s pitched very well in the month of August. He’s allowed just one run in 10.0 innings with no walks and six strikeouts.

In the two months prior to August opposing batters hit .358/.424/.569 against the right hander with 13 walks and 22 strikeouts in 29.0 innings. It’s been a rough season for LeCure and he’s finally pitching well for the first time all year. The Reds must believe that he’s the best option at this point to help the bullpen as they cleared a roster spot to bring him back. Hopefully the strides he’s made in August can carry forward and he doesn’t revert back to the pitcher he has been for most of the 2015 season.

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The evolution of Cincinnati Reds RHP Raisel Iglesias http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/19/the-evolution-of-cincinnati-reds-rhp-raisel-iglesias/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/08/19/the-evolution-of-cincinnati-reds-rhp-raisel-iglesias/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:51:50 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13561 Looking at the evolution of Cincinnati Reds right handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias throughout the 2015 season.

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Coming into the season right handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias was rather unknown. The Cincinnati Reds signed him to a 7-year deal worth $27M in June of 2014, but he didn’t pitch after signing until the Arizona Fall League where he just got his feet wet with seven innings of relief appearances.

The Reds signed him with the idea that he could start, though most teams thought he was a reliever. His first three starts of the season combined for just 14.1 innings pitched as he had a limited pitch count, throwing under 80 pitches in each start.

In his fourth start of the year he finally had the reins let go a little bit and he threw 95 pitches in a 7.0 innings outing for the Louisville Bats. He only threw 75 pitches in his next outing, again being limited in his usage. The next start came in the big leagues and he was stretched out, throwing 103 pitches in 8.0 innings against the Braves, but his next three outings combined for just six innings with two of them coming out of the bullpen.

The last appearance of May was a start against the Nationals. He would throw 105 pitches in 5.2 innings. He would hit the disabled list with a strained oblique and miss an entire month before going on rehab. He’d make two starts with Louisville, tossing 7.2 total innings before rejoining the Reds on July 11th.

His first start back didn’t go well as the Marlins scored five runs in 4.1 innings against him on just 77 pitches. After that he’s turned things around and has seen both his usage and results improve.

He’s made six starts since then and only one of them failed to reach at least 6.0 innings, going 5.2 against the Chicago Cubs. He’s throw 90+ pitches in all six games as he’s been stretched out. In that span he’s thrown 37.1 innings and posted a 2.89 ERA. He’s walked just nine batters and four of those game in one start. Iglesias has countered that with 37 strikeouts.

Iglesias didn’t pitch for basically two full seasons, last throwing in Cuba during the 2012 season and waiting until October of 2014 before throwing again in a competitive environment. He had never really started in the past, and with so much off time it has taken him time to build up the stamina.

The results have been very strong of late. Early in the season he seemed to wear down once he hit that 70-75 pitch mark, but lately we have seen him push past that point and maintain his stuff. The stamina seems to have caught up with the stuff and we are now seeing the guy take the mound that the Cincinnati Reds envisioned when they originally signed him.

He’s throwing a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a change up and a slider. And he throws all of them from different arm slots, giving hitters a whole bunch of different looks on top of just four pitches.

Of his four pitches, three of them are currently rating out as above-average. Here is how each pitch ranks among pitchers with at least 60 innings pitched this season according to the Fangraphs Pitch F/X leaderboard

Value per 100 Rank (total pitchers)
four-seam 1.23 16 (146)
two-seam 0.25 40 (109)
Slider -0.90 82 (110)
Change Up 1.88 14 (145)

Looking at the chart above, we can essentially say that Raisel Iglesias is showing off a plus four-seam fastball and a plus change up, at least in terms of the results that each pitch is generating. His two-seam fastball is slightly above-average as well. The slider hasn’t been nearly as successful as the other three offerings, ranking 82nd out of 110 qualified pitchers that throw a slider.

Two plus pitches, an above-average pitch and a below-average pitch mixed in with a guy who has thrown strikes and missed bats? That sounds like a guy that you can stick near the top of your rotation. While there is still some question as to whether he can hold up to a full season, he’s only thrown 95.1 innings this season between the Majors and Minors, he’s showing everything that you want to see out of high upside arm in his first professional season and he’s gotten better as the year has progressed.

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