redsminorleagues.com http://redsminorleagues.com Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:39:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 4444956 Does Bob Castellini have too much say in player moves? http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/26/does-bob-castellini-have-too-much-say-in-player-moves/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/26/does-bob-castellini-have-too-much-say-in-player-moves/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:39:18 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=21465 Is Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini having too much input on roster moves and decisions involving players, leading to issues with what the organization has tried to make in the rebuild?

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Bob Castellini, the CEO of the Cincinnati Reds, and the owner with the largest stake in the team, sat down with Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer to talk about the team, their slow start, and how he feels about it. I’d suggest you go give the whole thing a read, but I wanted to talk a little bit about a few specific things that he said.

In the second paragraph, and it’s not a direct quote from Daugherty, but he notes that Castellini “doesn’t meddle” in the baseball operations. That doesn’t sound accurate based on all of the things we’ve heard, and seen over the years. But, then there’s this later in the article:

He said vehemently that he does not interfere with the baseball operation. He interrupted the question. “Do you feel you’ve been too involved in baseball op…’’

“No. It’s bull. We make decisions collectively. When we meet, we all give our opinions. I will come in and say, this is what I think we ought to do. If I don’t get a lot of opposition, we make the decision based on what I say. I do not get overly involved in our operations.’’

Let’s run this one more time. Bob Castellini says he doesn’t meddle and that he’s not too involved in baseball operations. Then says this:

I will come in and say, this is what I think we ought to do. If I don’t get a lot of opposition, we make the decision based on what I say.

Bob Castellini is hardly the first owner who wants to have say in the decisions made. Some of the guys in other sports have played at high levels in those sports. Some haven’t. Bob Castellini falls in that latter category. Not that it changes much, because you should hire the baseball people to make the baseball decisions.

Here we have the owner claiming he gives his input, and if the people that he pays don’t object too much, then that’s the decision that is made. As I said above, I’m positive that he’s not the only owner that does this. But it’s not good to see it. And it’s a bit confusing that he doesn’t see, or understand that, yes, that is absolutely meddling in baseball operations.

It makes you wonder just how much Bob Castellini’s ideas are what have led to the Cincinnati Reds being where they are right now. Holding onto players for too long. The Todd Frazier deal is a perfect example, and one he speaks about in the piece. He says he wanted to hold onto Zack Cozart but couldn’t afford him. Cozart signed for chump change, in baseball terms, this offseason. Maybe he took less to sign with the Angels (and his words certainly suggest he would have had to get more from the Reds to come back), but as the owner of a team with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, to say you couldn’t afford a guy at $13M a season is awfully questionable to say publicly.

Investigating what’s going on here

The piece closes out with Bob Castellini saying this:

I’m not OK with the results. We have to investigate what the hell is going on here.

It’s good to say that he’s not fine with the results. Who would be? But, let’s start the investigation by looking in the mirror. Stop telling the baseball people what you want them to do. With all due respect to Bob Castellini, those people were hired by you to make those decisions, and they’ve got far more experience, and information about the players. Maybe the baseball people just aren’t good enough. But, I also don’t know if we know that or not because, well, it sure sounds like the owner is wielding far more say in the baseball decisions than you would like to think he should be.

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Cincinnati Reds call up Rosell Herrera from Louisville http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/26/cincinnati-reds-call-up-rosell-herrera-from-louisville/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/26/cincinnati-reds-call-up-rosell-herrera-from-louisville/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:50:25 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=21461 The Cincinnati Reds have made several roster moves today, including calling up infielder/outfielder Rosell Herrera from Triple-A Louisville.

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The Cincinnati Reds have called up infielder/outfielder Rosell Herrera from Triple-A Louisville. He’s taking the place of Phillip Ervin on the 25-man roster. He was added to the 40-man roster, filling the spot vacated by Kevin Quackenbush earlier this week when he was designated for assignment. The Reds also sent infielder Cliff Pennington to Triple-A Louisville, along with Ervin. Eugenio Suarez was activated from the disabled list.

When it comes to Rosell Herrera, he’s been hitting well all spring. He almost made the team out of spring training, but was ultimately sent to Triple-A. In 15 games with the Bats he’s hit .311/.373/.607. That’s come along with five walks and 10 strikeouts in 68 plate appearances. The power has been the big surprise. Last season, in the Pacific Coast League, where the ball is known to absolutely fly, Herrera had all of three home runs in 363 plate appearances. He’s already matched that total this season in Louisville. Here’s some video from Tuesday’s home run.

Defensively he can play a little bit of everywhere. Just this season he’s played shortstop, second base, third base, center field, left field, and right field in Louisville. Last season with the Isotopes he even threw an inning on the mound. He can play a bit of anywhere on the field. As a utility player, that can be a huge benefit coming off of the bench. He’s a switch hitter, too, so that certainly could help with pinch hitting options as well.

Phillip Ervin wasn’t getting a ton of playing time once Scott Schebler returned from the disabled list. He was hitting just .211/.318/.237 in 44 plate appearances. He was getting on base, but he wasn’t finding the grass when he made contact, and his strikeout rate was a bit higher than you’d like to see. Ervin will slide into an every day role with Louisville and provide some depth in case the team needs someone to come back up later in the year.

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The Unnamed Reds Podcast: Episode 19 http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/26/the-unnamed-reds-podcast-episode-19/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/26/the-unnamed-reds-podcast-episode-19/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:56:14 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=21459 This weeks episode of The Unnamed Reds Podcast looks back at the first week of the post Bryan Price era, the steps taken forward by the young pitching, and a look at Hunter Greene, as well as the rebuild from national prospect writer Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com.

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The first week post Bryan Price in Cincinnati is behind us in Reds country. Jim Riggleman has taken over as the manager and things have looked a little different at times, but a few things have been the same.  In this weeks episode Brian Snow and myself speak about some of the things we like, including Alex Blandino getting more time in the lineup, the starting pitching showing some strides. We end things by talking with MLB.com writer Jonathan Mayo about Hunter Greene, and his thoughts on the Reds rebuild compared to what some other organizations have done.

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Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 4/25/18 http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/26/cincinnati-reds-minor-league-game-review-4-24-18-2/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/26/cincinnati-reds-minor-league-game-review-4-24-18-2/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:32:28 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=21456 Cincinnati Reds prospect Mitch Nay had four hits for the Daytona Tortugas on Wednesday night in a win over the Florida Firefrogs.

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Louisville won 2-1 in 10 innings. Box Score

Pensacola won 9-8. Box Score

Daytona won 11-2. Box Score

Dayton lost 13-2. Box Score

4/25 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 7-9 N/A OFF OFF Here Here Here
Pensacola 9-11 0-0 7:05pm Wright Here Here Here
Daytona 14-5 0-0 7:05pm Romero Here Here N/A
Dayton 9-8 0-0 7:05pm Mondile Here Here Here

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Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 4/24/18 http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/25/cincinnati-reds-minor-league-game-review-4-24-18/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/25/cincinnati-reds-minor-league-game-review-4-24-18/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:29:16 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=21451 Cincinnati Reds outfielder Rosell Herrera continued his strong start to 2018 with a home run on Tuesday night in a Louisville Bats win.

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Louisville won 5-1. Box Score

  • Rosell Herrera went 3-5 with a home run (3), steal, and 2 RBI.
  • Eugenio Suarez (rehab) went 1-2 with a double, 2 walks, and a run scored.
  • Sebastian Elizalde went 2-4 with a home run (2) and 3 RBI.
  • Blake Trahan went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • Cody Reed allowed a run in 3.0 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
  • Domingo Tapia threw 4.0 shutout innings with 3 walks and a strikeout.
  • Tanner Rainey threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.

Pensacola lost 9-5. Box Score

  • Shed Long went 2-4 with a triple, run, and a walk.
  • Gabby Guerrero went 0-1 with 3 walks.
  • Aristides Aquino went 1-4 with a run.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-4 with a run.
  • Taylor Sparks went 1-4 with a home run (2) and 3 RBI.
  • Jesus Reyes was charged with 6 unearned runs in 2.2 innings with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Dean Kiekhefer threw 1.2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts.

Daytona won 7-3. Box Score

  • Dilson Herrera went 3-5 with a double, 2 runs, and had an RBI.
  • TJ Friedl went 1-4 with a walk, run, and an RBI.
  • Mitch Nay went 0-1 with a run scored and 3 walks.
  • Tyler Stephenson went 1-4 with a grand slam (4).
  • Taylor Trammell went 2-3 witha  walk.
  • Daniel Sweet went 1-2 with 2 walks, a double, and a run scored.
  • Carlos Rivero went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Ryan Olson was charged with 2 unearned runs in 6.0 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts.
  • Joel Kuhnel threw 1.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts.

Dayton lost 7-0. Box Score

  • Morgan Lofstrom went 1-2.
  • Mark Kolozsvary went 1-3.
  • Luis Alecis threw 2.0 hitless innings, but allowed a run with 5 walks and 1 strikeout.
  • Ryan Nutof allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.

4/25 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 6-9 N/A 11:00am Stephenson Here Here Here
Pensacola 8-11 0-0 7:35pm Strahan Here Here Here
Daytona 14-5 0-0 7:05pm Romero Here Here N/A
Dayton 9-7 0-0 7:05pm Sceroler Here Here Here

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Eugenio Suarez feels really good after his game in Louisville http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/24/eugenio-suarez-feels-really-good-after-his-game-in-louisville/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/24/eugenio-suarez-feels-really-good-after-his-game-in-louisville/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:41:43 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=21448 Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez says he felt really good after his first rehab game with the Triple-A Louisville Bats.

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Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez began his rehab assignment tonight with the Louisville Bats. He’s coming off a broken thumb that has cost him a little over two weeks of playing time. In the game he made several plays on the defensive side of the ball, with one nice one where he had to come in on a chopper, and another on a hard hit ball down the line. At the plate he went 1-2 with an opposite field line drive double, and he drew two walks. Here’s what he had to say after the game.

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Reds DFA Kevin Quackenbush, activate Shackelford http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/24/cincinnati-reds-dfa-kevin-quackenbush-activate-shackelford/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/24/cincinnati-reds-dfa-kevin-quackenbush-activate-shackelford/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:30:40 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=21445 The Cincinnati Reds have designated right handed reliever Kevin Quackenbush for assignment and have activated righty reliever Kevin Shackelford from the disabled list.

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The Cincinnati Reds have activated Kevin Shackelford from the disabled list. He has not pitched in the Major Leagues this season after dealing with an injury this spring. He pitched for both Pensacola and Louisville on rehab assignments, throwing 4.1 innings in his four games. Shackelford will take the roster spot of Kevin Quackenbush in the bullpen.

The Reds designated Kevin Quackenbush for assignment. The 29-year-old had posted an ERA of 11.00 in 10 games for Cincinnati. Over the last two years that leaves his ERA at 8.66 in the Major Leagues. Unless I am missing something, the designation of Quackenbush leaves the Cincinnati Reds at 39 players on their 40-man roster.

The bullpen has been a tough spot for the Reds this season, but adding in Kevin Shackelford should help turn things around a little bit on that side of things. Last season in the Major Leagues he posted a 4.70 ERA in 30.2 innings pitched with 13 walks and 38 strikeouts. The home run ball got him in trouble at times, but he’s a guy who misses bats. And, outside of his debut, last season was quite strong. In the other 25 games he had an ERA of 3.86 and just four home runs allowed in 28.0 innings.

There’s likely going to be some other moves coming to help out the bullpen soon. David Hernandez is rehabbing in Louisville currently, too. He should return to things soon, as long as he doesn’t suffer a setback. And on the non-pitching side, Eugenio Suarez is also coming back from injury and beginning his rehab assignment in Louisville tonight.

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Dixon hits long homer, Greene struggles Monday night http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/24/dixon-hits-long-homer-greene-struggles-monday-night/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/24/dixon-hits-long-homer-greene-struggles-monday-night/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:58:02 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=21442 Brandon Dixon is known for his power. And coming into Monday night he had yet to hit a home run for the Louisville Bats. It was time. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Brandon Dixon took a 2-1 pitch and launched it a nautical mile. Well, not really, but he hit it a very […]

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Brandon Dixon is known for his power. And coming into Monday night he had yet to hit a home run for the Louisville Bats. It was time.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Brandon Dixon took a 2-1 pitch and launched it a nautical mile. Well, not really, but he hit it a very long way. It went over the berm in left-center in Louisville Slugger Field. The distance on that one was 435 feet. Take a look at the blast in the video below. He didn’t miss it. Maybe it should count as two home runs.

Hunter Greene struggles on Monday night

Things didn’t go well for Hunter Greene on Monday night in Lansing. After dealing with terrible weather in his first two starts of the season, one with temperatures in the 30’s, and the next one with rain coming down, it was the one in solid conditions that was the first real struggle for the young right hander.

The 18-year-old didn’t make it out of the first inning. Greene faced nine batters in the inning as he battled his control. He walked three batters in the inning with one strikeout. He allowed two doubles and a grand slam in the inning before being removed for reaching a pitch limit for an inning of work. In total he was charged with seven earned runs, two of which scored after he left the game.

The control wasn’t there, but the velocity was also down a bit in the start. Greene topped out at 97 MPH with his 29 pitches. In his previous two starts that would have been the slowest fastball that he had thrown, and he topped out at 101 in both starts.

It was a rough night. It happens to almost everyone at one point in time or another. His ERA is going to take quite a while to recover after that outing, though.

Eugenio Suarez to begin rehab in Louisville today

The Cincinnati Reds announced late on Monday night that Eugenio Suarez will begin a rehab assignment in Louisville on Tuesday. He fractured his thumb on April 8th when he was hit by a pitch. The initial diagnosis was 4-8 weeks. The next update was good, and that things looked better than expected and he may only miss 4 weeks.

Well, apparently even that was longer than it appears that it’s actually going to take. Suarez has been taking ground balls on the infield, and hit off of the tee without pain over the weekend. That was good enough for the Reds medical staff and now the third baseman is heading to Louisville to start a rehab assignment. He’s allowed to spend up to 20 days with the club on his assignment, but if he’s there for more than 4-5 days, I’d be very surprised as long as there’s no set backs.

Mitch Nay keeps on slugging

When the Reds made a minor league rule 5 draft pick up of Mitch Nay this past December there wasn’t much written about it. Part of that is because, well, minor league baseball. But the other part of it is that the players typically available in the minor league rule 5 draft after players that aren’t considered to be among the best 78 players in the organization (players from the MLB Rule 5 aren’t on the 40-man, but players in the Triple-A Rule 5 are also not among the next 38 players that an organization protects). These players usually are selected to fill a role that is missing in an organization, not always someone seen as a future piece in the Major Leagues.

Mitch Nay, however, could be an exception to that rule. His numbers in 2017 weren’t good for the Lansing Lugnuts. In 61 games the then 23-year-old hit just .222/.265/.393. But, there’s a whole lot more to what was going on than just the numbers. Nay was coming back after basically missing two full seasons of baseball. In the second half of 2015 he began to feel something in his knee. Eventually it would come out that he had a staph infection. That would lead to three different knee surgeries over the next few months.

It took a while to recover from that. Nay played in eight games at the Blue Jays complex in rookie ball at the end of 2016. He wouldn’t get onto the field in the 2017 season until June. Even then, he wasn’t quite playing at 100%.

In the 2018 season, Mitch Nay has played nearly every day. He has played in 17 of the Daytona Tortugas 18 games this season. The former 1st round pick (2012 – Blue Jays) has been hitting like he’s making up for lost time. He’s hitting .313/.347/.627 in 67 at-bats. The right handed hitting third baseman has six doubles, which is tied for 2nd most in the league. He also has hit five home runs, one behind the two leaders in the league. Those five home runs are the most he’s ever hit in a month during his career. In July of last year he had four homers in 23 games with Lansing.

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Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 4/23/18 http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/24/cincinnati-reds-minor-league-game-review-4-23-18/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/24/cincinnati-reds-minor-league-game-review-4-23-18/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:03:23 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=21440 Cincinnati Reds prospect Josh VanMeter had another big day at the plate for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in a double header on Monday evening.

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Louisville lost 5-3. Box Score

Pensacola won 9-5, lost 6-0 in a double header.

Game 1: 9-5 win. Box Score

  • Shed Long went 2-4 with a walk, steal, double, 2 runs and 2 RBI.
  • Nick Longhi went 2-5 with 2 RBI.
  • Gavin LaValley went 1-3 with 2 walks, a double, 2 runs, and an RBI.
  • Gabby Guerrero went 1-4 with a walk, run and an RBI.
  • Josh VanMeter went 3-4 with a double and 3 RBI.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 2-4 with a run scored.
  • Chad Tromp went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Taylor Sparks went 1-3 with a walk, triple, and 2 runs scored.
  • Keury Mella allowed a run in 3.0 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
  • Carlos Navas allowed a run in 2.0 innings with 3 strikeouts.

Game 2: 6-0 loss. Box Score

Daytona won 6-3. Box Score

Dayton lost 10-7. Box Score

4/24 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 5-9 N/A 6:30pm TBA Here Here Here
Pensacola 8-10 0-0 7:35pm Reyes Here Here Here
Daytona 13-5 0-0 7:05pm Olson Here Here N/A
Dayton 9-6 0-0 7:05pm Naughton Here Here Here

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Reds Tony Santillan is dominating in Daytona http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/23/reds-tony-santillan-dominating-daytona/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2018/04/23/reds-tony-santillan-dominating-daytona/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:02:03 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=21438 Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Tony Santillan is out to a very strong start in the rotation for the Daytona Tortugas. He's allowed just one earned run through four starts to begin the 2018 season.

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When the Cincinnati Reds selected Tony Santillan in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft the reports were mostly the same. Big arm strength, but control problems. In the first two seasons of his professional career, the control problems were there. He walked 11 batters in 19.2 innings in 2015. The next season he walked 40 batters in 69.1 innings. Last season, though, things took a big step forward. In 128.0 innings he walked 56 batters. That came along with 128 strikeouts, just 104 hits allowed, and a 3.38 ERA for the Dayton Dragons.

It was that performance that led to the Reds promoting Tony Santillan to the next level. He opened up the season as the Daytona Tortugas opening night starter. He was charged with an unearned run over 4.0 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. Working on a limited pitch count led to an early-ish end to the outing.

The next time out the least was a bit longer for Tony Santillan, and he came through with 6.0 shutout innings. He held Charlotte to just one hit, and he had two walks to go with eight strikeouts. It was more of the same the next time out. Taking on Tampa he threw 6.0 shutout innings, this time without a walk. And he added five more strikeouts.

Yesterday afternoon he ran his streak to begin the year without an earned run up to 21.0 innings. A leadoff home run in the top of the 6th inning would end the streak there. But, that was the only run that he would allow over 6.2 innings that only included one walk, and added another six strikeouts.

Four starts on the season for Tony Santillan. One earned run, five walks, 14 hits allowed, and 24 strikeouts in 22.2 innings pitched for the Tortugas. For those of us who aren’t a human calculator, I used an actual calculator to figure out that his ERA is 0.40 this season.

That the stats are this great, is outstanding on it’s own. That they are coming from Tony Santillan, who is right there with Hunter Greene as the best stuff in the entire farm system, is a different kind of outstanding. Armed with a fastball that can sit in the 94-98 MPH range and touch triple digits, a plus change up and a potentially plus slider, there’s a lot of reason for the Reds, and their fans to get excited about what’s happening right now. And it’s not going unnoticed, either. Santillan made this weeks Baseball America Hot Sheet for his performance to begin the season (and more specifically, last week).

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