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Louisville was postponed. Double header Sunday at 11:35am.

Pensacola lost 4-3. Box Score

  • Marquez Smith went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run.
  • Kyle Waldrop went 1-2 with a run.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run.
  • Sean Buckley went 1-2.
  • Robert Stephenson allowed 2 earned (4 total) in 5.2 innings with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.
  • Kevin Shackelford threw 1.1 shutout innings with a strikeout.
  • Carlos Gonzalez threw 2 perfect innings.

Game Notes

The game in Pensacola almost didn’t happen after the outfield wall collapsed a few hours before the game.

The Blue Wahoos got a crew in there and the wall was back up in time for the game. The two offenses struggled, but both got some help. Biloxi benefitted from an error in the 2nd inning that led to two unearned runs against Robert Stephenson. Pensacola battled back in the bottom of the inning and took the lead, walking three times, being hit by a pitch and adding a single and a sac fly in the inning. The Shuckers got a run the next inning to tie things up and they’d grab the lead for good in the 5th inning on a solo home run. Double header on Sunday afternoon.

Daytona won 7-3. Box Score

  • Alex Blandino went 2-5 with a home run (2) and 3 RBI.
  • Sebastian Elizalde went 2-4 with a solo home run (2).
  • Taylor Sparks went 1-4 with a run and a steal.
  • Robert Ramirez went 1-4 with a run and a steal.
  • Cam Maron went 2-3 with a walk, run and an RBI.
  • Jackson Stephens allowed 2 runs in 4.1 innings with 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.
  • E’Hajj Muhammad threw 1.1 hitless innings with 2 walks and a strikeout.
  • Barrett Astin threw 2.1 innings with an unearned run, a walk and a strikeout.

Game Notes

The Yankees struck first as they scored twice in the bottom of the 4th inning, but it didn’t last long. Sammy Diaz, Cam Maron and Alex Blandino all had RBI singles in a 3-run rally in the top of the 5th inning to put Daytona on top. The Tortugas didn’t let up as Sebastian Elizalde homered and Taylor Sparks came around on a wild pitch after a single and a steal to extend their lead. In the 7th inning Alex Blandino capped things off with a 2-run homer. After Jackson Stephens handed the game over to the bullpen, El’Hajj Muhammad and Barrett Astin carried the heavy work, tossing 3.2 innings before Nolan Becker and Zack Weiss finished things off in the 9th inning.

Dayton won 4-3. Box Score

  • Brian O’Grady went 1-4 with a walk.
  • Gavin LaValley went 1-4 with a double and a run.
  • Jimmy Pickens went 1-3 with a walk, steal and 2 runs.
  • Garrett Boulware went 2-3 with 2 RBI.
  • Narciso Crook went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Wendell Soto went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Mark Armstrong allowed 1 earned (2 total) in 5.1 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts.
  • Jacob Ehret threw 2.2 perfect innings with 6 strikeouts.
  • Brian Hunter was charged with an unearned run in an inning with a strikeout.

Game Notes

The Dragons got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead on a Garrett Boulware single that plated Jimmy Pickens who walked and stole second earlier in the inning. West Michigan tied the game up in the 5th with some help from an error. they grabbed the lead in the 6th inning with another run. Gavin LaValley doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning and scored on a Garrett Boulware single to tie the game up. Another error came back to get the Dragons as a run scored in the top of the 9th for put the Whitecaps on top 3-2. The home team battled back though. Wendell Soto singled to plate one run, but a runner was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning. A walk loaded the bases for Ronald Bueno who grounded to first base, but the first baseman made a late toss to the pitcher who was covering and was unable to tag the bag resulting in a walk-off win.

4/26/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 6-8 N/A 11:35am Iglesias/Magill Here Here Here
Pensacola 4-10 N/A 3:05pm Adelman/Somsen Here Here Here
Daytona 10-6 N/A 1:00pm Travieso Here Here N/A
Dayton 8-9 N/A 2:00pm Mahle Here Here Here

Top 25 Daily Rundown (Top 25 based on rankings prior to the start of the season)

Player LVL Performance
1 Robert Stephenson AA 5.2IP, 6H, 2ER, 3BB, 5K.
2 Jesse Winker AA 0-3, BB.
3 Michael Lorenzen AAA DNP
4 Nick Travieso A+ DNP
5 Yorman Rodriguez AAA DNP – Postponed
6 Sal Romano A+ DNP
7 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
8 Anthony DeSclafani MLB DNP
9 Nick Howard A+ DNP
10 Raisel Iglesias AAA DNP – Postponed
11 Phillip Ervin A+ 0-5, 2K.
12 Aristides Aquino A DNP – Injured
13 Kyle Waldrop AA 1-2, run.
14 Alex Blandino A+ 2-5, HR (2), 3 RBI, K.
15 Jon Moscot AAA DNP
16 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP
17 Tucker Barnhart MLB DNP – Postponed
18 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 0-2, 2BB, run, K.
19 Junior Arias INJ DNP
20 Carlton Daal A+ DNP
21 Jose Ortiz A DNP
22 Taylor Sparks A+ 1-4, run, steal, 3K.
23 Chad Wallach A+ DNP
24 Gavin LaValley A 1-4, 2B, run, K.
25 Daniel Wright AA DNP

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Two injuries have led to several roster moves on the farm. Another move was also made, but it wasn’t as injury related as the first two.

Last night, as noted in a post earlier today, Aristides Aquino was hit by a pitch and broke a bone in his wrist. While the move isn’t official just yet, he’s heading to the disabled list and outfielder Jonathan Reynoso will be joining the Dayton Dragons roster. Reynoso was injured to start the season and began the year by hanging back in Arizona to rehab. He was only expected to miss a few weeks before joining the club, unfortunately the injury to Aquino may have moved it up a few days.

In Pensacola Zach Vincej is heading to the disabled list. The shortstop has a contusion on his wrist after being hit by a pitch last night. Taking his place on the roster will be Ray Chang. Chang has only appeared in one game this season, also with Pensacola.

The Louisville Bats also made a set of roster moves. Josh Satin was placed on the disabled list with a concussion. Right handed pitcher Matt Magill takes his place on the roster. Magill was scheduled to start on Sunday, so his addition isn’t a surprise as we knew a move would be coming. Satin played last night, but in the 6th inning he collided with third baseman Ivan De Jesus on an infield fly ball. He finished the inning but left the game after that.

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Reds Aristides Aquino hit by pitch, breaks wrist http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/25/reds-aristides-aquino-hit-by-pitch-breaks-wrist/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/25/reds-aristides-aquino-hit-by-pitch-breaks-wrist/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:52:34 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12478 Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Aristides Aquino broke his wrist last night.

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This has been been confirmed by the Dayton Dragons.

Last night in Dayton the Reds #12 prospect, Aristides Aquino, was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance. He initially remained in the game, but he left the game an inning later before coming back to the plate. His x-rays after the game showed a broken wrist and he will head to the disabled list.

Aquino had gotten off to a slow start in 2015 with Dayton, hitting just .226/.288/.321. His struggles stem from his early strikeout-to-walk ratio that has 18 strikeouts and just three walks. I wrote in more detail on his struggles early on last week.

Wrist injuries can be problematic, even after a hitter is healed. They generally take roughly a full year to heal up after the injury. Phillip Ervin saw that last season after wrist surgery before the 2014 season, and he struggled to put the ball over the fence. He’s already more than halfway to his season total of last season despite playing in a much more pitcher friendly league this season.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 4/24/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/25/reds-minor-league-game-review-42415/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/25/reds-minor-league-game-review-42415/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:15:40 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12476 Garrett Boulware had a home run and three runs driven in on Friday night in a Dayton Dragons win.

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Louisville  lost 11-7. Box Score

  • Irving Falu went 1-3 with a double, walk, run and 2RBI.
  • Ivan De Jesus went 1-4 with a walk and a run.
  • Donald Lutz went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI.
  • Josh Satin went 1-2 with a walk, run and an RBI.
  • Steve Selsky went 2-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Ramon Cabrera went 2-4 with a run.
  • Ryan LaMarre went 1-3 with a walk and a run.

Game Review

The game got out to a strong start for Louisville as they grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, but Columbus got two of the runs back in the bottom of the inning. The Clippers would chip away again in the 3rd with a single run and they’d grab the lead in the 5th with two more runs. The lead would remain there until the bottom of the 8th when Columbus put the game away with six runs. The Bats would rally in the top of the 9th, but trailing by seven runs they came up short with a 3-run rally.

Pensacola lost 2-1. Box Score

  • Jesse Winker went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Marquez Smith went 1-4 with a run.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean went 1-4 with a run.
  • Juan Perez went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Juan Silva went 1-3 with a steal.
  • Wandy Peralta was charged with an unearned run in 6 innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.
  • Drew Hayes threw 2 shutout innings.

Game Notes

Birmingham took a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the 3rd inning. In the low scoring game, that lead held up until the 7th before Marquez Smith came in to tie things up on a double play. Wandy Peralta handed the game over to the bullpen after a strong six inning start. Drew Hayes shut the Baron down for two innings to keep the game tied. Birmingham would threaten in the bottom of the 9th inning, and the Blue Wahoos would bring in Ryan Wright to “play center field”, but only by definition, as he was brought in as an additional infielder. It didn’t work as a single went over the outfield to end the game.

Daytona lost 12-7. Box Score

  • Alex Blandino went 1-5 with a solo home run (1).
  • Sebastian Elizalde went 1-4 with a run.
  • Cam Maron went 1-2.
  • Taylor Sparks went 2-3 with a double, walk, steal and 2 runs.
  • Joe Hudson went 1-4 with a run and 2 RBI.
  • Sammy Diaz went 2-4 with a home run (1) and 4 RBI.
  • Blaine Howell threw a perfect inning of relief.
  • Evan Mitchell threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Game Notes

The pitching struggled early on for Daytona. Nick Howard walked four batted in the first two innings and allowed five runs before giving the game over to Joel Bender. His first inning of work led to seven runs, before settling in for three shutout innings after that. It was 12-1 at that point though after three innings. The Tortugas got their bats going after that, scoring six runs the rest of the way, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit.

Dayton won 8-5. Box Score

  • Brian O’Grady went 2-5 with a run and 2 steals (7).
  • Gavin LaValley went 1-3 with a double, 2 walks, a run and an RBI.
  • Ronald Bueno went 1-3 with 2 runs.
  • Jimmy Pickens went 3-4 with a run.
  • Avain Rachal went 1-4 with a triple and 2 RBI.
  • Garrett Boulware went 2-4 with a home run (1), 2 runs and 3 RBI.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 2-4 with a home run (1) and 2 RBI.
  • Seth Varner allowed 2 runs in 6 innings with 5 strikeouts.
  • Scott Brattvet threw a perfect inning.

Game Notes

The Dragons had some power on display early as Luis Gonzalez and Garrett Boulware both hit homers early and helped Dayton grab a 6-1 lead after three innings. They would add two more runs  in the 4th to go up 8-1. Seth Varner tossed six strong innings without a walk and with five strikeouts. The lefty has yet to walk a batter and he’s got 17 strikeouts in 17 innings this season. The bullpen didn’t have the best game, allowing three runs over the final three innings, but they held on for the win.

4/25/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 6-8 N/A 7:15pm Iglesias Here Here Here
Pensacola 4-9 N/A 7:35pm Stephenson Here Here Here
Daytona 9-6 N/A 6:00pm Stephens Here Here N/A
Dayton 7-9 N/A 7:00pm Armstrong Here Here Here

Top 25 Daily Rundown (Top 25 based on rankings prior to the start of the season)

Player LVL Performance
1 Robert Stephenson AA DNP
2 Jesse Winker AA 1-3, BB.
3 Michael Lorenzen AAA 6IP,11H, 5ER, 1BB, 7K.
4 Nick Travieso A+ DNP
5 Yorman Rodriguez AAA 0-4, run, K.
6 Sal Romano A+ DNP
7 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
8 Anthony DeSclafani MLB DNP
9 Nick Howard A+ 2IP, 2H, 5ER, 4BB, 0K.
10 Raisel Iglesias AAA DNP
11 Phillip Ervin A+ 0-4, BB, run.
12 Aristides Aquino A HBP, left early – injured.
13 Kyle Waldrop AA 0-3, 2K.
14 Alex Blandino A+ 1-5, HR (1).
15 Jon Moscot AAA DNP
16 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP
17 Tucker Barnhart MLB DNP
18 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 1-3, BB, K.
19 Junior Arias INJ DNP
20 Carlton Daal A+ 0-4, K.
21 Jose Ortiz A DNP
22 Taylor Sparks A+ 2-3, 2B, BB, 2 runs.
23 Chad Wallach A+ 0-2.
24 Gavin LaValley A 1-3, 2B, 2BB,run, 2 RBI, K.
25 Daniel Wright AA DNP

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Reds minor league news and notes http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/24/reds-minor-league-news-and-notes/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/24/reds-minor-league-news-and-notes/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:01:06 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12473 Looking at some news and notes from around the Cincinnati Reds farm system for Friday afternoon.

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The Cincinnati Reds made two roster moves on the farm in this past week. The organization released RHP Marcus Walden and 1B Dan Johnson. Walden had pitched just one game for Pensacola, throwing just 3.0 innings. Johnson had garnered more playing time, racking up 40 plate appearances in Louisville, but he was hitting just .069 through nine games, though he did have a .325 on-base percentage thanks to 10 walks.

When the Reds released Johnson they filled his spot on the Louisville Bats roster by activating Ryan LaMarre. LaMarre has been injured for parts of the last several seasons. He only managed 17 games in the 2014 season, all for Louisville, before hitting the disabled list and missing nearly the entire season. He joins an already crowded Bats outfield, but it’ll be good to see him on the field again for the first time in nearly 11 months.

Phillip Ervin made the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet for his performance over the last week. He came in at #12 on the list after hitting .458/.536/.917 during the span and they had this to say about him:

It’s hard to think of a prospect in bigger need of a fast start. The 2013 first-round pick had a horrible 2014 in a return to low Class A Dayton. College first-round picks don’t return for another stint in low Class A even if they posted a .681 OPS there last year. So the Reds bumped him up to the Florida State League and hoped he’d regain the form that has seen him hit everywhere he’d played until last year. Ervin had wrist problems last year, so there is a explanation for why last year could simply be a lost season. So far, he’s once again showing the ability to use the whole field to hit for average with pull power (all four home runs have gone to left field). He’s playing left and center field, but left field is his most likely long-term landing spot. If he hits, that’s not a problem, and so far this April, he’s back to hitting.

Baseball Prospectus has up an article for subscribers that looks at Raisel Iglesias’ first big league start. Doug Thornburn focuses the article mostly on his mechanics and what it means, but also takes a look at his stuff throughout the article.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 4/23/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/23/reds-minor-league-game-review-42315/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/23/reds-minor-league-game-review-42315/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:45:46 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12470 Chris Berset had three doubles in a Pensacola Blue Wahoos win on Thursday night.

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Louisville lost 11-1. Box Score

  • Eugenio Suarez went 1-4 with a double and a run.
  • Ivan De Jesus went 1-4 with a double.
  • Donald Lutz went 1-4 with a double.
  • Irving Falu went 1-3.

Game Notes

The pitching staff had a rough say as all three pitchers struggled, giving up a combined 11 runs. The offense struggled as well. They combined for just five hits and a walk, pushing one run across the board.

Pensacola won 5-3. Box Score

  • Beau Amaral went 1-5 with an RBI and a HBP.
  • Jesse Winker went 2-5 with a home run (2) and 2 RBI.
  • Sean Buckley went 1-3 with a run and a HBP.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean went 1-4 with a triple.
  • Chris Berset went 3-4 with 3 doubles, a run and an RBI.
  • Josh Smith allowed 3 runs in 6 innings with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.
  • Kyle McMyne threw a shutout inning.
  • Carlos Gonzalez threw a shutout inning.
  • Ben Klimesh threw a shutout inning.

Game Notes

Jesse Winker got things started for Pensacola with a solo home run in the 1st inning. Sean Buckley singled to follow and got some help coming around the bases thanks to an error, giving the Blue Wahoos a 2-0 lead. Chris Berset padded the lead in the 4th with an RBI double (he had three doubles in the game). Zach Vincej and Jesse Winker added RBI singles later in the inning to extend the lead to 5-0.  Birmingham got two runs back in the bottom of the inning off of Josh Smith, and they’d get one more in the 6th. Smith left with a quality start before handing the ball over the the bullpen who fired out three shutout innings to seal the win.

Daytona lost 4-1. Box Score

  • Phillip Ervin went 1-2 with a home run (4) and 2 walks.
  • Alex Blandino went 1-4 with a double.
  • Chad Wallach went 2-4 with a double.
  • Amir Garrett allowed 1 earned (2 total) in 6 innings with 7 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Phillip Ervin led off the game with a solo home run, his 4th of the year as he continues to crush the ball. Daytona held that lead until the 6th inning when Tampa took a 2-1 lead with a little help from the Tortugas defense. Amir Garrett put together a strong start, tossing six innings with just one earned run while striking out seven batters before handing the game off to the bullpen. Daytona couldn’t score again in the game and the Yankees padded their lead in the 8th and held on to win 4-1.

Dayton lost 3-1. Box Score

  • Ty Washington went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • Jimmy Pickens went 2-3 with a double.
  • Narciso Crook went 2-3 with a run.
  • Jeremy Kivel threw a shutout inning with 2 walks and a strikeout.
  • Conor Krauss threw 2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Bowling Green took a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning. Dayton got a run back when Ty Washington doubled in Narciso Crook in the top of the 5th. That was the closest the Dragons would get as the Hot Rods added another run in the bottom of the inning and held on for a 3-1 win.

4/24/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 6-7 N/A 7:15pm Lorenzen Here Here Here
Pensacola 4-8 N/A 8:05pm Peralta Here Here Here
Daytona 9-4 N/A 7:00pm Howard Here Here N/A
Dayton 6-9 N/A 7:00pm Varner Here Here Here

Top 25 Daily Rundown (Top 25 based on rankings prior to the start of the season)

Player LVL Performance
1 Robert Stephenson AA DNP
2 Jesse Winker AA 2-5, HR (2), 2 RBI, K.
3 Michael Lorenzen AAA DNP
4 Nick Travieso A+ DNP
5 Yorman Rodriguez AAA 1-4.
6 Sal Romano A+ DNP
7 Amir Garrett A+ 6IP, 6H, 1ER, 0BB, 7K.
8 Anthony DeSclafani MLB DNP
9 Nick Howard A+ DNP
10 Raisel Iglesias AAA DNP
11 Phillip Ervin A+ 1-2, 2BB, HR (4), K.
12 Aristides Aquino A 1-4, 2K.
13 Kyle Waldrop AA 0-4, K.
14 Alex Blandino A+ 1-4, 2B.
15 Jon Moscot AAA DNP
16 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP
17 Tucker Barnhart MLB DNP
18 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 1-4, 3B, K.
19 Junior Arias INJ DNP
20 Carlton Daal A+ 0-3.
21 Jose Ortiz A 0-3.
22 Taylor Sparks A+ 0-4, 2K.
23 Chad Wallach A+ 2-4, 2B, 2K.
24 Gavin LaValley A 1-4, 2K.
25 Daniel Wright AA DNP

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Cincinnati Reds Prospect Hot List: Week 2 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/23/cincinnati-reds-prospect-hot-list-week-2/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/23/cincinnati-reds-prospect-hot-list-week-2/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:47:25 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12467 Looking back at who was hot over the last week in the Cincinnati Reds farm system.

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Every Thursday we look back at five players who had the best week from the hitting side of things and five from the pitching side of things. Here’s who was hot for the Cincinnati Reds down on the farm last week.

The Hitters

Taylor Sparks | Daytona Tortugas

The third baseman had a strong week for Daytona, leading the organization in OPS (minimum 15 PA). Sparks hit .458 last week with a walk, three doubles, two home runs, three steals, he scored five runs and had four runs batted in. For the week he had a slash line of .458/.480/.833.

Phillip Ervin | Daytona Tortugas

Daytona seemed to have a slew of hot hitters this past week and Ervin was helping lead the way. The outfielder had 31 plate appearances and smashed five doubles with two home runs, three walks, five runs batted in, eight runs scored and he stole two bases. His line for the week was .393/.452/.786.

Ryan Wright | Pensacola Blue Wahoos

One of two hitters to make the list from a team outside of Daytona also comes from the state of Florida. Pensacola’s second baseman hit .350/.381/.800 over the last week with three doubles and three triples. Wright didn’t strike out in 21 plate appearances, walked once, scored twice and drove in a run.

Alex Blandino | Daytona Tortugas

The middle infielder for Daytona had a second week with more walks than strikeouts, but in week two of the season he also found the hits that were missing in the first week. Blandino hit .400/.500/.520 with five walks and just two strikeouts to go with a double, triple, two steals, five runs and two runs batted in.

Seth Mejias-Brean | Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Mejias-Brean rounds out an all Florida based hot list for the position players this week. The third baseman for Pensacola hit .300/.391/.600 over 23 plate appearances on the week with a double, triple, home run, three runs driven in, three runs scored and three walks.

The Pitchers

Zack Weiss | Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas relief pitcher has been on fire since the season began. Last week he threw five perfect innings of relief, picking up two saves and striking out 11 of the 15 batters he faced (73%). That makes Aroldis Chapman look human.

Daniel Wright | Pensacola Blue Wahoos

After a rough first start of the year, Wright rebounded well with two strong starts last week. He tossed 10.0 innings with just two earned runs (1.80 ERA) to go along with one walk and 11 strikeouts for the Blue Wahoos.

Carlos Contreras | Louisville Bats

The right hander appeared in three games for the Bats over the last week, tossing 4.2 shutout innings. Contreras walked two batters but he also had eight strikeouts.

Sal Romano | Daytona Tortugas

The big right hander had a tough start to begin the week as he took a comebacker off the leg and had to leave the game. His return later in the week was strong. On the week he posted a 1.17 ERA in 7.2 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts between the two starts.

Joel Bender | Daytona Tortugas

The left handed reliever made two appearances for Daytona, both of the shutout variety. He tossed six innings out of the bullpen, picking up a save and allowing just four base runners with four strikeouts in that span.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 4/22/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/22/reds-minor-league-game-review-42215/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/22/reds-minor-league-game-review-42215/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:42:52 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12465 Steve Selsky had four hits in a Louisville Bats win on Wednesday afternoon.

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Louisville won 6-2. Box Score

  • Eugenio Suarez went 2-5 with a solo home run (2).
  • Ivan De Jesus went 1-4 with a triple and a walk.
  • Yorman Rodriguez went 1-4 with a walk.
  • Josh Satin went 2-4 with a double, walk, RBI and a run.
  • Steve Selsky went 4-5 with 2 doubles, a run and an RBI.
  • Ramon Cabrera went 2-3.
  • Jermaine Curtis went 2-3 with a walk, steal, run and 2 RBI.
  • Jon Moscot allowed 2 runs in 6 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts.
  • Carlos Contreras threw 1.2 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
  • Nate Adcock threw 1.1 perfect innings with a strikeout.

Game Notes

The Bats grabbed an early lead, scoring two runs on five singles in the 2nd inning. Toledo got a run back in the bottom of the inning. The score stayed there until the 5th inning when Josh Satin singled, was followed by a Chris Dominguez double and would come in on a single by Steve Selsky (who had four hits in the game and is off to a strong start) and a ground out to put them up 4-1. Josh Satin doubled in Jermaine Curtis in the top of the 6th to make it a 5-1 lead. Jon Moscot would allow a solo homer in the 6th, but finished with six strong innings and now has a 1.54 ERA through two starts. Eugenio Suarez smacked a long home run in the 8th inning, which google maps says went 432 feet before hitting the fence at the back of the stadium.

Pensacola lost 3-2. Box Score

  • Beau Amaral went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Marquez Smith went 2-3 with a run.
  • Chris Berset went 1-2 with a walk, run and an RBI.
  • Zach Vincej went 2-2 with a walk and a double.
  • Daniel Wright allowed 2 earned (3 total) in 5 innings with 5 strikeouts.
  • Layne Somsen threw 3 shutout innings of relief with a walk and 4 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Birmingham took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning when they led off the inning with a single that was followed by a double. After that Daniel Wright seemed to be on cruise control, but he allowed two more runs in the 5th inning. The Blue Wahoos got on the board in the top of the 8th inning. Chris Berset singled in Marquez Smith and he later scored on a wild pitch, making it a 3-2 game and also moving the tying run to third with just one out. They couldn’t bring the run home though and went quietly in the 9th.

Daytona won 7-3. Box Score

  • Phillip Ervin went 2-3 with a double, home run (3), walk and 2 runs.
  • Alex Blandino went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
  • Sebastian Elizalde went 1-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Chad Wallach went 2-4 with a solo home run (2).
  • Taylor Sparks went 2-4 with a double, steal (4), RBI and a run.
  • Jeff Gelalich went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Carlton Daal went 1-2 with a walk, steal (4) and a run.
  • Sal Romano allowed 1 earned (3 total) in 6 innings with 5 strikeouts.
  • El’Hajj Muhammad threw 2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts.
  • Zack Weiss threw a perfect inning with 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Phillip Ervin and Chad Wallach both homered in the 1st inning, putting Sal Romano and the Tortugas up 2-0. They would tack on three more runs in the 3rd inning to make it 5-0. Romano took that lead and ran with it, taking a no-hitter into the 5th inning before finally giving up a hit. He’d finish with six strong innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out five batters. He handed the game over to the bullpen and the combination of El’Hajj Muhammad and Zack Weiss tossed three perfect innings with six strikeouts to end the game and seal the 9th win of the year.

Dayton lost 8-0, 1-0 in a double header.

Game 1: 8-0 loss. Box Score

  • Ty Washington went 1-3.
  • Aristides Aquino went 1-3.
  • Jacob Ehret allowed a run in 2 innings with a walk and a strikeout.

Game Notes

There’s not much positive to write about here. The offense had four base runners. The defense had three errors and the pitching allowed five earned runs in six innings.

Game 2: 1-0 loss. Box Score

  • Ty Washington went 1-3.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-3.
  • Brian O’Grady went 1-2 with a walk and a steal (5).
  • Gavin LaValley went 1-3 with a steal.
  • Jake Paulson allowed a run in 4 innings with 2 strikeouts.
  • Brian Hunter threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout.

Game Notes

After losing 8-0 in the first game of a double header the Dragons fell behind 1-0 in the 1st inning of game two. Unfortunately that was all that Bowling Green would need as neither team scored again moving forward. The Dayton offense had just four hits in the game, but got the tying run to third base with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the game.

4/23/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 6-6 N/A 6:35pm Axelrod Here Here Here
Pensacola 3-8 N/A 8:05pm Smith Here Here Here
Daytona 9-4 N/A 7:00pm Garrett Here Here N/A
Dayton 6-8 N/A 7:35pm Antone Here Here Here

Top 25 Daily Rundown (Top 25 based on rankings prior to the start of the season)

Player LVL Performance
1 Robert Stephenson AA DNP
2 Jesse Winker AA 1-4, 3K.
3 Michael Lorenzen AAA DNP
4 Nick Travieso A+ DNP
5 Yorman Rodriguez AAA 1-4, BB, K.
6 Sal Romano A+ 6IP, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 5K.
7 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
8 Anthony DeSclafani MLB DNP
9 Nick Howard A+ DNP
10 Raisel Iglesias AAA DNP
11 Phillip Ervin A+ 2-3, 2B, HR (3), 2 runs, BB.
12 Aristides Aquino A 1-6, 3K.
13 Kyle Waldrop AA 0-4, 3K.
14 Alex Blandino A+ 1-3, BB, run.
15 Jon Moscot AAA 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 1BB, 6K.
16 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP
17 Tucker Barnhart MLB DNP
18 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 0-3, K.
19 Junior Arias INJ DNP
20 Carlton Daal A+ 1-2, BB, run, steal.
21 Jose Ortiz A 0-3, 2K.
22 Taylor Sparks A+ 2-4, 2B, RBI, run, 3 errors.
23 Chad Wallach A+ 2-4, HR (2).
24 Gavin LaValley A 1-3, 2K.
25 Daniel Wright AA 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 0BB, 5K.

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Ryan Wright is off to a torrid start for Pensacola http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/22/ryan-wright-is-off-to-a-torrid-start-for-pensacola/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/22/ryan-wright-is-off-to-a-torrid-start-for-pensacola/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:16:32 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12460 Cincinnati Reds prospect Ryan Wright is off to a strong start for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 2015.

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In 2014 Ryan Wright got off to a strong start in Bakersfield. In the first half of the season the second baseman hit .311/.345/.498 with the Blaze and earned a promotion to Double-A. Things with Pensacola went about as poorly as possible. Wright hit .205/.248/.288, struggling in just about every area offensively.

For as bad as things went last year with the Blue Wahoos, they’ve gone about as well as they could this year. The right handed hitter has three doubles and three triples already, hitting .318/.375/.727 in seven games played.

In 2014 he struggled with plate discipline, particularly in the second half at the Double-A level. He walked 10 times and had 51 strikeouts. He’s never had a high walk rate, but he’s always been a good contact hitter. That went away as he saw his strikeout rate balloon to 22%  at the level. He’d never topped 15% in any previous season.

It’s early, but to this point in the season he’s back to making contact at a high rate. Wright has struck out just two times in 24 plate appearances. That’s 8% of the time he’s stepped to the plate. He’s never had a rate that low, and it’s not likely to stay THAT low, but it’s more in line with where his career rate has been than what he showed last season at the same level.

Wright coming back and having a strong season would be a big thing for him and for the Reds. Prior to arriving in Pensacola and struggling last season he was a career .285 hitter. If Wright can continue hitting as he has, or even close to it and return to form, the Reds would pick up another middle infield prospect and Wright could start pushing towards a job with the big league club.

There’s probably not an opening as a starter soon with Cozart and Phillips locked into their contracts for a while, but having a guy able to come off of the bench who can make good contact and play around the infield some (Wright has spent time exclusively at second base as a pro, but he played third base, shortstop, left field and right field while in college at Louisville) is always a role teams are looking to fill on their roster.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 4/21/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/21/reds-minor-league-game-review-42115/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/04/21/reds-minor-league-game-review-42115/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 03:07:55 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12457 Nick Travieso threw six shutout innings in a Daytona Tortugas win of game 1 in their double header on Tuesday.

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Louisville lost 13-8. Box Score

  • Josh Satin went 1-4 with a run.
  • Donald Lutz went 2-4 with a walk, RBI and 2 runs.
  • Yorman Rodriguez went 2-4 with a double, 2 runs and 2 RBI.
  • Kyle Skipworth went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run.
  • Irving Falu went 2-2 with a walk, triple and 3 RBI.
  • Jose De La Torre threw 1.2 hitless innings with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts.
  • Donovan Hand threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts.
  • Chris Carpenter threw a shutout inning with a strikeout.

Game Notes

The game started out about as poorly as imaginable for David Holmberg. He allowed 10 runs and 15 base runners in 2.1 innings before being removed from the game. Trailing 10-2 after three innings the Bats scored three runs in the 4th and 5th innings to make it a 10-8 game, but the Mud Hens plated three runs of their own in the 5th and held that score the rest of the way. Donald Lutz, Yorman Rodriguez and Irving Falu all had two hits in the game.

Pensacola lost 8-4. Box Score

  • Ryan Wright went 3-5 with 2 triples, a run and an RBI.
  • Jesse Winker went 2-5 with a home run (1) and 2 RBI.
  • Sean Buckley went 2-5 with 2 doubles.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean went 2-3 with a walk, solo home run (1) and 2 runs.
  • Yovan Gonzalez went 1-3.
  • Chad Rogers threw 1.1 perfect innings with a strikeout.

Game Notes

Pensacola got out to a quick start with Ryan Wright hitting his second triple in two games (he hit a 3rd one later in this game) and Jesse Winker brought him in with a single. They’d add another run in the 2nd inning when Wright singled in Seth Mejias-Brean. Mejias-Brean unloaded on a baseball in the 6th inning to make it 3-0 with his first home run of the year. Tim Adleman had been cruising, five shutout innings, but he ran into trouble in the 6th and allowed four runs. The bullpen would allow another four runs in the 8th inning to put the Blue Wahoos down 8-3. Jesse Winker would hit his first home run of the year in the 9th, but it wasn’t enough as Birmingham held on for the 8-4 win.

Daytona won 3-0, lost 6-1 in a double header.

Game 1: 3-0 win. Box Score

  • Phillip Ervin went 1-3 with a run and a steal (4).
  • Alex Blandino went 1-2 with a walk and a steal (3).
  • Taylor Sparks went 1-2 with a walk and a steal (2).
  • Jeff Gelalich went 1-3 with a run.
  • Cam Maron went 1-2 with a solo home run (1).
  • Nick Travieso threw 6 shutout innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.
  • Zack Weiss threw a perfect inning with 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Phillip Ervin got things started in the 1st inning with a single and a steal. He’d score on a Sebastian Elizalde single to give Daytona a 1-0 lead. Jeff Gelalich single, stole second and later scored on a balk to make it 2-0 in the 2nd inning. That was all they would need, though Cam Maron added a solo shot in the 5th inning. Nick Travieso lowered his ERA to 1.47 through three starts with six shutout innings before handing the ball over to Zack Weiss for the 7th and final inning. Weiss made easy work of Dunedin as he struck out all three batters in the inning to keep his ERA pristine at 0.00.

Game 2: 6-1 loss. Box Score

  • Phillip Ervin went 1-3.
  • Alex Blandino went 1-2 with a walk.
  • Taylor Sparks went 2-3 with a double.
  • Carlton Daal went 1-3.
  • Barrett Astin allowed 1 earned (3 total) in 5 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

After taking game 1 of the double header things didn’t start out as smoothly for Daytona as the Blue Jays scored three times in the first two innings of the game. They would pad their lead in the 6th inning to make it 3-0. The Tortugas scored their lone run of the game on a throwing error.  Dunedin made sure to put things out of reach in the 7th with two more runs and they would go on to win 6-1 to split the twin bill.

Dayton was postponed. Double header Wednesday afternoon.

4/22/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 5-6 N/A 10:30am Moscot Here Here Here
Pensacola 3-7 N/A 12:00pm Wright Here Here Here
Daytona 8-4 N/A 7:05pm Romano Here Here N/A
Dayton 6-6 N/A 6:00pm Strahan/Paulson Here Here Here

Top 25 Daily Rundown (Top 25 based on rankings prior to the start of the season)

Player LVL Performance
1 Robert Stephenson AA DNP
2 Jesse Winker AA 2-5, HR (1), 2 RBI, K.
3 Michael Lorenzen AAA DNP
4 Nick Travieso A+ 6IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 5K.
5 Yorman Rodriguez AAA 2-4, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBI, K.
6 Sal Romano A+ DNP
7 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
8 Anthony DeSclafani MLB DNP
9 Nick Howard A+ DNP
10 Raisel Iglesias AAA DNP
11 Phillip Ervin A+ 2-6,run, steal, K.
12 Aristides Aquino A 1-4, home run (1), K.
13 Kyle Waldrop AA 0-4, 2K.
14 Alex Blandino A+ 2-4, 2BB, steal.
15 Jon Moscot AAA DNP
16 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP
17 Tucker Barnhart MLB 1-4, K.
18 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 2-3, BB, home run (1), 2 runs.
19 Junior Arias INJ DNP
20 Carlton Daal A+ 1-3, K.
21 Jose Ortiz A DNP
22 Taylor Sparks A+ 3-5, BB, K.
23 Chad Wallach A+ 0-3
24 Gavin LaValley A 0-4, K.
25 Daniel Wright AA DNP

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