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Friday night I made the trip down to Louisville for the Bats double header that saw Tony Cingrani and Robert Stephenson start the two games. Cingrani joined the Bats for the day on a rehab assignment and threw 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and three strikeouts. He sat in the 89-92 MPH range for the game with his fastball and looked good in his two innings. Robert Stephenson had his start interrupted by rain in the first inning, but made it through 5.0 innings with two earned runs, three walks and six strikeouts in his Triple-A debut. There will be a full report on the start by Stephenson on Monday, with video, but for now here are the post game thoughts from each when they talked with the media.

Robert Stephenson

Tony Cingrani

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 7/3/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/04/reds-minor-league-game-review-7315/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/04/reds-minor-league-game-review-7315/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:00:55 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13168 Reydel Medina homered three times for the Billings Mustangs on Friday night.

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Louisville lost 7-1, won 3-2 in a double header.

Game 1: 7-1 loss. Box Score

  • Brennan Boesch went 1-3 with a walk and a solo home run (1).
  • Josh Satin went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Kyle Waldrop went 1-4 with a double.
  • Yorman Rodriguez went 1-3.
  • Matt Buschmann allowed a run in 3 innings.
  • Tony Cingrani (rehab) threw 2 hitless innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The game began on Thursday but was suspended in the middle of the 3rd inning with Columbus leading 1-0. When it resumed Tony Cingrani took the mound on a rehab assignment for the Bats and tossed two hitless innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Brennan Boesch tied the game up in the 4th inning with a home run. That was the highest point of the game for the Bats as Donovan Hand struggled when he entered the game and allowed six runs over the final four innings of the game.

Game 2: 3-2 win. Box Score

  • Irving Falu went 2-2 with a double, walk, run and an RBI.
  • Kristopher Negron went 1-3.
  • Hernan Iribarren went 1-3.
  • Brennan Boesch went 2-2 with a walk and a home run (2).
  • Ryan LaMarre went 1-3 with a double and a run.
  • Robert Stephenson allowed 2 runs in 5 innings with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts.
  • Jumbo Diaz threw 2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The game got out to a strange start as Robert Stephenson threw a grand total of four pitches before the rain got too strong and put the game in a delay for nearly an hour. The Bats took an early 1-0 lead after three straight singles were followed by a ground out that brought Irving Falu in. In the top of the 3rd inning the Clippers would strike for two runs to take the lead. Brennan Boesch hit his second home run of the day to tie the game up in the bottom of the 4th inning and in the 5th doubles by Ryan LaMarre and Irving Falu led to a run that gave Louisville lead. After five solid innings by Stephenson he handed the ball over to Jumbo Diaz who tossed two shutout innings to pick up the save.

Pensacola won 5-1. Box Score

  • Ray Chang went 3-4 with a home run (1), 2 doubles and a walk.
  • Jesse Winker went 2-4 with a walk, RBI and 2 doubles.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean went 1-3 with a steal, run and 2 walks.
  • Juan Perez went 1-4 with a double and a run.
  • Sean Buckley went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Tim Adleman allowed a run in 6 innings with a walk and 7 strikeouts.
  • Patrick Schuster threw  shutout inning.
  • Kyle McMyne threw 1.1 shutout innings.

Game Notes

Another day and another strong start by Tim Adleman. The right hander allowed just one run over six innings as he lowered his ERA to 2.05 on the season. He left with a 3-1 lead as the Blue Wahoos rode seven extra-base hits on the night, including three by Ray Chang and two by Jesse Winker. The bullpen took over after Adleman left and saw Jimmy Moran, Patrick Schuster and Kyle McMyne throw three shutout innings to seal the win for Pensacola.

Daytona won 4-1. Box Score

  • Taylor Sparks went 2-4 with a double, steal and 2 runs.
  • Sebastian Elizalde went 3-4 with a triple, home run (7), 2 runs and 3 RBI.
  • Joe Hudson went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Brian O’Grady went 1-3.
  • Jeff Gelalich went 0-1 with 2 walks.
  • Amir Garrett threw 7 shutout innings with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.
  • Nick Howard threw a perfect inning with 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Amir Garrett lowered his ERA to 2.73 on the year with seven shutout innings on Friday night. The offense gave him an early lead as Sebastian Elizalde singled in Taylor Sparks, who doubled earlier in the inning. The score stayed there until the top of the 6th inning when the Tortuga offense gave the pitching staff some breathing room. Sparks and Elizalde combined to produce another run with a single by Sparks that was followed by a triple that made it 2-0. Joe Hudson singled in Elizalde to make it 3-0. In the 7th inning Sebastian Elizalde hit a solo home run to make it 4-0. Nick Howard entered the game in the 8th inning and struck out the side in a much needed strong outing for the right hander. Lakeland got on the board in the top of the 9th inning with a run, but they would only get the one run as Daytona picked up the win.

Dayton lost 1-0. Box Score

  • Jonathan Reynoso went 1-3 with a double.
  • Gavin LaValley went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Narciso Crook went 1-3.
  • Jimmy Pickens went 1-3 with a double.
  • Junior Morillo allowed a run in 6 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
  • Jeremy Kivel threw 2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts.
  • Jake Ehret threw a perfect inning.

Game Notes

Junior Morillo got the tough luck loss in a 1-0 game, giving up a single run in the 2nd inning of a strong start. The bullpen gave the Dragons a chance as Jeremy Kivel and Jake Ehret threw three perfect innings of relief to keep it a 1-0 game, but Dayton was unable to scratch together a run as they fell on Friday night.

Billings lost 12-9 in 14 innings. Box Score

  • Zach Shields went 1-5 with a walk and a steal..
  • Blake Trahan went 1-6 with a walk and a run.
  • Kevin Garcia went 2-4 with 2 walks, 2 steals and 2 runs.
  • Aristides Aquino went 2-6 with a double, walk, run and an RBI.
  • Reydel Medina went 4-6 with a walk, 3 home runs (4) and 5 RBI.
  • Shane Mardirosian went 2-7.
  • Soid Marquez threw 3 shutout innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
  • Austin Orewiler threw 1.1 shutout innings with 2 walks.

Game Notes

Helena did the early scoring, taking a 2-0 lead in the 1st and adding a run in the 4th to go up 3-0. The Mustangs got on the board with a single run in the 6th inning. In the 7th Reydel Medina homered to make it 3-2. The Brewers scored twice in the top of the 8th to make it a 5-2 game. Billings rallied and scored five runs in the bottom of the 8th inning with the big blow being a 3-run homer by Reydel Medina, his second of the game to make it a 7-5 game. Helena rallied for three runs in the top of the 9th to take the lead. In the bottom of the 9th inning Blake Trahan walked to lead off the inning and he’d eventually score on a ground out that tied the game up. The game was scoreless for the next four innings before Helena rallied for four runs in the top of the 14th inning. Reydel Medina would homer for a third time in the game in the 14th innings but it wasn’t enough as Billings fell in extra innings.

AZL Reds won 7-2. Box Score

  • Satchel McElroy went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
  • Ty Washington (rehab) went 1-3 with a double and a run.
  • Daniel Pigott (rehab) went 2-3 with an RBI and a run.
  • Jake Turnbull went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.
  • Raul Wallace went 1-4 with a run.
  • Montrell Marshall went 2-4 with a double and 2 runs.
  • Leandro Santana went 1-4 with a triple, RBI and a run.
  • Alberti Chavez went 2-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Jonathon Crawford (rehab) allowed 2 runs in 3 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
  • Zac Correll threw 3 shutout innings with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.
  • Alfredo Mena threw 3 hitless innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The Reds scored two runs in the 1st and two more in the second inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead. The Indians would do all of their scoring in the 3rd inning as they plated two runs to cut the Reds lead in half. While the Indians wouldn’t score again, the Reds added three more runs over the course of the game as they went on to win 7-2.

7/4/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 40-42 N/A 6:05pm Axelrod Here Here Here
Pensacola 25-43 4-4 8:05pm Astin Here Here Here
Daytona 37-33 5-3 6:00pm Romano Here Here N/A
Dayton 39-31 4-5 6:35pm Mahle Here Here Here
Billings 6-9 N/A 3:05pm Boyles Here Here N/A
Arizona 6-5 N/A 1:30pm 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 5IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 6K.
2 Jesse Winker AA 2-4, BB, 2 2B, BB, K.
3 Nick Travieso A+ DNP – Injured
4 Yorman Rodriguez AAA 1-5, K.
5 Sal Romano A+ DNP
6 Amir Garrett A+ 7IP, 3H, 0ER, 2BB, 7K.
7 Raisel Iglesias MLB DNP
8 Tyler Stephenson BIL 1-5, RBI.
9 Phillip Ervin A+ DNP – Injured
10 Alex Blandino A+ DNP
11 Jon Moscot MLB DNP – Injured
12 Aristides Aquino A 2-6, BB, 2B, RBI, run. BIL Rehab
13 Kyle Waldrop AAA 1-6, 2B, BB, 2K.
14 Jonathon Crawford INJ 3IP, 2H, 2ER, BB, 3K. AZL Rehab
15 Mark Armstrong A DNP
16 Tyler Mahle A DNP
17 Junior Arias A+ 0-3, BB, steal, K.
18 Tejay Antone A DNP
19 Nick Howard A+ 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K.
20 Gavin LaValley A 1-3, BB.
21 Wyatt Strahan A DNP
22 Luis Gonzalez A 1-4, 2K.
23 Sebastian Elizalde A+ 3-4, 3B, HR (7), 2 runs, 3 RBI.
24 Seth Mejias Brean AA 1-3, run, 2 BB, K.
25 Carlton Daal A+ 1-4, steal.

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Reds RHP Daniel Wright is turning things around for Pensacola http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/03/cincinnati-reds-rhp-daniel-wright-is-turning-things-around-for-pensacola/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/03/cincinnati-reds-rhp-daniel-wright-is-turning-things-around-for-pensacola/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:19:15 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13163 Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Daniel Wright had a rough start to the 2015 season for Pensacola, but the Blue Wahoos starter is turning things around.

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Coming into the 2015 season Daniel Wright ranked 24th on my Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospects List. When the midseason update came around the 24-year-old right hander fell just outside of the Top 25 after having a rough first half of the season.

From the start of the season through May 24th, Wright posted a 6.34 ERA in 44.0 innings. From a peripheral standpoint, he actually had strong rates. He only allowed one home run, walked just 15 batters and had 42 strikeouts. He was suffering from a very high batting average on balls in play, which was sitting at .400. In the 2014 season his BABIP was .287, which is in the range of what you would expect.

Last night the right hander tossed seven shutout innings for Pensacola, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six batters. That start continued a strong run that Wright had been on since June 5th. In the six starts over that time he has posted a 3.41 ERA in 37.0 innings with just eight walks and he’s struck out 35 batters while allowing three home runs.

Let’s take a quick look at the two different stretches for Wright this season:

From IP ERA H HR BB K BABIP
April – May 24 44.0 6.34 55 1 15 42 .400
June 5 – July 2 37.0 3.41 29 3 8 35 .271

His walk rate dropped from good to a very strong rate, the strikeout rate has stayed the same and his home run rate has actually gone up. The big difference has been in the BABIP, which was unsustainably high in the first stretch and at a sustainable range in the second stretch.

The rough start to the season for Wright was pinned mostly on an unsustainable rate of balls put in play turning into hits and as the season has gone forward and he’s added more innings and opportunities that rate has continued to drop. For the season, his BABIP is still sitting at .340 and it should continue to drop down to a rate closer to .300. With his ERA sitting at 5.00 on the season, the early part of the year is still pulling down the overall numbers, but if he can stay the course through the season then his ERA should continue to drop as things continue to normalize.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 7/2/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/03/reds-minor-league-game-review-7215/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/03/reds-minor-league-game-review-7215/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:26:46 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13160 Seth Mejias-Brean homered in a Pensacola Blue Wahoos win on Thursday night.

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Louisville was suspended in the 3rd inning. Resumption on Friday, followed by the regular game. Starts at 5pm.

Pensacola won 2-1. Box Score

  • Juan Duran went 1-3 with a run.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean went 2-3 with a home run (3) and 2 RBI.
  • Daniel Wright threw 7.0 shutout innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.
  • Patrick Schuster threw a shutout inning.

Game Notes

Daniel Wright had arguably his best start of the season as he tossed 7.0 shutout inning, but as he left the mound in the 7th inning the game was tied at 0-0. That all changed in the bottom of the inning when Juan Duran singled and scored on a 2-run homer by Seth Mejias-Brean as Pensacola took a 2-0 lead. Jacksonville would get a run in the top of the 9th, but their comeback fell short.

Daytona won 2-0. Box Score

  • Sebastian Elizalde went 1-4 with a steal (4) and a run.
  • Junior Arias went 1-3 with a walk, steal (19) and a run.
  • Taylor Sparks went 2-4 with a triple and 2 RBI.
  • Joe Hudson went 1-4 with a double.
  • Jeff Gelalich went 2-4 with a steal.
  • Jackson Stephens threw 6 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts.
  • Evan Mitchell threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout.
  • El’Hajj Muhammad threw a shutout inning with a walk.

Game Notes

Taylor Sparks had a 2-out triple that brought in Sebastian Elizalde and Junior Arias to give Daytona a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning. That was all the pitching staff would need on the day. Jackson Stephens kept Lakeland off the board with 6.0 shutout innings before turning things over to the bullpen. Evan Mitchell and El’Hajj Muhammad combined for the final three innings of the game to close things down and seal the victory.

Dayton lost 6-2. Box Score

  • Luis Gonzalez went 2-3 with a run.
  • Gavin LaValley went 1-4 with a double, RBI and a run.
  • Avain Rachal went 2-3 with an RBI.
  • Jose Ortiz went 2-4.
  • Argenis Aldazoro went 1-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Tejay Antone allowed a run in 7 innings with 5 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Dayton grabbed an early 2-0 lead with a Gavin LaValley RBI double and an Avain Rachal single that brought in LaValley. Fort Wayne would score a run in the top of the 6th, the only run they would get off of Tejay Antone as he lowered his ERA to 2.45 on the season. The bullpen ran into problems in the 8th and 9th innings though as the TinCaps scored five runs in the final two innings to put the game away.

Billings won 4-3. Box Score

  • Zach Shields went 2-4 with a double, RBI and a run.
  • Blake Trahan went 2-5 with an RBI and a steal.
  • Kevin Garcia went 0-2 with 2 walks.
  • Aristides Aquino (rehab) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Hector Vargas went 2-4 with a run.
  • Mitch Piatnik went 1-4 with a double and a run.
  • Tanner RAiney was charged with an unearned run in 4.1 innings with 5 strikeouts.
  • Jake Johnson threw 1.2 shutout innings.
  • Junior Arias was charged with 2 unearned runs in 1.2 hitless innings with a walk.
  • Jimmy Herget threw 1.1 shutout innings.

Game Notes

Zach Shields doubled with one out in the bottom of the 3rd inning and came around to score on an Aristides Aquino infield single, giving the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Helena would tie things up in the top of the 5th inning, but the tie didn’t last long as Billings took the lead in the bottom of the frame after Mitch Piatnik doubled and scored on a Blake Trahan single. The score would stay at 2-1 until the top of the 8th inning when the Brewers would score twice to take a 3-2 lead. After going quickly in the 8th, the Mustangs had to rely on some 9th inning magic if they wanted to pull out a victory. Hector Vargas led off with a single and some Helena help put runners on the corners thanks to a throwing error. Zach Shields would tie the game up with an infield single. Blake Trahan grounded into a force out at second base, but when the second baseman tried to turn the double play he threw the ball away and Mitch Trees came in to score the winning run.

AZL Reds had the night off.

7/3/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 39-41 N/A 5:00pm TBA/TBA Here Here Here
Pensacola 25-43 3-4 7:35pm Adleman Here Here Here
Daytona 37-33 4-3 6:35pm Garrett Here Here N/A
Dayton 39-31 4-4 7:00pm Morillo Here Here Here
Billings 6-8 N/A 9:05pm Lopez Here Here N/A
Arizona 5-5 N/A 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
2 Jesse Winker AA 0-4, 2K.
3 Nick Travieso A+ DNP – Injured
4 Yorman Rodriguez AAA Game Suspended
5 Sal Romano A+ DNP
6 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
7 Raisel Iglesias MLB DNP
8 Tyler Stephenson BIL DNP
9 Phillip Ervin A+ DNP – Injured
10 Alex Blandino A+ DNP
11 Jon Moscot MLB DNP – Injured
12 Aristides Aquino A 1-4, RBI. RK+ Rehab
13 Kyle Waldrop AAA Game Suspended
14 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP – Injured
15 Mark Armstrong A DNP
16 Tyler Mahle A DNP
17 Junior Arias A+ 1-3, run, BB, steal (19).
18 Tejay Antone A 7IP, 7H, 1ER, 0BB, 5K.
19 Nick Howard A+ 0.1IP, 0H, 2ER, 3BB, 0K.
20 Gavin LaValley A 1-4, 2B, RBI, run.
21 Wyatt Strahan A DNP
22 Luis Gonzalez A 2-3, run.
23 Sebastian Elizalde A+ 1-4, run, steal, 2K.
24 Seth Mejias Brean AA 2-3, HR (3), 2 RBI.
25 Carlton Daal A+ 1-4, steal (13), 2K.

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Cincinnati Reds agree to sign SS Miguel Hernandez for $650K http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/02/cincinnati-reds-agree-to-sign-ss-miguel-hernandez-for-650k/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/02/cincinnati-reds-agree-to-sign-ss-miguel-hernandez-for-650k/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:26:32 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13158 The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $650,000 signing bonus with Venezuelan shortstop Miguel Hernandez.

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The Cincinnati Reds have made their second big signing on the international market this afternoon. Earlier today they agreed to terms with outfielder Cristian Olivo for $1,000,000. A little later this afternoon they agreed to terms with shortstop Miguel Hernandez for $650,000.

Hernandez is a 5′ 11″ and 155 lb shortstop out of Venezuela. Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs ranked him as the 28th best prospect on the international market this year.

As the signing bonus suggests, he’s not quite as well regarded as Olivo, but he’s still a big signing for the organization. He’s going to have to add some good weight moving forward, but he’s still just 16-years-old and has plenty of time to add to his thin frame.

Scout like his approach at the plate and think he shows good pitch recognition. He is already able to use the entire field. There’s not much power in his bat and he doesn’t project for much. Defensively he looks like a guy who can remain in the middle infield in the long run.

On the first day of the July 2nd signing period the Reds have already spent $1.65M of their $2.873M pool, but it leaves them a whole lot of room to continue to make signings throughout the summer.

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Cincinnati Reds Prospect Hot List: Week 12 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/02/cincinnati-reds-prospect-hot-list-week-12/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/02/cincinnati-reds-prospect-hot-list-week-12/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:17:39 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13155 Narciso Crook has been on fire for the Dayton Dragons over the last two weeks, leading the Cincinnati Reds Prospect Hot List.

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After skipping last week due to three teams missing four days due to an All-Star break, this weeks Cincinnati Reds Prospect Hot List is made up for the last two weeks. It’s also been expanded to seven players now that the Billings Mustangs and AZL Reds have begun their seasons.

The Hitters

Jesse Winker | Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The outfielder had been red hot in the early part of June and he continued that over the final two weeks and the first day of July. In 41 plate appearances he hit .364/.488/.515 with more walks, eight, than strikeouts, six. Winker had two doubles, a home run and he stole two bases.

Narciso Crook | Dayton Dragons

Narciso Crook has really caught fire of late, hitting .333/.355/.600 in his last 31 plate appearances. His power has been carrying him, hitting five doubles and a home run while driving in seven runs and scoring four runs.

Alex Blandino | Daytona Tortugas

Shortstop Alex Blandino has had one of the better offensive seasons in the Florida State League and that conitnued as he hit .300/.344/.567 in 32 plate appearances. Two was the magic number for Blandino over the last two weeks as he had two doubles, two solo home runs, two runs batted in and two walks.

Irving Falu | Louisville Bats

Irving Falu got some good news earlier today as he was named to the International League All-Star team and his last two weeks certainly helped out. The infielder hit .358/.404/.491 over 58 plate appearances with the Bats. He had three doubles, two triples, four walks and he stole two bases. He also scored eight runs and drove in six more.

Brennan Boesch | Louisville Bats

After struggling with the Reds where he got very limited playing time, Brennan Boesch has gone to Triple-A and gotten out to a strong start. The outfielder hit .375/.468/.425 in his first 47 plate appearances with Louisville. The power didn’t show up, hitting just two doubles, but he walked seven times, drove in four runs and scored five more runs.

Ed Charlton | Billings Mustangs

The Reds 23rd round selection in the 2015 draft has gotten out to a strong start for the Billings Mustangs. Ed Charlton is hitting .324/.395/.647 to begin his career, showing off plenty of power with six doubles, a triple and a home run. He’s also scored seven runs and driven in five.

Kevin Garcia | Billings Mustangs

After missing the 2014 season due to injury, Kevin Garcia has picked up where he left off in 2013. The outielder hit .395/.449/.488 in the first two weeks of they ear for Billings. He walked five times and struck out just three times in 49 plate appearances to go along with four doubles. Garcia also stole two bases, scored five runs and drove in six.

The Pitchers

Barrett Astin | Daytona Tortugas & Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The right handed pitcher made three starts since the last Hot List, making two with Daytona and one with Pensacola after earning a promotion. Barrett Astin posted a 2.95 ERA in 18.1 innings to go along with just five walks and 14 strikeouts.

Tyler Mahle | Dayton Dragons

The Dragons starting pitcher has had a strong season and he continued that with two more starts, spanning 11.0 innings in the last two weeks. He posted a 2.45 ERA in that time, didn’t walk a single batter and he had 14 strikeouts.

Tim Adleman | Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Tim Adleman made two starts over the last two weeks and didn’t allow an earned run, posting a 0.00 ERA to go along with a 0.64 WHIP. Over the 11 innings he walked just two batters and had 10 strikeouts.

Amir Garrett | Daytona Tortugas

Amir Garrett had two starts in the last two weeks, but one was cut short by the rain, so he only threw 7.0 innings, but he posted a 1.29 ERA in that span. The left handed had three walks and struck out 11 of the 29 batters that he faced.

Zack Weiss | Pensacola Blue Wahoos

After some early struggles with Pensacola, Zack Weiss has turned things around of late. The right handed reliever made four appearances, spanning 4.0 innings with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP. He walked just one batter and struck out six of the 14 batters he faced (43%).

Wendolyn Bautista | AZL Reds

Wendolyn Bautista could hardly get out to a better start than he has with the Arizona League Reds. The 22-year-old right hander has made three relief appearances with a 0.64 ERA in 14.0 innings. He’s walked just three batters and has struck out 19.

Sandy Lara | AZL Reds

Sandy Lara has also pitched in three games out of the Arizona League Reds bullpen, but he’s tossed just 6.2 innings in a more traditional role. He’s yet to allow an earned run on the season, he’s posted a 0.45 WHIP, hasn’t walked a batter and has struck out nine opposing hitters.

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Cincinnati Reds agree to sign OF Cristian Olivo for $1M http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/02/cincinnati-reds-agree-to-sign-of-cristian-olivo-for-1m/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/02/cincinnati-reds-agree-to-sign-of-cristian-olivo-for-1m/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:01:08 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13153 The Cincinnati Reds kicked off the July 2nd international signing period by agreeing to sign Dominican outfielder Cristian Olivo for $1M.

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It’s July 2nd and that means that Major League Baseball teams can officially begin signing international players again. Each team is given a spending pool amount and there are penalties if you go over them, but there are many teams that simply don’t care and spend five times their allotted amount and just deal with the penalties later (monetarily and by giving up the ability to sign big dollar guys the next year).

The Cincinnati Reds have one of the larger bonus pools available and they just agreed to spend nearly a third of it on 16-year-old outfielder Cristian Olivo. He’s a 6′ 2″ and 210 lb. center fielder (for now) who hits and throws from the left side.

He’s got plenty of bat speed to work with and projects to have power in the future, with some scouts saying it’s potentially plus. Olivo is currently a plus runner with a solid arm who could handle right field if he loses his speed with age and has to slide over to the corner.

The Reds have shied away from handing out seven figure signing bonus to international players since they went hog wild in 2008 and signed both Yorman Rodriguez and Juan Duran to $2.7M and $2M contracts that year. Olivo is the first time they’ve spent seven figures on a teenager outside of the draft since then, with the closest being the $730,000 they spent on LHP Jacob Constante in early 2013.

Olivo was ranked as the #23 prospect on the international market by MLB.com and he was ranked as the #25 prospect by Kiley McDaniel at Fangraphs.  Below is a video of the outfielder taken earlier this year.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 7/1/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/02/reds-minor-league-game-review-7115/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/02/reds-minor-league-game-review-7115/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:30:29 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13147 Ronald Bueno had a walk-off hit on Wednesday night for the Dayton Dragons as they picked up a comeback win.

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Louisville lost 10-1. Box Score

  • Jermaine Curtis went 3-4 with a solo home run (2).
  • Chris Berset went 1-3.

Game Notes

Not a whole lot went well for the Bats in this game as the pitching staff allowed 10 runs and the offense managed just one run.

Pensacola lost 6-2. Box Score

  • Jesse Winker went 2-3 with a double, walk and a run.
  • Juan Duran went 2-3 wih a double, walk, RBI and a run.
  • Juan Perez went 1-4 with a triple and an RBI.
  • Jacob Johnson threw 5.1 shutout innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
  • Ben Klimesh threw a shutout inning with 3 strikeouts.
  • Zack Weiss threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The 1st inning would do in the Blue Wahoos on Wednesday night as Wandy Peralta struggled, allowing four earned runs and an unearned run without making it through the inning. Facing a 5-0 deficit the bullpen would battle, allowing just one run the rest of the way thanks to a big night for Jacob Johnson who stepped up with 5.1 shutout innings of relief, but the offense couldn’t make the comeback, managing just two runs on five hits.

Daytona won 5-4. Box Score

  • Junior Arias went 1-4 with a solo home run (6).
  • Alex Blandino went 3-4 with a double, solo home run (6) and 2 runs.
  • Sebastian Elizalde went 1-2 with 2 walks and a run.
  • Taylor Sparks went 1-4 with a run and an RBI.
  • Brian O’Grady went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Nick Routt threw 5.1 shutout innings with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.
  • Joe Mantoni threw a perfect inning of relief.

Game Notes

Alex Blandino put the Tortugas up 1-0 in the 1st inning with a solo home run. Nick Routt would take things from there, throwing 5.1 shutout innings before handing the game over to the bullpen. Daytona would pad their lead in the 5th inning, rallying for four runs in the bottom of the 5th that included a solo home runs for Junior Arias. The bullpen ran into troubles late in the game, including Nick Howard walking the bases loaded and recording just one out before exiting the game, as they allowed four runs in the final three innings, but held on for the win.

Dayton won 5-4. Box Score

  • Ronald Bueno went 1-4 with a walk and 2 RBI.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-4 with a double and a run.
  • Jonathan Reynoso went 2-4 with an RBI and a run.
  • Narciso Crook went 1-4 with a solo home run (3).
  • Shed Long went 1-4 with a triple, RBI and a run.
  • Wyatt Strahan allowed 2 runs in 8 innings with 5 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Dayton took a 1-0 lead on a long home run by Narciso Crook in the 2nd inning. It wouldn’t last long as Great Lakes got a home run of their own in the top of the 3rd that tied the game up. Both teams would score a run in the 6th inning and the score would stay tied at two until the top of the 9th inning. With two outs the Loons would grab a 4-2 lead with a 2-run homer. The Dragons wouldn’t go quietly in the bottom of the 9th. Jonathan Reynoso singled with one out and with two outs Shed Long would triple him in to make it a 1-run game. Two walks would load the bases, bringing Ronald Bueno to the plate. Bueno singled down the right field line to bring in the tying and winning runs to put the Dragons back over the .500 mark in the second half.

Billings lost 10-9. Box Score

  • Blake Trahan went 2-4 with a double, walk, steal and 3 runs.
  • Jonathan Martijn went 3-5 with a double, run and 3 RBI.
  • Tyler Stephenson went 1-3 with a walk, RBI and a run.
  • Brantley Bell went 2-4 with a run and an RBI.
  • Jose Duarte went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI.
  • Hector Vargas went 2-5 with an RBI.

Game Notes

The two teams went back-and-forth all night long. Billings took an early 2-0 lead in the 1st, but Helena scored three in the bottom of the inning and padded the lead in the 2nd with another run. The Mustangs tied the game up at 4-4 with two runs in the 3rd inning. In the top of the 5th inning Billings would take a lead with a run, but the Brewers tied things back up in the bottom of the frame. Ed Charlton hit a solo homer to give the Mustangs another lead and they would pad it with three more runs in the top of the 7th to go ahead 9-5. The Brewers tied the game up in the bottom of the 7th with a 4-run inning and they would walk off with a win in the bottom of the 9th on an RBI single.

AZL Reds won 6-2. Box Score

  • Satchel McElroy went 2-4 with a steal and a run.
  • Cory Thompson (rehab) went 1-3 with a home run and 2 RBI.
  • Daniel Pigott went 1-3 with a run.
  • Jose Siri went 1-4 with a home run (2) and 2 RBI.
  • Raul Wallace went 2-4 with a double, steal and a run.
  • Jake Turnbull went 2-4 with a run and an RBI.
  • Montrell Marshall went 2-3 with a double and an RBI.
  • Wendolyn Bautista allowed a run in 4.1 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
  • Manuel Aybar threw 1.1 hitless innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
  • Miguel Aguilar threw 1.2 shutout innings with a strikeout.
  • Jean Lara threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Game Notes

The Giants grabbed an early lead, jumping ahead 1-0 in the 1st inning. In the 2nd inning the Reds got three straight hits, capped off by a Montrell Marshall RBI double to take a 2-1 lead. The Giants tied things up two innings later, but in the bottom of the 4th the Reds took the lead for good on a 2-run home run by Jose Siri. Cory Thompson would pad the lead the next inning with a solo home run of his own. Wendolyn Bautista gave up his first earned run of the season as his ERA ballooned to 0.64 on the sason. He’s now got 19 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched this season.

7/2/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 39-41 N/A 7:05pm Buschmann Here Here Here
Pensacola 25-43 2-4 7:35pm Wright Here Here Here
Daytona 37-33 3-3 7:05pm Stephens Here Here N/A
Dayton 39-31 4-3 7:00pm Antone Here Here Here
Billings 5-8 N/A 9:05pm Rainey Here Here N/A
Arizona 5-5 N/A 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 AA DNP
2 Jesse Winker AA 2-3, 2B, run, BB, K.
3 Nick Travieso A+ DNP – Injured
4 Yorman Rodriguez AAA DNP
5 Sal Romano A+ DNP
6 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
7 Raisel Iglesias MLB DNP
8 Tyler Stephenson BIL 1-3, run, BB, RBI.
9 Phillip Ervin A+ DNP – Injured
10 Alex Blandino A+ 3-4, 2B, HR (6), 2 runs, K.
11 Jon Moscot MLB DNP – Injured
12 Aristides Aquino A 1-5, 3B, run, RBI. RK+ Rehab
13 Kyle Waldrop AAA 0-1, K.
14 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP – Injured
15 Mark Armstrong A DNP
16 Tyler Mahle A DNP
17 Junior Arias A+ 1-4, HR (6), K.
18 Tejay Antone A DNP
19 Nick Howard A+ 0.1IP, 0H, 2ER, 3BB, 0K.
20 Gavin LaValley A 0-4, K.
21 Wyatt Strahan A 8IP, 6H, 2ER, 0BB, 5K.
22 Luis Gonzalez A 1-4, 2B, run.
23 Sebastian Elizalde A+ 1-2, run, 2BB, K.
24 Seth Mejias Brean AA 0-4, K.
25 Carlton Daal A+ 0-4, K.

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Reds promote RHP Robert Stephenson to Triple-A http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/01/reds-promote-rhp-robert-stephenson-to-triple-a/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/01/reds-promote-rhp-robert-stephenson-to-triple-a/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:32:26 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13149 The Cincinnati Reds have promoted top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson to the Triple-A Louisville Bats.

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The Cincinnati Reds have promoted right handed pitcher Robert Stephenson to Triple-A Louisville after spending the 14 starts of the 2015 season with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

Stephenson, the Reds #1 prospect, had posted an ERA of 3.68 on the season with Pensacola. He had allowed just 53 hits in 78.1 innings to go along with 89 strikeouts and 43 walks. Since May 6th, a span of 10 starts, the right hander posted a 2.36 ERA with a .166 batting average against.

The real big run spans back six starts for Stephenson where he’s thrown 39.0 innings with a 2.08 ERA, a WHIP of 0.87 and 43 strikeouts with 14 walks. He’s improved his control over the course of the season, though he did have some struggles at times earlier in the year.

In total, the 2011 1st round draft pick made 45 starts at the Double-A level with the Blue Wahoos between late 2013, 2014 and the first half of the 2015 season. The 2015 season was easily his best of the three and while his overall numbers aren’t overly impressive, his early struggles hide what he did down the stretch.

He will join a Louisville Bats rotation that only has two of the starters that began the year with them as injuries with the Cincinnati Reds have led to more than a few call ups. He will be the youngest player on the team when he’s officially added to the roster.

2015 Stats

ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
3.68 78.1 53 8 43 89 1.23

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All Questions Answered http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/01/all-questions-answered-10/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/01/all-questions-answered-10/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:45:39 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13145 Do you have some questions about the Cincinnati Reds farm system? This is the place to get those answers.

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which usually isn’t an All Questions Answered day, but as I planned things out, I swore there were 31 days in June meaning today would have been the last one….. oops. So, here we are and I’m going to kick things off in July with the thread. The rules are the same as usual:

  • Each user gets three questions
  • Try to avoid questions that will require me to go look up the answer (example: who was the last guy to steal 40 bases in five seasons in a row)
  • Ask before 10pm
  • Try to avoid questions that require incredibly long answers. I’m already a long winded person as it is.

While I’ve got your attention, I’d also like to just say thanks to everyone who visited the site. June of 2015 was easily the most visited month in the history of the site. June saw 42% more visitors than the second best month that the site has ever had before. Are you following the site on social media? We are on Facebook and Twitter. We also have a subscription side to the site that’s just $4 a month and it’s a huge support to the site if you can afford it and it will get you scouting information and analysis on players throughout the year.

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