redsminorleagues.com http://redsminorleagues.com Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:47:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 3/29/15 Cincinnati Reds spring training game recap http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/29/32915-cincinnati-reds-spring-training-game-recap/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/29/32915-cincinnati-reds-spring-training-game-recap/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:47:29 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12255 The Cincinnati Reds pulled out a victory on Sunday over the Angels with the help of several minor leaguers.

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The Cincinnati Reds came out as winners on Sunday afternoon over the Angles with an 8-6 victory. Several minor leaguers played a big role in the victory. Here are the highlights from the minor leaguers:

  • Brodie Greene walked and scored a run.
  • Chad Wallach went 1-3 with a run.
  • Brennan Boesch went 2-5 with a double, RBI and 2 runs.
  • Chris Dominguez went 4-5 with a double, home run, 4 RBI and 2 runs.
  • Irving Falu went 3-3 with a run and an RBI.

Chris Dominguez and Brennan Boesch continued to crush the ball. Dominguez had a huge day, notching four hits and driving in four runs as he pushed his spring line to .340/.346/.660. Brennan Boesch has been hitting the cover off of the ball all spring and he kept that going with two more hits as he raised his line to .385/.370/.673. Both guys are fighting to make the roster to fill out the bench. While they’ve both hit well, they’ve got a combined one walk and 23 strikeouts between them.

Irving Falu had a nice day at the plate as he went 3-3. He raised his line to .306/.366/.333 with the three hits. He’s only had one extra-base hit, a double, on the spring.

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Several Reds minor leaguers shine in win on Saturday http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/28/several-reds-minor-leaguers-shine-in-win-on-saturday/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/28/several-reds-minor-leaguers-shine-in-win-on-saturday/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:30:57 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12249 The Cincinnati Reds won over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday with the help of several minor leaguers.

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The Cincinnati Reds won 9-5 over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon in Arizona. The Reds got out to an early 4-0 lead in the first and added four more runs to that lead in the fourth inning. The minor leaguers played a big role in the win. Here are the highlights from the game:

  • Brennan Boesch went 2-4 with a home run, double and 3 RBI.
  • Ivan De Jesus went 1-2 with a run and 2 walks.
  • Zack Weiss threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.
  • Kyle McMyne threw a perfect inning.

Brennen Boesch raised his average on the spring to .383, had four home runs and 13 RBI. He’s been on fire just about all spring. Ivan De Jesus is now hitting .406/.486/.625 in what has to be the quietest spring a guy hitting over .400 has had in a Reds uniform in a long time. He’s had 38 plate appearances and despite being incredible productive, hasn’t been talked about much. De Jesus leads the team in OPS with a 1.111 mark.

Relievers Zack Weiss and Kyle McMyne got some action in the big league game as they went with a bullpen day to try and get some guys more work. Weiss was outstanding as he struck out two of the three batters that he faced. McMyne followed him up to close out the game with a perfect ninth inning, sealing up the win for the Reds.

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Raisel Iglesias, defense struggle on Friday night http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/28/raisel-iglesias-defense-struggle-on-friday-night/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/28/raisel-iglesias-defense-struggle-on-friday-night/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:50:42 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12247 Cincinnati Reds right handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias ran into some struggles, as did his defense on Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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It may be a little disingenuous to say that the defense struggled on Friday night, but an error did compound the problems for right hander Raisel Iglesias in the Cincinnati Reds spring training game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Iglesias ran into trouble in the first inning as he allowed two home runs, a solo shot to Scooter Gennett and a 2-run show to Jonathan Lucroy. He settled down after that, getting two infield pop ups and a strikeout to end the inning. The second inning went smoothly as well, recording two strikeouts and a ground out in a quick 1-2-3 inning.

The third inning was another struggle though. Scooter Gennett led off the inning with a grounder to Brandon Phillips that he couldn’t handle. The error was followed up with a pop up, but Iglesias then balked the runner to second and a passed ball on Devin Mesoraco pushed the runner over to third. Jonathan Lucroy walked and Carlos Gomez followed with a double. Another walk and single brought in three runs on the inning, all unearned.

Iglesias returned for the fourth inning and it went rather smoothly as he got three ground outs in a row to make an easy inning, but with the long third inning that was the final inning that he threw on the night. His final line: 4.0 IP, 5 hits, 6 runs (3 earned), 2 walks, 2 home runs and 4 strikeouts. All of his outs were recorded by the strikeout or the groundout.

With the struggles on Friday and a strong outing by Michael Lorenzen on Thursday, things may come down to the next start for each to see who sticks around in the rotation as it seems that Jason Marquis is still locked in for a spot in the rotation to start the season, leaving one spot left for one of the rookies to take on.

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Friday morning Reds news and notes http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/27/friday-morning-reds-news-and-notes/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/27/friday-morning-reds-news-and-notes/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:45:02 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12245 An early rundown of some Cincinnati Reds news and notes from around the internet for Friday morning.

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Tom Nichols finished up his Dayton Dragons team preview series this morning when he took a final look at all of the positions, wrapping things up with the outfielder preview.

The candidates he looks at are: Aristides Aquino, Jonathan Reynoso, Jimmy Pickens, Nick Benedetto, Gabriel Rosa and Narciso Crook. There are full write ups on each of the players at the link, so I’d recommend checking the link above out.

I’m betting the starting three outfielders will be Aquino in right, Reynoso in center and Rosa in left. Pickens has played some first base in the past, and I’d expect him to spend some time moving around between several spots and the DH spot. Benedetto is the best defender of the group, so he will probably get time around the outfield as well, mixing in at all three spots. I expect Crook to stay back in Arizona and head to Billings when the season starts there, or make his way to Dayton if a spot opens up and he’s playing well in extended spring training.

Baseball Prospectus has two Reds related articles up this week, but both require a subscription to Baseball Prospectus.  The first one looks at the top hit tools in the minor leagues. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker is listed as the guy with the second best hit tool in the minors, trailing only Twins super prospect Byron Buxton. Winker is praised for his short swing and his approach.

Jeff Moore, also at Baseball Prospectus, looks at the Florida State League for 2015. The Reds new Advanced-A team, the Daytona Tortugas is among the league. Moore calls the Tortugas a destination team to see due to all of the talent that could be on the roster. He notes Nick Travieso, Nick Howard, Phillip Ervin and Alex Blandino as guys that will be coming through. That also misses out on guys like Amir Garrett and Sal Romano in the rotation or Junior Arias in the outfield as other high upside types of players.

Michael Lorenzen had a strong start yesterday for the Reds, allowing just one run over three innings before heading to the bullpen to throw more pitches to get extended so he’s ready to handle a full starters load of pitches when the season begins. He talked about his outing in the video below:

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Reds minor leaguers Marquez Smith and Luis Gonzalez have a big game http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/26/reds-minor-leaguers-marquez-smith-and-luis-gonzalez-have-a-big-game/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/26/reds-minor-leaguers-marquez-smith-and-luis-gonzalez-have-a-big-game/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:41:40 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12243 Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers Marquez Smith and Luis Gonzalez took advantage of playing time in the big league game on Thursday afternoon.

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Many of the Cincinnati Reds big leaguers played the entire day as they beat down on the Indians in spring training action, pulling out a 13-2 win. Michael Lorenzen got the start for the Reds and after a rough start to the game, he put together three quality innings where he allowed just one run. After he left the game he headed out to the bullpen to throw some more, to build up his pitch count. You can read about the outing, with quotes from Lorenzen at the Enquirer.

Marquez Smith and Luis Gonzalez both entered the game late. Smith game in for Joey Votto, and as the Reds scored six runs over the final two innings, Smith wound up with three plate appearances. The 30-year-old corner infielder made each one count as he drew a walk, had an RBI double and finally capped things off with a 3-run laser of a home run in the ninth inning.

Gonzalez came in to fill in for Ivan De Jesus at second base. The 20-year-old has been impressive this spring despite never playing above the complex level. He’s been in several big league games and had his best one on Thursday afternoon. In his first plate appearance he doubled to center field. He followed that up with a line drive single to right field.

Here are highlights from other minor leaguers from the game:

  • Irving Falu went 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Brennan Boesch went 2-5 with a run.
  • Chris Dominguez went 3-5 with 2 runs.
  • Ivan De Jesus went 1-3.
  • Nate Adcock threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.

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Cincinnati Reds acquire 1B Dan Johnson, trade IF Devin Lohman http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/26/cincinnati-reds-acquire-1b-dan-johnson-trade-if-devin-lohman/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/26/cincinnati-reds-acquire-1b-dan-johnson-trade-if-devin-lohman/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:01:34 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12240 The Cincinnati Reds acquired first baseman Dan Johnson and traded away infielder Devin Lohman in separate deals on Thursday afternoon.

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The Cincinnati Reds made two trades this afternoon. The first was that they traded infielder Devin Lohman to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later or cash considerations. They followed that move up by acquiring first baseman Dan Johnson from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later.

The Reds drafted Devin Lohman in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft. He struggled early in his career, but put together a strong second half of 2011 to turn things around. After a solid 2012 in Bakersfield he spent each of the last two seasons in Double-A Pensacola where he struggled at the plate, hitting .240/.307/.339 in 240 games. He plays solid defense up the middle at short or second base and he’s got some speed to go with his game, but he’s struggled mightily at the plate at the upper levels. He will be 26-years-old in April.

The acquisition of Dan Johnson looks like it’s one to replace the loss of Neftali Soto, to give the Reds some depth in Triple-A. Johnson got 330-495 plate appearances in the big leagues in 2005-2007 with Oakland, but since then he’s only managed a combined  344 plate appearances in the seven seasons since, hitting just .185/.308/.367 in that time.  The 35-year-old has posted an .815 OPS in Triple-A over the last two seasons, walking more than he’s struck out in each season, but he’s struggled to hit for an average, hitting under .250. He will provide some depth in case of a short term injury shows up.

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Don’t sleep on: Cincinnati Reds starter Jackson Stephens http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/26/dont-sleep-on-cincinnati-reds-starter-jackson-stephens/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/26/dont-sleep-on-cincinnati-reds-starter-jackson-stephens/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:30:39 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12235 Looking at why you shouldn't sleep on Cincinnati Reds right handed pitching prospect Jackson Stephens as he enters the 2015 season.

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Today is the final part of a four part series that we are running where we look at a player that may currently be overlooked, but is someone you shouldn’t be sleeping on for the 2015 season. In part one we looked at outfielder Kevin Garcia. Then we looked at reliever Drew Hayes. We then looked at third baseman Tanner Rahier, but his legal issues and subsequent suspension put that article on the backburner. Today we wrap things up by looking at starting pitcher Jackson Stephens.

Stephens was selected in the 18th round by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2012 draft. He threw 21.1 innings for the Arizona League Reds in his debut, walking just three batters (and two were intentional walks) with 22 strikeouts. His ERA, despite the good peripherals, was a bit high at 4.64.

The right hander followed that up by pitching with the Dayton Dragons in 2013. He didn’t make his debut until June 21st, but he pitched in a piggy-back system with Amir Garrett where each guy would throw 4-5 innings and the other guy would usually cover the rest. In 64.2 innings he had 18 walks and 55 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.59. What stood out for Stephens was his scouting report, bolstered by above-average velocity and he would flash a nice looking breaking ball.

The 2014 season began with Stephens on the disabled list after having an elbow injury in spring training. In a weird twist he began the 2014 season on the same day that he began the 2013 season, June 21st, and was once again in Dayton. The numbers were similar to the previous year as he posted a 4.84 ERA in 67.0 innings with 22 walks and 54 strikeouts. His ERA, walk rate and strikeout rate were all similar to the year before, but there are reasons to believe that he could put things together this season.

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Reds RHP Anthony DeSclafani strikes out nine Rangers on Wednesday http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/26/reds-rhp-anthony-desclafani-strikes-out-nine-rangers-on-wednesday/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/26/reds-rhp-anthony-desclafani-strikes-out-nine-rangers-on-wednesday/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:14:18 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12237 Newly acquired Cincinnati Reds right handed starter Anthony DeSclafani had a big night on Wednesday as he struck out nine Texas Rangers in six innings.

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It may have just been a spring training game, but newly acquired Cincinnati Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani looked in midseason form on Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers. The right hander threw 6.0 shutout innings with nine strikeouts against Texas, though he did run into some trouble in the sixth inning as he walked two batters after allowing a double, but he got out of it on a nice play by Zack Cozart.

The team pushed DeSclafani a bit on the night as he racked up 95 pitches. He used his fastball, slider, change up and curveball in the game with most of his strikeouts coming on the slider, though his curveball left a few batters looking at a called strike three as well.

The former Marlin had shown solid groundball rates while in the minor leagues, but struggled in that regard in limited big league action last season for Miami. Last night there were fourteen balls put in play against him and only four were not on the ground. Getting strikeouts and groundballs is the best of both worlds and Desclafani had those things working for him on the evening.

Cincinnati is placing a whole lot of importance on the 2015 season. They held onto Johnny Cueto this offseason to make one last run at things with a team that’s been to the playoffs three times in the last five seasons. If Anthony DeSclafani can do what he did to Texas in the regular season on any sort of regular basis, the team will likely be in good shape to make another run at the playoffs.

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Reds minor league news and notes for Wednesday afternoon http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/25/reds-minor-league-news-and-notes-for-wednesday-afternoon/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/25/reds-minor-league-news-and-notes-for-wednesday-afternoon/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:30:51 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12233 Looking at some news and notes from around the web on the Cincinnati Reds farm system for Wednesday afternoon.

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There were quite a few Reds minor league related articles that popped up around the internet over the last 24 hours.

Michael Lorenzen was listed as one of the most underrated prospects in the game at Beyond the Box Score by Joseph Werner. He notes that Lorenzen didn’t put up numbers that jump out at you, but that he put up the numbers he did at the level he did with the little pitching experience he had speaks well to his future. He expects the strikeouts to come with time and thinks he’s got a potential #2 upside.

Nick Travieso shared some of his thoughts on the differences between being a fan of professional athletes and actually being one over at MinorLeagueBaseball.com. This particular quote from the article was pretty funny to me, as I remember thinking the same things when I was younger.

“It was always like, ‘He’s the best guy on the team — why did he mess that up?'” said Travieso, “Now I can relate, because I know there’s something different going on every day. Maybe you’re not 100 percent that day, or you’re tired that day.”

There’s more at the link, including stuff from several other prospects (non-Reds).

Tom Nichols is now completed with his 2015 Dayton Dragons previews for the infield as he published the third basemen preview on Tuesday afternoon at DaytonDragons.com. The two players that are previewed are both from last years draft: Taylor Sparks and Gavin LaValley. Most of the preview centers around Sparks, who is likely to be the guy in Dayton, but with some uncertainty for the position in Daytona, there’s always a chance he gets pushed up which would open a spot for Gavin LaValley to step in for the Dragons.

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Reds Ben Klimesh lights up the radar gun in spring training http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/25/reds-ben-klimesh-lights-up-the-radar-gun-in-spring-training/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/03/25/reds-ben-klimesh-lights-up-the-radar-gun-in-spring-training/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:01:52 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12231 Cincinnati Reds prospect reliever Ben Klimesh lit up the radar gun on Monday night in the teams tie with the Texas Rangers.

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The Cincinnati Reds game ended in a tie after 10 innings on Monday night and just about everyone hates ties, but it provided a good opportunity to get an extra pitcher into the game. For the Reds that turned out to be right hander Ben Klimesh.

Klimesh is coming off of a season where he had 77 strikeouts and 21 walks in 61.2 innings. Those are strong numbers, but his ERA between Bakersfield and Pensacola was 4.82, a number that wasn’t so good. The right hander will turn 25 in May and will likely be back in Pensacola’s bullpen, but he had a chance to pitch for the Reds in spring training and he flashed some big stuff.

He three a perfect inning and struck out a batter. It was his only appearance in big league camp this year, but fortunately it also happened in a stadium that had the Pitch F/X cameras running. That means we get to see just how hard he was throwing the movement on the pitches.

The right hander has always had good top velocity, known to hit 96 MPH at times. What was impressive was in this outing he averaged 96 MPH, granted he only threw five fastballs. The top velocity was 97.2 MPH and all five were at least 95.1 MPH.

He only three eight pitches total and five of them were fastballs. He threw one change up and two sliders. The sliders were both 87 MPH and are more in line with a pure slider rather than the cutter type of slider that borders between the two pitches.

The most interesting pitch of the outing though was his change up. It’s not a pitch that he goes to as often as the other pitches, but it jumps off of the page when looking at the raw data when it comes to the movement.

It must be noted that it is just one pitch, so we don’t really have a baseline for this being an outlier of some kind of one that he can repeat, but the pitch came in at 90 MPH, six MPH slower than his fastball, had 2.5 inches more running action on it and this is what stands out, 7.5 inches more sinking action to it than the fastball. A change up with that much movement coupled with a mid 90’s fastball and a good slider is a real weapon. Don’t be surprised if he’s one of the guys that has a breakout type of year this season.

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