redsminorleagues.com http://redsminorleagues.com Thu, 28 May 2015 23:00:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Cincinnati Reds Prospect Hot List: Week 7 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/28/cincinnati-reds-prospect-hot-list-week-7/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/28/cincinnati-reds-prospect-hot-list-week-7/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 23:00:39 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12759 Yorman Rodriguez hit .400 last week for the Louisville Bats as he continued to turn his season around.

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Last week was a big week for more than a few hitters, and several pitchers were strong as well. Let’s take a look at who performed the best over the last week in the Cincinnati Reds minor leagues system.

The Hitters

Zach Vincej | Pensacola Blue Wahoos

No hitter had a better week than Zach Vincej did. The shortstop hit .444/.500/.833 last week over 20 plate appearances. He had a double and two home runs on the week while driving in five runs. He also scored six runs, stole a base and walked twice.

Paul Kronenfeld | Dayton Dragons

While he didn’t play every day, Kronenfeld racked up 18 plate appearances and made all of his time on the field count. The first baseman hit .375/.444/.688 with two doubles and a home run. He would draw a walk, drive in three runs and he scored three runs as well.

Yorman Rodriguez | Louisville Bats

After a slow start to the season Yorman Rodriguez has heated up over the last few weeks and the past week was no different. He didn’t draw a walk during the week, but he still hit .400 with a .667 slugging percentage thanks to five extra-base hits. The outfielder scored seven runs, had 12 hits and drove in four.

Alex Blandino | Daytona Tortugas

Out of all the players in the system, Alex Blandino may be having the best season to date when we consider the league he’s also playing in. The Tortugas shortstop hit .350 last week with four walks (.481 on-base percentage) and he slugged .500. He scored four runs and drove in five over the span of the week.

Junior Arias | Daytona Tortugas

Arias has been a heartbreaker to opponents this season with multiple walk-off hits in May. Over the last week the outfielder hit .385/.429/.538 with four doubles and two walks. He added five stolen bases on the week and scored six runs.

The Pitchers

Barrett Astin | Daytona Tortugas

Astin made two starts last week for Daytona and posted a 0.00 ERA in 11.1 innings. The right hander had a 0.79 WHIP with just three walks and he struck out seven batters.

David Holmberg | Louisville Bats

The left hander made one start last week, allowing just one run in 6.7 innings (1.35 ERA) and posting a 0.90 WHIP. He allowed a walk and five hits to go along with six strikeouts.

Seth Varner | Dayton Dragons

The second left handed starter on the list, Varner also made two starts last week. The Dragons pitcher had a 2.77 ERA in 13.0 innings with a 0.85 WHIP. He didn’t walk a batter in either start and had eight strikeouts.

Alejandro Chacin | Daytona Tortugas

For the second week in the row, Alejandro Chacin makes the list. The reliever posted a 0.00 ERA in 3.0 innings for Daytona, allowing just one base runner and striking out three batters.

Joel Bender | Daytona Tortugas

A third left handed pitcher on the list, Bender pitched two games out of the bullpen for the Tortugas last week as he posted a 0.00 ERA in 5.2 innings. He had just two walks and he struck out five batters with a 1.06 WHIP.

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Cincinnati Reds Draft Preview: Part 5 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/28/cincinnati-reds-draft-preview-part-5/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/28/cincinnati-reds-draft-preview-part-5/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 19:00:18 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12757 With one week until the draft, part five of the Cincinnati Reds draft preview wraps up the scouting reports by looking at possible outfield selections.

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Coverage for the 2015 draft continues today as we preview the final group of players that are in the range for where the Cincinnati Reds will be drafting with their first pick. The outfield group has a nice array of both college and high schoolers. For looks at other groups: Right Handed Pitchers, Left Handed Pitchers and Infielders. You can also read the opening piece that looked at how the organization has drafted under the current regime run by Chris Buckley.

Kyle Tucker | High School – Florida | 6′ 4″ | 175 lbs

Tucker has been viewed as going as high as the Top 5, but has also dropped to the Reds in several mock drafts as well, being linked to the team by nearly every source out there. Scouts love his smooth swing, comparing it with Hall of Fame hitters. He’s viewed as one of the best pure hitters in the high school ranks this year with plus hitting and plus raw power. The left handed hitter is still playing center for his high school, but he’s expected to move into a corner position – likely right field – as a professional.

Ian Happ | College – Cincinnati | 6′ 0″ | 205 lbs

With Happ playing at the University of Cincinnati, the Reds have obviously been linked to the outfielder. He’s played second base in the past and some teams believe he could move back to the position as a pro. The switch hitter has a plus hit tool and average power at the plate. He’s got slightly above-average speed and an arm that rates out similarly. The 20-year-old hit .369/.492/.672 for the Bearcats this season with 49 walks and 49 strikeouts over 252 plate appearances. His 19.4% strikeout rate is pretty high for someone who is supposed to be an elite level college hitter, especially coming in the AAC and not in a power baseball conference. That’s worrisome from my standpoint, because if college pitchers in the AAC could make him swing and miss so often, what kind of adjustments will he have to make against professional pitchers to keep his strikeout rate under control?

Nick Plummer | High School – Michigan | 5′ 11″ | 190 lbs

A quick riser over the last year, Plummer brings above-average tools to the offensive side of things. With a plus hit tool and above-average raw power, the left hander is among the best bats from the high school group. He’s got slightly above-average speed, and scouts seem split on whether or not he can remain in center or will have to move to the corners where his below-average arm strength profiles better in left than in right.

Trenton Clark | High School – Texas | 6′ 0″ | 200 lbs

Clark is the best defender among the high school group talked about in this article and should be able to stick in center field as a pro. He grades out well with a plus hit tool and average power potential. Plate discipline is said to be a strong point for his game, making him ideal for a top of the order hitter. His arm is slightly below-average, but plays solid enough for center. The left handed hitter also has a good track record of performance for Team USA in international competition.

Daz Cameron | High School – Georgia | 6′ 1″ | 190 lbs

The son of Mike Cameron, Daz has been on the national radar for years. He shows a plus hit tool, something his dad never had, but his power grades out to be average. One concern brought up by some scouts is his approach. Those that have more faith think his quick bat will let him make the proper adjustments over time. He can run well and should be able to handle center field in the future, though exactly how well he can defend has been debated among front offices.

Andrew Benintendi | College – Arkansas | 5′ 10″ | 170 lbs

The Reds drafted Benintendi out of high school in 2013 with their 31st round selection. The Madeira product chose to go to college and as a 20-year-old sophomore he is draft eligible again this season. As you’d expect, the Reds have been heavily linked to Benintendi by nearly everyone. Coming out of high school the scouting reports were all about his plus hitting tool, but in two years at Arkansas he’s developed plenty of power to go with it, some even grading his power out as plus. He’s hitting .391/.492/.738 with 40 walks and 29 strikeouts in 253 plate appearances. Defensively he uses his plus speed well on the bases and it should allow him to remain in center field as well.

Garrett Whitley | High School – New York | 6′ 1″ | 195 lbs

Whitley has been a quick riser over the last year. Coming out of New York he wasn’t as known as some other guys, but with big tools to work with he began to turn those raw skills into ability during his senior season. He shows off a strong hit tool and equally above-average power. Both come with plus bat-speed and he’s shown a strong understanding of the strikezone and ability to read spin well for a high schooler. Whitley runs well, showing plus times to first base. That speed should also allow him to remain in center field over the long haul.

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Billy Hamilton: Time to stop hitting left handed? http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/28/billy-hamilton-time-to-stop-hitting-left-handed/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/28/billy-hamilton-time-to-stop-hitting-left-handed/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 14:00:32 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12749 After parts of three seasons in the big leagues, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton has struggled from his unnatural left side of the plate.

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Today marks a bit of a change for the site. It’s still going to cover the minor leagues on a daily basis, and nothing from that standpoint is going to change. What will change is that once or twice a week I will also be adding in some thoughts on the big league club.

The 2015 season has gotten off to a very rough start for Billy Hamilton at the plate. The switch hitter is batting just .214/.257/.321 as I type this out on Wednesday afternoon. Hamilton brings tons of value on the defensive side of the ball and he’s the best baserunner in the game. Still, .257 won’t cut it in the on-base percentage department as a position player.

When Billy Hamilton came out of high school in the 2009 draft he was a right handed hitter. The organization decided that to take better advantage of his speed that they would experiment with him switch hitting. In the minor leagues he held his own from the left side of the plate, often posting better numbers from the left side.

Despite posting better numbers though, his swing from the left side has never looked remotely as good as from his natural right side. On balls that are mid-thigh and lower, Hamilton’s swing from the left side is smooth and quick. However, when the pitch is higher than that the swing is choppy, giving him no authority at all to make hard contact.

In his big league career he’s hit .240/.288/.336 from the left side of the plate. From the right side he’s hit .263/.290/.395. The on-base percentage is nearly identical, but he’s hit for significantly more power from the right side. That’s no surprise, it’s his natural side and his swing is much better from that side of the plate.

Let’s take a look at the heat maps from BrooksBaseball.net for batting average, since power really isn’t a part of his game from either side of the plate (though it’s stronger from the right side):

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The colors seem to be a bit off for some reason, as they don’t represent the same scale somehow, but as a left handed hitter, of the 25 sections shown Hamilton is hitting over .280 in just three of them where he has more than five balls put in play. From the right side he’s hitting over .280 in seven of them. The sample size is much smaller from the right side of the plate, and he’s got similar struggles with pitches up in the zone, but at least in the middle of the zone he’s hit well, while he’s struggled somewhat in that area from the left side.

What about the premise of taking advantage of the speed from the left side of the plate? That really only comes into play on infield hits. For his career he’s turned infield balls in play into hits 9.1% of of the time from the right side of the plate. From the left side of the plate that’s at 12.2%. However for 2014 and 2015  that number is down to just under 11% as it was boosted by an incredible 67% rate in 2013. The plan is working, but is two extra singles for every 100 infield ground balls worth having a player bat from his far weaker side?

Hamilton is just 24-years-old, and he’s still new to switch hitting in the grand scheme of things, but his swing from the left side still doesn’t look good and he’s really not made much improvement over the years on anything up in the zone from the left side. I would probably allow him to continue to work on things for 2015, but if he doesn’t show real improvements this season from the left side, I’d strongly consider pulling the plug on switch hitting and have Hamilton focus solely on hitting from the right side.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 5/27/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/28/reds-minor-league-game-review-52715/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/28/reds-minor-league-game-review-52715/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 04:51:53 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12755 Alex Blandino homered and drove in three runs in a Daytona Tortugas win on Wednesday.

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Louisville won 10-2. Box Score

  • Hernan Iribarren went 1-4 with a walk, double, RBI and a run.
  • Ivan De Jesus went 2-4 with a walk, RBI and 2 runs.
  • Eugenio Suarez went 0-1 with 3 walks and 2 runs.
  • Yorman Rodriguez went 2-4 with a run and 2 RBI.
  • Chris Dominguez went 1-4 with a home run (4) and 3 RBI.
  • Chris Berset went 1-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Jose Constanza went 2-4 with a run.
  • Donovan Hand allowed 2 earned in 6 innings with 5 strikeouts.
  • Ben Klimesh threw 2 hitless innings with a walk.
  • Drew Hayes threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The Bats did all of the early scoring and they started in the 1st by plating three runs when Yorman Rodriguez singled with the bases loaded, but the right fielder made an error, bringing in an additional run as the bases were cleared with Rodriguez standing on third. In the 2nd inning they would add to more on a double by Hernan Iribarren that brought in a run and he’d score on an Ivan De Jesus single to make it 5-0. Louisville was right back at it the next inning and after the first two batters reached, Chris Dominguez smashed a home run to center to make it 8-0. Three straight walks led off the 4th inning and Chris Berset put a stamp on the scoring with a 2-run single to make it 10-0. With a big lead Donovan Hand was cruising through five innings before finally allowing two runs in the 6th. He turned the game over to the bullpen and the combination of Ben Klimesh and Drew Hayes didn’t allow a hit over the final three innings as Louisville moved a game over the .500 mark.

Pensacola won 7-5 in 14 innings. Box Score

  • Ryan Wright went 2-6 with a walk and a run.
  • Jesse Winker went 2-7 with 2 runs.
  • Ray Chang went 3-6 with a double, walk, 2 runs and 2 RBI.
  • Kyle Waldrop went 2-5 with a double, 2 walks and 2 RBI.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean went 2-5 with a walk, RBI and a run.
  • Juan Perez went 2-7.
  • Keyvius Sampson allowed 2 runs in 5 innings with 5 walks and 4 strikeouts.
  • Zack Weiss threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
  • Carlos Gonzalez threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout.
  • Jacob Johnson threw 4 shutout innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
  • Kevin Shackelford was charged with an unearned run in an inning of work with a strikeout.

Game Notes

It’s nearly 1am as this game started at 8pm (for me) and went 14 innings, so I’m just going to provide notes on the 14th inning after no one scored beyond the 8th up to that point. In the top of the 14th inning of a 4-4 game Ryan Wright got things started with a 1-out walk. Jesse Winker followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Ray Chang then doubled to put Pensacola up 5-4. An intentional walk loaded the bases and another run came in when Seth Mejias-Brean was hit by a pitch. Kyle Skipworth grounded out, but brought in a third run to make it 7-4. A poor call to end the inning on a Juan Perez “ground out” should have made it 8-4, but it was a 14th inning call if you’ve ever seen one as he was safe by several feet. Kevin Shackelford came on for the bottom of the inning and only a bad hop on a ball to Ryan Wright kept Mississippi in the game as it led to an unearned run, but the Blue Wahoos held on for the extra-innings win.

Daytona won 7-6. Box Score

  • Junior Arias went 2-4 with a walk, 2 steals and 2 runs.
  • Alex Blandino went 2-5 with a home run (4), 2 runs and 3 RBI.
  • Sebastian Elizalde went 1-3 with a double, 2 walks, a steal, 2 runs and an RBI.
  • Chad Wallach went 2-4 with a walk.
  • Taylor Sparks went 2-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Barrett Astin threw 6 shutout innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Junior Arias singled with one out in the 1st and proceeded to steal second and move to third on a ground out. After walking, Sebastian Elizalde took off to second base and the catcher threw toward the bag. Arias took off for home and both runners were safe as Daytona executed a perfect double steal to take a 1-0 lead. Taylor Sparks would single in Elizalde to make it 2-0. The score would stay there until the top of the 6th inning when Sparks would again single in Elizalde to make it 3-0. Barrett Astin lowered his ERA on the season to 2.28 as he tossed six shutout innings in the game before exiting. Alex Blandino boosted the lead for the Torgugas by smashing a 3-run home run in the 7th inning to make it 6-0. Nick Howard got through the 7th inning without a run allowed, but the 8th inning didn’t go as smoothly, allowing two singles, two walks and a sac fly before exiting the game. Before the inning was over it was 6-5 with Daytona barely hanging on. Sebastian Elizalde doubled in Alex Blandino in the top of the 9th to extend the lead to 7-5 and it turned out to be a big run as Bradenton scored a run in the bottom of the 9th, but their comeback failed as Daytona picked up their 28th win of the season.

Dayton won 4-3. Box Score

  • Ronald Bueno went 1-3 with 2 steals.
  • Gavin LaValley went 1-2 with a double, 2 runs and 2 walks.
  • Garrett Boulware went 1-3 with a walk and 2 RBI.
  • Paul Kronenfeld went 1-3 with a home run (2) and 2 RBI.
  • Jonathan Reynoso went 1-3.
  • Mark Armstrong allowed 2 runs in 5.1 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
  • Joe Mantoni threw 1.2 perfect innings.
  • Conor Krauss threw a shutout inning with a walk.

Game Notes

The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Garrett Boulware singled in Gavin LaValley, who had doubled to lead off the inning. South Bend took the lead two innings later with a 2-run inning, but it didn’t last long as Paul Kronenfeld homered with Gavin LaValley on to put Dayton up 3-2. They would add another run in the 5th with plenty of help from the Cubs pitching, who hit a batter and walked four more in the inning. The bullpen allowed a run in the top of the 8th, again making it a 1-run lead for the Dragons, but they held on for their 25th win of the season.

5/28/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 24-23 N/A OFF OFF Here Here Here
Pensacola 21-25 N/A 8:00pm Adleman Here Here Here
Daytona 28-18 N/A 6:30pm Stephens Here Here N/A
Dayton 25-22 N/A 7:00pm 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 DNP
2 Jesse Winker AA 2-7, 2 runs, K.
3 Michael Lorenzen MLB DNP
4 Nick Travieso A+ DNP
5 Yorman Rodriguez AAA 2-4, 2 RBI, run, K.
6 Sal Romano A+ DNP
7 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
8 Anthony DeSclafani MLB DNP
9 Nick Howard A+ 1.1IP, 2H, 5ER, 4BB, 2K.
10 Raisel Iglesias MLB DNP
11 Phillip Ervin A+ 0-5.
12 Aristides Aquino A DNP – Injured
13 Kyle Waldrop AA 2-5, 2BB, 2 RBI, 2K.
14 Alex Blandino A+ 2-5, HR (4), 2 runs, 3 RBI.
15 Jon Moscot AAA DNP
16 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP
17 Tucker Barnhart MLB 0-3, K.
18 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 2-5, run, HBP, BB, RBI, K.
19 Junior Arias A+ 2-4, BB, 2 steals, 2 runs.
20 Carlton Daal A+ DNP
21 Jose Ortiz A DNP
22 Taylor Sparks A+ 2-4, 2 RBI, K.
23 Chad Wallach A+ 2-4, BB.
24 Gavin LaValley A 1-2, 2B, 2BB, 2 runs.
25 Daniel Wright AA DNP

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Yorman Rodriguez heats up, but needs more adjustments http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/27/yorman-rodriguez-heats-up-but-needs-more-adjustments/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/27/yorman-rodriguez-heats-up-but-needs-more-adjustments/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 19:30:41 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12739 Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect has been on fire over the last two weeks for the Louisville Bats, but he needs to continue to make adjustments.

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The 2014 season was a breakout one for Yorman Rodriguez, sort of. His break out was hidden by a flat out terrible May where he hit .139/.184/.208. He started the month on the disabled list with an oblique strain and when he came back, he struggled mightily for a few weeks. Outside of May, the 21-year-old (at the time) hit .286/.358/.423 with 43 walks and 91 strikeouts.

The real breakout came in the second half, August specifically. In August he would hit .294/.408/.529 where he walked 20 times. It was easily the most he had ever walked in a month and also the best OPS for a month he had ever posted (where he had 40 at-bats).

All stats listed below are coming into Tuesday night

In 2015 he has had some struggles at the Triple-A level. Rodriguez is hitting just .240/.273/.429 overall, for an OPS of .702. The International League has an average OPS of .685, though it’s more heavily titled toward on-base percentage and lesser towards slugging. Either way, the now 22-year-old has been roughly a league average bat while being five years younger than the average player in the league.

His May has been a bit of a turnaround, as he’s hit .267/.290/.500, but that line has also come with just three walks and 28 strikeouts. The power has been there in a big way, but it’s been all or nothing as he’s had 12 extra-base hits on the month with 12 singles to go with those three walks. The power output is good to see, it’s a part of his game that’s always teased itself over the years but hasn’t really been put together over long periods of time.

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May All Questions Answered Thread http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/27/may-all-questions-answered-thread/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/27/may-all-questions-answered-thread/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 13:33:39 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12745 Do you have some questions about minor league baseball? Here's your chance to get them answered.

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It’s the last Wednesday of the month, which means that it’s time for an All Questions Answered thread. If you’ve been around for a while you know the rules, but for those who don’t know the rules they are below:

  • Ask before 10pm EST and you will get an answer.
  • Each user gets three questions.
  • Avoid questions that will require me to look up the answer (like how many guys have stolen 30 bases in a season for the Reds farm system in the last 10 years).
  • Avoid questions that will require more than a paragraph to answer. I’m long winded in explaining my answers as it is.
  • Questions don’t have to be about the Reds or their system – I will take on all appropriate questions, baseball or otherwise.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 5/26/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/27/reds-minor-league-game-review-52615/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/27/reds-minor-league-game-review-52615/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 04:32:16 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12742 Taylor Sparks had three hits and scored twice in a Daytona Tortugas win on Tuesday night.

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Louisville won 4-3. Box Score

  • Yorman Rodriguez went 1-4 with a triple and a run.
  • Ivan De Jesus went 2-3 with an RBI.
  • Eugenio Suarez went 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs.
  • Chris Dominguez went 1-4 with a run.
  • Ramon Cabrera went 3-3 with 3 RBI.
  • Jose De La Torre threw 2 hitless innings with 2 walks and a strikeout.
  • Pedro Villarreal threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
  • Nate Adcock threw a perfect inning.

Game Notes

The Bats took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Ramon Cabrera singled in two runs with the bases loaded. Yorman Rodriguez tripled to lead off the 3rd inning and scored on a sac fly to extend the lead. Toledo got two runs back in the 4th inning. Ramon Cabrera extended the lead for Louisville in the bottom of the 4th inning with another RBI single, making it 4-2. The Mudhens got a run in the 6th to cut the lead to 4-3, but the bullpen shut things down from there as they threw four hitless innings after Dylan Axelrod left the game to preserve the win.

Pensacola had the day off.

Daytona won 8-4. Box Score

  • Chad Wallach went 2-3 with a walk and 2 runs.
  • Taylor Sparks went 3-4 with 2 runs.
  • Joe Hudson went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • Jon Matthews went 2-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Joel Bender threw 3.2 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Bradenton scored in the bottom of the 1st inning to take a 1-0 lead. The offense got the run back and then another one on a Joe Hudson double and a Carlton Daal sac fly. The Marauders got the two runs back in the bottom of the third to take the lead against Sal Romano, who left after three innings and just 38 pitches. I’m not sure why at this point. Joel Bender came on and tossed 3.2 shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 3.73 on the season. Before he left the game the Tortugas put together a 6-run rally in the top of the 6th inning that began with five straight singles with the big hit being a 2-run single by Jon Matthews.

Dayton won 4-0. Box Score

  • Jimmy Pickens went 2-4 with a home run (1) and 2 RBI.
  • Brian O’Grady went 1-3 with a double.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
  • Paul Kronenfel went 3-4 with a double, RBI and a run.
  • Jonathan Reynoso went 2-4 with a run.
  • Seth Varner threw 7 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts.
  • Jake Paulson threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout.

Game Notes

Jimmy Pickens homered in the bottom of the 1st inning to give Dayton a 1-0 lead. In the 2nd inning Paul Kronenfeld doubled in Luis Gonzalez to make it 2-0. That would be all the Dragons would need as Seth Varner tossed seven shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 2.98 on the season. In the bottom of the 7th Dayton scored twice on RBI singles by Ronald Bueno and Jimmy Pickens to make it 4-0. Jake Paulson threw two shutout innings to seal the victory.

5/27/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 23-23 N/A 6:35pm Hand Here Here Here
Pensacola 20-25 N/A 8:00pm TBA Here Here Here
Daytona 27-18 N/A 10:30am Astin Here Here N/A
Dayton 24-22 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 1-4, BB, K.
3 Michael Lorenzen MLB 7IP, 2h, 1ER, 3BB, 3K.
4 Nick Travieso A+ DNP
5 Yorman Rodriguez AAA 1-4, 3B, run.
6 Sal Romano A+ 3IP, 6H, 3ER.
7 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
8 Anthony DeSclafani MLB DNP
9 Nick Howard A+ DNP
10 Raisel Iglesias MLB 3IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 6K.
11 Phillip Ervin A+ 1-5, RBI, K.
12 Aristides Aquino A DNP – Injured
13 Kyle Waldrop AA 1-5, 2K.
14 Alex Blandino A+ 1-5, run, K.
15 Jon Moscot AAA DNP
16 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP
17 Tucker Barnhart MLB 0-3, K.
18 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 3-4, 2B, run.
19 Junior Arias A+ 1-5, run, 2K.
20 Carlton Daal A+ 0-1, BB, run, RBI, SF.
21 Jose Ortiz A DNP
22 Taylor Sparks A+ 3-4, 2 runs.
23 Chad Wallach A+ 2-3, BB, 2 runs.
24 Gavin LaValley A 0-4, K.
25 Daniel Wright AA DNP

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Seth Mejias-Brean is turning things around in Pensacola http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/26/seth-mejias-brean-is-turning-things-around-in-pensacola/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/26/seth-mejias-brean-is-turning-things-around-in-pensacola/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 17:25:32 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12735 Seth Mejias-Brean has been on a roll lately for Pensacola as he's rebounded from a slower start in 2015.

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At his first three stops in the minor leagues Seth Mejias-Brean hit .305/.386/.478 with 120 walks and 161 strikeouts in 1074 plate appearances. He showed the ability to hit for average, draw plenty of walks, hit for some power and showed a good contact rate as he struckout just 15% of the time he stepped to the plate.

Things haven’t gone nearly as smooth in Double-A. In 425 plate appearances with Pensacola, the third baseman has hit .244/.341/.334 with 52 walks and 80 strikeouts.  His walk rate has remained the same, but everywhere else, he has seen a decline in his numbers. His strikeout rate has jumped from 15% to 18.9% while his average and isolated power (slugging-average) have dropped off considerably.

The jump from Advanced-A to Double-A is often viewed as the biggest jump in baseball, which could be part of the reason he has tailed off some. Another part could be that as an opposite field hitter, the home stadium doesn’t play well for him as right field in Pensacola crushes power output.

In his 237 career plate appearances in Pensacola he has hit just one home run, while in 188 road plate appearances he has hit three. He does have 12 total extra-base hits at home and only nine on the road.

No matter who you slice it though, it’s been a rough transition to the Double-A level.  In 2015 he’s only hitting .259/.354/.353, but he’s on the upswing. Over his last 11 games, the former Arizona product has been on fire. As noted, he’s only had 12 total extra-base hits at home in 233 plate appearances. Three of those have come in this stretch and he added one on the road in the last 11 games, hitting .390/.468/.488 with four doubles over that span.

Coming out of college, Mejias-Brean was noted for above-average raw power and it began to show up at the lower levels, but it’s been mostly absent in Double-A. He’s started to hit for some more power in the last week, and if it’s more than just a bit of a hot streak, it could really turn around his struggles at the level. His walk rate and strikeout rates have been at levels that should lead to success, but his power output has held him back.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 5/25/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/25/reds-minor-league-game-review-52515/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/25/reds-minor-league-game-review-52515/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 03:16:23 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12729 Ryan Wright drove in three runs for Pensacola in a comeback win by the Blue Wahoos on Monday night.

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Louisville lost 11-2. Box Score

  • HErnan Iribarren went 1-4 with a double and a walk.
  • Chris Dominguez went 2-4 with an RBI and a run.
  • Jose Constanza went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Nick Christiani threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and a steal.

Game Notes

The game started out well enough for Jon Moscot, allowing just a run through the first three innings, but the 4th and 5th innings saw him run into all kinds of troubles as he allowed seven runs in the two innings. The 8-1 deficit was too much to overcome and Toledo would pad their lead and push forward to an 11-2 in.

Pensacola won 8-7. Box Score

  • Ryan Wright went 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI.
  • Jesse Winker went 1-4 with a walk.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean went 3-4 with a double and a run.
  • Ray Chang went 2-4 with 2 runs.
  • Zach Vincej went 1-4 with an RBI and 2 runs.
  • Julio Morillo went 1-3 with a run and an RBI.
  • Juan Silva went 2-3 with a double, walk, RBI and a run.
  • Layne Somsen allowed 2 runs in 4 innings with 3 walks and a strikeout.
  • Blaine Howell threw 2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts.
  • Kyle McMyne threw a perfect inning.

Game Notes

Wandy Peralta has had better days than he had on Monday night. He allowed five runs, though only three were earned, in the first two innings. Then in the top of the 3rd inning the first batter lined a ball off of his arm and he had to exit the game. He threw a few pitches after he was hit to try and stay in the game, but the manager/medical staff decided to pull him, so the odds are that he’s not truly injured if he was able to throw some warm ups afterwards. Layne Somsen took over and allowed a run in the 4th inning as Jackson took a 6-0 lead. The Blue Wahoos rallied in the 5th though with three straight singles followed by a Juan Silva double that made it 6-2. Two ground outs later in the inning would make it a 4-run inning. The Generals would tack a run onto their lead in the top of the 6th, making it 7-4. After a scoreless 7th inning the Pensacola’s offense went back to work with another rally in the bottom of the 8th. The inning began with a Seth Mejias-Brean double and was followed with three more baserunners reaching before the first out was recorded. Ryan Wright tied the game up with a bases loaded 2-run double that put the go-ahead run on third. A wild pitch brought in Kyle Skipworth to give Pensacola the lead. It was a lead they would keep as Kyle McMyne came in and made easy work in the top of the 9th inning.

Daytona had the day off.

Dayton lost 4-3 in 10 innings. Box Score

  • Jimmy Pickens went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Avain Rachal went 1-3 with 2 walks and an RBI.
  • Gavin LaValley went 1-4 with a walk.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 4-5 with an RBI.
  • Tejay Antone was charged with an unearned run in 6 innings with 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

West Michigan grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning, scoring an unearned run off of Tejay Antone. It would be the lone run he’d allow over six innings. He would exit with a 3-1 lead thanks to individual runs scored in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings. That would be the last time the offense would score though, and the Whitecaps would tie the game up in the bottom of the 8th as the bullpen ran into some struggles. They would win in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th inning as Dayton dropped to 23-22 on the season.

5/26/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 22-23 N/A 6:35pm Axelrod Here Here Here
Pensacola 20-25 N/A OFF OFF Here Here Here
Daytona 26-18 N/A 6:35pm Romano Here Here N/A
Dayton 23-22 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 1-4, BB, K.
3 Michael Lorenzen MLB DNP
4 Nick Travieso A+ DNP
5 Yorman Rodriguez AAA 1-5, 2B, K.
6 Sal Romano A+ DNP
7 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
8 Anthony DeSclafani MLB DNP
9 Nick Howard A+ DNP
10 Raisel Iglesias MLB 3IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 6K.
11 Phillip Ervin A+ DNP
12 Aristides Aquino A DNP – Injured
13 Kyle Waldrop AA 1-5, 2K.
14 Alex Blandino A+ DNP
15 Jon Moscot AAA 4.2IP, 11H, 8ER, 2BB, 2K.
16 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP
17 Tucker Barnhart MLB 0-3, K.
18 Seth Mejias-Brean AA 3-4, 2B, run.
19 Junior Arias A+ DNP
20 Carlton Daal A+ DNP
21 Jose Ortiz A 0-4.
22 Taylor Sparks A+ DNP
23 Chad Wallach A+ DNP
24 Gavin LaValley A 1-4, BB, K.
25 Daniel Wright AA DNP

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Who will replace Devin Mesoraco on the bench? http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/25/who-will-replace-devin-mesoraco-on-the-roster/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/05/25/who-will-replace-devin-mesoraco-on-the-roster/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 19:29:54 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=12725 With the Cincinnati Reds playing Devin Mesoraco on the disabled list, who will the replace him with on the roster?

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Earlier today the Cincinnati Reds finally placed Devin Mesoraco on the disabled list. Taking his place was reliever Manny Parra, who was activated off of the disabled list. This move was a short term move, but it leaves the Reds bench short. It currently consists of Tucker Barnhart, Kristopher Negron, Brennan Boesch and Skip Schumaker. A reliever is going to be replaced on the roster with a bench player, perhaps as soon as tomorrow.

Who that player will be is up in the air. The first place to always look is on the 40-man roster. There are only five players on the 40-man roster that are healthy right now and also position players. One of them is catcher Kyle Skipworth, who I can’t imagine is going to be brought in as a third catcher. That leaves just four players: Infielders Chris Dominguez (also plays plenty of outfield) and Eugenio Suarez, and outfielders Yorman Rodriguez and Kyle Waldrop. Of that group, only Waldrop is not in Triple-A.

The Reds had a good look at Dominguez in spring training, gave him a spot on the roster for opening day, but he went 0-3 with three strikeouts before being sent down. He’s hitting .202 with Louisville right now, and while he’s been better in May, he’s still struggling with the bat.

Eugenio Suarez is just 23-years-old and the Reds have shown that they don’t seem to have much faith in young players on their bench. He had a rough April, but is hitting .284/.393/.446 in the month of May. As a shortstop, he could probably handle third or second as well coming off of the bench if needed. Of the group on the 40-man roster, he’s probably the best fit, but the Reds would probably rather he play every day in Louisville than sit on the bench for the big league club.

Yorman Rodriguez, like Suarez, had a rough April. The outfielder has picked things up in May, hitting .271 and he’s slugging .506, but he has just three walks and 27 strikeouts on the month too. That rate doesn’t bode well for success against big league pitching. Toss in that he’s just 22-years-old and the center fielder is probably in the same situation as Suarez, where the organization would feel better about him playing every day in Louisville than riding the bench in Cincinnati.

Then there is Kyle Waldrop down in Double-A. He’s hitting .316 in May with a .516 slugging percentage, but like Rodriguez he’s struggled with his plate discipline. In both April and May he has had exactly two walks and 22 strikeouts. Those rates don’t bode well for success against big leaguers. He’s just 23-years-old, and with a lack of Triple-A experience, he’d be a long shot to come up and sit on the bench as a pinch hitter for the team.

That leaves open the possibility for someone to come up that isn’t on the 40-man roster. There are options to clear a spot on the roster. The team could move Mesoraco to the 60-day disabled list if they wanted to. They could designate a player for assignment if needed as well. Who are the options they could choose from though?

Looking down at Louisville there seems to be four options to consider: Ivan De Jesus, Irving Falu, Hernan Iribarren and Steve Selsky. Let’s take a quick look at the numbers put up by each player so far this season:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG BB K
Ivan De Jesus 175 .314 .389 .410 18 35
Irving Falu 132 .328 .375 .414 10 15
Hernan Iribarren 96 .286 .375 .357 12 14
Steve Selsky 110 .337 .382 .495 7 25

Ivan De Jesus had a very big month of April, but has cooled off some in May. Despite cooling off, he’s still posted a .362 OBP in the month, but his power has dropped off, with half as many extra-base hits in May than he had in less time during April. He’s been getting on base and has had a solid contact rate while providing outstanding defense everywhere on the infield. He could potentially provide a lot of position flexibility off of the bench as well as be a solid bat, though one without home run power. He also provides some big league experience, though it has been limited.

Irving Falu also had a big April, and he’s cooled off some in May. His cool down though has still led to a .299/.356/.373 line on the month with as many walks as strikeouts. He has played exclusively at second base this season for Louisville, though last year with the Brewers Triple-A team he split time at shortstop and third as well as second. As a switch hitter he would provide something from both sides, though he’s been significantly better as a left handed hitter this season (though he was much better as a right hander last season). Like De Jesus, he has limited big league experience and could potentially provide some position flexibility and a solid bat coming of of the bench.

Hernan Iribarren has less time this season than the rest of the group, but he didn’t play in his first game of the year until April 27th. since then he’s been solid across the board. There’s not much power to speak of, but he makes plenty of contact and understands the strikezone with good plate discipline. He’s also played all around the field, seeing action this season at third base, second base, shortstop and left field for the Louisville Bats. He too has limited big league experience.

Steve Selsky has the best OPS among the group, hitting .337/.382/.495 for the Bats. Unlike the rest of the group though, he doesn’t have quite the same skills at the plate to make contact and he’s got the lowest walk rate among the group with just seven walks and 25 strikeouts this season. He’s got the most power among the bunch, but in 84 career Triple-A games he has just three home runs so he isn’t exactly a power threat. Defensively he’s been a corner outfielder and first baseman in his career, so he provides limited defensive value. Unlike the other three, he also has no big league experience, but he’s also easily the youngest of the group at just 25-years-old.

Depending on exactly what the Reds are looking for to fill out there bench will depend on who makes the most sense to call up, but in most cases it would seem that either Ivan De Jesus or Irving Falu would make the best choice. Both can provide position flexibility and have the potential to be solid bats coming off of the bench. If the team is looking for some pure power to come off of the bench, they could buck their trend of late and bring up Kyle Waldrop from Double-A. In that scenario you’d have to imagine they would try to find more ways to get him playing time than just as a pinch hitter, starting him every few days in the corner outfield spots or at first to give Votto a day off.

Along that same line, Eugenio Suarez has been no slouch for Triple-A and while the organization would love for him to play every day, he is probably the best player right now among the group. That doesn’t always make for the best bench player, as some guys are better suited to playing once a week than others, but Suarez provides the most current talent from the group talked about within this article.

Whoever gets the call to come up and fill out the Reds bench will be a welcome addition. Outside of Tucker Barnhart, the Cincinnati Reds bench has been absolutely atrocious this season, particularly at the plate. Adding someone to shake things up, much less bring a potential to hit off of the bench would be a big boost for the club.

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