redsminorleagues.com http://redsminorleagues.com Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:45:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 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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Reds Raisel Iglesias impresses in first rehab start http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/01/reds-raisel-iglesias-impresses-in-first-rehab-start/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/01/reds-raisel-iglesias-impresses-in-first-rehab-start/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:17:08 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13142 The Cincinnati Reds sent Raisel Iglesias to Triple-A Louisville for a rehab start on Tuesday night and he was impressive for the Bats.

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Cincinnati Reds right handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias made his first rehab start with the Louisville Bats on Tuesday night. He would toss 3.0 shutout innings with just one hit allowed, a walk and he struck out three batters.

In the first inning he got some help from his defense, but only after it let him down. Chris Dominguez made an error on the first play of the game, but Kristopher Negron made a very nice play up the middle on the next play to get a force out at second base. Iglesias would get a strikeout for the second out of the inning, getting three swinging strikes, all on offspeed offerings. The next batter would walk, though he wasn’t missing by much in the at-bat. He’s induce a grounder to shortstop to end the inning.

The second inning started out with a strikeout. The second hitter of the inning fell to the strikeout as well. The third batter hit a lazy fly ball to left field that ended the inning on all of nine pitches. Iglesias mixed things up well, getting several more swings and misses on his offspeed stuff.

The third inning began with a ground ball to shortstop for the first out. The next batter reached on an infield single to third base, but a throwing error moved him up to second base. A sacrifice bunt followed and moved the runner over to third, but Iglesias made a nice play on the bunt. The final batter of the game for the Cuban right hander grounded out to shortstop.

In all, Iglesias faced 12 batters in the game. He struck out three of them, walked one of them and got seven of the eight other batters to hit grounders. He threw just 43 pitches and that includes an error that he had to work around, over three innings with 27 strikes. In just three innings he had eight swinging strikes. He mixed his breaking ball and change up very well with his fastball, which was sitting in the low 90’s during the outing.

The Reds have said they want Iglesias to get two or three rehab starts in before he will rejoin the club as a starting pitcher, so there will be at least one more start in the minors for the right hander. It’s likely to come in Indianapolis, where the Bats will play on Sunday afternoon.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 6/30/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/01/reds-minor-league-game-review-63015/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/07/01/reds-minor-league-game-review-63015/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:54:28 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13139 Jermaine Curtis had two hits in a Louisville Bats win on Tuesday night.

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Louisville won 4-0. Box Score

  • Irving Falu went 2-5 with 2 RBI.
  • Kristopher Negron went 2-5 with a solo home run (2).
  • Brennan Boesch went 1-2 with 2 walks.
  • Josh Satin went 1-3.
  • Jermaine Curtis went 2-3 with a run.
  • Ramon Cabrera went 1-3 with a run and a walk.
  • Chris Dominguez went 1-1.
  • Raisel Iglesias (rehab) threw 3 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
  • Sam LeCure threw 3 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
  • Drew Hayes threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout.
  • Jumbo Diaz threw a shutout inning.

Game Notes

The Bats took an early lead when Kristopher Negron homered in the 1st inning. They would pad their lead in the 2nd inning on an Irving Falu 2-run single. That was all that they would need as rehabbing Cincinnati Reds starter Raisel Iglesias tossed three shutout innings with three strikeouts before handing the ball over to the bullpen. Sam LeCure followed with three shutout innings of his own. Drew Hayes tossed two shutout innings and Jumbo Diaz followed with a shutout 9th to seal the win. Chris Dominguez left the game after beating out an infield single with a left leg injury – he came off the field on his own, but was clearly uncomfortable.

Pensacola had the night off.

Daytona lost 5-1. Box Score

  • Carlton Daal went 1-4 with a double and a run.
  • Junior Arias went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Alex Blandino went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Seth Varner allowed 3 earned (4 total) in 6 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
  • Nick Howard threw a hitless inning with a walk.

Game Notes

Palm Beach scored three runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning and added single runs in both the 4th and the 8th innings to go ahead 5-0. Daytona broke through in the top of the 9th with a run, but it was the only run that they could get as they fell 5-1.

Dayton lost 8-7. Box Score

  • Ronald Bueno went 1-4 with a run, walk and 2 RBI.
  • Garrett Boulware went 1-4 with a double, walk, run and an RBI.
  • Jonathan Reynoso went 2-4 with a triple and 2 runs.
  • Narciso Crook went 2-3 with a double, walk, run and an RBI.
  • Argenis Aldazoro went 2-3 with a walk, RBI and 2 runs.
  • Mark Armstrong allowed 2 runs in 5 innings with 2 walks.

Game Notes

Mark Armstrong came off of the disabled list and wasn’t given a nice welcome from Great Lakes as they scored a run in each of the first two innings. The Dragons offense got his back in the bottom of the 2nd though, rallying for five runs. Two bases loaded walks were followed by an infield single, a ground out that brought in a run and a third bases loaded walk in the inning. Dayton added to their lead in the next inning on a Narciso Crook single that brought in Jonathan Reynoso. Mark Armstrong settled in the rest of the way, tossing five innings in his return to the mound with just those two runs allowed. The bullpen didn’t have much success as the Loons scored two runs in the top of the 6th inning, but did real damage in the top of the 9th as they plated four runs to take an 8-7 lead. The Dragons went quietly in the bottom of the 9th.

Billings lost 12-5. Box Score

  • Blake Trahan went 2-5 with a run and 2 BI.
  • Kevin Garcia went 2-4.
  • Tyler Stephenson went 1-4 with a double, RBI and a run.
  • Ed Charlton went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • Reydel MEdina went 2-4 with a double and 2 runs.
  • Jonathan Martijn went 1-4 with a run.
  • Zach Shields went 1-4 with a double and a steal.

Game Notes

Billings struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, but things went south from there quickly. Helena scored three runs in the 1st, another run in the 2nd, a run in the 4th and three more in the 5th inning to go up 8-2. The Mustangs scored two runs in the top of the 7th to cut the lead in half. The Brewers would score four runs moving forward though and hold on for a 12-5 win as the pitching struggled all night.

AZL Reds lost 4-0. Box Score

  • Alberti Chavez went 1-2.
  • Leandro Santana went 1-3.
  • Israel Cuevas threw 2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The Reds offense struggled as they managed just four hits in the game, drew just one walk and had 14 strikeouts.

7/1/15 Game Preview

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

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Why trading Johnny Cueto makes sense, even if the return isn’t great http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/30/why-trading-cincinnati-reds-johnny-cueto-makes-sense-even-if-the-return-isnt-great/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/30/why-trading-cincinnati-reds-johnny-cueto-makes-sense-even-if-the-return-isnt-great/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:01:47 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13137 Breaking down why trading Johnny Cueto makes sense for the Cincinnati Reds instead of just taking a draft pick for him.

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The Cincinnati Reds are facing a situation they wish they didn’t have to face, watching the best pitcher they’ve had in at least 25 years leave the team. The only question will be when exactly is he leaving? The Reds could trade Johnny Cueto before July 31st or they could keep him all year and have him go into free agency after he season where there is next to no chance to sign him as he’s likely to land a deal around $200M.

As much as we want the Reds to make a run at things, it’s incredibly unlikely. The roster is depleted by injuries and despite strong seasons by several players, the overall team simply doesn’t have enough left on the roster to win the 87 games they will likely need to make the playoffs. They would need to play .598 baseball the rest of the way to do that and that’s just incredibly unlikely.

The question then becomes do you make a trade or do you keep him, make a qualifying offer and take a compensation round draft pick? The days seem to be over of getting a Top 20 prospect in the game for a rental player. Teams have come to the realization that six years of a cheap player is far more valuable than a few months of even an elite-level player. Landing a Top 50 prospect seems like something that could be a return that makes sense for both sides as the carrying part that is coming the other way. Let’s just assume that they can land a guy in that Top 25-50 range.

Let’s look at the other option. The Reds could make a qualifying offer for Cueto, which he would absolutely turn down, and then they would be given a compensation pick after the 1st round in the 2016 draft. You can land quality players in the 30-40 range of the draft. You can even land players that wind up being elite in that range in the long run.

Before getting into anything else, let’s look simply at the money involved here. The Reds are paying Johnny Cueto $10M this season, and prorated, if traded they would save $1.67M over the final two months. Moving forward, the draft pick in the 30-40th spot of the draft will cost you another $1-2M. The cost of keeping Cueto and taking the draft pick is losing out on roughly $2.5-4M in cash. While that’s not a ton of money to a big league team, it’s not nothing either and is money that could be used.

Now let’s get into the actual players. A top 50 prospect is probably going to be in Double-A by the end of the season. That probably means the player you acquire in a trade is going to be ready at some point in 2016 to help the big league club. A draft pick, at best, probably isn’t going to be able to help you until 2019. There’s a chance that player could wind up being a better overall player than the one you get in trade, but the odds are also strongly against that player to even be as good as the player you acquire in trade.

If the Reds trade Johnny Cueto this season, there are going to be a lot of people that will be very underwhelmed by the return. The expectations in the past simply aren’t realities anymore and grabbing an elite of the elite top end prospect simply isn’t an option these days. But if you can still land a quality top 50 prospect in the game, it’s going to save the organization money and it’s very likely to also land you a player that will contribute years before any draft pick you make will be able to reach the big leagues.

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Jonathon Crawford makes his 2015 debut with the AZL Reds http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/30/jonathon-crawford-makes-his-2015-debut-with-the-azl-reds/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/30/jonathon-crawford-makes-his-2015-debut-with-the-azl-reds/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:46:50 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13135 After being acquired by the Cincinnati Reds in the Alfredo Simon trade, RHP Jonathon Crawford made his 2015 debut in a rehab stint with the AZL Reds.

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When the Cincinnati Reds traded Alfredo Simon over the winter they landed a premium arm in RHP Jonathon Crawford to go along with shortstop Eugenio Suarez. Suarez joined the Cincinnati Reds three weeks ago when Zack Cozart was injured. Crawford had not pitched in a game during the 2015 season to that point, dealing with a shoulder issue that kept him back in Arizona.

He had made an appearance in extended spring training at the end of April, but given that he is throwing in extended spring training at the end of June, it’s likely that he had a set back of some sort since that point in time (the Reds won’t talk about injuries – so I can’t confirm this).

Last night he took the mound for the Arizona League Reds and threw 1.1 innings. The outing wasn’t much to write home about as he allowed two runs on a hit and a hit batter to go along with a strikeout and three ground outs.

He’s probably several weeks away, barring any setbacks, from joining a full season club as he will need to build up his innings. With him only pitching once in the first eight games in Arizona, he’s probably just starting to take the mound again and this is probably being treated much like his spring training.

Crawford posted a 2.85 ERA last season in the Midwest League (the same league that Dayton plays in) over 123.0 innings. He limited the home runs, allowing just three all season long, but he did have some struggles as he walked 3.7 batters per nine innings pitched and only struck out 6.2 batters per nine innings. The right hander has a big arm, but if he’s going to remain as a starting pitcher he will need to work on his third pitch and his control moving forward.

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Reds Minor League Game Review – 6/29/15 http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/30/cincinnati-reds-minor-league-game-review-62915/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/30/cincinnati-reds-minor-league-game-review-62915/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:58:45 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13133 Tyler Mahle had eight strikeouts on Monday night in a Dayton Dragons win.

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Louisville lost 5-0. Box Score

  • Irving Falu went 2-4 with a double.
  • Josh Satin went 2-3.
  • Brennan Boesch went 3-4.
  • Keyvius Sampson allowed 2 runs in 6 innings with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts.
  • Jose De La Torre threw a shutout inning with a strikeout.
  • Nick Christiani threw a shutout inning.

Game Notes

The starting pitchers were going back-and-forth on Monday night, firing up zeroes through five innings. Syracuse struck for two runs in the 6th inning though and took a 2-0 lead. That was the last inning for Keyvius Sampson who had nine strikeouts over 6.0 innings and allowed just those two runs. Unfortunately the Bats wouldn’t score on the night and he took the tough luck loss.

Pensacola lost 4-2. Box Score

  • Ray Chang went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Jesse Winker went 1-4 with a double.
  • Kyle Skipworth went 1-4 with a run.
  • Sean Buckley went 2-3 with a run and anRBI.
  • Beau Amaral went 1-2 with a walk.
  • Barrett Astin allowed 2 runs in 5.1 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
  • Kyle McMyne threw 2 perfect innings with a strikeout.

Game Notes

Sean Buckley put the Blue Wahoos ahead in the 2nd inning with an RBI single to drive in Kyle Skipworth. Mississippi would tie the game up in the bottom of the 2nd and they would take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Pensacola battled back in the 5th to tie the game up on a ground out that brought Sean Buckley across the plate. In the bottom of the 7th inning the Braves would take the lead for good, scoring two runs.

Daytona won 3-2. Box Score

  • Sebastian Elizalde went 1-3 with a run and a walk.
  • Robert Ramirez went 1-4 with a double and a run.
  • Brian O’Grady went 1-4 with a 3-run home run (7).
  • Taylor Sparks went 1-3.
  • Sal Romano allowed a run in 6 innings with a walk and 8 strikeouts.
  • Evan Mitchell threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Game Notes

Another pitching duel took place in Palm Beach where Sal Romano battled the Cardinals and kept them down for just one run in 6.0 innings while striking out eight batters. He left the game with a lead thanks to a big 3-run home run by Brian O’Grady in his Daytona debut that put the Tortugas up in the top of the 7th inning. Palm Beach would threaten in the bottom of the 9th, scoring a run and having the tying run on base, but the comeback would come up short as Daytona held on for the win.

Dayton won 9-2. Box Score

  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-4 with a walk, run and an RBI.
  • Paul Kronenfeld went 1-4 with a walk and a run.
  • Jimmy Pickens went 2-3 with a walk and 3 runs.
  • Jonathan Reynoso went 3-3 with a walk and 2 runs.
  • Narciso Crook went 2-4 with 2 doubles, a run and 3 RBI.
  • Argenis Aldazoro went 1-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Tyler Mahle allowed 1 earned (2 total) in 5 innings with 8 strikeouts.
  • Jacob Moody threw 2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts.
  • Jeremy Kivel threw a hitless inning with 2 walks and a strikeout.
  • Brennan Bernardino threw a shutout inning.

Game Notes

Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning and Great Lakes took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning. The Dragons would take the lead in the 4th inning  on a groundout and an RBI single by Argenis Aldazoro. They would pad the lead in the 6th and 7th innings as they pounded out six runs to jump ahead to a 9-2 lead. Tyler Mahle had a strong start, striking out eight batters in 5.0 innings before handing the game over to the bullpen where Jacob Moody, Jeremy Kivel and Brennan Bernardino handled the final four innings without allowing a run to seal the win.

Billings lost 9-8 in 15 innings. Box Score

  • Hector Vargas went 2-8 with a run and an RBI.
  • Kevin Garcia went 1-3 with 4 walks, an RBI and 2 runs.
  • Tyler Stephenson went 2-6 with a walk, run and an RBI.
  • Ed Charlton went 2-7 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
  • Reydel Medina went 4-7 with a double, RBI and 2 runs.
  • Joe Jocketty went 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Blake Trahan went 1-4 with a double.
  • Soid Marquez allowed 1 earned (2 total) in 2 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.
  • Jimmy Herget threw 2 hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Ty Sterner allowed 1 earned in 2.1 hitless innings with 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

It’s 2am, I’m tired. The game went 15 innings. Kevin Garcia walked 4 times – that’s impressive. The Mustangs tied the game up with a 3-run 8th inning to send it to extra innings. Both teams scored two runs in the 12th inning. Missoula won on a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 15th.

AZL Reds won 3-2. Box Score

  • Juan Duran (rehab) went 1-4 with a walk, run and an RBI.
  • James Vasquez went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Raul Wallace went 2-4 with a double.
  • Leandro Santana went 2-3 with a walk.
  • Adrian Rodriguez threw 4.2 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
  • Sandy Lugo threw 3 perfect innings with 5 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Jonathon Crawford made his 2015 debut, rehabbing with the Reds and getting the start. He allowed two runs in 1.1 innings with a strikeout before handing the game over to Adrian Rodriguez and Sandy Lugo who combined for 7.2 shutout innings. The Reds offense would slowly battle back, scoring single runs in the 3rd and 5th to tie the game up. In the 7th inning they would take the lead on a James Vasquez single that scored Juan Duran.

6/30/15 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 38-40 N/A 7:05pm Iglesias Here Here Here
Pensacola 25-43 2-3 OFF OFF Here Here Here
Daytona 37-33 2-2 6:35pm TBA Here Here N/A
Dayton 39-31 3-2 7:00pm Armstrong Here Here Here
Billings 5-6 N/A 9:05pm Ramsey Here Here N/A
Arizona 4-4 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 AA DNP
2 Jesse Winker AA 1-4, 2B.
3 Nick Travieso A+ DNP – Injured
4 Yorman Rodriguez AAA 0-4, 2K.
5 Sal Romano A+ 6IP, 7H, 1ER, 1BB, 8K.
6 Amir Garrett A+ DNP
7 Raisel Iglesias MLB DNP – Injured
8 Tyler Stephenson BIL 2-6, run, RBI, BB, 2K.
9 Phillip Ervin A+ DNP – Injured
10 Alex Blandino A+ 0-4.
11 Jon Moscot MLB DNP – Injured
12 Aristides Aquino A DNP – Injured
13 Kyle Waldrop AAA 1-4.
14 Jonathon Crawford INJ DNP – Injured
15 Mark Armstrong A DNP – Injured
16 Tyler Mahle A 5IP, 8H, 1ER, 0BB, 8K.
17 Junior Arias A+ 1-4, K.
18 Tejay Antone A DNP
19 Nick Howard A+ DNP
20 Gavin LaValley A 1-5, 2B, RBI, 2K.
21 Wyatt Strahan A DNP
22 Luis Gonzalez A 1-4, BB, RBI, run.
23 Sebastian Elizalde A+ 1-3, BB, run.
24 Seth Mejias Brean AA 0-3, RBI, run.
25 Carlton Daal A+ 1-4.

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Cincinnati Reds Midseason Minor League All-Star Team http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/29/cincinnati-reds-midseason-minor-league-all-star-team/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/29/cincinnati-reds-midseason-minor-league-all-star-team/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:00:52 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13127 Looking at the Cincinnati Reds Midseason Minor League All-Star Team for the 2015 season.

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We are just past the midseason point of the minor league season. The first half is over for Dayton, Daytona and Pensacola and they’ve begun their second halves (in these leagues there are 1st half and 2nd half champions that claim playoff spots). Louisville has played 77 games out of their 144 game schedule. Today seemed like a good time to look back and see which players stood out and would have earned honors as an All-Star within the Cincinnati Reds organization. Stats for all players is at the bottom of the article.

Starting Pitcher | Tim Adleman | Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Tim Adleman leads the organization with a 2.09 ERA in 15 games pitched. The 27-year-old right hander has thrown 81.2 innings and allowed just two home runs and 28 walks to go along with 59 strikeouts. His record is just 3-6, but we know that won-loss records can be very deceiving and with a 2.09 ERA having twice as many losses as wins certainly shows that to be true in this case.

Starting Pitcher | Barrett Astin | Daytona Tortugas

The first half for Barrett Astin was so good that it got him promoted to Double-A Pensacola where he will make his debut tonight.  With the Tortugas the 23-year-old right handed pitcher posted a 2.29 ERA in 74.2 innings pitched. Like Adleman, he was stingy with the long ball, but more so as he has yet to allow one this season. He’s also been stingy with the walks, allowing just 18 free passes and he has struck out 61 batters.

Starting Pitcher | Tejay Antone | Dayton Dragons

Tejay Antone has made 13 starts for the Dragons this season and posted a 2.56 ERA. He’s tossed 77.1 innings with just 13 walks and he’s struck out 54 batters. Like Astin, he has yet to allow a single home run this season. The 21-year-old has also thrown a complete game this year, one of only four starters to do so this season in the Reds farm system.

Relief Pitcher | Brennan Bernardino | Dayton Dragons

The left handed reliever has posted a 1.63 ERA in 27.2 innings this year. The 23-year-old Bernardino has allowed runs in just one game since April 24th. He has walked nine batters and has 24 strikeouts this season and hasn’t allowed a single home run.

Relief Pitcher | Brian Hunter | Dayton Dragons

The Dragons bullpen supplies both of the first half All-Stars as Brian Hunter joins the ranks. The right hander has racked up seven saves in 23 appearances while posting a 1.88 ERA in 28.2 innings. He’s allowed just one home run this season to go with 10 walks and 36 strikeouts.

Catcher | Kyle Skipworth | Pensacola Blue Wahoos & Louisville Bats

Kyle Skipworth has spent most of his with Pensacola, but saw some action in Louisville and even sat on the bench with the big league club but never saw the field. He’s been limited in action, spending a month on the DL, but has hit .247/.337/.427 in 31 games, leading the catchers in OPS in the organization. He’s also thrown out 43% of opposing baserunners this season.

1st Base | Josh Satin | Louisville Bats

Josh Satin has played some first base, some third base and even little bit of left field this season, but the majority of his time has come at first where he’s hit .273/.358/420 so far this season with 15 extra- base hits in 43 games played. He saw some time on the disabled list after suffering a concussion but has hit very well since returning.

2nd Base | Irving Falu | Louisville Bats

Irving Falu joined the Reds as a free agent signing in the offseason and has performed very well with the Louisville Bats. The 32-year-old has hit .313/.381/.409 with 27 walks and just 21 strikeouts in 265 plate appearances. He’s also added 10 stolen bases. His .789 OPS leads second basemen in the organization.

3rd Base | Gavin LaValley | Dayton Dragons

After a slow start to the season, Gavin LaValley has gone on an absolute tear over the last five weeks and pushed his season line up to .279/.353/.389 on the year. The 20-year-old has 20 extra-base hits in 66 games played and he’s improved his defense in 2015 as well.

Shortstop | Alex Blandino | Daytona Tortugas

Alex Blandino has hit .292/.370/.415 for the Daytona Tortugas to this point in the season. At face value that is a strong line, but when we note that the Florida State League OPS is .652, it really puts into perspective just how good the shortstop has hit this season. The 22-year-old has 21 extra-base hits to go along with 29 walks and 47 strikeouts in 298 plate appearances.

Outfielder | Brian O’Grady | Dayton Dragons

Much like his teammate Gavin LaValley, outfielder Brian O’Grady got out to a slow start, but he’s absolutely crushed the ball since May began and he hasn’t let up. He leads outfielders in the organization in OPS. He’s hit .271/.385/.450 on the season with 27 extra-base hits and he also has 21 stolen bases. His strong first half earned him a promotion to Daytona where he will debut this week.

Outfielder | Phillip Ervin | Daytona Tortugas

Phillip Ervin got out to an incredible start in April, but he’s slowed down some since and just landed himself on the disabled list. For the season he’s hit .258/.344/.428, which seems solid enough on the surface, but we need to again note that the Florida State League OPS is just .652. The 22-year-old leads the league with 11 home runs and also leads the organization as the only hitter with more than eight home runs. The outfielder also has 14 stolen bases.

Outfielder | Steve Selsky | Louisville Bats

The 25-year-old was having a strong season for Louisville, but the Bats outfielder is now on the disabled list with a knee injury. Before going down, Steve Selsky was hitting .317/.386/.428 over 202 plate appearances. He’s had 14 extra-base hits to go along with 19 walks and 44 strikeouts.

Stats

Pos Name Tm W L ERA SV IP HR BB K
SP Tim Adleman PEN 3 6 2.09 0 81.2 2 28 59
SP Tejay Antone DAY 4 6 2.56 0 77.1 0 13 54
SP Barrett Astin DYT 4 3 2.29 0 74.2 0 18 61
RP Brennan Bernardino DAY 1 0 1.63 1 27.2 0 9 24
RP Brian Hunter DAY 5 2 1.88 7 28.2 1 10 36
Pos Name Tm PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
C Kyle Skipworth PEN,LOU 105 8 1 2 7 0 10 37 .247 .337 .427
1B Josh Satin LOU 178 11 1 3 22 1 20 28 .273 .358 .420
2B Irving Falu# LOU 265 10 3 2 29 10 27 21 .313 .381 .409
3B Seth Mejias-Brean PEN 220 6 3 2 26 5 35 39 .254 .382 .354
SS Alex Blandino DYT 298 13 2 5 29 7 29 47 .292 .370 .415
OF Brian O’Grady DAY 305 15 6 6 36 21 46 55 .271 .385 .450
OF Steve Selsky LOU 202 10 2 2 29 3 19 44 .317 .386 .428
OF Phil Ervin DYT 306 12 0 11 42 14 33 50 .258 .344 .428

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Reds Raisel Iglesias to begin rehab stint in Triple-A Louisville http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/29/cincinnat-reds-raisel-iglesias-to-begin-rehab-stint-in-triple-a-louisville-bats/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/29/cincinnat-reds-raisel-iglesias-to-begin-rehab-stint-in-triple-a-louisville-bats/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:17:34 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13130 The Cincinnati Reds have announced that RHP Raisel Iglesias will head to Triple-A Louisville to begin a rehab stint with the Bats.

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The Cincinnati Reds will send right handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias on a rehab assignment on Tuesday. He will join the Louisville Bats, who open a home stand tonight. The weather doesn’t look too good at the moment though with thunderstorms expected in the afternoon and evening for Tuesday with an 80% chance of rain. The chances are even higher for Wednesday. Maybe things will work out and the game will be able to be played.

Iglesias hasn’t pitched since May 30th when he pitched against the Washington Nationals. He’s been dealing with an oblique injury since then, but he’s already thrown off of the mound with the big league club and passed the tests, so the next step is to actually get game action. The Reds hope to have Iglesias back before the All-Star break, but his timetable may mean he returns right after the All-Star break if the Reds want him to get more than one rehab start.

The stint on the disabled list may have been a bit of a blessing in disguise for the Reds and Iglesias. His innings limit was going to cause him to be either shut down or lead to his role being reduced at some point in the second half of the season because of how long he had been out of baseball after leaving Cuba. He’s thrown 46.0 innings this season, so he could probably throw a full workload in the second half of the season and make it through the season without having to be limited in the second half.

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Reds Yorman Rodriguez making changes at the plate http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/29/reds-yorman-rodriguez-making-changes-at-the-plate/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/29/reds-yorman-rodriguez-making-changes-at-the-plate/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:30:34 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13114 Cincinnati Reds prospect Yorman Rodriguez made a change at the plate that he'd been using ever since he signed and the early returns are very positive.

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If you’ve been on the site over the last few weeks you have certainly noticed that Yorman Rodriguez has been on an absolute tear. The Louisville Bats outfielder has hit .363 in the month of June and it’s really turned his season around. Since he was signed in 2008, June of 2015 is the third best month he’s had in his career by OPS (where he’s played at least 15 games).

At just 22-years-old, he’s hardly a finished product. He’s one of the youngest players in the International League and at this point in the season his OPS of .769 is 81 points better than the league average of .688. After a slow start, he’s still 12% above the league average in OPS and all while being very young for the level.

In the middle of May there was a change made by the Venezuelan outfielder and for now, it seems to be making all of the difference.

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Reds promote Seth Varner & Brian O’Grady to Daytona http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/29/cincinnati-reds-promote-seth-varner-brian-ogrady-to-daytona/ http://redsminorleagues.com/2015/06/29/cincinnati-reds-promote-seth-varner-brian-ogrady-to-daytona/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:30:14 +0000 http://redsminorleagues.com/?p=13121 The Cincinnati Reds have promoted left handed starting pitcher Seth Varner and outfielder Brian O'Grady from the Dayton Dragons to the Daytona Tortugas

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It seems that the Cincinnati Reds have promoted left handed starter Seth Varner from Dayton up to the Florida State League where he will join the Daytona Tortugas.

The 23-year-old left hander had a very strong first half of the year with the Dayton Dragons. He posted a 2.88 ERA in fourteen starts that spanned 78.0 innings pitched. Armed with outstanding control he would walk just five batters (that’s 1.6% of the batters he has faced this season) and he sent 77 hitters back to the dugout with their bat in hand. Varner’s strikeout-to-walk ratio currently sits at 15.4-to-1. That is the best in minor league baseball, by far. The next best ratio is 12-to-1 among qualified pitchers. In June that number has been even better as the lefty has been on an absolute roll. In 23.0 innings pitched he’s walked just one batter and added 21 strikeouts all while posting a 1.96 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .560 OPS. He hasn’t allowed a home run in his last 33.2 innings, a span of six starts since allowing two in a start to Great Lakes.

Here are the 2015 stats for Seth Varner in 2015 to this point, all with the Dayton Dragons.

W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
7 4 2.88 78.0 82 4 5 77 1.12

Joining Varner in Daytona will be outfielder Brian O’Grady.

The 23-year-old outfielder was hitting .271/.385/.450 in Dayton with 46 walks and 55 strikeouts in 305 plate appearances. He also had 21 stolen bases in 25 attempts.

After a slow start in April, posting an OPS of just .584, the former Rutgers product has been on an absolute tear ever since. Since the calendar flipped over to May he’s hit .306/.401/.530 over 218 plate appearances.

June has seen his power explode. After hitting just one home run in April and May, O’Grady has five home runs in June to go along with seven doubles and two triples. It’s led to a .635 slugging percentage on the month and likely one of the reason that led to his promotion to Daytona.

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