Fri, 25 May 2018 17:14:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 4444956 End of May Reds minor league mailbag Fri, 25 May 2018 17:14:18 +0000 The end of the month mailbag for May is now ready to check out. I answered questions from you guys and gals, hopefully providing plenty of quality information.

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It seems many prospects suffer when the Reds have them skip a level in their system. Like Trahan who skipped Dayton, Jose Garcia skipped Rookie Ball, Gutierrez who along with Alf-Rod skipped Rookie and Dayton. Seems to be many are in a frenzy to push high profile prospects but has there been any real success among Reds prospects that have been pushed ahead this way?

Zack Cozart went directly to Dayton out of the draft, skipping over rookie ball. Nick Senzel got a small, small taste of Billings before jumping to Dayton. Mike Leake skipped pretty much everything outside of the Arizona Fall League. Tony Cingrani jumped from Billings to Bakersfield (Advanced-A).

The Reds are actually one of the teams that tend to take it slower, particularly with the college guys, than other organizations. They send more guys to Low-A in their first full year than most teams do. I think that generally it’s wise to have guys hit each of the full-season leagues. But, that doesn’t always apply to everyone. There’s something to learn at each level, but some guys are either capable of making adjustments very quickly and the skipping of a level doesn’t hit them in the statline, and some guys are just advanced enough that they can make that jump.

Of the CF currently in the system, do you see any of them pushing Hamilton out of a job any time in 2019? If the Reds play somewhere close to .500 for the rest of the season, is Riggleman the manager next season? What do you think of the progress of Mahle and Romano as MLB starters this season? Is either one’s ceiling higher than a #4 starter?

If a center fielder is going to be in the Majors at some point in 2019 it’s going to have to be one of either Jose Siri or Taylor Trammell. And for either of them, I think it’s going to be at some point in the second half unless they just go absolutely crazy in Double-A in the second half this year and also wind up reaching Triple-A this season (unlikely, but not impossible).

I would guess that there’s a Lloyd Christmas and Mary Swanson getting together kind of odds situation that Jim Riggleman is the Reds manager next season. (For those that don’t get the reference, that’s one in a million)

Both guys have a higher ceiling than a #4 starter. Mahle’s got the control aspect going for him this season, but he’s struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark, and that’s really hurt him. He’s been a big time fly ball pitcher, and the fly balls are leaving the yard at a high rate, too. It’s been a bad combination. Romano’s struggled with control this season, and that’s been his biggest issue. His walk rate and strikeout rate have both taken a step backwards in 2018 versus the 2017 season. The upside remains there, but right now he’s got to improve.

If they aren’t going to trade Scooter now, while is value is at an all time high, why not try him in left field?

I wouldn’t be certain that they aren’t going to trade him. But, and this is just me purely speculating, with three corner outfielders already, adding a 4th is probably something the team isn’t actively looking at. Whether that’s the prudent move or not, well that’s a different discussion. Scooter Gennett hasn’t been a good defender at second base. But the guy can rake. He has very, very limited experience in the outfield, so he could be a poor defender out there, too. If the team doesn’t plan on extending him beyond his current contract (which is up after 2019), then I would say to just keep him at second until you can/do trade him.

As bad as the Reds are the Bats may be worse! That alone tells me help is a long way from Cincinnati. Tell us why we should bother watching this ugly baseball. I guess give us hope.

The Reds are actually competitive these days. Those first three weeks of the season were about as painful as it gets. But since then, they’ve been fine. They are right around .500 for the 4-5 weeks. There are still some concerns on the roster, for sure. But they aren’t playing bad right now. And there’s plenty of reasons to keep watching. Joey Votto’s likely the best hitter you’re ever going to see put on the Cincinnati Reds jersey. Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez are raking. Luis Castillo looks like the Luis Castillo everyone expected, again, after a rough first few weeks of the season. For as hard as I am on Billy Hamilton’s offense – every game he’s out there in the field you have a decent chance of seeing something incredible.

Luis Gonzalez has been a pleasant surprise at Pensacola and it’s been great to see Calton Daal back on the field as well. Are either legit prospects to play SS in the majors? Outside of having an outlier career year, do you see an OF on the Red’s roster consistently generating 3.0 WAR/year or better in the future? Pursue or pass on Blake Swihart if the Red Sox were to make him available?

Both guys have been through some injuries that kind of left their status up in the air. Gonzalez broke his ankle/lower leg to end the 2016 season. And last year he just didn’t look the same. This season he looks better, both at the plate and in the field (granted, I’ve been very limited in seeing him this season). Daal just hit the disabled list yesterday, unfortunately, with a shoulder issue. I can’t comment on his ability to play shortstop these days because I simply haven’t seen him do it in two years. Back then, he could absolutely do it. But, given his shoulder surgery and injuries, I simply don’t know how the arm is at this point because I haven’t seen him throw in games since 2016.

Right now I would have both guys outside of the Top 25 prospects in the organization. But, there have been plenty of things to like about each guy in the past, too. Right now, when looking at Gonzalez, he’s a low-walk, high-contact rate hitter. Those types tend to make me nervous in terms of how they would eventually transition to the Major Leagues.

If Jesse Winker eventually winds up in left field, and he becomes the hitter that his upside suggests he could, then he’s that kind of guy. I don’t believe that he’s as bad defensively as the numbers suggest, particularly in left field. And I also believe he’s a better hitter than he has been to this point in the season. He’s going to have to find the power to hit at least 15 home runs to reach that mark we’re talking about, though.

If the cost of acquisition on Blake Swihart is very low, sure, I’d take a chance. But the last time he showed anything at all with the bat was in 2014 when he was in Double-A.

What’s Cory Thompson’s stuff like?  Is Shed Long’s ceiling Scooter Gennett? Anything stand out to you about the Daytona group when you got to check them out on

Thompson has been incredibly impressive this year in the stat sheet. He’s got a 1.52 ERA in 23.2 innings with just 3 walks and he’s struck out 21 batters. When he was drafted, teams were split on whether he was a shortstop or a pitcher. The Reds preferred him as a shortstop at the time, but after several years they decided to try and give pitching a go. So far, so good. When it comes to stuff, he’s a fastball, change up, curveball guy. The fastball works in the low-90’s. He’ll usually top out around 93. His curveball will work in the 78-81 MPH range. It’s his best pitch, and one I’d grade out as consistently above-average, and it’ll flash itself even better than that. The change up doesn’t show up as often as the other two.

In terms of overall value, I think Shed Long could have that kind of ceiling, but I think if that were to happen, the production would be distributed a little bit differently. Long has some power, but I’m not sure he’s got that 25-30 home run power that Gennett has shown over the course of a full season. But, there’s more upside on the bases than Gennett, he’ll probably walk more, and the defense is probably better, too.

When it comes to the Daytona series in Bradenton that was on, nothing really jumped out as a surprise. For the most part, I saw a lot of these guys at the end of March. There were some impressive things, though. And from the guys you would expect. Stephenson hit a pretty long home run in the series that just exploded off of the bat. Jose Siri does things that you just don’t see lots of guys do. There’s things he’s absolutely got to work on at the plate, but he’s got stuff he can do at the plate that you just can’t teach to guys. How he can barrel up pitches on the outer third of the plate and the power he’s got the other way is very, very impressive.

Do you think Greene will get demoted to rookie ball? Would you send him down?

No, I don’t. And I don’t think that I would at this point. He had a stretch of a few games where he actually struggled. Now, this question was submitted before his outing last night in Dayton where he allowed a run in 4.1 innings pitched. From April 23rd through May 3rd, over three starts, he really struggled. He walked 9 batters in 4.1 innings over that span. Outside of that stretch, in his other 5 starts he’s walked 3 batters with 25 strikeouts in 17.0 innings. His hiccups along the way have been magnified because he’s been on limited pitch counts, which have meant fewer innings – so the runs that come across hit the ERA.

As I said above in a different question: There are things to learn at each level. I believe that this is the level that’s going to allow him to learn the most right now. So I would keep him there, assuming he doesn’t start struggling with his control for a longer period of time.

Who’s your top 5 for draft? Or 6….are you concerned about the lack of info coming out Senzel?

Despite the draft being in less than two weeks, I haven’t formulated a draft board yet. Here’s what I do know: Casey Mize would be a clear number 1 for me, IF he can pass the medical exam. That’s the big question with him right now. He’s been on the mound all year, and he’s pitched incredibly well, but it sounds like the Tigers have some real questions about how healthy his arm is despite all of that. After him I think there’s a drop off. All of the top position guys leave me with questions. I was speaking with someone yesterday about guys in the draft, and I just can’t help but be hesitant with Nick Madrigal.

Jonathan India’s bat is intriguing, but I’ve been saying it for years: When 1st round types aren’t walking more than they strikeout, and usually by quite a bit, it’s concerning. India currently has 45 and 45. That’s a pretty high strikeout rate for a guy that’s supposed to be an elite college hitter. Alec Bohm passes the “looks like a hitter” test. But, if he’s got to slide over to first base, which some think he will, that dings his value quite a bit. Joey Bart has 42 walks and 51 strikeouts this season. That’s vastly improved from past seasons for him. But, I just get hesitant on elite college bats that aren’t walking more than they are striking out as juniors.

When it comes to Nick Senzel – I think the information that’s coming out has been fine. I’m not exactly sure what people want in terms of information that’s not out there.

Interested in what the Reds will do as far midseason promotions, A to AA, and AA to AAA. Who is demonstrating day to day that they belong in better competition?

The Reds have generally been a team that’s going to promote at the All-Star break for the minor league seasons. That is usually the 3rd week of June-ish. Here are my guesses based on how things look today:

Dayton to Daytona: Michael Beltre, Cory Thompson, John Ghyzel. Maybe Stuart Fairchild.

Daytona to Pensacola: TJ Friedl, Taylor Trammell, Jose Siri, Mitch Nay. Maybe Tony Santillan, Joel Kuhnel, Kevin Canelon.

Pensacola to Louisville: Shed Long, Keury Mella.

Can a MLB Team Trade a Draft choice to another for an established MLB Player ? 

Yes, but it’s a very limited set of picks. 99% of draft spots can’t be traded. The only ones that are eligible to be traded are the competitive balance picks that come after the 1st and 2nd rounds.

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Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 5/24/18 Fri, 25 May 2018 04:50:31 +0000 Cincinnati Reds prospect Miles Gordon had two hits and added two more stolen bases in a Dayton Dragons win on Thursday night.

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Let’s call this Patreon Preview Friday. Below is the emailed content that readers who support the site at got last night, and get emails like every single day of the season that is full of notes from the previous nights contests.

Louisville Bats

The Bats lost 4-0 on Thursday afternoon, falling to 14-29 on the year. Box Score

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos lost 5-4, won 7-5 in a double header, moving to 19-28 on the season.

Game 1: 5-4 loss in 11 innings. Box Score

  • Shed Long went 1-5 with a solo home run. It was his 6th of the year and it tied up the game in the bottom of the 9th inning.
  • Taylor Sparks went 2-5 with a home run and 2 RBI. It was his 4th homer of the year, and also came in the 9th inning.
  • C.J. McElroy hit a solo home run in the 9th inning as a pinch hitter. It was his 1st of the year.
  • Daniel Wright went 1-1 at the plate. He allowed 2 earned runs in 4.1 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts on the mound. He threw 65 pitches with 44 strikes.
  • Carlos Navas threw 2.2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts.
  • Alex Powers threw a perfect inning.
  • Jesus Reyes was charged with an unearned run in an inning of work with a walk and a strikeout.

Game 2: 7-5 win. Box Score

  • C.J. McElroy went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
  • Gavin LaValley went 2-3 with a double, run, and he had an RBI.
  • Brian O’Grady went 1-3 with a double, run, and he had 2 RBI.
  • Nick Longhi went 1-3 with a run scored and he had 2 RBI.
  • Keury Mella allowed 5 runs in 4.0 innings with no walks and he had 4 strikeouts. He allowed 3 homers in the game and hit two batters. He threw 90 pitches with 60 strikes.
  • Juan Martinez threw 2.0 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. He’s thrown 9.2 shutout innings with Pensacola this season.
  • Brennan Bernardino threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.

Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas lost 4-2 on Thursday night, falling to 26-20 on the season. Box Score

  • Taylor Trammell went 1-3 with a walk, solo home run, and he scored 2 runs. He hit the first pitch of the game for his 6th home run of the season. He’s hitting .298/.411/.490 on the season in 43 games.
  • TJ Friedl went 1-4 with a steal and an RBI. The steal was his 8th of the season. He’s now hitting .301/.409/.440 on the year in 45 games.
  • Tyler Stephenson went 1-4 with a double. He now has 10 doubles on the season.
  • Jose Siri went 1-3 with a walk and 2 stolen bases.
  • Narciso Crook went 1-4 with a double.
  • Brantley Bell went 1-2 with 2 walks.
  • Ryan Olson allowed 4 runs in 6.0 innings with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. He threw 97 pitches with 54 strikes, and had 8 ground outs and 5 fly outs.
  • Kevin Canelon threw 2.0 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. His ERA dropped to 2.22 on the season and he now has 3 walks and 31 strikeouts on the season in 24.1 innings.
  • Aaron Fossas threw a shutout inning. He lowered his ERA to 2.77 on the season.

Dayton Dragons

The Dragons won 2-1 on Thursday night, improving to 24-21 on the year. Box Score

  • Miles Gordon went 2-4 with 2 steals. He now has 16 stolen bases on the year.
  • Michael Beltre went 1-4.
  • Stuart Fairchild went 1-3, was hit by a pitch, and scored a run.
  • Montrell Marshall went 1-2 with 2 walks and a run scored.
  • Hendrik Clementina went 2-3 with a double and he had 2 RBI. He’s now hitting .354/.435/.727 on the season. His 2 RBI came on a single in the bottom of the 6th inning with the bases loaded. They gave the Dragons the lead and held up as the winning runs.
  • Jose Garcia went 1-3. He’s reached base in 8 straight games and is hitting .333 over his last 10 games.
  • Hunter Greene allowed a run in 4.1 innings with 2 walks and with 6 strikeouts. He threw 73 pitches with 50 strikes, and had 5 ground outs with 3 fly outs.
  • Adrian Chacon threw 2.1 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. He entered the game with the bases loaded and one out, and he struck out the first two batters he faced to get out of the inning.
  • Austin Orewiler went 1.1 hitless innings with a walk.
  • John Ghyzel threw a hitless inning with a walk. It lowered his ERA to 1.59 on the season.

5/25 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 14-29 N/A 7:00pm Nicolino Here Here Here
Pensacola 19-28 0-0 7:35pm Varner Here Here Here
Daytona 26-20 0-0 7:05pm Romero Here Here N/A
Dayton 24-21 0-0 7:35pm Jordan Here Here Here

Top 25 Prospect Rundown

Rank  Player  Level  Performance
1 Nick Senzel AAA/DL DNP
2 Hunter Greene A 4.1IP, 4H, 1ER, 2BB, 6K.
3 Tyler Mahle MLB DNP
4 Taylor Trammell A+ 1-3, BB, HR, 2 runs.
5 Jesse Winker MLB 2-4, HR, 2 runs.
6 Tyler Stephenson A+ 1-4, 2B, K.
7 Tony Santillan A+ DNP
8 Shed Long AA 1-7, HR, BB, 2K.
9 Jose Siri A+ 1-3, BB, 2 steals.
10 Vladimir Gutierrez AA DNP
11 Jeter Downs A 0-4, K.
12 Jose Garcia A 1-3.
13 Stuart Fairchild A 1-3, run.
14 Miles Gordon A 2-4, steal.
15 Andy Sugilio A DNP
16 Jose Lopez AAA DNP
17 Alex Blandino MLB DNP
18 Aristides Aquino AA 1-7, 4K.
19 Jimmy Herget AAA DNP
20 Miguel Hernandez Ext ST DNP
21 Phillip Ervin AAA 2-4, 2K.
22 Gavin LaValley AA 2-6, 2B, 2BB, run, RBI, K.
23 Nick Longhi AA 1-4, run, 2 RBI, K.
24 Jesus Reyes AA 1IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 1K.
25 Zack Weiss AAA/DL DNP

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2018 Draft Profile: 2B Nick Madrigal Thu, 24 May 2018 17:33:04 +0000 Looking at Oregon State infielder Nick Madrigal to see how his scouting report stacks up and if he's a good fit for the Cincinnati Reds.

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When the 2018 season began for Nick Madrigal he was the top college bat in the draft. Things have changed a bit on that, perhaps, depending on who you ask.

Background Information

  • Position: Second Base
  • Height: 5′ 8″
  • Weight: 165 lbs
  • Class: Junior (Oregon State)
  • Previously drafted: 17th round, Cleveland in 2015

College Career

As a freshman, Nick Madrigal played a large majority of the season for Oregon State. He hit .333/.380/.456 with more walks, 15, than strikeouts, 14. He was one of the better hitting freshmen in the country, though he didn’t show much power. In the 2017 season he established himself as one of the better hitters in the country, posting a .380/.449/.532 line for the Beavers. His power went up, hitting four home runs in 60 games, and he drew 27 walks with just 16 strikeouts.

This season hasn’t gone as well as hoped for Nick Madrigal, but only because he’s missed significant time with an injury. Early in the season he broke a bone in his wrist sliding into home plate, causing him to miss nearly two months. He’s only played in 26 games this spring, but he’s made them count. The second baseman has posted a .435/.496/.620 line with 11 walks and just 4 strikeouts in 123 plate appearances.

Career Stats

Let’s note that they are through May 22nd, 2018

2016 195 11 5 1 8 15 14 .333 .380 .456
2017 237 20 2 4 16 27 16 .380 .449 .532
2018 108 6 4 2 8 11 4 .435 .496 .620

Scouting Report

Hitting, hitting, hitting. That’s what leads the scouting report for Nick Madrigal. He’s got the best hit tool in the entire draft. He has strong bat-to-ball skills, and makes tons of contact. The hit tool, however, isn’t his only big skillset. Madrigal is also a plus runner, and he’s stepped up his ability to steal bases this season, going 8-for-8 so far in stolen base attempts.

Defensively, he’s a quality second baseman. That may be underselling it a little bit, as there are some who believe there’s a chance he could slide over to shortstop as a professional. His arm only grades out as a 50, according to MLB Pipeline. That’s bottom of the barrel as far as shortstops go at the highest level. While at Oregon State he’s been a second baseman the entire time, though the guy that’s played shortstop is a quality prospect himself.

The big question with Nick Madrigal is his power. He’s hit seven home runs in his college career. He projects to have below-average power, and he’s currently below that.

What’s to like with Nick Madrigal

He’s a strong defender up the middle, even if it’s at the position up the middle of the least value. There’s going to be value on the bases, too. And of course, everyone seems to think he’s going to hit for a strong average.

What’s to be concerned about with Nick Madrigal?

Listed at 5′ 8″ and 165 lbs, Nick Madrigal is very undersized for a professional athlete. There are small guys in the Major Leagues right now who are quite successful. Jose Altuve is shorter, but also thicker and stronger. Dee Gordon is taller, 5′ 11″, and only a little bit heavier these days. Mookie Betts, is listed at 5′ 9″, and he’s listed at 180 lbs. Smaller guys can have success. But, we tend to remember the guys that do it, and never hear about all of the guys that size who don’t.

The lack of power, perhaps due to the size, can be a bit concerning. In the Major Leagues it’s very rare for a guy to be a valuable hitter without hitting for power. It’s possible that Nick Madrigal can be that kind of outlier player, but it seems risky to bet on someone being an outlier when you are selecting at the top end of the draft.

Does Nick Madrigal fit for the Reds?

If you are a believer that a team should draft for need, then no, a second baseman that should move quickly isn’t a fit for the Cincinnati Reds. Second base is the deepest position the team seems to have right now. But, if the team believes that Nick Madrigal can play shortstop (and not that there’s a chance, but actually believes it’s a near certainty), then that would fill a big need.

Personally, I’m on the “don’t draft for need, and take the best player on your board”, guy. That does seem to be how the Reds have approached their drafts under Chris Buckley, too. There’s a chance he could be there at #5, but he could go earlier, too.

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Robert Stephenson throwing strikes and pitching well Thu, 24 May 2018 05:57:25 +0000 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Robert Stephenson has been throwing very well for the Triple-A Louisville Bats over the past three weeks, and that continued on Wednesday.

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The interview with Robert Stephenson last week in the Louisville Courier-Journal about his sort-of dismissal of walks as a problem got people talking. As it should have. In there he notes, however, that he’d like to limit the walk number.

On April 25th, and in the following start on May 1st, Robert Stephenson walked 11 batters in 6.1 innings pitched. Eight walks came in 4.0 innings on the 25th. He walked three more in 2.1 innings the 1st. Since then, in four starts, things have been very different for the right hander.

Yesterday afternoon he took the mound in Indianapolis and allowed one run, on a solo home run, in 6.0 innings (highlights below – including his RBI single). Robert Stephenson walked just two batters and he had nine strikeouts. That put his walk total in the last three weeks and four starts at seven. Seven walks in 24.0 innings where he’s also struck out 31 batters and posted an ERA of 2.25.

There have been stretches of control from Robert Stephenson before. Last season between June 15th and July 17th he walked five batters with 37 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. He then joined the Cincinnati Reds rotation for the rest of the season, walking 37 batters in 60.0 innings.

The Cincinnati Reds rotation is currently having all kinds of struggles. The ERA’s of the current rotation members are as follows: 6.21, 5.62, 5.61, 4.53, and 2.57 (Matt Harvey and his three starts). Anthony DeSclafani will be making a rehab start in Louisville on Friday. Assuming he remains healthy on his way back, he will likely take a rotation spot from someone upon his return. However, beyond that, if Robert Stephenson continues to throw strikes, and the current rotation members don’t show improvement, is it time for him to move back to Cincinnati and see if he can keep it going? How long would you like to see the control continue to show itself in Triple-A before you would make that kind of move?

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Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 5/23/18 Thu, 24 May 2018 04:23:00 +0000 Cincinnati Reds prospect Tejay Antone returned to the mound for the first time since 2016 on Wednesday night for the Daytona Tortugas.

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Louisville won 10-2. Box Score

  • Phillip Ervin went 1-5 with a double, a run, and he had an RBI.
  • Blake Trahan went 1-4 with a walk, steal, a run, and he had 2 RBI.
  • Rosell Herrera went 1-4 with a double, a walk, and he scored 2 runs.
  • D.J. Peterson went 2-5 with a solo home run (3).
  • Josh VanMeter went 3-4 with a double, home run (4), scored 2 runs, and he had 4 RBI.
  • Gabby Guerrero went 1-4 with a walk.
  • Chad Tromp went 2-4 with a run scored.
  • Robert Stephenson went 1-3 with a run and an RBI. He also allowed a run in 6.0 innings with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts.
  • Jimmy Herget allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
  • Evan Mitchell threw a shutout inning with 2 walks and a strikeout.

Pensacola had their game suspended. It will resume Thursday evening.

Daytona lost 3-1. Box Score

Dayton won 5-4. Box Score

5/24 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 14-28 N/A 11:05am Neal Here Here Here
Pensacola 18-27 0-0 6:35pm TBA/Mella Here Here Here
Daytona 26-19 0-0 7:05pm Olson Here Here N/A
Dayton 23-21 0-0 7:00pm Greene Here Here Here

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Reds recall RHP Tanner Rainey from Triple-A Wed, 23 May 2018 20:36:43 +0000 The Cincinnati Reds have recalled right handed reliever Tanner Rainey from Triple-A Louisville. They also announced that Anthony DeSclafani will make a rehab start with the Louisville Bats on Friday.

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The Cincinnati Reds have recalled right handed reliever Tanner Rainey from Triple-A Louisville. He, and Michael Lorenzen – who was activated from the disabled list, will take the place of Raisel Iglesias and Austin Brice. They were both placed on the disabled list. Mark Sheldon had it first, and be sure to read carefully with regards to Iglesias:

For Tanner Rainey has been outstanding for Louisville this season. In 17.2 innings for the Bats he’s allowed just four runs (2.04 ERA). He has struggled with walks, particularly of late, giving out 11 free passes. But, he’s also struck out 31 batters on the season – good for a 46% strikeout rate. When it comes to the walks, he’s got eight of them in the last week in just 5.0 innings. He had three of them in the first five weeks of the year with the Bats.

Anthony DeSclafani to continue his rehab in Louisville

It’s being reported by everyone in the Cincinnati Reds media that Anthony DeSclafani will move up in his rehab assignment and pitch on Friday for the Louisville Bats. The Bats will be opening up a home stand, so the game will take place in Louisville.

The right handed pitcher made two starts with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos earlier this month. He pitched very well, allowing just two earned runs in 8.0 innings between the two games. He walked just one batter, allowed five hits, and he struck out 12. On May 14th he threw 3.0 innings. The next time out, on May 19th he tossed 5.0 innings. That last outing saw him throw 76 pitches. It’s likely that he will be stretched out to somewhere around 90 pitches this time.

Anthony DeSclarani would technically be eligible to come off of the disabled list for the start after the one on Friday. He’s on the 60-day disabled list, but that start would come beyond the 60-day mark. It’s not likely that he would be pushed that quickly, though. He will have 30 days worth of rehab eligibility, meaning he could stay on assignment through June 12th. It’s possible that he could use all of that time, depending on how things go in Louisville. But it’s also possible that he returns to the Reds before that time is up.

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Hendrik Clementina keeps hitting, other Reds notes Wed, 23 May 2018 05:20:53 +0000 Cincinnati Reds prospect Hendrik Clementina continued his assault on the Midwest League on Tuesday, racking up three more hits - with two of them going for extra-bases for the Dayton Dragons.

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Hendrik Clementina has been crushing the baseball all season for the Dayton Dragons. That continued on Tuesday. The Dragons resumed a rain-suspended game that began on Monday. Getting the start at catcher, over the two days needed to complete the game, Clementina racked up three hits. He had a double for his first hit. In his third at-bat of the game he hit a go-ahead 2-run home run. That was his 9th homer of the season (video below), which is tied for the best in the Midwest League. It’s also leading the Reds farm system. In his final at-bat of the game he singled, and later scored the game-winning run on a Jeter Downs walk-off single.

For as good as his April was, May has been that much better. In 14 games played he’s hitting .354/.483/.875 with seven home runs, a triple, and two doubles. He’s also walked as many times as he’s struck out, 11. Hendrik Clementina doesn’t qualify for the league leaders categories yet as he’s a few at-bats short. However, if he did qualify, he’s currently rank 5th in average (.348), 3rd in on-base percentage (.435), and 1st in slugging (.739).

A change at the top of the draft?

Last week the consensus #1 prospect in the country was Auburn right handed pitcher Casey Mize. Yesterday Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs held a chat and had a whole lot to say about Mize and his medical concerns. He says that there’s a decent chance that the Detroit Tigers are looking at other options at the top of the draft. If that’s true, it would open up all kinds of things.

When it comes specifically to the Cincinnati Reds, McDaniel notes that he believes they have one of Brady Singer, Joey Bart, or Nick Madrigal at the top of their board, with Alex Bohm and Jonathan India behind them. What isn’t clear is if they are considering Casey Mize or not.

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The Unnamed Reds Podcast: Episode 22 Wed, 23 May 2018 03:55:23 +0000 This week on The Unnamed Reds Podcast we discuss the struggles of Cincinnati Reds players Jose Peraza and Jesse Winker at the plate, as well as some of the struggles by the starting pitchers.

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This week’s show isn’t one that has a ton of brightsides to it. Doug Gray and Brian Snow discuss the struggles this month of outfielder Jesse Winker who has been slumping for May, the struggles of the starting rotation, and Jose Peraza’s continued struggles at the plate.

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Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 5/22/18 Wed, 23 May 2018 03:07:08 +0000 Cincinnati Reds prospect Miles Gordon had two triples for the Dayton Dragons in their double header against Lake County on Tuesday evening.

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Louisville lost 5-3. Box Score

Pensacola had the day off.

Daytona won 4-3. Box Score

Dayton won 5-4, lost 2-1 in a double header.

Game 1: 5-4 win. Box Score

Game 2: 2-1 loss. Box Score

  • Jeter Downs went 1-2 with a walk and a solo home run (6).
  • Stuart Fairchild went 1-3.
  • Jose Garcia went 0-1 with a walk.
  • Wendolyn Bautista allowed 2 earned in 6.2 innings with a walk and 7 strikeouts.

5/23 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 13-28 N/A 1:35pm Stephenson Here Here Here
Pensacola 18-27 0-0 7:35pm Wright Here Here Here
Daytona 26-18 0-0 6:30pm Moss Here Here N/A
Dayton 22-21 0-0 7:00pm Mondile Here Here Here

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Cincinnati Reds call up Brandon Dixon from Louisville Tue, 22 May 2018 19:45:12 +0000 The Cincinnati Reds have called up infielder/outfielder/utility player Brandon Dixon from Triple-A Louisville. There's also a sort-of-update on Nick Senzel.

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The Cincinnati Reds have called up Brandon Dixon from Triple-A Louisville. He will be taking the place on the 25-man roster of Rosell Herrera, who was optioned back to Triple-A earlier today (and even played in the Bats game earlier today).

Brandon Dixon was crushing the ball for the Louisville Bats in 2018. After nearly making the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Reds opted to send him to the minors. The 26-year-old put the demotion behind him and hit .326/.371/.527 with eight stolen bases in 37 games played. He did walk just nine times, and he did have 38 strikeouts in that span.

Defensively, Brandon Dixon can play a lot of positions. As a backup he could step in and handle first base, second base, third base, left field, and right field. He’s even had some time in center in the past, but that’s probably a stretch in the Majors. Still, he can handle a lot of spots on the field, and gives you plenty of options.

When you mix in all of the positions he can play along with the power in his bat, and underrated speed on the bases, he could be a very useful player off of the Cincinnati Reds bench. Of course, the same thing could have been said of Rosell Herrera, who got two starts in nearly a full month with the big league club. Hopefully Brandon Dixon can find a bit more playing time than Herrera saw.

And just for fun, here’s a 452 foot home run that Brandon Dixon hit on May 11th for the Louisville Bats.

Nick Senzel Update

There’s not a ton to report on Nick Senzel, but Reds General Manager Nick Krall did have a little bit of an update yesterday with local sports talk host Lance McAllister. Here’s what he had to say when asked about an update on the Reds top prospect:

I don’t have an exact timetable, but yeah, he’s gone back to Arizona and resumed baseball activities. That’s first and foremost, making sure that he’s healthy, that he’s ready to play. That he’s as healthy as possible before we start him playing baseball again. Having him resume baseball activities is definitely moving in a positive direction.

That’s good news. At the same time, it’s worded like Nick Senzel hasn’t yet played in games out in Goodyear. While I wouldn’t expect him to spend much time playing games in extended spring training once he does get on the field, it hasn’t happened yet.

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