On May 4th, Nick Longhi went 1-1 with a walk. He came into the game as a pinch-hitter and remained in the game as a left fielder for the Louisville Bats in their comeback win over the Indianapolis Indians. The Cincinnati Reds prospect then sat and didn’t play again until May 9th.

The 23-year-old Longhi took full advantage of his playing time for nearly the first time in a week. On Thursday the Bats and Longhi faced off against Tim Tebow and the Syracuse Mets. Things went well for Longhi, who racked up three hits in five trips to the plate, scored a run, and he drove in another one.

The game must have earned him some more playing time because the next night he was back in the lineup as the designated hitter against Charlotte. And he kept the hitting going. Nick Longhi picked up another three hits, this time including a double and he scored two runs.

Saturday saw the Louisville game suspended by rain. It was resumed on Sunday afternoon as a part of a double-header. The game that began on Saturday saw Longhi pick up another three hits – making it three games in a row with three hits, which was a first for the Bats since Yonder Alonso was playing for the Bats. One of those three hits was a double – and he scored two more runs. In the game that began on Sunday he saw his three-hit game streak end. But he did add two hits in five trips to the plate.

With the games completed on Sunday, Nick Longhi had gone 12-20 over his last five games played. That’s good for a .600 average in that stretch with two doubles, six runs scored, and he had added a walk. That’s helped push his season line to .298/.360/.481 through his 28 games played.

Jonathan India continues his strong May

Daytona didn’t play on Mothers Day, but on Saturday Jonathan India got on base enough for both days. The Cincinnati Reds 1st round pick had just one hit on the day. But he reached base five times thanks to three walks and being hit by a pitch in another trip to the plate. There have only been ten games for the Tortugas and India in the month, but he’s hit .294/.415/.500 in them with four extra-base hits and six walks.

9 Responses

  1. Simon Cowell

    With all of the hot hitters in AAA I’m starting to think that it isn’t the hitters, rather, a lack of quality pitching.

  2. Jim

    Simon, it’s the ball they are using.
    C’mon India!!
    Last night’s game. SF beat Bell, not once but twice. I actually turned the game off after Hernandez gave up his first hit. My phone beeped and I knew the result. Hernandez had pitched 2 innings the previous game. At the very least I would have went to Iglesias for 2, since he pitched his best 1 inning the previous game. Hard for any RP to pitch 2 innings, and then come out the next day. Prefer 1 and then 2.
    Mahle’s line looked ok but he lacked a good fastball. Low pitch count but I read his body language that he thought he was done after 6.
    I understand the reason for these idiot lineups, but let’s face it Joey has lost it. 2 bad springs, a season and now a 100 AB’s into another.

    • Cguy

      Joey Votto shouldn’t be starting vs LHSP like Bumgarner, particularly at the top of the order. Votto is .133/.257/.457 vs lhp this season with 4 hits, 3 bb & 0 rbi. I know it’s a small sample size, but he even looks overmatched at the plate vs lefties. Vottomatic wearing a golden sombrero? Farmer or Casali could do better.

  3. MK

    Might Longhi’s increased playing time have as much to do with the Bats loss of VanMeter and Senzei as his hitting? Somebody had to start getting those at bats and he is making a claim for them.

    • Seat101

      Great reasoning. He is making the most of the opportunity.

    • RojoBenjy

      Even if he gets a cup of coffee with the big club, wouldn’t that be a success? After all, they got him from Boston for international pool money.

      Good for him to make the most of his chances.

  4. MK

    Doug, do you know if Antone is really injured or is it roster maneuvering to have a spot for Wooten?

  5. Greenfield Red

    I try to stay positive about the Reds and how management works. But, there are a few things that bother me. One is, if he stays hot, they will call him up and let him sit on the bench beside Van Meter who they called up a couple of weeks ago and is sitting on the bench.

  6. DaveCT

    Seems that Longhi’s upside is 4th OF/1B and the concern has been a lack of power. He was seen as having one of the better hit tools in the Boston system. So, Doug, what would his slash line need to look like to force his way into the mix with the Reds at, say, midseason or even the end of it? Any ideas of how to factor in the impact of the ML baseball being used in AAA? Thanks.