Photo: Doug GrayCincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 6/13/19 Doug Gray June 13, 2019 18 Comments If you are interested in getting emailed every day during the season with additional game notes and a rundown on how the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospects performed (along with other perks) you can sign up to support the site through Patreon and get all of that for as low as $1 a month. If that’s something that sounds interesting you can get more information here. The Louisville Bats lost 10-8. Box Score Alex Blandino (rehab) went 0-3 with 2 walks and he scored a run. Christian Colon went 1-4 with a walk, steal (15), run scored, and he had an RBI. Phillip Ervin went 2-4 with a double, was hit by a pitch, scored 2 runs scored, and he had 2 RBI. Aristides Aquino went 1-3 with 2 walks, a triple, run scored, and he had an RBI. Rob Refsnyder went 1-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and he had an RBI. Stuart Turner went 1-4 with an RBI. Alberti Chavez went 1-3 with a run scored and he had an RBI. Jesus Reyes threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Robert Stephenson (rehab) allowed a run in an inning of work with a strikeout. The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 4-2. Box Score Alfredo Rodriguez went 1-5. TJ Friedl went 1-3 and was hit by a pitch. Taylor Trammell went 1-4. Jose Siri went 1-4 with a steal (17). Tyler Stephenson went 2-4 with a run scored. Mitch Nay went 2-3 with a walk, steal, and he scored a run. Gavin LaValley went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Calten Daal went 1-4. Tejay Antone allowed 3 earned in 7.0 innings with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. Joel Kuhnel threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. The Daytona Tortugas was rained out. The game will not be made up and the first half of the season is over. The Dayton Dragons lost 10-3. Box Score Michael Siani went 1-5 with a run scored. Brian Rey went 2-4 with a solo home run (6). Pabel Manzanero went 1-4 with a run scored. Miguel Hernandez went 1-4 with an RBI. Carlos Rivero went 1-2 with 2 walks. Randy Ventura went 1-4 with a double. James Marinan allowed 2 earned in 6.0 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. 6/14 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 26-40 N/A 7:00pm Sims Here Here Here Chattanooga 35-30 N/A 7:35pm Naughton Here Here Here Daytona 35-30 N/A All-Star Break Here Here N/A Dayton 27-40 N/A 7:00pm Salinas Here Here Here Billings 0-0 N/A 8:35pm Carreno Here Here N/A Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 18 Responses MK June 13, 2019 The Miles Gordon win streak came to an end with Miles on the bench. Can’t win them all. Alexis Diaz just had nothing and wasn’t helped by a horrendous call at third by base umpire. Marinan did not have a terrible line but just did not have good command. I think he has been a little disappointing this season. RojoBenjy June 14, 2019 Gordon on the bench. That explains it lol RojoBenjy June 14, 2019 Does anyone have any legitimate insight, realistic viewpoints, etc to explain why the Reds don’t seem to want Phillip Ervin on the big league roster? Wes June 14, 2019 Baseball has a serious talent problem right now- as in WAY to much of it. Guys like Ervin and blandino and mahle (he would have 1 mlb start if wood was healthy) and Iglesias and Detritch are good enough to play everyday in majors with no where to go and nearly every organization has the same thing going on. Going to 26 players won’t help. They need to go to 36 teams. From a micro perspective he’s in Louisville so he can play everyday is my guess. His future as a red is a reserve at best. kevinz June 14, 2019 I just cannot get on the to much talent train. Never to much talent in my Opinion. Most players talking about are Bench players like Ervin and Blandino. Look around the league still to many Lousy Teams. If talent was to Much all teams would be 500 or above. Kinda just spitballin here with what i see. Doug Gray June 14, 2019 They don’t think he’s a center fielder. And as a corner guy, you’re choosing the bat between him and, at least right now, Josh VanMeter, who clearly outhit him in Triple-A. And Wes, there’s not enough pitching to add more teams. Look at Triple-A right now. That’s going to be the pitching going to the Majors if you expand. The International League’s BEST ERA this year is 4.30 for a team. RojoBenjy June 14, 2019 I suppose even if he was a CF that they still couldn’t use him now that Senzel has arrived. Do you think that if it wasn’t Puig in RF, that they would have called Ervin up by now to give him a shot every day there? Wes June 14, 2019 There’s way to much pitching talent and it’s reflecting in free agent salaries to the point where you really can’t even argue it. Kuechel got one legitimate offer in offseason, krimbel has been best closer in league for several years and he got 0 offers in offseason. Gio is like 32 w a stellar mlb career and he can’t even get a guarantee offer. Lynn and the crop of guys who were vastly underpaid last two seasons all reflect the same thing too. More teams- more players make- which would be actually what they should make vs today’s wages. It’s the solution to what h call the number one issue in baseball right now. Also when u add the next roughly 80 best hitters to mlb it’ll delute the hitting which in turn helps pitching. Final point batting averages league wide are down 20 points in past couple decades. Pitching has been holding its own. Convince ya ?? Doug Gray June 14, 2019 No. You can’t convince me, especially with the idea that free agency is the barometer, because those prices are low because of collusion, not because there’s too much talent. If you expand to even TWO more teams, you’re looking at finding 40 more “big league quality” pitchers. The ERA in Triple-A this year is 5.26. If there were a “too much good pitching problem”, we’d see dudes destroying Triple-A on the mound. Instead we are seeing batters embarrass them and their families. Wes June 14, 2019 Lol on fam dig. And I thought I was a conspiracy theorist smh….. AirborneJayJay June 14, 2019 It is two-fold. Puig and the makeup of the bench. The Reds front office is too heavily invested in Yasiel Puig at this time. They are bending over backwards giving Puig every opportunity to snap out of his funk. They seem enamored for an extension but Puig has not provided a reason for one yet. That and the additional man in the bullpen has taken away a spot on the bench which most likely would go to Ervin. It is hard to argue against having Vanmeter and Farmer on the 25 man roster on a short bench. They have RH bench bats in Farmer, Peraza and Casali and only one LH bat in Vanmeter. That is probably the biggest reason. Farmer’s overall versatility vs. Ervin’s OF versatility, and Vanmeter’s LH bat vs. Ervin’s RH bat. Blandino is also a RH bat, so what happens when he is ready to come off of his rehab assignment soon? RojoBenjy June 14, 2019 I would love it if Blandino and Peraza were to trade places. MK June 14, 2019 It is Ervins lack of defensive flexibility. With a 25 man roster with 14 pitchers. It allows a very short bench. When one is a catcher the others are going to benefit if they can play infield and outfield or catcher. Farmer, VanMeter, Dietrich, Peraza meet that criteria, Phillip does not. Next year when they go to a 26-man roster it will provide a little flexibility. RojoBenjy June 14, 2019 So does Ervin have much trade value? Guess it would be hard to build it if he can’t show what he has in the Majors. I suppose also that if every other team thinks his ceiling is a 4th OF then the value isn’t there. Big Ed June 14, 2019 If the Reds decide that they need a RH-hitting outfielder, you can make a good case that Aristides Aquino is the answer. (It would require a 40-man move.) He has an OPS of 1.015, having improved his fly ball, walk and strikeout rates, and has a 17-game hitting streak by my count. Granted, he has done it against the AAA pitching that Doug has lamented. kevinz June 14, 2019 I agree Big Ed. I mentioned this the other day. I was told not until 2021. Even though Reds lose control of him after this season. If he is not put on the 40 man. The signs of Improvement Last year in AA his 2nd time in the league. Shows me he is closing some of his Holes in his Game. Only 25 so not Like end of him getting Better. MK June 14, 2019 So is VanMeter the move when Scooter comes back unless there is another injury? Bill June 14, 2019 I would think so. VanMeter could use some consistent at bats in my opinion.