Photo: Doug GrayCincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 8/7/19 Doug Gray August 8, 2019 31 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 2-1. Box Score Christian Colon went 1-4. It was the only Bats hit of the game. Sal Romano allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts. He threw 43 pitches with 27 strikes. Since June 26th he’s thrown 24.0 innings with 5 walks, 32 strikeouts, and has an ERA of 1.88 with Louisville. Matt Bowman threw 1.2 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. His ERA dropped to 2.18 on the year with Louisville. Brad Boxberger threw 1.1 hitless innings with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. One of the walks was intentional. This was his organizational debut (this year – his actual organizational debut was nearly a decade ago when he was drafted by the Reds). Jimmy Herget threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 6-3. Box Score Stuart Fairchild went 1-4 with a solo home run (11). His OPS is up to .818 with the Lookouts through 23 games. Jonathan India went 2-3 with a walk, double, steal, and a run scored. The hits are starting to call in for India. He’s got a 5-game hit streak where he’s gone 7-13 with 7 walks and just 2 strikeouts in that span. It’s also his second straight game with an extra-base hit. Brantley Bell went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Alberti Chavez went 1-4. Wyatt Strahan went 1-2 with a double at the plate. He allowed 2 runs in 4.0 innings with a walk and a strikeout in relief. Tyler Jay threw 2.0 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. Over his last 10 appearances he’s got a 3.45 ERA with 5 walks and 19 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. Cory Thompson threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts. The Daytona Tortugas won 3-2. Box Score Jameson Hannah went 2-3 with a walk, double, and he had an RBI. In the 6 games since joining the organization he’s hitting .304/.407/.522 with 4 extra-base hits. Jose Garcia went 1-4 with a run scored. Andy Sugilio went 1-3 with a steal (17) and a run scored. Bruce Yari went 1-4 with a triple and 2 RBI. With the Tortugas down 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th and 2 runners on he tripled to end the game in walk-off fashion. He’s hitting .333 over his last 10 games. Mark Kolozsvary went 1-3 with a double and a run. Lorenzo Cedrola went 1-2 Mac Sceroler allowed 2 runs in 6.1 innings with 10 strikeouts. He threw 94 pitches with 67 strikes and had 4 ground outs with 2 fly outs. He lowered his ERA to 3.91 on the season and now has 103 strikeouts in 92.0 innings. Mike Byrne threw 1.2 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. Andy Cox threw a shutout inning with 3 strikeouts. He dropped his ERA to 2.61 in 31.0 innings with Daytona. The Dayton Dragons lost 5-1. Box Score Claudio Finol went 2-4 with a run scored. Brian Rey went 2-4. He’s hitting .351 over the last 10 games. He’s extended his hitting streak to 9 games. And it appears he’s being promoted to Daytona for Thursday. Jay Schuyler went 1-4 with an RBI. Cameron Warren went 1-4. Morgan Lofstrom went 1-3. Miguel Hernandez went 2-4 with a steal. Jhon De Jesus allowed 2 runs in 4.0 innings with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. The Billings Mustangs are on the All-Star break The Greeneville Reds lost 12-9. Box Score Tyler Callihan went 1-4 with a solo home run (4), he was hit by a pitch, and he scored 2 runs. Allan Cerda went 1-2 with a home run (9), 2 RBI, and he was hit by a pitch. He was removed from the game after being hit by the pitch. Carlos Reina went 0-2 with 3 walks and a run scored. Cristian Olivo went 1-4 with a home run (1) and had 3 RBI. Danny Lantigua went 2-4 with 2 home runs (3). Jose Salvador allowed 2 runs in 4.0 innings with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. He threw 77 pitches with 47 strikes, and he had 1 ground out with 1 fly out. The AZL Reds won 12-1. Box Score Ashton Creal went 2-5 with a walk, double, run scored, and he had 2 RBI. Jorge Sequera went 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI. Luis Tejada went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI. Luis Lopez went 2-5 with a solo home run (2) and had 2 runs. Yassel Pino went 2-5 with 2 runs. He is hitting .333 over his last 10 games. Elvis Gomez went 1-4 with a double and he scored 3 runs. Rafael Franco went 3-3 with a walk, triple, 2 runs scored, and he had 2 RBI. Edward Guzman went 1-3 with 2 walks, a double, a run scored, and he had 2 RBI. Miguel Lar threw 4.0 shutout innings with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. Dannysmel Tavarez threw 3.0 shutout innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Ariel Mojica allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and a strikeout. 8/8 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 47-68 N/A 7:05pm Reyes Here Here Here Chattanooga 36-33 15-30 7:15pm Markey Here Here Here Daytona 35-30 21-27 6:30pm Orewiler Here Here N/A Dayton 28-42 20-25 7:05pm Richardson Here Here Here Billings 15-23 6-3 8:35pm Rodriguez Here Here N/A Greeneville 18-28 N/A 6:30pm Gilbert Here Here N/A AZL Reds 17-24 N/A 9:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 31 Responses Greenfield Red August 8, 2019 Slightly off topic, but here’s a question. Was Aquino exposed to the Rule V draft last winter? I think he was. I wonder if any teams are kicking themselves for not taking a chance on him. Matthew O'Neal August 8, 2019 He was, but you have to wonder how much of the change came after this year started. He posted a 306 OBP and a 754 OPS last season. The one other organizations should be kicking themselves about is VanMeter. As Doug often points out, his success and changes dates back to the last 2ish months of last season. July 8th on he posted a .926 OPS in Louisville in 2018. Wes August 8, 2019 I doubt it. Reds were terrible when they were stashing on guys 25 man roster to keep em. And it’s a bad practice and instead of Aquino destroying 3A he would have sat on the bench all year. Most teams need all and utilize all 25 spots. India and his 700 obp is jaw dropping. 14/20 whoa!!!?! Cguy August 8, 2019 I was wondering about Aquino. I believe he’s on a MiL contract. If so, then isn’t he tradeable this month? I’m not saying the Reds should trade him, but if he continues to punish the baseball the next couple of weeks-he could bring the Reds a premium of talented, young prospects from a post season team that’s needing a corner outfielder. Rick August 8, 2019 How can he be on a minor league contract when he is in the major leagues? Doug Gray August 8, 2019 A guy on a minor league contract (like the one Aquino signed in the offseason) is no longer on that contract once added to the 40-man roster, which he was last month. kevinz August 8, 2019 Jw doug do we still control him for 6 years since added him the 40 man that way? I was not sure if it was the same since he was on a MILB contract before he was added again. Thanks as well. Doug Gray August 8, 2019 Yes, Kevin. As long as he’s kept on the 40-man/25-man roster, the same “free agency” rules apply – he can’t reach free agency until he’s used up all of his big league service time, or until he’s designated for assignment and removed from the roster. Mike August 8, 2019 Thinking Big Sally could give a nice boost to our tired bullpen. RedsKoolAidDrinker August 8, 2019 So Romano pitcher 2 innings. That mean he’s being used in the bullpen now in Louisville? I agree MK Cguy August 8, 2019 Romano started the game, after an hour & a half rain delay. I don’t know why he only pitched 2 innings, but I like Sal as a sp. Besides Sims & Lorenzen, the Reds bullpen doesn’t have anybody they can option to Lville, so they’d have to place a pitcher on the IL or DFA somebody. RedsKoolAidDrinker August 8, 2019 Was good to see a really nice report / article on Finnegan. Anything on Tyler Jay and if he’s starting to regain old form? Doug, if you were deciding today to do your top 25, would India go ahead of Santillan and would Brian Rey be included? Wes August 8, 2019 If ceiling and being ready to contribute are most weighing in player rankings than shouldn’t Aquino be #1? RedsKoolAidDrinker August 8, 2019 Consistency (longevity of performance) as well as many other factors go into it. Certainly the argument can be made Aquino should be higher this day. Then he or anyone else go into a big slump. I guess that’s why Doug gets paid THE BIG BUCKS (tongue in cheek, Doug) and experience and expertise allow him for to balance it all out the way it should be. wes August 8, 2019 His longevity and performance are as good as anyone minus lodolo in our top ten. He has more power than India and the best RF arm in the whole system. And for once since he broke out a couple seasons ago- he has found some consistency. Arguably #1 and in that same discussion you can argue van meter top 5. kevinz August 8, 2019 I actually agree with this Wes. I did not have him at 1. I had him as number 3 Ranked on my most recent top 10 Prospect list . Behind Lodolo and Greene. Doug Gray August 8, 2019 First off, no, the longevity and consistency isn’t there for Aquino. He spent 2017 and 2018 in Double-A where he had a .714 OPS. I’m very pleased and happy for him that he’s doing what he’s doing this season. But when we are talking about prospect rankings, it’s based on the value a guy will have throughout his career in the Majors. Aquino’s already 25 and getting his first taste of playing time. There’s nothing wrong with that at all – but that’s a real difficult sell as a #1 prospect. When looking at how he projects – solid defensive value for right field, but he’s still a right fielder. That means he’s probably not actually providing defensive value overall (he is for right field, but right field is on the negative side of the spectrum). So then you’ve got to look at the bat. His biggest issue is that he doesn’t walk a lot and he does strike out a lot. He needs to basically hit 30 homers a year to provide solid value. He’s Adam Duvall-like, projection wise, for his upside. Unless he can also magically carry an incredibly high BABIP. Also, VanMeter is no longer prospect eligible, so he’s not even in the conversation. Ryan August 8, 2019 Factoring in age and his 2018 season, he really had to rake to show on any list. Doug had him 16th in the mid season update , which is pretty fair, maybe even bullish at the time. Doug, I’m wishing the young man the best, but he’s less than 10 games into his big league career. Fingers crossed he’s able to be a productive, everyday right fielder. kevinz August 8, 2019 I get the value of where a player plays can determine his Value. I think Aquino to the Reds Value goes up for this reason. Only one player on the team has 30 HR Power which is Suarez. SO are not Looked as Much of a Negative as much as it used to be if you have Power. I believe his ceiling is Judge, Puig. his Floor is Duvall and Domingo Santana. Senzel is Only a year older then Aquino when Made MLB debut. If Aquino can hit 240-260 with His Power he could be more valuable then a 280-290 hitter with only 15-25 HR Power On offense . terry m August 8, 2019 Where did you see report on Finny ?? Or did I just miss something ?? Thanks Doug Gray August 8, 2019 I had one out yesterday for Patreon supporters. wes August 8, 2019 That’s a nice write up on Finny Doug. Nice work creating patron value too. terry m August 8, 2019 MY bad. Doug Gray August 8, 2019 I haven’t dug in on Tyler Jay recently, but someone I talked to earlier this week mentioned him as someone they were “really liking” what they saw from him recently, so I will be looking into him more in depth soon. Scott August 8, 2019 Doug do you haves any idea what the Reds are doing with Sal Romano? Pick up Gausman and put him in the pen while Sal wastes away in Louisville pitching 2 innings as a starter. I’m confused what they are doing. MK August 8, 2019 Went to my first Atlantic League game last night. Only one wild pitch runner did not rubdown no first base stolen base. Alejandro Chacin told me it doesn’t happen often. Could not tell a big difference in home plate umpiring other than few complaints. The biggest difference in game was there were more stolen bases as pitchers have to step off rubber to throw to first. They ran on a lefty like he was holding them on. Umpires didn’t seem to pay attention to clocks. SultanofSwaff August 8, 2019 I bet India is glad to be out of the FSL. If we assume he continues to rake the rest of the season at AA, I think the Reds would be smart to send him to Arizona for the fall league so he can hit the ground running at AAA next season and be the first man in line for a big league callup. MikeinSoCal August 8, 2019 I thought Bowman pitched pretty well when he was recently up with Reds. He threw strikes and stayed away from the walks which is the RP’s curse. I think Bowman and Romano can improve the BP situation. Right now the Reds seem to cruise through the first six innings and then it’s hold your breath for the next few. Krozley August 8, 2019 Wendell Marrero was placed on the 60 day IL by the AZL team. Hopefully nothing serious enough to affect next year. He had a good start to his career. Doug Gray August 8, 2019 Turns out I forgot to get rid of the “notes” on this. Usually I just add them when I go to Patreon – but Patreon was down for maintenance last night, so I typed them up here and was just planning to delete them before hitting publish. Welp. FREEBIE! DaveCT August 8, 2019 Marketing, Doug, marketing!