Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 4/10/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Carlos Contreras went 5.2 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits. He struck out 8 and walked zero.

AAA
Columbus 5 – Louisville 0

The loss was hung on Armando Galarraga (1-1, 2.53 ERA), who allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over 5.2 innings. Galarraga allowed 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Mark Prior got the final four outs of the game, allowing no runs or hits. Just one free pass in the 9th inning.

In his first 3 appearances, Prior has a line of 4 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts. It’s a small sample size, but encouraging.

The Bats offense could only muster 4 hits from 4 different players and a 1 Billy Hamilton walk. Hamilton’s fielding error on a groundball to centerfield led to the unearned run in the 4th inning.

AA
Mobile 10 – Pensacola 2

Josh Smith (0-2, 17.47 ERA) was pulled after allowing 3 runs in each of the first two innings.

Both of Pensacola’s runs scored on a Brodie Greene 2-run homerun. Leadoff hitter Ryan LaMarre (2-for-5) was the only Blue Wahoo batter to collect more than one hit.

High A
Visalia 4 – Bakersfield 2

Bakersfield (0-7) is still looking for their first win of the season. Carlos Contreras (0-0, 1.86 ERA) allowed 1 run on 5 hits and no walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out eight.

Yovan Gonzalez (2-for-3 with an RBI) was the only Blaze batter with more than one hit.

Low A
Dayton at South Bend was rained out.

Check out the Dragons pre-game radio interview with starting pitcher prospect Drew Cisco.

12 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. In his first 3 appearances, Prior has a line of 4 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts. It’s a small sample size, but encouraging.

    Greg, you had the same reaction I did when I saw the pitching line last night for the Bats. Maybe, just maybe, Prior has some life left in that arm. I hope so, even if the Reds bullpen has no opening for him. The guy has been through a lot and I would like to see him end his career with some success.

    • Greg, you had the same reaction I did when I saw the pitching line last night for the Bats. Maybe, just maybe, Prior has some life left in that arm. I hope so, even if the Reds bullpen has no opening for him. The guy has been through a lot and I would like to see him end his career with some success.

      I’ve been pulling for him the past couple of years, Reds bullpen or elsewhere.

  2. Minor League Player of the Day: Carlos Contreras went 5.2 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits. He struck out 8 and walked zero.

    Now that’s getting it done.

    I’m not worried about that bad outting by Galarraga. He’s a gamer.

    I hope Prior continues this streak and his contract selected.

    Otherwise, not a good day on the farm.

  3. If Ondrusek doesn’t cut it in the bullpen and Marshall is still unavailable, I can where they might give the call to Prior to see what he can do. If he continues to throw well. It would mean a move off the 40-man roster for someone would have to be made though.

    • @WVRedlegs: The Reds have a spot (actually two) they can easily create on the 40 man roster, any time they need one. Both Nick Masset & Ryan Ludwick are on the 15 day DL and both are or have been out for very extended times. Moving either of those player from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL opens a slot on the 40 man roster. The question becomes, what happens when one of those players is ready to come off the 60 day DL, but that is a question time may simply resolve.

  4. Does anyone have any insight on Arredondo? He was integral to the Reds major league bullpen success that past 2 years and actually improved his performance over those 2 years. His BB% is way too high, but no higher than Ondrusek’s BB% and his SO% & SO/BB ratio is significantly better than Ondrusek. Then factor in his success against LH hitters and his value skyrockets. For his career, Arredondo has certainly performed better than Parra. Arredondo had a good ST as a followup to 2 good seasons, then was relegated to DFA and no one else bothered to pick him up either. Certainly his performance with the Bats since being sent down has stunk, but what gives? Is he injured or recovering from an injury? Did he lose something in his delivery from last season to this season? Did he get into Dusty’s doghouse?

    • @Shchi Cossack: I am not completely convinced about Arredondo’s LH/RH splits, because his BABIP against LHs last year was .205, but on the other hand the splits have generally held throughout his career. I’d give him a shot at starting in the minors, because (a) it gives him more pitches with which to hone his control, and (b) there is nothing to lose with the attempt. I think these guys get type-cast early on in their careers as a reliever or starter, and sometimes that type-casting could be wrong.

      • @Big Ed: I’m sure that if this organization had a reliever who could be a great starter, they’d do everything they could to make that Chappen. Er, sorry, happen.

        -Mr. Saturday Nite, who thinks dead horses need a good beating from time to time.

      • @Big Ed: I considered that possibility previously, but the Bats don’t appear to be stretching him out or at least not stretching him out aggressively, but it’s still very early and they would have to work through the process carefully. His 1st outing on the April 5th, he went 2 innings and delivered 27 pitches. In his 2nd outing on April 8th, he only went 1 inning, but also got hammered and delivered 30 pitches. I guess the next couple of outings will provide a clearer picture.

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