Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 5/1/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Junior Arias stole bases and hit for power in the Dragons win over Clinton. Arias was 3-for-5 with a triple and a homerun, scoring twice and knocking in three runs. He also stole his 10th and 11th bases of the season.

AAA
Louisville had the day off.

I don’t believe we noted this earlier, but Mark Prior was placed on the 7-day DL within the past week with a right shoulder strain.

AA
Montgomery 2 – Pensacola 1

Pensacola’s lone run came in the bottom of the 9th inning on a solo homerun by Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart. It was Barnhart’s second longball of the season. Barnhart also walked in the game for the 10th time this season, compared to just 7 strikeouts in 59 at-bats. Tucker is sporting a very good .371 OBP.

Chad Rogers (2-1, 1.47 ERA) had a strong start, allowing just 1 unearned run on 4 hits and a walk over 6 innings. Rogers struck out 7 batters. Kyle Lotzkar has been pitching out of the bullpen for the Blue Wahoos this season, making his 5th appearance last night. He worked a shutout inning and struck out a batter. It was his first scoreless outing since his first relief appearance in early April.

High A
Bakersfield 6 – San Jose 4

Bakersfield scored 4 times in the 8th inning to claim the victory. The rally started with a two-out walk by Marquez Smith (1-for-4, HR, 2 R, BB), who also hit his 3rd homerun of the year earlier in the game. A single and a walk later, Juan Silverio (1-for-4, R, 3 RBI) singled in 2 runs. Juan Duran scored the 3rd run of the inning on a balk and Dominic D’Anna (2-for-4, RBI) drove in Silverio for the 4th and final run. Chris Berset (2-for-3, BB) and Kyle Waldrop (2-for-5) also had 2 hits for the Blaze.

Tanner Robles started and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk over 4 innings. He struck out four. Pat Doyle was credited with the win after pitching 3 innings of 1-hit shutout baseball, striking out four.

Low A
Dayton 11 – Clinton 7

Junior Arias (3-for-5, 3B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI 2 SB) hit his 4th homerun of the season and swiped his 10th and 11th bases. Joe Hudson (1-for-4, 2B, BB), batting in front of Arias, scored three times. Zach Vincej (2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R) had two hits for the Dragons.

Robert Stephenson (1-3, 5.79 ERA) allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks over 5 innings. He struck out four. Dragons reliever Sean Lucas was the only pitcher in the game to throw a scoreless inning. He did allow two hits and struck out one.

10 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Stephenson struggling at Low A has to be a concern. The difference of a college graduated player’s development (Cingrani) vs. the development of a high school phenom (Stephenson).

    • @WVRedlegs: I’m not sure how much of a concern there is. He certainly has an ugly ERA. Most of that is attributed to one outing where he allowed 6 runs in 2.2ip. He has a 4.26 ERA in all his other starts.

      Overall, he keeps the ball in the park (2 HR in 28 innings) walks 3.9 per 9 innings and strikes out 11.3 per 9.

      His BABIP this year has been a very high .408, which would suggest a bit of bad luck relative to his sub-.300 BABIP last year.

      • @Greg Dafler:

        That’s good to hear. I didn’t know if he was not getting any run support or if he was pitching alot up in the strike zone and getting hit hard.
        With Dayton’s uber success at the turnstiles, is there any talk of moving Dayton up from a Low A league to High A, AA or AAA?? The Reds just moved AA to Pennsacola so that probably is out.

  2. WVReds Cingrani was born in 89

    stephenson 1993

    That is a 24 year old versus a 20 year old.

    and many guys get their lumps in colleague also before the dominate.

    I’ll take both pitchers, and we don’t need Robert for a few years yet. We can give him time to turn 24 with that arm

    • @reaganspad:

      Exactly. I’d take both too. Some people a few weeks ago couldn’t understand how Cingrani ascended up the minors ladder so fast and Stephenson not. The point was College pitchers do not need as much time to learn and season. High schoolers on average take much longer to ascend up.

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