Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 5/22/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Jesse Winker (.313/.416/.537) hit a go-ahead 2-run homerun in the bottom of the 8th inning for the Dayton Dragons. Winker was named the Midwest League Player of the Week for the week ending May 19th.

AAA
Louisville had the day off. Manny Parra tweeted yesterday that the team has moved his rehab assignment from Pensacola to Louisville.

AA
Pensacola also had the day off.

High A
There were no games played in Bakersfield either. Kyle Lotzkar, who had been playing with Pensacola, was activated from the temporary inactive list and sent down to High-A Bakersfield.

Low A
Dayton 6 – West Michigan 4

Pedro Diaz allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 4 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings. Diaz also struck out four batters. Diaz pitched 3 batters into the 6th inning without retiring a batter (error, single, single.) Alejandro Chacin came on in relief and walked in the Whitecaps 4th and final run before retiring the side.

Chacin, Joey Housey, and Sean Lucas then each pitched a perfect inning to finish out the game.

Tannier Rahier (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) gave the Dragons an early 2-0 lead with a 2-run double in the 2nd inning.

The speed of Junior Arias (1-for-4, 2 SB, 2 R) led to two runs to tie it at 4-4 in the 7th inning. Arias stole 2nd base. Two batters later with Joe Hudson on 2nd base, Arias took off for third base. The throw went into left field, allowing both Arias and Hudson to score.

One inning later, with a runner on base, Jesse Winker (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit his 7th homerun of the season to send Dragons fans home happy. The hits extend Winker’s hitting streak to 6 games. The homerun is Winker’s 4th in his last 8 games.

Seth Mejias-Brean (2-for-4, 2B) also had a pair of hits in the game. His May slash line is up to .315/.358/.466.

13 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Felix Perez is a 28-year-old, LH corner OF playing in AAA. His slash line this season is .315/.381/.506 and his slash line last season in his 1st full season at AAA was .301/.348/.401. Perez is not on the 40-man roster, there is no place on the major league roster for him to play as a LH corner OF, but he really doesn’t have anything left to prove at AAA. Surely Perez would have some value for a shot on a major league roster for someone in exchange for a younger, lower level prospect. He certainly doesn’t seem to fit any need or plan for the Reds at the major league level.

    After a breakout season (.346/.397/.527) in 2011 split between AA & AAA, Denis Phipps, a 28-year-old RH corner OF, failed to follow-up at the AAA level in 2012 (.221/.293/.401) or this season (.269/.355/.414). He was also removed from the 40-man roster. I have to wonder if he has any role or fits any plan with the Reds.

    I bring up these two players because of the roster spots they occupy in the AAA OF since Heisey will be going out on another rehab assignment shortly (although caution will probably be a top priority) and will come off the DL sometime next month, requiring a roster move.

    Baring a trade of some sort, Donald Lutz, a 24-year-old LH corner OF, will probably be optioned out and I don’t think he needs to go back down to AA after his performance the past two springs and his performance during his call up this season. Bryson Smith, a 24-year-old RH corner OF, also probably needs to be promoted from AA to AAA after hitting .310/.358/.429 split between A+ & AA in 2012 and hitting .289/.377/.458 in AA this season. These two corner OF prospects, along with BHam in CF represent the closest major-league-ready OF prospects in the minor league system and they need to be playing in AAA.

  2. Seems like Cingrani has been MIA lately. His last start for the Reds was on 5/17 after a 7 day layoff from his start on 5/10. Since being optioned out, he hasn’t started for another 6 days, but is finally scheduled to start tonight for the Bats. That’s was a lot of down time for Cingrani. I hope he was able to spend the time constructively working on his slider and changeup. I really don’t want to see him continuing to throw blanks in AAA using his fast ball almost exclusively. That simply won’t fly at GABP (or perhaps more appropriately, that will fly at GABP, right out of the park).

  3. I thought Perez might get the callup when Robinson got promoted. Perez just doesn’t seem to catch a break. He hit over .300 last year and is doing so again this year. But with the Reds over-abundance of LH hitting OF I think Perez will be a piece that WJ uses to bring back a LH reliever sometime soon. Or is made part of a larger package to get a RH hitting LF.

  4. Can anyone help to explain why the Reds have 12 pitchers on this team (with 7 pitchers in their bull pen)? Then we have M Parra on the DL who’s scheduled to come back soon – a pitcher the Reds signed for a cool $1 million in the off season and the only Reds pitcher who has really stunk. Just SOP for the Reds(as they don’t really seem to know what they are doing – for example, like putting no real effort into developing Chapman)?

      • @stevechai: What a joke as well as waste of relievers by Dusty. Why? Because that is not the way to handle a pitching staff. A lot of these guys perform so much better if they get a chance to pitch regularly (3-4 times a week – like golf, bowling etal.).
        And for everyone who says Didi G. can’t maintain his current level of play, does that also go for the Card’s Shelby Miller who had a 4.74 ERA at AAA Memphis last year.
        By the way, do the Reds have to buy Dusty his supply of toothpicks too?

  5. In addition to Cingrani, Chad Rogers and Drew Cisco are getting starts tonight for Reds affiliates. They both have had strong seasons.

    Cingrani: 3 hits, 2 walks, no runs allowed in his 3 AAA starts. That may change if Cingrani tries experimenting with more off speed stuff. (That what Shchi said!)

    Bakersfield has Jon Moscot going tonight. His year-to-date numbers aren’t the prettiest, but he has just 2 earned runs, 6 hits, 2 walks with 17 strikeouts over his last two starts (13 innings.)

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