Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 5/30/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: There were solid starting pitcher performances in the Reds organization yesterday, but the best came from Robert Stephenson. Stephenson retired the first 17 batters that he faced and left the game after 6.2 shutout innings, where he allowed 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 9. Stephenson’s May stat line is 36.2 innings, 21 hits, 8 earned runs, 8 walks, and 46 strikeouts.

Minor League Prospect Movement: Reds 2012 1st round draft pick, Nick Travieso announced via twitter that he will be joining Robert Stephenson on the Dayton Dragons squad today.

AAA
Louisville 4 – Columbus 1

Greg Reynolds (5-0, 2.92 ERA) pitched 8.1 innings, allowing just 9 hits and 1 run. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 4. Curtis Partch came in to close out the game, striking out the only two batters he faced, hitting 99mph on the radar gun once. In his last 5 appearances, Partch has thrown 9 innings, allowed just 1 run, 5 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 12.

Denis Phipps was 2-4 with two runs scored. Emmanuel Burriss also had two hits in four trips to the plate. Corky Miller was 1-for-2 with a walk and 3 RBI. Billy Hamilton reached base once and stole his 30th base. That’s his 4th straight game with a successful stolen base.

AA
Jacksonville 11 – Pensacola 2

Daniel Renken (6ip, 4h, 1r, 2bb, 7K) tossed his 3rd straight quality start, but the bullpen imploded in the lopsided loss.

Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart was hitting in the 3-hole again and extended his hitting streak to six games with a single. Barnhart has reached base at least once in 14 consecutive games.

Theo Bowe and Bryson Smith each collected a pair of hits in the loss.

High A
Rancho Cucamonga 5 – Bakersfield 2

Making his third professional start after converting over from the bullpen, Mike Dennhardt (5ip, 7h, 3r, 2er, 1bb, 5K) allowed his first earned runs as a starter.

Yovan Gonzalez (2-for-4, RBI) was the only Blaze hitter with more than one hit.

Low A
Dayton 9 – South Bend 0

Robert Stephenson (5-3, 3.32 ERA) retired the first 17 batters that he faced before giving up an infield single with two outs in the 6th inning. He left after hitting his pitch count in the 7th inning with a final line of 6.2 shutout innings, 1 hit, 2 walks (both in the 7th) and 9 strikeouts. That’s 5 consecutive quality starts for Stephenson in which he’s struck out 42 and walked just 4 batters in 31.2 innings. There’s a great game story, covering Stephenson’s night on the Dayton Dragon’s website. Among the notable notes:
– South Bend has the best hitting offense in the Midwest League.
– Stephenson threw a mix of pitches – 60% fastballs, 25% curveballs, 15% changeups.

The offense did OK in this game, too. Five different players collected two or more hits, and two player reached base four times. Beau Amaral was 3-for-4 with a walk, 2 runs and 2 RBI. Jesse Winker was 2-for-3 with 2 walks, an RBI and a run scored.

8 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. This is the first that I’ve noticed Curtis Partch. As a starter in 2011, he had 126 Ks in 160.2 innings, and had a 1.37 GO/AO ratio (it was 1.95 in 2010). This year as a reliever, in AA/AAA, he’s had 38 Ks in 27 innings, but the GO/AO is at 0.46. Just by the numbers, then, it looks like he’s throwing more fastballs and ditched his sinker/slider or whatever it was that had him throwing so many ground balls. He’s 6’5″ and listed at 240.

  2. After a brief stumble out of the gates, Stephenson has hit his stride. Pickin’ them up and layin’ them down. Kickin’ butt and takin’ names.

  3. I love farm reports like this one. While the teams did do so great, there were some very outstanding performances. I had no idea Partch threw the ball 99MPH.

    Has anyone heard whether Stephenson is still using his high school mechanics?

  4. I wonder if there are going to be some call ups with the Travieso move? I don’t know the roster rules really, but I feel both Winker and Stephenson could be moved up. June 1st is usually a pretty good benchmark for call ups, as is the All Star break and the September call ups. Granted, if the moves happen now, that would indicate a pretty big climb for the season. If they both go up to Bakersfield, and perform well, by September they could both be in Pensacola. That’s 2 levels jumped. Not impossible, but not really the Reds’ style.

    Now, this I find an interesting topic of discussion. Do the Reds send Stephenson to Bakersfield at all, where it is considered an extreme hitters paradise, or do they hold on to him in Dayton for awhile and then send him straight to Pensacola to avoid Bakersfield?

    • @hermanbates:

      It will depend on the draft next week. Once they start signing players that were drafted, they will assign them to one of the teams. Most high schoolers will go to Billings. Some college players may start out at Dayton. Which would necessitate some bumps up or down.

    • @hermanbates: I think Stephenson could handle a promotion. Off the top of my head, I can think of two other 20 year olds from the same first round. Jose Fernandez is holding his own for the Marlins and Archie Bradley is dominating AA after a early season promotion from A+.

  5. Stephenson is a Martinez California product. He has played lots of valley ball (Bakersfield is on the south end of the valley and Sacramento is generally the north end).

    Martinez is on the northwest side of the valley, almost a homecoming for him.

    Guess it would depend on what pitches they want him to work on. His gas is gas in any park though including Bakersfield

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