Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

For games played on June 8, 2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Reds 2011 first round pick, Robert Stephenson, lowered his ERA to 2.97 with 7 shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 8. In his last 6 starts, he’s thrown 38.2 innings, allowing only 4 earned runs on 19 hits and 5 walks, while striking out 51 and he’s only 20 years old. Might be time to think about getting him to Bakersfield soon.

AAA

Durham 6 – Louisville 3

Felix Perez was 3-4 with a double and drove in 2 runs.

Armando Galarraga lost his 4th game (against 4 wins) giving up 6 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 4. Nick Christiani threw two scoreless innings and newly promoted, Lee Hyde, threw a scoreless 9th.

AA

Pensacola 4 – Mississippi 1

3B Ray Chang was the only Blue Wahoo with more than one hit, going 2-3 with a walk and scoring a run.

Outstanding start by Ryan Dennick, as he picks up his 3rd win vs 6 losses, going 7.1 innings allowing 6 hits and 1 run while striking out 4. The run scored on a homer in 8th. Loek Van Mil picked up his 5th save with a hitless 9th, where he struck out the side.

High A

Bakersfield 7 – Lake Elisnore 3

Juan Duran went 2-4 with a homer (4), Marquez Smith went 2-5 with a homer (7), and Yorman Rodriguez went 2-5 with a double.

Bakersfield’s pitchers did not give up an earned run, due to the 4 errors committed by the Blaze. Shane Dyer started and threw 6 innings, allowing 3 unearned runs on 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 2. Carlos Gonzalez threw an inning and 2/3, giving up a run, which got him both a blown save and then the win, though he only gave up 1 hit while striking out 2 (and didn’t give up any runs). Jamie Walczak picked up his 3rd save with 1.1 hitless innings, striking out 1.

Low A

Ft. Wayne 1 – Dayton 0 12 innings

Not much to talk about offensively for the Dragons, as no one collected more than one hit, as they only collected 8 hits (none for extra bases) in 12 innings.

Great outing for #1 pick, Robert Stephenson, as he went 7 innings, allowing only 3 hits and no runs, while walking 1 and striking out 8. Joel Bender took the loss (0-2), giving up a run on 2 hits, in 4.1 innings of work.

8 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Might be time to think about getting him to Bakersfield soon.

    I would have tickets for Winker & Stephenson already printed and in their hands. Winker simply needs to start seeing better quality pitching and especially more quality breaking balls. He’s not going to get that at Dayton. Stephenson struggled in his first few starts with a modified delivery. Once he reverted back to his previous delivery, his success mirrored his success at Billings from last season.

    Stephenson is one of the very few, top shelf pitching prospects in the Reds’ minor league system. He can continue to pitch at Dayton with phenominal success, but that won’t help get him major-league ready. Stephenson needs to find out what he needs to adjust to become major-league ready, if anything, and that will only happen against better, more disciplined hitters.

    The Reds’ hesitancy to promote during the seaon cost BHam the opportunity last season to make some necessary adjustments against better pitching at AA & AAA. He is just now making those adjustment in AAA this season and now he may not be major-league ready for the start of 2014, when the Reds will need him leading off and roaming CF at GABP. If what you’re doing is not only working but working superbly, you just continue doing what you are doing. That’s human nature. You really do learn by your mistakes or failures. Get Stephenson and Winker to Bakerfield ASAP.

  2. Just curious Bill, What do you make of Hamiltons season so far…disappointing or about what we should have expected considering he is 22 yrs. old and was in A ball this time last year?

    .246/.313/.338 44 K’s vs 24 BB’s in 240 AB’s 33 steals / 7 CS

    • @/a href=”#comment-2272943″>Furniture City Red: I d/n’t have Bill’s expertise or insight, but I do offer some thoughts on BHam’s season with the Bats, if you don’t mind my response.

      Age notwithstanding, BHam has had two distinct seasons with the Bats to date. For the 1st month, 8 full series, April 4th through May 5th, BHam hit .196/.265/.280 with 22 SO & 10 BB, not good using any measuring stick. Something began to click after that first month and from May 6th through yesterdays game against the Bulls, BHam hit .286/.351/.383 with 23 SO & 14 BB.

      There is sufficient seasom left in AAA to provide a thorough evaluation of BHam’s readiness to make the move to the show in 2014, and he will certainly get a callup in September, regardless of his readiness for 2014. His ability to continue to make the necessary adjustments at every level of his advancement has not hurt his prospects for a significant major league career.

      • @Shchi Cossack:

        @/a href=”#comment-2272943″>Furniture City Red: I d/n’t have Bill’s expertise or insight, but I do offer some thoughts on BHam’s season with the Bats, if you don’t mind my response.

        Age notwithstanding, BHam has had two distinct seasons with the Bats to date.For the 1st month, 8 full series, April 4th through May 5th, BHam hit .196/.265/.280 with 22 SO & 10 BB, not good using any measuring stick.Something began to click after that first month and from May 6th through yesterdays game against the Bulls, BHam hit .286/.351/.383 with 23 SO & 14 BB.

        There is sufficient seasom left in AAA to provide a thorough evaluation of BHam’s readiness to make the move to the show in 2014, and he will certainly get a callup in September, regardless of his readiness for 2014.His ability to continue to make the necessary adjustments at every level of his advancement has not hurt his prospects for a significant major league career.

        I don’t know about expertise or insight, you seem more knowledgable than I am about most of these guys. I would say that you and I disagree on how quickly players should be promoted. I’m of a mind that leaving someone at a lower level MAYBE a little longer than they need to be helps develop more confidence and isn’t a bad thing, and is much better than promoting too quickly and hurting confidence. I don’t think there is a right answer, it’s a very fine line. The Reds have become much more apt to promote during the season than they were a few years ago. I think high school players aren’t promoted as fast as college players and I personally think you need multiple months of success at a level to show you’ve actually mastered it, rather than a quick promotion after just a few weeks.

  3. Thanks Shchi,

    interesting split for BHam this year:

    Versus Left Handed pitchers he has walked once and struck out 21 times with OBP of 244

    Versus Right Handed pitchers he has 23 walks and 24 strike outs with a 349 OBP

    So to those who have seen him, can he really switch hit? Or would it be better for him to concentrate from the left side and learn to hit left handed pitching from that side?

  4. I second that Stephenson needs moved up ASAP. Among his contemporaries he is being left behind without any reason to think he should be. Jose Fernandez is in the majors holding his own. Archie Bradley is blowing through AA. Dylan Bundy would be somewhere from AA – AL if he wasn’t injured. Those guys were all slightly more highly touted, but not enough to justify keeping him in Low A.

  5. I was at the Dragons game in Ft. Wayne. Stephenson looks smooth an effortless out on the mound. He was in the 97-100 range on the ballpark gun all night. He hit 100+ on gun several times topping out at 101. He was also strong at the end, topping 100 on the gun 4 times in the 7th. Also interesting to note that the Tincaps starter,Joseph Ross, who actually threw a better game than Stephenson, was a former travel teammate of Stephenson’s.

    http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130609&content_id=50084800&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

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