Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 6/21/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville Bats RHP Greg Reynolds won his 9th game without a loss. He threw a complete game shutout, giving up only 2 hits, without a walk and striking out 8. Reynolds is having his best minor league season since ’07 in AA.

AAA
Louisville 3 – Rochester 0

Great performance by Greg Reynolds as he ran his record to 9-0. Last night he threw a 9 inning, complete game, 2 hit shutout.

Felix Perez was 2-3, Nefi Soto and Corky Miller were 2-4.

AA
Pensacola 9 – Montgomery 3

Travis Mattair went 3-4 with a homer (8) and drove in 2 runs. Yorman Rodriguez continued his hot start at AA, going 2-4 with a walk.

Daniel Renken won his second game of the season, going 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, a walk, and struck out 6. Trevor Bell threw 2 hitless innings and Chris Manno threw a hitless inning.

High A
High Desert 6 – Bakersfield 3

David Vidal went 3-4 with a triple and a homer (1). Juan Perez went 2-4.

Jon Moscot threw 5 innings, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits, with a walk and 5 strikeouts. Kyle McMyne took his fourth loss, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits in 2/3 of an inning. Jimmy Moran and Jake Johnson threw scoreless innings.

Low A
Lake County 11 – Dayton 5

Junior Arias went 2-4 with 2 homers (9,10), Daniel Pigott went 2-4 with 2 doubles, Jeff Gelalich went 2-4 with a double, and Tanner Rahler went 2-4.

Bad day for Dragons pitching. Jackson Stephens got his first start of the season, but it didn’t go well. 4 innings, 5 runs (3 earned, the Dragons made 4 errors on the night) on 7 hits with a walk and 5 strikeouts. The only Dragon pitcher to throw a scoreless inning was Ben Klimesh.

Rookie
Great Falls 6 – Billings 0

2013 #1 draft choice, Phillip Ervin went 2-4.

Joey Housey threw 1.1 scoreless innings, Nick Fleece and Robert Lewis-Walker threw scoreless innings.

AZL Indians 5 – AZL Reds 0

No one of the baby Reds had more than one hit, Cory Thompson and Logan Uxa had doubles.

Nice start by Franderlin Romero threw 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits, with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Soid Marquez threw 2 scoreless innings.

7 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. I feel like it’s time to do something with this Greg Reynolds guy. 27 years old, 9-0 record, 2.23 ERA, over 7 innings per start, 4 more years of control after this season.

    Meanwhile Hannahan is “hitting” .197/.262/.263 in 76 AB, and Izturis is “hitting” .162/.240/.191 in 68 AB. That’s right, Izturis is SLUGGING on the Interstate. I feel like that makes it pretty clear what needs to happen. Deal Reynolds for a competent bench.

    • @ToddAlmighty: Also, trade him because his existence for the Reds scares me for next year. I feel like when Arroyo leaves, they’ll be like “Cingrani only has one plus pitch as a starter. He gives us a better chance at winning NOW when he’s in the bullpen. So we’re giving Reynolds the #5 starting job and Cingrani will be an eternal LOOGY.”

  2. I like the way you think ToddAlmighty. But Reynolds’ situation is interesting. He can opt-out at any time, so you can’t trade him. There is nothing to keep him at the team to where he is trading and therefore you won’t get anything for him.

    I agree though that Reynolds could be a chip in the game though. I think perhaps the Reds could DFA Villareal without losing him (though it is a gamble) and put Reynolds on the 40-man. That locks him up. I do not believe he can opt-out if he is put on the 40-man since that now puts him under a major league contract, but perhaps someone can verify that. I’m pretty sure once he’s there the standard player rules apply to him. He can’t become a minor league free agent anymore.

    Reynolds could be either used in a June 30th non-waiver trade deadline, be an answer in the bullpen and do spot starts on the big club until the July 30th trade deadline. At that point, either trade him or give him a shot in the bigs. After 27 his trade value begins to decline quickly.

    I don’t see him staying long term in Cincinnati. I could be wrong, but he is a starting pitcher, not a bullpen pitcher and there is no place for him in the Reds rotation. Locking him up and keeping him prisoner in Louisville in not the Reds DNA. It’s unfair.

    • @TC: Fair enough, admittedly I don’t know much about how minor league contracts exactly work. But I do have to agree the Reds could DFA Villareal and not lose him. Or at least not lose much. After his earlier start in the majors, I don’t think too many people will be jumping at the chance to get him.

    • @TC: @ToddAlmighty: There is no need to DFA Villareal or anyone else in order top add Reynolds to the 40 man roster. The 40 man roster is not filled right now; there is 1 open slot available. Admittedly, that open slot is needed to activate Ludwick when he is ready to return from rehab, but Ludwick will not be ready until mid-August at the earliest and I seriously doubt that Ludwick could be physically productive before September, if at all in 2013. Whenever Ludwick is ready for reinstatment on the 40 man roster, a slot needs to be available, but that decision won’t come up for 2 more months and a lot of things can happen in two months to create additional roster space on the 40 man roster.

  3. I hadn’t considered your second point. But in truth I’m not convinced Cingrani is a starter anyway. I like the guy, but the league has a way of figuring out one pitch pitchers pretty quickly. All you have to do is look at Jobba Chamberlain to understand that.

  4. I suspect the Cingrani bullpen/starter debate this winter will be even more intense than last year’s Chapman because I think Cingrani is closer to a starter than Chapman ever was. Cingrani does all the starting pitcher things right other than only have one plus pitch.

    He fields the ball well like a starting pitcher. We have seen he can handle a bat. He has the mental make up of a starting pitcher. These things were all lacking with Chapman. But Chapman’s arm was a grace that covered many sins. It will be interesting.

    As for me, I’m 50/50 at this point on where to put Cingrani. But that may be influenced by the Reds bullpen problems right now. In my mind a good bullpen is only slightly less important than a good rotation, but both are essential.

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