Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 7/25/2013

Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Yohan Pino needed just 105 pitches to throw a complete game 2-hit shutout. Pino didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven.

Minor League Hitter of the Day: 2013 first round pick, Phil Ervin (.322/.412/.568) went 4-for-4 plus a walk and two homeruns. Ervin hit the ball over the fence twice this game, giving him four homeruns over his last five games.

AAA
Louisville 1 – Syracuse 0

Yohan Pino pitched a 2-hitter with an economical 105 pitches. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 7.

All seven Louisville hits were singles. Kristopher Negron was 2-for-4 and scored the lone run. Henry ROdriguez was also 2-for-4 and drove Negron in.

AA
Mississippi 1 – Pensacola 0 in 10 innings

Tim Crabbe needed just 98 pitches to master his way through 9 shutout innings. He allowed 5 hits, one walk and struck out 3.

Devin Lohman was 2-for-5 and had the only extra-base hit of the game (a double) for either side. Travis Mattair (2-for-4) also had a pair of hits.


High A
Bakersfield 4 – Modesto 2

Shane Dyer allowed just 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out eight. Kyle McMyne pitched a scoreless inning while Pat Doyle picked up a 4-out save.

Steve Selsky (2-for-3, 2B, BB, R) was the only Bakersfield player with an extra base hit. Ryan Wright (1-for-2, BB, SF, R) reached base twice and knocked in two runs.

Low A
Dayton 8 – Lansing 0

Nick Travieso pitched his best start of the season. He allowed just 3 singles and a walk while striking out 5 over 6 innings. Michael Lorenzen pitched a scoreless 9th inning, his 7 relief appearance with the Dragons, and is yet to allow a run in 6.1 innings.

Beau Amaral (2-for-5, SB, R, RBI) and Tanner Rahier (2-for-5, 2B, R) each had a pair of hits. Seth Mejias-Brean’s only hit was a 2-run homerun, extending his hitting streak to 9 games. That’s Mejias-Brean’s 4th homerun in his past 7 games.

Rookie
Billings 12 – Helena 11

He are the totals for both teams in this contest: 23 runs, 32 hits, 6 walks, a hit batter, 8 wild pitches, 24 strikeouts, and 6 errors.

Austin Salter started for the Mustangs and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 over 4 innings. Joe Mantoni was the only Mustangs pitcher to pitch a scoreless frame, striking out the side in the 9th inning. Mantoni is yet to allow an earned run as a professional. In 10 games, Mantoni has pitched 10.2 innings, allowed 11 hits, 4 walks, and struck out 20.

Phil Ervin was a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk and scored four times. Ervin hit two bombs in this game, giving him four in his last five games. The homeruns accounted for all 3 of his RBI. Ervin is up to .322/.412/.568 in 31 games with Billings. He has 16 extra base hits and 16 walks in 118 at-bats.

Ty Washington (.360/.398/.450) also had 4 hits, including a double, in 5 at-bats and scored 3 times.

AZL Reds had the day off.

22 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Ervin has certainly done well in early returns, I really like that hes drawing walks (hope the memo to him gets lost in corporate e-mail server).

    Yohan Pino always make me think of vintages of wine.

    After a lackluster 1st half of the season, seems like some people are coming around and making themselves noticable.

  2. Love to see Travieso putting up the strong start. Kid has all kinds of natural talent and from what I’ve heard is a real good kid to boot. Glad to have him in the system. He didn’t pitch a lot in high school, so his arm is fresh. I think his troubles so far stem from being perhaps pushed to Dayton before he was ready and the fact that he’s still figuring out what he has and what he doesn’t, stuffwise. Tremendous upside on an arm that hardly has any mileage on it at all.

  3. Hope that let Lorenzen give it a go as a starter next year too. That dude has a real live arm.

    • @reaganspad: There were 5 runs allowed by the Reds (2) and their AAA (0), AA (1), A+ (2), and A (0) affiliates. The total runs scored in all 5 of those games was 23. Same as the Billings-Helena game.

  4. I was at the Dragon’s dismemberment of the Lugnuts last night, and Seth Mejias-Brean made solid contact for a long fly out in addition to the homer. By the end of the game I was paying careful attention when he came up to bat. He was locked in.

    The Lugnut’s starting pitcher wanted no part of Ludwick, who at least got some practice for his eye if not his bat.

    Travieso looked solid. The Lugnut’s helped him out by making outs on the base paths the first couple times he put a man on.

    I also saw the Dragons score two on a sac fly. You don’t see that very often :) Sloppy play by the Lugnuts all around last night. (I guess it’s probably technically one run on the sac fly and one on an error? But the error was just not bothering to get the ball in from center quickly enough, so I’m not sure how it would be scored.)

    • @BenL: Thanks for the first hand account! I meant to mention Ryan Ludwick. He did a pre-game interview with Tom Nichols and said that he was feeling fine a day after his first rehab game. According to today’s game notes, tonight is Ludwick’s final rehab appearance with Dayton.

      • @Greg Dafler: Yeah, I heard a report from ‘informed’ sources that tonight, Ludwick would look for an opportunity to test his shoulder on a head-first slide, just to make sure that he’s ready to go before finishing his rehab with the Dragons. 8O :P

  5. If not for Johan’s outstanding performance, the light would be on Tim Crabbe. The last three years in the minors for him have been outstanding and I have never seen him on a top 20 prospect list.

    • @TC: The Reds’ prospect list and 40 man roster are due for a very major overhaul at the end of this season.

      • @Shchi Cossack:

        What is the deal with Pino? He’s 29 and never pitched in the majors, but his career minor league numbers are pretty good. Why has he no one given him a chance up to this point? Just curious, I know very little about him.

        • @JMac1984: That’s a pretty good question that I don’t have a good answer to except that he’s just one of those players who has never had much respect.

          He started with the Twins as a 21 year old FA from Venezuela in 2005. His SO/9, BB/9 and HR/9 were excellent for his 1st 3 season, but once he got to AA in 2008, these ratios took a significant downturn and probably soured his prospect status.

          In 2009, Pino became the dreaded PTBNL in a meh trade with the Indians. That’s never a good thing for a prospect, but he was again performing well at the AA & AAA level. Just as his star began rising again, he had another down season at AAA in 2010 with the Indians. Pino continued to give up too many HR in 2011 but regained his high SO, low BB metrics as he bounced between a starter and reliever at AA & AAA for two organizations (Indians and Blue Jays). Toronto tired of Pino’s prospects after 2012, leading him to the Reds organization where Ted Power has him performing well with the Bats.

          Pino’s career could just never gain any traction. He seems to have difficulty pitching to ground balls, but the Reds have helped many minor league pitchers with that problem and Pino looks to have talent, just trouble focusing and utilizing that talent.

    • @TC: And the mlb midseason prospect lists are out. The Reds’ prospects are heavily weighted to A+ and below which should come as a surprise to no one.

      1. BHam (#19 overall)
      2. Stephenson (#20 overall)
      3. Travieso
      4. Ervin
      5. Winker
      6. Lorenzen
      7. Corcino
      8. Wright

      Corcino still being in the top 10 prospects surprises me after his severe struggles at AAA this season.

      #11 Rodriguez AAA
      #14 LaMarre AA
      #17 Soto AAA

      Are the only upper minor league representatives on the Reds’ top prospects besides BHam and Corcino and those 3 players are trending down.

      • @Shchi Cossack: Stephenson, Ervin and Lorenzen are all potentially very fast movers. I expect them all to be at Pensacola sometime next year. I think the upper levels of the system drastically improve in 2014.

        • @homerandbruce:

          I think the upper levels of the system drastically improve in 2014.

          I thought the upper levels would be drastically improved in 2013 after some promising performances in 2012, but instead, we saw some regression in performances.

          Stephenson will certainly find his way to AA next season along with possibly Ryan Wright, but I think the Reds will consolidate most of the talented prospects in A+ next season (Winker, Ervin, Lorenzen, Cisco, etc.). Let’s hope that some of the existing talent at AA & AAA gets their act together next season and steps up their performance in 2014 like I anticipated in 2013.

      • @Shchi Cossack: I agree with homerandbruce. I’ll take it a step further, however, and say that I expect the Reds to have at least two more prospects in the top 100 by the end of the season, with one of those in the top fifty.

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