Down on the Farm / Minors

Down On The Farm

Games Played on 08/05/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton SP Amir Garrett: He got no decision as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 1 H and 1 BB with 4 K.

AAA

Louisville 6 – Indianapolis 4

Ryan Ludwick went 0 for 4 and now has a .045 BA in his rehab assignment. Jason Donald went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Nevin Ashley went 1 for 3 with a HR, a BB, and a SB. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and 2 BB. Henry Rodriguez went 1 for 2 with 3 BB and a SB. Neftali Soto doubled.

Daniel Corcino got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 5 K. Jose Diaz picked up his 9th save with 1.1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 6 – Birmingham 2

Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B. Travis Mattair went 2 for 4 with 2 2B. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart went 2 for 3 with a 2B and a BB.

Josh Smith got the win as he went 6.2 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 7 K. Lee Hyde and Loek Van Mil each added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

High A

Bakersfield – No game scheduled.

Low A

Dayton 5 – West Michigan 4 (13 Innings)

Tanner Rahier went 2 for 5 with 2 2B. Phil Ervin went 2 for 4 with 2 BB and a SB. Seth Mejias-Brean and Daniel Pigott each walked twice.

Amir Garrett got no decision as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 1 H and 1 BB with 4 K. Jackson Stephens got the win while allowing 3 R over 6 IP of relief. Alejandro Chacin recorded his 3rd save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

Rookie

Billings 4 – Missoula 1

Adam Matthews went 4 for 5 with a 2B. Ronald Bueno went 2 for 5. Avain Rachal walked twice. Jon Matthews and Carlos Sanchez each doubled.

Austin Salter got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 4 H and 1 BB with 4 K. Nick Fleece added 1 IP of scoreless relief. Austin Muehring recorded his 2nd save with 2 IP of scoreless relief.

AZL Reds 7 – AZL Rangers 1

Logan Uxa went 2 for 3 with a 3B, a 2B, and a BB. Shedric Long went 2 for 3 with a BB. Carlton Daal went 2 for 4 with a BB. Aristides Aquino went 2 for 5.

Nick Routt got no decision as he went 2.2 IP and allowed 0 R on 0 H and 1 BB with 3 K. Franderlyn Romero got the win while allowing 1 R, 0 ER, over 5.1 IP of relief. Ibrahin Redan added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

19 thoughts on “Down On The Farm

  1. Corcino has about 6 QS on the season with four of them coming over his last 8 appearances. He has been a much better pitcher in the second half. If he can increase his efficiency and control he should finish this season having adjusted to the competition in AAA.

    Phil Ervin’s 34 game slash in Billings was .326/.416/.597
    In 7 games at Dayton it is .375/.500/.417

    That young man looks like a AAA caliber player already!

    • @rightsaidred: Oh definitely, lets rush another player to the majors. While we are at it, lets bring up Stephenson too. I think this is a very bad idea. If he makes it to High A this year, then maybe sometime next year, he can get to AAA. Rushing guys get you in trouble, let him get his feet wet. Those numbers look real good in low A, but that does not mean he is ready for AAA.

      • @redmountain: I forgot these posts are stand alone. He might look like a AAA player but I am not advocating a jump there. I posted yesterday or the day before that Ervin finishing the season at AA would be ideal (provided he earns it) – that is where I see his 2013 ceiling.

  2. It’s also worth noting that Reds sleeper-star prospect Amir Garrett had his first quality start in 4 appearances at Dayton. He is a another that could well finish his season at Bakersfield with a few more good appearances!

    • @rightsaidred:

      I was at the game last week where Garrett started, he pitched decently, but the reliever who came in gave up a double (I think) that allowed 2 of his 4 runs to score. As I said at the time, he was hitting the mid-90’s on the radar gun with regularity.

      Also, LaMarre’s HR last night for the Blue Wahoo’s was an inside the parker.

  3. I like the way Jim Riggleman manages. It does not go without notice when I read things like “picked up his 9th save with 1.1 IP of scoreless relief”. It is possible to get a 4 out save. Who’d have thunk it?

    • @TC: He’s really looking like he wants to finish the season in A+ and be with the Reds in September 2014, isn’t he? He’s been really impressive.

    • @TC:

      He had 8 HR with the Billings I believe. He is a potential 5 tool guy..

      From what I have read, analysts have said that he was an absolute steal for the Reds in their draft slot…

      This kid might be a superstar. Mike Trout was drafted in the late 1st round, and look at what he is doing.

      Ervin has also drawn comparisons to Andrew McCutchen. A lot to like about this kid.

    • @TC: Agreed. Another thing I like about him is that he signed immediately for slot value under the theory that he wanted to start playing sooner rather than later.

  4. It was also great to see Greg Reynolds return to AAA and pick up where he left off on 8/4. The organization needs to consider resigning him for some depth next year (ala Redmond).

    Corcino is a question mark and everyone else is still more than a year away.

    • Corcino’s monthly ERA splits have been improving all season:

      April 7.65
      May 7.43
      June 5.29
      July 4.55

      A 4.55 is starting to entering the world of respectable. Add last night’s performance as his first of August and he may yet salvage this season. If he is pitching well at the end of the season it won’t much matter about his early ERA.

  5. Carlton Daal was signed last year out of the Caribbean somewhere last year to some fanfare. This is a really nice start. Once he adds 30-40 lbs of sheer, lean muscle the kid will be a beast.

  6. Any reason Hamilton didn’t play last night? Just a normal day off? Part of me was hoping that it was because he’s on the move. I don’t know how it would turn out, but this team needs to try something different.

  7. Ah, just another 1.5 seasons and the Reds minor league system should be ready to start restocking the major league roster.

    BHam is playing in his age 23 season.
    Ervin is playing in his age 21 season.
    Winker is playing in his age 20 season.

    Bruce is signed through the 2017 season. I expect BHam, Ervin & Winker to be MLB ready by the end of the 2014 season and ready to at least compete for starting positions on the major league roster by 2015. That would be 4 OF competing for 3 OF positions and all 4 players need to not only play regularly, but start. Bruce, Winker & Ervin can only play the OF, but that would make an impressive OF. The issue becomes, what to do with BHam, assuming all three players are major league ready by 2015. Votto is a fixture at 1B for the Reds for as long as he plays MLB and that is mandated by the full no trade clause in his contract, leaving only 3 other IF positions for BHam to play. Yeah, if you haven’t seen the issue by now, here comes the really hard discussion point…BHam can’t play SS or 3B effectively, leaving only 1 IF position as a possibility, 2B, and BP plays 2B for the Reds.

    BP is signed to a guaranteed contract through 2017 with escalating salaries of $11MM, $12MM, $13MM & $14MM through 2017. BP is also playing in his age 32 season and his offensive and defensive skills have probably peaked and begun regressing. I love BP playing 2B for the Reds, but that contract is an albatross around the neck of the Reds budget.

    This offseason, BP will have his maximum trade value for a deep pocket team needing a top 2B (ahem…Blue Jays maybe). If BP is not traded this offseason and his performance does errode, his age, contract and diminished skills will make him virtually untradeable for any significant return. The problem facing the Reds, beyond finding the willingness to trade BP after signing him to a long-term contract, is timing. BHam may not be MLB ready for the 2014 season, so if BP is traded this offseason, that leaves a hole in CF and 2B, 2 key positions. Even if BHam is ready, that still leaves a hole in either CF or 2B.

    Of course, Ervin, Winker and BHam may all struggle between now and 2015, making the point mute, but that would make for an even bigger problem facing the Reds.

    • @Shchi Cossack: I agree that BP should be dealt. He’s vastly overrated by Dusty, and while he’s great defensively, he isn’t a superstar by any stretch. Yet the Reds pay him like one. You move BP this summer for a couple young infielders that are MLB ready, then you move on from there, making more deals as you see fit.

      Granted that won’t happen. I’m not really in the positive mindset right now, but it’s tough to see that move.

  8. Love this line from Dayton. Although there were not a lot of hits from these 4, they had zero strike outs and 7 walks. Great eye and it looks like it is contagious as they are all 4 in a row. great discipline in working the pitcher:

    Phil 2
    Seth 2
    Jesse 1
    Daniel 2 is Daniel Pigott the dh

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