Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 8/15/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Nick Travieso allowed just two hits over 6 shutout innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 6.

International Signing: The Reds added an international free agent yesterday. Ben Badler at Baseball America has the full details. The highlights:

The Reds have signed 20-year-old Cuban outfielder Reydel Medina for $400,000.

At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Medina runs above-average times in the 60-yard dash. He’s a lefthanded hitter with a quick bat and projectable power, although there are concerns among some scouts about his crudeness at the plate despite his performance at the World Championship. Given how little time is left in the 2013 season, Medina might not make his debut until next year, at which point he’ll probably start in one of the lower levels of the system, perhaps low Class A Dayton.

AAA
Pawtucket 4 – Louisville 2

The Louisville Bats have dropped 8 games in a row, and are now a season low seven games below .500.

Greg Reynolds pitched 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while not walking anyone and striking out five. It was Reynolds 4th straight quality start.

Billy Hamilton had two triples in four at-bats and scored once. Hitting two triples in a game ties the Louisville Bats record for triples in a game, now shared with 14 former players including former Reds outfielder Deion Sanders.

Henry Rodriguez and Nevin Ashley each had a pair of singles in 4 trips to the plate. Felix Perez hit a solo homerun in the top of the 8th inning to temporarily tie the score at 2-2.

AA
Mississippi 4 – Pensacola 3
The Blue Wahoos have dropped 5 straight games ans sit at two games below .500.

The Wahoos took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning on a 3-run homerun off the bat of Yorman Rodriguez (2-for-3, HR, BB).

However, Pensacola starter Josh Smith (7 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 8 K) gave it back with a run in the 5th, a run in the 6th, and two more in the 7th. Parker Frazier struck out two over two perfect relief innings.


High A
Bakersfield had the day off.

Low A
Dayton 6 – Great Lakes 0

Nick Travieso pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, no walks, and struck out 6. Jesus Adames added two perfect relief innings. Abel De Los Santos pitched the final scoreless frame.

Travieso has a front page article on the milb.com website comparing him to Roger Clemens. It has quotes from him and his pitching coach, Tony Fossas, who used to play with Clemens.

Jeff Gelalich was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Leadoff hitter, Beau Amaral was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Seth Mejias-Brean and Daniel Pigott each hit a double and had two RBI.

Rookie
Idaho Falls 6 – Billings 1

Luke Moran allowed all 6 runs to score on 11 hits (no walks) in his 3 inning start.

Gabriel Rosa (1-for-2, 2 BB) reached base three times and stole a base.

AZL Royals 5 – AZL Reds 4

Nick Routt started and allowed just one unearned run over 3 innings. He surrendered 5 hits, walked one and struck out 7.

Aristides Aquino (2-for-4, BB, 3 RBI) hit two homeruns, his 3rd and 4th bombs of the season.

18 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. there are concerns among some scouts about his crudeness at the plate

    I love this. Makes it sounds like he’s spitting, cussing, and adjusting his cup all the time.

  2. Stephenson makes his AA debut today. Lorenzen was called up to AA as well. Big, big day for Reds’ prospects.

    • @hermanbates: Even though he only pitched 20 innings in Bakersfield and his ERA bumped a little higher, he must have shown he was ready for AA. While it seems they are pushing him through the system faster than expected, RS seems to be keeping up with the challenge.

      • @TC: @TC: I don’t think the Reds have any choice but to rush Stephenson a bit. After Arroyo leaves for FA, the Reds will be left with no viable 6th starter with Cingrani in the starting rotation full time. Cueto’s health is tenuous, so not having a viable 6th starter is a problem and a disaster waiting to happen. I think the Reds want Stephenson at AAA in 2014, hopefully along with Reynolds, as an emergency option for a 6th starter.

        • @Shchi Cossack: I don’t think that Reds would rush there top pitching prospect just to fill a need for a 6th starter. I’m sure they have much higher aspirations for him (as we all do) and will stay on course with there vision. They will sign a FA for depth this offseason but lets hope by that time Cueto will be completely healthy and the pickup will be rendered useless.

  3. Henry Rodriguez is starting to get serious about reestablishing himself as a major league prospect. Since the all star break, Rodriguez is slashing .351/.404/.371. That plays and now covers 27 games, 109 PA. Combined with his previous hitting prowess coming through the Reds minor league system, makes his recent performance look more legitimate than a flash in the pan. His AAA fld% at 2B of .987 for 2013 and .988 for 2012 also plays.

    BHam also continues his strong performance since the all star break, slashing .318/.360/.430. Like Rodriguez, BHams recent performance, covering 26 games and 116 PA, combined with his previous hitting prowess coming through the Reds minor league system looks more legitimate than a flash in the pan.

    Rodriguez has a serious split as a switch hitter, favoring his RH stance. Bham has a wierd split as a switch hitter with much better plate discipline from his LH stance and more power from his RH stance, but both sides produce a similar batting average.

  4. Any comparisons to Roger Clemens that is only pitching related and has nothing to do with HGH, is a very good thing. I am even more on-board with Trevieso than before.

    To quote the famous New York Yankee front office guy, the assistant to the Traveling Secretary, George Castanza, “I’m bustin’ Jerry, I’m bustin’ I tell you.”

  5. Comparing Nick to Roger Clemems because of size and character is not saying anything. (Not a Travieso fan at all.)

  6. Not the right thread yet, but the Cubbies must have been pretty mad when we swept them … they are beating the Cards 3-0 in the 5th.

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