Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 8/24/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old, left hander, Ismael Guillon, threw 6 innings of no hit baseball for the Dragons. Through 6 innings, he’d only walked one batter. He did walk the final two hitters he faced, as he reached his pitch limit. Guillon has Tommy John surgery in ’09, then spent ’10 in the Arizona Rookie League where he put up a 3.32 ERA and a 1.088 WHIP while striking out 11.5 per 9. He struggled in ’11 at Billings, with a 6.57 ERA and a 1.968 WHIP. He was giving up 11 hits/9 and walking 6.6/9. In ’12 he returned to Billings and pitched MUCH better, putting up a 2.29 ERA with a WHIP of 1.235. He kept his walks down (4.2/9) and struck out 11.1/9. He performed well in ’12 after being promoted to Dayton also. This year, his control problems have returned, as he’s walking 7.5 per 9. That has his numbers at a very pedestrian, 5.27 ERA and 1.692 WHIP. He’s only giving up 7.7 hits per 9, so when he has his control, he can be a very effective pitcher. I’m sure this is what the Reds see in him also.

AAA

Louisville 4 – Toledo 3

Billy Hamilton was 2-5 with a double and drove in the winning run in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the 9th. Henry Rodiguez was 2-4 with a double and Kris Negron was 2-4.

Nice start by Chad Rogers, 7 IP 3 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 4 K 1 HR. Curtis Partch pitched a good 8th, but gave up the lead in the ninth. Zach Duke and Pedro Villarreal each threw 1/3 of an inning to keep the game tied in the 9th.

AA

Pensacola 5 – Birmingham 4

Pensacola scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th to notch their 6th win in 8 games and are 3 games out of first place with 8 to go.

Ryan LaMarre was 3-3 with a triple and Mike Costanzo was 3-3 with a double.

Dan Renken started and went 6 innings, allowing 8 hits and 3 runs, walking 3 and striking out 5. Chris Manno picked up the win and Trevor Bell picked up his 17th save, each with hitless innings.

High A

San Jose 3 – Bakersfield 2

Junior Arias was 2-4 with a double and Steve Selsky was 2-4, as they collected 4 of the Blaze’s 5 hits.

James Allen started and took the loss, going 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits while walking 2. Solid reief work by Joey Housey, 3 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 2 K and Brooks Pinckard threw a scoreless inning.

Low A

Dayton 6 – Lansing 1

Ismael Guillon showed last night why the Reds have him on the 40 man roster at the age of 20, as he threw 6 innings of no-hit baseball, walking 3 and striking out 3. Lansing only hit was a homer off Wandy Peralta in the 8th, his second inning of work. Werleen Taveras pitched a hitless 9th.

Daniel Pigott was 2-4 with 2 doubles and drove in 4 runs, Seth Mejias-Breen was 2-3 with a walk.

Rookie

Billings 4 – Ogden 3

The Ben Lively show continued in Billings, as he again started and threw 3 innings, allowing 0 runs and only a hit, walking 1 and striking out 6. His ERA is .73 thru 12 starts and 37 innings. He’s walked 12 and struck out 49. Daniel Wright followed him with 3 innings of 1 run baseball, giving up 3 hits and striking out 5. Joe Mantoni picked up his 5th save with 1.2 innings of shutout baseball, giving up a hit and a walk, striking out 3.

Avain Rachel went 3-4 with a homer (4), Adam Matthews went 2-3 with a triple and a walk.

AZL Reds were off.

4 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. In checking out some of the minor league teams last night, it seems like some of the hitting is starting to come around, but it seems like we are losing some of the pitching.

    Biggest one of all, Hamilton is batting 60 points better post All-Star game, 303BA in August, season line of 260/311. Power numbers aren’t there. But, no leadoff hitter is asked to hit HR’s. The are asked to get on base. Nice to hit HR’s, but we need that leadoff hitter on base.

    • @steveschoen: As well as, his defense is 979 for CF now. I would have to say he seems to be learning. I still think I would have started him at AA this season. And, not unless he learns a lot during the off season, I still say he starts next season at AAA.

      • @steveschoen: But I think he probably comes up to the Reds for September. As a pinch runner, key stolen base or scoring from 1st on a short double could turn a game; and as close as the race is that could mean the division versus a WC spot

        • @OhioJim: Oh, most definitely. Even if he isn’t successful at it, just causing the havoc on the bases could help the hitters. As long as Baker will use him as such, as long as he keeps his head in the game and not do too much.

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