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Down on the Farm

Games Played on 9/1/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville RHP, Pedro Villarreal, threw 6 innings of shutout baseball against the Indians. He allowed only 2 hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out 8. That runs his record in AAA to 4-9 on the season and his ERA stands at 4.43. His WHIP is 1.30. This is his second year at AAA, last year going 3-12 with a 4.61 ERA and a WHIP of 1.421. Villarreal pitched much better in the second half of the season with the Bats (though he did spend part of that time with the Reds), with a 2.45 ERA, but he was used mostly out of the bullpen for the Bats in the 2nd half, starting only 3 games (2 in the last week). It doesn’t look like the franchise quite knows what they want to do with the 25 year old right hander at this point.

AAA

Louisville 3 – Indianapolis 0

Pedro Villarreal threw 6 innings of 2 hit / shutout baseball, walking 0 and striking out 8. Kevin Whelan, Jose Arredondo, and Jose Diaz (S -13) each threw a hitless inning for the Bats.

Denis Phipps was 2-3 with a double and was the only hitter with multiple hits.

AA

Pensacola 5 – Mobile 1

Josh Smith threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. Drew Hayes threw a scoreless inning.

Donald Lutz went 3-5, Yorman Rodriguez went 2-5 with a homer (4), and Ray Chang went 2-4.

High A

Bakersfield 8 – Visalia 2

Juan Perez went 3-4 with a triple and a walk, Junior Arias went 3-5 with a triple. Arias also had a stolen base (19), was caught stealing (10), and was picked off. Brent Peterson went 2-3. Juan Duran went 1-2 with a homer (17) and 2 walks.

Jake Johnson threw 6 innings, allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, he struck out 5. Ben Klimesh threw a hitless inning walking 2 and striking out the side and Sean Lucas threw 2 hitless innings, striking out 2.

Dayton 3 -South Bend 2

Daniel Pigott went 2-4 with a homer (4) and was picked off. Sammy Diaz went 2-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

Nick Travesio started and went 5 innings, allowing a run on a hit, while walking 3 and striking out 3. Joel Bender threw a hitless inning, striking out the side.

Rookie

Helena 10 – Billings 7

Adam Matthews went 2-4 with 2 doubles, Daniel Paula, Avain Rachel (also made his 14th error), and Ronald Bueno all went 2-4.

Fabian Roman threw 2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk, striking out 1. Oswaldo Mieres thew 1.1 hitless innings, with a walk and a strikeout.

AZL Reds season is over.

4 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Well, it’s come down to it. The minor league season is over today. It’s been a mixed bag.

    On the surface it looks like the Reds farm system is really weak. Louisville comes in 3rd out of 5 teams. Pensacola comes in last place. Bakersfield comes in last place. Dayton comes in 6th out of 8 teams. There is no one who we are thinking will be an automatic big producer when they get to Cincinnati next year. Not even Hamilton when we get to see him today. Seth M-B may be the only player we’ve started to get excited about, especially since he plays a position that can be won.

    We all know the farm is rich with pitching talent. That’s great and is the only thing that keeps the farm system on the map. There is obviously a problem with the way they are developing position players. Drafting is not the issue in my mind. In fact, I think Reds scouting and player evaluation is tops. Defensive skills are not the issue. The system is full of players who play solid defense but can’t hit.

    I hope someone upstairs in one of the corner offices at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way realizes this and fixes it fast. Really fast.

    • @TC:

      I’ll agree that offensive players are scarce at the upper level…Louisville is a desert. I think you might be overstating, in addition to Mejias-Breen, there is Jesse Winker, and also #1 pick Phillip Ervin. Zach Vincej looked decent offensively for a SS. I think next year is a very important year for Steve Selsky, to see if he can make the jump to AA, after failing this year at that level. Juan Silva is another player that I think might have some promise. Tucker Barnhart had a solid offensive season for a catcher.

  2. I’m curious just what Josh Smith has to do to get some attention in this organization. He just finished the season as the Southern League’s leader in strikeouts. Is in the top half of the league in innings pitched, WHIP, ERA, K’s and won 11 games for a team that couldn’t score in a women’s prison.

    He has made All-Star teams, been the organizations pitcher of the year and continuously takes his turn in the rotation and puts up numbers, yet he is constantly over looked and guys are moved up the ladder over him.

    Good Lord…..just what does a guy have to do to get some love?????

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