Down on the Farm / Minors

Down On The Farm

Games Played on 09/03/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings RP Fabian Roman: He threw 2 IP of scoreless relief.

AAA

Louisville – The Bats completed the season with a 69 – 75 record and 3rd of 4 in the International League West.

AA

Pensacola – The Blue Wahoos completed the season with a 59 – 79 record and 5th of 5 in the Southern League South.

High A

Bakersfield – The Blaze completed the season with a 55 – 85 record and 5th of 5 in the California League North.

Low A

Dayton – The Dragons completed the season with a 65 – 74 record and 6th of 8 in the Midwest League Eastern.

Rookie

Helena 7 – Billings 0

Ty Washington singled for the only Mustang’s hit in the game.

Junior Morillo got the loss as he went 5 IP and allowed 3 R, 2 ER, on 5 H and 0 BB with 2 K. Fabian Roman added 2 IP of scoreless relief.

The Mustangs have a 28 – 43 record and are 4th of 4 in the Pioneer League North. They have 5 games remaining on their schedule.

AZL Reds – The Reds completed the season with a 18 – 37 record and 4th of 4 in the Arizona League Central.

5 thoughts on “Down On The Farm

  1. I realize records are not the end-all-be-all in the minors, but do the Reds truly have a competitive system? I read about the top picks and how they are advancing. They seem to get stuck in Pensacola while Walt continues to sign guys like Izturis.

    • @Johnu1:

      They seem to get stuck in Pensacola while Walt continues to sign guys like Izturis.

      I think the Bats roster (along with the 40 man roster) gets a serious revamp this off season. There are currently just too many position players taking up space and providing a body to insert in the lineup rather than prospect development.

      Henry Rodriguez needs to be promoted to the 25 man roster next season or traded. He has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues.

      Mike Hessman, Jason Donald, Emmanuel Burris, Kris Negron, Mike Costanzo, Corky Miller, Denis Phipps & Felix perez will never make the reds major league roster and are just filling roster spots at AAA needed for players who are still prospects. They need to be traded or released or converted to a coach (Corky) or at best kept in a backup role.

      Going into 2014:

      Donald Lutz, Ryan LaMarre, Billy Hamilton, Josh Fellhauer and Bryson Smith need to make up the AAA rotation for OF/1B/DH.

      Tucker Barnhart needs to fill the starting catcher position.

      Ray Chang & Devin Lohman need to fill the starting middle IF positions (the Reds are simply lacking in upper level, middle infield prospects).

      Neftali Soto needs to fill the starting 3B position.

      Keeping players like Negron (IF), Ashley (C), Phipps (OF) & Hessman or Costanzo (1B/3B) as strictly backup options is OK, but they can’t take development and playing time away from legitimate prospects in 2014.

      This will open the roster spots needed at AA to start developing and evaluating the Reds top minor league prospects in a more competative environment. The Bats may not win any more games next season than they did this season, but the players mentioned above need to be evaluated at AAA for future decisions.

      • @Shchi Cossack: It seems rather odd to have all these non-prospects clogging up the AAA roster, which is essentially what AAA is, I suppose.

        But … Kris Negron is as good a backup as Izturis or Wilson Valdez or Rentawreck or whoever else we dredge up every spring. If nothing else, Negron ought to get a loyalty seat on the bench in GABP.

        I look at what the Parrots and the Cardinals have done — brought their young players onto the top level and watched them learn to play baseball at the top.

        The Reds are just cramming more “minor league contracts” into Louisville. Why did they sign Armando Gallaraga in the first place?

        Walt evidently isn’t that keen on the farm system approach. Jack Hannahan did NOT need to be signed to a free agent deal.

  2. Why did they sign Armando Gallaraga in the first place?

    trying to find a bargain like Greg Reynolds…

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