Minors

This Week on the Farm

Various tidbits from down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

Carlos Marmol was placed on the restricted list yesterday for leaving the Triple-A Louisville club without permission.  Marmol has posted a 7.36 ERA over 3.2 IP where he allowed 2H, 6 BB, with 6 K.  He obviously had not begun to solve the control issues that landed him back in the minors.  Brett Marshall and Trevor Bell are both with the Bat’s on rehab assignments.  One would suspect that both of these pitchers will be assigned to the Bats once they are removed from the Major League DL.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos will send six players to the Southern League All-Star Game in June 17. IF Rey Navarro (.272/.337/.464/.801), OF Steve Selsky (.300/.409/.360/.769), OF Yorman Rodriguez (.236/.276/.322/.598), RHP Michael Lorenzen (2.41), RHP Jon Moscot (2.27), and RHP Robert Stephenson (3.49) were all selected to the South Division roster.  Rodriguez was a late addition to the roster and I’ll let you play which one doesn’t look like the other.  For goodness sake, if you had to have an OF from the Blue Wahoos to add to the roster, Juan Duran (.234/.283/.427/.710) is at least putting up a league average OPS.  3B Juan Silverio (.284/.323/.483/.805) and RHP Daniel Corcino (3.13) deserved some consideration also.

High A Bakersfield Blaze

The Bakersfield Blaze earned a postseason berth on Saturday night with 8-7 win over Rancho Cucamonga.  The Blaze are 43-24 and have clinched the Northern Division First Half title.  1B Marquez Smith (.290/.408/.545/.954) and LF Jesse Winker (.308/.410/.538/.949) are 2nd and 3rd in OPS in the California league.  They each homered twice in last nights game.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons are sending four players to play in the 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game on June 17.  SS Carlton Daal (.311/.357/.350/.707), RHSP Nick Travieso (3.29), RHSP Sal Ramano (3.42), and LHSP Ismael Guillon (2.79) have been selected to play for the Eastern Division team in the All-Star Game.  One has to wonder how the 16 Midwest League managers failed to nominate and vote in Sebastian Elizalde (.316/.441/.515/.956) who is second in the Midwest League in OPS.

15 thoughts on “This Week on the Farm

    • He was actually putting up pretty good numbers before he was injured, then post-injury really slumped. He batted 325/361/442/803 in April for 19 games. Then went on the DL after 4/24. When he returned on 5/8 he went on to hit 139/184/208/393 in 20 games in May. He may be rounding back into form though, his last 7 games 333/333/400/733. On top of this he’s apparently playing a very good CF.

    • Why not? He’s on a minor league contract, so they’re paying relative peanuts for the chance his live arm suddenly finds the strike zone. He’s consistently in the mid-90s and he’s had some streaks of being a reliable pitcher. Sure, those were years ago, but it’s not like they’re sinking millions into him. If he’s in Louisville (ever again?) and suddenly finds his form and can hit the strike zone reliably, he’s bound to be better than looking out to the pen and finding Ondrusek.

  1. The Bakersfield Blaze should be awash with All-Stars. Ben Lively, Carlos Gonzalez, Seth Mejias Brean, Jesse Winker, Marquez Smith, and I know I am leaving 1 or 2 off.
    There is a good core of starting pitching with Stephenson, Lorenzen and Moscott at AA, Lively at A+ and soon to be AA, and Travieso, Ramano, and Guillen at A. The cream is rising to the top. And Garret could find his way into the mix if he ever finds his control.

    • I needed to dig a little deeper for the California league All Stars. I was thinking along the same lines as you, but was disappointed to find out that the Blaze only had three players assigned to the team. RHSP Ben Lively (2.28), OF Jesse Winker (.318/.423/.576/.998) and Kyle Waldrop (.361/.409/.510/.919) are the three who made it, note Waldrop is a starter and Winker is not. :) Blatantly omitted is 1B Marquez Smith (.297/.412/.572/.984) and RHRP Carlos Gonzalez (0.59, .463 OPSA, .791 WHIP, 14 S) , Deserving consideration is 3B Seth Mejias-Brean (.300/.395/.479/.874) and 2B Ryan Wright (.309/.341/.489/.831).

      • Thanks for the update. I am astonished and disappointed too. Many a deserving player on that team. And with the California League known as an offensive league, that makes what Lively and Gonzalez have done this season all the more impressive.

    • As of last night’s game, the Blaze have 6 of the top 25 OPS in the league, led by Smith at #1 and Winker at #2. The Blaze have 5 of the top 10 OBP and 5 of the top 20 SLG. That’s all in 1 lineup for 1 team every game.

      The 2 laggards not in the top 25 OPS? Juan Perez (.258/.300/.425) and Zack Vincej (.256/.326/.326), both middle infielders. Not a single starter with an OPS <.650. That's not even including the injured Junior Arias (.394/.459/.606) and the recently promoted Beau Amaral (.344/.381/.520) playing CF and David Vidal (.362/.450/.623) developing as a catcher.

      The heck with the league all stars, the Blaze are an all star squad unto themselves. Let the league field an all star team from every organization in the league, except the Blaze, and the Blaze will be better than even money to beat them. What an astonishing accumulation of performing talent on one team. Imagine what an organization like the Dragons would do with such a team playing in Dayton.

  2. Whoever is making the minor league development and assignment decisions is now just being stupid, stubborn or both stupid and stubborn. The Reds have some real minor league position prospects, but every single one of them is being pidgeon-holed in the lower levels of the minor league in favor of AAA & AAAA retreads who are non-prospects and toolsy players who have never produced and are not legitimate prospects filling the upper level rosters. Bull Pucky! Enough Already!

    Whoever is making the minor league development and assignment decisions is now just being stupid, stubborn or both stupid and stubborn. The Reds have some real minor league position prospects, but every single one of them is being pigeon-holed in the lower levels of the minor league in favor of AAA & AAAA retreads who are non-prospects and toolsy players who have never produced and are not legitimate prospects filling the upper level rosters. Bull Pucky! Enough Already!

    At AAA Louisville…
    Jason Bourgeois: age 32 & .718 OPS
    Chris Nelson: age 28 & .680 OPS
    Argenis Diaz: age 27 & .612 OPS
    Hernan Iribarren: age 29 & .609 OPS
    Mike Costanzo: age 30 & .597 OPS

    Those players are all minor league roster fillers and that is fine, but none of those players should ever block a potential prospect from being promoted.

    At AA Pensacola…
    Juan Duran: age 22 & .726 OPS … 30+% SO & 5% BB rates & has never hit .800 OPS
    Travis Mattair: age 25 & .648 OPS … 25%+ SO & <7% BB rates as corner IF
    Brodie Greene: age 26 & .593 OPS … has never hit .800 OPS & 3rd year in AA as IF
    Yorman Rodriguez: age 21 & .592 OPS … <25% SO & 5% BB rates & not hit .800 OPS above ROK ball

    None of these players have ever produced as REAL prospects, as much as some in the Reds organization want them to be and pretend they are REAL prospects.

    THESE players are the REAL position prospects within the Reds minor league system that are pigeon-holed at lower levels simply because they aren’t toolsy enough to satisfy whoever is making the minor league development and assignment decisions.

    Jesse Winker (A+): age 20 & .998 OPS … career .906 OPS & <17% SO & 14% BB rates – LF blocked at AA & AAA levels

    Marquez Smith (A+): age 29 & .984 OPS … career .851 OPS & 18% SO & 10% BB rates – 1B, 2B & 3B with AAA experience and blocked at AA & AAA levels

    Rey Navarro (AA): age 24 & .802 OPS … career 14% SO rate & .704 OPS in AA & .791 OPS in AAA – 2B & SS with AAA experience blocked at the AAA level

    Kyle Waldrop A+): age 22 & .919 OPS … career .790 OPS & 20% SO and 69% SB rates – Corner OF blocked at AA level

    Seth Mejias-Brean (A+): age 23 & .874 OPS … career .864 OPS & 15% SO & 11% BB & 85% SB rates – 3B blocked at AA

    Ryan Wright (A+): age 24 & .831 OPS … career .775 OPS & 14% SO & 80% SB rates – 2B blocked at AA level

    Juan Silva (A+): age 23 & .815 OPS … career .793 OPS & .381 OBP & 14% BB & 70% SB rates – CF blocked at AA level

    • Duran and Rodriguez got big bonuses to sign, they’re not going anywhere, plus they’re both still REALLY young for the league they’re playing in.

    • At one time I remember many teams putting their “valued” young talent at the AA level and using the AAA level as a place to house backups if needed for the major league team.

  3. Looking at Carlton Daal’s numbers, how often do you see someone who has an OBP higher than their slugging percentage?

  4. I was at a Blaze game a few weeks ago and was surprised to see Marquez Smith was 29 years old and still in A+ ball. He’s killing it down there and should be moved up to see if he has really turned a corner or if he’s just a man playing amongst boys.

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