Reports from around the Reds farm system for yesterday’s games:
Louisville at Norfolk, PPD (AAA)
A 2-run ninth inning rally wasn’t enough as Chattanooga fell to the Biscuits. 24-year old shortstop Paul Janish (Reds #5 – 2004) was the offensive star, going 3-4, with an RBI and a BB. Thus far, Janish is hitting .308/.386/.333.
22-year old pitcher Luis Montano (undrafted free agent – 2006) picked up the win out of the buljpen in his first appearance. Montano threw 3.2 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits and striking out 3.
26! year old 1B Jeremiah Piepkorn (undrafted free agent – 2004) continued to hit well, going 3-4 with 2 doubles, a R and a RBI. He’s hitting .407/.448/.519 on the season. Why they are playing a 26-year old over possible prospects like Logan Parker escapes me.
Craig Tatum (Reds #3 – 2004), a 24-year old catcher out of Mississippi State, also had a big day, going 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI. On the season, Tatum is .192/.192/.385.
21-year old starting pitcher Sean Watson (Reds #2 – 2006) was outstanding again, going 5 IP, giving up 5 H and 1 run, while striking out 2 to pick up the win. For the season, the University of Tennessee product now sports a healthy 1.80 ERA.
On the hitting side of the ledger, 22-year old CF Drew Stubbs (Reds #1 – 2006) picked up a couple of hits in five tries out of the leadoff spot. Stubbs is now .357/.379/.393 on the young season.
22-year old 2B Justin Turner (Reds #7 – 2006), out of Cal State Fullerton, went 2-3 with a 2B, 2 R, an RBI, and also drew a base on balls for good measure. For the season, Turner is hitting .273/.448/.364. Love that OBP.
Finally, 21-year old SS Chris Valaika (Reds #3 – 2006) continued his torrid hitting with a 2-3 day, including a HR and a BB. Valaika’s numbers: .360/.393/.520.
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