Columbus 9, Louisville 6

Some 24 year-old, third baseman, named Edwin Encarnacion (Rangers #9 – 2000) went 3 for 3 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Since his demotion he is really struggling hitting just .413/.426/.674.   I would probably wait until he gets that SLG% up near .800 before I bring him back up.  Sometimes I hate following this organization.

23 year-old, playing left field again, Joey Votto went 2 for 3 with a BB, a HR, and 4 RBI.  He is hitting .293/.410/.473, and .403./.482/.611 in May.

Mobile 4, Chattanooga 3

24 year-old Carlos Fisher (Reds #11 – 2005) tossed 6 innings givin up 0 ER, 4 H and 2 BB while striking out 8.  In his 3rd start since his promotion he has a 1.50 ERA with 23 Ks, 17 H, 5 BB in 18 IP.

24 year-old, DOTF Favorite Calvin Medlock (Reds #39 – 2002) gave up 3 ER, 4 H and a BB in 2.2 IP.  Medlock struck out 4 and his ERA increased to 3.30.

Sarasota 11, Daytona 3

24 year-old, first baseman, Adam Rosales (Reds #12 – 2005) went 3 for 5 with 2 2B, 2 R, and 2 RBI. He is hitting .301/.407/.513

22 year-old left fielder, Danny Dorn (Reds #32 – 2006) went 3 for 5 with a R and 2 RBI. He is hitting .255/.326/.422

22 year-old Carson Kainer (Reds #14 – 2006) went 3 for 5 with a 3B, a HR, and 2 RBI.  In 9 ABs this year he is hitting .556/.556/1.111.  Kainer is the University of Texas two-time All Big 12 player who received a kidney transplant last September.  Check the link to the Redlegnation entry back in November.


Cedar Rapids 4, Dayton 0

21 year-old, shortstop, Chris Valaika (Reds #3 – 2006) went 1 for 3.  He is hitting .333/.384/.513





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22 Responses

  1. Steve(n)

    I believe Adam Rosales is a shortstop, not a first baseman. If you’re saying he is a first baseman because he played there last night or for some other reason, I apologize.

    Also, Chris Valaika isn’t really a shortstop anymore. He’s a second baseman now, not that I’ve heard an official announcement.

  2. Bill

    Votto’s HR was a grand slam, I think…what are they doing putting him in LF?

  3. preach

    Perhaps the Reds are thinking that Dunn and Jr will soon be gone and that EE will play first. I am one of those guys that like to see some versatility in front line players, not just utility guys, so I don’t mind seeing it. It’s not like a couple of games in the outfield will mess up his abilities at first.

  4. jimb823

    EE is also now hitting against sup-major league level pitching, sheesh, how many times have you seen guys knocking the cover off the ball in AAA and then can’t make the grade against major league picthing? Oh, and he’s still making errors which is part of the reason, if not the main reason, he was sent down there

  5. Bill

    Uhhhh, he’s hit everywhere he’s ever played..including the big leagues. Other than the first month of the season..and they sent him down when he had started to hit.

    He has 3 errors in 11 games, 2 of them in the same game. Funny, Freel makes 2 in two games and no one says a word.. Freel runs into outs on a regular basis and he’s a “hustling player” (rather than a “stupid player”.

    Do you really think his defense is going to improve at the minor league level? Why would it improve there and not in the big leagues?

  6. Bill

    I wonder what’s up with Kainer? To go from extended ST (they called it the GCL when they moved him up, but since they haven’t started yet..) to Sarasota is the kind of progression that Matt wants to see out of a big time college player and one the Reds don’t normally use.

    Be interesting to see what happens what the plan is for him.

  7. jimb823

    “Do you really think his defense is going to improve at the minor league level?”

    Well it sure wasnt improving at the major league level

    “Why would it improve there and not in the big leagues?”

    Didn’t say it would, but at the minor league level it isn’t costing us major league games

  8. jimb823

    And don’t get me wrong, I want EE to succeed, I want him back on the team, but he rushes his throws and throws them away. He needs to learn to not rush and learn when to just hold onto the ball and not throw it at all. I don’t think he’s going to learn to do that with the pressure of a major league game on him. Once he learns that down there, he can be promoted and be a heck of an asset to this team… a team that needs him for sure.

  9. GregD

    The pressure of the major league game goes away if he gets better at throwing minor leaguers out? He needs to be taking at-bats off major league pitchers and fielding grounders off major league hitters. To keep him in the minors because he had 2 errors in 1 game is VERY short-sighted, IMO.

    Hopefully, EdE’s promotion will mean the end of A-Gon in the 5-hole.

  10. preach

    Another thought about Votto in the OF: I think the Bats only carry 4 outfielders and they have an injury. They could have been forced into playing him and it might be that simple. EE hasn’t been working at first to my knowledge, but it would be an interesting scenario.

  11. jimb823

    “The pressure of the major league game goes away if he gets better at throwing minor leaguers out?” Well duh, yeah! It’s called experience. You get good at something with less pressure on you, it becomes 2nd nature and the pressure doesnt bother you so much then

    “fielding grounders off major league hitters” grounders are different off major league hitters? hahahahhahaha

  12. GregD

    For someone who has already “beaten” the AAA competition, yes, hitting/fielding against minor leaguers does not compare to the pressure of hitting/fielding vs major leaugers. It’s like the difference between hitting in a batting cage and hitting off an actual pitcher. The pressure of getting yanked or demoted just isn’t there in Louisville. He needs to play through it at the major league level and get past this crap with Narron if the team wants a shot of him being a long-term contributor.

  13. jimb823

    Ok, now I understand finally, so if they have anyone else down there that is having potentially-game-losing problems, they just just bring them up to the majors too and let them “play through it” even if it costs the club 10 or 15 games. ok. gotcha now.

  14. Matt


    enough with the jerky comments. We are talking about a 23 YEAR old stud who has crushed the ball at all levels. The answer is YES, I want him working it out at the Major league level. If you think that his throwing errors are going to cost the club 10 or 15 games, you need to get a clue.

    If you were just using it as hyperbole, then put a smiley face on it.

  15. DevilsAdvocate

    It is the internet, after all. Snark rules the interwebz.
    🙁 😐 😕 🙂 😀 😆 :mrgreen:

  16. jimb823

    Jesus, what a friendly bunch. If you disagree with me, thats fine, if I disagree with you, I\’m wrong and need to get a clue.
    I\’ll just go back to reading and not participating since you guys obviously know it all. It just totaly escapes me how you guys aren\’t in the front office for the club. 🙄

  17. Chad

    Come on, don’t be so thin-skinned. No one here knows it all (with the possible exception of Bill). But be prepared to defend your points if you are going to make them.

    For what it’s worth, I think you are correct insofar as, in a perfect world, I’d prefer to have someone work on their defense in the minors…rather than costing the Reds games while he learns.

    Unfortunately, this team needs EE’s offense, and my personal opinion is that outweighs the defensive problems. EE is a major league hitter. He isn’t a major league fielder yet. But I’d rather have his bat and deal with the rest.

    And let’s be honest: Matt is the one who needs to get a clue.


  18. Chris

    The jerk store called…


    (Not directed at anyone.  I just like that line.) 

  19. DevilsAdvocate

    …and they’re running out of you!

    I like that line too.

  20. Bill

    I never claimed to “know it all”…I claimed to “never be wrong”…come on, Chad…get it right.

  21. GregD

    “You can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister!”