Sorry about missing yesterday, I have been busy with my family at the 1st Annual SSG Matt Maupin Scholarship Tournament. Redleg Nation is a proud sponsor of this event.

Buffalo 9, Louisville 2

23 year-old Joey Votto went 0-1 with a SF, HBP, and an RBI. Well we know he can hit a sacrifice fly, so Marty Brennaman won’t hate him, time to bring him up. He is hitting .317/.424/.491

Chattanooga 6, West Tenn 1

23 year-old, first baseman, Tonys Gutierrez went 4 for 5. Gutierrez, from Cagua Venezuela is hitting .264/.383./.311

23 year-old Tyler Pelland pitched 2 more scoreless innings (running his streak to 12). Pelland who appears to be in the bullpen fulltime struck out 4. He has a 3.40 ERA with 43 Ks, 18 BB, and 41 H in 42.1 IP.

I would like to see Pelland, Guevara, and Medlock in the Reds bullpen with Salmon and Coutlangus. Cheap and effective. Then spend all your bullpen money on a closer…see, this is easy.

Sarasota 4, Brevard County 1

24 year-old Adam Rosales continues his hot May going 2 for 4 with a 2B. He is hitting .305/.413/.517. He struggled last year with a .213/.329/.361 at Sarasota, but this is about the time of year last year when he was promoted from Dayton.

22 year-old Logan Ondrusek pitched a gem going 6 innings giving up 5 H, 2 BB, and an ER with 2 Ks. He has a 2.39 ERA with 29 Ks, 10 BB, and 44 H in 49 IP. Last year in the bullpen in Dayton he had a 3.42 ERA with 47 Ks, 48 H, and 19 BB in 52.2 IP.

South Bend 3, Dayton 2, 10 innings

21 year-old Chris Valaika (Reds #3 – 2006) went 2 for 4 with a solo-HR. He is hitting .322/.372/.528 VERY similar to what he did last year at Billings .324/.387/.520.

21 year-old Sean Watson (Reds #2 – 2006) pitched 5 more brilliant innings giving up a H, 3 BB and 5 Ks. He has 1.86 ERA with 69 Ks, 10 BB, and 44 H in 53.1 IP. YUMMY.

9 Responses

  1. RedsFanInMd

    Why the snarky comment about Marty B.? He has forgotten more baseball than you will ever know.

  2. Kerm

    When listening to the game yesterday I believe I heard Marty say they had Votto playing left field. I wonder if the Reds brass is considering moving another left fielder before they move up Votto.

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    I am the biggest Pelland fan in the world, and the turnaround and immediate success he is enjoying as a newly-minted bullpen member is tremendously relieving (pun intended – sorry). But he’s only been doing this for 4 weeks. It’s my guess (I’ve only listened to the one game where he got hammered, so it is a guess) that he is rearing back and blowing his 96mph fastball by these AA guys. I would like to see him succeed in Louisville before he comes up to Cincinnati. I also don’t want him typecast as a LOOGY (Lefthanded One Out GuY), which I fear under current management. Narron has converted his bullpen almost entirely into short roleplayers, to their detriment. Pelland is showing right now that he is more than a 1-2 batter guy; all his relief outings save two have been either 2 or 3 innings.

    And I’m mystified that what Medlock & Guevera did in Chattanooga last year was not deemed worthy of a promotion to AAA at the beginning of the year. If they were learning there right now it would be an easy call to put them in the majors.

  4. RedsFanInMd

    I agree that those guys should be in AAA, but to say they should be in the majors is ludicrous.

  5. Bill

    Who is to say how much they’d have progressed if they’d been pitching all year in AAA.

    I’d be curious to know the team’s reasoning on leaving them in AA, rather than moving them up.

  6. Matt

    Its ludicrous to leave them rotting in AA. the A’s promote bullpen from AA to Majors all the time. Coutlangus and Salmon were both at AA this time last year and doing about the same. These guys could be just as effective as the Geritol crowd we have now.

  7. Ryan

    This is kind of random but does any one know what happened to milton loo?

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    Actually, Loo fits right in with this discussion. He played in the Gulf Coast League after signing last year. There was some discussion of where he would begin this season, with many advocating that he start in Dayton as their SS – which would push SS Valaika to Sarasota, and so on up the line. Since Valaika is playing with Dayton (and tearing the cover off the ball), and Loo has not played yet, it seems that the Reds are continuing their ultraconservatism in advancing prospects through the system.

    Look for Loo to be with rookie-league Billings when they start their season June 19.

  9. Rob

    Johnny Cueto is supposed to take Bobby Livingston’s spot in the Louisville rotation for at least one turn according to the Bats’ radio announcer. I’m anxious to see how he fares. (Homer Bailey had an excellent start tonight, btw.)