–20 year old CF Jay Bruce went 2-3 with a double and a walk. His AAA numbers: .286/.367/.557. I cannot wait until this guy is wearing a Reds uniform.
–24 y/o SS Paul Janish added a couple of hits, improving his OPS to 424.
–Major league whipping boy Kirk Saarloos was the starting pitcher, and he got some guys out! In fact, he pitched very effectively, going 5 innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 run, dropping his AAA ERA to 3.86. Saarloos struck out three and walked just one. Maybe he just needs to be returned to the rotation!
–24 year old C Craig Tatum was the hitting star, going 3-5 with a homer and two runs scored. On the season, the Mississippi State University product has combined minor league numbers of .306/.339/.498. Until we see how this year’s first-round pick, Devin Mesoraco, is going to fare, Tatum is the best catching prospect in the Reds organization.
–26 y/o SS Luis Bolivar went 3-3 with two walks and two RBI. He’s hitting .301/.356/.446.
Sarasota 11, Tampa 6 (A+)
–Speaking of catchers, 23 y/o Miguel Perez had a big game for Sarasota. Perez went 4-5 with his 3rd homer and a double, knocking in four runs along the way. He’s now at .359/.395/.538 in just more than 20 games at high-A.
–23 y/o 1B Tonys Gutierrez went 2-4 with a BB, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. He’s now hitting .328/421/.383.
–The Dragons managed only five hits, but won behind a strong pitching performance. 21 y/o starting pitcher Rafael Gonzalez tossed five innings of five-hit, one-run baseball. Gonzalez picked up the win, improving to 11-4 with an ERA of 3.09. His peripheral statistics aren’t great, but you can’t argue with the results.
–22 y/o Misael DeJesus picked up his first save with 2.1 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 3.39.
Great Falls 9, Billings 5 (Rookie)
–Not a lot to be excited about here. 20 y/o RF Brett Bartles went 2-4 with a triple, 2 runs and 2 RBI. Nice game, so we’ll forgive Bartles for being a product of The Evil Empire — Duke University.
GCL Reds (Rookie) postponed due to rain.
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