Louisville 3 – Columbus 1

20 year old superprospect Jay Bruce (.304/.358/.556 @ AAA, .319/.376/.584 combined for the ’07 season) went 3-4 with a double and his 10th AAA homer in 46 games. 29 year old 1B Jesse Guttierez was 2-4 with a homer.

24 year old RHP Ramon Ramierez made his second start (3rd appearance) for the Bats, throwing 4+ shutout innings before being pulled for a pitch count (64 pitches). He allowed only 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 6. Brad Salmon got the win, throwing 3 innings of two hit, one run relief. Ty Pelland and Marcus McBeth threw single scoreless innings. McBeth picked up his 11th save for the Bats.


Chattanooga 5 – Tennessee 2

24 year old Adam Rosales (.270/.372/.550) was 2-4, hitting his 11th and 12th homers at AA. He scored 3 runs, drove in 2 and had a walk. Rosales also played SS for the Lookouts, which may be his first appearance at SS all season. If Rosales continues to hit as he has this season and can go back to SS next season, his prospect status will climb dramatically. Recently acquired OF Sean Henry was also 2-4 with a double.

High A

Suspended game Tampa 9 – Sarasota 1

26 year old RHP Carlos Bohorquez threw 4 innings of one run, 2 hit relief. Homer Bailey got his butt kicked giving up 6 earned runs on 8 hits in 3 innings in his first rehab start. 24 year old LH 1B Tonys Gutierrez was 2-4.

Sarasota 3 – Tampa 1

Gutierrez (.301/.411/.369 since being sent down from AA) was 2-2 with a walk and an RBI in the nightcap. Darryl Thompson started and threw 4 innings of shutout one hit baseball. Sean Watson got the win, throwing 3 innings of 2 hit, 1 run (unearned) relief.

Low A

Dayton 9 – West Michigan 3

Carson Kainer (.297/.349/.374) was 4-5 and drove in 3 runs. He’s hitting .377 in August with an .870 OPS. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Logan Parker (.275/.366/.407) was 3-4 with a double, scored 2 runs, and drove two in. C Eddy Rodriguez was 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

Daniel Guerrero threw 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs, a walk and struck out 9. Kevin Gunter got the save with 3 shutout, one hit innings.

Rookie Ball

Missoula 14- Billings 9

3b Brandon Waring (.298/.360/.563) was 3-4 with 2 homers. SS Todd Frazier (.336/.424/.539) continued his hot streak, going 3-5 with a double and triple.

The Mustangs pitching staff was roughed up, especially starter Joshua Ravin, who could only get through 1 1/3, giving up 7 hits, 8 runs (5 earned). RN Spotlight Player Matt Klinker was beat up on also, giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits in 3 1/3.

GCL Reds 3 – GCL Orioles 2

Carlos Menedez was 2-3 with a walk.

RHP Jonathan Conatser started and threw 5 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 8.

3 Responses

  1. doug

    Rosales actually has played 2 other games at SS this season. Once in Sarasota and once in Chattanooga prior to last night. He also has 2 starts in LF.

    Also, has anyone payed attention to Jay Bruce’s splits in AAA for L/R?
    Bruce vs lefties – .283/.353/.587
    Bruce vs righties – .312/.360/.544

    The kid is hitting lefties better than righties… Seriously, I have to question anyone who thinks this kid isn’t the best prospect in baseball other than maybe Justin Upton (who I still think is #2, but I get people who think he is #1).

    Waring also is tied for the Pioneer League lead in HR.

  2. Matt McWax

    I wonder if Keppinger’s success has got the Reds thinking about the value of a productive hitting shortstop versus a slick defender – putting Rosales back into the shortstop picture. That’s super-speculative but it’s something to consider. I think Pedro Lopez might be a solid player when he returns but a longshot as is Paul Janish. I think the Reds would like to have a real shortstop prospect at AA or AAA to give them leverage if they decide to move Gonzalez. I think Gonzalez would have been hitting a ton in August had he been playing. There are a few reasons for this – team is on a roll in general, he did well in his brief time back, the number of lefties they’ve faced, and the weather. I think his numbers would look very good now (although not like Keppinger’s). Still, it’s going to be tough to make any kind of offensive changes the way things are going now. Keppinger will definitely get rested one game in the doubleheader now that his streak is done. The Reds will have to be very savvy about getting Gonzalez enough playing time for showcasing him if they are planning for that contingency.

  3. Bill

    Rosales has always been a SS until this season and reportedly was moved b/c of a bad shoulder. If his shoulder allows him to move back to SS, his value increases.

    1B are much easier to find than hitting shortstops.