A good night for the Reds minor league affiliates on 7/14/08:
Sarasota 1, Brevard County 0, 10 innings (A-Advanced)
–Reds win on a BC error in the 10th inning. What a game.
–23 y/o Scott Carroll pitched 7 brilliant innings, allowing no runs, striking out 8, and walking 1. Carroll, a 6’5″ righthander from Missouri State, lowered his ERA to 3.93.
—Misael DeJesus may have pitched even better, twirling three scoreless and hitless innings, while striking out 7 to pick up the win. DeJesus is now 3-4 with a 4.22 ERA.
—Todd Frazier, playing 3B on this night, had a couple of hits, including a double. On the season, Frazier is hitting .295/.367/.448 at Sarasota after hitting .321 with an OPS of 1000 in 30 games at Dayton earlier this year. At 22 years old, Frazier is looking like a real prospect.
–It was Redleg Nation Spotlight Player night in Dayton! Matt Klinker pitched another superb game, going 6 innings while giving up only one run on 6 hits to pick up the win. Klinker struck out three and walked on. On the season, Klinker is 5-4 with a 3.52 ERA. Matt is quietly putting up a very good season that bodes well for his future. Great work, Matt.
—Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Logan Parker had another good night, going 2-4 with a double, scoring two runs. Parker is now hitting .272/.355/.503 with 9 HR and 36 RBI. He’s really having another very solid season, and we’re very proud of Logan.
–19 y/o Neftali Soto, playing 3B, went 3-4 with 3 RBI. Soto is hitting .400/.429/.667 since arriving at Dayton, after destroying Billings pitching to the tune of .388/.423/.746 earlier this season.
Soto is, in my opinion, the most intriguing player in the Reds minor league system (right up there with Juan Francisco).
GCL Reds 9, GCL Orioles 7 (Rookie)
–19 y/o LF Alexis Oliveras was the hitting star, going 4-5 with a double, 4 RBI, and a BB, while scoring two runs. On the season, Oliveras is hitting .452/.531/.571 with good plate discipline.
Billings 16, Orem 6 (Rookie)
–20 y/o Alex Buchholz, a former Delaware Blue Hen, kept killing the ball. Buchholz went 3-6 with a double, a homer, and 5 RBI. He also scored two runs. Buchholz is now hitting .370/.452/.589.
–19 y/o Canadian catcher Jordan Wideman had a good day at the plate, as well. Wideman went 4-5 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. He’s hitting .300/.347/.429.
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