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Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville Bats pitcher Matt Maloney who threw 7 shutout innings and also went 3-3 with a double.

AAA

Louisville 8 – Buffalo 0

Matt Maloney threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 4 hit, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts and going 3-3 at the plate with a double.

Todd Frazier (.343/.385/.714 in his last 10 games, raising his season OPS to .894) was 3-4 with two homers and a double, scoring 3 runs and knocking in 4; Zach Cozart had his 3rd multi-hit game in the last 4, going 2-4 with a double; Yonder Alonso (.299/.351/.464) went 2-5 with 2 doubles, and Michael Griffin went 2-5.

Does anyone know why Eric Eymann is getting so much playing time at 1B?

AA

No games scheduled in the Southern League on Sunday. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Matt Klinker gets the start tonight for the Mudcats.

High A

San Jose 7 – Bakersfield 3

Nothing good to report for the Blaze yesterday, no one had more than one hit and no pitcher really distinguished himself.

Low A

West Michigan 8 – Dayton 0

Juan Duran and Dominic D’Anna both went 2-4 with a double.

Rookie Ball

Billings Mustangs – Season Begins June 20th.

AZL Reds – Season Begins June 20th.

9 Responses

  1. Greg Dafler

    Bakersfield’s Andrew Means stole 2 more bases to give him 20 on the season in 21 tries. It was his 28th game of the season.

    Means stole 22 of 26 in 75 games last year. He was 19-for-19 in 53 games in 2009, and he stole all 6 bases that he attempted to swipe in 22 games back in 2008.

  2. Greg Dafler

    Last year, Eymann played 64 out of 104 games at 1B. This year he has 8 games at 1B and 2 games at 3B.

    Daniel Dorn has played the most games at 1B – 20 games. He also has 1 game in LF and 4 games in RF.

    Alonso has been playing LF more often than not this year – Alonso has only played 1B 4 times, DH 6 times, and LF 17 times. The Louisville paper mentions that the position switch is a possible reason for Alonso’s slow start. The article mentions that he has no errors yet, but I don’t see any details as to how he looks in LF.

    Why are the Reds so afraid to DL Cairo when Frazier is hitting so well at the plater?

    • Bill Lack

      Last year, Eymann played 64 out of 104 games at 1B.This year he has 8 games at 1B and 2 games at 3B.

      Daniel Dorn has played the most games at 1B – 20 games.He also has 1 game in LF and 4 games in RF.

      Alonso has been playing LF more often than not this year – Alonso has only played 1B 4 times, DH 6 times, and LF 17 times.The Louisville paper mentions that the position switch is a possible reason for Alonso’s slow start.The article mentions that he has no errors yet, but I don’t see any details as to how he looks in LF.

      Why are the Reds so afraid to DL Cairo when Frazier is hitting so well at the plater?

      Greg, my question is why is Eymann playing….period.

      • Greg Dafler

        Greg, my question is why is Eymann playing….period.

        He appears to be the AAA Miguel Cairo and now backup first baseman with Alonso moving to LF.

  3. icee82

    I have a possible explanation as to why Eymann is playing but it is just speculation. First of all, Eymann is nothing more than a career minor leaguer and at this point does not look like a real prospect. He has bounced between Double A and Triple A. I am guessing that the Reds are not really concerned about developing anyone else at that position because they have Joey Votto at first for this balance of this season as well as the next two seasons. If Votto were to get injured for an extended period of time and let’s pray this does not happen, they could drop Alonso back there very quickly.

  4. Sultan of Swaff

    With the expectation that Johnny Gomes won’t make it to the All-Star break with the club, who do you bring up to play left—-Frazier, Alonso, or Sappelt? Each guy has pros:
    1. Frazier–versatile, could replace Valaika and still play left.
    2. Alonso—hits RHP and LHP equally well, could spell Votto here and there.
    3. Sappelt–speed and plus defense.
    It wouldn’t suprise me if two of the three got the call at the same time.

  5. rightsaidred

    @Sultan of Swaff: Sultan, playing Heisey and Lewis more would be just fine, imo. I love Frazier and I can’t stand that he is blocked by Gomes and seemingly Francisco at this point. Hopefully something shakes out.

    Sappelt is September call up if we miss the playoffs, who are we kidding? We all love him but barring a significant trade or injury he is behind Lewis as another on base, speed guy.

    Alonso is the one guy I think for who it’s time to make room. If it’s at the expense of Cairo or Gomes, so be it. Joey clearly needs an off day (one every 25 games sounds fine) and Yonder can’t be much worse than Gomes. Give him another few weeks in the OF and when his offense picks up, I hope we make the call!

  6. Redtardation

    It’s pretty clear that Frazier should be up in the majors. A .900 OPS with a BABIP of .276… Guy deserves a shot. He has a good eye, doesnt strike out a ton, and has the ability to be the only real major league 3rd baseman in the Reds distant future.

  7. rightsaidred

    @Redtardation: and why not give him the chance to study under a guru like Rolen? That connection alone could be huge for his continued development.