Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 8/16/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: Sammy Diaz and Junior Arias brought the Dayton Dragons’ offense to life with nearly identical batting lines. Each batter went 3-for-4 with a double, a homerun, a stolen base, 3 runs scored, and two RBI. Sammy Diaz also walked once.

AAA
Charlotte 8 – Louisville 6

Dioner Navarro was 2-for-4 with a walk and a grand slam. Neftali Soto was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored. Didi Gregorius was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Felix Perez had two hits in 5 at-bats, including a double.

Tim Gustafson allowed all 8 runs, 5 runs in the 1st, over 4.1 innings. He gave up 9 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 4. Travis Webb, Nick Christiani and Bill Bray pitched 3.2 shutout relief innings. For Bray, it was the second appearance of his rehab assignment. He’s thrown a shutout inning in each outing.

AA
Pensacola was rained out. The game will be played as part of a doubleheader today.


High A
Bakersfield 4 – San Jose 2

Josh Smith (6ip, 0 runs, 3h, 3bb, 5k) lowered his August ERA to 1.00 with 6 shutout innings.

The Blaze raked 10 hits in the game, all singles. Leadoff man Kurtis Muller was 2-for-4 with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. Travis Mattair was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Dominic D’Anna also had 2 hits in 4 trips to the plate.

Low A
Dayton 12 – Lake County 6

The Dragons offense came to life last night with 15 hits, including three doubles and two homeruns. Sammy Diaz was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a homerun, a stolen base, 3 runs scored, and two RBI. Junior Arias had a nearly identical line, except for the walk: 3-for-4, a double, a homerun, a stolen base, 3 runs scored, and two RBI. Kyle Waldrop was 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Jefry Sierra was 2-for-5, stole 2nd base twice, and scored three times. Yorman Rodrigez was 2-for-5 with a run scored and 4 RBI.

Radhames Quezada started and gave up 2 runs in 2 innings. Wes Mugarian got the win after allowing 3 runs, 6 hits, and a walk with 4 strikeouts over the next 6 innings.

Rookie
Ogden 7 – Billings 0

The Mustangs had just 4 hits by 4 different batters. The only extra base hit belonged to Robert Ramirez, 1-for-3 with a double.

Jonathan Moscot (3ip, 2er, 2h, 1bb, 4k) gave up 3 runs in the first inning to get tagged with the loss. Jordan Remer pitched a perfect 4th inning with one strikeout.

AZL Cubs 9 – AZL Reds 1

The only rookie Reds to get hits last night were Jonathan Reynoso (2-for-3, double, run scored) and Daniel Paula (1-for-2, walk, double, RBI.)

Nick Travieso had a rough start (3ip, 5 runs, 6h, 1bb, 0k) after allowing just 4 runs in his first 11 professional innings. Abel De Los Santos finished the game with a shutout inning, his 4th consecutive such appearance. In 20 innings, he’s given up 20 hits, 11 walks, and struck out 31 batters.

6 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Two weeks until the 9/1 extended ML roster and minor league call ups. Of the current 40 man roster pitchers, I think Hoover, Smith & Redmond will certainly get called up. I’m not sure that Lotzkar & Villareal will have a chance to pitch unless the Reds have put away the division by 9/1, but they may get invited up just for the ML experience. Navarro will certainly get called up for use as a pinch hitter and to make Meso & Hannigan available as a pinch hitter when they don’t start. I don’t know that Negron or Phipps will get the call. I would anticipate Rodriguez and Gregorius being called up. Valaika, Lutz & Soto will probably join the ML roster only for the experience, although Valaika may get one more serious look as a ML utility infielder and PH in preparation for 2013.

  2. Whatever Travis Mattair has been eating or drinking, I hope he shares. His SO are dramatically down and he is simply pounding the ball. I can see an extended spring training invite and a promotion to AA next year after his 2nd half performance at Bakersfield. Could he finally be ‘getting it’ after mediocre performances in the Phillies low minor leagues from 2007-2011? Could this be the start of another success story for Ken Griffey Sr. & Eli Marrero?

  3. @BloodyHo:

    I think you’re right on with the pitching depth. I think Lotzkar has to be reaching his innings limit and will probably be shut down. Villarreal may get a chance to see what he can do against ML hitters. Hoover will help right away. Smith could be used in blow-outs (either for or against) to rest the regular guys in the pen.

    Negron is out for the season and will likely be 60-day DL when we need the spot for Masset to come back. Lutz has been overwhelmed by AA pitching so I doubt he’ll get the call up. Soto (his bat), Valaika (his flexibility and experience) will likely get the call up for experience, although neither has had a great season. But Soto has been coming on of late.

    HRod and Didi hopefully will get their first taste, although both have struggled after initially hitting very well in AAA. Both are currently sitting around .250 for their time there. But HRod can play multiple postions and Didi’s defense is already ML ready.

    I would like to see Phipps switched out with Felix Perez who’s had a really good year at L-ville. Would like to see him get a chance, an early audition as an extra OF for next year, and I believe he’s LH, which is needed on this team for the bench.

  4. @hotto4votto: All good points. Phipps and Perez are really mirror images (RH/LH hitting OF) of each other. Neither has much pop or base stealing speed. Both have hit inconsistently with some recent success. Both are 27 years old right now. I don’t know that either player is in the Reds’ long-term plans right now, but both will probably have one more shot next year to make their case. I just hope that Luddy agrees to stay with the Reds and hit in GABP for another year, because minor league OF help that is ML ready is just not available right now.

  5. @BloodyHo:

    Yeah, Phipps hit well last year, but a lot of that was due to an unsustainably high BABIP. He’s not hitting well this year, and I don’t see him being able to contribute much going forward, especially with LaMarre, Lutz, Fellhauer, B. Smith coming in right behind him (not to mention the strong possibility that Hamilton makes the switch to OF).

    The reason I’d like to see Perez this year is that he is hitting, and he’s a lefty bat. Adding a lefty bat to the bench for Sept. is likely going to be a lot more help, in and of itself, than anything Phipps could provide. And there’s not a huge risk in losing Phipps at this point.

  6. Probably goes without saying, but there would be a couple of guys, those most likely to be seen as an immediate help, who would be called up on 9/1 and others who are up for “major league experience” who would come up after the minor league season ends, typically a week to ten days later.

    Probably Hoover, Redmond, Navarro are on that first list.

    I wonder if Corky Miller would be brought up in September? He was with the Reds in 2009 & 2010, but didn’t get the call at all last year.

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