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Down on the Farm

Games Played on 08/20/12

Minor League Player of the Day:Billings 1B Carlos Sanchez went 4-5 with 4 doubles. In the second half at Billings (16 games), his slash line is .403/.439/.742. On the season, his OPS is .937 with a .588 slugging.


Columbus 10 – Louisville 1

The Bats only collected 3 hits, luckily one averted the shutout, as Denis Phipps’ one hit was a homer. He has 4 homers in his last 3 games.

Chad Reineke got knocked around, starting and going 4, giving up 8 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks. The only Bats pitcher that threw well was Carlos Fisher, with 2 hitless innings. Jordan Smith thew a scoreless inning also, but gave up 2 hits.


Montgomery @ Pensacola was washed out, so the Billy Hamilton watch goes on another day.

High A

Inland Empire 16 – Bakersfield 6

Kurtis Muller went 2-5 with a double and homer, as did Ryan Wright. Devin Lohmann went 2-3 with a walk. Niko Vasquez went 2-4 with a double.

Not a good night for the Blaze’s pitching staff, the only one worth mentioning in a positive manner is Daniel Wolford, who threw 2.2 innings of 1 hit, shutout baseball.

Low A

Dayton 11 – Fort Wayne 1

Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Sean Buckley, went 3-5 with a double and homer and drove in 4 runs. Juan Silva went 3-5 with a double and drove in 3. Yorman Rodriquez went 2-4 with a homer.

Nice start by Jacob Johnson, throwing 5 innings of 2 hit – shutout baseball. He did walk 4, which is probably why he only threw 5 innings. Dan Jensen threw 3 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits. Lucas O’Rear finished up with a hitless 9th.


Billings 12 – Idaho Falls 3

Carlos Sanchez went 4-5 with 4 doubles. Brandon Dailey was 2-4 with a double, Beau Amaral was 2-5, as was Zachary Vincej and Robert Ramirez.

Mike Saunders threw 3 innings of 2 hit/shutout baseball, striking out 2. Nolan Becker pitched a hitless 9th.

AZL Royals 7 – AZL Reds 0

Jonathan Reynoso went 2-3, Adam Mathews went 2-4.

Ryan Fennell threw a scoreless inning.

7 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. At first I thought cutting Bill Rhinehart was a bit of a head-scratcher. I realized he’s was not having a great year at Louisville, but he has pretty good number throughout his minor league career. Even more perplexing was that now the Bat only have 3 OFs on their roster. This is compounded by how thin the Reds are in the OF.

    Then I realized. The reason the Reds and Bats are thin at OF is because all the good ones are stuck in Bakersfield and Pensacola. Bet we hear that either Josh Fellhauer or Bryson Smith gets promoted today.

    Josh Fellhauer is a surprise this year. Even though he was a 7th rounder in 2009, he hasn’t done anything to get attention. He’s just slowly, quietly climbed the minor league system. He has a very nice slash line of .303/.397/.413 in 353 PAs. But what gets my attention is that he’s got 46 BBs and 46 SOs. With 17 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 HRs he’s more than just a slap hitter, and while his stolen base rate is not great, he does have 5 stolen bases on the year.

    Bryson has done nothing but hit but he’s a LF whereas Rhinehart was a RF. He was drafted in the 34th round and in 2 years climbed over a bunch of top 10 rounders to land in AA with a .325/.354/.433 slash in 131 PAs. He doesn’t walk much so he’s not a high OBP guy, but he doesn’t strike out much either. I’ve never seen him play, but with his size he should be projecting more power.

  2. @TC:
    Louisville started the year with an OF roster that was aging & simply were never going to make the ML roster for the Reds (or probably anyone else). The housecleaning started in June. Rhinehart was initially demoted back to AA, but the lack of OF on the Louisville roster resulted in his promotion back to AAA. Historically Rhinehart produced good power numbers in A+ & AA for Washington and again at AA for the Reds after the Gomes trade last year. He simply didn’t produce the power numbers at the AAA level. Without his power, he lost his value and he is now 28 years old.

    I believe LaMarre is a better option for a promotion to Louisville right now. He has had a full year in AA and has done very well in his role as a CF & top of the order hitter. Come spring 2013, I believe Fellhauer, LaMarre & Smith will all be roaming the Louisville OF for the Bats.

  3. @BloodyHo: That’s probably a good assessment. Of the three LaMarre’s numbers are the weakest, and have been over the past two seasons. He does project to have the most upside and he is the most evenly rounded player other than the fact he has 108 SOs. (Not to mention he was on the caravan and in the futures game.) The only reason I didn’t consider LaMarre was because it was it was Rhinehart that was cut and not Puckett. (Just as an aside: 2 years ago I was excited about Cody Puckett. Now… not so much. He’s 25 and has not hit for average at any stage in his career.) I can see them moving Puckett to either corner or another team to make room for LaMarre before the end of the season. Fellhauer is my most likely candidate to get promoted today since he also projects well, was a 7th rounder, and plays Rhinehart’s position.

    Regardless, Louisville has had a black hole this year in the outfield. I hope by moving players up that trend does not continue.

  4. I’m guessing the Reds will be bringing Votto, Massett, and Bray all back next Saturday. Next Saturday looks like a good timeline for all of them (except maybe Bray. I don’t know about him.) This way they don’t have to move anyone down before August 31st and remove that player from postseason eligibility. The following Tuesday, I’m guessing the team will further expand from 28 to 36 to include Valaika, Navarro, Rodriguez, Didi, Phipps, Redmond, Jordan Smith, and Hoover.

    Valaika, Rodriguez, Phipps, and Gregorius can all spell important postseason players for extended (2-4 game) periods. Navarro will likely sit the bench all month, but he’s good insurance. Depending on what happens with Meso he may already be on the club. Redmond, Smith, and Hoover are all useful in the bullpen down the stretch to rest some of those guys as well. The Reds only really need one extra OF since Heisey and Paul need work so I’d be surprised if Lutz gets the callup. Votto will need to use September to get tuned up for the postseason so I don’t see Soto getting the call either. Negron is not necessary for the same reason as Lutz. Villarreal and Lotzkar is not major league ready. (I think that’s all 41 (40 + Massett on 60Day)).

  5. @TC: I guess Ill be the patented guy to ask about Billy Hamilton, but what about getting him some major league experience for September (even just as a pinch runner and occasional pinch hit).

  6. @tgarretson82: Maybe. It really is just all guesses. Hamilton isn’t on the 40-man, but I can’t see why they wouldn’t put him there, especially if all it takes is to move Negro off.

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