Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 8/23/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: The AA Pensacola pitching staff (Daniel Corcino, Josh Ravin, and Chris Manno) combined for a 4-hit shutout. They collectively walked 4 batters and struck out 10.

AAA
Indianapolis 6 – Louisville 1

Willie Harris was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and a run scored. Chris Valaika was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

There was another interesting defensive alignment on Thursday as Henry Rodriguez was getting another start at shortstop. Didi Gregorius was playing 2nd base. Valaika was at third base…each player at their secondary positions.

Todd Redmond made a nice start: 6ip, 2r, 1er, 5h, 0bb, 6K. Bill Bray had a rough outing, giving up 1 hit, 3 walks, and 3 runs in one inning. Logan Ondrusek was also less-than-sharp, giving up 2 hits, a walk, and a run in one inning.


AA
Pensacola 6 – Montgomery 0
Daniel Corcino threw 5 innings of 2-hit, shutout baseball. He walked 3 and struck out 5. Josh Ravin and Chris Manno each hurled two scoreless innings. They combined for 2 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts over 4 innings.

Josh Fellhauer was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. Redleg Nation Spotlight player, Tucker Barnhart went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Miguel Rojas also had 2 hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Billy Hamilton reached base three times but was thrown out stealing twice.

High A
Bakersfield 10 – Inland Empire 4

The Blaze put the game away with a 7-run 6th inning when they sent 11 batters to the plate. Eight Bakersfield players had at least one hit, though no player had more than two hits. Dominic D’Anna had the best night, 2-for-3 with a 3-run homerun and 2 walks.

Theo Bowe (1-for-3, a double, two walks, and two runs scored) stole 2 bases, giving him 50 SB for the season. However, he was also caught swiping for the 27th time.

Stalin Gerson allowed just 2 runs over 7 innings of 5-hit baseball. He issued no walks and struck out 5.

Low A
Dayton 1 – Bowling Green 0
Bowling Green 2 – Dayton 1 in 13 innings

The Dragons had a 1-0 shutout going for the first 8 and 1/3 innings. James Allen threw 6 shutout innings, allowing just 4 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 3. Carlos Gonzalez contributed with 2 innings of shutout relief.

Redleg Nation Spotlight player, Sean Buckley was 2-for-5 with a double and the lone RBI. Batting in front of Buckley, Yorman Rodriguez (2-for-5) was on-base to score the lone Dayton run. They were the only Dragons with more than 1 hit.

Rookie
Billings 5 – Idaho Falls 4

Billings scored one run in each of the final three innings to squeak ahead of Idaho Falls for the victory. Robert Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a homerun and two RBI. Carlos Sanchez was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and an RBI. Jeff Geliach and Beau Amaral also had two hits each.
Dan Langfield started and pitched 3 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 4.
Matt Wiley is yet to allow an earned run in 13 games as a professional pitcher. The 28th round 2012 draft pick was credited with the win after pitching the final 2.1 innings. Wiley allowed no runs, 4 hits, no walks, and 1 strikeout. He line for the season is 12.2 innings, 7 hits, 1 unearned run, 4 walks, and 18 strikeouts.

AZL Reds 7 – AZL Padres 2

Catcher Daniel Paula (.373/.427/.480) was 3-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI, and a run scored. Tanner Rahier was 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and 2 runs scored. Adam Matthews and Jhimmy Lopez also had two hits each.

Michael Salter started and pitched 3 shutout innings. Salter allowed just 1 hit, no walks, and struck out 4.

6 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. There was another interesting defensive alignment on Thursday as Henry Rodriguez was getting another start at shortstop; Didi Gregorius was playing 2nd base; Valaika was at third base, each player at their secondary positions.

    I certainly hope this is serious preparation for 2013. Any (or possibly all) of those 3 players could be and probably should be utility infielders on the 2013 ML roster. Enough with the signing of over-the-hill or sub-marginally talented veterans to handle those responsibilities. Let’s give the in-house players a shot.

    • I certainly hope this is serious preparation for 2013.Any (or possibly all) of those 3 players could be and probably should be utility infielders on the 2013 ML roster.Enough with the signing of over-the-hill or sub-marginally talented veterans to handle those responsibilities.Let’s give the in-house players a shot.

      I assume they’re preparing for September callups. Henry Rodriguez and Didi Gregorius are two of the Reds top prospects, do you really want them to be Reds utility players next season? A desire to give regular playing time to a young player just got Devin Mesoraco sent to AAA.

      Often times marginally talented veterans are the best way to go as far as utility players.

      • @redsfanman:

        Henry Rodriguez and Didi Gregorius are two of the Reds top prospects, do you really want them to be Reds utility players next season?

        Didi may very well have the talent to be a ML starting SS. His defense is certainly ML caliber right now. I expect Didi to be the Bats’ starting SS in 2013 unless he is traded in the off-season. Valaika’ only role as a ML prospect is as a utility infielder. I believe Rodriguez is also a ML utilty infield prospect with a higher upside than Valaika. I don’t believe his defense is nearly as good as Didi or valaika, but his offense is better than either of them. So in response to your question, yes for valaika and Rodriguez and no for Didi.

        • @redsfanman:

          Didi may very well have the talent to be a ML starting SS.His defense is certainly ML caliber right now.I expect Didi to be the Bats’ starting SS in 2013 unless he is traded in the off-season.Valaika’ only role as a ML prospect is as a utility infielder.I believe Rodriguez is also a ML utilty infield prospect with a higher upside than Valaika.I don’t believe his defense is nearly as good as Didi or valaika, but his offense is better than either of them.So in response to your question, yes for valaika and Rodriguez and no for Didi.

          Henry Rodriguez has been horrendous slide in August in AAA, hitting .159 in 88 ABs. He’s now a .232 hitter in AAA with a .277 average on the season between different teams. He can’t hit AAA pitching anymore… but hey, who cares? He can only hit better than Cairo or Valdez, right? After hitting .232 in AAA HRodriguez has nothing left to prove in AAA and has earned his spot as a Reds utility player next year… I guess…

          None of the three players have done well enough to show that they’re ready for MLB, justify a roster spot for next season, or to indicate that they’re any improvement offensively over Miguel Cairo and Wilson Valdez. We might see them play in September but I wouldn’t count on them to perform well.

  2. Bill Bray had a rough outing, giving up 1 hit, 3 walks, and 3 runs in one inning

    Time to shut him down for the year.

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