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Down on the Farm

Games Played on 08/27/12

Minor League Player of the Day:: Pensacola SS Billy Hamilton went 2-5 and stole 4 bases. That brings him to 154 stolen bases on the season. But even more important is that he’s been consistent from A+ to AA. In about half as many ABs at AA, his OPS is within 10 points of what it was at A+ and his OBP has gone up a little. Over the entire season, his OBP is over .400 and that, my friends, is exciting. There’s an interesting article on Billy in today’s Enquirer.

Added Note: Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Sean Buckley, was named Midwest League Batter of the Week last week. Buckley batted .429 with three home runs and 11 runs batted in. He added five doubles and posted a slugging percentage of .929.

AAA

Louisville had the night off.

AA

Pensacola 3 – Mississippi 2 10 innings

Billy Hamilton was 2-5 and stole 4 bases, Josh Fellhauer was 2-5 with a double.

Blue Wahoos got a reasonable start from Mark Serrano (5 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 R 2 BB 5K), but outstanding bullpen work, highlighted by 1.1 hitless innings by Drew Hayes, a hitless inning by Wilkin De La Rosa, and a scoreless inning by Curtis Partch (picking up his 7th win).

High A

Bakersfield 7 – Modesto 6

Devin Lohman went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Steve Selsky went 2-4 with a double and a walk.

Bad start by Daniel Renken (6 runs on 7 hits in 3.2 innings), but great bullpen work by the Blaze. Chris Royce threw 1.2 scoreless innings, Andrew Brackman threw 1.2 hitless innings (only walking 1), and Carlos Contreras picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings.

Low A

West Michigan 5 – Dayton 3

Yorman Rodriguez went 2-4 with a double as did Nick O’Shea.

Reds 2011 #1 pick Robert Stephenson’s record went to 2-3, as he took the loss, allowing 2 earned runs (3 overall) on 4 hits, 2 walk, in 4 innings.

Rookie

The Mustangs has the day off.

The AZL Reds had the day off also.

26 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Thanks for posting these Bill (and others).

    I’d love to see Billy Hamilton begin the year next year in AA playing CF. Phipps at Louisville may (MAY) be ready for the show either in Cincinnati or somewhere else via a trade. I think Ryan LaMarre will likely go to Louisville next year leaving the CF spot open in Pensacola. Theo Bowe is an exciting prospect as well, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him attached to a package this winter for a trade for something the big club needs.

    I was guilty of saying the Reds traded the farm this past winter, but I think the farm has shown it is still baring fruit below Louisville. Between all the long contracts and team control of the young players I think we might even start having some log jams at various of the positions as soon as next year.

  2. Something of note: Ronald Torreyes has a slash line of .269/.330/.393 . His OPS is .723, BBs are 30 and SOs are 29. He has 6 HRs, 22 doubles, 5 triples, and 13 stolen bases. He’s been successful stealing 77% of the time. All this at 19 years old with 453 PAs in A+ Daytona. And his numbers are slightly down this year! He also has played 3B, SS, 2B, and LF and has acquitted himself well in the field.

    Sadly, he is the only minor league player I still regret that they traded last year. I still follow him because in two years he’ll be with the Chicago Cubs and that, my friends, is a shame. I think in five years he will be one of those guys you won’t want to face in the Chicago lineup.

    • Something of note: Ronald Torreyes has a slash line of .269/.330/.393 .His OPS is .723, BBs are 30 and SOs are 29.He has 6 HRs, 22 doubles, 5 triples, and 13 stolen bases.He’s been successful stealing 77% of the time.All this at 19 years old with 453 PAs in A+ Daytona.And his numbers are slightly down this year!He also has played 3B, SS, 2B, and LF and has acquitted himself well in the field.

      Sadly, he is the only minor league player I still regret that they traded last year.I still follow him because in two years he’ll be with the Chicago Cubs and that, my friends, is a shame.I think in five years he will be one of those guys you won’t want to face in the Chicago lineup.

      And I believe the FSL is basically a pitcher’s league, which might be why his numbers are down a bit.

  3. @TC: Had to give up something to get Marshall. We really didn’t give them much else. Wood is a 6th starter at best and Sappelt didn’t impress when he was given the playing time. I know that can change in a few years…but let’s hope it doesn’t kill us in the up and coming years.

  4. @rfay00: I agree. I would have thought Wood would be better, and I was a huge Sappelt fan during Spring Training. They may all do well in coming years, but I think Torreyes was the best of the three.

  5. @TC: I’m with you regarding Hamilton & LaMarre, although I would like to see Hamilton starting to work in CF as soon as the Blue Wahoos’ season is completed. If Hamilton makes the adjustment to CF as well as he has made every other adjustment, I also want to see him in AAA by Memorial Day next year. The SB are great and they can be a serious weapon, as Hamilton clearly demonstrated again last night, but it really is all about getting on base.

    @TC: Torreyes was also the player I was disappointed to see traded. He got off to a rough start this year, but I’m glad to see he made the adjustment and is now continuing his performance from last year. He still has a long way to go to get to the show, but he’s a little pistol. Torreyes reminds me a lot of Henry Rodriguez and I like both their chances of making it to the bigs.

  6. That is exciting about Hamilton. I think there’s more separation of the prospects and the suspects when you jump to the AA level. That Hamilton is keeping his offensive numbers the same is a very good sign, especially given that the Bakersfield club is in an offensive league. League-adjusted, having the same OPS for Pensacola is actually an improvement.

    • @Greg Dafler:

      When are the AFL teams announced? Hamilton could get some centerfield reps if he is sent there after the minor league season ends.

      Greg, I’m don’t know exactly when the AZL season starts, but you and I are in agreement that Hamilton needs to be there or in one of the winter leagues. I am on record that I DO NOT want to see Hamilton called up in September this year. I want him on a plane to AZL as soon as the Blue Wahoos’ season ends. I also want him to put a kabosh on his prolific number of SB and concentrate on improving his reads, technique and success rate in addition to his CF defense. I want Eric Davis in Hamilton’s hip pocket during this offseason and spring training. I think Hamilton might turn out to be a plus CF, if not even better. We won’t know until we try and it’s time to begin that effort.

  7. With the stalled development this year of Phipps, Pucket, Means, Rodriguez & Lutz, resigning Ludwick, for at least 2013, is a major priority in the offseason. Smith, Fellhauer & LaMarre need at least another season to get ML ready and the others need another season to get back on track.

  8. Looking forward to tomorrows DOTF update from Dayton. Votto: 3/3, hits for the cycle. How? He’s Joey MVP, that’s how.

    • Looking forward to tomorrows DOTF update from Dayton. Votto: 3/3, hits for the cycle. How? He’s Joey MVP, that’s how.

      I’m sure he isn’t hitting a single, double, triple, and homerun while going 3/3. I doubt we’ll see him pushing for triples anyway due to lingering concerns about his knee.

  9. @Matt WI: Matt, I think a hitting line 1/1 with 3 BB & 2B is more likely. If you were a young A- league pitcher facing Votto, would you want to throw Votto anything he could hit, knowing he was likely to turn it around and make you look really bad? The weather in Dayton looks good for tonight and tomorrow. I’m trying to figure a way to make the trip over to Dayton for one of those two games.

    • @Matt WI: Matt, I think a hitting line 1/1 with 3 BB & 2B is more likely. If you were a young A- league pitcher facing Votto, would you want to throw Votto anything he could hit, knowing he was likely to turn it around and make you look really bad?

      I think these minor league pitchers would be challenging him and trying to get him out. If they give up a hit to an MVP, well it’s expected. They’re in A-ball. I don’t think it would make them look really bad. If they get him out, then that looks really good for the pitcher.

      • I think these minor league pitchers would be challenging him and trying to get him out. If they give up a hit to an MVP, well it’s expected. They’re in A-ball. I don’t think it would make them look really bad. If they get him out, then that looks really good for the pitcher.

        @Greg Dafler: Hadn’t considered that. I know that that’s what I would do.

      • I think these minor league pitchers would be challenging him and trying to get him out. If they give up a hit to an MVP, well it’s expected. They’re in A-ball. I don’t think it would make them look really bad. If they get him out, then that looks really good for the pitcher.

        Single A pitchers don’t get many chances to face Joey Votto and it would probably be embarrassing to pitch around him, admitting that even after he spent a month sitting around their pitches aren’t good enough to throw near the plate. Joey Votto’s plate appearances should be the biggest news story of the game and the best opportunity for the pitcher to show off his skills to the scouts. Gotta take advantage of opportunities to get attention.

    • @TC:

      I may have to catch a Dragons game tonight. Anyone else going?

      I’m trying for tonight TC, but those plans are still a bit iffy.

  10. As far as changes in the farm system, it’s just been interesting to see that the organization is far more focused on pitching prospects, middle infielders, and speedy players rather than big power hitters. Robert Stephenson, Nick Travieso, Daniel Corcino, Tony Cingrani. Billy Hamilton. Gone are Juan Francisco, Yonder Alonso, and other similar guys.

    When Frazier and Cozart came up I always heard about both guys being ready for the majors, but with Hamilton I always hear about him being ‘raw’ or needing work. I keep hoping that they resist the temptation to rush him (all though the Reds usually choose what they think is best rather than what fans want to see). Permanently adding Hamilton to the 40 man roster to work as a pinch runner is crazy.

  11. It’s an exciting time to be a Reds’ fan after a serious drought of success. It doesn’t feel so lonely on this wagon now, but there’s always room for more.

  12. @redsfanman: That was a joke about the cycle in three hits, that’s what the whole last part of the post was for. Joey does what Joey wants, even if it bends the laws of math.

  13. @BloodyHo: Hey B-Ho I don’t agree with you on Phipps and Lutz having stalled development. Phipps is showing now how well he can hit having 15 homers on the season. His injured shoulder is what caused him to hit for a low average.

    Lutz made the jump to AA mid season and is now hitting well. It takes time to make those adjustments. Players work on a lot of things to develop into better players that doesn’t show up in the box score.

    Take Felix Perez in AAA this year, batting .300. This being his 3rd year of American baseball since defecting from Cuba. He has cut down on his strikeouts and his average is way up. He has stayed relatively healthy this year. He’s not on the 40 man roster so he won’t get called up.

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