Games Played on 8/30/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: Three Bakersfield Blaze pitchers combined for a 5-hit shutout. Jamie Walczak pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up the five hits. He walked two and struck out five. Brooks Pinckard didn’t allow a hit over 2 innings, nor did Carlos Contreras in the 9th inning.

AAA
Columbus 2 – Louisville 0

The Bats collected just 7 hits and two different players were caught stealing. Didi Gregorius (2-for-4 with a double) was the only Louisville player with more than one hit but was caught stealing once.

Chad Reineke (7.2ip, 2r, 9h, 2bb, 3k) was one batter shy of a complete game. Bill Bray pitched to the final batter and struck him out.

AA
Tennessee 4 – Pensacola 2

Brodie Greene was 2-for-4 with two doubles. Donald Lutz was 2-for-4 with one double.

Wirfin Obispo (6ip, 3r, 3h, 5bb, 5k) allowed 3 runs in a start for the first time since July 17th. In his previous seven starts, Obispo had allowed just 7 runs over 39 innings, a 1.62 ERA.


High A
Bakersfield 4 – Visalia 0

Steve Selsky was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. Devin Lohman was 2-for-3. Stephen Hunt had a solo homerun.

Jamie Walczak pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 5. Brooks Pinckard didn’t allow a hit over 2 innings, nor did Carlos Contreras in the 9th.

Low A
Great Lakes 8 – Dayton 6

Junior Arias was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Juan Silva was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Sammy Diaz had a triple with 3 RBI.

Jacob Johnson allowed 5 runs on 6 hits over 5.2 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 3.

Rookie
Missoula 9 – Billings 6

Brandon Dailey was 2-for-2 with a walk, a triple, and 3 RBI. Zachary Vincej was 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, and a run scored. Beau Amaral also had two hits.

Andrew Cisco bounced back nicely from his last outing, tossing 5 innings of 2-hit shutout baseball. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. In 3 of his last 4 starts, Cisco has thrown 5 shutout innings in each start, and allowed 2 or fewer hits in each of those games.

All 9 runs were allowed by the Mustangs bullpen.

The AZL Reds had the day off.

19 Responses

  1. Bill Lack

    2011’s 33rd draft pick, Steve Selsky, has really turned it up since leaving Dayton for Bakersfield. I know its a hitter’s league, but his OPS has gone from .717 to 1.045. In 2 minor league seasons, his slash line is .316/.384/.526. Be interesting to see what he does next year in Pensacola (and beyond).

  2. BloodyHo

    @Bill Lack: The upper minor league levels for the Reds (AA & AAA) are being quickly upgraded from the lower levels. Since there are few openings on the major league roster for 2013 & 2014, we should be seeing some ML ready ballplayers banging on the door again in AAA very soon. The Reds minor league machine just keeps churning away. Does anyone else get the feeling that Didi is being showcased? It’s just a feeling I have and I’m not sure why. I don’t think the Reds are actively wanting to move him, but I get the feeling they are putting their line in the water and asking, “Make me an offer I can’t refuse.”

  3. WVRedlegs

    Greg,
    On country music star Luke Bryan’s first CD there is a song titled “Welcome to the Farm”. You ought to link that up with your Down on the Farm thread and have the music start when people click onto the Down on the Farm page. Its a good feel-good song.

  4. TC

    @BloodyHo: I have split feelings about that. Didi has not been great since moving to Louisville. I hear that he is the best fielder in the minors, but his numbers aren’t impressive. (Though neither does Junior Arias and I’m going to tell you he is slick. My eyes tell me so.) Mr Jocketty commented on Lance’s show the other night that they are signing him up for the AFL so that he can pick up another position. I’m not sure why they would do that if they plan to move him. For me however, he is THE prime candidate for a trade for something the big club needs this winter.

  5. TC

    The reason I say Didi is the prime candidate for a move, the Reds infield is set. With Super Todd at 3rd next year, the infield positions are ready for the next 4 years. I don’t see Didi taking anything away from Cozart unless Cozart himself is moved. I also don’t see the Reds converting Didi into a utility player at this late stage, but maybe that’s why they are shipping him out to the AFL to learn another position. I would hope the front office would not waste Gregorius’ talent as a bench player.

    BTW – I think Denis Phipps turned a corning this month. He may be ready for the bigs.

    • BloodyHo

      @TC:

      I also don’t see the Reds converting Didi into a utility player at this late stage, but maybe that’s why they are shipping him out to the AFL to learn another position.

      And maybe that is what I am seeing rather than the Reds showcasing him. For 2013, Phillips will be a lock for 2B, Cozart will be a lock for SS & Frazier will be a lock for 3B. Cairo will be gone and Valdez may be gone (I hope!). I believe Valaika has missed his chance, although he may get a shot at a utility infield position. The Reds don’t have a good backup option if Phillips, Cozart or Frazier goes down next year (fingers & toes crossed & knocking on the old wooden noggin). Maybe Didi is their emergency plan for a variety of contingencies in 2013.

  6. BloodyHo

    @TC: Phipps made a turnaround with his bat since the break, but that turnaround was from a Wee Willie performance to a ‘well is this a blip or did he figure something out’ performance. He started getting on base regularly last month and continued to get on base this month. His power is what made a sudden appearance this month and really opened my eyes again. I hope he is included in the call ups because he certainly deserves a look at the big league level in September. With his absolutely miseable performance for most of the year, I’m not ready to jump back on his bandwagon, but I am following him again and hoping he can make a splash in spring training.

    • Bill Lack

      @TC: Phipps made a turnaround with his bat since the break, but that turnaround was from a Wee Willie performance to a ‘well is this a blip or did he figure something out’ performance.He started getting on base regularly last month and continued to get on base this month.His power is what made a sudden appearance this month and really opened my eyes again.I hope he is included in the call ups because he certainly deserves a look at the big league level in September.With his absolutely miseable performance for most of the year, I’m not ready to jump back on his bandwagon, but I am following him again and hoping he can make a splash in spring training.

      I’m not a believer in Phipps, but I admit that that is shaded by watching him perform poorly for 2 seasons at Dayton. Plus the fact that he’s already 26.

  7. BloodyHo

    @Bill Lack: 2013 will be a make or break year for Phipps. As you point out, time (not to mention other OF prospects) is passing him by if he doesn’t show solid.

  8. TC

    @Bill Lack & @BloodyHo: Regarding Phipps… I’ll defer. You guys are obviously more aware of his background.

    @BloodyHo: That sounds reasonable. I think he’s still got one more year to mature in AAA.

  9. TC

    FYI – I was at the Dragons game again last night. I didn’t see a lot that made me sit up offensively. Johnson got knocked around worse than the status would indicate. Each inning was a struggle it seemed. Junior had a good night bother offensively and defensively. But nobody has struck me from this team as a can’t miss prospect since Ryan Wright left. Perhaps Sean Buckley. I love his fire. But that’s about it.

    The sixth inning was a clown show and quite frankly, disturbing. Mental errors. It started with a near collision in the outfield, then moved to the infield with everyone converging on a slow roller and the ball got booted, then someone threw the ball away in the same play on a force at home, then finally the 3rd basemen throwing the ball into the stands on a routine ground ball.

    • Bill Lack

      FYI – I was at the Dragons game again last night.I didn’t see a lot that made me sit up offensively.Johnson got knocked around worse than the status would indicate.Each inning was a struggle it seemed.Junior had a good night bother offensively and defensively.But nobody has struck me from this team as a can’t miss prospect since Ryan Wright left.Perhaps Sean Buckley. I love his fire.But that’s about it.

      The sixth inning was a clown show and quite frankly, disturbing.Mental errors.It started with a near collision in the outfield, then moved to the infield with everyone converging on a slow roller and the ball got booted, then someone threw the ball away in the same play on a force at home, then finally the 3rd basemen throwing the ball into the stands on a routine ground ball.

      I agree TC, I said when we were there Sunday that there wasn’t much left here in the way of talent, other than Stephenson (who I haven’t seen) and Buckley. Looks like some hitters at Billings though, with 5 regulars above .900 OPS. You never really know what you’re getting in Rookie Ball though, some that’s their best seasons ever, others just try to get through.

  10. TC

    Figures, btw that I went last night… the only night Votto doesn’t play.

  11. WVRedlegs

    Gregorius will be playing mostly 3B in the AFL. Some 2B too. You are assuming too that Rolen will not be back next year. He has had a very good second half. If the Reds don’t win a WS title, I can see Rolen wanting to play one more year. Can Rolen play any 1B?? I can see him as the backup to Votto and Frazier in 2013. We know that Frazier can play some 1B. Will Dusty be back next year??

  12. TC

    @WVRedlegs: I’d love to see Rolen playing as a role player next year. I personally think Rolen has some left in the tank provided he playings 3 or 4 days a week max. But he’ll be what? 38 next year? And his contract is up at the end of the year. If he plays, I’d love to see him one more year in a Reds uniform.

    I think, however, if he comes back, Big Time will put him in the lineup every day. I would not be in favor of that.

  13. WVRedlegs

    @TC:
    I can see Walt offering Rolen a one year, $3MM or so contract for next year. Certainly not at this year’s rate of $8MM. But wouldn’t Rolen be a better option than Cairo or Exxon Valdez??

  14. musicjoker319

    IMO Phipps doesn’t need more time in AAA. He missed at least a month with his shoulder injury. Now he’s healthy he’s hitting. Don’t forget how well he hit last year also. Phipps didn’t start playing baseball until he was 18.

    Cozart can switch to 3rd or the outfield. He has enough pop in his bat to play those positions. Gregorious can use another year in AAA though. He’s 22, 23 next season so he’s got more time to develop. If he performs well in AAA next year the Reds will know for certain what they have.

    Most of AA will jump to AAA next year. Most players are still young enough to keep them in AAA for two years to mature. The Reds can call players up when needed.