Down on the Farm

Games Played on 5/9/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Tanner Rahier went 2-for-4 with a double, a homerun, and 4 RBI. Rahier has hit safely in 8 of his last 9 games.

Louisville 4 – Lehigh Valley 2

Pedro Villarreal (6ip, 3h, 3bb, 3k) pitched his 5th quality start in 7 games with 6 shutout innings.

Yohan Pino has been starter, middle reliever, emergency starter, and now closer for the Bats this season. And this is after starting the season with AA Pensacola. Pino worked a perfect 1.1 inning yesterday, striking out 3 of the 4 batters he faced. That outing extends Pino’s scoreless streak to 11 innings.

Ryan Hanigan was 0-for-2 in his 3rd rehab start. Mike Hessman went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Billy Hamilton and Felix Perez each had two hits. Neftali Soto hit a solo homerun in five trips to the plate.

Jacksonville 10 – Pensacola 3

Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart (2-for-4, RBI) extended his hitting streak to six games with his third straight multi-hit game. Barnhart has been scorching hot in May (1.006 OPS) and has seen his overall slash line climb to .300/.380/.425.

Travis Mattair (2-for-4, R) was the only other Blue Wahoo with more than one hit.

Daniel Renken (1-3, 3.67 ERA) pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks while striking out 7. The bullpen allowed the other 6 Jacksonville runs, with 5 of those coming in the bottom of the 8th inning.

High A
San Jose 6 – Bakersfield 2

Carlos Contreras (1-4, 3.96 ERA) allowed 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out six.

Juan Silverio went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Ryan Wright was 2-for-4 with one double.

Low A
Dayton 9 – Lansing 6

Johnny Cueto (4h, 1r, 0bb, 4k) pitched 3 innings in his first rehab start. Ismael Guillon allowed four runs over 4 innings with three of those four runs coming in his final inning of work. Guillon allowed 5 hits, issued 2 walks, and struck out 9 batters.

Dayton scored five times in the first inning, another run in the 2nd and two more in the 3rd inning to give Dayton a 8-1 lead when Cueto left the mound. Tanner Rahier (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) hit his second homerun in as many days. Rahier has hit safely in 8 of his last 9 games. Six of his seven extra base hits have all come in those 8 games.

Jeff Gelalich (2-for-4, R, RBI) and Robert Ramirez (1-for-2, 2 BB, SB, 2 R, 2 RBI) each extended their respective hitting streaks to 6 games.

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  1. Reds Minor Leaguer Daniel Tuttle has been suspended for 100 games after a third violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for “a drug of abuse.”

    Another 22 year old who just doesn’t get it.

    • @Shchi Cossack: He is four years removed from being the Reds 2009 5th round choice, yet he has had injuries every year and hasn’t been able to rise passed low A ball.

      I suspect he is trying everything he can to make it to the next level. Problem is he is probably is doomed.

  2. That is great about Tanner Rahier. I really like this guy’s work ethic.

  3. Rather than extending after going 7 innings in his previous rehab start, Hanigan only went 4 innings behind the plate. No indication of anything amiss, so hopefully the plan was to just get in a couple of ABs and he may be ready to rejoin the Reds.

    • @Shchi Cossack: It was a day game after a night game, so maybe that had something to do with it?

      • @Greg Dafler: Very likely, but I’m selfishly holding out for a roster move to get Hanigan in Cincinnati and Miller in Louisville tonight for the start of the series with the Brew Crew. I’m getting my 1st live look at The Kid on the mound for the Reds and I don’t want to see Miller behind the plate.

  4. The Dragons have just been pounding the ball the past 3 games. It’s nice to see some of the minor league teams starting to wake up after their long winter’s nap.

  5. So I guess Tanner Rahier is no longer a SS? I know most scouts had projected him as a 3B.

    It’s crazy how this organization went from relatively deep at SS, to a complete abyss.

    • @CP: According to baseball-reference.com, Rahier has not played SS as a professional.

      Last year, 47 games at 3B and 1 game at 2B.
      This year, 13 games at 3B and 4 games at DH.

    • @CP: He’s listed at 6’2″ 205lbs. Right now that doesn’t seem excessively large for a SS.

      The system is getting very thin at SS.

      • @TC: I’ve seen several mock drafts with the Reds taking a SS in the first round. That or another SP. All the teams struggle with this one.

        • @CP: It’s pretty bad when the hottest SS in the system is a 22 year old 37th round college draftee playing in Dayton.

    • @CP: The lone glimmer of hope at SS right now might be Zack Vincej. He hit at Billings last season, he’s hitting at Dayton this season and his SS defense looks acceptable. He was a late round draft pick in 2012 out of Pepperdine.

  6. I know the Reds covet the OF from Stanford, Austin Wilson, but he probably won’t be on the board with the Reds 28th pick in the first round. Another OF, Aaron Judge, from Fresno St. is also high on the radar. I think the Reds have a supplemental 1st round pick, #38.

    • @WVRedlegs: Great info. Where’d you get it?

      • @TC:

        The radio. We have the Pirates low-A team nearby and they had a Pirates scout on their game a couple of nights ago. The Pirates have the #9 pick and another high pick, something like #17. The Cards have 2, #19 and #29. And the Reds at #28. They were talking the draft, the Pirates two possible picks and the NL Central. The Pirates may very well take Wilson with one of their 2 picks, but the scout said the Cards are high on him and that the Reds scouts covet him also. He was explaining how well thought of this prospect is with other teams in the division.

    • @WVRedlegs: si.com had this less than enthusastic projection of the Reds taking Judge:
      The Reds lean toward physical players with impressive tools and Judge matches that description. He combines speed, a howitzer arm and huge power. He would still be more of a gamble than a pitcher, though. In batting practice he looks like Dave Winfield but it doesn’t translate into the game, mostly because he has a big strike zone and it’s easy to tie him up with pitches inside.

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