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Minor League Player of the Day: Jesse Winker went 2-for-4 with a three run homerun and two runs scored.

Charlotte 4 – Louisville 1

Chad Reineke (3-3, 4.10 ERA) allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks over 5.1 innings. Clay Hensley worked 1.2 perfect relief innings, striking out three.

The lone Bats run came on back-to-back 2-out doubles from Denis Phipps and Emmanuel Burriss in the 2nd inning. Those two hits accounted for half of the team’s four hits on the day.

Chattanooga 8 – Pensacola 2 in 10 innings

Pensacola played their third straight extra innings game, but couldn’t make it three walk-off wins in a row.

Ryan LaMarre’s lone hit was a solo homerun in the first inning. Travis Mattair (2-for-5) was on first base in the 6th inning when he scored on Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart‘s two-out triple. Barnhart finished 2-for-4 with the RBI triple.

Reds reliever Manny Parra made the rehab start, going two shutout innings. He allowed two hits, no walks, and struck out two. Tim Crabbe gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 over 4.2 innings. Josh Ravin pitched two perfect relief innings, striking out 5 of the 6 batters he faced. Drew Hayes (0.2ip, 3h, 2bb, 5 runs) faced problems in the 10th inning, which led to the 6-run inning for Chattanooga.

High A
Stockton 14 – Bakersfield 4

Bakersfield pitching surrendered 16 hits, 9 walks while the defense committed two errors in the rout. Coming off back-to-back quality starts, Jake Johnson (3-2, 6.63 ERA) was pulled one out into the 3rd inning after allowing 6 runs (4 earned), 6 hits and 4 walks.

Juan Duran staked the Blaze to a 2-run lead with a 1st inning 2-run homerun. Steve Selsky added a solo homerun in the 4th. Juan Silverio (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) was the only Bakersfield batter with more than one hit.

Low A
West Michigan 6 – Dayton 4

Dayton’s loss capped the minor league affiliate golden sombrero. The Whitecaps put five runs on the board in the 2nd inning, and knocked Dragons starter Pedro Diaz (6r, 5h, 4bb, 4k) out of the game in the 3rd inning with their 6th run, taking a 6-0 lead.

Jesse Winker (.300/.397/.492) cut the lead in half with a 3-run homerun in the 6th inning. He singled in the 8th inning and then scored the Dragons final run on a wild pitch. Seth Mejias-Brean (2-for-4, 2B) extended his hitting streak to five games.

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  1. I haven’t seen Winker play, but with the numbers he’s putting up at 19…I can’t wait to see him.

  2. Are they going to go the slow 1 level per year with him, or will he be in Bakersfield (or higher) later this year?

    • @Greg Dafler: If the Reds’ organization had promoted BHam from A+ to AA around Memorial Day last season after an absolutely blazing start and then again from AA to AAA after the all star break following his equally impressive performance in AA, Bham would have already been exposed to AAA pitching last season and might have avoided his early season struggles this year.

      The lesson I see is to allow each player to find their in dividual development equilibrium. Winker has simply played head and shoulders above his teammates and does not appear to need further development at A-, so why not give him a shot at A+ around Memorial Day if he continues his current pace. He’s got an 18% SO rate and a 13% BB rate. That seems like pretty good plate discipline to me, with a slash line of .300/.397/.492. I really wish he was a RH hitter, but having the Big Lutz and Winker coming up as possible ML mashers is not bad. The Reds are just VERY LH heavy righ now.

  3. Doug Gray didn’t seem too enamored with him in his preview. Not that he slammed him or anything, but the general consensus seemed to be Jay Bruce like swing, with less power, and worse defense. But the organization and other scouts have certainly been high on the kid the past few months.

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