Games Played on 5/23/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: There were a lot of hits (mostly singles) and a couple of good starter pitcher performances last night, but I’m going to go with the frequently unsung bullpen heroes for today’s MLPotD. Pat Doyle pitched 3 shutout innings over the 8th, 9th, and 10th innings of the Bakersfield Blaze game. He allowed just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4.

Louisville 10 – Pawtucket 0

Tony Cingrani made his first AAA start since being optioned back to the minors. It is his 4th AAA start overall, and he still has not allowed a run in 19.1 innings this year. Despite throwing 5 shutout innings (2 hits, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts), Cingrani was not pleased with the number of walks he allowed. Unfortunately, the game story makes no mention of how much he threw fastballs versus other pitches.

The Bats offense pounded out 13 singles and 4 doubles in route to the victory. Josh Fellhauer was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, a run scored and 4 RBI. Felix Perez was 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. Billy Hamilton was 2-for-6 with his 24th stolen base of the year and 2 runs scored.

Chattanooga 5 – Pensacola 3

Chad Rogers allowed just 1 unearned run over 6 innings of 3-hit baseball. He walked a batter and struck out 3.

Pensacola pounded out 14 hits, as every regular had at least one hit, but had just three runs to show for it. Twelve of the hits were singles to go along with a double and a Travis Mattair solo homerun. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart (2-for-5, R) has been on base in 9 consecutive games.

High A
Bakersfield 4 – Stockton 3 in 11 innings

Jon Moscot went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, while striking out 6. Kyle Lotzkar made his first high-A appearance of the season and allowed a run over 2 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 4. Pat Doyle pitched 3 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4. El’Hajj Muhammad was credited with the win after pitching a perfect 11th inning.

Marquez Smith went 2-for-4 with a double and a 2-run homerun. Yovan Gonzalez (2-for-5) was the only other Blaze player with two hits. Steve Selsky’s only hit was a game winning walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th.

Low A
Dayton 7 – West Michigan 6

Drew Cisco allowed 5 runs on 11 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts over 5.2 innings.

Joe Terry was 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI. Joe Hudson was 1-for-2 with 2 walks, a double, and two runs scored. Tanner Rahier (1-for-4) hit his 5th homerun of the season.

It was Dayton’s 6th win in their last 7 games.

16 Responses

  1. TC

    A relief pitcher, Greg? Very bold. Very strong. Now I have hope The Hajj can be the DOTF player of the day.

  2. AnnapolisHoosier

    Rick Bozich on had a column on Cingrani and said he threw 25% breaking pitches which was up from 10-15% when he started the year.

  3. WVRedlegs

    Did they say why Cingrani only pitched 5 innings during a shutout?? Was his pitch count high again??
    Say what you will, but Felix Perez is en fuego.
    What’s that I hear?? Its the Ohio Players, “Fire!”

    • TC

      @WVRedlegs: Perez is on fire. If he was 5 years younger I would be more excited. But he’s 28 and not on the 40 man with likely no future with the Reds. It’s a shame.

      • CaptainTonyKW

        Too bad he isn’t a right-handed hitter. If he was, I imagine the Reds would have found a way to put him on the 40-man roster and call him up.

        @WVRedlegs: Perez is on fire.If he was 5 years younger I would be more excited.But he’s 28 and not on the 40 man with likely no future with the Reds.It’s a shame.

    • Greg Dafler

      @WVRedlegs: He threw 97 pitches. I meant to add Cingrani’s quote, from the article linked to above:

      “I threw a lot of balls. I wasn’t overly bad, I just walked too many people,” said Cingrani, who threw 59 of 97 pitches for strikes.. “I needed to be closer to the strike zone.”

  4. TC

    If things continue to progress the way they are, the Reds top 20 prospects is going to get a major shake up at the end of the year.

    Moving Up
    Cingrani (3) – His stint in Cincinnati showed he can be a dominant left in the bigs. Just needs to refine the offspeed offerings.
    Romano (9) – Romano has been the Ace of the Dragon’s staff having better results than Stephenson, Cisco, and Guillon.
    Winker (11) – This kid has been amazing. A solid 5 tool player if he can get his steals up. And he’s 19 years old.
    Cisco (12) – Cisco would crack the top 10 if the year ended today and land somewhere around 7 or 8. He’s have a great year on the mound.
    Gelalich (17) – Having a solid season so far. And he looks like a ballplayer. High projections for him, but not yet a top 10 prospect.

    Holding Steady
    Traviesco (5) – He has not pitched yet this year.
    Buckley (8) – He’s had 19 PAs this year and is currently on the DL.
    Soto (14) – Stuck in no man’s land playing 1st and 3rd very well, but not well enough to be considered over Votto and Frazier.
    G Rosa (15) – Has not played yet this year in the rookie leagues. But by now it was hoped he would be playing at Dayton. Toolsy, but raw.
    Guillon (19) – His stats are not impressive this year so far, but they are changing his mechanics and it takes some time. Great stuff though.

    Moving Down
    Hamilton (1) – While he’s done nothing to embarrass himself, he has struggled a bit at AAA. Seems, however, he’s starting to figure it out.
    Stephenson (2) – Shows he’s human after all. Troubling story about him returning to his high school mechanics for short term success.
    Wright (7) – Wright is my favorite minor league player but I thought this ranking was a bit aggressive. He’s struggling a bit on O and D at A+.
    LaMarre (13) – His star is fading. Two years ago I was very excited about him. Now he’s at #13 and falling fast.
    Waldrop (15) – With all the up and comers plus any top rounders in the draft next month, he is likely to slip out of the top 20.
    Langfield (18) – As a 3rd rounder college player last year I’d have expected him to start the season higher than rookie ball.

    Moving Way Down
    Corcino (4)- Corcino would likely slip out of the top 10. He has been horrible this year.
    Lotzkar (6) – I never understood this ranking in the first place. He’s having a horrible years at AA.
    H Rodriguez (10) – As a one tool player (hitter for average), he’s not hitting. He was passed up in Spring Training. He may fail to get a call up.
    Garrett (20) – This guys could be one of the 2 or 3 best pitchers in the system, but he chooses to remain a basketball player and not a pitcher.

    Future Top 10:
    Barnhart – Gold Glove minor league catcher who has started to hit. And I mean hit! With power too.
    B Smith – I don’t understand why he was left off the list last year. Perhaps because he was a 30th rounder two years ago. Getting attention this year.
    Lutz – He dropped out of the top 20 last year, but is showing he can play in the majors. Needs some polish, but has acquitted himself well so far.

    Future Top 20:
    Y Gonzalez – Can we say Ryan Hanigan part deux? Where did he come from?
    Reineke – What a surprise. He’s been one of the best pitchers in the system so far this year.
    Freeman – Not quite a surprise because his 2011 year hurt his rankings. He’ll be back in the top 20 this year.

    Honorable mention:
    Alejandro Chacin – (I know it’s fun. Go ahead and say it again.) This kid has been great. I would be surprised if we are really excited about this guy in another year or so.

    El’Hajj Muhammad (The Hajj) – Ok, I must say I’m a bit overly impressed with him just because he reminds of a Arthur Rhodes. But I really do like that he’s an intimidating monster on the mound who might hit you in the head with the ball just to watch you bleed. He’s mean. He’s nasty. And he can pitch.

    These are purely amateur predictions base on little information.

    • CP

      @TC: That’s a good list!

      I think Stephenson should be #1 next year. I was a little troubled by that story, but his peripherals are still off the charts. I don’t agree that Romano has been better either…ERA isn’t all the important to me in A ball given the lol defense plus A ball pitchers are always working on something.

      Cingrani imo should be the #2 rated prospect…though I won’t be surprised if he graduates this year. His upside isn’t amazing, but it’s almost certain that he’ll be a solid MLB pitcher.

      Hamilton is a mixed bag. He appears back on his feet, and he’s historically struggled upon reaching each of the new levels when promoted. I just don’t see how is upside is high enough versus his certainty of becoming a MLB starter to justify him being the Reds #1 or #2 prospect.

      I’m looking forward to reading about Nick Travieso once Billings starts playing in June.

      Winker is the most intriguing player on the list…I’m excited to see where organizations like Baseball Prospectus & BA have him ranked next year.

      • TC

        @CP: Well struck. You’re right regarding Stephenson. 101MPH doesn’t come along every day. And his BABIP and FIP indicate he is the product of some bad luck.

        I really Josh Smith, Tim Crabbe, and a few others. The system is stocked with pitching, but there aren’t many right handed position players that impress.

    • WVRedlegs


      I also like Reineke. I think he and Josh Smith are good pitchers that fly under the radar because of the pub the others get.

      Back to Perez, since he is Cuban, maybe the Reds can make him part of a trade with the Marlins for LH reliever Mike Dunn. Parra and Perez for Dunn.

      • TC

        @WVRedlegs: Great idea!! And that might possibly fly if you package another AAA player like Henry Rodriquez.

      • Shchi Cossack

        @WVRedlegs: I wouldn’t get excited about aquiring Dunn for a LOOGY, but if something could be swung to aquire Oliver Perez for a LOOGY and jettison Parra in the deal, I would be absolutely giddy.