Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Minor League Player of the Day: 24 year old, Pensacola backup catcher Danny Vicioso, went 3-5 and hit his first homer of the season. He drove in 3 runs. Vicioso started with the Reds organization as a 19 year old in the Dominican Summer League. Last year was his first time being promoted during the season, going from Dayton to Bakersfield.


Toledo 4 – Louisville 3 10 innings

Henry Rodriguez went 3-5, Felix Perez went 2-5, and Nefi Soto hit his 5th homer.

Tony Cingrani had his worst start thus far at AAA, he threw 7 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 9, but didn’t walk a batter. Not too bad for your worst start, huh?

Curtis Partch threw a scoreless inning, but Yohan Pino took the loss, giving up the winner in 1.2 innings of work, on 2 hits and a walk.


Pensacola 11 – Montgomery 4

The Blue Wahoos jumped all over the Biscuits, early and often. Backup catcher, Danny Vicioso, led the offense, going 3-5 with his first homer of the season; Brodie Greene and David Vidal both went 2-4 with a double and a walk; Devin Lohman went 2-5 with a double, and Travis Mattair hit his 6th homer of the season (and walked twice).

Shaun Ellis, working in relief of starter, Chad Rogers, earned the win, with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief (1 hit, 2 walks, 1 K). Brian Pearl also had a scoreless inning.

High A

Rancho Cucamonga 7 – Bakersfield 3

Steve Selsky went 2-3 and hit another homer (3rd in 2 games). His 5th homer since being returned to Bakersfield.

Jon Moscot’s record dropped to 1-8 with 6 innings of 4 run, 6 hit, 1 walk, 7 strikeout baseball. Pat Doyle threw a hitless inning, striking out the side.

Low A

Dayton 8 – Lake County 3

Junior Arias went 2-2 with a double and a walk, Jesse Winker went 2-4 with a walk, Joe Hudson went 2-4, Seth Mejias-Brean went 2-5 with a double.

Tony Amezcua picked up his second win, against zero losses, throwing 3.2 innings of relief, allowing only 2 hits, 1 run (earned), with a walk and strikeout. Wandy Peralta and Sean Lucas both threw scoreless innings of relief.

4 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. “Tony Cingrani had his worst start thus far at AAA, he threw 7 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 9, but didn’t walk a batter. Not too bad for your worst start, huh?”

    Not too shabby at all. But the stat that stood out was the 0 BB’s. If I remember correctly, Cingrani had combined for 9 BB’s in his last two starts. Nice turnaround in that category. A good quality start.

    • @WVRedlegs: 101 pitches over 7.0 innings. That appears to be progress for Cingrani. He gave up a HR and 6 hits, but 0 BB. His pitches seemed to be up in the strike zone. Either his fast ball wasn’t working yesterday or he was very focused on throwing his secondary pitches for strikes and is simply going through the expected learning curve. I certainly hope the second explanation is responsible for his subpar performance. That will be his route to success down the road and up I-71.

  2. The Reds organization steadfastly adheres to a policy of slow, full-season experience at every stop along the minor league development system. Wanton, uncontrolled accelerated promotions is certainly not advantageous to a player’s development, but unjustified, restrained promotion can be equally detrimental to a player’s development.

    Jesse Winker hit .284/.383/.469 during April at A- Dayton and followed that performance by hitting .323/.435/.525 in May. Winker is continuing his assault on A- pitching in June and this follows a rookie league performatnce of .338/.443/.500 in 2012. He has demonstrated plate discipline and power at A- ball with improving performance. Why hold him back from a promotion to A+ ball now and give him a chance to fully demonstrate his ability at Advanced A ball this season. Winker will turn 20 this season and could reasonably be major-league ready by the start of the 2015 season, his age 22 season. Winker’s minor league development is very similar to Jay Bruce’s later minor league development when Bruce was promoted through 3 levels (A+, AA & AAA) during his age 20 season, but Winker’s early minor league development appears significantly more refined at the plate.

    • @Shchi Cossack: I read the post without the comments and signed in to comment about Winker, only to find you beat me to most of what I was going to say. I will add that I would be surprised if he isn’t promoted this month. With the draft coming up this week, there will be some movement after players start get signed and he’s definitely earned a promotion.

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