*Games Played on 8/7/2013*

**Minor League Player of the Day:** Jon Moscot delivered on multiple fronts last night. First, he tossed 7 shutout innings, scattering four hits, walking one and striking out five. He helped himself at the plate with a 1-for-2 night. The hit was a triple, and he scored one of the team’s two runs.

**AAA**

Indianapolis 9 – Louisville 1

Chad Reineke allowed 4 runs, 8 hits, 3 walks and struck out 2 over 5 innings. Jose Arredondo faced 7 batters: six of them reached base and four of those scored.

Billy Hamilton and Denis Phipps had 6 of the Bats 8 hits. Hamilton was 3-for-5, all singles, with his 67th stolen base. Phipps was 3-for-4 with a solo homerun in the 4th inning.

**AA**

Pensacola 2 – Jacksonville 0

Jon Moscot allowed just 4 hits, a walk and struck out 5 over 7 shutout innings. Moscot also hit a triple and scored a run. Lee Hyde and Trevor Bell each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Devin Lohman (2-for-4, R, RBI) and Mike Costanzo (2-for-3, BB) accounted for half of the Pensacola hits.

**High A**

Bakersfield 9 – Stockton 5

Fabian Williamson pitched 4.1 scoreless innings. He gave up 3 hits, issued 3 free passes, and struck out 9. Kyle McMyne followed with 1.2 perfect innings, striking out 3 of the 5 batters he faced.

The first seven batters in the lineup had all 14 Blaze hits. Junior Arias, Juan Duran, and Kyle Waldrop each had two hits and a homerun. Juan Silverio was 3-for-5 with a run scored.

**Low A**

Dayton 3 – Lake County 2

Sal Romano allowed just 1 run on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 3 over 6 innings.

Jesse Winker hit his 16th homerun of the season, a 3-run bomb with Sammy Diaz and Phil Ervin aboard, in the bottom of the 8th inning. Joe Hudson (2-for-3, 2B, BB) was the only Dragon to have more than one hit.

Alejandro Chacin pitched a perfect 9th inning for the save.

**Rookie**

Great Falls 2 – Billings

Junior Morillo allowed both runs to score on 5 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings. Layne Somsen pitched 3 scoreless relief innings. Nick Fleece pitched a perfect 9th inning.

Ronald Bueno (2-for-3, 3B, R) scored the only Mustang run on a sacrifice fly.

Aristides Aquino (2-for-4) had two of the Reds five hits.

Manuel Aybar allowed just 1 run, 3 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 4 over 5 innings. Sebastian Elizalde made his Reds organization debut as a reliever last night. In two-thirds of an inning, he gave up a hit, allowing an inherited runner to score, and struck out two.

Elizalde is listed as a 21-year-old outfielder signed from the Mexican League. I’m not sure if the Reds see him as a pitcher, or if last night was an emergency appearance type of thing. If you can read Spanish, there is this article from May 10th describing his signing. My Spanish is a little rusty, so if it mentions anything about what position he’ll play, I don’t see it.

I didn’t realize Moscot had been promoted to AA. That’s great news since for his second start as he got shelled in his first start in Pensacola.

Winker, Ervin and Mejias-Brean seem to make a nice trio. I hope it’s possible to keep them together the rest of the way through the system. Kind of a like how the group of guys how Bruce/Votto/Hannigan/Dickerson came up together.

@TC:

I was thinking the same thing but likening the development path along the lines of Tracy Jones, Kal Daniels, Paul O’Neill and Chris Sabo preceeded by Eric Davis. That was a group of young prospects that was fun to follow to the show.

Hamilton is slashing .326/.419 since the AS break. That is what we have been waiting for!

He still lacks the decent pop he displayed at the lower levels but I have to think doubles and triples won’t be uncommon for him thanks to his speed.

@rightsaidred: I really do not care much about his second number if his first is 330.

67 steals improves your slugging percentage

330 is a good number for him

@reaganspad: I think the second number is his OBP. I care more about that than his AVG.

@rightsaidred: I think the .326obp and .419 slg are his stats over the last 10 games. Since ASB, per his milb page, Hamilton is at .341/.388 since the ASB.

Either .326 or .330 is a bit low for a leadoff hitter, especially one without any power to speak of.

@rightsaidred: I’m not sure where the discrepancy is, but I have BHam slashing .300/.341/.388 since the all star break, but really that discrepancy is mute. Your point that BHam has kicked it up a few notches is completely valid and @reaganspad: point is equally valid, BHam only needs to get on base to be effective.

BHam is demonstrating at least as much doubles pop from his swing this season as in prior seasons and slightly more HR pop. What he’s missing from his prior performance is triples and that could simply be a factor of better OF defense at the AAA level than at lower levels.

@Shchi Cossack: right you are, sorry for the confusion. I just used his last 10 games which are .326/.326/.419

He hasn’t taken a walk in forever, then again – it certainly looks like he is simply trying to see and hit the ball better for now – that has certainly been successful. A .300+ average and .400+ slugging is more than adequate.

He has proven that his OBP can sit .050 to .100 points higher than his average so I am sure it will increase once he feels comfortable hitting.

@rightsaidred: Another factor in his significantly lower BB rate is the better pitching he is facing. No pitcher in his right mind would give BHam a free pass to 1B unless there is someone clogging the bases in front of him. The pitcher would much rather risk BHam connecting with one than walking him. The risk return scale just doesn’t balance the same when pitching against BHam and the pitchers simply have better control at the AAA level.

@Shchi Cossack: You know what is interesting are his splits. I have been looking at his batting eye from the right side where he still only has 3 walks versus 35 SO’s.

What I did not notice before is his slugging is much better from the right side.

So, like any power hitter, his SO’s go up from his “power side”

That may be the only glitch for him at this point as from the left side, he is already at 330 obp which for him would be acceptable in my book to begin next year

@reaganspad: Yeah, his switch hitting is still a work in progress. I seem to recall that he only started switch hitting after he reported to Billings and the Reds got hold of him. I believe he is a natural LH hitter and I’ve heard some discussion regarding the efficacy of his continuing to switch hit rather than focusing on strictly LH hitting. The good news is that his struggles at the plate during his indoctrination to AAA pitching seems to have abated, just like every other promotion he has achieved, albeit more prolonged this season at AAA.