Having had basically two off-days in the past three days due to Tuesday’s rainout and Thursday’s scheduled break, the Reds (14-20) start a three-game series with the Phillies (20-15) on entirely fresh legs. The Reds took two of three from the Phils in the second series of the season, but the two clubs have been on greatly different paths since.
In other news, the Reds have called up top-ranked prospect Jose Peraza and placed OF Billy Hamilton on the bereavement list.
It'll be cool to see Peraza play at MLB level. Hopefully the Reds send him right back down/he doesn't get hurt so they don't lose a year.
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) May 13, 2016
The following are stats from 2016:
The last four starts of Brandon Finnegan‘s career have by no means been his best. Yes, two of them were quality starts, but just barely. Over those 21.1 innings, Finnegan has pitched to the tune of a 5.91 ERA with a 7.03 FIP. His average game score for the four outings is a 35, and he has given up six home runs. The trick for Finnegan is to just get the ball back on the ground–his groundball percentage has tanked by 13 percentage points while his flyball percentage has jumped up by five points.
For the Phillies, Jeremy Hellickson has had some of the same problems as Brandon Finnegan, but they just haven’t been as concentrated. In his seven starts this season, Hellickson has had two very quality starts, two mediocre outings, and three abysmal appearances. In his one start against the Reds, Hellickson went 6.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits, but couldn’t earn a win.
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Tyler Holt (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Brandon Finnegan(P)
|1. Odubel Herrera (CF)
2. Cesar Hernandez (2B)
3. Maikel Franco (3B)
4. Carlos Ruiz (C)
5. Freddy Galvis (SS)
6. Tommy Richard Joseph(1B)
7. Tyler Goeddel (LF)
8. Jeremy Hellickson (P)
9. Peter Bourjos (RF)
Jose Peraza Primer
Jose Peraza was the centerpiece of the Reds offseason moves, brought over from the Dodgers as part of the three-team Todd Frazier trade. After the 2015 season, Peraza was ranked the top prospect in the Reds system and the #24 prospect in all of baseball. Before 2016 however, Peraza had fallen to #5 in the Reds system and #67 in all of baseball.
In 30 games at AAA Louisville, Jose Peraza has been stellar, slashing .295/.341/.393 with a wRC+ of 116 (100 is average). While a good portion of that is likely buoyed by his .343 BABIP, Peraza largely looked solid at AAA. One concern though would be his slightly heightened K%, currently sitting at 14.6 percent whereas it has tended to hover around 10 percent in the past.
Amir Garrett Dominating
Reds #4 prospect Amir Garrett has been outstanding at AA Pensacola this season, pitching to the tune of a 1.26 ERA and 2.23 FIP. Tonight, the southpaw goes against Chattanooga at 7:15 EST.
There’s no reason Jose Peraza should not start all three games of this series if the Reds truly are preparing for the future. It’s a shame not to see his name in the lineup today, but after an off-day, it does make sense to get the regulars back out there. But Bryan Price’s mission this weekend in regards to Peraza should still be: Get him out there, see what he can do, and then send him back down so as not to burn his eligibility. Upsetting a veteran guy for one game is definitely worth a test drive on a future championship car.