Dilson Herrera met with the media before the Bats game in Louisville tonight. I was there and tried to get some comments from him regarding his future with the Reds. When asked directly, he said the Reds had not talked to him specifically, “just play hard.” He did seem, however, to understand that he has an opportunity with the Reds organization.

The Reds, as you all know, have him playing second next to Peraza. He was, in fact, playing pingpong with Peraza before the interview. When I asked, he said that he knew Peraza from when they were both in the South Atlantic League (Peraza in the Braves system and Herrera with the Pirates). So it is, at least a little encouraging that they already seem to be familiar with each other and on good terms. Now let’s just hope it all carries over to Cincinnati at the start of the 2017 season.

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  1. Shchi Cossack

    The Old Cossack just checked in on the Bats game tonight. To my unfettered surprise:

    #1 Peraza (SS)
    #2 Herrera (2B)
    #3 Winker (LF)

    The game’s no going well at all (Bats are trailing 7-1), but I happened to catch Herrera’s 3rd PA when I checked in and what a pleasure to watch. The pitcher was just pounding the outside of the strike zone and Herrera was fouling pitch after pitch after pitch, working the the count full. On the 11th pitch (low and out of the strike zone), Herrera was called out on strikes. Herrera’s making a heck of a 1st impression.

    I do wonder if DeShields got a call about his batting order because this is the 1st time the 3 real prospects have hit together at the top of the lineup.

    As an additional FWIW FYI, Senzel homered in his 1st PA tonight for the Dragons.

    • Chad Dotson

      I hadn’t noticed that, Cossack. That lineup is very encouraging, indeed. It does make one wonder whether the Reds’ brass gave DeShields some orders.

      And don’t get me started about Senzel. I’m prone to over-optimism, but I have nothing bad to say about this kid (except that he was a Tennessee Volunteer, which is an almost unforgivable sin where I come from). I think he’s a future star.

      • lwblogger2

        You do know what school Chad went to, right? You’re living dangerously 😉

    • ohiojimw

      Seems to me it would make sense to put “real prospects” at the top of the order in the minors most if not all the time just to get them more AB’s.

      • Patrick Jeter

        Yep!! Yet DeShields manages like he’s trying to win the WS. At least he gave us respite from that today.

      • Shchi Cossack

        You are absolutely correct Andy. Sweet hit the HR, not Senzel. They were hitting #2 & #3 respectively and I just misread the line when I glanced at the game. I was going to add a correction, but I figured no one would notice. I should know better for the readers on this site.

        Senzel is easy to be over-excited about, but Sweet has been a very pleasant surprise so far as a 23rd round draft selection.

      • Andy

        Sorry for being picky. I’d already read Doug’s minors recap over at his site, and Senzel is always the first name I look for. I was shocked to see 0-4, and remembered when I read your comment.

        Did Garrett look as bad as his stat line in Louisville?

      • Shchi Cossack

        By the time I checked in on the game, Garrett was gone, but he obviously couldn’t find the plate since he didn’t last through the 1st inning and threw 4 BB before he left the game. Nick Routt had a really bad game too. The no-so-funny thing about the pitching performances in the Bats game was that J.J. had a good game for the 1 inning he pitched and J.J. then got dumped from the 40-man roster.