2017 Reds

A Few Updates from the Minors

I watched Cody Reed pitch for the Bats tonight. He went 7 innings, allowing only 1 run. Overall, it was a good start. He threw only 90 pitches and had 5 Ks, 4 looking. He did walk the pitcher twice, but it was a good outing.

In comments after the game, Reed said he thinks he’s still thinking too much. “I think I’m focusing too much,” was the quote. He also said, “In two days, I’ll throw my bullpen and me and [Louisville pitching coach Jeff] Fassero will yell at each other and butt heads, but laugh about it at the end.”

DeShields said it was “[b]y far his best outing since he’s gotten back. He pitched tonight. I saw him under control. He was balanced. His location was much better tonight. All around this was his best outing – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically. He was good tonight. He looked like a big leaguer tonight.”

I also asked about Jesse Winker who seems to be hitting a new level with the Reds. “He’s grown a lot. Not just as a player, but as a young man. He’s matured a lot. When he got to AAA for the first year, he was a baby still in a lot of ways. I think he was looking forward to another challenge. I think this was getting… boring, if you want to call it that. I’m glad he’s making the most of it.”

Winker, I will say, has to be viewed as a case of success in terms of development. We’ll see, of course, how his career progresses, but he’s clearly matured under the tutelage of people in the organization.

10 thoughts on “A Few Updates from the Minors

  1. Reed was clearly rushed to MLB. I never got why they were so eager to promote him last year, and keep him out there time after time. Then they but him in the bullpen! On the Yankees or dodgers this guy would have been given a year in AAA and time to develop.

    Winker may benefit from the appropriate time .

    • Injuries to the pitching staff, Reed has a great arm. I don’t want to say he is immature, but I think his problems are in his head. When he masters the mental part of the game, he will likely succeed in the majors.
      Don Gullet could pitch in the Majors at 19 as a reliever, then was a starter at 20 years old. Same as Gary Nolan. Some guys just take longer.

      • Not too many pitchers today like Bob Feller of the Indians who came up at age 17 and stayed for 21 years including three years in the military.

  2. Mental toughness comes to mind when I think of Reed.Of course I feel he has a real passion for what he is doing and when it goes south on him he kind of goes along.I think the good ones kind of put it aside and go on to the next pitch.He will get it and with his stuff well look out

  3. “Reed said he thinks he’s still thinking too much. “I think I’m focusing too much,” was the quote.”

    “You just got lesson number one: don’t think; it can only hurt the ball club.” – Crash Davis

  4. Here’s some thoughts on the Reds two new minor league acqusitons from yesterday.

    The Reds acquired Minor League outfielder Randy Ventura from the Braves on Friday in exchange for international bonus pool space.

    The 20 year old RF is a switch hitter who is spending his first season this year in full season A ball and is listed as 5-9 165 lb.

    2016 R-GCL 227 15 6 25 31 .284/.358/.351/.709
    2017 A-SALL 413 29 12 24 83 .294/.338/.325/.664

    He appears to have very little power and he has taken big steps back this year in BB% (11 -6 ) and SO% (14 – 20) going from Rookie league to full season A ball. He appears to have some stolen base skills with 29 already this season and a 71 SB%. He has played mostly RF since coming stateside but has seen a little time in CF. His hitting profile would suggest that he would need to be able to play CF to stick in the big leagues as a starter. His ability to draw more BB and SO less will determine his future progression. He has not yet been assigned, but I would guess he would be most likely be heading to A Dayton.

    Cincinnati Reds signed free agent OF Adam Walker to a minor league contract and assigned him to the AAA Louisville Bats.
    The 25 year old RF/LF swings RH and is listed as 6-5 225 lb. Walker was drafted by the Twins in the 3rd round in 2012 and progressed steadily through their system up to AAA in 2016. He then rode the Waiver Wire Express the winter of 2016-2017.
    Milwaukee Brewers claimed LF Adam Walker off waivers from Minnesota Twins.
    Baltimore Orioles claimed LF Adam Walker off waivers from Milwaukee Brewers.
    Atlanta Braves claimed LF Adam Walker off waivers from Baltimore Orioles.

    He began the year with the Braves playing AAA/AA and was released in May. The Orioles signed him in June and he played AAA/AA with them and was released in July. His minor league totals this season are .183 /.219 /.416 /.634 in 202 AB. Below are his AA/AA minor league career stats from 2015 – 2017.

    AA 664 37 41 57 231 .244/.309/.522/.830
    AAA 642 27 29 48 244 .217/.276/.430/.705

    Walker has big time power (25+ HR from 2013 – 2016) and big time S0 issues (35 SO% at AA and 38 SO% at AAA). He’s had a reasonable BB% at AA (8.5%) and AAA (7.5%). His AAA numbers above were really affected by his poor showing this season at AAA. He had put up a .243/.305/.479/.784 line in 531 PA in his first year at AAA with the Twins in 2016 as a 24 year old. He appears to be a big RH corner OF masher with a low average and very high SO rate. I believe he’s here for some AAA outfield depth and he won’t have a future in the big leagues unless he can get the SO under control.

    • Tom, I can’t get too excited about either one. Nice analysis though.

  5. Every time I’ve seen Reed…its walk walk boom! He doesn’t seem to have a quality offspeed pitch and his fastball is arrow straight. I wonder if he could be another Tony Cingrani? Come in for relief purposes at 96-97 mph and fire it against lefties primarily. We need another lefty in the pen from somewhere?

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