The pitching reinforcements are just about ready to arrive.  It may be just in time as recent rotation addition Jon Moscot (4.02 ERA) reported soreness in his non-pitching shoulder in last night’s start.  With Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani, and John Lamb all nearing the end of their rehab assignments there could be some upcoming roster […]

With or without rehabbing Reds pitchers Anthony DeSclafani and Homer Bailey, Pensacola manager Pat Kelly feels there is major league talent on the Blue Wahoos roster. “I’ve got five major league players pitching for me, as far as I’m concerned,” Kelly said after Tuesday’s game. “We had seven, but I’ll take my five and go […]

Robert Stephenson got the call up to the big leagues again for another spot start and turned in a very nice performance.  Stephenson was immediately sent back down to AAA Louisville to stop his service time and arbitration clocks from ticking any further.  RH RP Drew Hayes got the call up to take Stephenson’s 25 […]

Let’s check in down on the Farm and see how the minor league teams are getting along. AAA Louisville Bats Columbus Clippers SP Tyler Cloyd tossed a no hitter yesterday against the Bats in a 13-0 Columbus win.  He allowed no walks, his only blemish was when Donnie Murphy was HBP in the 9th and […]

The Reds are out of the gate this year with a 6-9 start that has them sitting in 4th place in the NL Central.  This week let’s take a look across the minors to see how each of the Red’s full season minor league teams have fared to start the season. AAA Louisville Bats   […]

Games Played on 09/02/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield RF Juan Duran: He went 3 for 3 with 3 HR (20) and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 7 – Indianapolis 5

Denis Phipps slugged a walk off Grand Slam HR with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to give the Bats the victory. Phipps went 2 for 5 with a HR. Mike Costanzo went 2 for 4 with a 2B and a BB. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and 2 BB.

Yohan Pino got no decision as he went 4 IP and allowed 2 R on 6 H and 0 BB with 3 K. Nick Christiani added 1 IP of scoreless relief. Trevor Bell got the win allowing 1 R over 1 IP of relief.

The Bats completed the season with a 69 – 75 record in 3rd place in the International League West.

AA

Mobile 10 – Pensacola 1

Corey Wimberly went 1 for 2 with a BB. Devin Lohman and Juan Silverio each doubled.

Robert Stephenson got the loss as he went 1 IP and allowed 3 R on 3 H and 2 BB with 1 K. Parker Frazier added 3.1 IP of scoreless relief.

The Blue Wahoos completed the season with a 59 – 79 record in 5th place in the Southern League South.

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Minor League Player of the Day: Ismael Guillon (Dayton): 6 IP, 1 Hit, 0 Runs, 1 Walk, 9 Strikeouts.  Win. AAA Indianapolis 4 – Louisville 3 Kristopher Negron went 2-4 with a homerun, run scored, and 2 RBI.  It was his 5th homerun of the season. Tim Crabbe allowed 1 unearned run on 5 hits […]

Games Played on 8/28/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: The Reds 2013 2nd round draft pick, Kevin Franklin reached base four of the five times at the plate last night with two singles, a double and a walk. He scored once and had two runs batted in. AAA Columbus 7 – Louisville 4 Louisville […]

Games Played on 08/26/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Billings SP Luke Moran: He got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 0 R on 2 H and 2 BB with 7 K. AAA Louisville 2 – Columbus 1 Neftali Soto and Felix Perez hit back to back solo HRs in the […]

Games Played on 8/25/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Reds 2012 #1 draft pick, Nick Travieso threw 6 innings of 6 hit, 2 run (none earned) baseball. He gave up 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. The 19 year old Travieso has struggled at Dayton this season, with a 4.81 ERA […]

Minor League Player of the Day: Joe Jocketty (AZL Reds) – Jocketty went 1-1 with a run scored and an RBI.  So why is he the player of the day?  Because he reached base 5 times with 4 walks on top of his lone hit.  Jocketty has only played in 9 games this season and recorded […]

Games Played on 8/22/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Robert Stephenson allowed just one unearned run and struck out 8 over 5 innings despite not having location of his fastball. Details below and in the milb.com front page news story.

AAA
Louisville 5 – Toledo 2

Daniel Corcino was pulled in the 4th inning of a 1-1 tie game with two on and two out. The runners did not scored, and Corcino’s final line was just 1 run allowed on 4 hits but 5 walks with 3 strikeouts.

I’m a little surprised that Zach Duke (24.2 IP in 23 games, 19 H, 4 BB, 27 K) was not the reliever to get the call when Jonathan Broxton hit the DL this week. Duke got the last out of the 4th inning and went on to pitch 2 scoreless innings with a hit, a walk and two strikeouts. Pedro Villarreal added two scoreless innings in relief with no hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Mike Hessman (2-for-4) hit his 23rd homerun of the year and also doubled. Billy Hamilton (2-for-4) stole his 73rd base of the season and scored twice. Neftali Soto (2-for-4) doubled, scored a run, and knocked in a run. Henry Rodriguez (2-for-4) also had a pair of hits, and continued his torrid August (.403/.457/.444).

AA
Huntsville 2 – Pensacola 1

In his second AA start, Robert Stephenson made milb.com front page news for not having his best stuff. Stephenson allowed only one unearned run on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8.

“Actually, things weren’t going too well,” the 20-year-old right-hander said. “I didn’t have very good control over my fastball, I was all over the place with it. I got kind of lucky, having my curveball tonight, that kind of saved me. My catcher [Tucker Barnhart] did an outstanding job tonight, and without him, I would have given up a couple of runs.

“It’s a good learning experience, especially learning how to deal with adversity. I think it’s very important. I think it’s a positive. It’s nice to have success, but I think the struggles are where you learn a lot.”

The full article is definitely worth the read and mentions Stephenson’s goals of reaching the major league team next year.

Stephenson and Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart combined to gun down the only Huntsville base theft attempt. Barnhart (1-for-3, BB) and Mike Costanzo (1-for-3, BB) were the only Pensacola players to reach based more than once. Ryan LaMarre tripled in the 6th inning and scored on Costanzo’s single for the only Pensacola run.

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