There was not much player movement this week down on the farm, but we’ll check in with a few select players and see how they are faring. AAA Louisville Bats OF Brennan Boesch didn’t take long to get his stroke back after being sent down to AAA.  Boesch is slashing .389/.488/.444/.933 in 10 G and […]

Let’s stroll across the farm and see what’s going on this week. AAA Louisville Bats Neftali Soto (.336/.378/.491/.869) has hit very well since being sent down to Louisville.  He’s positioned himself as the best option in the minors right now to help out at 1B with the big club in Joey Votto’s absence.  Ruben Gotay […]

With the 2013 minor league seasons wrapped up, let’s look at the top offensive performances of the Reds minor league prospects. The data below is from baseball-reference.com. The table summarizes the top 25 Reds minor league performers as ranked by OPS plus 5 additional players worth noting. The admittedly arbitrary cutoff that I used was […]

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 8/1/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Carlos Contreras allowed just one hit and two walks over 6 shutout innings.

AAA
Syracuse 5 – Louisville 0

Ryan Dennick allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk over 4 innings while striking out two. Zach Duke continues to pitch well, tossing two innings of scoreless relief, striking out three. Jose Arredondo and Pedro Villarreal each added a scoreless inning.

All eight of Louisville’s hits were singles. Billy Hamilton, Henry Rodriguez and Nevin Ashley each had a pair of hits.

AA
Pensacola 2 – Mobile 0

Leadoff hitter Devin Lohman went 3-for-5 with a double and scored once. Travis Mattair hit his 13th homerun of the season.

Carlos Contreras (1-1, 2.87 ERA) was sneaky good in his six inning start against the Bears. Contreras allowed just 3 baserunners on a single and two walks over 6 innings, and one of those was erased by Tucker Barnhart on a stolen base attempt. There is a nice write-up on Contreras today on the front page of milb.com with comments from the Blue Wahoos’ pitching coach, Tom Brown.

“[Tonight] he was really sneaky, his breaking ball was extremely good, he was focused,” Brown said. “The biggest thing is he has a really live fastball. It’s got cutter-like action, he attacks the zone and doesn’t nibble around.

“He’s just so good, so easy to work with. Understands the game, makes adjustments, he’s a really perceptive person,” said Brown. “And his fastball, boy, his fastball runs 91-95 mph, touches 96, but it’s got a 6- to 10-inch cut. It’s really live, a special fastball.”

Brown added that Contreras reminded him favorably of another former star pupil from the Cincinnati system, Johnny Cueto.

“I’ve had some guys along in the past [like Cueto], and Carlos has the makeup of Cueto. He’s really calm, understands the game and has that quality fastball. Cueto threw [in the 90s] and hit 97 mph, and Carlos is gonna have a good changeup. He has two plus-pitches already,” he noted.

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Games Played on 07/29/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Pensacola SP Daniel Renken: He got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 0 R on 3 H and 1 BB with 6 K. He also doubled.

AAA

Louisville 5 – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3

Billy Hamilton went 2 for 5 with a 2B and 2 SB (63). Mike Hessman went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Ryan Ludwick went 1 for 3 with a 2B. Neftali Soto doubled.

Chad Rogers got the win as he went 5.1 IP and allowed 1 R, 0 ER, on 6 H and 1 BB with 4 K. Jose Diaz picked up his 7th save while allowing 1 ER over 1.1 IP of relief.

AA

Pensacola 2 – Mobile 0

Ray Chang went 2 for 3 with a 2B. Yorman Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a HR. Theo Bowe went 2 for 4 with a SB. Daniel Renken doubled.

Daniel Renken got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 0 R on 3 H and 1 BB with 6 K. Lee Hyde added 2 IP scoreless relief. Trevor Bell picked up his 9th save tossing a scoreless 9th inning.

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Games Played on 07/23/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Pensacola C and Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart: He went 2 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. AAA Syracuse 6 – Louisville 5 Billy Hamilton went 2 for 5 with 2 2B. Jason Donald went 2 for 3 with a BB. Felix […]

Games Played on 7/18/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Seth Mejias-Brean was 3-for-5 with an RBI double, an RBI single, and a walk-off grand slam.

AAA
Scranton/WB 8 – Louisville 0

The Louisville Bats are still on a break. Well, everyone except Mike Hessman (2-for-4, 2B) and Denis Phipps (2-for-4, SB). They collected 4 of the Bats 5 hits.

To be fair, they were facing Yankees prospect Michael Pineda, who is working his way back from should surgery. For Louisville, Chad Reineke (8-7, 3.53 ERA) allowed 4 runs and 9 hits over 6 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 3. Kanekoa Texeira allowed one hit in a scoreless relief inning.

AA
Huntsville 1 – Pensacola 0

The Blue Wahoos outhit the Huntsville Stars 8-4, but couldn’t push a run across the plate. Travis Mattair had three of the teams hits, including a pair of doubles. Ryan LaMarre singled twice and walked once.

Daniel Renken allowed just 1 run on 3 hits, walking 4 and striking out 4 over 6 innings. Lee Hyde pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two. Josh Ravin pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

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Games Played on 07/15/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton 3B Seth Mejias-Brean: He went 3 for 5 with a 3B and a SB. AAA Louisville – No game scheduled. AA Pensacola – No game scheduled. High A Rancho Cucamonga 7 – Bakersfield 5 Juan Duran went 2 for 4 with a HR. Shane […]

Games Played on 7/13/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 20 year old Billings CFer, Jonathan Reynoso, went 4-5 and hit his first homer of the season. Reynoso’s slash line on the season is .256/.275/.321. Last year in the Arizona League it was .311/.328/.411. Reynoso is a free agent signing from the Dominican Republic. AAA […]

Games Played on 7/12/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 21 (almost 22) year old Dayton left hander, Wandy Peralta, came into a game down 7-0 and proceeded to throw 5 2/3 innings of no hit relief. He didn’t allow a walk and struck out 5. After having two strong years for the Reds in […]

Games Played on 7/11/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Jesse Winker has had only one hit on each of the past two days, but they have both been big hits. On Wednesday, Winker was the 4th player to bat in the 1st inning and hit a grand slam. Yesterday, Winker batted 3rd and hit a 3-run homerun in the 1st inning.

Winker finished Thursday 1-for-3 with the homerun, two walks, two runs scored and a sac fly.

AAA
Louisville 3 – Indianapolis 2

The Bats and the Pirates AAA farm team were scoreless until the top of the 7th inning. Daniel Corcino allowed the only two Indians runs on a 2-run homerun to Andrew Lambo. It was a nice bounceback start for Corcino, who allowed just the 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks over 7 innings.

Neftali Soto (2-for-4, 2B) hit a 2-run double in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at 2-2. Denis Phipps (2-for-3, BB) led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a single, and later scored the winning run on Kristopher Negron’s pinch-hit walk off single.

Zach Duke pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Duke is yet to allow a run in his 11.1 innings with the Bats. He has walked two and struck out 12. Kevin Wheelan walked one batter and struck out three in his scoreless 9th inning of work.

AA
Pensacola 7 – Montgomery 2

Ryan LaMarre hit a 3-run homerun in the 4th inning to give the Blue Wahoos all the runs they would need. Travis Mattair (3-for-4, BB, R) had 3 hits for the second day in a row. Donald Lutz doubled twice and scored twice. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart had two hits and two RBI. Corey Wimberly (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) added a solo homerun in the 9th inning.

Tim Crabbe (4-7, 3.41 ERA) pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing just 6 hits, walking no one and striking out 4. Josh Ravin and Loek Van Mil each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

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