The minor league regular season has now come to a full close.  This week we’ll see how each of the three playoff teams fared in the post season.  Then we’ll see who was the best hitter this season for each team. AAA Louisville Bats I’m giving the nod for the Bat’s best hitter to 25 […]

Games Played on 08/27/13 Minor League Player of the Day: AZL Reds RF Kevin Garcia: He went 2 for 3 with 2 2B and a BB. AAA Columbus 3 – Louisville 0 Denis Phipps and Jason Donald each singled for the Bat’s two lone hits in the game. Pedro Villarreal got the loss as he […]

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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Games Played on 08/20/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville SP Greg Reynolds: He got the win as he went 9 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 0 BB with 4 K. AAA Louisville 5 – Rochester 1 Mike Hessman went 2 for 4 with 2 2B and a BB. Billy […]

Games Played on 08/13/13 Minor League Player of the Day: AZL Reds RF Aristides Aquino: He went 4 for 6 with 2 3B. AAA Pawtucket 5 – Louisville 1 Henry Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with a BB. Emmanuel Burris went 2 for 4. Billy Hamilton went 1 for 3 with a BB. Nevin Ashley […]

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 7/24/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: There were solid starting pitching performances at the top three levels of the organization, but I’m going to go with the guy they couldn’t get out. Jon Matthews was 3-for-3 with a walk for the Billing Mustangs. Matthews hit a homerun and also stole a base.

AAA
Syracuse 3 – Louisville 2

The Chiefs pitching scattered 6 singles and one double to limit the Bats to two runs. Billy Hamilton (1-for-4, RBI, CS) had an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Mike Hessman (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) added an RBI double in the 7th inning to give Louisville a 2-0 lead.

Louisville starter Chad Rogers threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4. Bats bullpen arms that have seen time with the Reds allowed a run in each of the final three innings: one run scored on Jose Arredondo in the 7th, and the other two runs belonged to Pedro Villarreal.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Mississippi 2

Daniel Renken allowed just two hits and two walks over 6 shutout innings while striking out four. Lee Hyde added a perfect inning of relief, striking out one.

Mike Costanzo (3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI) and Travis Mattair (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) had three hits each. Ryan LaMarre (2-for-3, BB, RBI) reached base three times.

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Games Played on 7/21/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton’s 19 year old outfielder, Jesse Winker, went 2-5 with and double and a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th. The homer was his 13th of the season. One of the Reds 2012 supplemental first round picks (49th pick of 1st round), Winker […]

Games Played on 07/08/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 2B Ryan Wright: He went 3 for 4 with a HR. AAA Toledo 4 – Louisville 3 (10 Innings) Mike Hessman went 2 for 4 with 2 HR (21). Corky Miller went 2 for 4. Jason Donald doubled. Yohan Pino got no decision as […]

Games Played on 07/01/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville SS Emmanuel Burriss: He went 3 for 4 with a 2B. AAA Louisville 5 – Indianapolis 2 Mike Hessman went 2 for 4 with a HR and a BB. Emmanuel Burriss went 3 for 4 with a 2B. Neftali Soto went 2 for 5. […]