Here are some of the happenings down on the farm this week. AAA Louisville Bats Felix Perez (.296/.342/.498/.840) went 2 for 2 with a 2B and a 3B in the AAA All Star game.  Ruben Gotay (.273/.343/.457/.801) went 0 for 2.  Chien-Ming Wang opted out of his contract with the Reds and became a free […]

The Reds Top 20 Prospects Some interesting names, some relatively unknown names…. 1: Billy Hamilton 2: Tony Cingrani 3: Robert Stephenson (not sure about the criteria, but in the earlier list, Stephenson was above Cingrani in the top 100) 4: Daniel Corcino 5: Nick Travieso 6: Kyle Lotzkar (IMO, this is a BIG year for […]

From the Enquirer: 1. CF Billy Hamilton: No surprise here. 155 steals. Hit .323/.413/.439 at high A Bakersfield and .286/.406/.383 at Double-A Pensacola. Hamilton was No. 2 on the list last year to Devin Mesoraco. 2. RHP Robert Stephenson: The No. 1 pick in 2011. Touched 100 mph in Dayton last year. 3. LHP Tony […]

Games Played on 8/29/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: Leading off and playing centerfield, Denis Phipps was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, and scored Louisville’s only two runs. For the Dragons, Yorman Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with a triple, a stolen base, a sac fly RBI, and a run scored. Ismael Guillon made the start in Dayton and allowed 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks and struck out 8 over 6 innings.

Arizona Fall League: The Reds announced the players participating in the Arizona Fall League yesterday via twitter. Billy Hamilton, Curtis Partch, Drew Hayes, Didi Gregorius and Donald Lutz, They will play for Peoria.

Columbus 4 – Louisville 2

Denis Phipps was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, and scored both Louisville runs. Didi Gregorius had two singles, and both RBI’s.

Pedro Villarreal was credited with the loss despite only giving up 2 runs over 6 innings. He limited the Clippers to 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3.

Pensacola had the day off.

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Games Played on 8/23/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: The AA Pensacola pitching staff (Daniel Corcino, Josh Ravin, and Chris Manno) combined for a 4-hit shutout. They collectively walked 4 batters and struck out 10.

Indianapolis 6 – Louisville 1

Willie Harris was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and a run scored. Chris Valaika was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

There was another interesting defensive alignment on Thursday as Henry Rodriguez was getting another start at shortstop. Didi Gregorius was playing 2nd base. Valaika was at third base…each player at their secondary positions.

Todd Redmond made a nice start: 6ip, 2r, 1er, 5h, 0bb, 6K. Bill Bray had a rough outing, giving up 1 hit, 3 walks, and 3 runs in one inning. Logan Ondrusek was also less-than-sharp, giving up 2 hits, a walk, and a run in one inning.

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Games Played on 08/18/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville OF Denis Phipps: He went 3 for 4 with a HR and 2 2B.


Louisville 3 – Columbus 2 (10 Innings)

Denis Phipps went 3 for 4 with a HR and 2 2B. Neftali Soto went 3 for 4. Felix Perez went 2 for 4.

Pedro Villarreal, 4.66 ERA, got no decision as he went 7 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 8 K. Nick Masset added 1 IP of scoreless relief. Jordan Smith got the win with 2 IP of scoreless relief.


Mobile 5 – Pensacola 2

Billy Hamilton went 3 for 4 with a SB (143). Donald Lutz went 2 for 4. Beau Mills homered.

Daniel Corcino, 3.17 ERA, got the loss as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 2 H and 4 BB with 5 K. Drew Hayes added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 08/14/12 Minor League Player of the Day: Pensacola LF, Donald Lutz, went 4-5 with 2 home runs. This is his 4th and 5th homers since coming to Pensacola and gives him 22 for the season. AAA Charlotte 6 – Louisville 2 Henry Rodriguez was 2-4 as the only Bat with a multiple […]

Games Played on 8/7/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: Redleg Nation Spotlight player, Tucker Barnhart reached base three times in four plate appearances, including his first homerun for AA Pensacola. Barnhart also had a double, a walk, two RBI, and a run scored.

Louisville 5 – Toldeo 3
Mike Costanzo was 2-for-2, both doubles, a pair of walks, an RBI and a run scored. Neftali Soto was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

Nick Masset made a rehab start. He worked a perfect first inning, but was pulled with two outs in the second inning after allowing two base runners (and reaching his 25-pitch limit.) Todd Redmond followed and gave up a single that allowed the two Masset runners to score. Redmond went on to pitch the next 5.1 innings with an overall line of 1 run, 4 hits, 2 walks, and strikeouts. J.J. Hoover pitched a perfect 9th inning with two strikeouts for his 11th save of the year.
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Games Played on 07/17/12

Minor League Player of the Day: 8th round draft pick, Billings 3B, Seth Mejian-Brean had a pretty good doubleheader, going 4-7 with a double and homer, scoring 3 runs and driving 3 in. Thus far in the Billings season, he’s hitting at a .333/.436/636 clip in 10 games.


Columbus 5 – Louisville 4 10 innings

Xavier Paul (LH hitting OF) continued his hot streak since coming to the Bats. His OPS at Syracuse was .888, and he’s moved that up to 1.180 at Louisville. He was 4-5 last night. Corky Miller was 2-3 with a homer, Nefi Soto was 1-4 with a homer.

Tim Gustafson had a good start for the Bats, going 5.1 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. But the bullpen faltered…Nick Christiani .2 IP 3 H 3 R 3 ER 1 BB 1 HR (and to show how stupid the hold stat was, he was credited with his 7th hold), Travis Webb and Jordan Smith both threw scoreless innings, but Donnie Joseph got a blown save with an inning where he gave up 2 hits and a walk, while giving up a run. Kanekoa Texeira took the loss, going .2, giving up the winning run on 2 hits and a walk.


Jacksonville 5 – Pensacola 4 10 innings

Ryan LaMarre was 2-3 with a double, Miguel Rojas was 2-5, and Donald Lutz, in his first game as a Blue Wahoo, went 1-5 with a homer.

Wirfin Obispo started and went 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits. Brian Pearl threw a scoreless inning, Curtis Partch threw 1.2 scoreless innings, and Justin Freeman threw a scoreless frame.

The loss went to Mark Serrano, who gave up an unearned run in the 10th.

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I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

Games Played on 07/06/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton 2B Ryan Wright: He went 2 for 3 with a HR, a 2B, and a BB.


Toledo 8 – Louisville 0

Neftali Soto went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Corky Miller and Joey Gathright each doubled. Denis Phipps walked twice.

Tim Gustafson, 6.03 ERA, got the loss as he went 5.1 IP and allowed 6 R on 6 H and 1 BB with 7 K. Travis Webb (2 IP) and Kanekoa Texeira (1 IP) each added scoreless relief outings.


Pensacola 5 – Birmingham 3

Beau Mills went 1 for 3 with a BB. Didi Gregorius tripled.

Tim Crabbe, 4.76 ERA, got no decision as he went 4 IP and allowed 3 R on 5 H and 5 BB with 5 K. Brian Pearl added 2 IP of scoreless relief. Curtis Partch got the win with 2 IP of scoreless relief. Justin Freeman picked up his 7th save with scoreless 9th inning.

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