Here are your 2018 #RedsMiLB affiliate and player development staffs. ⚾️ — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) January 17, 2018 Some changes are afoot with Cincinnati’s minor league affiliates. Delino Deshields has been replaced as manager of Triple-A Louisville. Pat Kelly, who has been managing Cincinnati’s Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, will move into the job. Mark […]

Narratives separated by eight months: February 2017: The Reds finished 68-94 last season, fifth place in the National League Central division. The club’s starting rotation enters 2017 with considerable uncertainty: (1) veteran pitcher who didn’t pitch until June, but who started every turn afterward; (2) quality veteran who was injured last season, hopes to return […]

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 […]

Kevin Shackelford is the closer for the Louisville Bats. In his first 11 relief appearances this season, he pitched scoreless baseball in ten of them. His stats, despite this small sample, are pretty good– 14 innings pitched, 7 hits and earned run average of just 2.08. His only flaw has been control; in those 14 […]

On Tuesday night, I was in the press box with the Bats here in Louisville and I had the chance to talk with Delino DeShields and Jesse Winker. One of the things I’ve noticed in watching minor league players and talking to people around the organization is that the most interesting players are those who […]

Every spring, even the most cynical fans allow for fleeting moments of optimism. After all, projections are based on past performance, and there’s always the possibility of multiple players having breakout seasons and carrying their teams to unexpected postseason glory. It happens nearly every year – prior to last season, for example, Baseball Prospectus guesstimated […]

Remember last year, when Robert Stephenson — who has been highly rated on all prospect lists, both within the Reds organization and league-wide, since the day he was drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft — was publicly called out by AAA Louisville manager Delino DeShields? “This is what we’ve been going through […]

Spring training is upon us, Redleg fans! Sure, last year was rough, but this year things could be different. They just need a few breaks! Here are the 7 things that will really determine if this is the year the Reds will contend again. The 25th man on the bench – It’s true!!! This player […]

NEWS: Delino DeShields to return for his third season as manager of the #LouBats. Details & entire coaching staff: — Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) January 20, 2017 2017 @BlueWahoosBBall coaching staff:Manager Pat KellyPitching coach Danny DarwinHitting coach Gookie DawkinsBench coach Dick Schofield — Kourage Kundahl (@kouragekundahl) January 20, 2017 Reds announce Louisville (DeShields) & […]

Delino DeShields, Sr. and Robert Stephenson have progressed up the Reds affiliate system together. DeShields as a manager, Stephenson as a top-rated pitching prospect. DeShields was the manager for A-Dayton in 2012 when Stephenson was there. They overlapped a short time in AA-Pensacola in 2013. DeShields has been the manager for AAA-Louisville since 2014, so […]

[Update: The Reds announced this afternoon the call-up of Jose Peraza and J.J. Hoover. Daniel Wright optioned to AAA. Jordan Pacheco to the DL.] I was at the Bats game in Louisville Monday night and let’s just say there was a lot of news. The details of the game were encouraging. Cody Reed pitched six […]

Down on the Farm as a daily feature with coverage of all the minor league games will not be airing here as it has in the past. In this new weekly feature column, however, I’ll attempt to fill the void a bit by highlighting some of the happenings from each team in the previous week […]