Most of this was recently posted on Lance McAlister’s blog (I’ve added some numbers and some of Lance’s numbers might be a bit off b/c of the delay in posting this): Louisville Bats/International League rankings BA .249 (13th of 14) Runs 377 (14th) OBP .313 (13th) SLG .370 (13th) OPS .683 (14th) BB 264 (12th) […]

As you all know, the Redlegs made a deadline deal yesterday: The Cincinnati Reds added a piece to one of baseball’s top bullpens, acquiring Kansas City Royals closer Jonathan Broxton before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. The Reds sent minor league pitchers J.C. Sulbaran and Donnie Joseph to the Royals. For his part, […]

Games Played on 07/27/12 Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield OF Steve Selsky: He went 2 for 3 with a HR, a 2B, and 2 BB. AAA Louisville 3 – Buffalo 1 Chris Valaika went 1 for 2 with a BB. Neftali Soto hit his 13th home run. Tim Gustafson, 4.64 ERA, got no […]

Games Played on 07/24/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings starter, RHP Andrew Cisco threw 5 innings of shutout baseball, allowing only 5 hits and striking out 4. Cisco was 6th round pick in 2010 and is seeing his first professional action this season.

AAA

Louisville 4 – Buffalo 1

Felix Perez was 3-4 with a double, Didi Gregorius was 2-3 and hit his 3rd homer since coming to Louisville. (I have to believe this is an abberation.)

The Bats got a strong start from Chad Reneke, who threw 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 5. Someone named Will Ohmann (where are these guys coming from?) threw a scoreless inning. Nick Christiani got the win, throwing a couple of scoreless innings and Donnie Joseph picked up his 5th save, with a scoreless 9th, striking out the side.

AA

Huntsville 6 – Pensacola 1

Ryan LaMarre went 2-4 with a homer, Donald Lutz went 2-4.

Tony Cingrani got racked up, going 5.1, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 7. He gave up two long balls. This outing raised his ERA all the way to 2.15.

Nice relief work by the pen though, Brian Pearl threw 1.2 one hit innings, and Mark Serrano and Chris Manno threw hitless innings.

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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 07/20/12

Minor League Player of the Day: AZL Reds OF Adam Matthews: He went 3 for 3 with 2 BB.

AAA

Pawtucket 9 – Louisville 1

Denis Phipps went 2 for 4 with 2 2B and a BB. Mike Costanzo went 1 for 3 with a BB.

Pedro Villarreal, 4.09 ERA, got the loss as he went 4 IP and allowed 6 R, 5 ER, on 9 H and 2 BB with 1 K. Carlos Fisher (1.2 IP), Josh Judy (2 IP), and Donnie Joseph (1 IP) each added scoreless relief outings.

AA

Mobile 6 – Pensacola 2

Billy Hamilton walked three times, stole a base, was caught stealing, and committed a fielding error. Beau Mills went 2 for 4. Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 4 with a HBP. Mark Fleury doubled.

Daniel Corcino, 3.25 ERA, got the loss as he went 5 IP and allowed 6 R, 4 ER, on 6 H and 2 BB with 4 K. Wilkin De La Rosa (2 IP) and Brian Pearl (1 IP) each added scoreless relief outings.

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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.

AAA

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.

AA

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 07/14/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville C Dioner Navarro: He went 2 for 4 with a grand slam HR and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 10 – Gwinnett 8

Dioner Navarro went 2 for 4 with a grand slam HR and a BB. Xavier Paul went 2 for 4 with a HR. Henry Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Neftali Soto went 1 for 4 with a 2B and a BB.

Chad Reineke, 4.75 ERA, got no decision as he went 3.1 IP and allowed 7 R, 6 ER, on 9 H and 0 BB with 1 K. Kanekoa Texeira (1.2 IP) and Carlos Fisher (1.1 IP) each added scoreless relief outings. Donnie Joseph got the win allowing 1 R over 2 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Jacksonville 6 – Pensacola 1

Billy Hamilton went 1 for 2 with a 2B, 2 BB, and a SB. Bryson Smith and Miguel Rojas each went 2 for 4. Bill Rhinehart doubled.

Kyle Lotzkar, 5.01 ERA, got the loss as he went 4 IP and allowed 5 R, 4 ER, on 2 H and 4 BB with 6 K. Chris Manno, Justin Freeman, and Wirfin Obispo each added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Before the season started, I compiled the top 20 prospects lists published from Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and MinorLeagueBall.com into a single top 20 prospect list. Below is the order of that offseason prospect list ranking with a mid-season update on how the prospects are progressing.

1. Devin Mesoraco – C (.214/.295/.393)
Devin Mesoraco has been with the Reds since opening day as the back-up catcher to Ryan Hanigan, typically catching 2 out of every 5 games. Mesoraco had a hot start to the season with a .300 AVG and .822 OPS at the end of April, but has struggled the past couple of months. Devin will start the second half of the season in the midst of a modest 5 game hitting streak.

2. Billy Hamilton – SS (.323/.411/.443)
Hamilton was promoted to AA this week after his appearance in the Futures game. He has already stolen 105 bases in 83 games. The bat is there. The speed is there. The question is whether his defense will improve at shortstop or will he eventually be moved to another position.

3. Zack Cozart – SS (.252/.298/.409)
In his first full half season, Cozart has a league average OPS for a shortstop and has more than held his own defensively. A poor May has sunk his overall line. Since May 31, Cozart has hit .273/.320/.420, and starts the 2nd half having hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games.

4. Daniel Corcino – SP (6-4, 3.16 ERA, 1.255 WHIP)
Corcino has taken all 17 of his starts for AA Pensacola, and at this pace could find himself in the Reds sometime in the 2013 season.

5. Robert Stephenson – SP (0-0, 2.18 ERA, 1.161 WHIP)
Stephenson made his professional debut with Billings in June. Through his first 5 starts, Stephenson has thrown 20.2 innings, allowed 16 hits, 8 walks, and struck out 24 batters.

6. DiDi Gregorius – SS (.278/.344/..373)
Gregorius is the third shortstop prospect in Cincinnati’s top 6, and the best of the trio defensively. With his and Hamilton’s promotions this week, all three of these Reds pre-season SS prospects are at the AA level or higher.

7. Todd Frazier – 3B/LF (.278/.345/.556)
It doesn’t seem like it, but Todd Frazier had the majority of the Reds starts at 3B in the first half, putting up a better first half slash line than super hyped prospect Bryce Harper.
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Games Played on 7/12/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: Bakerfield teammates
–Steve Selsky was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, solo homerun, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.
–Jamie Walczak didn’t walk a batter and struck out 11 as he allowed just 5 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings.

AAA
Gwinnett 8 – Louisville 5
In their first game back from the all-star break, every Bat starter had at least one hit including the starting pitcher Gustafson. However, the pitching couldn’t stop the Braves from scoring in 6 different innings.

Didi Gregorius made his AAA debut at shortstop (with Paul Janish sliding over to 2B.) Gregorius was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Henry Rodriguez also had 2 hits in 5 at-bats with an RBI. Xavier Paul made his Bats debut (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) after being picked up by the Reds. His line with AAA Syracuse was .315/.376/.512 in 213 at-bats.

Starter Tim Gustafson gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings of work. Of the 5 Louisville pitchers to pitch Thursday, only Donnie Joseph pitched a scoreless inning.

Former Reds prospect Buddy Carlyle got the win for the Gwinnett Braves.

AA
Pensacola was rained out.

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Games Played on 06/26/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Dragons starter, Stalin Gerson, threw 6 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and a walk, while striking out 3.

AAA

Louisville 5 – Buffalo 3

Felix Perez was 4-5 with 2 doubles, Cody Puckett was 2-4 with a double and a walk, Bill Rhinehart was 2-4 with a double.

It was a bullpen night for the Bats, Tim Gustafson started, but only went 4 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs. Carlos Fisher threw a scoreless inning, J.J. Hoover got the win with a hitless 8th, and Donnie Joseph picked up his 3rd save (and kept his ERA at 0) with a scoreless 9th.

AA

Jackson 4 – Pensacola 2

Brian Peacock was the only Wahoo with 2 hits, as they only garnered 6 on the night.

Tim Crabbe got the loss, going 5 innings, allowing 8 hits and 4 walks, striking out 5, while allowing 4 runs (3 earned). Brian Pearl threw 2 scoreless innings, as did Mark Serrano.

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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 06/24/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville SP Ryan Feierabend: He got the win as he went 7 IP and allowed 0 R on 1 H and 4 BB with 5 K.

AAA

Louisville 2 – Pawtucket 0

Joey Gathright went 4 for 5 with a 2B. Cody Puckett went 1 for 2 with 2 BB. Dan Dorn walked twice. Kris Negron doubled.

Ryan Feierabend, 4.64 ERA, got the win as he went 7 IP and allowed 0 R on 1 H and 4 BB with 5 K. J. J. Hoover added 1 IP of scoreless relief. Donnie Joseph picked up his 2nd save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 8 – Chattanooga 7

Beau Mills went 2 for 4 with a HR, a 2B, and a BB. Brodie Greene went 3 for 4 with 2 2B and a BB. P. J. Phillips went 2 for 5 with a 2B. Brian Peacock went 2 for 4 with a BB. Didi Gregorius went 2 for 5.

Daniel Corcino, 3.41 ERA, got no decision as he went 4 IP and allowed 3 R, 2 ER, on 2 H and 6 BB with 2 K. Mark Serrano (1 IP) and Wirfin Obispo (1.2 IP) each added scoreless relief outings. Chris Manno got the win with 1 IP of scoreless relief. Justin Freeman picked up his 4th save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 06/22/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings 1B Robert Maddox: He went 3 for 4 with 2 HR and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 4 – Pawtucket 3 (13 Innings)

Kris Negron went 3 for 5 with a HR. Miguel Rojas went 2 for 5 with a HR. Mike Costanzo walked twice. Felix Perez doubled.

Pedro Villarreal, 3.86 ERA, got no decision as he went 7 IP and allowed 3 R on 6 H and 1 BB with 7 K. Nick Christiani added 3 IP of scoreless relief. Donnie Joseph picked up the win with 2 IP of scoreless relief. Kanekoa Texeira picked up his 1st save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 4 – Chattanooga 2

Yordanys Perez went 3 for 4 with a 2B. Didi Gregorius went 2 for 3 with 2 BB. Brodie Greene went 2 for 4 with a BB. Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 5. Josh Fellhauer walked twice. David Vidal doubled.

Tony Cingrani, 2.95 ERA, got no decision as he went 3.2 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 3 BB with 3 K. Mark Serrano and Brian Pearl each added 1.1 IP of scoreless relief. Clayton Tanner picked up the win with 1 IP of scoreless relief. Justin Freeman picked up his 3rd save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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