This week I will take a look at a player from each of the full season minor league teams that is not performing up to what we expected or hoped from them this season.   AAA Louisville Bats   The Reds acquired 22 year old David Holmberg in the Ryan Hanigan trade last December and […]

Following up on yesterday’s look at the 2013 offense, today we summarize the Reds minor league individual pitcher performances.

To compile these pitching lists, I again limited it to players age 25 and younger. The “Lev” column indicates the highest minor league level a player attained during the season. I included columns for hit-by-pitch (HBP) and wild pitch (WP) totals as another measure to indicate potential wildness. A pitcher with an asterisk(*) next to their name indicates that they throw left-handed.

STARTING PITCHERS
Except for Tony Cingrani and Nick Routt, I looked at starting pitchers with double digit starts and high K/9 ratios. For those starters down the list, they either are or have recently been on various prospect lists and could still be seen at the major league level down the road. This gives us 18 starting pitchers sorted by K/9:

Player Age Lev GS IP ERA WHIP HR/9 HBP WP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
Tony Cingrani* 23 AAA 6 31.1 1.15 0.798 0.3 1 1 3.2 14.1 4.45
Ben Lively 21 A 13 41 0.88 0.878 0.0 1 1 2.9 12.3 4.31
Robert Stephenson 20 AA 22 114.1 2.99 1.111 0.8 3 12 2.8 10.7 3.89
Ismael Guillon* 21 A 26 121.1 4.75 1.566 1.0 1 26 7.0 9.9 1.41
Jeremy Kivel 19 Rk 12 50.2 3.91 1.441 0.7 4 11 4.1 9.9 2.43
Nick Routt* 22 Rk 9 22 2.86 1.455 0.0 2 4 2.5 9.8 4.00
Jon Moscot 21 AA 28 146.2 4.30 1.302 1.2 9 11 2.9 8.6 2.92
Luke Moran 21 Rk 15 74 4.74 1.419 1.0 4 5 1.9 8.6 4.44
Carlos Contreras 22 AA 26 132.1 3.47 1.270 0.7 8 9 4.2 8.3 1.97
Josh Smith 25 AA 28 160 3.26 1.238 0.9 7 5 2.8 7.8 2.78
Drew Cisco 21 A 24 130.2 3.86 1.255 0.8 2 3 1.1 6.8 6.19
Sal Romano 19 A 25 120.1 4.86 1.587 0.7 10 9 4.3 6.7 1.56
Nick Travieso 19 A 17 81.2 4.63 1.347 0.8 4 8 3.0 6.7 2.26
Chad Rogers 23 AAA 25 140 3.21 1.129 0.9 5 3 2.9 6.6 2.29
Tim Crabbe 25 AAA 26 153 3.06 1.268 0.7 4 6 2.5 6.4 2.53
Daniel Corcino 22 AAA 23 129 5.86 1.659 1.2 11 7 5.1 6.3 1.23
Junior Morillo* 21 Rk 13 64.2 3.06 1.284 0.6 4 7 1.4 6.1 4.40
Amir Garrett* 21 A 13 57.2 5.15 1.526 0.6 3 10 4.1 5.0 1.23

2013 4th round draft pick Ben Lively had an excellent professional debut. He issued just 13 free passes and struck out 56 while making all but one of his starts with Billings. Look for his innings limit to be extended past 3 innings per start next year, and potential for quick promotion through the system if he continues his dominant performance.

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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 8/17/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Billings 1B, Carlos Sanchez, went 3-5 with a double and a homer. He also drove in 3 runs. The 22 year old started the season in Dayton, but after a couple weeks was sent back to Billings. It’s his second year in Billings, his 5th […]

Games Played on 8/11/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old Billings right hander, Jose Guzman, threw 5.1 innings of strong relief, allowing only an unearned run on 5 hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 5. Guzman is having a roller coaster season for hte Mustangs either being very good […]

Games Played on 08/06/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield SP Jake Johnson: He got the win as he went 5 IP and allowed 0 R on 3 H and 1 BB with 5 K.

AAA

Louisville 6 – Indianapolis 4

Ryan Ludwick went 1 for 4 with a HR. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. Henry Rodriguez doubled.

Yohan Pino got no decision as he went 6.1 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 0 BB with 9 K. Nick Christiani got the win with 0.2 IP of scoreless relief. Kevin Whelan picked up his 6th save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Birmingham 7 – Pensacola 6 (10 Innings)

Donald Lutz went 3 for 5 with a 2B. Yorman Rodriguez went 3 for 6 with a 2B. Ray Chang went 3 for 4 with a BB. Corey Wimberly went 2 for 4. Chris Berset doubled and walked.

Carlos Contreras got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 2 R on 3 H and 2 BB with 3 K. Chris Manno (1.1 IP) and Parker Frazier (2 IP) each added scoreless relief outings. Drew Hayes took the loss allowing a solo HR in the 10th without retiring a batter.

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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 7/27/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old right hander, Jon Moscot, threw 8 shutout innings for the Blaze. Moscot allowed only 3 hits and didn’t walk a batter, striking out 6. Moscot’s record went to 2-14, but don’t be fooled, the 2012 4th round draft pick has only allowed […]

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 […]

Minor League Player of the Day AAA Columbus 7 – Louisville 3 Daniel Corcino allowed 7 runs, all in the 2nd inning, to drop to 4-11 on the season.  Corcino was able to battle through after that 2nd inning and last 7.2 innings for the game.  He gave up 8 hits and 3 walks while […]

For Games played on June 30, 2013. Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old, Billings right hander, Ben Lively had his second straight outstanding start. He threw 3 innings of 2 hit, shutout baseball, walking 1 and striking out 7. He’s thrown 13 innings, allowing 0 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and […]

Games Played on 06/24/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 3B David Vidal: He went 2 for 3 with a HR, a 2B, and a BB. AAA Louisville 4 – Rochester 2 Nevin Ashley went 2 for 3 with 2 2B. Jason Donald went 2 for 3 with a 3B and a SB. Neftali […]