Games Played on 07/15/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings SP Robert Stephenson: He got the win as he went 5 IP and allowed 1 R on 3 H and 0 BB with 9 K.

AAA

Louisville 3 – Gwinnett 2

Mike Costanzo went 2 for 3 with 2B. Henry Rodriguez went 2 for 4. Xavier Paul and Didi Gregorius each doubled.

Pedro Villarreal, 3.73 ERA, got the win as he went 7 IP and allowed 1 R on 8 H and 2 BB with 4 K. J. J. Hoover got his 5th save allowing 1 R over 2 IP of relief.

AA

Pensacola 6 – Jacksonville 2

Beau Mills went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B. Miguel Rojas went 2 for 3 with a BB. Andrew Means went 2 for 4. Billy Hamilton hit an inside the park HR. Bill Rhinehart and Mark Fleury each doubled.

Daniel Corcino, 3.05 ERA, got the win as he went 6.1 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 6 K. Curtis Partch added 1.2 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 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.

AAA

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.

AA

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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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 06/22/12

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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We finally have 2012 Cincinnati Reds baseball at GABP! Tonight it is the #SpringShowcase exhibition game between the Reds major league roster and the best prospects in the Reds organization.

No TV tonight, but the game is schedule to be on radio and via reds.com with pre-game starting at 6:45pm.

The starting lineups, courtesy of Jamie Ramsey’s Better Off Red blog:

Reds Futures
Billy Hamilton DH (He’ll play SS later in the game)
Ryan LaMarre 8
Denis Phipps 9
Neftali Soto 3
Donald Lutz 7
Didi Gregorius 6
Brodie Greene 4
David Vidal 5
Tucker Barnhart 2

Daniel Corcino RHP

Reds
Brandon Phillips 4
Zack Cozart 6
Joey Votto 3
Scott Rolen 5
Jay Bruce 9
Chris Heisey DH
Ryan Ludwick 7
Drew Stubbs 8
Devin Mesoraco 2

Mike Leake RHP

If you’d like to see the entire roster of minor leaguers invited to participate tonight, Doug Gray has the complete list. The notable absence is Henry Rodriguez, who has been scratched from this game after getting hit by a pitch in a Spring Training game.

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Games Played on 08/30/11 Minor League Players of the Day: Dayton 1B Donald Lutz: He went 3 for 4 with 2 HR. AAA Louisville 2 – Columbus 1 Juan Francisco went 2 for 3 with a BB. Jose Castro went 2 for 3. Chris Valaika went 2 for 4. Matt Maloney got the win as […]

Minor League Player of the Day: Henry Rodriguez (Carolina) 2-4, 2 homeruns, 3 runs scored, 6 RBI. AAA Louisville 7 – Lehigh Valley 4 Denis Phipps, Jeremy Hermida, Chris Valaika, and Daniel Dorn had 2 hits each.  Phipps scored a run and drove in 2 RBI.  Hermida scored twice and drove in 2 RBI.  Valaika […]

Games Played on 08/23/11 Minor League Players of the Day: Carolina Mudcats starter, Pedro Villarreal, went 7 innings, allowing only 1 run on 5 hits, walking none, and striking out 4. AAA Lehigh Valley 6 – Louisville 5 Jeremy Hermida was 3-5 with a double and homer, Denis Phipps continues his incredible season, going 3-5 […]

Minor League of the Day: You decide!  Let me know in the comments section who you felt had the best day.  Was it Francisco and his 3 hit, 5 RBI day?  Was it Maloney and his 7 shutout innings?  Was it Donald Lutz and his 4 hits?  Or what about Billy Hamilton, who despite only […]

Minor League Player of the Day: Billy Rhinehart (Carolina) 4-4, 4 Singles, 3 RBI, Run Scored.  Carlos Mendez (Bakersfield) 4-4, 3 Singles, Double, 2 RBI, 3 Runs Scored. AAA Indianapolis 5 – Louisville 4 Denis Phipps went 2-4 with a double, triple, RBI, and 2 runs scored.  Daniel Dorn went 2-3 with a double, triple, […]

Games Played on 08/11/11 Minor League Player of the Day: Billings Mustang, Sean Buckley went 3-5 with a homer and a stolen base. It was his 13th homer in approximately 185 PA. AAA Toledo 6 Louisville 5 11 innings Chris Valaika went 3-5 with 2 doubles, Denis Phipps went 2-4, Juan Francisco went 2-5, Jeremy […]