More catchers? Hurrah! The Reds selected a pair of catchers in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning as the 2016 Winter Meetings came to a close. Cincinnati took Luis Torrens from the Yankees with the second pick of the first round, and Stuart Turner was selected in the second […]

Lots of interesting decisions are going to be made today with respect to the composition of Cincinnati’s 40-man roster: The deadline to protect players on the 40-man roster is Friday. Those eligible for the Rule 5 Draft include anyone not on the 40-man roster who was signed as an 18-year-old in 2012, or at 19 […]

The Reds minor league teams wrap up regular season play this week.  Two of the teams, Pensacola and Billings will then be competing in their league playoffs.  The AZL Reds were eliminated from the Arizona League playoffs as they lost 8-1 to the AZL Mariners last week in the single first round playoff game. The […]

The Reds minor league teams wrap up regular season play this week and next.  Three of the teams, Pensacola, Billings, and the AZL Reds will all then be competing in their league playoffs and Daytona is still holding on to slim hopes of qualifying for the FSL playoffs. Today, September 1st, is the day that […]

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 […]

There was a rash of midseason roster movement over the last week.  Let’s catch up on many of the comings and goings in the Reds organization. AAA Louisville Bats The Bats cleared some space on the AAA roster by releasing 3B Chris Nelson (.692 OPS, Age 28), SS Argenis Diaz (.604, 27), and 1B Shelley […]

Various tidbits from down on the farm. AAA Louisville Bats Carlos Marmol was placed on the restricted list yesterday for leaving the Triple-A Louisville club without permission.  Marmol has posted a 7.36 ERA over 3.2 IP where he allowed 2H, 6 BB, with 6 K.  He obviously had not begun to solve the control issues […]

The Reds are out of the gate this year with a 6-9 start that has them sitting in 4th place in the NL Central.  This week let’s take a look across the minors to see how each of the Red’s full season minor league teams have fared to start the season. AAA Louisville Bats   […]

With the big league club struggling to score runs, it would be nice to write that the farm teams were also out there obliterating the baseball, but outside of the Bakersfield Blaze, the offenses are off to slow starts. The starting pitching has been rather good, and when it comes from some of the top […]

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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Minor League Player of the Day: Ismael Guillon (Dayton): 6 IP, 1 Hit, 0 Runs, 1 Walk, 9 Strikeouts.  Win. AAA Indianapolis 4 – Louisville 3 Kristopher Negron went 2-4 with a homerun, run scored, and 2 RBI.  It was his 5th homerun of the season. Tim Crabbe allowed 1 unearned run on 5 hits […]

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