Today we’ll check in down on the farm and see who got off to quick starts and how some of the top prospects did the first week of the season.  Remember, these are pretty small sample sizes, so one good game or start can change these numbers pretty quick. AAA Louisville Bats The Bats started […]

Games Played on 09/02/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield RF Juan Duran: He went 3 for 3 with 3 HR (20) and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 7 – Indianapolis 5

Denis Phipps slugged a walk off Grand Slam HR with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to give the Bats the victory. Phipps went 2 for 5 with a HR. Mike Costanzo went 2 for 4 with a 2B and a BB. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and 2 BB.

Yohan Pino got no decision as he went 4 IP and allowed 2 R on 6 H and 0 BB with 3 K. Nick Christiani added 1 IP of scoreless relief. Trevor Bell got the win allowing 1 R over 1 IP of relief.

The Bats completed the season with a 69 – 75 record in 3rd place in the International League West.

AA

Mobile 10 – Pensacola 1

Corey Wimberly went 1 for 2 with a BB. Devin Lohman and Juan Silverio each doubled.

Robert Stephenson got the loss as he went 1 IP and allowed 3 R on 3 H and 2 BB with 1 K. Parker Frazier added 3.1 IP of scoreless relief.

The Blue Wahoos completed the season with a 59 – 79 record in 5th place in the Southern League South.

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Games Played on 8/15/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Nick Travieso allowed just two hits over 6 shutout innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 6.

International Signing: The Reds added an international free agent yesterday. Ben Badler at Baseball America has the full details. The highlights:

The Reds have signed 20-year-old Cuban outfielder Reydel Medina for $400,000.

At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Medina runs above-average times in the 60-yard dash. He’s a lefthanded hitter with a quick bat and projectable power, although there are concerns among some scouts about his crudeness at the plate despite his performance at the World Championship. Given how little time is left in the 2013 season, Medina might not make his debut until next year, at which point he’ll probably start in one of the lower levels of the system, perhaps low Class A Dayton.

AAA
Pawtucket 4 – Louisville 2

The Louisville Bats have dropped 8 games in a row, and are now a season low seven games below .500.

Greg Reynolds pitched 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while not walking anyone and striking out five. It was Reynolds 4th straight quality start.

Billy Hamilton had two triples in four at-bats and scored once. Hitting two triples in a game ties the Louisville Bats record for triples in a game, now shared with 14 former players including former Reds outfielder Deion Sanders.

Henry Rodriguez and Nevin Ashley each had a pair of singles in 4 trips to the plate. Felix Perez hit a solo homerun in the top of the 8th inning to temporarily tie the score at 2-2.

AA
Mississippi 4 – Pensacola 3
The Blue Wahoos have dropped 5 straight games ans sit at two games below .500.

The Wahoos took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning on a 3-run homerun off the bat of Yorman Rodriguez (2-for-3, HR, BB).

However, Pensacola starter Josh Smith (7 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 8 K) gave it back with a run in the 5th, a run in the 6th, and two more in the 7th. Parker Frazier struck out two over two perfect relief innings.

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Games Played on 08/12/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton 3B Seth Mejias-Brean: He went 2 for 3 with 2 2B and 2 BB. AAA Louisville – No game scheduled. AA Pensacola – No game scheduled. High A Bakersfield 8 – Visalia 3 Junior Arias went 3 for 4 with a BB and 2 […]

Games Played on 8/3/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 22 year old Juan Silverio, went 5-5 with two doubles and his 14th homer of the season, while driving in 5 of the Blaze’s runs. Silverio, on the season is hitting .291/.308/.466. He came to the organization from the White Sox, where he’d played the […]

Games Played on 07/29/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Pensacola SP Daniel Renken: He got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 0 R on 3 H and 1 BB with 6 K. He also doubled.

AAA

Louisville 5 – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3

Billy Hamilton went 2 for 5 with a 2B and 2 SB (63). Mike Hessman went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Ryan Ludwick went 1 for 3 with a 2B. Neftali Soto doubled.

Chad Rogers got the win as he went 5.1 IP and allowed 1 R, 0 ER, on 6 H and 1 BB with 4 K. Jose Diaz picked up his 7th save while allowing 1 ER over 1.1 IP of relief.

AA

Pensacola 2 – Mobile 0

Ray Chang went 2 for 3 with a 2B. Yorman Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a HR. Theo Bowe went 2 for 4 with a SB. Daniel Renken doubled.

Daniel Renken got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 0 R on 3 H and 1 BB with 6 K. Lee Hyde added 2 IP scoreless relief. Trevor Bell picked up his 9th save tossing a scoreless 9th inning.

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Games Played on 7/24/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: There were solid starting pitching performances at the top three levels of the organization, but I’m going to go with the guy they couldn’t get out. Jon Matthews was 3-for-3 with a walk for the Billing Mustangs. Matthews hit a homerun and also stole a base.

AAA
Syracuse 3 – Louisville 2

The Chiefs pitching scattered 6 singles and one double to limit the Bats to two runs. Billy Hamilton (1-for-4, RBI, CS) had an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Mike Hessman (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) added an RBI double in the 7th inning to give Louisville a 2-0 lead.

Louisville starter Chad Rogers threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4. Bats bullpen arms that have seen time with the Reds allowed a run in each of the final three innings: one run scored on Jose Arredondo in the 7th, and the other two runs belonged to Pedro Villarreal.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Mississippi 2

Daniel Renken allowed just two hits and two walks over 6 shutout innings while striking out four. Lee Hyde added a perfect inning of relief, striking out one.

Mike Costanzo (3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI) and Travis Mattair (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) had three hits each. Ryan LaMarre (2-for-3, BB, RBI) reached base three times.

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Games Played on 7/21/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton’s 19 year old outfielder, Jesse Winker, went 2-5 with and double and a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th. The homer was his 13th of the season. One of the Reds 2012 supplemental first round picks (49th pick of 1st round), Winker […]

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) […]

Games Played on 7/10/2013

Minor League Players of the Day:
— For Dayton, Seth Mejias-Brean was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBI.
— For Pensacola, Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-3 with a sac fly, a run scoring double, and a 9th-inning homerum.

AAA
Louisville 12 – Toledo 0

Making his first start since June 25th, Armando Galarraga threw six shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2. Kanekoa Texeira pitched two perfect innings in relief, striking out two. Pedro Villarreal pitched a perfect 9th inning.

According to the Bats Media Relations department, Billy Hamilton’s leadoff walk in the first inning was the Bats first walk in the past 4 games (38 innings.) The team would go on to walk 8 times in the game. In addition to all the free passes, the Louisville offense cranked out 12 runs on 12 hits. Felix Perez (2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR) and Nevin Ashley (2-for-4, BB, HR) each hit 3-run homeruns. Denis Phipps had three hits, including a double, scored three times and knocked in two runs.

Defensively, Louisville hasn’t committed an error in their last 8 games, a stretch of 70 innings.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Montgomery 3

Ryan LaMarre’s sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning plated Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart, giving the Blue Wahoos an early 1-0 lead. Down 3-1 in the 4th inning, Barnhart hit a 1-out bomb to right field, cutting the deficit to 1 run. Later that same inning, Travis Mattair came around to score on a LaMarre double to tie the game.

Fast forward to the 9th inning, game still knotted at three runs each. With Travis Mattair aboard again, Ryan LaMarre hit a game deciding home run. Pensacola reliever Trevor Bell struck out two in the bottom of the 9th for the save. Since joining Pensacola on June 9th, Bell hasn’t allowed a run in 13.1 innings. His line includes 6 hits, 4 walks, and 16 strikeouts.

Shaun Ellis started and allowed 3 runs over 3 innings. Chris Manno hit a batter but didn’t allow a hit or a walk over three shutout relief innings. Lee Hyde was credited with the win after retiring all 4 batters that he faced.

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For games played on July 6th. Minor League Player of the Day: 19 year old RHP, Nick Travieso, threw 6 innings, allowing his only run on a homer. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 7. The Reds 2012 first round draft pick is 3-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 1.485 WHIP for the […]

Minor League Player of the Day: Marquez Smith (Pensacola): 2-4, HR, 2B, 1 RUN, 3 RBI

AAA
Charlotte 8 – Louisville 3

Henry Rodriguez provided most of the offense by going 2-4 with a homerun, 3 RBI, and a run scored.  The homerun was a solo shot in the 1st inning for his 4th of the season.

Yohan Pino allowed 7 runs on 11 hits in 5 innings pitched.  Pino did not walk a batter and struck out 6 in the loss.  Yohan fell to 2-5 on the season. with a 3.81 earned run average.

AA
Pensacola 7 – Mississippi 6

The Blue Wahoos took a 7-1 lead after 4 innings and then held on in the end for a 1-run victory.  Marquez Smith led the way with a 2-4 game including a homerun, double, 3 RBI, and 1 run scored.  The homerun was his 2nd of the season.  Devin Lohman was 2-3 with a homerun, single, and a walk.  Lohman scored 2 runs and drove in 2.  Travis Mattair only had 1 hit in 4 at-bats but it accounted for his 11th homerun of the year.  Donald Lutz scored a run and drove in a run by going 2-4 with 2 singles in the contest.

Josh Smith improved his record to 6-6 on the season with the win.  Smith allowed a run on 5 hits and a walk over 6 innings of work.  He struck out 5 and lowered his ERA to 3.50 on the season.

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