With the 2013 minor league seasons wrapped up, let’s look at the top offensive performances of the Reds minor league prospects. The data below is from baseball-reference.com. The table summarizes the top 25 Reds minor league performers as ranked by OPS plus 5 additional players worth noting. The admittedly arbitrary cutoff that I used was […]

Games Played on 8/25/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 35 year old Mike Hessman went 3-4 with 2 homers and drove in 5 runs with a walk. On the season, Hessman slashline is .240/.326/.496 and hit his 24th and 25th homers. AAA Louisville 8 – Indianapolis 4 Mike Hessman went 3-4 with 2 homers […]

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 […]

Games Played on 8/21/2013

Minor League Pitchers of the Day: The Pensacola Blue Wahoos pitched a combined 11 shutout innings, where they scattered five hits and four walks while striking out eight. The team didn’t have any wild pitches, passed balls, or hit batters.

Minor League Hitter of the Day: Juan Silva reached base all 4 times at the plate with a walk, two singles, and a triple. He stole second base three times. Once after the walk and again after each single.

AAA
Louisville had the day off.

AA
Pensacola 1 – Huntsville 0 in 11 innings

Josh Smith started and threw the first 6.1 shutout innings. He allowed just 4 hits, one walk, and struck out four. Jamie Walczak followed with 2.2 hitless innings, issuing two walks and striking out one. Drew Hayes and Trevor Bell each added a scoreless inning.

Leadoff hitter Ryan LaMarre (2-for-5) was the only Pensacola batter with more than one hit, collecting his second hit of the game while leading off the top of the 11th inning with a single. He was moved over to second base on a sac bunt before advancing to third base on a groundout. Just 90 feet away with two out, he scored on a wild pitch.

High A
Inland Empire 5 – Bakersfield 3

Shaun Ellis allowed just one unearned run, 2 hits, 3 walks, and struck out two over 4 innings. Joey Housey pitched a perfect inning of relief.

Juan Silva (3-for-3, BB, 3B) had half of the team’s six hits, reached base in all four trips to the plate, and scored twice. Silva also stole second base all three times that he was on first base, upping his season total to 29. Nine of those 29 swipes have come in his last nine games.

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Games Played on 08/19/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Billings 2B Avain Rachal: He went 3 for 4 with a HR, a 2B, a BB, and a SB. AAA Rochester 7 – Louisville 0 Five different players singled to account for all of the Bat’s offense in the shut out. Chad Rogers got the […]

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 08/05/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton SP Amir Garrett: He got no decision as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 1 H and 1 BB with 4 K.

AAA

Louisville 6 – Indianapolis 4

Ryan Ludwick went 0 for 4 and now has a .045 BA in his rehab assignment. Jason Donald went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Nevin Ashley went 1 for 3 with a HR, a BB, and a SB. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and 2 BB. Henry Rodriguez went 1 for 2 with 3 BB and a SB. Neftali Soto doubled.

Daniel Corcino got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 5 K. Jose Diaz picked up his 9th save with 1.1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 6 – Birmingham 2

Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B. Travis Mattair went 2 for 4 with 2 2B. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart went 2 for 3 with a 2B and a BB.

Josh Smith got the win as he went 6.2 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 7 K. Lee Hyde and Loek Van Mil each added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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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 7/20/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Billings 22 year old DH/OF Jon Matthews went 3-4 and hit his 2nd homer of the season. Matthews, the 8th round pick in 2011, is in his second year at Billings, last year going .179/.262/.259. Thus far this year, he’s hitting .235/.381/.382 with 12 stolen […]

Games Played on 7/17/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: 2013 4th round draft pick Ben Lively pitched 3 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out three. Lively is yet to allowed an earned run in his 5 professional starts, covering 15 innings. He’s walked 4 and struck out 21 batters.

AAA
Louisville had the day off for their All-Star break.

In the AAA All-Star game, Billy Hamilton led off the game with a single, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on another groundout.

Greg Reynolds started for the International League All-Stars and was credited with the win despite allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in his one inning of work.

AA
Pensacola had the day off for their All-Star break.

The Southern League All-Star game saw the South Division 1-hit the North Division. Tim Crabbe pitched a scoreless 5th inning, allowing the North Division’s only hit of the game. Shaun Ellis pitched the scoreless 6th inning, walking one and striking out one.

High A
Visalia 4 – Bakersfield 0

Jon Moscot (1-13, 4.96 ERA) allowed 3 runs over 6 innings on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out six. Moscot would seem to be a perfect example of why you cannot use W-L record to evaluate a pitcher. In 101.2 innings, he has allowed 103 hits, just 34 walks, and struck out 103 (more than a batter an inning.)

Ryan Wright (2-for-4) had half of Bakersfield’s four hits.

Low A
Beloit 4 – Dayton 2

Sal Romano allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits over 5 innings. He also walked 5, threw a wild pitch, and struck out 5 batters. Alejandro Chacin followed with 3 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 3.

Jesse Winker (2-for-3, BB, 2B, HR) supplied the Dragons offense again with a 2-run homerun in the 9th inning. Joe Hudson (2-for-4) also had a pair of hits.

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Games Played on 7/12/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 21 (almost 22) year old Dayton left hander, Wandy Peralta, came into a game down 7-0 and proceeded to throw 5 2/3 innings of no hit relief. He didn’t allow a walk and struck out 5. After having two strong years for the Reds in […]