Let’s stroll across the farm and see what’s going on this week. AAA Louisville Bats Neftali Soto (.336/.378/.491/.869) has hit very well since being sent down to Louisville.  He’s positioned himself as the best option in the minors right now to help out at 1B with the big club in Joey Votto’s absence.  Ruben Gotay […]

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 8/22/2013

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 8/21/2013

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 07/30/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 1B Steve Selsky: He went 2 for 3 with a HR, a BB, and a SB. AAA Syracuse at Louisville – Postponed due to rain. AA Mobile 3 – Pensacola 2 Corey Wimberly went 2 for 2. Travis Mattair clubbed his 12th HR. Mike […]

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 […]

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 7/13/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 20 year old Billings CFer, Jonathan Reynoso, went 4-5 and hit his first homer of the season. Reynoso’s slash line on the season is .256/.275/.321. Last year in the Arizona League it was .311/.328/.411. Reynoso is a free agent signing from the Dominican Republic. AAA […]

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 […]

Games Played on 07/08/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 2B Ryan Wright: He went 3 for 4 with a HR. AAA Toledo 4 – Louisville 3 (10 Innings) Mike Hessman went 2 for 4 with 2 HR (21). Corky Miller went 2 for 4. Jason Donald doubled. Yohan Pino got no decision as […]

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 […]

Games Played on 7/3/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Leadoff hitter Juan Silva reached all five times he came to the plate and scored three times. He finished the day with a triple, a homerun, two walks, and was hit by a pitch.

AAA
Louisville 4 – Indianapolis 3

Yohan Pino struck out 10 batters over 6.2 innings. All three of the runs were his (two earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks.

No Louisville player had more than one hit, but Josh Fellhauer was 1-for-4 with a BB, an RBI and a run scored.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Jacksonville 3

Josh Smith allowed just 2 runs in six innings on 7 hits and 1 walk.

Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-4 with a solo homerun and two runs scored.

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