During the early part of this season, the Reds have reminded me of another Reds team from not long ago: the 2009 team. Why 2009? The Reds finished 78-84, 4th in the NL Central that season, but it was the year before the magical 2010 division championship. The Reds had a number of prospects who […]

A belated moment of appreciation for Mat Latos as he moves on to Miami. It’s been about a month and a half since the Reds traded the 6′ 6″ right-hander to Miami. There’s been plenty of discussion about the trade itself: salary had to be cut, the Reds weren’t going to re-sign him, etc. We’ll […]

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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Games Played on 7/28/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 3B, Juan Silverio, went 5-5 for the Blaze. On the season, Silverio is hitting .278/.297/.443 with 12 homers. He’s 22 and in his 3rd year in High A, playing the last two for the White Sox in Winston-Salem. AAA Scranton/WB 9 – Louisville 2 […]

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 […]

Games Played on 7/14/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 28 year old Louisville utlityman, Jason Donald, went 2-4 with a double and a homer. Donald competed for a utlity spot on the big club in spring training, but has struggled at AAA, with a slash line of .221/.269/.331, after hitting .277/.365/.441 last year at […]

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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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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Games Played on 6/23/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old RHP Jose Guzman earned his first win for the Mustangs, throwing 5 innings of 3 hit / shutout baseball. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 6. He threw in 11 games last year in the Arizona League, in 17.1 innings, […]

Games Played on 6/20/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Amir Garrett kicked off the Rookie League season with a solid start for the Billing Mustangs. Garrett allowed just 1 unearned run on 3 hits and one walk in his 5-inning start while striking out 6 batters. This was Garrett’s third start in the Pioneer League, dating back to last season, and he is yet to allow an earned run at that level.

AAA
Durham 2 – Louisville 1

Armando Galarraga (5-5, 3.05 ERA) allowed both runs over 6 innings on 8 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter while striking out 3. Logan Ondrusek pitched the final two shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 2.

Neftali Soto (2-for-4) collected two of the Bats five hits, extending his hitting streak to 6 games. Jason Donald had a double, a walk and scored a run in four plate appearances. Billy Hamilton led off the game with a single, stole second base, but then was picked off second to cut down the Louisville threat. He later drove in the lone Bats run on a groundout.

AA
Montgomery 3 – Pensacola 1

Ryan Dennick (3-8, 3.23 ERA) threw his third straight quality start. Dennick allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and one walk over 6 innings, while striking out 5.

The Blue Wahoos offense only had 3 hits and 3 walks. Theo Bowe’s solo homerun in the 3rd inning provided the only Pensacola run. Yorman Rodriguez reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

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For games played on June 16, 2013 (My apologies for not getting this up yesterday.) Minor League Player of the Day: 22 year old Dominican 2B, Juan Silverio, had a big day for the Blaze in their 12-3 win. He went 3-5, hitting 2 homers (his 6th and 7th) and drove in half of the […]

2013 Draft Notes: — The Reds signed their first round draft pick, Phillip Ervin, shortly after the draft ended. — Earlier this week, we shared links to stories and videos on the great story of Reds 9th round pick, Chad Jones. More recently this article states that Jones has talked with Jocketty and will report […]