Games Played on 08/05/12

Minor League Player of the Day: AZL Reds SP Jose Williams: He got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 0 R on 1 H and 0 BB with 5 K.

AAA

Louisville 4 – Charlotte 2

Mike Costanzo went 3 for 4 with a HR. Denis Phipps went 1 for 2 with a HR and 2 BB. Neftali Soto went 2 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. Cody Puckett homered.

Chad Reineke, 4.35 ERA, got the win as he went 7 IP and allowed 2 R on 8 H and 1 BB with 5 K. Nick Masset was due to start the game as part of a rehab assignment, but did not due to a rain delay to start the game. J. J. Hoover picked up his 10th save with a scoreless 9th inning.

AA

Huntsville 7 – Pensacola 4

Brodie Greene went 2 for 4 with a 3B and a 2B. Josh Fellhauer went 1 for 3 with 2 BB. David Vidal went 2 for 5 with a 2B. Billy Hamilton went 1 for 5 with 3 SB (125). Andrew Means went 2 for 4. Beau Mills doubled.

Kyle Lotzkar, 5.31 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 3 R on 5 H and 4 BB with 1 K. Josh Ravin took the loss allowing 2 R, 1 ER, over 0.2 IP of relief.

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Games Played on 8/1/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: Two strong pitching performances to highlight last night. Daniel Corcino threw 5 shutout innings for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, allowing just 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 4. Robert Stephenson allowed just a solo homerun in 5 innings in his second start for the Dayton Dragons. He allowed 3 hits, no walks, and struck out 5.

AAA
Louisville had the day off.

AA
Tennessee 4 – Pensacola 2 (Game 1)

The conclusion of Tuesday’s suspended game was ended in a loss for Pensacola. Kyle Lotzkar threw the first 3.2 innings prior to the game’s suspension, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Brian Pearl got the loss for his 2 runs allowed on Wednesday in 2.1 innings.

Ryan LaMarre and Josh Fellhauer both had two hits for the Blue Wahoos.

Tennessee 1 – Pensacola 0 (Game 2)

Daniel Corcino (5ip, 3h, 0r, 1bb, 4k) got no run support in this 7-inning game.

Josh Fellhauer and Beau Mills had Pensacola’s only two hits.
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A couple of weeks ago, we looked at how the Reds composite top 20 prospect list was performing mid-season. That list was a compilation of top 20 pre-season lists provided by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and MinorLeagueBall.com (John Sickels.) Sickels, as he does every year, provided a review of his specific pre-season top 20 list […]

Games Played on 7/19/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: Henry Rodriguez was 4-for-5 with a homerun, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI.

AAA
Columbus 13 – Louisville 12

Henry Rodriguez was 4-for-5 with a homerun, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Neftali Soto was 2-for-4 with a double, a grand slam, and 5 total RBI. Mike Costanzo was 2-for-5 with a homerun and 3 RBI.

Columbus scored 6 runs, 4 earned, off Bats starter Chad Reineke in 4.1 innings.

AA
Pensacola 8 – Mobile 6

Josh Fellhauer was 3-for-5 with a 3-run homerun and 4 total RBI. Brodie Greene went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Billy Hamilton had 2 singles and a walk in 5 plate appearances, scoring 1 run and knocking in another. Hamilton has reached base in his first 8 games with Pensacola, leading to a .276/.382/.483 batting line.

Kyle Lotzkar allowed 4 runs on 2 hits and 6 walks in 4.1 innings while also striking out 6. Josh Ravin was credited with the win in his first appearance for Pensacola. Ravin went 1.2 sutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 3. Curtis Partch and Justin Freeman each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game.
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Games Played on 07/14/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville C Dioner Navarro: He went 2 for 4 with a grand slam HR and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 10 – Gwinnett 8

Dioner Navarro went 2 for 4 with a grand slam HR and a BB. Xavier Paul went 2 for 4 with a HR. Henry Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Neftali Soto went 1 for 4 with a 2B and a BB.

Chad Reineke, 4.75 ERA, got no decision as he went 3.1 IP and allowed 7 R, 6 ER, on 9 H and 0 BB with 1 K. Kanekoa Texeira (1.2 IP) and Carlos Fisher (1.1 IP) each added scoreless relief outings. Donnie Joseph got the win allowing 1 R over 2 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Jacksonville 6 – Pensacola 1

Billy Hamilton went 1 for 2 with a 2B, 2 BB, and a SB. Bryson Smith and Miguel Rojas each went 2 for 4. Bill Rhinehart doubled.

Kyle Lotzkar, 5.01 ERA, got the loss as he went 4 IP and allowed 5 R, 4 ER, on 2 H and 4 BB with 6 K. Chris Manno, Justin Freeman, and Wirfin Obispo each added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Before the season started, I compiled the top 20 prospects lists published from Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and MinorLeagueBall.com into a single top 20 prospect list. Below is the order of that offseason prospect list ranking with a mid-season update on how the prospects are progressing.

1. Devin Mesoraco – C (.214/.295/.393)
Devin Mesoraco has been with the Reds since opening day as the back-up catcher to Ryan Hanigan, typically catching 2 out of every 5 games. Mesoraco had a hot start to the season with a .300 AVG and .822 OPS at the end of April, but has struggled the past couple of months. Devin will start the second half of the season in the midst of a modest 5 game hitting streak.

2. Billy Hamilton – SS (.323/.411/.443)
Hamilton was promoted to AA this week after his appearance in the Futures game. He has already stolen 105 bases in 83 games. The bat is there. The speed is there. The question is whether his defense will improve at shortstop or will he eventually be moved to another position.

3. Zack Cozart – SS (.252/.298/.409)
In his first full half season, Cozart has a league average OPS for a shortstop and has more than held his own defensively. A poor May has sunk his overall line. Since May 31, Cozart has hit .273/.320/.420, and starts the 2nd half having hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games.

4. Daniel Corcino – SP (6-4, 3.16 ERA, 1.255 WHIP)
Corcino has taken all 17 of his starts for AA Pensacola, and at this pace could find himself in the Reds sometime in the 2013 season.

5. Robert Stephenson – SP (0-0, 2.18 ERA, 1.161 WHIP)
Stephenson made his professional debut with Billings in June. Through his first 5 starts, Stephenson has thrown 20.2 innings, allowed 16 hits, 8 walks, and struck out 24 batters.

6. DiDi Gregorius – SS (.278/.344/..373)
Gregorius is the third shortstop prospect in Cincinnati’s top 6, and the best of the trio defensively. With his and Hamilton’s promotions this week, all three of these Reds pre-season SS prospects are at the AA level or higher.

7. Todd Frazier – 3B/LF (.278/.345/.556)
It doesn’t seem like it, but Todd Frazier had the majority of the Reds starts at 3B in the first half, putting up a better first half slash line than super hyped prospect Bryce Harper.
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Games Played on 06/28/2012

Minor League Players of the Day:
–Dominic D’Anna went 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
— Joel Bender pitched three perfect relief innings, striking out 6 batters.

AAA
Buffalo 4 – Louisville 2

Sean Gallagher (6-5, 5.20 ERA) took the loss, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and 5 walks over 4 innings. Kanekoa Texeira pitched a perfect 1.2 innings, dropping his ERA to 0.98. Texeira has allowed just 3 earned runs in 27.2 innings for the Bats.

Joey Gathright was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. The only Louisville player to collect more than one hit was Willie Harris who went 2-for-2 .
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Games Played on 06/23/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville SS Paul Janish: He went 3 for 5 with a HR and a 2B.

AAA

Louisville 7 – Pawtucket 5

Paul Janish went 3 for 5 with a HR and a 2B. Cody Puckett went 3 for 4 with a BB. Kris Negron, Mike Costanzo, and Daryl Jones each went 2 for 5 with a 2B. Felix Perez went 2 for 5. Dioner Navarro went 1 for 2 with 2 BB. Bill Rhinehart doubled.

Sean Gallagher, 5.11 ERA, got no decision as he went 6 IP and allowed 4 R on 3 H and 2 BB with 2 K. Josh Judy picked up the win allowing 1 ER over 1.2 IP of relief. Jordan Smith picked up his 9th save with 1.1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 6 – Chattanooga 4

Beau Mills went 3 for 4 with a HR. Yordanys Perez went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Josh Fellhauer went 2 for 5.

Kyle Lotzkar, 3.47 ERA, got the win as he went 5 IP and allowed 4 R on 5 H and 4 BB with 7 K. Drew Hayes added 2 IP of scoreless relief. Curtis Partch picked up his 3rd save with 2 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 06/17/12 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton DH Joe Terry: He went 2 for 3 with a HR and a BB. AAA Rochester 7 – Louisville 4 Dan Dorn went 2 for 2 with 2 BB. Corky Miller went 1 for 2 with 2 BB. Paul Janish went 1 for 3 […]

Games Played on 06/09/12 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville OF Bill Rhinehart: He went 2 for 4 with a HR. AAA Louisville 9 – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Bill Rhinehart went 2 for 4 with a HR. Dioner Navarro went 2 for 4 with a BB. Willie Harris went 2 for 5 with a 2B. […]

Games Played on 06/04/12 Minor League Player of the Day: Former #1 draft pick, Pensacola RHP Kyle Lotzkar threw 7 sterling innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits, but walked none and struck out 10. AAA Durham 2 – Louisville 1 The Bats had 10 hits, but could only plate one run in a […]

Games Played on 05/30/2012 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton Dragons centerfielder Kurtis Miller went 2-for-3 with a homerun and 3 runs scored. AAA Syracuse 2 – Louisville 1 Brett Tomko (0-6, 3.16 ERA) was the tough luck loser again. Tomko allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 6.2 innings. Cody […]