Time once again to check out what is going on down on the farm. AAA Louisville Bats The Reds have released OF Ryan LaMarre to make room on the 40 man roster for Cuban P Raisel Iglesias who was assigned to the AZL Reds.  LaMarre is a 25 year of CF who was a 2nd […]

Games Played on 8/25/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Reds 2012 #1 draft pick, Nick Travieso threw 6 innings of 6 hit, 2 run (none earned) baseball. He gave up 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. The 19 year old Travieso has struggled at Dayton this season, with a 4.81 ERA […]

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 08/20/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville SP Greg Reynolds: He got the win as he went 9 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 0 BB with 4 K. AAA Louisville 5 – Rochester 1 Mike Hessman went 2 for 4 with 2 2B and a BB. Billy […]

Games Played on 8/11/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old Billings right hander, Jose Guzman, threw 5.1 innings of strong relief, allowing only an unearned run on 5 hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 5. Guzman is having a roller coaster season for hte Mustangs either being very good […]

Games Played on 8/7/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Jon Moscot delivered on multiple fronts last night. First, he tossed 7 shutout innings, scattering four hits, walking one and striking out five. He helped himself at the plate with a 1-for-2 night. The hit was a triple, and he scored one of the team’s two runs.

AAA
Indianapolis 9 – Louisville 1

Chad Reineke allowed 4 runs, 8 hits, 3 walks and struck out 2 over 5 innings. Jose Arredondo faced 7 batters: six of them reached base and four of those scored.

Billy Hamilton and Denis Phipps had 6 of the Bats 8 hits. Hamilton was 3-for-5, all singles, with his 67th stolen base. Phipps was 3-for-4 with a solo homerun in the 4th inning.

AA
Pensacola 2 – Jacksonville 0

Jon Moscot allowed just 4 hits, a walk and struck out 5 over 7 shutout innings. Moscot also hit a triple and scored a run. Lee Hyde and Trevor Bell each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Devin Lohman (2-for-4, R, RBI) and Mike Costanzo (2-for-3, BB) accounted for half of the Pensacola hits.

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Games Played on 7/25/2013

Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Yohan Pino needed just 105 pitches to throw a complete game 2-hit shutout. Pino didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven.

Minor League Hitter of the Day: 2013 first round pick, Phil Ervin (.322/.412/.568) went 4-for-4 plus a walk and two homeruns. Ervin hit the ball over the fence twice this game, giving him four homeruns over his last five games.

AAA
Louisville 1 – Syracuse 0

Yohan Pino pitched a 2-hitter with an economical 105 pitches. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 7.

All seven Louisville hits were singles. Kristopher Negron was 2-for-4 and scored the lone run. Henry ROdriguez was also 2-for-4 and drove Negron in.

AA
Mississippi 1 – Pensacola 0 in 10 innings

Tim Crabbe needed just 98 pitches to master his way through 9 shutout innings. He allowed 5 hits, one walk and struck out 3.

Devin Lohman was 2-for-5 and had the only extra-base hit of the game (a double) for either side. Travis Mattair (2-for-4) also had a pair of hits.

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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 […]

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 7/11/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Jesse Winker has had only one hit on each of the past two days, but they have both been big hits. On Wednesday, Winker was the 4th player to bat in the 1st inning and hit a grand slam. Yesterday, Winker batted 3rd and hit a 3-run homerun in the 1st inning.

Winker finished Thursday 1-for-3 with the homerun, two walks, two runs scored and a sac fly.

AAA
Louisville 3 – Indianapolis 2

The Bats and the Pirates AAA farm team were scoreless until the top of the 7th inning. Daniel Corcino allowed the only two Indians runs on a 2-run homerun to Andrew Lambo. It was a nice bounceback start for Corcino, who allowed just the 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks over 7 innings.

Neftali Soto (2-for-4, 2B) hit a 2-run double in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at 2-2. Denis Phipps (2-for-3, BB) led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a single, and later scored the winning run on Kristopher Negron’s pinch-hit walk off single.

Zach Duke pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Duke is yet to allow a run in his 11.1 innings with the Bats. He has walked two and struck out 12. Kevin Wheelan walked one batter and struck out three in his scoreless 9th inning of work.

AA
Pensacola 7 – Montgomery 2

Ryan LaMarre hit a 3-run homerun in the 4th inning to give the Blue Wahoos all the runs they would need. Travis Mattair (3-for-4, BB, R) had 3 hits for the second day in a row. Donald Lutz doubled twice and scored twice. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart had two hits and two RBI. Corey Wimberly (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) added a solo homerun in the 9th inning.

Tim Crabbe (4-7, 3.41 ERA) pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing just 6 hits, walking no one and striking out 4. Josh Ravin and Loek Van Mil each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

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Games Played on 07/01/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville SS Emmanuel Burriss: He went 3 for 4 with a 2B. AAA Louisville 5 – Indianapolis 2 Mike Hessman went 2 for 4 with a HR and a BB. Emmanuel Burriss went 3 for 4 with a 2B. Neftali Soto went 2 for 5. […]

Games Played on 6/27/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Chad Reineke pitched 8 innings of 1-run baseball for Louisville. He surrendered just 4 hits, no walks, and struck out 4.

AAA
Louisville 5 – Charlotte 1

Chad Reineke allowed just 1 run on a solo homerun over 8 innings. He gave up just 4 hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out 4. Logan Ondrusek tossed the final scoreless inning (1 hit, no walks or strikeouts.)

With the bases loaded in the 6th inning and the score tied at 1-1, Denis Phipps (2-for-4, 2B, SB, R, 3 RBI) unclogged the bases with a 3-RBI double. Felix Perez (2-for-4, R) scored one of those three runs and finished the game with a pair of hits.

AA
Mississippi 3 – Pensacola 2

Donald Lutz (2-for-3, HBP, SB) was back in action for the first time since being optioned back to AA. Yorman Rodriguez (1-for-4) has hit safely in all 9 games he’s played in Pensacola, and now has an 18 game hitting streak between Bakersfield and Pensacola. Marquez Smith‘s only hit was his first homerun in a Blue Wahoo uniform (11 games). It was his 9th homerun of the season.

Daniel Renken allowed 3 runs, 5 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings while striking out 6 batters. Drew Hayes followed with two shutout innings and Loek Van Mil pitched a scoreless 9th.

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