Both of the Red’s Rookie level teams started action last week, so for the first time this season we have a full slate of teams to talk about.  There have also been several recent moves made to add some depth to the Reds two top minor league teams.  Let’s see what’s going on down on […]

We are now two weeks into the minor league schedule.  Let’s check in on a hitter or two from each of the four teams playing.  We’ll look more at the fringe type prospects rather than the top prospects you hear about all the time. AAA Louisville Bats Steve Selsky had a good game on Wednesday, […]

I’m going to take a look at the Reds top level minor league depth at seasons end.  Last two weeks I covered the pitchers. This week I’ll look at the catchers and infielders.  This will be more of a who is closest to helping in the majors type of ranking rather than who has the […]

The Reds have announced two new farmhands for next season.  The Reds have obtained RH RP Kevin Shackelford and RHP Barrett Astin from the Brewers to complete the Jonathan Broxton salary dump.  If you were like me and concerned that waiting so long for the two PTNL to be announced would rob you of the […]

The Arizona Fall League is gearing up for the season that will begin on October 7.  Double A Pensacola Blue Wahoos manager Delino DeShields will manage the Surprise Saguaros, who will consist of prospects from the Reds, Red Sox, Padres, Mariners and Rangers.  The Reds have announced that OF Jesse Winker (.917 OPS, A+, AA), […]

There was a rash of midseason roster movement over the last week.  Let’s catch up on many of the comings and goings in the Reds organization. AAA Louisville Bats The Bats cleared some space on the AAA roster by releasing 3B Chris Nelson (.692 OPS, Age 28), SS Argenis Diaz (.604, 27), and 1B Shelley […]

Some notes and observations from down on the farm. AAA Louisville Bats Recently promoted LF/1B Donald Lutz continues to swing a hot bat.  After slashing .360/.412/.685/1.098 in 97 PA at AA Pensacola, he has a .250/.357/.583/.940 line in his first 14 PA at AAA Louisville.  With the parent clubs star 1B going onto the DL, […]

Games Played on 08/12/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton 3B Seth Mejias-Brean: He went 2 for 3 with 2 2B and 2 BB. AAA Louisville – No game scheduled. AA Pensacola – No game scheduled. High A Bakersfield 8 – Visalia 3 Junior Arias went 3 for 4 with a BB and 2 […]

Minor League Player of the Day: Phillip Ervin (Dayton) – 2-4, HR, 2B, 1 Run, 3 RBI

AAA
Columbus 4 – Louisville 1

Henry Rodriguez went 3-5 with a double while Nevin Ashley went 2-3with a double, walk, and scored the lone Bats run.

Greg Reynolds picked up only his 3rd loss of the season and saw his record drop to 11-3 overall on the year.  Reynolds went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Jacksonville 2

Mike Cosanzo led the Blue Wahoos in the victory by going 3-4 with a triple, 2 runs scored, and an RBI.  Tucker Barnhart had a single and a double in 4 at-bats.  He scored a run and added an RBI.

Tim Crabbe had a good day on the mound and at the plate.  Crabbe picked up the win by pitching 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out 5.  At the plate, he went 1-2 with a double and 2 RBI.  Loek Van Mil picked up his 8th save by pitching a scoreless 9th inning.  He struck out 2.

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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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Minor League Player of the Day: Kevin Garcia (AZL Reds) – 4-5, 3 Singles, 1 Double, 2 Runs Scored, 1 RBI.

AAA
Louisville 2 – Scranton W/B 1

Emmanuel Burriss went 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Billy Hamilton had a hit and a run scored in 3 at-bats. He also stole 2 bases, giving him 54 on the season.

Chad Rogers improved his record to 2-2 in Louisville by pitching 5.1 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 5. Zach Duke pitched a scoreless inning to run his perfect scoreless streak to 13.1 innings this season. Pedro Villarreal recorded the save by going 2.1 innings. He allowed just 1 hit and struck out 2.

AA
Huntsville 3 – Pensacola 2

Chris Berset doubled and reached base via a walk in 4 plate appearances. He also scored a run. Mike Costanzo came in as a pinch hitter late in the game and managed to go 1-1 with a double, walk, and drove in an RBI.

Carlos Contreras picked up the loss by allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings pitched. The Blue Wahoos bullpen of Chris Manno, Jamie Walczak, and Drew Hayes combined to go 5 innings of shutout ball. They allowed 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9.

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A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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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