Let’s start with his failures. Jay Bruce’s career with the Reds has been full of them. For example, Bruce has never choked a woman. He’s failed to be arrested for non-payment of child support, a concealed weapon or DUI. He’s never done time for tax evasion. Jay Bruce has never been fined for driving 93 […]

The Reds are on a bit of a roll and have Anthony DeSclafani back in the rotation now.  The bullpen is about to get a boost as Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias are due to return from their rehab assignments next week.  We also just had Jose Peraza called up to replace an injured Jordan […]

The Reds are off to a 2-0 start and some recent farm hands are working hard to prove themselves at the major league level.  Rookie LF Scott Schebler was the hero for the Reds in the game last night with a game winning double in the bottom of the ninth.  Today, rookie SP Robert Stephenson […]

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, […]

While the minor league baseball season is only a month in, and we need to be rather wary of the sample size at hand, there are still some things that are worth looking at. There is always the chance that someone is simply hot or cold, walk rates, strikeout rates for both hitters and pitchers, […]

The Reds are off to a slow start and struggling at the plate.  So this week we’ll scan the Reds farm system and take a look at a few players who are off to hot starts with the bat the first week of the season. AAA Louisville Bats Ruben Gotay is off to sizzling start […]

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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Minor League Player of the Day: Carlos Sanchez (Billings) went 2-4 with a homerun, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.  On the season, Sanchez is now batting .224/.265/.327 with Billings in 156 at-bats.  He has 3 homeruns and 22 RBI.  He had 24 at-bats with Dayton this season where he hit .304/.333/.391. AAA Pawtucket 7 […]

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 […]

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 08/06/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield SP Jake Johnson: He got the win as he went 5 IP and allowed 0 R on 3 H and 1 BB with 5 K.

AAA

Louisville 6 – Indianapolis 4

Ryan Ludwick went 1 for 4 with a HR. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. Henry Rodriguez doubled.

Yohan Pino got no decision as he went 6.1 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 0 BB with 9 K. Nick Christiani got the win with 0.2 IP of scoreless relief. Kevin Whelan picked up his 6th save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Birmingham 7 – Pensacola 6 (10 Innings)

Donald Lutz went 3 for 5 with a 2B. Yorman Rodriguez went 3 for 6 with a 2B. Ray Chang went 3 for 4 with a BB. Corey Wimberly went 2 for 4. Chris Berset doubled and walked.

Carlos Contreras got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 2 R on 3 H and 2 BB with 3 K. Chris Manno (1.1 IP) and Parker Frazier (2 IP) each added scoreless relief outings. Drew Hayes took the loss allowing a solo HR in the 10th without retiring a batter.

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Games Played on 08/05/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton SP Amir Garrett: He got no decision as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 1 H and 1 BB with 4 K.

AAA

Louisville 6 – Indianapolis 4

Ryan Ludwick went 0 for 4 and now has a .045 BA in his rehab assignment. Jason Donald went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Nevin Ashley went 1 for 3 with a HR, a BB, and a SB. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and 2 BB. Henry Rodriguez went 1 for 2 with 3 BB and a SB. Neftali Soto doubled.

Daniel Corcino got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 5 K. Jose Diaz picked up his 9th save with 1.1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 6 – Birmingham 2

Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B. Travis Mattair went 2 for 4 with 2 2B. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart went 2 for 3 with a 2B and a BB.

Josh Smith got the win as he went 6.2 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 7 K. Lee Hyde and Loek Van Mil each added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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