If they stick around long enough, baseball general managers tend to get reputations. Jim “Ralph” Bowden would chase a five tool prospect for years. Wayne Krivsky never met a two-year contract extension he didn’t like. Billy Beane’s approach was detailed in Moneyball, while Brian Sabean is perceived to put more emphasis on scouting and intangibles.  The reality is never this simple, […]

The #2 hitter in a baseball lineup receives the second-most at bats of anyone on the team. For example, over the course of a season, the #2 hitter will have about 60 more plate appearances than the #6 hitter. Studies have determined that the first two positions in the lineup create the most runs. The […]

The Bench 2012 Slash Line*: .235/.286/.347 2013 Projection: .250/.310/.380 2012 WAR: -0.2 2012 WAR/600 PA: -0.1 2013 Best Guess WAR/600 PA: 1.0 Projected Difference: +1.1/600 PA *The 2012 bench for the purposes of the above calculations was: Chris Heisey, Scott Rolen, Xavier Paul, Miguel Cairo, Wilson Valdez, Mike Costanzo, Henry Rodriguez, Didi Gregorius, Willie Harris, […]

According to Reds beat writer John Fay, the Reds will disclose their September callup roster decisions on Friday. The Reds will announce the September call-ups Friday. Three of them will join the club Saturday in Houston; three will join the club Tuesday. Devin Mesoraco will be back on Sunday – the first day he’s eligible […]

Games Played on 8/23/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: The AA Pensacola pitching staff (Daniel Corcino, Josh Ravin, and Chris Manno) combined for a 4-hit shutout. They collectively walked 4 batters and struck out 10.

AAA
Indianapolis 6 – Louisville 1

Willie Harris was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and a run scored. Chris Valaika was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

There was another interesting defensive alignment on Thursday as Henry Rodriguez was getting another start at shortstop. Didi Gregorius was playing 2nd base. Valaika was at third base…each player at their secondary positions.

Todd Redmond made a nice start: 6ip, 2r, 1er, 5h, 0bb, 6K. Bill Bray had a rough outing, giving up 1 hit, 3 walks, and 3 runs in one inning. Logan Ondrusek was also less-than-sharp, giving up 2 hits, a walk, and a run in one inning.

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Games Played on 8/22/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: Willie Harris hit two homeruns for the Louisville Bats.

Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week: Andrew Cisco was named Pioneer League pitcher of the week for shutout performances against Idaho Falls and Ogden last week. His line was (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 10 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 7 K)

AAA
Indianapolis 7 – Louisville 5

Willie Harris was 2-for-5 with 2 solo homeruns. Felix Perez was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Mike Costanzo was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Henry Rodriguez (1-for-5 with a double) made a rare start at shortstop, his 4th appearance of the year at that position.

The Bats committed four errors on the night, but it led to only 1 unearned run. Each of the 4 Louisville pitchers allowed at least 1 run. Kanekoa Texeira got the start, but was pulled after allowing 5 hits and 2 walks in 2.1 innings.

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Games Played on 08/19/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville OF Denis Phipps: He went went 3 for 3 with 2 HR and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 9 – Columbus 8

Denis Phipps went 3 for 3 with 2 HR and a BB. Chris Valaika went 3 for 5 with a 2B. Didi Gregorius went 2 for 5 with a 2B. Willie Harris and Corky Miller each walked twice.

Sean Gallagher, 4.92 ERA, got the win as he went 5 IP and allowed 4 R, 3 ER, on 5 H and 2 BB with 2 K. Josh Judy added 1.2 IP of scoreless relief. J. J. Hoover picked up his 13th save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 9 – Montgomery 2

Billy Hamilton went 2 for 3 with a 3B and 2 BB. Josh Fellhauer went 2 for 3 with 2 BB. Beau Mills and David Vidal each homered. Miguel Rojas walked three times.

Wirfin Obispo, 2.19 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 1 R on 3 H and 4 BB with 7 K. Wilkin De La Rosa got the win with 1.1 IP of scoreless relief. Justin Freeman and Curtis Partch each added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 08/05/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Bats LF Willie Harris was 3-4 with a double and homer in the Bats loss to the Mud Hens.

AAA

Louisville 4 – Toledo 2

Willie Harris was 3-4 with a double and homer and Corky Miller was 2-2 with a walk.

Tim Gustafson threw 6.1 one run innings, picking up his 4th win. He gave up 5 hits, walked 1 and struck out 4. The bullpen was effective (in varying degrees, 0 earned runs) the rest of the way with Jordan Smith picking up his 12th save with .2 innings of hitless relief work.

AA

Huntsville 5 – Pensacola 3

Billy Hamilton was 0-2, but walked 3 times. He stole 2 bases (thrown out once). He now has 23 stolen bases in AA, giving him 127 for the year (thrown out 27 times). That was the offensive highlight for the Blue Wahoos.

Daniel Corcino started and threw 6 innings, gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, walked 3 and struck out 2. Brian Pearl threw a scoreless inning of relief (2 hits), Mark Serrano threw a hitless inning.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

Games Played on 07/22/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings OF Seth Mejias-Brean: He went 5 for 5 with a 3B, a 2B, and a BB.

AAA

Pawtucket 9 – Louisville 3 (12 Innings)

Denis Phipps went 3 for 6 with a HR. Chris Valaika went 3 for 5 with a HR. Willie Harris went 3 for 6. Cody Puckett went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Didi Gregorius doubled.

Tim Gustafson, 5.11 ERA, got no decision as he went 5.2 IP and allowed 1 R on 4 H and 4 BB with 4 K. Kanekoa Texeira got the loss allowing 2 R in 2 IP of relief.

AA

Pensacola 1 – Mobile 0

Billy Hamilton went 3 for 4 with a 2B. Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 4. Brodie Greene went 2 for 4. Josh Fellhauer doubled.

Wirfin Obispo, 2.48 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 0 R on 1 H and 1 BB with 6 K. Brian Pearl got the win with 1 IP of scoreless relief. Curtis Partch picked up the save with 2 IP of scoreless relief.

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Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Arizona 5 Cincinnati 3 W: W. Miley (10-5) L: B. Arroyo (4-6) S: J. Putz (17) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Brandon Phillips had two hits, including a double, and an RBI. Drew Stubbs moved into the leadoff spot and reached base three times, plus he drove in two runs. Chris […]

Well-deserved. Johnny Cueto and his 9-4 record and 2.26 ERA did not make the team. Neither did Brandon Phillips (though he has less of a beef among second basemen about missing the team than Arizona’s Aaron Hill, in my opinion) or Willie Harris. Our old frenemy Tony LaRussa, of course, is the National League manager. […]

Games Played on 06/29/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield SS Billy Hamilton: He went 3 for 4 with 3 2B and 2 SB (96).

AAA

Buffalo 8 – Louisville 0

Kris Negron, Willie Harris, and Paul Janish each singled to account for all of the Bat’s hits on the night.

Ryan Feierabend, 5.81 ERA, got the loss as he went 5 IP and allowed 7 R, 6 ER, on 9 H and 2 BB with 5 K. J. J. Hoover added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 6 – Jackson 1

Bryson Smith went 3 for 4 with a HR. Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B. David Vidal homered. Brodie Greene walked twice.

Daniel Corcino, 3.18 ERA, got the win as he went 8 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 2 BB with 7 K. Justin Freeman added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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