Josh Ravin had a rough go of things last year in Billings, walking a ton of batters while striking out a ton of batters. He has the fastest cheese in the system, hitting 99 MPH last year in Billings while playing for the Mustangs. His control was real bad last year, but not too bad in 2006. He battled some injuries last year, which could be one of the reasons his control was off. He will start tomorrow for Dayton in the first game of their double header that starts at noon.

Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News also had this to say about Kyle Lotzkar, the Reds 2nd sandwich pick last year (after Mesoraco and Frazier were drafted):

Reds roving pitching coordinator Mack Jenkins expects right-hander Kyle Lotzkar to be in Dayton soon. Lotzkar, only 18, was a supplemental first-round pick by the Reds last summer. He was 0-2 with a 3.86 earned-run average with the rookie Gulf Coast League Reds, then 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two games with Billings.

Lotzkar will be 18 years old all year. He was drafted out of high school in Canada and has very good stuff, although his mechanics do concern at least me a little bit. He has a very good fastball, getting as high as 95 MPH, a good change up and an average curveball. I will be interested in seeing how the Reds monitor his pitch count, availability and innings this year. He will be among the youngest players in the Midwest League whenever he gets called up and given his age, his arm needs to be protected a little bit more than others.

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