Here is how the prospects performed in the game on Sunday afternoon:

  • Chris Valaika went 1-2 with a run.
  • Zack Cozart went 2-2.
  • Todd Frazier went 1-2 with a solo HR (4).
  • Daryl Jones went 1-2 with a steal.
  • Denis Phipps went 0-2.
  • Clayton Tanner threw a hitless inning with a walk and strikeout.
  • Justin Freeman threw a hitless inning with a strikeout and a HBP, ironically hitting Michael Freeman. Michael, is Justin’s middle name.

I posted this Sunday, but traffic is about 50% on the weekends still, so here it is again.

The first round of cuts have been made. Here is who was cut, according to John Fay:

Pitchers: Josh Judy, Pedro Villarreal, Kyle Lotzkar, Nick Christiani, Daniel Corcino, Sean Gallagher, Donnie Joseph, Chad Reineke and Brett Tomko. The first three were optioned to the minors, while the others were re-assigned to minor league camp.

Position players: Kristopher Negron, Neftali Soto, Didi Gregorius, Henry Rodriguez, Donald Lutz, Tucker Barnhart and Brian Esposito. The first five guys were optioned, while the other two guys were re-assigned.

The one that surprises me the most of that is Josh Judy. He has some, albeit limited, Major League experience while also being younger, having quality stuff and had solid numbers so far. Everyone else probably saw the writing on the wall though I thought maybe Henry Rodriguez would stick around for one more week or so given how well he has hit and the Reds potential need for a second baseman next year.

Jamie Ramsey has up a short video interview with Robert Stephenson over at Better Off Red. Go check it out, but be sure to have your sound turned up. Whatever he used to record it has a rear facing mic, so you can’t hear Stephenson nearly as well as Ramsey.

Tom Nichols has up part four in his Dayton Dragons positional preview, this time looking in on shortstop at He looks at Juan Perez and Sammy Diaz. Perez is the favorite to be the starting shortstop after having an impressive debut after being drafted in 26th round last June. Diaz spent last year with Billings as a back up all around the infield and hit .299. He will likely serve in the same role for Dayton.