Thursday night was a big night for a lot of the Cincinnati Reds top prospects. But, it was catcher Tyler Stephenson and right handed pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez who stood out the most.

Daytona took on Bradenton in a road series. The Marauders are the only team in the entire Florida State League that has the MiLBtv package, so we had a chance to actually watch the Tortugas play. Things didn’t start out well as Daytona fell behind 4-0. Tyler Stephenson got things going in the 6th inning with a 2-run home run to start the comeback. Watch how far this baseball goes.

The Tortugas scored a run in each of the 7th and 8th innings, tying the game up. They would take the lead in the 9th, and with the game at 6-4, Tyler Stephenson came up and put the game away with a 3-run colossal blast to left-center that made it 9-4 in the top of the 9th inning.

Tyler Stephenson would finish the night 4-5 with two home runs and five runs driven in. Through 76 games played for Daytona this season he’s hitting .282/.361/.451 with 15 doubles, a triple, and 10 home runs. He’s also walked 33 times on the season with 70 strikeouts.

Vladimir Gutierrez continues to dominate in Pensacola

Vladimir Gutierrez entered Thursday night’s start against Jacksonville on a roll over his last seven starts. But it was his start last night that may have been the best of his career.

In the second inning Vladimir Gutierrez has his only slip up of the game. An infield hit led to runners on the corners with two outs. A third strike to the next batter got away from the catcher and led to the only run against the Pensacola starter on the night.

The next inning would see Vladimir Gutierrez strike out the side. It was more of the same the rest of the way. He would finish the night with just that one run over 7.0 innings. He didn’t walk anyone and he struck out 10 batters. The innings and strikeouts both tied previous career highs. Oh, and he also picked up his first professional hit, lining a single up the middle on the first pitch he saw in the 3rd inning.

Over his last eight starts Vladimir Gutierrez has posted a 1.26 ERA in 50.0 innings with 33 hits, 11 walks, and he’s struck out 53 batters. That run has pushed his season ERA down to 4.13 after a tough start to the year. He also now has 26 walks and 102 strikeouts this season.

Cody Reed exits after being hit by a line drive

On Thursday night in Syracuse, Cody Reed was absolutely cruising along in the 4th inning for Louisville. The Bats offense had handed him a 10-0 lead through their first three trips to the plate. The left-hander had the Chiefs shut out through 3.1 innings, and he had walked just one batter. He had also struck out seven batters and thrown 56 pitches.

It was that 57th pitch that was an issue. Drew Ward lined that pitch back up the middle and it went off of Cody Reed’s left shoulder. The ball was turned into an out. But it was also what would lead to Reed exiting the game. The trainer came out and checked on the lefty, but after one warm up pitch that went to the backstop, Reed said no and he walked off of the field with the trainer.