The Cincinnati Reds Double-A and Triple-A teams stayed at the complex on Wednesday to take on the Dodgers. On a third field the Czech Republic national team also took on the Tijuana Toros (Mexican League team).
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Scott Moss got the start for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts squad. And he looked very good throughout his start, too. He carved his way through a Dodgers lineup that featured more than a few of their top prospects, including their top prospect Keiburt Ruiz, their third ranked prospect Gavin Lux, and 2017 first rounder Jeren Kendall. On the day he was working 91-92 MPH and routinely hit 93 MPH. The secondary stuff was in the 79-82 MPH range. His breaking ball was on point throughout his outing. Take a look at the video below to get a look for yourself.
On the other field, in the Triple-A game Joel Kuhnel pitched in two innings of relief. His second inning of work saw him throwing a tick harder than he was throwing in the first. Kuhnel’s known as a hard thrower, so it wasn’t surprising that he was throwing 95-98 MPH, but that he was doing it in the second inning of work was a little bit. The pitch was moving at the velocity, too.
In Dodgers camp where the Reds A-ball teams were it was Packy Naughton on the mound. I got a text from a scout who was there and he told me that Naughton struck out Major Leaguer Max Muncy three times in the game.
During the morning workouts I got to see Ibandel Isabel hit, which is always a treat because you just don’t see that kind of power – even if it’s just in a batting practice setting. One ball that he hit, went roughly 7000 feet. That estimate probably isn’t accurate, but the ball just carried forever. In the game later in the day he had at least two hits – I may have missed an at-bat while going from field-to-field. I did see him single early in the game, and then later in the game he hit a double to dead center field which you can watch below.
Today there are no games scheduled – it’s a camp day. There will be some morning workouts, but no afternoon activities on the back fields. I will still have some notes from the day, and hopefully have another thing or two that I’ve been working on.