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The Louisville Bats lost 5-4. Box Score
- Christian Colon went 2-4 with an RBI.
- Rob Refsnyder went 2-4 with a solo home run (9).
- Alex Blandino went 2-4 with a double.
- Chadwick Tromp went 1-4.
- Mitch Nay went 1-4 with a run.
- Nick Longhi went 1-3 with a run scored.
- Justin Grimm threw a shutout inning with a walk and a strikeout.
- Alex Powers threw 1.1 perfect innings with a strikeout.
The Chattanooga Lookouts had the day off.
The Daytona Tortugas lost 2-1. Box Score
- Alejo Lopez went 3-4.
- Bryant Flete went 1-3 with a walk.
- Jose Garcia went 1-3 with a double and a steal.
- Bruce Yari went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
- Aaron Fossas threw 8.0 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts.
The Dayton Dragons lost 5-4. Box Score
- Michael Siani went 1-5 with a steal (35) and a run.
- Brian Rey went 2-4 with a run scored.
- Jay Schuyler went 2-2 with a triple, 2 walks, and he scored a run.
- Juan Martinez went 1-4 with a double.
- Morgan Lofstrom went 1-4 with a double and a run scored.
- Miguel Hernandez went 2-4 with an RBI and 2 steals.
- Eduardo Salazar allowed 4 earned in 6.0 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
- Moises Nova threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts.
- Andrew McDonald allowed a run in 2.0 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
The Billings Mustangs are on the All-Star break
- Eric Yang went 1-3 with a solo home run in the game.
- Miguel Medrano struck out 2 batters in his inning of work.
The Greeneville Reds lost 6-4 in 10 innings. Box Score
- Ivan Johnson went 2-5 with a walk.
- A.J. Bumpass went 1-4, was hit by a pitch, and he scored a run.
- Garrett Wolforth went 2-5 with an RBI.
- Tyler Callihan went 1-4 with a walk and an RBI.
- Raul Juarez went 1-5 with a double.
- Allan Cerda went 1-3 with a walk, was hit by a pitch, and had a solo home run (8).
- Justin Gomez went 2-4 with a solo home run (2).
- Jose Zorrilla threw 1.2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts.
- Dan Serreino threw 1.1 perfect innings with a strikeout.
- Tyler Gibson allowed an earned run in 2.0 innings with 2 strikeouts.
The AZL Reds lost 2-1 in 10 innings. Box Score
- Fidel Castro went 1-4.
- Jose Tello went 1-4.
- Caleb Van Blake went 2-4 with a double, triple, and he scored a run.
- Spencer Stockton allowed a run in 7.0 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.
- Pedro Moreno was charged with an unearned run in 3.0 innings with 2 strikeouts.
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How much of a prospect is Alex Powers—does he have the makings to be a dominant bullpen piece in the future? Who else in our system does other than Kuhnel? I’m not counting Mella bc he’s had a long time to harness his raw talent.
Hendrix has the best chance to be dominant, out of the relievers in our system. I’ve not given up hope that Herget can be useful there as well. Would be interesting to see how Vlad does out of the pen. Cox and Moreta are two others I pay attention to in the bullpen.
Mella’s not been used as a reliever in a long, long, long time. Writing him off as a reliever because he’s been unable to make it work as a starter probably isn’t the best idea. He’s sitting 95-97 as a starter. That’s probably going to pick up a tad as a reliever.
Power’s has the stuff that might work in middle relief. As Nate noted – Hendrix is the other big time relief type of guy right now in the system.
Iyo do you think it’s time to transition Mella to the pen? Castillo will be back as our ace and this year we’ve added Gray and Bauer to the rotation who will both be back next year. Disco has returned to better health now and he’s back next year along with a more seasoned Mahle. Who knows what they’re going to do with Wood but there’s still options such as Sims, Romano and then what if Gausman figures it out with the aid of Derek Johnson.
I know it’s been said that you let them start for as long as you can, but next year seems to be our best shot with Votto not getting any younger and Bauer in his walk year.
Why not get Mella ready now?
I am far from believing that Aquino is going to be successful long term (I’m hoping), but man it is fun when he’s on the field! He’s that guy right now that I don’t miss his time at bat. Wow! The bomb he hit last night was crazy! If he holds down right field the rest of the way, the Reds won’t have to seek out a bat to replace Puig. Also won’t have to entertain the idea of signing Puig as a FA. Small sample size, but Aquino is a better all-round player. Hype I know!
Maybe the reds already tried to extend puig and he said no so they traded him instead? I say odds are greater than 50/50 that is true
Aquino reminds me of a cross between George Foster and Eric Davis. Incredibly strong wrists. Bat speed. He just swats the ball and, man, it flies like he’s hitting golf balls with an aluminum bat (which, if you haven’t tried in a big open field, is great for the ego). With Doug posting several of his AAA homers this year, as they say, the power will play in games. And yes, I think it’s more than the black bat (Foster) and No. 44 (Davis).
If he is successful as a major leaguer beyond this week, we can blame Doug and the Refs Scouts and FO who did not give up on him when everyone else on the planet did
Nice job Doug
Friendly reminder it’s august and reds are still in playoff hunt as they are now only 4.5 back. First time long time. Reds won 4/5 and 7/10. They now host first place cubs whom reds have played very weIl against this season. Oh and they’ll have Wood Bauer Castillo and Gray all going to the hill over the weekend !
And how bout Aquino’s start?!? I love his approach at the plate !
It is so nice to have this type of excitement around the team. The best part is that we have a competing team to watch and the excitement of young talented players to watch like Senzel, Aquino, VanMeter, and more.
This would be a great weekend to go support them at GABP if anyone can make it.
Everyone complains that our farm system sucks but we are basically starting three rookies and seem to be in the heat of it.
Good call! And I think we have some more than can make their marks in the future. Crooks had been cranking up and though he seems to have been around forever l,he’s not old . Tyler Stephenson is starting to really come on and he wasn’t having a bad season. India is going to a mainstay in Cincinnati or we’ll get something of real value for him. Jose Garcia is not chopped liver. I believe even with Hunter Greene out that his body is still gonna mature and he’s gonna be better for it. I believe Mitch Nay is gonna be something. We’ve got some newly acquired (draft and other typed signings) raw talent doing some nice things. Richardson’s year isn’t really that bad is it? He’s at least flashes a lot of good stuff. Fairchild has been very solid and AlfRod has shown life that many of us didn’t think he had. Im down on Santillan (and Guitierrez) more than anyone but he’s still young enough and talented enough and an off-season can make a difference. Oh, and how about Lodolo!!! I’m sure I’m missing others but it’s ok to drink the koolaid!
Just for fun who else is high on your all’s lists for us not to be so down on the farm?
I love Michael Siani, Brian Rey, Leonardo Seminati, Packy Naughton, Stuart Fairchild, TJ Friedl. Have hopes for Cash Case, TJ Hopkins, Wennington Romero, Jameson Hannah.
In the new draft class, many of the players are exciting. AJ Bumpass, Patrick Raby, Tyler Callihan, Rece Hinds, James Free and Eric Yang all have my attention.
Wow RojoB, how’d i leave off Siani. The top of my head ain’t too bright I guess bc Siani is one of my favorites as I have very high hopes for him. I actually would have been more upset to lose Siani in a trade than Trammel. I know, Trammel is rated much higher in EVERYONE’s board, but this is the one guy I will go out on the limb for. The defense is off the charts and I think the offense is gonna play. Am aI right that Packy is one of those who is gonna have to prove himself each step of the way? Bit gosh gosh, so far so good.
It’s amazing to me the age make-up of the Reds current active roster. Only 3 players over 30 (Hughes, Hernandez, & Votto). Cubs & Cards have 8 players each over 30, Brewers have 11. Reds currently have 6 players under 26, which means that 16 players are 26-29 age group & in the prime years of their careers. I guess you can tell, I’m psyched about their future.