Wednesday was mostly a positive day on the Cincinnati Reds farm system as Hunter Greene returned to the mound for the first time in 2.5 years, Rece Hinds crushed his first career home run, the Dayton pitching staff continued to befuddle Great Lakes, and Tony Santillan had a good showing in his Triple-A debut.

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The Louisville Bats lost 2-1. Box Score

Game Notes

Columbus scored a run in the top of the 9th to break a 1-1 tie and that run was all they needed.

Shogo Akiyama went 1-5 with 3 strikeouts, an infield single to second base, and a pop up to shortstop just onto the outfield grass.

Mike Freeman made an outstanding catch running into foul territory and catching a fly ball before leaping onto the railing just before the tarp.

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 6-1. Box Score

Game Notes

Hunter Greene threw 43 fastballs on the night. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic was in Chattanooga for the game and reported that 37 of them were 100 MPH or higher. It sounds like he topped out at 102.6 MPH, but reached 102.0 or higher at least three times. Greene threw 71 pitches with 51 strikes, and had 4 ground outs versus 3 fly outs. His earned run was initially ruled unearned, but an error was reversed and became a hit after the inning had been completed. I’ll have a more complete write up and review on this Thursday morning.

Jose Garcia hit the first pitch he swung at in 2021 out of the ballpark against the 10th overall pick in the 2020 draft Reid Detmers.

There was a scary moment to end the top of the 2nd inning when left fielder Drew Mount made a catch against the wall and went down to the warning track. He stayed there for what felt like forever, but was several minutes before he was able to get up and walk off of the field on his own. The play ended the inning, so he technically wasn’t replaced until the bottom of the inning when his spot came up in the order three batters into the frame.

Chattanooga has a double header scheduled for Thursday evening.

The Dayton Dragons won 4-0. Box Score

Game Notes

Dayton’s pitching staff has allowed a total of five hits through the first two games of the year.

The Dragons offense walked seven times. The Dragons pitching staff had seven walks.

Dayton is hitting .294/.422/.485 with 15 walks and 18 strikeouts as a team. They’ve held Great Lakes to a .088/.307/.211 line – with 18 walks and 20 strikeouts.

The Daytona Tortugas won 12-4. Box Score

Game Notes

Rece Hinds picked up his first two hits of his professional career on the day with a double and a home run. Both were over 100 MPH off of the bat. His home run went 399 feet. And I was able to get my hands on the video.


The hardest hit ball of the day went to Allan Cerda on a triple that was 105.9 MPH off of the bat. He’s had a heck of a start to the year, going 4-8 with a double, triple, home run, and two walks.

Ivan Johnson has drawn four walks through two games and is 2-5 in his non-walks.

Ricky Karcher struggled on the afternoon with his control. But he threw the 23 hardest pitches of the game, topping out at 99.

Top 25 Reds Prospect Rundown

5/6 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 0-2 6:30pm Gutierrez Here Here Here
Chattanooga 1-0 5:15pm Lodolo/TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 2-0 6:05pm Davis Here Here Here
Daytona 1-1 6:30pm Kravetz Here Here N/A

13 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Rece Hinds with a touch of bat speed …

    Santillan and Greene with impressive strike to ball ratios.

    Good for Nick Howard!

    I am appreciating the advantage of life in the PNW.

    • RojoBenjy

      Let’s coin it now

      “Rece the Beast”

  2. Matthew O'Neal

    I take back what I said yesterday. Daytona’s bats have my attention.

  3. RojoBenjy

    Where is Jamison Hannah?

    Tanner Roark being DFA by Toronto reminded me that the Reds got him in trade

    • BhamRedsfan

      Traded with Stephenson for Hoffman and Case Williams.

      • RojoBenjy

        Thanks. I missed that in all the “minor distractions” of the last 15 months I guess.

    • Kap

      He was in the trade that involved in Jeff Hoffman and Robert Stephenson

  4. SultanofSwaff

    Great day when all the top prospects perform to expectations. More please!

  5. wizeman

    Important start for Gutierrez as he needs to stay in step with Santillian to be first up when Hoffman moves to long role in the pen.

  6. MK

    I hope they do not continue to baby Greene and will allow him to pitch some innings. His three innings yesterday match his long pro outing. I would hope he is up to 7 + by mid season and129 innings for season. But they do need to take the radar readings off the scoreboard when he pitches so it is not the center of everyone’s attention.

    • Doug Gray

      Taking the radar readings down because people might pay attention to it? That’s crazy talk.

    • Andrew

      Huh? Greene had TEN consecutive starts of more than 3 innings in 2018?