Graham Ashcraft threw a complete game shutout in his Double-A debut while the offense cracked 4 homers in an 11-0 win, Hunter Greene struck out 6 in 5.0 shutout innings for Louisville in a win, and Quin Cotton’s team leading 7th home run was enough for Dayton to hold onto a win after a strong pitching effort.

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The Louisville Bats won 5-0. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 11-0. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons won 4-1. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas were postponed

Doubleheader scheduled for Thursday.

6/24 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 16-27 7:00pm Gray Here Here Here
Chattanooga 24-19 7:15pm Wynne Here Here Here
Dayton 26-18 7:05pm Spiers Here Here Here
Daytona 18-25 4:00pm Williams/Medrano Here Here N/A

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24 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Ashcroft is forcing him name into the conversation. As are Lopez, Urbaez, and others. I think that’s how it is supposed to work. I’m thinking India and Stephenson. Kind of old school scouting and development.

    • Doug Gray

      Ashcraft and Lopez really are. Once you get to Double-A and start performing, things can happen quickly. Lopez is in a weird spot, though – defensively he’s probably just a second baseman if you’re looking at him as a potential starter. That makes it tough to get him into the lineup anytime soon, if everyone stays healthy that is. If you’re going to bring him up to be a utility guy, it’s still tough to get him on the field because you’re looking at second/third/left as options and, well, those guys are going to play every day and aren’t guys you typically are going to bench/pinch-hit for in almost all scenarios. Things can and do change, but right now it just seems that for Lopez it’s a tough thing to see how he gets up and finds much playing time right now or any time soon, really.

      With Ashcraft – you’re not calling him up tomorrow by any means, and when it comes to starters he’s going to be behind Greene, Lodolo, and the Santillan/Gutierrez group for a bit. But second half, down the stretch bullpen option perhaps? I wouldn’t rule it out if he keeps performing (obviously he’s not going to just keep throwing shutout after shutout – but just performing very well).

      Not to say that Urbaez isn’t performing well – he is. It feels like every night in the Patreon newsletter I’m writing about how he’s gotten on base twice once again and he’s now hitting .320-something. But he’s still under 100 at-bats this season (though he’ll cross that soon).

      • DaveCT

        Does Lopez have the arm for CF? He played LF during Spring Training. If he does, he could force things open for Senzel, snd the supporting cast.

      • DaveCT

        And what are you doing up so late, young man? I’m in the PNW, it’s still light out.

      • RedsGettingBetter

        Mr Doug, Could be Alejo Lopez considered as a piece of trading to get help in BP? Or is better to keep him in AAA waiting for a chance to arise or for when Moustakas contract to end?

      • Doug Gray

        Lopez doesn’t have the speed to play center. My general rule is that if Johnny Damon was allowed to play center field with that noodle, then literally anyone has the arm to play center if they can do enough other things.

        I was up because I had work to do! I didn’t get home from Louisville until about 12:10am, then I spent the next hour and a half getting the Patreon and this article done (went back and watched some of the Ashcraft start, checked a bunch of notes, etc)

      • MBS

        You’re probably right about Lopez, in regards to playing time. I wonder if Suarez started losing a couple of starts a week to Lopez, would that focus him? I’m probably one of the biggest Suarez defenders on here, but something needs to get him going again.

        Or is the move Suarez to SS, India to 3B and Lopez to 2B? It doesn’t fix Suarez, and yes our defense would be worse, but it does take one bad bat out of the everyday lineup.

    • ClevelandRedsFan

      The can Lopez play center question is very interesting. That could allow Reds to move Senzel back to third.

      This all assumes Lopez keeps hitting.

  2. SteveO

    Really liked the lineup in Chattanooga with the exception of Lee. Hopkins should replace him in the starting lineup and Lee should be released. Barrero should be moved up soon and should start at SS with Lopez at 2B and Rodriguez at 3B. It pains me to see Robinson getting so many ABs in Louisville. Move him down and DeLeon can be the utility backup. Hopefully, many promotions and roster changes will be made after the All-Star break coming up in a few weeks.

  3. amdg

    Interestingly, in AA 24% of Greene’s strikes throw (447) resulted in a swing & miss (108).

    But in AAA that has actually gone to to 29% of his strikes thrown (98) have resulted in a swing and miss (28).

    And his overall strikes (swinging & looking) have jumped up from 52% of strikes thrown to 57%.

    Apparently AAA isn’t causing him problems, compared to AA. So that’s good, albeit a small sample size

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    I think Ashcraft should has AAA limit this season so he could work on things and develop his upside to the max… According to this, he will be prepared to the 2022 spring training looking for a spot as reliever or maybe a fifth starter .. why not?
    Of course if he continues performing outstanding and grind the AA and AAA leagues this season maybe could be called up in september..

  5. RojoB

    Great pitching:

    Nice to see in the headlines again:
    Alfredo Rodriguez heating up again? Several recent multi hit games

    Wouldn’t mind seeing in Reds bullpen (again) soon:

    • Doc

      Greene – not sure I agree with the adjective “great”. Granted that he threw 5 shutout innings giving up only 2 hits, but he took 85 pitches to navigate those 5 innings and 3 walks in 5 innings is not a good rate, as we have seen all too often with the Reds staff. He’s young and he is learning, but this was not even a (much over-rated statistic) quality start, much less great.

      • RojoB

        It’s great that the game after he surrenders 4 dingers that he turns around and gives up no runs

  6. Norwood Nate

    What a performance by Ashcroft. Rare a minor leaguer goes the full 9 that I can recall. Good second outing by Greene. Barrero, Lopez, and Urbaez just keep on hitting.

    • MK

      I’ve noticed this year at all levels that pitch counts are 15 to 20 higher than in the past. It appears AA and AAA have the same pitch limits as big league level this year

      • Norwood Nate

        That’s an interesting insight. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if there’s new thinking as to how many pitches a guy can/should throw in an outing.

    • Doc

      Ashcroft deserves the “great” descriptor. Nine shutout innings with 102 pitches, zero walks, and 2 hits. That is a far better performance than five shutout innings, 2 hits, 3 walks and 85 pitches.

      Ashcroft accomplished something in just a couple of starts that Greene did not achieve at any level thus far. Could it be the difference between a pitcher and a thrower?

  7. Kindell

    Outside of the walks, Braxton Roxby has been so dominant so far. It has to make you feel pretty good about how the Reds are approaching evaluating talent right now. Especially if owenership doesn’t plan on not spending money on the bullpen.

    It’s so interesting to see Barrero’s splits this season. He is absolutely crushing RHP.

  8. Old Big Ed

    I went to the Bats game last night, in perfect weather. We sat two rows behind the Bats dugout, so I couldn’t tell much about Greene’s movement, but he was impressive.

    First, Greene is a big, strapping guy with a quick pace and very good mound presence. He was working at about 98 last night, and touched 101 a couple of times, with off-speed pitches at about 89. Got several “swords” with his off-speed pitches. I think maybe one hitter hit a ball fairly hard, but there were plenty of weak outs. (The game was essentially played in the dusk, given the time of year at the western edge of the time zone.)

    It was my first time to see him, but “easy gas” is the best way to describe Greene. Even on the few times he reached back for more, his kept his motion compact and controlled. If I recall correctly, he walked two straight in his final inning, but from my angle it didn’t appear that he was missing badly. It kind of reminded me a watching a top-flight golfer like Ernie Els in his prime – tons of power being generated with a smooth, natural effort.

    Greene interacted respectfully and playfully with the umps when he got checked for Spider Tack after the innings, and his teammates were all very supportive of him. (He stood in at the plate like he knew what he was doing, too, but at his size, he never would have stayed at shortstop. Might have been a RF, if he wasn’t a pitcher.)

    If he stays healthy, he will be a star.

  9. MK

    Probably works out well that Barreros is using his mother’s last name as there seems to be Garcia’s all over the system.

  10. MBS

    Ashcraft! What an impressive run this kid is on. 1st game after a promotion to a higher level, not only did he continue to dominate, but threw 9 innings. MLB prospect rankings have him targeted as a 23 call up, he seems to be ahead of their scheadule.

    The Reds organizational changes in the minors seem to be bearing fruit.