Jose Barrero doubled and picked up three hits while on rehab, Cristian Santana is now hitting .344 after a 3-hit game, Matt McLain hit his 10th homer of the season, Rece Hinds continued to crush the ball in May for Dayton and James Proctor struck out a season high eight batters in the Dragons win.

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The Louisville Bats lost a doubleheader

Game 1: 17-7 loss. Box Score

Game Notes

This game began on Saturday, but was suspended by rain. When coming off of the field during the downpour on Saturday as the game was put into a delay, Nick Senzel apparently said something to one of the umpires and was tossed from the game.

Cristian Santana continues his outstanding 2022 campaign. He’s now hitting .344/.394/.451 on the season. In the second game he didn’t start, but came off of the bench and walked. It was his 9th walk of the year. He walked 11 times total in 91 games in 2021 and 10 times total in 2019 in 102 games. His approach has been much better this season.

Game 2: 5-4 loss. Box Score

  • Nick Senzel (rehab) went 0-4 with an RBI.
  • Jose Barrero (rehab) went 2-3 with a double and a run.
  • Jake Bauers went 1-2 with a walk and a 2-run home run (3).
  • Lorenzo Cedrola went 1-3.
  • Michael De Leon went 1-2 with a walk and a run.
  • Chris Okey went 1-2 with a triple, RBI, and a run.
  • Buck Farmer threw a shutout inning.

Game Notes

Jose Barrero is now 3-9 in his three rehab games with the Bats. He doubled in his first at-bat of the day, hitting the ball at 107 MPH on a line into the right-center gap. In his third at-bat he was thrown out at second base as he tried to stretch a single into a double.

Jake Bauers has played in 14 games in May. He’s had a hit in three of them. Each game he’s had a hit in he’s had an extra-base hit in. He’s walked 11 times in May but had just five hits in 44 at-bats during the month.

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 11-5. Box Score

Game Notes

Tennessee was ahead 5-1 after two innings, but the Lookouts tied things up in the top of the 5th. But the Smokies scored two runs in the bottom of the inning and then added four more runs later to really put the game away.

Matt McLain picked up his 10th homer of the season. That’s second best in the organization. But he also struck out three more times and now has 50 in 155 plate appearances this season. His strikeout rate has really gone up in May. During April he had 21 strikeouts in 78 plate appearances (27%), but in May he’s had 29 strikeouts in 77 plate appearances (38%).

Ryan Nutof lowered his ERA to 1.15 this season in 15.2 innings while striking out 25 batters.

The Dayton Dragons split a doubleheader

Game 1: 9-2 loss. Box Score

  • Jake Fraley (rehab) went 0-1 with a walk, steal, run, and he was hit by a pitch.
  • Rece Hinds went 2-3 with a home run (5).
  • Allen Cerda went 2-3 with 2 doubles.
  • Nick Quintana went 1-3.

Game Notes

It was a tough day for the pitchers. James Marinan pitched the final 3.0 innings and allowed a 2-run homer in the 7th and final inning of the game. Outside of that, he pitched well, striking out 6 batters.

Rece Hinds hot May kept on going in game number one of the doubleheader. Even after going 0-3 in the second game Hinds is still hitting .370/.431/.652 during May.

Game 2: 4-2 win. Box Score

Game Notes

After beginning May by going 1-28, Allan Cerda has turned things around over the last eight games. He’s hitting .440/.533/1.040, good for an OPS of 1.573 since May 14th.

James Proctor lowered his ERA to 3.33 on the season through six starts with Dayton. His eight strikeouts on the day set a new season high.

The win moved Dayton to 26-12 on the year.

The Daytona Tortugas lost a doubleheader.

Game 1: 7-2 loss. Box Score

Game Notes

The game was close until the top of the 5th when Dunedin scored five runs to grab a 6-0 lead.

Reynardo Cruz had his best outing of the season, giving up just one run over 4.0 innings. He didn’t walk a batter for the second time out of his seven games and set a season high with seven strikeouts.

Game 2: 5-2 loss. Box Score

  • Jay Allen II went 1-3 with a run.
  • Jamal O’Guinn went 2-3 with a double and an RBI.
  • Steven Leyton went 1-3 with a home run (2).
  • Owen Holt threw 2.0 hitless innings with a strikeout.

Game Notes

Jamal O’Guinn has 24 walks in 24 games this season. He’s only struck out 20 times.

Owen Holt lowered his ERA to 0.69 on the season. He gave up a run in his first appearance of the season back on April 9th. Since then he’s thrown 11.0 innings without giving up a run. Sunday was the first time he’s pitched more than one time in a series, which is a bit strange for a reliever who has been active all season.

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

5/23 Game Preview

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Dayton 26-12 OFF DAY Here Here Here
Daytona 16-23 OFF DAY Here Here N/A

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21 Responses

  1. Melvin

    Jose B continues to hit minor league pitching. He’s proven it before and he’s proving it again. The question is if/when Krall/Bell will give him a chance in the big leagues. I’m talking several hundred ABs. As soon as he’s strong enough, we’ll find that out. How can you NOT give a guy like that a chance when you’re dead last in the major leagues?

    • AMDG

      Unfortunately Barrero is too young with too much power potential and good defense to play for D Bell.

      He is in for an uphill battle pushing the dead weight (Drury, Farmer, Reynolds, Moustakas, Motter, Riddle) out of the way for playing time.

      • Jim t

        I believe Jose Barrera will be give a extended look as soon as he completes rehab.

      • MK

        Don’t really think it fair to call Farmer dead weight. It was analytically one of the best defensive shortstops in the NL in 2021and that really hasn’t changed so far in ‘22. He isn’t great but isn’t an automatic out at the plate

        If Bell only has dead weight on the roster who is he to play?

        The man had three rookies receive Rookie of the Year votes in ‘21 which doesn’t sound like someone who doesn’t give a young guy a chance.

        DB definitely has his challenges but let’s be fair on this issue.

      • Jim t

        @MK, Couldn’t agree more. Bell was also fighting for a playoff spot last year. Hardly a time to insert a rookie over a guy who was playing fairly well.
        Bell is hardly the idiot many try to make him out to be on this site. Guys were complaining yesterday because Warren pitched the 9th. They never considered that Diaz pitched to the heart of the order while Warren pitched to the bottom. Also the constant banter to let relievers throw multiple innings while we haven’t had a starter throw a complete game is another issue when managing a bull pen.

      • LDS

        Farmer had an 86 OPS+ last year and a 69 this year, both below league average. He made 5 errors at SS last year which was pretty good. He already has 3 this year. It’s time for Farmer to return to his utility role and for Barrero to start. If he doesn’t hit, fine, one of the other young guys coming up will. Farmer isn’t the answer going forward. Certainly, a gamer and one who gave it his all, but he’ll never be an All-Star, essentially the modern incarnation of Darrel Chaney from the BRM. Barrero may turn out to be a bust, but starting Farmer ahead of him is not productive.

      • Jim t

        LDS, like you I am ready for Farmer to return to his utility role and Berrero to get his shot. Now is that time.

      • MBS

        Barrero should stay in AAA, as he is recovering from a surgery, and had zero days of spring training. June 10th could be a good time to join the team. It will be a 6 game road trip, so maybe a bit less pressure on him than playing at home.

        I like Farmer, and would keep him at SS. Benching Farmer for Barrero might cause a stink in the locker room, but sliding Farmer over to 3B could ease that a bit. IMO I think CF is a bigger problem than SS. Regardless of where they put Barrero he needs to be an everyday player.

      • DaveCT

        In fairness to Kyle Farmer, he should be traded once Barrero is ready. He will likely only have one shot at a larger paycheck and it won’t come here, especially as a utility guy. And Barrero has earned his shot without having to look over his back day to day. There are plenty of utility guys, even on the present roster. Drury and Reynolds in particular. Solano, too, once he gets here.

  2. MK

    Hopefully they can add Marinan to a deadline package, either that or try him in short relief. He had a good month last year and that is about it for his Reds time.

    Quinn Cotton has put up some good steady numbers for the Lookouts. He was a little disappointing to start year in Dayton. I wonder if he was a little off mentally in being disappointed to not start the year in AA after a season in High A. Especially after having a slightly better year than Siani at Dayton ( though neither were very good).

    • DaveCT

      I’d forgotten he was an 8th round pick and from a pretty decent baseball school. You have to wonder how much he was impacted by the lost season with his so-so year in Dayton, or whether he took a season to start catching up tothose Billings numbers

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    A tough day for the farm system… 1-6 falling to a negative overall record. Matt McLain’s K% rate is concerning lately, hopefully he is working on with the coaching staff to improve the contact and getting better discipline with the bat… Aside McLain, we can look at many top Reds prospects with high K% rate but hitting with power such as Hinds, Cerda, Nelson, Hendrick, De La Cruz, McGarry (though not considered top prospect) and latter we could add Jay Allen and José Torres… Is it a organization hitting philosophy? Or Is it just a trend of new baseball fashion for hitting HR or having a K that is penetrating the Reds on their farms?

  4. Doc4uk

    Anyone else think Santana may be a better option right now over Reynolds and Motter ? At least he has earned a chance. Barrero should be playing for the Reds after another week in Louisville. Farmer can be moved to 2B. DFA Motter. Keep Reynolds on the bench until India returns. Not sure we will see Solano this year.

    Senzel continues to frustrate and does not seem ready to hit ML pitching on a consistent basis, so leave him in Louisville and see if he can figure something out. And please limit Moustakis to DH against right handed pitchers.

    • Matt

      Motter was a replacement player for the COVID restrictions Canada has. He, Aquino, and Ashcraft are likely headed back to Louisville today since Mahle, Drury, Almora, and Kuhnel can be reinstated.

      Reynolds is likely around until Barrero is back.

      India will take Lopez’s active roster spot whenever he’s back.

  5. DaveCT

    Hey Doug, is any information coming in on spin rates in the minors changing with the crackdown on sticky stuff? Proctor was one of the spin prodigies if I recall. So I’m wondering if his stuff has regressed any from his breakout in Daytona.

  6. LDS

    I see Austin Hendrick was promoted. Based on some of the numbers Doug has been posting, I was a little surprised. According to Baseball Reference, it looks like he’s hitting .205 with 58 SOs in 127 ABs. Doesn’t exactly scream “I’m ready for tougher competition”. Maybe we’ll get some context once DG’s next post comes out.

    • Tom

      Maybe facing competition that is a little closer around the plate will help? Granted, only a first round pick would get this benefit of the doubt. Some argument to be made that if he can perform the same in A+ ball then why stay in A ball. Interesting follow to be sure.

      • LDS

        Makes sense. The Reds certainly need guys like Hendrick to develop and get ML ready.


      Maybe this is more about working with Dayton Hitting Coach then a true promotion. Just throwing that out there! That or maybe its time to swim or sink, but we pulling for you Austin.

  7. SteveO

    Great to see Ivan Johnson in the lineup for Chattanooga. Batting 6th at 2B. Urbaez should be starting at 3B instead of Rivas