Michael Siani and TJ Hopkins went deep while Leonardo Rivas picked up three hits for Chattanooga, Elly De La Cruz and Austin Hendrick went off while Joe Boyle struck out nine in a 14-8 win for Dayton, Ruben Ibarra homered and Javi Rivera set a career high with eight strikeouts in Daytona’s victory, Leonardo Balcazar homered and got on base four times in the ACL Reds win, and the DSL Reds picked up their first win of the season.

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The Louisville Bats won 7-3. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 5-3. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons won 14-8. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas won 5-2. Box Score

The ACL Reds won 6-4. Box Score

The DSL Reds won 12-10. Box Score

  • Anthuan Valencia went 2-5 with a walk and 2 RBI.
  • Adrian Reyes went 1-3 with a walk, triple, run, and an RBI.
  • Carlos Sanchez went 1-5 with a steal, run, and an RBI.
  • Esmith Pineda went 1-3 with 2 walks, a steal, 2 runs, and an RBI.
  • Gilberto Rojas went 2-4 with a walk, run, and an RBI.
  • Luis Leones went 1-3 with 2 walks, a double, run, and an RBI.
  • Jesus Torres went 1-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI.
  • Joneiker Arellano allowed 2 runs in 4.0 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts.
  • Marwin Ramirez threw a hitless inning with a strikeout.

6/8 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 21-33 7:05pm Dugger Here Here Here
Chattanooga 27-25 7:35pm Williamson Here Here Here
Dayton 36-15 7:05pm Kravetz Here Here Here
Daytona 20-31 7:05pm Franco Here Here N/A
AZL Reds 2-0 OFF DAY Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
1-1 11:00am TBA Here N/A N/A

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38 Responses

  1. AMDG

    Is there any reason not to promote Boyle at this point? He’s clearly overpowering hitters in high A, with 65 K’s to 10 Hits.

    Granted, he’s walking a ton of guys, but he could work on that at AA as well as A+.

    In 9 starts he’s given up a total number of hits and HR’s comparable to what Gutierrez or Minor give up in a single outing. So I’m not sure there’s much left to do in Dayton?

    • Stock

      I agree AMDG. Joe Boyle is a man among boys in Dayton. The beautiful thing is I don’t think the batter will fare much better at the next level. I get the feeling he may do better in AA because batters will not go up there hoping for a BB.

    • MK

      Not sure he has his pitch count up to the needs of a AA starter yet. Building up his innings and pitch load in a less stress situation might be more important than overall results. He did have a point in the game last night where his control went south and he fought through it to get back and complete the inning and then pitch another.

    • Doug Gray

      I think there’s an argument both ways on this one.

      Me, I’d keep him in Dayton to continue to work on his control and the consistency with it. I believe that he can do that better in a scenario where the hitters simply aren’t as good as the ones in Double-A.

      That said, I certainly understand the idea that hitters in the Midwest League simply provide no true challenge for him and it’s going to be tougher to “learn” whatever you want him to at this level.

      • AMDG

        My thinking (which could be flawed) is that he can get away with more bad pitches in Dayton, since they clearly aren’t at his level. So keeping him there is perhaps stunting his growth.

        It would be like me pitching to a team of 1st graders. I would dominate them, but it would do nothing to help me improve my pitching.

        But in AA (or AAA) he’s more likely to face more advance hitters, which will force him to make better pitches because it won’t be as easy for him to get away with the things he can get away with now.

        And we will find if he can fix the control or not.

    • Hunt4RedsOct

      I have watched a couple of his starts, he seems to get a lot of swing and misses on fastballs well up and out of the zone. I would like to see if more advanced batters would force him to improve his control. Either way, I keep hoping for something to “click” and Boyle starts to be able to pound the zone.

    • DaveCT

      I’m late to the party, but this is Boyle’s first year of full season ball. To me, that generally calls for being conservative as these guys are still learning how to deal with the grind of the longer year, including how to take care of their body, how to prepare as a professional, etc. There is also the factor of allowing guys to get a good foundation of success.

      Boyle may cause a lot of this to be set aside, or just modified, if he’s bumped to AA. I suspect (as Doug as talked about) that when Boyle meets whatever Hi-A development goals the club has set for him, he’ll be on the move.

  2. Matt

    Ibarra was one I was excited for last year when they drafted him. Hopefully he keeps tearing it up and can translate his power to a promotion out of the FSL!

    Javi Rivera is looking like a pretty solid 20th round pick so far.

    Who’s 40 man spots do we think Schrock and Solano get? Fraley’s been on the IL for about 40 days already, so he could be transferred to buy some time. The other spot?

    • Keith

      Maybe Colin Moran. Or they DFA Aquino again.

  3. Kindell

    I suggest everyone go watch the video of Elly’s homerun. I could listen to the sound his bat makes on repeat all day. It was an opposite field shot to make it even more impressive. It is really exciting to watch what he has been doing the last few weeks.

    • Old Big Ed

      It was a good pitch, low and away, and DLC had to extend to get it. Hit it 400 feet.

  4. Stock

    Agreed. He may very well be a top 10 prospect in baseball come October.

  5. Bdh

    Rivera looking like a steal for a 20th round pick!

    This ACL reds team seems a lot deeper than what the reds usually have at this level. Is that only because I was following more of the players before the season started? Almonte, Jorge, Balcazar, and Valdez are a really nice group of prospects for that team.

    I know there will be a prospect or two come out of nowhere but right now is there anyone on the DSL team besides Cabrera that we should be paying attention to?

    • Doug Gray

      I think it’s a bit two-fold. The ACL team has some legit dudes on it thanks to the ability in the last few years to spend money on international players once again.

      As for the DSL team… at this point I’m basically leaning on the bonus that guys got back in January as to who the real prospects to watch at this point are. That’s going to be Cabrera, of course. That’s going to be Esmith Pineda.

      There are some other guys that it sounds like the team likes, but they didn’t get near the money that those two guys did (Cabrera got a lot more than Pineda did, but he got a good bonus in his own right).

      • Greenfield Red

        Surprised there is no mention of Valencia in this conversation. Any reason why?

  6. Stock

    Joe Boyle!!!

    I know I keep praising him after every start but every start is fantastic. I know he gives up more walks than usual but as I was saying last winter it is because his stuff is so good. Hitters are proving that this year since they are batting a robust .075 against Boyle. Even more impressive is that 32% of the balls hit in the air vs. Boyle are IFFB. 47% of the batters Boyle faces are either retired via the K or the IFFB. This is very impressive.

    Everyone counters how wild Boyle is and says he will never make it because of this. I say his skills are so impressive that he may be a future hall of famer and his stats thus far are superior to Randy Johnson at the same age.

    Joe Boyle is 22. When Randy Johnson was 22 he was also in A ball (Florida State League which I believe was A+ ball then but is now just A ball). Here is a comparison of RJ when he was 22 to Joe Boyle this year:

    K/9: RJ 10.0 Boyle 13.7
    BB/9: RJ 7.1 Boyle 6.5
    Hits/9: RJ 6.7 Boyle 2.1
    ERA: RJ 3.16 Boyle 0.84

    Boyle beats or Crushes Randy Johnson in all four categories. I don’t know how many IFFB RJ induced since they did not track that stat back then but think it would be far less than the 32% of balls hit in the air that Boyle has at this point.

    As Kindell points out above Elly De La Cruz is a special player. Does De La Cruz strike out too much? yep. But his skill set is so superior that people understand that and realize he is special anyway. I think it is time to start putting Joe Boyle in the same class and concede that walking too many players does not mean he is not a top 50 prospect.

    • DaveCT

      Stock, I’ve probably been the most vocal opponent to the Joe Boyle fans, re both upside and promotion to AA.

      My assumption had been that his control was caused by a greater degree of wildness than was real — Doug countered one of my comments with the observation that Boyle was missing the zone, yes, but not by as much as you’d think.

      So, I said, ok, I’m listening now. And I think the difference between your data approach and whatever in the world mine is, has to do with the eye test for me. The best example for me is Hunter Greene. I was all over the ‘start him in AAA’ club here, until I saw that slider in spring training. Same with Asgcraft, I didn’t like his delivery in spring training as too high effort. But seeing him in the show so far, I’m saying, that’ll do.

      Food for thought.

  7. Stock

    Leonardo Balcazar!!!

    I had him in my top 20 at YE 2021 and he continues to impress.

    1. At the age of 17 he is possibly the youngest player in AZL.
    2. His glove is good enough to play SS in the AZL. This means worst case scenario he is a 2B in the majors.
    3. The Reds are impressed enough in his bat to put him hitting 3rd on a team with some good bats (Jorge, Pino, Almonte, Valdez).

    Item 3 tells me that at this stage the Red feel his bat is more advanced than that of Almonte or Valdez. I know player rankings are about future value more so than current ability. But I also know that if a player is younger, has the ability to play up from you on the defensive spectrum, has shown much more power than you at this point in his career and is more advanced with the bat even though he is younger that it is time to start to consider him a superior prospect. I had Balcazar ahead of Almonte and Valdez at YE. I think many of the experts will do so at this YE. I could see Balcazar being a top 150 prospect in baseball come November.

    • DaveCT

      I think the age factor can be a very, very strong consideration in evaluating talent, especially our more elite prospects. I don’t have the research and I’m not prone to digging that deep anyway, but it sure seems the younger players are making significant contributions more often.

      • MBS

        I had one, and I was back to work in 2 days. I sat at a desk and couldn’t sit up straight without help, but I was back.

  8. SultanofSwaff

    DeLaCruz may have a Javier Baez profile when it’s all said and done, but that’s still elite when defense is factored in. Baez put up a couple 6 WAR seasons and many over 2.

    • DaveCT

      Preferably with a better temperament. Another comp might be the kid with the Pirates, currently at AAA, Oneil Cruz.

  9. Shawn

    What does Quintana have to do to work his way back on the top prospect list? 277/400/415/815 for May. 14 BB, 14 SO. Supposed to be a good defensive player.

    • Shawn

      By top prospect list. I mean team top 25 not overall top 100

    • Doug Gray

      Hit for more than a month would be a good place to start.

  10. Bdh

    Doug has there been any word on when Confidan will return to action?

  11. Bdh

    Rough start to his pro career for Ricardo Cabrera. No hits and 4 errors through 3 games.

    • DaveCT

      Where his fellow 2021-22 signee, ranked 45th overall by BA in the international class, Antuan Valencia, is off to a nice start.

      Cabrera/Valencia DSL
      Balcazar/Jorge AZL

      This is some legit, higher end middle infield talent in the rookie leagues. International talent, too. And this is before this year’s draft.

      • DaveCT

        Oh and outfielders Almonte/Valdez in the AZL

  12. Matt

    Tenerowicz apparently got promoted. He’s in Louisville’s lineup this evening.

    • Doug Gray

      Yeah, he moved up two days ago. Didn’t play his first night.