Nick Quintana homered twice and Allan Cerda homered and walked twice in their Double-A debuts while Alex McGarry clubbed his farm system best 15th home run of the season, Elly De La Cruz homered and got on base four times with Dayton, Chase Petty had another strong outing for Daytona with 5.0 shutout innings, and Leonardo Balcazar and Malvin Valdez both homered out in Arizona for the ACL Reds.

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The Louisville Bats lost 3-2. Box Score

Game Notes

Juniel Querecuto continued his strong June with two more hits. He’s hitting .329/.386/.506 in 21 games during the month.

Stuart Fairchild picked up two more hits and is now hitting .282/.317/.641 in his first 11 games since rejoining the organization.

Nick Lodolo is scheduled to make a rehab start with the Bats on Wednesday afternoon. Game begins at 12:05pm.

Prior to the game the Reds promoted Isiah Gilliam, Ricky Karcher, Brandon Williamson, and T.J. Zeuch to Louisville.

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 12-9 in 10. Box Score

Game Notes

Chattanooga scored 7 runs in the 6th inning and led 9-2 entering the 8th inning. The bullpen then gave up 5 runs in the 8th, 2 runs in the 9th, and 3 more runs in the 10th.

Alex McGarry continues to just crush the ball this season. He picked up his farm system best 15th home run in the game. Since joining Chattanooga 15 games ago he’s hitting .328/.381/.586. His OPS on the season is up to .947 between his time with the Lookouts and the Dragons.

Nick Quintana had a big debut in Double-A, hitting two home runs and driving in four runs. It was his first multi-homer game as a professional. He’s now hitting .266/.377/.457 on the season, which is easily the best line he’s put up in his three seasons in the minors.

Allan Cerda also had a big debut in his Double-A debut, hitting a home run and walking twice with two runs batted in.

Along with Quintana and Cerda, Connor Phillips was also promoted to Chattanooga.

The Dayton Dragons lost 18-6. Box Score

Game Notes

Great Lakes scored 9 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to really put the game away.

Elly De La Cruz had himself a big night, reaching base all four times he came to the plate, homering, and stealing his 22nd base of the season. The home run came from the right side of the plate, his first of the season. He walked for the 10th time in the last 14 games. His 10 walks in June are the most he’s ever had in a month, with the 7 he had in May representing the next closest.

Austin Hendrick now has 12 home runs between Daytona and Dayton in 61 games played. He hit 7 last season in 63 games. He’s walked 21 times this season compared to 51 times last season, and has 99 strikeouts this year and had 100 last season.

Prior to the game Dayton added Tyler Callihan, Quin Cotton, and Jonathan Willems to the roster.

The Daytona Tortugas lost 4-1. Box Score

Game Notes

Daytona had a 1-0 lead until the 6th inning when one swing of the bat changed the game with Palm Beach getting a go-ahead grand slam for their only scoring play of the night.

Another good game at the plate for Michel Triana since returning to the lineup earlier this month. In the 12 games in June he’s hitting .342/.468/.526 with 7 walks and 9 strikeouts. For comparison he had 8 walks and 36 strikeouts in 24 games during May.

Chase Petty still has zero wins in his career. Some of that is because he hasn’t been asked to throw many pitches, making it tough for him to throw 5 innings and qualify for the win very often, but when he left the game on Tuesday night he was in line for the win and, well, he didn’t get it. What he did do, though, was lower his ERA to 3.29 on the season in 52.0 innings. He now has 16 walks and 48 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .232/.307/.363 line.

Prior to the game Daytona added Rafael Franco and Michael Trautwein to the roster.

ACL Reds lost 8-5. Box Score

Game Notes

It was a close game until the 7th inning when the Royals put up a 4-run inning and grabbed a 6-0 lead. The Reds would score a run in the 8th and then 4 more in the 9th, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 11-5.

Leonardo Balcazar continued to crush the ball. The 18-year-old is now hitting .359/.469/.667 with 4 homers through 13 games.

Malvin Valdez picked up his first home run of the season in the 9th inning of the game.

DSL Reds lost 7-1. Box Score

Game Notes

Not a lot to make notes of on this one. The Reds had 3 hits in the game and they allowed 7 runs in 7 innings.

Esmith Pineda, who has been the Reds best hitter by far this season, was pinch hit for in the 5th inning. He was the DH on the day. Just worth keeping an eye on over the next few days to see if he’s back in the lineup or not.

Top 25 Prospect Rundown

6/29 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 27-45 12:05pm Lodolo Here Here Here
Chattanooga 34-36 7:15pm TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 41-29 7:05pm Boyle Here Here Here
Daytona 30-39 6:30pm Aguiar Here Here N/A
AZL Reds 11-5 OFF DAY Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
8-10 OFF DAY Here N/A N/A

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32 Responses

  1. Stock

    Leonardo Balcazar!!!

    Third in the league (among qualified hitters) in OPS. One of the two in front of him is 23 so he should not be considered.

    Second in the league among those less than 20 in OPS who have at least 3 HR. He trails only Donovan Antonia who is also a Reds prospect.

  2. Matt

    Whenever mass trades happen – Solano, Drury, etc. Querecuto should get another look at the MLB level. He’s looked good at AAA since 2019.

    de la Cruz should head to Chattanooga soon. Especially with McLain’s injury, he’s got SS available. They can figure out who plays where whenever McLain is healthy.

    Hope Lodolo dominates again today. Then replaces Minor in the rotation.

    • AMDG

      I’m not convinced the Reds will DFA or bench Minor.

      They gave away Miley for nothing. And essentially did the same thing with Barnhart. They had to give up Winker to get out from under Suarez’s contract.

      The release of Shogo was the one time they ate $, admitting their failure with his ill-advised contract.

      But would they be willing to admit failure again, by eating Minor’s $10M?

      If they were willing to eat more $ and DFA bad players with bad contracts, I assume they would have already done so with Moose?


        Miley wasn’t given away for nothing. That is what he was worth.

      • Stock

        The Barnhart trade is looking pretty good right now. Barnhart has a WAR of -0.5 and has struggled in Detroit. Quintana has just been promoted and his OPS this year is greater than 0.800

      • DaveCT

        Quintana is looking like not so much a sleeper, given his previous evaluation, but a breakout player. Which would be a nice surprise.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Could McGarry and Quintana be considered the unranked surpises this season in the farm system? What are the hopes they could make the big leagues in 2023? If they make it , Could they settle as a everyday players?

    • Doug Gray

      I mean I’d say that Joe Boyle tops that list among the unranked. What McGarry’s doing probably puts him 2nd.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Doug, do you normally do a mid season re-ranking of Top 25 prospects?

      • LarkinPhillips

        Thanks Doug. For your answer and for all you the work you do at this website. It is appreciated by many of us.

  4. MK

    Lookouts really blew their game at the end with play and communication issues between Quintana and Johnson. On a force play at third Johnson too close handcuffed Quintana with a too hard toss, then a couple batters later a pop toward third, an easy play for Quintana and Johnson ran over as if to call him off which as shortstop he can and neither caught it allowing the tying two runs to score.

  5. MBS

    @Doug, so what’s the deal with McGarry? Since he’s unranked I don’t know where to find a solid scouting report on him. I’d guess it would have him ranked high on power, average on bat. What about his Glove? Arm? Speed? It would be a cool story if this unranked prospect takes over 1B in 24. Not only are his numbers up in AA, but his K rate is falling to.

    • MK

      I would rank his glove better than Votto’s. Haven’t seen that much of his arm but he did play some left field as well for Dragons And did not hurt them there.

      • MBS

        That’s good to hear. McGarry has the prototypical body for 1B. I know it’s a stretch for him to succeed Votto, but he just keeps hitting. If he has success next year in AAA, he could be the front runner for Votto’s job.

      • Redsvol

        good to hear McGarry’s left field defense is passable. I’m a firm believer that a young first baseman needs to be able to play another position. Its just about impossible to break into a team if the only position you play is first base – unless you are Freddie Freeman.

  6. Bdh

    Was checking to see if Pineda was in the lineup today but I think they’re off today

    • Doug Gray

      They sure are. I must have overlooked the schedule like an idiot.

      • BK

        Making mistakes makes you human. You are definitely not an idiot! Thanks for the great work!

  7. RedBB

    Stuart Fairchild deserves a shot at the Major Leagues with the Reds especially considering this year is a waste.

  8. MK

    Doesn’t sound like the news is very good for James Proctor as he is out with a shoulder injury. Wonder if this could create a Petty promotion? With the promotion of Phillips and loss of Proctor there is a need for at least one starter as I imagine Evan Kravetz will fill one of those spots. They have kept Evan stretched out with some long relief.

    • Doug Gray

      I think that if the Reds call someone up to Dayton, and I’m guessing they’ll have to, that it won’t be Petty. He’s being asked to throw 50-70 pitches a start this season. Maybe they’ll bring up a guy from Arizona like Jacques Pucheu? Maybe Javi Rivera or Tanner Cooper get the call as guys from Daytona with a little longer rope in the pitch count than Petty and who are a little bit older than he is?

    • Redsvol

      I would be shocked if Petty got promoted even though he probably deserves it. He is very young for his level already and I would imagine they will want to be very careful with his pitch total and stress level for the season. Too bad about Proctor – he had gotten off to a good start for a bit but seemed to be very erratic his last few starts. Perhaps he was playing through an injury he shouldn’t have? Hopefully its not the dreaded labrum tear surgery.

      • DaveCT

        It was reported as shoulder impingement, but the real problem would be a rotator cuff tear, with labrum also a larger problem. Having had all three …

  9. SteveO

    Boyle line tonight. 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K 78 P
    Control getting better. Ready to pack up his bags to go to Chattanooga?

    • Redsvol

      its time. The young man needs to be challenged more. Here’s to hoping he stays healthy all year.

    • MBS

      I have to agree. Abbotts been challenged since his promotion to AA, and I think it’s time to let Boyle face that same kinda challenge. AA will be looking dangerous when Boyle and De La Cruz get their promotions.

  10. SteveO

    It may be time soon to see Cooper, Rivera, Holt and Sandridge to Dayton. Injuries and promotions depleting starting rotation and bullpen could use some help.

    • DaveCT

      Imagine reinforcements from the draft are part of the equation