Daniel Vellojin crushed two home runs in Chattanooga while Spencer Stockton struck out eight for the Lookouts in relief, Robert Dugger tossed 6.2 shutout innings and Jose Barrero homered in Louisville’s win, and Tyler Callihan got on base four times and Quincy McAfee homered for Dayton.

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The Louisville Bats won 5-1. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 9-7. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons lost 4-1. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas were postponed

The game was postponed due to health and safety protocols as one of the teams did not have enough healthy active players on their roster.

The ACL Reds had the day off

The DSL Reds had the day off

They’ll be off until at least August 2nd. The rest of their games this month have been postponed, and August 1st is a regularly scheduled off day. As of now the game on August 2nd has not been postponed.

7/28 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 40-54 7:05pm Dunn Here Here Here
Chattanooga 39-53 7:15pm Salinas Here Here Here
Dayton 45-45 6:35pm Roa Here Here Here
Daytona 37-51 5:00pm Rivera/Cooper Here Here N/A
AZL Reds 23-12 9:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
18-20 OFF DAY Here N/A N/A

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50 Responses

  1. Bdh

    Seeing the return the royals got for a 2+ month rental of Benintendi (Yankees #19, #21, plus a 3rd prospect) what does everyone now think the reds could get from Drury

    They have almost an identical OPS+ this year (benintendi 123 – Drury 124) but Drury has a lot more positional versatility and is much cheaper on $

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    • MK

      I just think Drury is being overvalued here. There is a reason he has been with Blue Jays, D-Backs, and Yankees, while being available to Reds as a minor league Free Agent this Spring. He has had a good year hitting for good power but he is a utility guy on a good team. A mid-level prospect in return would be an excellent return.

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  2. Mo84

    The fact that the Reds have 6-8 players that need to be traded but haven’t traded one yet concerns me.

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    • Bdh

      Who’s your 8?

      I got The big 3

      Castillo
      Mahle
      Drury

      Get the best deals possible with these 3

      3 Other expiring deals

      Naquin
      Solano
      Strickland (3.85 ERA since the start of May so I think he goes)

      Attach these players to the big 3 if you have to but no reason to keep them

      Then also Pham who has a mutual option year next season. I could see him moved or kept for next season to bridge the gap to the post votto/Moose team in 2024

      I’d assume your 8th player would be Farmer? I’d keep him and hope he’s used more like a utility player going forward

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      • Stock

        All in or all out I say:

        Castillo
        Mahle
        Drury
        Solano
        Naquin
        Strickland
        Farmer
        Senzel
        Pham

        Even India and Stephenson with the right offer. Also if you overwhelm them for Lodolo and possibly Greene I would do it.

      • Mo84

        Farmer is 31 and he is blocking the chance for Barrero to play everyday. So Farmer is 7 and hopefully Pham is 8 besides the ones you listed. We aren’t lucky enough to offload Moose. There really are only 6 that would be untouchable for me.

      • MBS

        My rank order of trade importance

        1 Castillo (Must get a good return, or keep him)
        2 Mahle (Must get a good return, or keep him)
        3 Drury (Should seek extension before trade)
        4 Pham (Get whatever you can)
        5 Naquin (Get whatever you can)
        6 Solano (Get whatever you can)
        7 Strickland (Get whatever you can)
        8 Reynolds (Get whatever you can)
        9 Farmer (only move if he’s an add on to Castillo or Mahle deal)

  3. Bdh

    Vellojin just keeps getting better as the year goes. Doesn’t matter that he’s moving up leagues. At this pace he could be Stephenson’s backup by the start of 2024

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  4. Norwood Nate

    AA is said to be the toughest jump in the minors and following the Reds minor leagues here for the past 15+ years I can attest to seeing many once promising careers get derailed at the level. After a hot start after the promotion Cerda has come crashing back down to earth. Both our rising stars has scuffled upon reaching AA as well, in DeLaCruz and Abbott. McClain has a nice OPS but still has plenty to work on at the level too.
    Plenty of time to turn it around, dealing with small sample sizes. Just am less sure about there being much immediate help around the corner during next season. It’s all well and good, no need to rush anyone, and the Reds aren’t likely competing next season regardless.

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    • Stock

      I agree with much of this. I think that not only will the Reds not be competitive next year but they will not be competitive for the next several years. This is why I believe some thought should be taken into trading Stephenson (if he is able to return for the post-season) and India.

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      • PTBNL

        You are right, they trade India and Stephenson (and Lodolo and Greene) the Reds will not be competitive for the next several years.

      • Redsvol

        Now Stock, this is just crazy talk. Prospects are prospects – and many fail. We will never compete it we constantly sell our proven major leaguers.

      • Oldtimer

        The Reds will not be competitive for the next several years whether they trade those guys or not. 2025 = competitive again.

  5. Stock

    Interesting that so many teams in contention are open to trade controllable starting pitching. I am hoping that means they have come to the conclusion that controllable starting pitching is overpriced this summer and the Reds can bring in some very good prospects for Mahle and Castillo.

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  6. Stock

    Ivan Johnson’s K% for the season is far too high. But for his last 50 PA he has a K% of 26%. This is reasonable. His BB% of 2% stinks. Hopefully his transition to AA is noted in his K% and he will remain at this level or better throughout the rest of the year.

    His line of .388/.400/.580/.980 is very good. If he can keep this K% and increase the BB% he may be a viable option in Cincinnati.

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    • DaveCT

      Johnson had a long layoff and seems to have taken awhile to get on track. But those who have seen Johnson play a lot, especially along side Matt McLain, feel Johnson is the more athletic of the two. Given the breakout of Barrero last year in AA and AAA and the emergence of EDLC, along with competition from the likes of Ubaez and Hernandez, Johnson can get lost in the prospect shuffle. But I think he has some decent utility role upside.

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  7. RedBB

    Siani keeps getting it done. Only goes 1-4 but swipes 4 bases. I’m telling you he is an elite GG quality CF when he hits the bigs and will be our CF in 2024 over Senzel. I have him ranked a #10 overall on my Reds Top Prospect list just below Abbott and above Cerda.

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    • Stock

      I think you have convinced me RedBB. I had him at 19 but think he should be higher now. Thanks for your insight.

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    • DaveCT

      I’m still in doubt. Siani has been somewhat streaky as a hitter as a pro, which in itself isn’t unique. But he’s going to need to find at least some consistent gap-to-gap power IMO to re-establish his ML chops. If he can show some pop this year in AA and next year in AAA, I’d agree Siani can grab a 4th OF job and, perhaps, a starter job.

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      • Redsvol

        I’m with DaveCT on Siani. Nice 4A player. Can’t hit left handed pitching and doesn’t have any power. So his ceiling is a 4th outfielder and maybe not even that.

  8. LDS

    Barrero appears to be hitting much better over the last week or so. And Aquino as well though Fraley is still lagging. Call up Barrero in the next couple of weeks and let’s see what he can do. And no, don’t bring him up to sit on the bench. Play him every day. And since it’s trade season, can the Reds find a taker for Bell, even if they have to package him with a top 30 prospect. The guy needs to go.

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    • BK

      In the last week:

      – Fraley, 6 for 16, 3 Ks
      – Barrero, 7 for 21, 7 Ks
      – Aquino, 7 for 16, 4 Ks

      Fraley is not lagging. Barrero is getting hits, the strikeout rate remains a concern.

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    • Oldtimer

      I wonder if major league pitchers might be tougher to hit for Barrero than AAA pitchers. Probably so.

      Reply
  9. Bdh

    Nobody asked and I know nobody cares but this is what I have for my current top 30 in the system before the influx of prospects from trades.

    1 – Lodolo
    2 – De La Cruz
    3 – Barrero
    4 – Phillips
    5 – Collier
    6 – McLain
    7 – Williamson
    8 – Petty
    9 – Allen
    10 – Abbott
    11 – McGarry
    12 – Confidan
    13 – Bonnin
    14 – Vellojin
    15 – Roa
    16 – Jorge
    17 – Hinds
    18 – Almonte
    19 – Cabrera
    20 – Johnson
    21 – Boyle
    22 – Siani
    23 – Cerda
    24 – Balcazar
    25 – Torres
    26 – Callihan
    27 – Pineda
    28 – Callahan
    29 – Stewart
    30 – Hendrick

    Lodolo and Barrero will come off soon so my next 2 would be

    31 – Valdez
    32 – Rivera

    Confidan may be my biggest reach but he was ACL MVP last year and was hitting some missles before his quad injury early this season. Really impressive for a 19 year old. Can’t wait to see him back in action

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    • Norwood Nate

      Due to their floors, I’d have both Cerda and Siani a bit higher. Probably top 15. Siani is elite defensively with speed, just needs to figure out how to get a little more pop out his bat (which can come with age/physical development). Cerda absolutely crushes the ball when he makes contact, is athletic, has good speed, and is good defensively as well. His issue will be making enough contact. Both have warts, but have high enough ceilings due to their other tools that I’d have them above some of the others. I’m probably higher on Hinds as well. Minor quibbles, just differences in opinions, but I’d have all three rated higher than McGarry, Confidan, and Vellojin.

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      • DaveCT

        Almonte may be the a rising prospect very soon. I’ve seen some comments here stating his offensive upside is as high as anyone in the system. So, after a year in AZ where the scouting and development people can get a better look at him, I wouldn’t be surprised if he jumps way up.

        That said, what a summer to be around the complex in AZ this year.

    • Stock

      Thanks for your list BDH. Always nice to get a different perspective. Thanks to Red BB above I agree with Norwood Nate that many on here are underating Siani, including me.

      The other major difference I have is Joe Boyle. I know I am alone having him in my top 10 but he is unhittable. If he can throw strikes he is a future #1. Based upon that ceiling he is in my top 10.

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    • DaveCT

      I can hear the howls of protest on 660 am sports radio in my sleep … while Beantown radio is undoubtedly fanning the flames. There’s no two places like them.

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    • Bdh

      Gallo is a free agent at the end of the year. I wouldn’t mind them taking Gallo back in the trade of it sweetened the deal overall

      Trade simulator gives the reds a 49.6 > 44.5 value over the Yankees if the following trade was made and it’s one I would easily say yes to

      Yankees get
      Castillo 41.2 value
      Pham 3.3 value

      Reds get
      Peraza 22.8
      Dominguez 14.9
      Wesneski 9.1
      Gallo 2.8

      That’s 2 top 50 prospects and a 3rd top 10 in their system who could slot into the reds rotation right away if Mahle is also traded at the deadline.

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      • DaveCT

        1. Add a 4th prospect.if we take Gallo and give up Pham.

        2. The Yanks would, of course, eat most if Gallo’s contract, right?

    • Redsvol

      why would Krall be motivated to move early. Let the market come to you – because it will. He has the only bona fide starting pitching difference maker in a 7 game world series. Those don’t grow on trees. If we don’t think we’re getting market value then keep him.

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  10. SteveO

    Watching the Lookouts game and the announcer Larry Ward is terrible! He can’t even get the Lookout players right when doing play by play. Can’t believe he went into Tennessee radio HOF.

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    • PTBNL

      stick to critiquing the players. Larry is a top notch guy and has been doing this for a long time.

      Reply
  11. Brad

    FWIW, I am a fan of Reds return for Naquin/Diehl. Two wildcard 18/19 year olds finding early success in Low-A. Both on Midseason Mets Top-30. Curious how Rodriguez compares to middle infield guys of similar age in system: Minier, Jorge, Balcazar, etc.

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    • Bdh

      Yea both in rookie ball but the pitcher is racking up K’s and the position player is hitting something like .370 right now. Naquin was nothing but positive for the reds. Claimed off waivers, put up a solid season and a half, then gets a respectable return for a 2 month rental

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      • Bdh

        I misspoke – He’s hitting .340s not .370. OPS in the .900s too. Only 9 strike outs in 119 PA. Also hit .301 in the DSL last year.

    • Brad

      I cant help to compare Hector Rodriguez’s profile to that of former Redleg Henry Rodriguez. Could really hit, not a ton of power, not overly athletic to claim an everyday defensive spot. Hit a ton in minors and spent some time in majors.

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  12. Greenfield Red

    Love this trade. Fill the minors with good young talent. Obviously get much more for Castillo, Mahle, and Drury.

    For what was given up, this was a steal.

    And maybe, just maybe, Krall understands that trading for major league ready players is a terrible idea… unlike they did 7 years ago

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    • BK

      Couldn’t agree more; they clearly shot for upside with these two prospects. The Reds need to improve their talent depth. This looks like the right approach.

      Reply

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