T.J. Zeuch struck out 12 batters for Louisville while Jose Barrero hit his 9th homer of the year, Allan Cerda broke out of a slump with a double and a home run in a Chattanooga win, Myles Gayman threw 4.0 shutout innings of relief for Dayton, Jose Acuna struck out six batters in 5.0 strong innings for Daytona while Hayden Jones kept crushing the ball, and the ACL Reds got several big performances in their comeback win.

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The Louisville Bats lost 5-4 in 10. Box Score

Game Notes

Louisville scored 2 runs in the top of the 8th to grab a 3-2 lead, only to see Indianapolis tie the game up in the bottom of the 9th. In the 10th inning TJ Friedl started on second base for Louisville, but he was caught stealing – he tripped and basically did a head first slide half way between second and third before he was tagged out trying to run back to second base. Jose Barrero homered later in the inning, but it was a solo home run in a game that eventually needed at least two runs in the inning to continue.

Speaking of Jose Barrero, he is reportedly being called up to join Cincinnati in Miami on Wednesday affording to Francys Romero of MLB.com.

TJ Zeuch has more strikeouts in this game than he had in his last 26.1 big league innings (which is how many he threw between 2020 and 2021 for the Toronto Blue Jays). His 12 strikeouts easily set a new career best. He’s been a pro since 2016 and he’s only struck out 8 batters twice in his career (previous career high).

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 4-3. Box Score

  • Elly De La Cruz went 2-4 with a walk, steal (33), and a run.
  • Michael Siani went 1-4 with a walk and 2 steals (35).
  • TJ Hopkins went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Alex McGarry went 1-4 with a steal (13)
  • Nick Quintana went 2-3 with a walk, double, and an RBI.
  • Allan Cerda went 2-2 with 2 walks, double, home run (20), 2 runs, and 2 RBI.
  • Mike Byrne threw 1.2 shutout innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
  • JC Keys threw 2.2 shutout innings with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Andrew Abbott struggled again on Tuesday night as he allowed 3 earned runs in 4.1 innings while walking 4 batters with 3 strikeouts. His ERA now sits at 5.77 in 13 starts with Chattanooga as he’s walked 29 batters with 73 strikeouts in 57.2 innings. The control has been a bit of an issue after walking just 11 batters in the first 40.0 innings of his career.

Allan Cerda broke out of a slump by picking up 2 hits and walking 2 times. Since July 16th he had been 1-36 with 3 walks and 18 strikeouts.

The Dayton Dragons lost 8-3. Box Score

Game Notes

It was a tough start for Miguel Medrano on the day as he allowed 8 runs – 6 of which were earned – in 4.0 innings.

Myles Gayman lowered his ERA to 3.38 on the season and he now has 45 strikeouts with just 10 walks in 40.0 innings.

Noelvi Marte made his organizational debut on the evening by going 0-4 with a strikeout. He also made an error.

The Daytona Tortugas lost 4-2. Box Score

  • Ashton Creal went 1-4 with a double.
  • Jay Allen II went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run.
  • Hayden Jones went 1-4 with a home run (7) and 2 RBI.
  • Wendell Marrero went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Michel Triana went 1-2 with a walk, steal, and he was hit by a pitch.
  • Jose Acuna was charged with an unearned run in 5.0 innings on 4 hits and he struck out 6 batters.
  • Julian Aguiar was charged with 3 unearned runs in 3.0 innings with 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

All four runs against Daytona were unearned.

Jose Acuna, acquired in the trade with the Mets for Tyler Naquin, made his organizational debut with 5.0 strong innings that saw him strike out 6 batters. After starting the season in the Florida Complex League where he threw 25.2 innings he’s now thrown 13.0 innings in the Florida State League and has 5 walks to go with 18 strikeouts and just 1 earned run. His outing on Tuesday lowered his ERA on the season to 2.33 in his 38.2 innings pitched.

On the night Acuna averaged 91.6 MPH with his fastball, topping out at 93. His change up worked 81-84 MPH and he threw 11 of them. He threw 24 sliders between 78-83 MPH, and also mixed in three curveballs in the mid 70’s.

Hayden Jones kept on hitting well. Since June 12th, a span of 28 games, he’s hitting .315/.376/.554 in 101 plate appearances.

The ACL Reds won 7-6. Box Score

Game Notes

Hector Rodriguez had a big night at the plate. He’s now hitting .345/.383/.555 on the season in his 30 games played. He’s got 8 walks and struck out just 9 times this year. Rodriguez also has 12 steals in 15 attempts.

Carlos Jorge now has 20 steals in 24 attempts to go along with a .268/.416/.526 line through 33 games.

Johnny Ascanio raised his line on the season to .344/.423/.459 through 20 games played.

The DSL Reds had the day off

They’ll be off until at least August 8th. Multiple games have been outright cancelled, and several more have been postponed since they last played on July 26th. They’ve also had some scheduled off days in there, but there’s a COVID outbreak it would seem as all of the cancelled/postponed games have been marked as such on the scoreboard.

8/3 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 41-58 1:05pm TBA/TBA Here Here Here
Chattanooga 42-55 8:05pm TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 48-47 7:05pm ROA Here Here Here
Daytona 38-56 6:10pm Rivera Here Here Here
AZL Reds 24-14 OFF DAY Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
18-20 OFF DAY Here N/A N/A

63 Responses

  1. Mike

    Acuna seems tremendously polished for so young an age. I hope his fastball has life to make up for the mediocre velo, though. I shudder to think of another Guti and his straight-as-an-arrow heater

  2. VegaRed

    Wow our minor league teams have very poor records—just one team barely above .500.

    It will be interesting if next year the influx of young talent will increase the winning percentages across the board. I hate to see the prospects learn such losing ways before they ever make the big club because heaven knows they’ll see plenty of losing in Cincy for a few years anyway.

    • Bdh

      Injuries to Allen, Dunn, and Confidan hurt Daytona bad. They also had Vellojin, Hendrick, Callihan, and Thompson promoted.

      Dayton killed it to start but lost Bonnin and Hinds to injury + Abbott, Phillips, McGarry, De La Cruz, Cerda, and Quintana promoted.

      Chattanooga was only so so to begin but are really looking good with all of the Dayton promotions added to the team. The more Phillips and Abbott settle in the better they’ll look.

      Louisville was screwed from the start due to all the injuries with the MLB club. The team they could’ve started with would’ve been much more talented

      The Arizona league is killing it. Daytona will be must see next year

      • JaxDan

        I now live in Jacksonville, looking forward to seeing some games next year in Daytona

    • BK

      It’s always a balance between player development and winning, but the balance tilts heavily in the favor of development

    • MK

      It is interesting seeing different organizations Philpot minor league winning. Reds teams have a tendency to go with a set plan regardless of game situation. Last week the Whitecaps played each game like a playoff game with situational substitutions, etc.

      • Tom

        Wouldn’t that be advised for any team? I don’t get not trying to work the intricacies of the game. That IS development.

      • MK

        Tom here is an example: when Eric Davis comes into Dayton talking to base runners he tells them to run regardless of situation. But that kind of goes against reacting to strategy. One is trying to teach their own capabilities whether it makes for team success.

      • Tom

        Thanks for the example. Seems out of whack to me. I’m trying to think of a comparable approach in other sports. Maybe it happens in the NBA D league where they tell a guy to just jack up 3’s whenever? IDK. In all, I would think that sort of instruction is the domain of practice or exhibitions. Once the lights come on it “should” be about competition and winning.

    • Doug Gray

      I mean being 24-14 is not “barely” over .500. To put into perspective that record, if they played a full 162 game schedule, that’s a 102-60 record.

      • VegasRed

        Yeah Doug you are correct Sir! DSL is over .500 correct. A short season rookie league team. Every other team is sucking pond water big time except Dayton at .500.

        My point was most every team has a big time losing record this year and I wondered if things will be noticeably better with upgraded talent.

        What’s your point? One team is doing fairly well? Good point!

  3. Bdh

    Krall deserves a lot more credit because he’s done a great job starting this rebuild. He has an exciting group of young players that are locked up on the team for years right now and now an absolutely loaded farm system to go with it.

    Players who have exhausted prospect status but are young controllable talents for years to come include Senzel and Dunn until 2026 and the following group is full of players locked up until 2027 or 2028 (Stephenson, India, Greene, Lodolo, Ashcraft, Diaz, Fraley, Antone, Sanmartin, Moreta, Santillan, Fraley, Friedl, Lopez, Overton, Gutierrez, and Schrock)

    On top of that you (or at least I feel this way) can go 50 deep into our farm system and still get excited about the players you’re talking about. Here’s my list 50 deep not counting Lodolo who will be removed from prospect lists soon

    1 – Elly De La Cruz
    2 – Noelvi Marte
    3 – Jose Barrero
    4 – Cam Collier
    5 – Matt McLain
    6 – Connor Phillips
    7 – Edwin Arroyo
    8 – Spencer Steer
    9 – Brandon Williamson
    10 – Jay Allen
    11 – Andrew Abbott
    12 – Chase Petty
    13 – Alex McGarry
    14 – Yerlin Confidan
    15 – Bryce Bonnin
    16 – Christian Roa
    17 – Levi Stoudt
    18 – Christian Encarnacion-Strand
    19 – Daniel Vellojin
    20 – Reds Hinds
    21 – Carlos Jorge
    22 – Leonardo Balcazar
    23 – Joe Boyle
    24 – Victor Acosta
    25 – Ariel Almonte
    26 – Allan Cerda
    27 – Ivan Johnson
    28 – Hector Rodriguez (great start as a red)
    29 – Jose Acuna (heck of a first start today)
    30 – Mike Siani
    31 – Ricardo Cabrera
    32 – Jose Torres
    33 – Esmith Cabrera
    34 – Steve Hajjar
    35 – Austin Callahan
    36 – Tyler Callihan
    37 – Sal Stewart
    38 – Malvin Valdez
    39 – Austin Hendrick
    40 – Carlos Sanchez
    41 – Andrew Moore
    42 – Mathew Nelson
    43 – TJ Hopkins
    44 – James Free
    45 – Javi Rivera
    46 – Logan Tanner
    47 – Justin Boyd
    48 – Justice Thompson
    49 – Bryce Hubbart
    50 – Kenya Huggins

    Heck the next 5-6 IMO would include Quintana, Jackson Miller and Lyon Richardson who were on top 25 lists preseason, Braylin Minier playing in A ball as a teenager, and a couple players with an OPS over .860 in rookie ball – Antonia and Ascanio.

    Of course not everyone will pan out but the quality stretches down so far that it’s hard to imagine not fielding a playoff caliber team with this system right now. And just like they did in the early 2010s they’ll have the money freed up to extend 6-7 of these guys while others still are under their 6 years of control.

    • Bdh

      Also of note is that the reds should have 3 top 50 picks in next years draft (top 10 pick, comp bal rd A pick, and 2nd round pick) and are the likely landing spot for Alfredo Duno.

    • MBS

      I’m headed to work, so I’m looking forward to digesting your top 50. 1st quick take is how hitter heavy you top 10 is. That draft and the trades have had a major impact on the balance of talent.

      • Andrew

        Lodolo, Greene, Ashcraft all graduated so that’s possibly why. That’s 3/5 if course of the rotation

  4. kevinzs

    All time missed Hope Barrero plays often.
    Hope EDLC goes on a run shows hype real.
    Force reds hand for next season.
    Start at AAA at least.

    • Greenfield Red

      This is a nice list. Is there a way to keep it available.

      A couple of surprises at 1st glance: is Cam Collier that highly thought of this soon? The system must be stacked to have Cabrera that low.

      • Bdh

        Law Has Collier ranked in his top 30 already but he had him as the 2nd best in the draft as well.

  5. Alex Reds

    Reds were not able to sign high schooler Mason Neville in the 18th round. Reds were able to sign 11th round pick high school RHP Ben Brutti at $405,000 which is way over the $125,000 slot! It looks like they really like Brutti as that’s around the amount of money a 4th rounder would get. Brutti was ranked 108th best high school senior in 2022 nationally by PerfectGame. Brutti was the top prospect coming out of Rhode Island. Brutti is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound RHP. In his senior season, he had a 7-1 record with a 0.46 ERA in 46 innings with 105 Ks, 14 hits allowed, and only 11 walks. WOW! Nobody has talked about Brutti in the Reds draft, might be a sleeper.

    • RedsGettingBetter

      Yes, I briefly reviewed some info about Brutti and the scouts report very good skills and nasty delivery even they thought Brutti was a tough sign for a 11th rounder being a high schooler… but they made it…credits

  6. Mo84

    Anyone else want to see Barrero at second and India at third for the rest of the season?

    • Tim

      Id rather see Barrero at 3rd if they are going to keep the Hall of Famer Kyle Farmer at SS. Barrero has an absolute cannon for an arm and i think it would work well from 3rd.

      • Luke J

        I don’t know, Tim. Barerro’s calling card is elite range as well. And India’s main weakness is range. I think I’d keep Barrero up the middle.

    • Kindell

      Barrero is the best defensive infielder of those 3 by a wide margin. He should be playing SS.

      • Chi Reds Fan

        Farmer came over from Dodgers as a catcher…well we need a catcher….where and how much they play Barrero (not saying should be out there every day against the toughest righties but most of the time) will be a nice test of how competent the Reds judgment is under the new regime.

    • BK

      I want to see Barrero at SS at AAA or with the Reds–wherever the Reds believe he best develops as a hitter. I believe he and are likely our two best defensive shortstops (among our top 6). Barrero is ML-ready once he cuts down on his K rate to pre-2022 levels.

  7. redsfan4040

    Doug, will Marte need rule 5 protected this fall? He signed in 2018, but didn’t debut until 2019. I understand it for domestic draftees and signings, but is it the same for international players? Same goes for Elly. He signed in July 18, but debuted in summer 19.

    • Krozley

      Not Doug, but yes Marte and DLC will need added this offseason along with Stoudt, Williamson, Steer, Siani, Vellojin, and I. Johnson. At least those are the eight that I would add. In looking at the current 44 players on the 40-man, I easily see 11 of them dropped by next year based on free agency or poor performance, which would free 7 spots so there may be a tough decision made depending on other transactions. Of which, I would try and attach one or two of our extra 30-50 ranked prospects to Moose and, say $12M, to move on from him. I would guess some team would take him for only a $6M salary while adding a couple wild card prospects. That freed up $6M could be used to add a solid bullpen guy.

  8. Ahimsa

    Wondering if EDLC at 6’5″ stays in the infield.

    • BK

      Personally, I think he’ll end up in the outfield–his speed and arm would be ideal in CF or RF. That said, he’s a unique athlete–nothing will surprise me with him.

  9. LDS

    Good to hear Barrero is on the way up. Start him at SS, keep India at 2nd, and move Farmer to 3rd. Just don’t play Barrero out of position to placate Farmer. I don’t care how well Barrero hits at this point. It’s about playing every day and seeing if there’s anything there. If he doesn’t hit? Next!

    • Jonathan Linn

      yes agreed; Barrero @ SS, India @ 2nd, and Farmer at 3rd. Votto to DH

    • BK

      I agree, play him at SS. As for his hitting, it may be a work in progress. Something changed this year with him and his K-rate skyrocketed. He’s had tremendous success at AAA (and at every level) before. Because of this, I’ve got to think it’s correctable. That said, it may take some time and 2023 will be another year in which “sorting” may be a higher priority than winning.

      • Mo84

        From what I’ve read pitchers learned Barrero can’t hit a quality slider but loves to swing at them. I would love to see Barrero play short but the Reds have a fascination with Farmer.

  10. Matt

    I’m impressed with Carlos Jorge’s eye at the plate. Strikes out are a up from last year, but so are the walks. Walks 1/6 PAs.

  11. Norwood Nate

    Would have liked to have seen Barrero spend a little more time righting the ship and readjusting after the hamate injury. His development has already been convoluted by a way-too-early call up in 2020, and then by getting little and inconsistent playing time in 2021 with the Reds. I’d like to see him come up (and play!) when he’s back closer to the guy who tore through AAA last season.
    But I suppose he’s been heating up a bit, comparatively. On 7/22 he has what appears to be a season low .580 OPS, and in the past 8 games raised it to .639, going 8-32 during that span with 3 HRs and 2 2Bs (but unfortunately 9 K’s vs 0 BBs).
    I guess the time is now, and PT is available. I hope he actually plays, regardless of the results, he needs time to acclimate.

    • BK

      All good points … the Reds deserve a lot of criticism for first calling him up in 2020 when he clearly wasn’t ready. Then last year, for calling him up when he was crushing AAA and having him sit behind players who were floundering. For an organization that is going to depend on its minor league pipeline, they must prioritize setting the highest potential prospects up for a successful transition to the majors.

      Hopefully, our coaching staff has him on a good path to better controlling the strike zone.

      • Matt McWax

        Probably been playing baseball since birth and it’s been 7 years since he played with the U18 Cuban National Team (ala Hunter Greene, Braxton Garrett) . Teacher can’t postpone the test any longer, time to face Alcantara. Give us a hard hit ball, 1 or fewer k’s, no errors, good hustle, and one impressive play at SS if the chance arises.

  12. MK

    Glad Daytona on milb-tv this week. Acuna looked good last night. A somewhat stocky build. Had to be tough starting against the team he was on last week, plus he hit the first batter in the head. But he shook it all off and was very solid.

  13. SteveO

    Doug, any word on Levi Stoudt? Didn’t see him on any minor league roster. Would have thought he’d be in Chattanooga

    • SteveO

      Never mind. He’s been added to the Chattanooga roster

    • Mo84

      Stoudt pitched tonight. He looks good. Good changeup. Really let his fastball go in his final inning. Bats have looked good as well against the White Sox No. 10 Prospect. Hopkins is the only one who has looked rough swinging out of his shoes. Fell down 3 times. De La Cruz missed a Homer by 10ft, can’t wait until he puts on another 20lbs. McLain’s Homer was a blast. Siani hit the ball well.

  14. LeRoy

    Barrero is being called up today. To be honest, he hasn’t earned it. He had a good year last year at Louisville though he struck out over 30% of the time. This year after returning from injury he’s hitting just above .200 and striking out more. If he hasn’t learned plate discipline in the minors, he won’t be able to in the majors. He will be at best a hitter of Aquino’s stature and will be traded or released by next year. At this time Farmer is a much better player than Barrero and should continue to play until one of the other minor league shortstops is ready for the majors.

    • Doug Gray

      Just to clarify a point here – Jose Barrero struck out 22% of the time in Louisville last year, not anywhere near 30%.

    • BK

      He earned his promotion last year and his performance this year is an outlier. The problem is pretty clear, his K-rate. The question is why–injury related or something else. We just have to trust the coaches believe he’s made the necessary adjustments. I won’t be overly concerned unless his K-rate this year lingers into next year. He’s had lots of success before, which leads me to believe the problem is correctable.

      • Old Big Ed

        I think it was the injury, because it would make no sense for him to suddenly start whiffing more at the same level.

        He got 5 days off for the All-Star break and has been smoking the ball since.

  15. SteveO

    PTBNL prospects that I hope are being looked at in return for Pham are Sierra-1B/OF, Bleis-OF, Rodriguez-Cruz and Paez- both P. All are complex level, 19 and under and don’t reach rule 5 status until ‘25. We received similar prospects in the Naquin trade and it seems to be in line with what Krall is looking for. I also like Jordan on their A level team, but he might be a reach.

    • Old Big Ed

      I think that they will be lucky to get the runt of the litter of the batboy’s dog.

  16. Chi Reds Fan

    Mariners have staked Castillo to a 6 run lead in the top of the 1st (against Gerritt Cole no less), Castillo must be thinking “this may not be so bad”…

  17. SteveO

    Steer not in the lineup today for Louisville. Not there yet?

  18. PaulyOH

    Noelvi Marte also made an excellent defensive play in his Dragons debut. Nice catch on a line drive going to his right, then doubled off the runner at first base.

    • Doug Gray

      I saw a lot of people talking about the play but honestly, that was a pretty routine play from what I saw.

    • MK

      I was a little disappointed when I saw him go to his left on a ball up the middle.

  19. Krozley

    Dinelson Lamet DFA’d by the Brewers. Reds should absolutely put in a claim and hope the Nats, Pirates, or Cubs don’t beat them to it. He’s stunk with the Padres this year, but has great minor league stats and may find his old success again with a change of scenery.

    • Old Big Ed

      I’m no expert on how the DFA system works, but I think that rather than claim him, they need him to go unclaimed, then sign him if he refuses assignment to the Brewers MiLB system. The Reds don’t want his contract, but they could get him for the minimum by waiting.

      Most of the guys like Lamet have ties in the baseball world that leads them to somewhere that makes sense for them personally. Brandon Drury, for example, really respected Mike Bell from years before, and he thought it made sense to work with David Bell.

      • SteveO

        Stoudt instantly looks like the ace of the Lookouts. He throws a variety of pitches for strikes and very few balls hit hard tonight. Quintana has impressively raised his avg. to .289 after his double in the 6th.
        Looks like trades that were made have sparked some energy into the organization. Influx of talent has made players step up their games

  20. SteveO

    First hit for Marte in the Reds organization is a 2 run HR! Time to move to Chattanooga! Lol

  21. kevinzs

    Digging around to me building system.
    Similar to Cleveland.
    International heavy, same with big club as well for them.
    Hopefully can hit like they have so far.
    Done awesome with trades and devlp it as well.