Spencer Steer lost his on-base and hit streak on Thursday but picked up three hits and a walk for Louisville on Friday to start another one, Elly De La Cruz had a big night while Allan Cerda homered twice and Christian Encarnacion-Strand picked up his 29th homer of the year in a Chattanooga doubleheader, Ashton Creal picked up two hits and the Dragons bullpen was lights out in a Dayton win, and Blake Dunn went off again for Daytona in a big win for the Tortugas.

If you are interested in getting emailed every day during the season with additional game notes and a rundown on how the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospects performed (along with other perks) you can sign up to support the site through Patreon and get all of that for a few bucks a month. If that’s something that sounds interesting you can get more information here.

The Louisville Bats lost 6-5 in 10. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts split a doubleheader

Game 1: 4-2 win. Box Score

Game 2: 11-5 loss. Box Score

  • Michael Siani went 1-3 with a double, walk, run, and an RBI.
  • Elly De La Cruz went 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand went 1-4 with a home run (29).
  • Allan Cerda went 2-2 with a walk and 2 home runs (24).
  • Jacob Hurtubise went 2-3 with a walk.

The Dayton Dragons won 6-4. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas won 9-2. Box Score

8/27 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 51-70 7:05pm Wynne Here Here Here
Chattanooga 49-67 7:35pm TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 57-58 7:30pm Farr Here Here Here
Daytona 47-69 6:00pm TBA Here Here N/A
ACL Reds 32-19 Season Complete Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
24-26 Season Complete Here N/A N/A

18 Responses

    • Mike

      Taking away stolen bases, which Steer doesn’t do, I think 2017-19 Whit Merrifield would be the hope. Which is not bad at all

  1. Bdh

    Another rbi single off of a Left handed pitcher today for Hopkins. He also threw a runner out at the plate tonight. I’m firmly sticking to my recent opinion that he should be the other side of Fraley’s platoon next season

    Also starting to get that excitement back for Dunn that I had a few months ago before he was injured. I know he’s old for his level but if he can keep getting on base at this rate with his speed (yet to be caught stealing in the minors) he could finish the season in AA next year

    • Redsvol

      It would be nice to see Hopkins fill some sort of tile in 2023 or 2024. I need to see more though. Defensively he looked like a liability to me but he can improve with coaching.

      I’m hopeful Dunn will force them to move him to Dayton to finish. He isn’t challenged enough at Daytona and Creal hasn’t produced enough in Dayton to keep his spot. Dunn to Dayton. Someone from Arizona to Daytona please.

      • EyeballsInNooga

        Hopkins is playable in the field. He’s faster than he looks. Arm is okay (enough for RF but barely) and he’s even played some CF in AA, although I wouldn’t recommend that at the top level. My impression of him in the field (from ~20 games live) is that he gets to what he should and gets his throws to the right places on time. That looked pretty middling alongside guys like Siani and Cerda, of course, but he’s adequate in the field.

        He’s not going to be winning any Gold Gloves but it’s not like he’s a 1B stuck in the corner OF out of need, either.

      • Bdh

        When it comes to the 40 man roster crunch I think it makes the most sense. You have to protect Hopkins at this point. A few weeks ago I would’ve been on board with keeping one of Aquino/Almora/Fairchild on the 40 man but I’m more confident that you could pass them through waivers than I am getting Hopkins untouched out of the rule 5 draft. And if you can pass 1-2 of them through waivers then it gives you a much needed extra spot on the 40 man while still providing the AAAA type depth that usually fills the Louisville roster in case of injuries.

  2. Mike

    I hope there was nothing seriously wrong with Elly to have come out of game 2. As for Boyle, this start was too bad to be believed. Maybe he was tipping pitches or the other team caught our signs

    • Redsvol

      This is where we find out whether Boyle can adjust. I can’t remember him being hit that hard before 2 home runs and 6 hits – along with the customary walks. Someone in pitching development needs to get hold of him.

      At least he is being challenged now in AA. He either figures it out or becomes a fringy reliever. Off seasons are where the biggest strides can occur if a player has the work ethic and is coach able.

    • Doug Gray

      Elly looked fine when he came off the field when he was thrown out at 2nd base. Was in the dugout on the railing having a good time the final two innings. Don’t know why he was replaced, but nothing seemed visibly wrong with him from what I could tell.

      • EyeballsInNooga

        Could have been as simple as spreading playing time around. They’ve got 6 games in 3 days and McAfee (who replaced him) hadn’t played anywhere in almost a week between coming back from Dayton and 3 days of rainouts.

  3. Matt

    Only 17 games and 70 PAs, but Allan Cerda is going to be a super star if he can keep numbers like he’s posted this August. .291/.443/.600/1.043. 14 walks and only 20 strikeouts – I say only because 28.5% is improvement for Cerda. Continue to cut down on strikeouts, see more hits fall in.

    Another Bats game, so another post of me posting into the void wanting the see Santana and Steer in Cincinnati Red.

    Posted above, but I wouldn’t hate seeing the Reds be aggressive and start Dunn at AA next year. He’s a college guy and going to be 24 to start the season.

    • EyeballsInNooga

      Cerda is straight three true outcomes. Striking out less matters because it’ll cause more balls to go over the fence. With his swing, he’s never not going to swing and miss a lot. But the power is real and so is the defense.

  4. LDS

    I’m looking forward to ST 2023, hopefully with a new coaching staff. There are likely a good number of NRIs that might surprise folks and break with the team. At least, one can hope.

  5. MK

    Austin Hendrick certainly does not have the batting average he needs to have but there has been significant improvement in his game this season. The power is there and his defense and baserunning have improved greatly. He hustles constantly and I’ve only seen him make one bone-headed play this season (great for a young player). He showed some significant toughness last night as he suffered a knee injury earlier in the week when he took a foul ball off it.

    • AllTheHype

      His stat line is much the same as last year, except he’s getting on base MUCH LESS this year because his BB rate has dropped dramatically. I suspect someone in the org tried to get him to swing the bat more early in the count this year, but its not working. His K rate, bat to ball skills, hit tool in general are just bad.

      He needs offensive improvement above all else, and its not happening.

  6. MK

    By the looks of his photo, Dunn could platoon with Fraley and you couldn’t tell who was out there.