The season wrapped up for the minor leagues (at least for the Reds teams) on Wednesday. Louisville pulled out a win on the final day of the year to finish 60-90.

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The Louisville Bats won 6-2. Box Score

Game Notes

Louisville scored four runs in the top of the 1st inning and didn’t look back as they pounded out 12 hits on the final day of the season.

Brandon Williamson struggled with his control once again, but when he threw strikes the Gwinnett hitters couldn’t do much with it as they managed just a lone single against him in 4.1 innings. Between his stops in Chattanooga and Louisville this season he posted a 4.11 ERA in 122.2 innings with 77 walks and 123 strikeouts.

Steven Leyton’s wild statistical season has concluded. He played in 84 games and had five walks. He had more steals, was hit by more pitches, had more doubles, triples, and home runs than he had walks in the season. I truly don’t recall seeing anything quite like it before.

It was decided long ago, but the Bats season is now complete and for the 10th straight season Louisville finishes the year with a losing record.

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 60-90 Season Complete Here Here Here
Chattanooga 61-75 Season Complete Here Here Here
Dayton 67-61 Season Complete Here Here Here
Daytona 54-75 Season Complete 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

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12 Responses

  1. wolfcycle

    10 straight years of losing records might seem insignificant, but, I live down here in Raleigh, NC and the Durham Bulls are the Rays AAA team and have won the division about 6 out of the last 7 years. It starts with a winning mindset, not just ” what do I need to do to get to the majors?” attitude. They have had really good players come through there, yes, but not all at the same time. They have to fill out a roster through a season as well. The rays have been one of the better teams and one of the better front offices over the last few years. They have not had that core of players that you can name that have stayed there over that time. At least not that I can think of.

  2. Chi Reds Fan

    Reds have several relievers who have had significant MLB innings on the 40 man but have struggled not only at the MLB level but AAA this year- Moreta, Kuhnel, Hendrix, Soloman- and guys who are on 40 man but have not pitched much at MLB level- Dowdy, Duarte, Cruz, Espinal and then the DFA pick ups- Gibaut, Law, Dugger. Are any worthy of 40 man slots over the winter? Would seem strange to drop all 11 but then not clear which ones if any should stay.

  3. MK

    I think Cruz, Law, Gibaut, Kuhnel, Moreta, and probably Hendrix 40-man spots are secure.

    • Chi Reds Fan

      I probably should have included Sanmartin on my list as well btw (obviously much better as reliever than starter after coming back but still not great). Would agree Law Cruz and Gibaut’s stats over mostly modest sample sizes were most compelling just not sure if the arms are sufficiently compelling enough. Kuhnel’s stats were pretty bad over a large sample size. He seemed to keep his spot all year due to lack of alternatives. Will be a more interesting 40 man process than usual I think.

  4. Matt

    If Williamson can come into next season with refound command (2.9 bb/9 in 2019 and 2021, compared to 5.3 this season), I think he has a legit spot at the 4th/5th rotation spot (that’s completely dependent on what the Reds do on the free agent front, of course).

  5. Doc

    Wouldn’t the WHIP be a more important marker than the BB rate?

    If a pitcher walks 4 and gives up just one hit, and another pitcher gives up 5 hits but doesn’t walk anybody, they both allowed five baserunners. A walk is only a single base advanced by any baserunner, whereas a hit can clear the wall, clear the bases, clear into the river…

    I am not arguing for walks, but am arguing that focusing on walks as bad while minimizing or ignoring total baserunners allowed, is tunnel vision.

    In the same way, if a pitcher strikes out 10 in 5 innings, but gives up five runs on 8 hits, the headline will be, “X strikes out 10 as Reds lose…” The important part of that headline is “Reds lose”. Striking out 10 is the headline focus, however, as if that were what really mattered. Ashcraft was frequently mentioned as having a low strikeout rate, especially in AAA, but that occurred because he was getting hitters out before they could get to strike 3. I always thought that getting hitters out was the top priority. Silly me!

    • Old Big Ed

      No, the walks still are bad. First, they require at least 4 pitches, and usually more than that. Second, under BABIP theory, the pitcher has little control over where the batter hits the ball. Williamson may have given up 1 hit, but he may also have had 7 bullets hit right at fielders or had some good defensive plays. With walks, you know that he stunk it up for 4 guys by getting to a 3-ball count and then not throwing a strike on the 4th ball. The pitcher fully controls walks, and it is his fault alone for yielding one.

      Third, being unable to get the ball over the plate at AAA does not bode well for performance at the MLB level. MLB hitters have better plate discipline than AAA hitters, and is in large part why they are in the majors in the first place. A good big league lineup will devour walks, and the hitters will put the bat on more strikes than a AAA hitter will.

      Williamson ought to be fine. He’s a tall lefty that the Reds and us will just have to be patient with.

      • Jim Walker

        Do not really disagree but from the hitter’s point of view a hit, even a single, rates significantly higher than a walk in calculating wOBA and some other Run Expectancy based metrics.

      • Doc

        I don’t believe that I said that walks weren’t bad. I can’t see that allegation in my posted note. I suggested that WHIP is a better measure. Once a hit has happened, it has happened. There is a baserunner on base. The BABIP, whatever the heck that is, must be 100% for that at bat since there was a hit.

        Pitch counts I can agree with to some extent. While it is true that a walk requires at least four pitches, the majority of hits do not occur on the first pitch of the AB. I would have to see a mathematical analysis of the average number of pitches for a BB versus the average number for a hit. The difference might be big, or it might be smaller than one might think.

  6. Doc

    Might add that 100% of walks put the batter on first base. Same cannot be said for hits in which three out of the four possibilities are worse from the standpoint of where the batter ends up.

    Nolan Ryan walked over 1,000 more batters than the next highest total. He also had one of the lowest, if not the lowest hits/9 innings. His WHIP would have been among the best.