Dayton scored five runs in the final two innings of game two of a doubleheader to earn a win, Nick Northcut is back at the top of the Southern League home run leaderboard after he clubbed his 7th homer for Chattanooga, and Anyer Laureano lowered his ERA to 0.81 out of Daytona’s bullpen with two shutout innings.

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The Louisville Bats game was suspended

Rain showed up in the 4th inning and didn’t let up. The game will be resumed on Thursday and be followed by the regularly scheduled game.

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 4-2. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons split a doubleheader

Game 1: 5-2 loss. Box Score

Game 2: 8-6 win in 8 innings. Box Score

  • Jay Allen II went 1-3 with a walk, steal (10), run, and 3 RBI.
  • Hector Rodriguez went 2-5.
  • Sal Stewart went 1-4 with a walk, run, double, and an RBI.
  • Carlos Jorge went 2-4 with a home run (5) and 2 RBI.
  • Cade Hunter went 1-3 with a walk, steal, and 2 runs.
  • Victor Acosta went 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs.
  • Ethan O’Donnell went 1-2 with a run.
  • Luis Mey threw 2.0 perfect innings with 5 strikeouts.

The Daytona Tortugas lost 2-1. Box Score

The ACL Reds had the day off

They’ll return to the field on Thursday.

5/23 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 26-20 5:05pm TBA/Richardson Here Here Here
Chattanooga 12-29 7:15pm Lowder Here Here Here
Dayton 19-22 7:30pm Rivera Here Here Here
Daytona 19-22 6:35pm Franco Here Here Here
ACL Reds
8-4 9:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A

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19 Responses

  1. Michael Wilson

    Hendrick was a first round, 12th pick overall so the scouts obviously liked his tools. Yet he has been a .200 hitter who strikes out a lot throughout his minor league career and he is now at AA Chattanooga. I know he is only 22 but it seems like he needs some serious instructional time.

    • mac624

      He was deemed a project coming out and it was stated it would take him awhile to reach the tool potential. 22 is still pretty young so we shall see, but so far, he’s a bust. I often think what he could be if he did reach his potential. The tools are certainly there, just not the consistency.

  2. SultanofSwaff

    Rough day for Collier: 0-7 with 5 strikeouts. OPS down to .710.

    Interesting to see Sal Stewart get so much time at 2B. Any reports on his defense?

    • The Duke

      Seems like the book is out onCollier in the MWL. He needs to be able to adjust to how they are pitching him and start putting bat on ball again. That’s the next step in his development.

      • DaveCT

        The good news is he has demonstrated the ability to make adjustments, i.e., over this past off-season. Doing so at age 19 is impressive. And, this is an excellent example why not to promote players after a good start, and to allow them to get around the league several times. Its professional baseball, leagues and teams adjust, as you point out. The purpose is growth.

    • MK

      Sal Stewart is to 2B defense in High A what Jonathon India is to it in the Majors. Adequate but not spectacular.

      Kind of interesting they are changing two prospects positions with Jorge from 2B to OF and Stewart 3B to 2B. Jorge is much improved outfielder in ’24. One moving awayfrom second one to it.

  3. mac624

    With the anemic minor league hitting numbers I wonder if it’s starting to become necessary to rethink the hitting approach for the entire organization. I can’t fathom that all minor league clubs are facing this issues that the Reds are. Some guys are just plain awful hitting wise after doing well the year before. Just seems odd.

    • mac624

      A little more on this. Louisville is 13th in the International League at .251 as a team. Indianapolis leads at .278. So not a huge difference here.
      Chattanoga is last in the Southern League at .197. Montgomery leads at .260. No wonder Chattanoga has only one 12 games. Absolutely pathetic offensively.
      Dayton is 7th in the Midwest League at .232 and Lake County leads at .266.
      Daytona is 9th and next to last at .209 with Palm Beach leading at .251. Definitely not a hitters league there, but at least one team is hitting 25% of the time.
      ACL Reds are at .255 and the ACL Mariners are at .310

      So not a good showing by the Reds organization from top to bottom offensively. Obviously, there are some injuries at each spot that has brought some of the numbers down, especially at the Major League level. But this is definitely a growing concern moving forward is can this organization hit enough to win games because there’s not much hitting going on at all in the minor leagues. IDK what the philosophy is with hitting vs other teams but whatever it is, sure isn’t working and it appears a completely different approach is needed.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    Is Cam Collier only in a slump? or did he crash after a promising start? Since may 7th, he goes 3-50 with 17Ks and just 2 walks… It’s atrocious…
    Daytona is 2-12 in last two weeks…
    It’s hilarious Chattanooga having the home run leader when the team is one of the worst at the offense….

    • The Duke

      The Reds have picks 2, 51, 71, and 87 in the top 100 in the upcoming draft. Pick 2 should be one of Charlie Condon or Travis Bazzana. I’d like to see at least 2 of the next 3 picks go to the most advanced hitters available. Preferably college, but if there is a HS hitter they really believe in available that they think has that advanced hit tool, then go for it.

      • Mauired

        Cags or Condon. No more middle infielders please. Reds need middle of the order sluggers more than anything.

      • The Duke

        Bazzana is a better hitter than Caglianone had only 3 less HR, more extra base hits, and walks a lot more.

      • PTBNL

        Point–Counter Point:
        Caglionone has NO protection in the line-up behind him at Florida and still putting up great numbers (more homeruns than strikeouts) in the toughest college conference in the land. He also could help by pitching some or someday to fall back on. Don’t count him out yet.

      • DaveCT

        Bazzana has an extensive documented hitting history, including 368 at bats in college wood bat leagues (he was rated highly in the Cape Cod League — MVP and best prospect).

        Condon has 333 AB’s in college wood bat leagues.

        Caglianone has … 34.

        Bazzana may not even be there at the second pick.

      • mac624

        Definitely need advanced hitting at all levels and grabbing 3 or 4 advanced college bats would certainly help.

  5. Mauired

    Bazzana 1.163 career ops
    Caglianone 1.174 career ops

    Bazzana is really good but not better than Caglianone. A little older though. Caglianone is also the most powerful prospect in college or minors. He has an 99mph arm that would play pretty good in right. Oh and besides CES who’s a big question mark, Reds don’t have one potential middle of the order bat in the entire system.

    Bazzana is a very good second baseman that the Reds simply have no need for at all with India, McLain, Arroyo, Stewart, and Jorge already in the mix.

    • DaveCT

      Bazzana has the ability to play CF.

      Caglianone has exactly 34 at bats in college wood bat leagues; Bazzana has 368, and was MVP as well as being rated top prospect.

      Bazzana equals an up the middle player (more valuable); Caglianone is definitely a corner, and a very limited one (1B).

      And check this out, from BA (paywall):

      “With batted ball data for players through April 20 games, there are exactly two D-I players who meet the following criteria:

      A 90th-percentile exit velocity of 108 mph or more
      A contact rate of 85% or better
      A chase rate of 16% or better

      Those players are Travis Bazzana and Lehigh third baseman Rafe Perich.”

      So, wood bat experience AND production, as well as this, above? There is much more to Bazzana than may be recognized.

      https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/making-the-1-1-case-for-oregon-state-second-baseman-travis-bazzana/

  6. MBS

    Kurtz! His BA is down due to his slow start, but his OPS is up a tiny bit from last year, and his BB are up, and K’s are down.

    We probably won’t get him, but the team that does is going to get a steal.

  7. DaveCT

    One possible outcome of the parent club’s travails might be the most talented and/or motivated minor keaguers see an opportunity.