Rhett Lowder struck out 11 batters for Chattanooga, Ryan Cardona threw five shutout innings with nine strikeouts in Dayton, Sammy Stafura had two hits in Daytona, and Kyle Henley picked up his first professional home run out in Arizona.

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The Louisville Bats lost 5-0. Box Score

Game Notes

It wasn’t the best day for Louisville as they managed just three hits in the game and had two errors in a shutout loss.

Connor Phillips had his longest outing in a month with his 5.0 innings on Tuesday night. It’s only the third time this season out of his 11 starts that he’s completed five. It’s also the  5th game in a row in which he’s walked at least five batters, and it’s the 6th time on the season. His seven strikeouts were a season high.

Randy Wynne lowered his ERA to 1.46 on the season. He’s pitched in 10 games this season and all four of his earned runs came in the same game back on May 22nd.

After homering in 24 consecutive games, Louisville has now failed to homer in back-to-back games.

From the transactions log – the Reds released Justin Bruihl. He had a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings with 24 strikeouts and 10 walks. One of two things likely happened here – he had an opt out for the beginning of June if he wasn’t in the big leagues, or he had an opportunity to play overseas and the club gave him the professional courtesy of a release so he could take it. At this point it’s just speculation, but those two things make the most sense.

Top Pitch Velocity: Connor Phillips – 98.2 MPH (ball)

Top Exit Velocity: Edwin Rios – 109.2 MPH (double)

Furthest Hit Baseball: Edwin Rios – 398 feet (double)

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 5-3. Box Score

Game Notes

Rhett Lowder had his first double-digit strikeout game of his career as he fanned 11 batters without a walk in his six innings. It was his first game without a walk since May 3rd (these are the only two he’s had this season in 10 starts). While in Dayton he had six walks and 29 strikeouts while facing 94 batters. In Chattanooga he’s had five walks and 30 strikeouts while facing 89 batters. The difference has come in the hits allowed – and the timing of those hits – as he’s got an ERA of 8.02 in five starts with the Lookouts thanks to 31 hits in 21.1 innings.

Since beginning his time with Chattanooga 0-8 in his first three games, Ruben Ibarra has hit .308/.400/.615 with six extra-base hits in seven games.

Bubba Thompson had two assists on the day to go along with his hit and his walk.

Tyler Callihan was placed on the injured list prior to the game. On Sunday he bunted at a ball and it hit him in the hand. He remained in the game to finish that at-bat, but he eventually exited the game.

The Dayton Dragons lost 9-2. Box Score

Game Notes

Dayton led 2-0 entering the 6th inning, but then Lansing scored three runs in the 6th against Brock Bell and then six more runs in the 7th off of him to take a 9-2 lead and that’s where the score remained the rest of the night.

Ryan Cardona set a season high with nine strikeouts. His previous high this season was six, which he had accomplished three times. In his final start of 2022 with Daytona he also had nine strikeouts, which set a career high, in 4.0 hitless innings. Cardona now has a 3.96 ERA in 38.2 innings with 21 walks and 47 strikeouts.

Andrew Moore’s dominant run with Dayton continued on Tuesday night as he struck out five of the six batters he faced. His ERA with the Dragons is down to 1.38 in his 13.0 innings. He’s given up just four hits, walked five, and now has 24 strikeouts while facing just 47 batters.

The Daytona Tortugas lost 5-3. Box Score

Game Notes

Nick Payero didn’t start his season until the ACL Reds began play early in May. He pitched in two games there before joining Daytona. After his outing on Tuesday he’s got an ERA of 3.06 in his five games between the two clubs. He’s thrown 17.2 innings and has six walks and 20 strikeouts.

Carter Graham extended his on-base streak to 14 games. Ariel Almonte, who walked once, extended his on-base streak to 10 games. And Connor Burns was able to extend his on-base streak to nine games.

Daytona walked 10 times in the game, but they managed just three hits.

Top Pitch Velocity: Anyer Laureano – 98.8 MPH (ball)

Top Exit Velocity: Carter Graham – 104.6 MPH (lineout)

Furthest Hit Baseball: Ariel Almonte – 364 feet (flyout)

The ACL Reds lost 10-4. Box Score

Game Notes

Kyle Henley picked up his first career home run on Tuesday night. The outfielder is now hitting .264/.354/.389 and is a perfect 13-for-13 in steals – which is tied for the league lead.

Drew Davies first career steal was of home plate. The ACL Reds have been quite successful in the steal of second to get a throw and then steal home when the catcher makes that throw and Davies was the beneficiary of that one on Tuesday night.

Luis Morellis saw his ERA jump up to 3.00 after giving up two runs in his 4.0 innings. He didn’t walk a batter on Tuesday night, rebounding well from a 4-walk game his last time out. He now has six walks and 28 strikeouts in 18.0 innings this season while giving up just 10 hits.

The DSL Reds were postponed

The game will be made up on Wednesday morning, which was originally a scheduled off day.

The DSL Rojos were postponed

The game will be made up on Wednesday morning, which was originally a scheduled off day.

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

6/5 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 32-25 7:35pm Leibrandt Here Here Here
Chattanooga 14-38 7:35pm Aguiar Here Here Here
Dayton 25-27 7:05pm Rivera Here Here Here
Daytona 23-29 1:10pm Aguilera Here Here Here
ACL Reds
12-10 9:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
0-0 11:00am TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Rojos
0-1 11:00am TBA Here N/A N/A

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17 Responses

  1. Michael Wilson

    What has happened to Carlos Jorge? BA .200, 70 strikeouts. For comparison, Hector Rodriguez BA .300, 23 strikeouts. Last season they were very comparable. Likely be some leap frogging on the prospect list with Jorge, Phillips, maybe more, under performing.

  2. SultanofSwaff

    With Williamson, Lowder, and Spiers likely ahead of him, you have to wonder why the Reds aren’t pulling the plug on Connor Phillips starting. Seems to be a textbook case of not throwing enough strikes necessitating a move to the bullpen.

    • MBS

      Williamson is already a ML starter, he’s currently rehabbing. Spiers should already be on the Reds, but Lowder going to have to transition to AA hitters before he jumps ahead of Phillips.

      I agree Phillips is likely to get squeezed out of starting along with Richardson. I don’t think there is a rush to do that. The Reds pen already has a bottleneck in it that’s not going to clear up this year, and possibly not even next season. Plus Lowder, Petty, and Aguiar are still in AA.

    • Mauired

      Agreed Sultan. It’s seems silly to even imagine Phillips in the Reds rotation anymore. Let’s see if how stuff plays in the pen where he actually has a chance of helping the Reds.

      They finally moved Roa to the pen and he’s been pretty good so far. He was in a similar situation for a much longer time. Unsuccessful starter destined to be a reliever but Reds were hanging on to that starting fantasy for so long.

  3. Michael Wilson

    Regarding Phillips, Reds might think the stuff is still there and it’s the walks that are hurting him the most. Maybe a mechanical issue is causing the control problem. Throwing a lot of pitches, way too many balls.

  4. MK

    Phillips still a young man and a couple months of struggles not a reason to pull the plug. Many people wanted to pull the plug on Williamson at this time last year, now he is the leader of the minor league pack.

    • BK

      Exactly! He also looked very close last season.

    • Jonathan

      agree MK. he is still young. progression isn’t always linear.

    • Mauired

      Actually Phillips control problems goes all the way back to last year not just a few months. And I don’t remember Williamson ever having issues like this.

      It’s just not realistic to think Phillips and his walk per inning pitches is going to get a starting spot over anyone Reds currently have.

      • MBS

        @Maui, but what’s the rush?

        We promoted Dunn yesterday because there is an actual need for hitting. The Reds are ranked 26 in OPS+, but 10th in ERA+.

        On top of that AAA is full of MLB quality pitchers.

      • DsveCT

        MBS, exactly.

        Further, a look at Phillips’ history shows his only season in college ball, 2020, amounted to just four starts at JuCo, and that he has just three pro seasons starting (Lo A/A, A/AA and AA/AAA/ML). He has less than one full season in AAA, 21 starts total.

        So, Phillips will likely receive all of 24 starting at AAA to develop, and possibly 2025, too. I’d think any move to the pen would be temporary, to allow him more controlled appearances with less drain on others in the pen.

  5. Laredo Slider

    Anybody here old enough to remember a Reds RHP prosect from the ’60s named Ken Hunt? Phillips reminds me of Hunt. Hunt was a little bigger, probably 6’4″, had great stuff….just never knew where it was going when he threw it. Hunt was a classic example of a guy who could never harness his talent, maybe Phillips will have better luck.

    • MK

      One difference with Phillips and Hunt was that Hunt had major control issues prior to signing with the Reds. He had a tremendous fastball that many though was better than Jim Maloney’s. He had a good freshman year at BYU and signed with the Reds before his sohomore year (the signing rules or lack-there-of were different then).

      He had a great ST outing with Reds in ’61 and was rushed to the majors where control issue arose again. A little different scenario than what has gone on with Phillips.

  6. Andrew

    Reds need to keep those names as starters for now, hope they improve, and potentially use someone like Phillips or Richardson, or both, as pieces in a trade. Move them to the pen now, their value quickly decreases IMO

    • The Duke

      Nobody is trading something of value for unproven minor league starters way outside the top 100 prospects. If they are going to trade a starter, it’s going to be Montas and they will need one of these guys to fill that void, and then you need at least two more ready in AAA in case of injuries.

  7. DaveCT

    Wow, interesting stuff from BA (paywall) on three stats re: hitters in the draft:

    “These players have a contact rate greater than or equal to 80%, a 90th percentile exit velocity greater than or equal to 108 mph and a chase rate less than or equal to 23.2%”

    I will just say that the top four has no surprises (Condon, Bazzana, Wetherholtz and Kurtz) but the name missing is noteworthy, Caglianone.

    • The Duke

      Caglianone is known to chase balls out of the zone.