Chase Petty picked up another strong start and Nick Northcut hit another home run in Chattanooga’s win, Hernan Perez hit a home run that may not have landed yet, Gabriel Aguilera threw five shutout innings in his debut with Dayton, Sammy Stafura had another multi-hit game in Daytona’s win, and Alfredo Alcantara and John Michael Faile homered for the ACL Reds.

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The Louisville Bats lost 9-4. Box Score

Game Notes

It was a tough afternoon for the bullpen as Casey Legumina allowed four runs in 0.2 innings and then Zach Maxwell gave up two runs in an inning later on.

Noelvi Marte picked up his first hits since going 1-4 on June 13th. He had been 0-8 in the previous two games. He’s now 6-27 with a double, no walks, and seven strikeouts.

The wind was blowing out to left field at 20 MPH during the game. Hernan Perez homered and Hawkeye couldn’t measure it. Watching the video there’s no visual of where the ball lands…. but that’s likely because it landed on top of the building beyond the ballpark. There’s a fan on the concourse who is tracking the ball and thinks he’s got a chance to catch it for a second, then he just turns and looks and you never see the ball land behind him where he’s looking. The building was only about 40 feet behind him. If we assume the ball made it to the building, that’s a 470 foot home run to land on the very edge of the roof. Unfortunately it’s going to be a home run that’s going to live in our imaginations because the tracking system missed it, and so did the video cameras.

Top Pitch Velocity: Zach Maxwell – 100.6 MPH (strike)

Top Exit Velocity: Rece Hinds – 110.6 MPH (groundout)

Furthest Hit Baseball:  Hernan Perez – Unknown, but see above.

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 4-2. Box Score

Game Notes

Nick Northcut’s home run put him at 14 on the season, tops in the Southern League. Only three other players are in double digits, with two guys at 10 and one guy at 11.

Quincy McAfee continues to hit well since joining Chattanooga earlier this month. In his 10 games with the Lookouts he’s hitting .275/.341/.550.

Austin Hendrick extended his on-base streak to nine games.

Chase Petty put together another quality start. It was his third quality start out of his last four. He had his worst start of the year just prior to that when he allowed four runs and recorded just one out before being removed. But the three starts before that saw him allow just four runs in 20 innings. Since the start of May he’s made nine starts with a 3.61 ERA, throwing 42.1 innings with three home runs allowed, 12 walks, and 36 strikeouts.

The Dayton Dragons won 4-2. Box Score

Game Notes

Dayton escaped with a win by a thin margin. After a single off of the leg of John Murphy in the 9th, West Michigan followed up with a 2-out double off of the warning track to put the tying run in scoring position. The next batter hit a line drive into left field, but Ethan O’Donnell made a diving catch on it to end the game.

Hector Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his two hits on the day. Logan Tanner is the only other Dragons player with a hit streak and his sits at two games. Rodriguez is back to the .300 batting average mark.

Gabriel Aguilera was promoted on Tuesday afternoon and made the start for the Dragons. He had pitched in 12 games with Daytona and had a 2.66 ERA in 44.0 innings with the Tortugas. He immediately made an impact with Dayton, firing off five shutout innings to lower his ERA on the year to 2.39.

The Daytona Tortugas won 6-2. Box Score

Game Notes

Sammy Stafura remained hot as he picked up two more hits. It was his 7th multi-hit game out of 14 games played in during the month. He’s hitting .313/.400/.422 through his first 17 games with Daytona after being promoted from the Arizona Complex League where he hit .345/.449/.582.

Jose Montero lowered his ERA to 2.38 on the season. He’s pitched in 13 games and has thrown 53.0 innings, given up just two home runs – one of them was in this game – and has 42 strikeouts with 20 walks.

Simon Miller lowered his ERA to 2.66 on the year. He hasn’t allowed a run since May 18th, throwing 8.0 shutout innings since that day.

Top Pitch Velocity: Simon Miller – 95.6 MPH (strike)

Top Exit Velocity: Yerlin Confidan – 112.5 MPH (groundout)

Furthest Hit Baseball: Jack Moss – 331 feet (flyout)

The ACL Reds lost 4-3. Box Score

Game Notes

The Reds struggled to put the bat on the ball on the night. Every hitter had a strike out, and all but one had at least two as the team racked up 22 of them on the night.

Bernard Moon (HBP) and Sheng-En Lin both extended their on-base streaks to 11 games.

After a slow start to the season, Alfredo Alcantara has heated up. Since May 24th he’s hitting .267/.397/.500 with four home runs in 18 games played.

The DSL Reds won 7-1. Box Score

Game Notes

Anthuan Valencia has reached base in eight of the nine games he’s played in this season. He’s hitting .308/.486/.462 with six walks, eight strikeouts, and five stolen bases in nine games played.

Jose Sabino had walked in each of the first four games he played in this season, but that streak ended on Tuesday afternoon. With his single, though, he extended his on-base streak to five games.

Samuel Perez has thrown 3.0 innings in each of his three games this season, but this was the first one where he didn’t allow a run. He’s got an ERA of 2.00 with three walks and 11 strikeouts in his 9.0 innings this season.

The DSL Rojos lost 10-9. Box Score

Game Notes

Both Jaset Martinez and Naibel Mariano extended their on-base streaks to 10 games.

Ichiro Cano had the best game of his career as he drove in five runs and hit his first professional homer. His walk gave him 11 on the season with just five strikeouts in 10 games.

Jirvin Morillo also has 11 walks on the season, but he’s done so in just nine games. He’s now hitting .300/.488/.467 with five doubles.

Organizational Notes

Julian Aguiar was promoted to Triple-A. He had a 3.38 ERA through 13 starts this season with Double-A Chattanooga.

Edwin Rios was released. He was hitting .256/.333/.533 with eight doubles and 10 home runs in 38 games this season with Louisville. It’s possible that this was a situation where he had an opt-out for mid-June if he wasn’t added to the big league roster. The timing fits and it’s not as if he wasn’t performing well.

In a not-only-Reds related note, Major League Baseball told teams around baseball that starting on June 25th – a week from now – that all Triple-A games will use the automated ball-strike challenge system moving forward. Over the past two seasons Triple-A played half of their games under a full ABS system and half under the challenge system. Teams used to get three challenges per game (they would retain a challenge if they got it correct). That’s being shifted to two per game. Jesse Rogers of ESPN notes that the earliest any system like this could be put in place in the big leagues would be 2026.

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

6/19 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 34-35 8:05pm Phillips Here Here Here
Chattanooga 18-46 7:05pm Abel Here Here Here
Dayton 32-32 6:35pm Hubbart Here Here Here
Daytona 31-33 11:00am Edgington Here Here Here
ACL Reds
17-16 9:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
5-5 11:00am TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Rojos
5-6 OFF DAY Here N/A N/A

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20 Responses

  1. weigarp

    The ACL Reds struck out 22 times in 27 total outs? That has to be a record of some kind.

    • Michael Wilson

      Caught my eye too. One rockies pitcher, Luciano, faced 19 batters and struck out 10 of them in 4 innings. He was charged with a blown save, gave up 5 hits and 3 runs.

  2. Tampa Red

    What one pitcher and one hitter playing in the DL should I follow? I don’t know any of them lol.

    • Doug Gray

      The Reds didn’t give, and haven’t given any sort of even mid-sized bonus to a pitcher in a long time, so you usually aren’t going to have a “guy to follow” from the DSL class. Many teams are going this route now. So I don’t really have a guy to tell you to truly keep an eye on among the pitching groups. Position player wise…. Adolfo Sanchez got $2.7M to sign, and Naibel Mariano got nearly $1.7M. Jirvin Morillo didn’t get anywhere near that, but was the 3rd highest dollar signing among the class. I’ve got reports on most of the guys here – https://www.redsminorleagues.com/2024/01/16/scouting-reports-on-the-cincinnati-reds-2024-international-signings/

  3. Tony Cloninger

    Encouraging from Richardson. I know many worry when there are lack of strikeouts. At this point any positives from him or Phillips is needed. Put Phillips in the bullpen and let him air it out to see if that works?

    • DW

      Phillips has a great arsenal of pitches. He is still young for this level. Keep him as a starter for now. Likely a mechanical or mental issue going on. Hopefully someone can help him snap out of it.

      • Doc

        He got torched again tonight. Starter, yes, but at AAA? I’m thinking he needs to move down a notch or two and somebody needs to be working intensively with him to get him back on track. Surely the Reds have some former stars available who can instruct one on one.

        Either his mechanics, his confidence, or both need to get fixed.

  4. Michael Wilson

    Biggest jump in the next prospect rankings? My vote is Stafura, Aguiar.

    • MBS

      Yes, Stafura for me too, I didn’t expect this level of production from the kid.

    • Andrew

      Lin for me followed by stafura. Aguiar proved himself last year so was already high on the list in my mind

  5. MBS

    O BB’s for Richardson! That’s his 1st game of the season where he didn’t walk anyone.

    It’s easy for me to forget he missed the 2022 season and was on a strict innings limit last year.

    Last year he threw 86 IP, and he’s already at 62.33 IP.

  6. MK

    Glad to see Sheffield get on the mound. I think his original development process was screwed up with trades and speed of the process. Hopefully he can move completely through the Reds system the next month or two to regain his original talent status.

  7. Krozley

    According to the transaction log, Rios was released and then resigned with Louisville and activated on the 18th. Kind of weird.

    • Doug Gray

      My guess: He opted out of his contract and tested the waters. Didn’t find a big league deal anywhere and then came back to the Reds.

      That’s what I’d do if I were in his position.

  8. Jason Franklin

    Stewart and Rodriguez. At what point do these guys get promoted? What else do they need to do to show that the are consistently good? I assume they are future starters for the Reds? Do the Reds undervalue them some what compared to the fans?

    • Doug Gray

      A bat-first guy slugging .430 in A-ball isn’t exactly beating down the door for a promotion. Yeah, you can work on hitting for more power/letting the power develop anywhere, but you’re talking about two guys slugging .430 and .433.

      Rodriguez had an .892 OPS in April. Since then it’s .702. Stewart had an .895 OPS in April and was at .825 in May. This month he’s slumping with a .208/.310/.375 line.

      Both probably need to stick around in Dayton for a bit longer.

  9. MK

    Dragon’s pitchers dropping like flies. Rivera on DL today. Harmon and Lyons are in Arizona and Hubbard lasts only 2/3 tonight. With Moore’s promotion to Chattanooga and only Aguilera added they are playing a little short handed,

  10. MK

    Dragon’s pitchers dropping like flies. Rivera on DL today. Harmon and Lyons are in Arizona and Hubbard lasts only 2/3 tonight. With Moore’s promotion to Chattanooga and only Aguilera added they are playing a little short handed, though word is Simon Miller will join them tomorrow.

    • DaveCT

      They did get Jose Franco up from Daytona a few weeks back. He was pitching pretty well down there.