27 year-old SS Jeff Bannon went 2 for 4 with a R. 27 year-old Tom Shearn, who has been a reliever for most of his minor league career, did quite well in his first start of 2006. Shearn pitched 4 innings gave up just 3 hits and struck out 5 while walking 2. He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give up a run.
22 year old Joey Votto, a 2nd round pick in 2002, went 3 for 5 with 2 R. Votto is on fire in his first pass at AA, so far this year he is hitting .375/.412/.742. Votto, a first baseman, is the type of player that stat geeks like me can get very excited about, his 4 year minor league career OBP is .379. He does have one achilles heel which I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care about, but Ã¢â‚¬Å“baseball peopleÃ¢â‚¬Â do, he strikes out about once a game.
James Avery, a 5th round pick of the Reds, pitched 5 innings giving up 7 hits, and an ER. He had 4 Ks and picked up his first win of the season. Jason LaRue went 1-4 with a walk, Quinton McCracken went 3 for 5, Adam Rosales went 2 for 3 with a BB and an RBI.
1st round pick Jay Bruce broke the RN curse and went 3 for 5 with a 3B, and a R. SS Eric Eymann a 19th round pick last year also went 3 for 5 with a 2B, 3 R, and an RBI. Eymann from the University of Illinios hit .239/.317/.389 last year at Billings in 34 games.
Philippe Valiquette a 19-year old left hander from Quebec, pitched 3 strong innings allowing just a solo homer. He has now pitched 8 innings allowing just a run with 2 BB, and 2 Ks.