Louisville 8, Durham 0

35 year-old Chris Michalak pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up only 3 H, and striking out 2. For the Season Michalak has a 2.88 ERA, but only has 12 Ks in 34 innings.

23 year-old William Bergolla went 3 for 5 with a 2B, an RBI, and a R. On the season he is hitting .261/.278/.306.


Chattanooga 8, Mobile 4

22 year-old Canadian Joey Votto went 1 for 2 with a 2B, 2 R, and 3 BB. The 2nd round pick from the 2002 draft is hitting .286/.361/.465. When you talk about the best prospects in the Reds farm system, you have to include Votto. When Hatteberg is no longer useful, Votto should be the Reds first baseman. His numbers remind me of Ben Broussard, who has become a very productive major leaguer.

Another forgotten prospect, 25 year-old Phil Dumatrait pitched 5 solid innings giving up 3 H, 3 BB, and an ER. On the season Phil has a 3.30 ERA with 30 Ks in 30 Innings, he has struggled with his control, giving up 13 walks. Phil turns 26 in July.


St. Lucie 6, Sarasota 3

24 year-old Chris Koski went 4 for 4 with a 2B. For the year Koski is hitting .286/.306/.400. Starting pitcher James Avery went 6 innings giving up 7 H, no BB, and 2 ER. On the season he has a 3.31 ERA with 26 Ks in 35 IP.


Dayton 6, Cedar Rapids 4

23 year-old B.J. Szymanski went 2 for 4 with a 2B, and 2 RBI. Repeating at Dayton, B.J. is hitting .236/.314/.504. Last year at Dayton he posted .261/.331/.471 as a 22 year-old. An .802 OPS as a 22 year-old at LOW A is not very impressive. An .823 OPS while repeating at LOW A ball as a 23 year-old is even less impressive. I would say the odds of B.J. becoming even a fourth outfielder, or bench player are pretty low.

The danger of spending 4 years in college is getting stuck at LOW A for a couple of years. When you do that your chances of making it to the majors, and being productive are slim.