AAA

Louisville 9, Indianapolis 6 10 innings

35 year-old Chris Michalak pitched 6 shakey innings, giving up 9 H, 2 BB and 2 R.  However, none of the runs were earned.  Michalak’s ERA is now down to 2.99 for the year.  He has 30 Ks, 15 BB, and 77 H in 60.1 innings.  23 year-old Ryan Wagner, the 1st round pick of the 2003 Draft pitched 2/3rd of an inning giving up 3 H, 3 ER, and a BB.  His ERA is now a hefty 7.07 with 22 Ks, 12 BB, and 42 H in 28 IP.  Boy Jim “Leatherpants” Bowden’s last Cincinnati Reds draft sure looks crappy.  Not one major leaguer, and only 3 players at AA or higher.

27 year-old Jesse Gutierrez, who went 2 for 4 with a 2B, and 3 RBI, smacked a go-ahead two-run single in the 10th.  Guiterrez is now hitting .295/.373/.464.

AA

Chattanooga 11, Mississippi 9

22 year-old Joey Votto went 2 for 5 with a BB, 2 R, a 3B, and 2 RBI.  He is now hitting .299/.370/.507.

24 year-old David Shafer pitched 1 inning, gave up 1 H, 1 BB and struck out 2 and earned his 20th save of the year.  The 32nd round pick of the 2001 Draft, now has a 1.17 ERA with 28 Ks, 7 BB, and 14 H in 23 IP.  Shafer, the 6’3″ 170 LB right-hander, in his last 4 minor league seasons had a 2.66 ERA with 217 Ks, 163 H, and 58 BB in 196 IP.  

High A

Sarasota PPD.

LOW A

West Michigan 4, Dayton 3

19 year-old Jay Bruce went 2 for 3 with 2 BB, and an RBI.  For the season,  the #1 Draft pick in th 2005 Draft, is hitting an amazing .287/.344/.553. 

3 Responses

  1. Cary

    Bruce is exciting. He’s in the middle of things seemingly every game.

    With the state of the bullpen, David Shafer seems to have a track record that would indicate his time might be now. At worse, get Brad Salmon up there and give a few young guys a chance. If they are totally exposed, send them back down quickly with instructions on what to work on to return. If they show the ability to get major league hitters out, that will speak for itself.

  2. Matt

    I wonder if its just a matter of low sample size. As a reliever you don’t get that many innings in College. Even though he was way way above average in Ks and ERA, his last year he still only pitched 79 innings.

    His strikeout rates have PLUMMETTED and his hits per inning is soaring. He is a great example of why drafting a reliever early is a risky move.

  3. GodlyCynic

    Shawn’s comment indirectly states what could be Wagner’s entire problem. He went straight from the draft board to the Reds roster. If he needed to be rebuilt, someone should’ve seen that a few years back. You just have to hope it isn’t too late to coach him properly for the first time in his pro career. Who really wants Don Gullett to be the initial and main influence on his entire career?