Valaika went 1 for 4 in game 2 with a home run and 2 RBI.Ã‚Â
GCL Twins 3, GCL Reds 2, PPD after 4 innings
24 year-old Paul JanishÃ‚Â (Reds #5 – 2004) went 3 for 3 with a 3B, 2 BB, 2 R, and an RBI.Ã‚Â Since being promoted (and swapping places with Adam Rosales), the SS from Cypress Texas, is hitting .258/.342/.384
25 year-old John Purdom went 3 for 5 with a HR, and 5 RBI.Ã‚Â Purdom, a Cincinnati native, is hitting .237/.287/.317
22 year-old Joey Votto, (Reds #2 – 2002) who was just named TOPPS Southern League Player of theÃ‚Â Month,Ã‚Â Ã‚Â went 2 for 3 with a BB.Ã‚Â Votto hitting .327/.404/.583 is first in the Southern League in OPS, SLG, HR, and 2B.Ã‚Â He is 2nd in RBI, OBA, and is 4th in BB.Ã‚Â Votto also has 15 SB in 20 attempts.
I have really grown to like Scott Hatteburg, but Votto may be ready by next year.
Once again Mike Burns (1.15 ERA), Brad Salmon (2.70 ERA), and Scott Chiasson (2.49 ERA) went a combined 4.2 IP giving up just 3 H and a BB.Ã‚Â Jim “Leatherpants” Bowden was fanstastic at building cheap GREAT bullpens.Ã‚Â He did it year after year after year.Ã‚Â He did it in the offseason and through the late rounds of the draft.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â These three pitchers may not be as talented as Bray or Majewski, but the difference between them and the two players we recieved from Bowden is likely only a few runs a year.Ã‚Â For that we gave up two everyday players?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â