Triple – A

Toledo 6 – Louisville 3

Juan Francisco went 2-4 with a run scored and is now batting .405 during his short stint with the Bats.  Chris Valaika went 2-3 with a double and a run scored.  In his 2nd game with the Bats, Todd Frazier went 1-4 and hit his first homerun in AAA.  The homerun was a 2 run shot in the 7th inning.

Matt Maloney pitched 6 innings, surrendering 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out 7.  Maloney is now 9-9 with a 3.08 ERA.  Ramon Ramirez blew any shot of a comeback late by allowing 2 runs on 4 hits in an inning of work.

Double – A

Tennessee 3 – Carolina 2

Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Logan Parker went 2-4 with 2 singles.  Shaun Cumberland and Zack Cozart each had a hit and an rbi in the loss.

Tom Cochran’s defense let him down.  Cochran allowed 3 runs, only 1 earned, in 5.2 innings of work.  He allowed 7 hits and walked a batter while striking out 5.  His record falls to 4-6 on the season while he posts a 3.18 ERA.

Class A Advanced

St. Lucie 9 – Sarasota 4

Dave Sappelt hit his 4th homerun of the season and added a single in 4 at-bats.  He scored a run and drove in 2.  Denis Phipps had 2 singles in 3 at-bats while scoring a run and drawing a walk.  Phipps also stole his 16th base of the season.

Lance Janke allowed 5 runs on 9 hits and 5 walks in 4.1 innings pitched to pick up the loss.  He is now 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA.

Single – A

West Michigan 3 – Dayton 0

Byron Wiley went 2-4 with a double while Tony Brown was 2-4 with a triple in the losing effort.

Justin Walker made his first start with the Dragons and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings pitched to pick up the loss.  He struck out 4.  Walker has made 6 starts this season at various levels.

Rookie Leagues

Casper 8 – Billings 5

Does any team nickname go better with a team than the Casper Ghosts?  Perhaps they should add the word “Friendly” to it.  Mariekson Gregorius went 2-5 with a triple, run scored, and rbi.  Yorman Rodriguez went 2-5 and scored 2 runs.  Chris McMurray went 2-4 with a double.  Efrain Contreras had only 1 hit, but did drive in 2 rbis and stole a base.

Leonardo Astorga allowed 7 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits in 6 innings pitched to drop to 2-6 on the season.  

GCL Reds 2 – GCL Red Sox 1

Normally I put the Reds in front of the Mustangs, but I wanted to save the lone win for last!  Jefry Sierra went 2-3 while Billy Hamilton and Juan Duran drove in an rbi each.

Misael DeJesus made the start, but did not qualify for the win.  He went 3 innings, allowed just 1 hit and no walks while striking out 4.  Luis Machuca picked up the win in relief by going 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 3.

12 Responses

  1. GRF

    Surprised maloney made his start, thought he would be the one coming up to replace Harang.

  2. David

    I’m starting to be relatively intrigued at the position battle which has taken form at 1B. Votto is an All-Star caliber player under control for four more years. Alonso is our number one ranked prospect and can only play 1B. Francisco is a brutal defender, but is the organizations best power hitter, and if I’m not mistaken, Francisco has been playing 1B in AAA. It’s a great problem to have, but where are these guys going to play? Assuming Votto can move to LF, that leaves Francisco and Alonso fighting for one spot. Isn’t it fairly safe to say that one of these guys is going to get moved?

  3. GregD

    Francisco has been playing 3B.

    He briefly played LF while Rolen was rehabbing at 3B. Rolen was pulled before the end of each game, and Francisco moved to 3B, he did not play a full game in the outfield.

    Louisville currently has infielders Bolivar and Griffen playing the corner outfield spots while Francisco and Frazier play 3b and 2b, respectively. I don’t know why they wouldn’t give Francisco more time in the outfield or why they’re playing infielders over Dorn in the outfield.

    With the off day today, Maloney could still be called up for Harang, if everyone else slides up a day to take their start on normal rest. Harang’s replacement could pitch as late as Saturday.

  4. Dan

    Francisco has not played 1B at Louisville (at least not the last 4-5 games). He’s played 3B… and he played a little LF when Rolen was there.

    You’re right — he’s brutal in the field.

    He also has an ungodly bad K-to-BB ratio. It is due to that that I don’t believe he’ll ever amount to anything (despite prodigious power). I’d be perfectly happy to trade him if we get a good offer.

    As for the corner infielder problem… I think that drafting Alonso over Gordon Beckham isn’t looking so good right now. I guess it’ll be fine if Votto’s a good LF and if Alonso puts up Jim Thome-like numbers… but I’d much rather be giving Beckham a trial run at SS now to see if he could hack it.

  5. Steve Price

    There’s something to be said for drafting the best available player, and I agree that baseball is not like the NFL or NBA where impact players normally step right into starting jobs and become impact players.

    However, if your team is as dereft of talent as the Reds, and there’s a near-ready player in the college ranks that can be projected to make an impact, I think the possibility for drafting by position can exist. This is obviously done on a case-by-case basis.

  6. Dan

    I agree w/ you, Steve, about drafting the best available player.

    That said, Beckham and Alonso both (in my opinion, and I think in a lot of people’s opinions) were very good, very polished players coming out of big-time programs.

    The biggest difference, I think, is that Beckham was going to play somewhere in the SS-2B-3B area, and Alonso was going to be limited only to 1B.

    Middle infielders who can hit are SO much harder to come by than first basemen who can hit, if you are going to pick the 1B, you’d better be DARN sure that he’s a much better hitter than the SS/2B/3B.

    It seemed tough to make that case for Alonso over Beckham at the time.

    So that’s my argument — positional scarcity — and it really doesn’t even have anything to do with who’s on the Reds now. You add Votto to that mix, and it’s just another factor pointing at Beckham.

    I dunno… this will work out fine if Alonso is a true masher with high OBP’s and high slugging (a la Thome), and if Votto transitions to LF… but as of now, I’d rather have Beckham.

  7. Dan

    I’ll also add that, on draft day, I was hoping for Beckham, for largely the same reasons. This isn’t just hindsight talking.

  8. David

    The funny thing is both Lincecum and Beckham were sitting there when the Reds took Stubbs and Alonso. Sure that’d be cherry picking if the moves weren’t questioned at the time. I think each of these guys will be good for the Reds for a long time, but certainly you have to question it now just like then.

  9. Eddie

    The only problem with Beckham over Alonso is that you just picked (2007 draft) Zack Cozart with your 2nd round pick. You can tell the Reds are high on this guy cause he skipped High A all together. If you remember too, there was a question if Beckham would still at SS.
    “Beckham’s outstanding junior year has been light-years ahead of anything he did in his first two college seasons. He was not even considered a guaranteed first round pick before the season began and was undrafted out of high school. He is a line-drive hitter who knows how to work the count. Beckham has average power but is not a home run hitter, although he did lead the Cape Cod League in homers last summer. He knows how to steal bases thanks to good instincts but has only average speed. Some project him as a second baseman because he may become too big for shortstop where his arm is average and his range is above average.”
    “Alonso is a hitter, period, with a great approach and power, especially the other way right now. Defensively, he’s no great shakes, but it’s that bat that teams will dream about putting in the middle of their lineup to produce plenty of runs in the future.”

    It looks bad right now but what if Alonso doesn’t get hurt? Is he in AAA right now? Is he our 1st baseman in 2010? That would let you move Votto to LF, then you could spend money on a SS or just play your best defensive SS because you have enough hitters in Votto/Alonso/Phillips/Bruce

  10. CarolinaReds

    Can someone please tell me why Jerry Gil is still pitching with an ERA of 8.88 at AA and can’t find the strike zone?

  11. GregD

    Like you saw with the White Sox, if you have too many SS, one can usually slide to another position, even if it is short-term. Ramirez was at 2B last year and is playing SS this year. Beckham came up and started at 3B.

    Either Alonso or Votto have to make the defense weaker by moving to the OF or one of them will have to be traded.

  12. GregD

    Jerry Gil is the reason Josh Roenicke was expendable.

    Speaking of former position players, Ben Davis has been on the DL a while. Any word on him? He had gotten off to a pretty good start out of the Sarasota bullpen.