Minor League Notes

— Mark Sheldon wrote a piece on the Reds farm system yesterday. Mark discusses many of the team’s top prospects in his article, but of current major league interest is the club’s view of Tony Cingrani. They discussed promoting him to the major league bullpen when they put Sean Marshall on the disable list, but

“Cingrani is the first callup if one of my starters goes down,” Baker said on Wednesday.

— JD Sussman of Fangraphs.com wrote an article in high praise of SP prospect Robert Stephenson. He describes Stephenson’s three primary offerings (fastball, curveball, change-up), then concludes with this paragraph:

This winter I argued Stephenson should be included among a highly touted trio of right-handed starters; Archie Bradley, Aaron Sanchez and Noah Syndergaard and that he was a better prospect than Billy Hamilton, but I may have undersold him. He could surpasses them all and end up on many mid season Top 10 lists.

Now, onto Games Played on 4/11/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville Bats starting pitcher Greg Reynolds threw 7 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and no walks.

AAA
Louisville 4- Toledo 1

Spoiling the Toledo Mudhens home opener, Greg Reynolds (1-0, 2.45 ERA) tossed 7 innings of 2-hit shutout baseball. He walked no one and struck out 1.

Fresh off the disabled list, Neftali Soto went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored in his 2013 debut. Denis Phipps went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.

AA
Pensacola at Mobile was rained out.

High A
Stockton 10 – Bakersfield 3

Bakersfield drops to 0-8 with the loss. Jonathan Moscot (0-2, 13.50 ERA) allowed 6 runs over 3 innings.

For the second day in a row, catcher Yovan Gonzalez (2-for-3, solo HR) was the only Blaze player with more than one hit. Kyle Waldrop also hit a solo homerun.

Low A
Dayton’s home opener versus Great Lakes was rained out.