The Cincinnati Reds picked up a new Advanced-A affiliate for the 2015 season when they moved from the California League where they were with the Bakersfield Blaze to the Florida State League where they joined up with the Daytona Tortugas.

For me, that was a big move as it meant that I could now travel to see the Advanced-A team play for the first time in years. Well, that time of year has arrived and I’m in Daytona right now. The game was rained out on my first night, but that just meant a double header for Sunday.

Before getting into the games though, let’s talk about Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The stadium was built in 1914 and it still has plenty of that old charm. The grandstand and bleachers really do give you the feeling that you’ve gone back in time a little bit. It’s a different kind of ballpark than I’m used to – I’ve only been to one other place that had a similar feel.

Now let’s talk about the games on Sunday afternoon. Daytona swept the double header, winning 3-0 and 1-0. The Tortugas scored three runs in the 1st inning of game one and that was more than enough for Nick Routt. The left hander tossed six shutout innings before Alejandro Chacin pitched a scoreless final inning for the save. In the second game the teams were both scoreless until the final at-bat. It was a bullpen game for Daytona where Scott Brattvet, Evan Mitchell and Carlos Gonzalez combined for seven shutout inning, setting up a chance for a walk-off. Ronald Bueno doubled to lead off the bottom of the 7th and it set up Junior Arias for this.

It’s a short post this week as I’m down in Daytona and am actually getting ready to travel up to Jacksonville to see Pensacola play on an off day for the Tortugas. Next Tuesday I will hopefully have some more as I will have had time to see Daytona for five games and a few games in Pensacola as well.

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  1. Gonzo Reds

    Sorry the Suns game was cut short last night by rain. Hopefully, will clear up (been raining again this morning) so they can finish a double-header. Cody Reed pitching Wed night!

    • memgrizz

      I caught Reed’s game on Friday night against Chattanooga. He looked pretty solid – 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 ER over 7 innings with 6 Ks. I think he was somewhere around 65% strikes. It was tough for me to tell much about his pitch speeds given the location of our seats and the small screen that flashed up the mph.

      He was a bit shaky in the 1st (not surprising given it was his first start with the new squad) when he gave up the run on a double, sac bunt, and FC. But he settled down for the most part after that – the only other real threat was in the 6th. All in, very admirable debut.

    • Doug Gray

      It was cut short – but the two innings they played, they were a good two innings. Sal Romano looked good, sat 94-96 and hit 96 more than he was hitting anything else. Alex Blandino smashed a double in his first at-bat. Heck, Sal Romano hit a sac fly in his trip to the plate. Wish I was able to see more baseball, but at least the baseball I did get a chance to see was good.

  2. citizen54

    With all the new talent, do you think our farm system is in the top 10 now?

    • Tom Gray

      You didn’t me (I’m sure) but my opinion is No. The Reds MiLB system is middle of the pack (15 to 20). Higher (better) rated P & C, lower (worse) rated INF & OF.

    • tct

      As far as prospect rankings, I don’t think the Reds have really improved since the off season. The best player they got back at the deadline, Finnegan, is no longer considered a prospect. Lorenzen, Iglesias, Disco, and Tucker have all graduated, and Suarez wasn’t even prospect eligible before the season. Winker has lost a little value, Waldrlop has struggled, Howard has been awful, Aquino has been bad and hurt.

      That’s not to say that some guys haven’t taken a step forward. Blandino and Garett are 2 big risers, and they have definitely added some talent with Reed, Mella, Lamb, Tyler Stephenson, Trahan, etc.. But, I think as far as rankings go they are really in the same tier they were in last.year.