Found August 24, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Cincinnati Reds optioned Devin Mesoraco to Triple-A Louisville before Thursday's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Phillies. Mesoraco, the Reds' No. 1 prospect coming into the year, has caught two days out of five all season. But he has struggled at the plate -- .210 with five home runs and 14 RBI. He can still be on the postseason roster. "We're hoping so," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We're hoping that's what the final outcome is. It depends on him. It depends on the progress he makes. We really want to stress it had nothing to do with his suspension. "This has been dabbled about for a while. You could see his confidence had gone down some. We want him to get his confidence back -- offensively, defensively, throwing, all kind of ways. I had a long chat with him. He's struggled before but he always comes back." Mesoraco started 48 games. He caught Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. "It's a tough position," Baker s...

Reds win with retro style

Last Game The Reds won and ensured no less than a split of the 4-game series against the Phillies last night. Bronson Arroyo faced the minimum number of batters through the first four innings, gave up a home run in the fifth to Domonic Brown and then went back to facing the minimum until the eighth inning. Prior to this, the Phillies had owned Arroyo, but he really demonstrated...

Game 126: Reds 3, Phillies 4

For the third time in a row, a Reds-Phillies game was decided by one run. Unfortunately, in this fourth game of the series, the decision was for the Phillies. Johnny Cueto started for the Reds and had a pretty poor outing, by his standards. He pitched only 5.0 innings, allowing 2 runs (earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks. The bullpen wasn’t exactly fresh when they were called upon...

Reds hold on for win over Philly, 3-2

A sure way to tell this is a special season – not even the Philadelphia curse can keep the Reds at bay. The Redlegs found a way to win in the City of Brotherly Love once again Wednesday night, holding on for a 3-2 victory. Bronson Arroyo (10-7) was awesome on the hill, the Reds had just enough timely hitting and Aroldis Chapman held on in the ninth ...

Frazier continues Rookie of the Year campaign

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Navarro Getting Action With Reds

Before the season Cincinnati signed Dioner Navarro as an insurance policy for top prospect Devin Mesoraco who was going to spend his rookie season with the Reds. Navarro since has led Louisville in most important offensive stats and is now the parent team's backup catcher while Mesoraco goes back to tune up his swing over the final two weeks of the International League season.

Friday news and notes

Let’s start off with some more Billy Hamilton talk. Yesterday two national prospect writers held chats and addressed some questions about Hamilton. Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus had this to say: ddufourlogger (Louisville, KY): Hey Professor! Tell me about what you see in Billy Hamilton. Besides the obvious! I see little reason for the Reds not to stick him in CF next...

Ludwick rejuvenated this season in Cincinnati

Left fielder Ryan Ludwick has revived his career with the Reds. But he's thinking about the rest of the season, not the future. Ludwick and the Reds have a mutual option for next season. Given the season Ludwick has had, it's likely that the Reds will pick up the $5 million option. And Ludwick? "That's so far down the road I haven't even thought about...

Reds' prospect Hamilton breaks minor league steals record

Reds Double-A shortstop Billy Hamilton broke Vince Coleman's 29-year-old record for steals in a season with 146. Hamilton had four stolen bases in the first game of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos' doubleheader to best the record Coleman set in 113 games with the Macon (Ga.) Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals' Class-A affiliate. The major league record is 130 steals, set...

MINOR details 8/22/12: Blaze win behind D'Anna, Vicioso

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Minor League Game Review – 8/23/12

8/23 Game Review Louisville lost 6-1. Box Score Willie Harris went 2-4 with 2 doubles, a walk and a run. Felix Perez went 1-4 with an RBI. Chris Valaika went 2-3 with a walk and a double. Todd Redmond allowed 1 earned (2 total) in 6 innings with 6 strikeouts. Game notes Todd Redmond was the tough luck pitcher who took the loss after a very strong start. Pensacola won 6-0. Box...

The Phils come from behind before finally winning on a bases-loaded walk-off single as they defeat the Reds in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils split the series with the Reds as they win in extra-innings in walk-off fashion as they come from behind to win 4-3. The Reds took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by lead-off man Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs, with Cozart stopping at second base, and a walk to Ryan Ludwick, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Todd Frazier hits an RBI...

Billy Hamilton Scouting Report

One of, if not the, the fastest player in professional baseball, Hamilton continues to excel at the plate and on the basepaths. He was able to showcase his breathtaking speed at the MLB Futures game in July and has continued to show excellent on-base skills since his call-up to Double-A more

Brown Goes Yard as Arroyo, Chapman Defeat Phillies, 3-2.

Final: Reds 3, Phillies 2. WP: Bronson Arroyo (10-7, 3.87 ERA) LP: Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06 ERA) SV: Aroldis Chapman (31) Tonight's game remained scoreless up until the top of the fifth inning, when the Reds took a two-run advantage on RBI singles by outfielders Drew Stubbs and Ryan Ludwick to right fielder Domonic Brown.  Up until two outs in the bottom half of the fifth inning...

Reds IF whiffs on tag of runner after bunt attempt

Trot out any 12-year old that has been over-publicized on ESPN during the current Little League and they would make this play. Even little Johnny Reserve who plays the bare minimum. Shoot, a fairly well-mannered golden retriever could have made this play. Miguel Cairo, a utilityman for the Reds, was playing first base Thursday night. In the 11th inning with the score tied, Phillies...

AA manager Jim Riggleman on Billy Hamilton

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