Found October 08, 2012 on
Reds Minor Leagues:
Today marks the beginning of the State of the Farm series for 2012. Each Monday I will look at one position and the state of it throughout the farm system. I will go in order of positions, starting with catcher and working around the diamond until we get to the pitchers where I will look at both starting pitching and relief pitching.
The position that was arguably the Reds strongest after 2011 may be the weakest in 2012. The Reds lost two Top 50 prospects in baseball at the position from last year with the graduation of Devin Mesoraco and the trade of Yasmani Grandal. Tucker Barnhart seems to be alone at the top of the current crop. In 2011 he was recognized by Rawlings as the best defensive catcher in all of the minor leagues and was given the Gold Glove award for minor league baseball at the catcher position. At 21 years old, he is a very good defender with a strong and accurate arm. He threw out 38% of would be base stealers in 2012, though he did have 13 passed balls, which was ...
BEST OF MAXIM
After initially announcing that the playoff roster would be set on Friday, the Cincinnati Reds changed their mind and didn’t announce it until a few hours before tonight’s game.
The players who didn’t make it aren’t a surprise. Devin Mesoraco, Mike Leake, and Logan Ondrusek were all left off.
The Reds and Giants will lock horns for Game Two of the NLDS beginning tonight at 9:37 EST.
Here are five quick storylines about the pivotal game:
1) Which Bronson Arroyo will we see on Sunday? Although the 35-year old has experienced a bounceback season this year (12-10, 3.74 ERA, 3.69 K/BB), he's still vulnerable to a terrible outing from time to time. There has...
The Redlegs hope to take a 2-0 series lead back to Cincinnati by securing another victory tonight. Here's the lineup with which Dusty Baker is sending out there in an effort to do so:
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Zack Cozart
1B Joey Votto
LF Ryan Ludwick
RF Jay Bruce
3B Scott Rolen
C Ryan Hanigan
CF Drew Stubbs
SP Bronson Arroyo
Bronson Arroyo was nothing but spot on and stellar in tonight’s NLDS game against the San Francisco Giants. The Cincinnati Reds scored nine runs to cruise to the victory taking Game 2 of the five game series.
Arroyo pitched 7 innings allowing just a single to Brandon Belt. JJ Hoover pitched the eighth while Jose Arredondo came in to pitch the ninth with the Reds comfortably in...
Johnny Cueto's bad back left the Cincinnati Reds unsure who would start Game 4 if their playoff against the San Francisco Giants goes that far.
The Reds' 19-game winner had to leave the first inning of the divisional series opener Saturday because of back spasms. Mat Latos and the bullpen took over and pulled off a 5-2 win.
The Reds took the first two games in San Francisco...
Before the National League Divisional Series began between the Reds and Giants, various experts were picking the Giants to be a trendy World Series contender.After two games in the NLDS, it’s safe to say the Reds have proven a great deal of people wrong.Game 1Inauspiciously for the Reds, Johnny Cueto only survived eight pitches in Game 1. The Cy Young candidate suffered from back...
Dusty Baker has been a punching bag for manager-bashers for years. It started with his decade as the manager of the Giants where he coddled and cowed to Barry Bonds while ultimately failing in all three of his post seasons there. Then he was considered the guy who threw away the careers of Mark Prior and Kerry Wood during his run with the Cubs and helped create the misanthrope...
Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who had to leave Saturday's start in San Francisco in the first inning because of back spasms, returned to Cincinnati on Sunday to get further treatment. "I saw him before he went back. He said he felt a lot better this morning," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com. "He's going back to get treatment back there rather...
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Someone pinch me, I’m dreaming.
Did my team really just beat Matt Cain on the road out west after losing Johnny Cueto (the ace of the staff) after he recorded just one out? I have to be dreaming. This has happened to me a million times. I wake up, and it all goes away. After...
You have to give credit to Dusty Baker and the Reds for not panicking when Johnny Cueto came up lame. The way the situation was handled, and the way the pitching staff performed was a real credit to the Reds. The Giants, meanwhile, sure put themselves in a hole when their most reliable ace could not hold the Reds down in his own ballpark. For them, it won't get any easier from...
Eventually, you’re all going to get sick of me talking about how everything that’s going on now is for all intents and purposes unpredictable. Hopefully you aren’t sick of it yet, because Game 1 of the NLDS between the Reds and the Giants went to show why playoff predictions are a complete waste of time. Allow me to review the action:(1)Ace Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto had...
The Cincinnati Reds were dealt a tough blow to start their playoff run last night. After recording one out, Johnny Cueto had to be removed from the game after experiencing back spasms. After throwing two pitches to the second batter of the game, Marco Scutaro, Dusty Baker and the Reds' trainer jogged out to the mound to check on Cueto. After a few moments, he was lifted...
Last GameThe Reds had yesterday off to make the trip home, but there was still a game of some interest to the Reds happening. The Cardinals hosted the Nationals for game two of their series. The Cardinals do not have the home-field advantage and had squandered their first chance in front of the “best fans in baseball” so it was particularly urgent to them to get the second game...
What's the worst possible thing that can happen after your team loses a playoff team when your opponent's ace exits the game after just eight pitches? Well, you go out the next night and shut out, picking up just two hits. That's what happened on Sunday, as the Reds smashed the Giants 9-0 to take a 2-0 lead in their series.
A night after six Reds pitchers held the Giants...
Game two — sort of a “must-win.” The lineups are the same as yesterday:
1. 2B Brandon Phillips
2. SS Zack Cozart
3. 1B Joey Votto
4. LF Ryan Ludwick
5. RF Jay Bruce
6. 3B Scott Rolen
7. C Ryan Hanigan
8. CF Drew Stubbs
9. SP Bronson Arroyo
1. CF Angel Pagan
2. 2B Marco Scutaro
3. 3B Pablo Sandoval
4. C Buster Posey
5. RF Hunter Pence
6. 1B Brandon Belt
7. LF Gregor...