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Tuesday afternoon news and notes

This isn’t minor league related exactly, but I imagine that it is also carrying over to the minor league level (we just don’t have a way to verify it), but an article by Jon Roegele at The Hardball Times shows that in the last five seasons that the called strikezone has expanded by 40 square inches. That is a whole lot more strikezone to handle than it used to be. What’s more...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Season in Review: Bakersfield Blaze

Bakersfield Blaze Record: 78-62 (first half division champions) Runs Scored: 816 Runs Allowed: 746 April It would be tough to imagine the season getting off to much better of a start than it did for the Blaze. They would ride hot hitting to a 4-0 start and a sweep of Modesto at home. They would then take two of three games from Stockton to finish the homestand at 6-1 where they outscored...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Minor League All-Star Team

This is not the Cincinnati Reds official All-Star Team or Awards that are handed out at Redsfest each year. This is my own opinion on the best guy at each position for the 2014 season. This is not a prospect list and prospects don’t get any extra nod over a player who may not be as highly ranked. Levels played at, defense and even park factors are applied in my weighing of the...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cincinnati Reds made Baseball America All-Star teams

I will be writing up my Cincinnati Reds organizational All-Stars for Monday, but today the guys over at Baseball America released their 2014 All-Stars by each level in the minor leagues. There were three Reds represented over two different levels. Ben Lively was named to the Advanced-A All-Star team for what he was able to do in Bakersfield. Lively only spent the first half with...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 9/9/14 Playoff Edition

Louisville has completed their season. Pensacola has completed their season. Bakersfield lost 7-2. Box Score Marquez Smith went 1-3 with a walk. Sean Buckley went 1-4 with a run. Juan Perez went 1-4 with a run. Harold Riggins went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Brian Pearl threw 1.1 perfect innings with a strikeout. James Allen threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Game Notes Things were...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 9/8/14 Playoff Edition

Louisville has completed their season. Pensacola has completed their season. Bakersfield won 7-3. Box Score Beau Amaral went 1-4 with a walk and 2 runs. Zach Vincej went 2-3 with 2 walks, a steal, a double and 2 runs. Jeff Gelalich went 2-5 with a double, HR and 4 RBI. Marquez Smith went 1-2 with an RBI and 3 walks. Juan Perez went 1-4 with a double, walk and a run. Sebastian Elizalde...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 9/7/14 Playoff Edition

Louisville has completed their season. Pensacola has completed their season. Bakersfield lost 7-5. Box Score Zach Vincej went 2-4 with a double, walk, run and RBI. Jeff Gelalich went 1-3 with a double, 2 walks, a run and 2 RBI. Marquez Smith went 2-2 with a double, RBI and 3 walks. Juan Perez went 2-5. Julio Moriollo went 1-3 with a run. Joel Bender allowed a run in 2 innings with...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 9/6/14 Playoff Edition

Louisville has completed their season. Pensacola has completed their season. Bakersfield lost 10-5. Box Score Zach Vincej went 2-5 with a double and an RBI. Marquez Smith went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Sean Buckley went 2-5 with a solo HR. Juan Perez went 1-4 with an RBI. Sammy Diaz went 2-4 with a double and a run. Game Notes The Rawhide started and ended the game well. They...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Billings Mustangs RHP Tyler Mahle and OF Aristides Aquino named All-Stars

Earlier today I covered the fact that Marquez Smith was the only Red to make a minor league postseason all-star team. Well, that is no longer true after the Pioneer League released their psotseason squad that included two Billings Mustangs. Right handed starter Tyler Mahle and outfielder Aristides Aquino both made the team that included nine position players (DH included) and five...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Billings Mustangs, MLB debuts and postseason all-stars

There was only one team in action last night as the season winds down. The Billings Mustangs played the lone game, while only the Mustangs and the Bakersfield Blaze will be in the playoffs. Today though we are also going to acknowledge the lone player from the system that made their respective leagues postseason All-Star team (one player per position makes the team – 1 LHSP, 1...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 9/1/14

Louisville won 4-3. Box Score Ruben Gotay went 4-4 with a run. Felix Perez went 1-4 with a HR (12) and 2 RBI. Neftali Soto went 2-4 with 2 doubles. Ross Perez went 1-3. Josh Smith allowed a run in 6 innings with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Game Notes The game didn’t get off to a nice start for the Bats as Indianapolis grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. They kept that lead until...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Nick Travieso finishes the year strong

Jamie Walczak tossed two shutout innings for Pensacola with no walks and five strikeouts. Over the last six days the right hander has thrown 5.0 shutout innings with just one hit allowed and he has struck out nine of the 19 batters he has faced in that span. The Bakersfield Blaze picked up a win last night with the help of Marquez Smith. Smith homered for the 29th time this season...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Kyle Waldrop is absolutely on fire

In a blowout win for Louisville Neftali Soto had four hits, including a double and four runs batted in. After a little bit of a slump last week, Soto has caught fire lately, hitting .538 over the last three games. Jon Moscot has gotten off to a good start since his promotion to Triple-A. In the Bats win last night he tossed 7.0 innings with just two earned runs, a walk and four strikeouts...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/19/14

Louisville lost 7-3. Box Score Jason Bourgeois went 3-5 with a double, steal (22) and an RBI. Donald Lutz went 1-4 with a run. Neftali Soto went 1-4 with an RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 2-4. Josh Smith went 1-1 with a double and a run at the plate. Fabio Castillo threw 1.2 shutout innings with a strikeout. Curtis Partch was charged with an unearned run in a hitless inning with a walk...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Jose Ortiz crushes a long home run

Despite the loss in Pensacola last night Michael Lorenzen had a nice all-around game. On the mound he allowed just two runs over 5.0 innings on just 68 pitches where he recorded eight outs on the ground compared to just two via the fly ball. Of course that is par for the course for Lorenzen, who has a 60% groundball rate this season. At the plate he also went 1-2 with an infield...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Amir Garrett strikes out 12, continues to dominate

Sorry there was no Prospect Watch yesterday. There were two other planned articles that I thought deserved to keep on the top, so I just didn’t get around to it. Today we are coming back strong though thanks to some strong performances down on the farm. What Amir Garrett has been doing for the last 18 starts has been incredible. He’s taken himself from a raw, but talented arm...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/6/14

No game notes today. It took me 21.5 hours to get to Pensacola. I need sleep. The Prospect Watch will have some good info earlier in the morning though. Louisville had the day off. Pensacola lost 9-3. Box Score Yorman Rodriguez went 2-4. Juan Duran went 3-3 with 3 doubles, 2 runs and an RBI. Bryson Smith went 1-3 with 2 RBI. Jamie Walczak threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Who has been hot in the Cincinnati Reds system over the last week?

Let’s take a look at the guys who have been performing extremely well over the last week. The Hitters Argenis Aldazoro | .444/.500/.611 | 20 PA, 3 2B, 2BB, 4 runs, steal The Billings Mustangs find three players on the list this week. Argenis Aldazoro hit .444 last week with three doubles, two walks and a stolen base. He only racked up 20 plate appearances, but an OPS of 1.111 makes...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/3/14

Louisville lost 6-5 in 15 innings. Box Score Jason Bourgeois went 1-6 with 2 walks and a run. Jake Elmore went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Rey Navarro went 3-5 with 3 walks and 2 RBI. Thomas Neal went 4-6 with a double, 2 walks and 2 RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 1-7 with a walk and an RBI. Hernan Iribarren went 1-6 with a walk. Josh Smith allowed 3 earned (4 total) in 6 innings with...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/2/14

Louisville lost 6-3. Box Score Rey Navarro went 3-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Thomas Neal went 1-3 with an RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 1-2 with 2 walks. Elvin Ramirez threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Game Notes Louisville took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning as Rey Navarro singled in Jason Bourgeois and an error on a ground ball brought in a second run.  In the third...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/1/14

Louisville won 5-4. Box Score Jason Bourgeois went 1-4 with a run and 2 steals (20). Thomas Neal went 2-4 with a run. Bryan Anderson went 1-3 with a HR (10) and 2 RBI. Hernan Iribarren went 1-3 with a HR (4) and 2 RBI. Justin Freeman threw 1.1 perfect innings with a strikeout. Ryan Dennick threw 1.1 shutout innings. Game Notes The Bats got two 2-run homers in the top of the second...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking back on the month of July and a little bit into the future

The first thing that I wanted to do was thank all of you guys who come to the site every day. July of 2014 was the most visited month in the history of the site, topping June of 2009 by a few thousand visits. So really, thanks guys. Tell your friends, tweet out articles, share them on facebook, the more the site grows the better content I can get out there for everyone. The second...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 7/30/14

Louisville lost 13-0. Box Score Cricket noises. Game Notes The Bats were one hit-batter in the ninth inning away from having a perfect game thrown against them. The pitching didn’t do much better as all three pitchers allowed at least three runs and walked more batters than they struck out. It was not a good evening for Louisville, but that’s what makes baseball the best,...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

End of July Cincinnati Reds Promotion Watch

Heading into the final month of the season for the full season teams, most of the moves have been made already as the team likes to split the seasons in half for a lot of guys between two levels if they’ve done enough in the first half. Still, there are some guys out there who have done enough at their current level to warrant moving up. Players mentioned here are mentioned because...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Aristides Aquino gets everything started on Tuesday night

Aristides Aquino had another big night for Billings, going 3-4 with a double, homer, steal, two runs and three runs batted in. The outfielder now has 14 doubles, 2 triples, 11 homers and 10 steals on the season to go along with a .314/.357/.635 line. Aquino is the first Billings Mustang player to have double digit doubles, home runs and steals since Stephen Smitherman did it way...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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