TUESDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS

Hi gang! I hope you all had a nice relaxing holiday weekend (like I did)!  Let’s get back to work, shall we?

First, the Redlegs are making some roster moves…

The Reds today are expected to recall from Class AAA Louisville RHP Carlos Contreras (#53), RHP Daniel Corcino (#64), IF/OF Jake Elmore (#15), LHP David Holmberg (#36), RHP J.J. Hoover (#60), C Tucker Barnhart (#16) and 1B/OF Donald Lutz (#23); recall from Class AA Pensacola OF Yorman Rodriguez (#33); select from Louisville the contracts of OF Jason Bourgeois (#30) and LHP Ryan Dennick (#41); transfer to the 60-day disabled list RHP Homer Bailey.

***Information on the new Reds can be found at the bottom of this blog post.***

And in case you missed it….

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The Reds Triple-A Louisville Bats have played their final game of the season, but not before retiring  Corky Miller’s jersey number “8.”

Here’s video of Corky’s jersey retirement speech, courtesy of the Bats’ YouTube page…

It goes without saying that Corky is wildly popular among Reds, Bats, BOR and all baseball fans.  Here’s hoping he remains in the game for a very long time.  Congrats to one of baseball’s great ambassadors, Corky Miller!

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Mark Sheldon has a nice piece HERE about Billy Hamilton, who’s on pace to steal 60 bases and possibly win the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

And speaking of Hamilton, I’ve got one of his bobbleheads to give away.  Are you interested?

In order to win, I’m asking for photos of Reds fans doing their best “Billy Bobble Pose.”

Tweet me (@Jamieblog) a pic of you performing your best Billy Hamilton bobblehead imitation.  One lucky winner will be randomly selected this Friday.  Cool?

Here’s your motivation…

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Check out this catch Kristopher Negron made on Sunday at Pittsburgh…

(You can follow Negron on Twitter at @KNegs17)

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Very proud of BOR fan and follower, Coach John!  Check it out…

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We’ll have more in a bit!

Expect good news,

Jamie

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53 CARLOS CONTRERAS, rhp Louisville: 0g
Was 1 of 10 September callups…is his third stint with the Reds this season (6/21-7/9, 7/11-8/20)…began the season at Class AA Pensacola and in 3 starts and 6 relief apps there went 2-1, 2.70 before he was promoted on 6/21…in that afternoon’s 11-1 win vs Tor threw a perfect ninth inning (1k) in his Major League debut…his first strikeout victim was Colby Rasmus…after 3 relief apps, as part of a series of roster moves on 7/10 was optioned to Class AAA Louisville but rejoined the Reds the next day…after 10 more relief apps returned to Louisville on 8/21 and spent the rest of the minor league season there…in his final appearance before he was sent to Louisville, on 8/20 at StL, left with inflammation in his right shoulder and did not pitch for the Bats during his August stint there…in his career still has not pitched in Class AAA…in the seventh inning on 7/11 vs Pit became the first Reds pitcher to strike out the side on 9 pitches since Rob Dibble on 6/4/89 vs SD (8th inning)…from 4/27-6/2 was on Pensacola’s disabled list with a lower back strain.

64 DANIEL CORCINO, rhp Louisville: 1gs, 0-1, 7.20
Was 1 of 10 September callups…is his second stint with the Reds this season (8/22-8/27)…spent most of the season at Class AA Pensacola, where in 25 starts and 1 relief appearance he went 10-11, 4.13 before he was promoted on 8/22…on 8/26 vs Cubs celebrated his 24th birthday by throwing a perfect ninth inning in his only Major League appearance…struck out his first 2 batters (Wellington Castillo, Chris Valaika)…when Dylan Axelrod was promoted to start on 8/28 was optioned to Class AAA Louisville…made his only start for the Bats in a 5-3 loss on 8/31 vs Indianapolis…from 4/27-6/2 was on Pensacola’s disabled list with a strained lower back.

41 RYAN DENNICK, lhp Louisville: 57g, 4-0-3, 2.36
Media guide bio is on page 214…was 1 of 10 September callups…when he pitches will be making his Major League debut…Tucker Barnhart, Jumbo Diaz, Carlos Contreras and Daniel Corcino already made big league debuts this season…made his first appearance of the season for Class AA Pensacola but spent the rest of the minor league season at Class AAA Louisville…graduated from North Olmsted (OH) High School…was selected by the Reds in the Class AAA phase of the 2012 Rule 5 Draft from the Royals, who drafted him in the 22nd round of the June 2009 first-year player draft.

36 DAVID HOLMBERG, lhp Louisville: 18gs, 2-6, 4.66
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be his third stint with the Reds this season, including spot starts in the nightcap of the day/night doubleheader on 7/8 vs Cubs and on 8/21 vs Atl…other than those 2 apps spent the rest of the minor league season at Class AAA Louisville…in December 2013 was acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of a 3-team deal that sent C Ryan Hanigan to the Rays…in spring training was limited to 1 appearance by a sore right shin…was on Louisville’s disabled from 4/22-5/11 and 5/21-6/10 with left shoulder tendinitis.

60 J.J. HOOVER, rhp Louisville: 4g, 0-0-0, 0.00
Was 1 of 10 September callups…began the season with the Reds and went 1-10, 5.27 in 46 apps before he was optioned on 8/21 to Louisville, his first minor league stint since 2012…in 4 apps for the Bats posted a 0.00era…his active 10-game losing streak is the longest in Reds history by a reliever…his 10 losses tie for the most in history by a Reds reliever for a single season (Harry Gumbert, 10-10 in 1947; Tom Hume, 9-10 in 1980)…on 7/8 vs Cubs retired all 6 batters by strikeout, a career high for strikeouts in a game and the most by a Reds reliever in a game this season.

16 TUCKER BARNHART, C Louisville: 78g, .246, 1hr, 29rbi
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be his fifth stint with the Reds…made 13 apps and 10 starts during his first 4 stints (Opening Day-4/6, 4/26-5/17, 7/6-7/10, 8/9-8/17)…last played for the Reds in the nightcap of the day/night DH at Col on 8/17, started behind the plate…made his first Opening Day roster after Devin Mesoraco went on the disabled list…in the fifth inning of the 8-3 win on 5/1 vs Mil tied the score at 2-2 with his only Major League home run (solo off Marco Estrada)…is from Brownsburg, Indiana, near Indianapolis.

30 JASON BOURGEOIS, of Louisville: 136g, .278, 4hr, 43rbi, 24sb
Last name is pronounced BOOSH-wah…was 1 of 10 September callups…as one of the club’s final spring training roster moves was reassigned to Louisville the day before Opening Day…spent the season with the Bats, where he received the club’s Mary E. Barney Most Valuable Player Award…led Louisville in hits and stolen bases and tied for the team lead in apps…during spring training was hampered by a strained right hamstring and didn’t play until 3/6.

15 JAKE ELMORE, inf/of Sacramento/Louisville: 72g, .281, 0hr, 24rbi, 12sb
His media guide bio is available in the press box and online at redspressbox.com…was 1 of 10 September callups…spent the minor league season at Class AAA, where for Louisville and Oak’s Sacramento affiliate he combined to hit .281 in 72 apps…went to spring training with the White Sox but was designated for assignment on 2/26…the next day was traded to the Athletics for cash…on 7/31 was designated for assignment and on 8/2 was claimed off waivers by the Reds and optioned to Louisville…prior to this season made 82 Major League apps for the Diamondbacks and Astros, most recently on 9/29/13 for Hou vs NYY…has played every position on the field, mostly SS (37g), 2B (17g) and LF (9g).

23 DONALD LUTZ, inf/of Louisville: 52g, .236, 6hr, 33rbi, 4sb
Was 1 of 10 September callups…has made 18 apps and 5 starts during his 3 stints with the Reds (5/23-6/9, 7/11-8/8, 9/2-current)…made 5 starts at 1B, 2 starts in LF and 1 start at DH…last played for the Reds as a pinch hitter on 8/4 at Cle and last started on 7/29 vs Ari (LF)…began the season at Pensacola and made 23 apps there (.360, 6hr, 16rbi) before he was promoted to Louisville on 5/16…in 52 apps overall for the Bats hit .236 (6hr, 33rbi, 4sb)…while with Pensacola, on 4/21 at Jacksonville hit for the cycle for the third time in his career.

33 YORMAN RODRIGUEZ, of Pensacola: 119g, .262, 9hr, 40rbi, 12sb
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be the second Reds player this season to make the jump from Class AA (RHP Carlos Contreras)…spent the minor league season at Pensacola…when he plays will be making his Major League debut…Tucker Barnhart, Jumbo Diaz, Carlos Contreras and Daniel Corcino already made big league debuts this season.

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