TRANSACTIONS: The Reds have recalled from Class AAA Louisville OF Scott Schebler (#43), selected from Louisville the contract of IF Tony Renda (#49) optioned to Louisville IF/OF Jose Peraza, transferred to the 60-day disabled list RHP A.J. Morris (strained right shoulder) and returned from a rehabilitation assignment, reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Louisville RHP Tim Adleman (strained left oblique).
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is Purple Heart Night at GABP. During pregame ceremonies we will welcome 7 recipients of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, including Vietnam War Purple Heart veteran Fred Baum, who will offer up a ceremonial first pitch, and fellow Vietnam War Purple Heart veteran James Kennedy, who will handle the catching duties on the pitch.
Tonight’s game is being televised nationally on FS1.
Monday, August 1, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REDS TRADE JAY BRUCE TO METS
Receive From New York IF Dilson Herrera & LHP Max Wotell
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisitions of IF Dilson Herrera and LHP Max Wotell from the New York Mets in exchange for OF Jay Bruce.
Herrera, 22, originally was signed by the Pirates in 2010 and was aquired by the Mets in August 2013. Wotell, 19, was the Mets’ third-round pick in 2015.
“This was a very difficult trade for us to make because of how our fans, ownership and everyone in our organization feel about Jay, but we acquired two quality players who better fit the direction our organization is heading,” Jocketty said. “Herrera is considered one of the brightest young stars in the game today. Wotell fits in with the other good, strong arms we’ve been trying to stockpile in our minor league system.”
Bruce, 29, was drafted by the Reds with the 12th overall pick of the June 2005 first-year player draft. On December 14, 2010, he avoided arbitration by signing a 6-year contract through this season, with a club option for 2017.
“Over the past 9 seasons, we couldn’t have asked for a better person to represent our team, our city and Major League Baseball, both on and off the field,” Jocketty said of Bruce. “During these difficult last few months, he has answered questions about his future almost daily, while continuing to handle himself with the class and professionalism he has shown since the day we drafted him. We wish Jay and Hannah nothing but good things in their future together.”
Juan Dorado checks in with the latest Reds Minor League Spotlight
7/29/16: The Cincinnati Reds affiliates crowned another champion last week, as the Billings Mustangs won the Pioneer League North division first half title on Sunday night. With the victory, the Mustangs guaranteed the Reds two minor league playoff teams in September.
Billings dominated in the clincher, winning 12-2 over Grand Junction. Billings ended the week 3-3 and the first half 23-15. On Tuesday, the Pioneer League announced their mid-season all-stars. The Mustangs will have four representatives, as infielder Hector Vargas, outfielder Jose Siri and pitchers Andrew Jordan and Antonio Santillan will represent Billings in the mid-summer classic. Siri leads the team in batting average (.366), runs (24), hits (45), triples (3) and total bases (74), while Vargas is second in batting average (.360), hits (40) and stolen bases (10). Vargas leads the team in doubles (9) and RBI (24). On the mound, Jordan boasts a 2.86 ERA and Santillan has 46 strikeouts in 39 innings.
Santillan was moved up to Low-A Dayton so he will not participate in the game.
The 2015 second rounder had a big week, receiving an all-star nod and a promotion. However, 2016 second rounder, Chris Okey had an impressive week of his own, leading Dayton to a 3-3 mark. Okey has homered in two straight games, raising his total to six in 19 games with the Dragons. The backstop has hit in eight straight games, raising his average from .222 to .269. In those eight contests, Okey is batting .323 (10-for-31) with four homers and nine RBI.
Daytona’s Aristides Aquino has also hit in eight straight games, leading the Tortugas to 3-2 mark last week. The outfielder has raised his batting average 21 points and is closing in on the .300 mark. During his eight-game hitting streak, he has tallied 4 multi-hit games and two homers. On Thursday night, Aquino went 5-for-5 with two runs scored and was a homer shy of the cycle.
While Aquino fell short of the cycle, Scott Schebler completed the feat Tuesday night for the Louisville Bats as he went 5-for-5 and became the first player to hit for the cycle since Chris Dickerson in 2007. Schebler helped the Bats go an affiliate-best 4-2 last week, hitting .600 (15-for-25) with three homers and eight RBI. He has hit safely in nine straight games, and is batting .315 with 13 homers and 41 RBI with Louisville.
The AZL Reds and Pensacola bring up the rear as the Reds went 2-3 and the Blue Wahoos went 2-4 last week. The Reds and the Blue Wahoos had a few bright spots. Isaac Anesty led the league with 2 wins last week, while Jonathan Crawford, Gregory Reinoso and Adolfi Telleria each tossed 4.0+ innings of scoreless baseball to tie for the league lead in ERA. Telleria threw five scoreless, Crawford 4.2 and Reinoso four.
Pensacola’s success came on the mound as well. Rookie Davis recorded his ninth win of the season on Tuesday night. The right-hander has won three straight games and leads the Blue Wahoos with nine wins this season.
RED Bites: The Reds have 5 players in the MLB.com midseason Top 100. Nick Senzel leads the group at No. 56, followed by Amir Garrett (57), Cory Reed (59), Jesse Winker (66) and Robert Stephenson (70)… According to MLB.com, the Reds top 5 prospects rank 14th amongst other organizations top 100 classes… Tyler Stephenson was placed on the DL on 7/23 with a sprained wrist…
The affiliates finished last week with a 17-17 mark and did not improve their overall record, as they are 15 games under .500. With a little over a month left of action, the Reds will look to improve their 230-245 overall mark.
The Cincinnati Reds have announced that country music singer/songwriter Chase Rice will play a free postgame concert from the field on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Great American Ball Park, immediately following the Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals game that starts at 4:10 p.m.
The concert is included in your game ticket and can be purchased now at:
• Internet: reds.com/tickets
• Phone: 513-381-REDS or 877-647-REDS (7337)
• In person: Great American Ball Park ticket windows and Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets.
About Chase Rice:
Within a few short years of moving to Nashville, country music maverick Chase Rice has already built a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gained the attention of industry professionals with his edgy, eclectic sound.
Rice’s RIAA Gold-certified Ignite the Night was released on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart. That album produced a pair of Top 5 hits, the Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.”
After supporting Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour 2015, Rice consistently sold out 2,500-3,000 seat venues on his JD and Jesus Tour and will launch his fifth headlining tour, the Everybody We Know Does Tour, this fall.
His new single, “Everybody We Know Does,” is available at country radio and digital retailers now with a new album forthcoming.
From my pal Corey Hawthorne…
Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Eugenio Suarez Fathead™ courtesy of Hot Head Burrito.
Today is the 15th annual Strike Out ALS™ Awareness Day at Great American Ball Park. As part of the annual event a commemorate Lou Gehrig baseball card will be passed out at select gates while supplies last.
On the field today at 12PM we welcome the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum “Vintage Game”. The Vintage Game features the Reds Hall of Fame 1869 Red Stockings versus the Blackbottom 9 of Hamilton (OH) in a depiction of what a professional baseball game would have been like in the late 1800’s. Today’s game is scheduled for 3 innings.
During the middle of the 7th inning break today we welcome Casey Campbell to lead us in the singing of God Bless America.
Following today’s game we will host the annual Faith Concert at Great American Ball Park. Today’s concert features 8-time Dove Award winning band MercyMe. The concert will begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of today’s game.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
The first 25,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Reds Cap, courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for all other fans. However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will recognize the finalists for the MSA sport High School Coach of the Year. Our five finalists are Josh Patrick (Fairborn HS), Pete Muehlenkamp (Reading HS), Brion Treadway (Badin HS), Tom Kilgore (Milford HS) & Joe Voegele (LaSalle HS). The overall winner will be announced at the end of today’s ceremony.
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be Mike Dungan, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville. Dungan is a native of Cincinnati and supporter of the Reds Community Fund.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the 9th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Hilliard Lyons. The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a Grateful Dead soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.
During pregame ceremonies tonight the Reds & Reds Community Fund will salute retiring Cincinnati Public Schools athletic director Dave Dierker. Dave has been a RCF board member and advisor for the Community Fund for nearly a decade and has worked tirelessly to expand extracurricular opportunities in the Cincinnati Public Schools system for more than 18 years.
Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…
Five of the six affiliates won three or more contests last week, but they ended the week a combined 19-19. Louisville, Pensacola and Billings all tallied winning weeks and four wins each.
Louisville was led by the offensive punch of Hernan Iribarren. The infielder has hit safely in 15 straight games and helped lead the Bats to a 4-3 week. Last week, he hit .500 (13-for-26) with nine runs, 3 homers and 9 RBI. He homered in three straight games from 7/19-7/21. He led the IL in RBI, HR, runs and hits while finishing second in batting average last week. In the month of July, Iribarren is hitting .448 (26-for-58) with 3 homers and 13 RBI.
While, Iribarren has turned it on of late, Tyler Mahle’s magical season continues. The right-hander started the season with Daytona, going 8-3 with a 2.50 ERA, before being moved to Double-A Pensacola. He has been even better with the Blue Wahoos, going 5-1 with 2.41 ERA in six starts. Last week, in his only start for the Blue Wahoos, he went 6 innings, allowing zero earned runs with 5 strikeouts. Pensacola went 4-2 and within one game of first place in Southern League South division.
Billings continued their winning ways last week, as they tallied another winning week, going 4-2. Billings leads the Pioneer League North division by three games over Great Falls. The Mustangs had another big week at the plate as Daniel Sweet and John Sansone paced the attack. Sweet batted .500 (6-for-12) with three extra-base hits and 2 RBI, while Sansone hit .556 (10-for-18) with 3 doubles and 2 RBI. Sansone had a team-high six runs scored. On the mound, Alex Webb led the league with 2 victories last week. The right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA.
AZL Reds and Daytona won three games each last week.
The AZL Reds tallied an even 3-3 mark, in large part to the pitching of Luis Alecis and Wennington Romero. Alecis went 0-0 with 0.00 ERA in seven innings of work. He struck out 6, and has not allowed a run since 7/11, while Romero went five scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts.
After losing four straight to the St. Lucie Mets, the Tortugas have won 3 of their last 4 games and finished the week 3-4. Angelo Gumbs clubbed an FSL-high two homers on the week. He is one homer shy of reaching the double digits mark, and finished the week batting .259 (7-for-27) with three runs and 3 RBI. Keury Mella turned in one of his finest starts of the season on 7/18 vs Jupiter, tossing six innings, allowing one run with 5 strikeouts. He improved to 7-6 on the season and dropped his ERA to 3.18.
Dayton had another tough week to go with their tough season. Dayton went 1-5, but first rounder Nick Senzel has lived up to the billing for the Dragons. Senzel clubbed homer No.1 on 7/18 and homer No.2 on 7/20. He hit .375 with 2 homers and 9 RBI last week. On 7/18 vs Wisconsin, Senzel was a double shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, leading Dayton to their lone win of the week.
RED Bites: Tyler Stephenson is finding his groove with Dayton. Last week, he hit .471 (8-for-17) with 3 doubles and one RBI… Jesse Winker hit .423 (11-for-26) with 3 doubles for Louisville. Since returning from the DL, Winker is hitting .367… Rookie Davis went 2-0 with 1.64 ERA in 11 innings of work last week for the Blue Wahoos. He led the league with two wins…
The affiliates continue play through the week as they are inching closer to a combined .500 mark, 213-228. With 15 games to make up, the Reds will look for another big week on the diamond.