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That talented Juan Dorado brings you this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…

It was a big week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as eight players were announced to their respective mid-season classics.

Dayton snapped their season-high 12 game losing streak with a win last Friday and finished the week 2-4. The Dragons are enduring a rough first half, but right-hander Ariel Hernandez has been outstanding. The Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star went 0-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 18 appearances. He recorded two saves and 40 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. He was transferred to Daytona on June 6.

Daytona added a stellar arm to their bullpen while boasting three all-stars of their own. Hernandez joins Florida State League All-Stars Jimmy Herget and Jake Ehret in the bullpen. Herget has posted a 2-2 record with a 1.65 ERA. He tallied nine saves, striking out 38 batters in 27. 1 innings. Ehret is 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA and four saves.

While the bullpen has been shutting down the bats, Aristides Aquino has been making noise with his. The outfielder was selected to the FSL All-Star team after posting a .254 (55-for-218) with eight homers and 24 RBI. On Wednesday night, he went 2-for-4 with two homers and two RBI in Daytona’s 8-0 win over Palm Beach. He helped Daytona go 4-1 on the week.

Pensacola went 2-4 on the diamond, but they are still in first place and had five players on their roster named to the Southern League All-Star game. The Southern League’s top rotation in terms of ERA will have four representatives from their pitching staff at the midsummer classic. Jackson Stephens, Alejandro Chacin, Amir Garrett and Nick Routt will be throwing on behalf of the Blue Wahoos. Stephens is 5-4 with 3.36 ERA in 11 starts while Garrett is 5-3 with a 1.63 ERA. Garrett is in the top 10 in various SL categories like ERA (2nd), wins (T-5th), strikeouts (67, 5th), WHIP (1.04, 2nd) and batting average against (.191, 1st).

The rotation has been strong but Routt and Chacin have been electric. Chacin is 3-0 with a 0.70 ERA and 10 saves in 11 chances. He has fanned 31 batters in 25.2 innings. His miniscule ERA is only topped by Routt, who has posted a 0-0 mark with a 0.55 ERA in 19 games.

While the bullpen anchors the staff, Brandon Dixon is the heart beat of the offense. The infielder was named SL Player of the Week on Monday and an All-Star on Wednesday. In five games, Dixon hit .632 with seven runs, a double, six home runs, 12 RBI to win player of the week honors.  Dixon’s monster week is coupled by his strong year at the plate. In 49 games, he is batting .297 (49-for-165) with 11 homers and 39 RBI.

RED Bites: Louisville went 3-4 last week and remains 3.5 games behind the front-running Columbus Clippers in the International League West division…Jumbo Diaz continues his dominance for Triple-A Louisville, recording three saves in three chances. In 17 games, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and eight saves for the Bats.


If you are attending the Reds vs. A’s game on Saturday, June 11 (4:10pm) you’ll have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a “Players’ Favorite Things” basket raffle.

Twelve gift baskets have been filled by the players’ wives with their favorite items.

Items include food and gifts from their home state, gift cards to their favorite stores along with books and DVDs and four tickets to an upcoming Reds game.

Additionally, each raffle winner will receive an autographed jersey from the player.

Player baskets include: Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco, Jay Bruce, Tucker Barnhart, Ivan De Jesus, Jordan Pacheco, Caleb Cotham, Brandon Finnegan, Blake Wood, Dan Straily, Eugenio Suarez and Ross Ohlendorf.
*subject to change

The retail value of each basket is well over $300.

What dad wouldn’t love this?

The Reds Wives will be selling raffle tickets (cash only) inside the first base side re-entry gate at Great American Ball Park starting when gates open at 2:40pm to the end of the 7th inning. Fans must have a ticket to the game to purchase raffle tickets. Tickets will be on sale for one for $5 or three for $10.

The winners will be drawn at random during the 8th inning. Fans do not need to be present to claim their baskets.

All proceeds will go toward the Dragonfly Foundation, a non-profit, which is dedicated to bringing comfort and joy to kids and young adults enduring cancer and bone marrow transplants.


Take Tennessee Infielder Second Overall

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley tonight announced the selection of USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalist IF Nick Senzel (6-1, 205) from the University of Tennessee with the team’s first pick (2nd overall) of the 2016 first-year player draft. His last name is pronounced sen-ZEL.

Later tonight, the Reds will select their second and third players with overall picks 35 (in competitive balance lottery round A) and 43 (2nd round).

“We’re really excited, this is the guy we wanted. He’s a very polished player, one of the better hitters, if not the best hitter, in the draft,” Buckley said. “We think his power will improve the more he plays. He’s a complete player, runs, throws and plays his position well.”

SS Kurt Stillwell, selected with the second overall pick in 1983, is the only other player to be drafted that high by the Reds.

Senzel, 21, this season ranked among the Southeastern Conference leaders in doubles (25, 1st), RBI (59, 2nd), stolen bases (25, T3rd), runs scored (57, 4th), walks (40, T4th), total bases (125, 6th) and hitting (.352, 9th). He was the SEC Player of the Week for May 17-21 after he went 6-for-11 to help his team clinch a spot in the SEC tournament.

Following this season, Senzel was named second-team All-America by Baseball America and third-team All-America by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. In his 3 seasons for the Volunteers, he hit .332 with 196 hits and 126 RBI in 160 career appearances. His 49 career doubles rank seventh on the school’s all-time list.

Last summer, Senzel became the first player since 1995 to win both the Most Valuable Player and the Outstanding Pro Prospect awards in the Cape Cod League, the nation’s top amateur wooden bat league.

The first-year draft will have 40 rounds. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, and Rounds 11-40 will begin at noon Saturday.

The link to Senzel’s University of Tennessee biography is below.



From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the second of four Bark in the Park events at Great American Ball Park this season, presented by Iams & Kroger. Over 350 dogs and their owners will participate in activities in the Kroger Fan Zone prior to the game, as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.



From my pal @Bongreatness...

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be celebrity Chef Graham Elliot. Chef Elliot is at the ballpark today as the host of Major League Baseball’s new digital series “MLB Grub Tour Paired with Budweiser”. Chef Elliot will spend the day with GABP Executive Chef James Major, who will catch the first pitch.


The Redlegs are 8-3 over their last 11 games.  Tonight, against the Cardinals, they’ll try to even their home record to 16-16.  The forecast calls for clear skies with a gametime temperature of 75.  In other words, a perfect night for a ballgame on the river.

You can get into the ballpark tonight for as low as 7 bucks (click HERE).


This is well worth another look…


From the department of “Expect Good News”

  • Reds hitters have a Batting Average of .359 (52-for-145) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .249)
  • Reds hitters are slugging .662 (129 total bases in 195 AB’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .425)
  • Reds hitters have an OPS of 1.059 (216 PA’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .749)
  • Jay Bruce is slugging .722 (65 total bases in 90 AB’s) in the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 3rd of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .429)
  • Brandon Phillips is hitting .385 (10-for-26) with two strikes in the past 14 days (10 games). (MLB Rank: 2nd of 152 full-time players; League Avg: .180)
  • Eugenio Suarez has a .909 Slugging Pct (20 total bases in 22 AB’s) over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 6th of 217 full-time players; League Avg: .427)
  • Reds hitters have a Batting Average of .359 (52-for-145) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .249)
  • Jay Bruce’s OPS is 1.106 (99 PA’s) in the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 4th of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .754)


More in a bit!



CINCINNATI (June 7, 2016) — It’s not too late to sign up for the CollegeAdvantage Family Catch presented by TQL on Sunday, June 12 at Great American Ball Park.

Fans have two options to play catch on the field after the Reds vs. Oakland A’s game:

The “Catch” package is $150 and includes:
• Unique opportunity to play catch on the field at Great American Ball Park
• Two Sun/Moon game tickets to the Sunday, June 12 game (1:10 p.m.)
• Two post-game field passes, authentic batting practice-used baseballs and commemorative certificates

The “Premier” package is $175 and includes:
• Unique opportunity to play catch on the field at Great American Ball Park
• Two Field Box game tickets to the Sunday, June 12 game(1:10 p.m.)
• Two post-game field passes, authentic batting practice-used baseballs and commemorative certificates

Sign up today at or by calling 513-765-7240. Online registration ends Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. ET. Additional single-person packages may be added.

The Reds Community Fund is the beneficiary of the annual “Family Catch” fundraising event. RCF programs include: the Reds Rookie Success League, a free, coed, character-building program for 6-12 year olds in Greater Cincinnati, Butler County, Clermont County, Louisville and Dayton; Reds Youth Baseball and Softball Funding, which underwrites expenses for more than 750 inner-city teams throughout Reds Country; and Field Renovation, which has helped restore over 350 baseball and softball fields. Including the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, “Match” Program and Greater Cincinnati RBI programs, more than 45,000 kids and coaches will be connected to the Community Fund in 2016.


The Reds have optioned to Class AAA Louisville RHP Jon Moscot and recalled from Louisville OF Steve Selsky (#51).


From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight Reds on Radio sponsor Western & Southern Financial Group will make a check presentation to the Barrett Cancer Center on behalf of the Reds on Radio “Strike Out Cancer” program. Tonight’s check presentation will be for $20,000.

Tonight is the first Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season. Now in its 67th consecutive season, the Kid Glove program has helped raise more than ten million dollars to buy baseball & softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.



From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids 14 and younger in attendance at today’s game will receive a Zack Cozart Fathead™ courtesy of Queen City Sausage.

Today is the final game of the 44th annual GE Weekend with the Cincinnati Reds.

Today is also the first Reds Rookies/Birthday Babies game of the 2016 season, presented by TriHealth, Pampers, Kroger & Enfamil. Hundreds of Reds Rookies will participate in activities in the Fan Zone prior to the game, as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.

American Idol: Season 8 winner Kris Allen will lead us in the singing of God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning break.


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