Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…
The Cincinnati Reds affiliates had a big week off the field, but found some struggles on the field as they went a combined 18-22 this week.
Scott Schebler was awarded the International League Player of the Month for his play in the month of July. In July, he hit.359 for the month with six home runs and 18 RBI. He recorded 10 multi-hit games in the month, including six two-hit games, two three-hit games and one four and five hit game. He was called up to the majors after the Reds traded outfielder Jay Bruce, and his absence showed up on the field as the Bats went 2-6 last week.
While Schebler was awarded Player of the Month honors, Zach Vincej and Sal Romano took home Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week honors for the Southern League. In the last week, Vincej hit .360 (9-for-25) with two doubles and 2 RBI. Romano has been electric for the Blue Wahoos. In his last 2 starts, Romano has allowed one earned run in 13 innings of baseball. He has struck out 12 and helped Pensacola to a 3-3 record.
The individual play of those three players has been sizzling of late, but the play of Daytona, Billings and the AZL Reds as a whole has been red hot.
Daytona went 6-2 last week and have inched to one game of first place in the FSL standings. Shed Long has paced the offense. The newly promoted second baseman hit .478 (11-for-23) with two homers and 6 RBI. He has hit safely in three straight games and is hitting .400 since his promotion. Angelo Gumbs has been really, really good too. Gumbs hit .455 last week with a homer and 3 RBI.
Speaking of first place, the AZL Reds and Billings are both in first place in their respective leagues. Billings enjoyed the All-Star break and went 3-1 last week, while the AZL Reds went 4-2. Left-hander Scott Moss has pitched brilliantly for the Mustangs. In his lone start last week, he went five innings, allowing one run and striking out 5.
The former college reliever Moss was outdone by the AZL Reds bullpen last week. Luis Alecis and Dauri Moreta had fabulous weeks for the Reds. Alecis tossed 4 scoreless innings of relief to record a victory, while Moreta hurled 6.1 innings of scoreless relief with 12 strikeouts.
Dayton ended the week 0-8. One of the lone bright spots was Jesus Reyes, who led the league with a 0.00 ERA over 2 appearances. Reyes threw 6.1 innings, allowed two hits and struck out four.
Reds Bites: The Reds signed outfielder T.J. Friedl of the University of Nevada-Reno on Thursday. The former Wolfpack player was passed over by everyone in the draft and was signed after the Reds scouting department realized he was draft eligible player, allowing him to sign as a passed over player in the summer…. The former All-Mountain West team performer was on the USA Collegiate National Team this summer.
The Reds affiliates now have a combined record of 245-264 as they look to finish the second half on a high note.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today is the 3rd Military Appreciation Game of the 2016 season, presented by Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Hankook Tire as we celebrate the United States Coast Guards’ 226th birthday and the Coast Guard Reserves’ 75th anniversary. Members of local Coast Guard units will serve as our Honor Guard for today’s game and Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Cador will deliver the official game ball as part of our celebration.
Also during pregame ceremonies we welcome representatives of the teams playing in MLB’s 2016 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. The RBI World Series is being hosted by the Reds for the first time in the tournament’s 24-year history. Twenty-four baseball and softball teams from 19 cities around the United States and the Dominican Republic will compete Aug. 3-16 at several locations throughout Cincinnati including Great American Ball Park, Xavier University, Mason High School and the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
During pregame ceremonies this evening we will recognize the 2016 recipient of the Harvey Haddix Memorial Sportsmanship Award, sponsored by the Urbana Daily Citizen newspaper. The 2016 recipient is Trenton Dunham of Urbana High School. The Harvey Haddix Memorial Sportsmanship Award has been presented annually to a worthy high school baseball player from Champaign County, Ohio since 1994. Haddix was the first Reds pitcher to win a Gold Glove in 1958.
Helmet throw > bat flip
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.