This Saturday the Reds host the Brewers at Great American Ball Park and the first 25,000 fans through the gates will receive a Zack Cozart Bobblehead. This will mark the Reds’ first Cozart promotional bobblehead giveaway. Tickets are currently available for as low as 12 bucks each!
As a bobblehead collector, myself, the Cozart bobble is truly one of the best bobbleheads the Reds have created. The attention to detail on this one is right on point, highlighted by the sunglasses sitting upside down on the brim of Zack’s cap – just like Cozart tends to wear them on the field.
I love when the Reds giveaway unusual or “first time” player bobbleheads and this one did not at all disappoint. You’ll want to include this one in your collection!
For tickets to the Cozart Bobblehead Game, CLICK HERE.
Over the weekend Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was named to the National League All-Star team as an injury replacement. Jay is currently batting .267 with 18 home runs, 63 RBI, .315 OBP and a .538 SLG. He ranks among National League leaders in:
Home Runs (T13th)
Triples (6, T2nd)
Extra Base Hits (44, T7th)
Go Ahead RBI (16, T3rd)
Total Bases (171, 12th)
Bruce has played in 83 games this season. Below is his slash line (AVG/OBP/SLG) and home runs after his first 83 games of each of his 9 big league seasons:
2016: .267/.315/.538, 18HR
2015: .251/.342/.464, 13 HR
2014: .222/.304/.394, 10 HR
2013: .278/.323/.518, 18 HR
2012: .249/.326/.505, 18 HR
2011: .258/.327/.478, 18 HR
2010: .277/.354/.463, 10 HR
2009: .209/.285/.444, 18 HR
2008: .252/.295/.423, 14 HR
The rap on Bruce is that he’s a streaky player, enjoying stretches of scalding hot highs but also distressingly bad lows. Not so in 2016. Jay had one small hiccup from May 19-23 in which he went hitless in 13 at-bats over 4 games. Other than that, he hasn’t gone hitless in more than 2 consecutive games. Aside from that 4-game 0-for-skid in May, he’s only been without a hit in back-to-back games 4 times.
Here’s to a strong finish this season for Jay Bruce.
Don’t forget to tune in tonight to the MLB Home Run Derby featuring Reds outfielder/All-Star Adam Duvall!
The show begins at 8pm ET on ESPN.
If Duvall advances past the first round (against San Diego Padre Wil Myers) he would face the winner of the Todd Frazier/Carlos Gonzalez matchup.
If this year’s event is even a fraction as exciting as last year’s derby in GABP, we’re all in for a treat!
That’s all for now, more in a bit!
Expect Good News,
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 7, 2016
Here’s the bracket for the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby. How about the possibility of Duvall facing Frazier in the second round?!
Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…
It was a memorable week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as two of their farm teams won five straight contests and helped the overall record to 18-17 on the week.
Billings won five straight before having their streak snapped on Thursday night. With the five victories, the Mustangs took sole possession of first place in the Pioneer League. Part of their success has been the emergence of Jose Siri. In his last five games, the outfielder is batting .560 (14-for-25) with three triples, a homer and five RBI. On July 4th, Siri hit for the cycle as he went 4-for-6 with 4 runs scored at home against Helena.
Billings was not the only team to take over first place in their respective league. Daytona, who is currently on a five-game winning streak is leading the FSL North division. While Billings has done it with the bats, the Tortugas have dominated on the mound. In the month of July, the pitching staff is 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA (7ER/45IP). Keury Mella anchored the staff as he went 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his two starts last week. Tortuga starters have allowed 3 earned runs over 30.1 innings on the mound.
Robert Stephenson helped Louisville go 4-3 last week. The righty posted a 3.65 ERA, while striking out 15 batters in 12.1 innings. Stephenson tallied back-to-back quality starts and now has 10 on the season. With the four wins, the Bats are 3.5 games back of the front-running Columbus Clippers in the IL West division.
Pensacola had another tough week as they went 2-5 and dropped to fourth in the Southern League South standings. The offense has sputtered of late, posting a .232 batting average over the last week. However, Zach Vincej and Jeff Gelalich have been great for the Blue Wahoos. Vincej is hitting .400 (10-for-25) with two homers and five RBI over his last seven games. While Gelalich .364 (8-for-22) with a homer and four RBI.
The Blue Wahoos duo has been solid, but the duo of Shed Long and Nick Senzel in Dayton might be having a better week. Long posted a .444 (8-for-18) batting average with three RBI and team-high four walks. Senzel was right behind him, batting .346 (9-for-26) with four doubles and two stolen bases. Senzel, who got off to a slow start in Billings, has seen his numbers and his gap-to-gap approach spike with the Low-A affiliate.
The AZL Reds round out the circuit as they went 1-3 last week. Shortstop Francis Azcona had a good week, hitting in three straight and batting .364 (4-for-13) with a double and an RBI. On the mound, Wennington Romero hurled 5.1 scoreless frames on July 4 against the AZL Brewers. The right-hander tallied his second win of the season and lowered his ERA to 1.80.
RED Bites: Cincinnati signed Cuban free agent shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez to a minor league deal on July 4th. In the 2014-15 season, the shortstop won Cuba’s Serie Nacional Gold Glove honors as well as the Rookie of the Year…Louisville’s Steve Selsky has hit in five straight games and is batting .340 (16-for-47) with 3 homers and 11 RBI over his last 14 games…
The affiliates continue play this weekend as the big club and the Louisville Bats approach the all-star break. The clubs will look to improve their overall record of 174-191.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 6, 2016
Congratulations to Reds outfielder Adam Duvall, who last night was named to the National League All-Star team!
Here are some current stats on Duvall from our friends at Inside Edge…
- Adam Duvall has an Extra-Base Hit Pct of 62.5% (35 XBH/56 H) versus RHP this season. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 206 full-time players; League Avg: 35.6%)
- Adam Duvall has 9 HR on 31 Flyballs (29.0% HR/FLY) on two-strike counts this year. (MLB Rank: 2nd highest of 105 full-time players; League Avg: 11.7%)
- Adam Duvall’s Line Drive Pct is 43.8% (7/16) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 4th highest of 106 full-time players; League Avg: 20.9%)
- Adam Duvall has a .640 Slugging Pct (71 total bases in 111 AB’s) on the road over the past 60 days. (MLB Rank: 6th of 214 full-time players; League Avg: .434)
- Adam Duvall has put 28 of 49 swings in play (57.1% In-Play Pct) against curves and sliders versus RHP over the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 3rd highest of 195 full-time players; League Avg: 36.8%)
- Adam Duvall has just 17 HR in 205 AB’s (12.1 AB/HR) over the past 60 days. (NL Rank: 5th of 102 full-time players; League Avg: 28.9)
- Adam Duvall’s Well-Hit Avg (Well-Hit / AB) is .175 (17/97) on two-strike counts over the past 60 days. (MLB Rank: 5th of 214 full-time players; League Avg: .103)
- Adam Duvall has an OPS of 1.139 (75 PA’s) with RISP this season. (MLB Rank: 5th of 208 full-time players; League Avg: .779)
From today’s Reds Gamenotes…
#DUVALLSTAR: Adam Duvall is 1 of only 3 players in the Major Leagues with at least 20 doubles, 22 HR and 59 RBI (Nolan Arenado, Edwin Encarnacion) and only the third Reds batter to produce those numbers prior to the All-Star Game (since 1933), joining Gus Bell in 1953 and Johnny Bench in 1970.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 5, 2016
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 5, 2016
Catching up with some Reds news from the holiday weekend…
REDS TO SIGN CUBAN SHORTSTOP
Alfredo Rodriguez Agrees To Minor League Contract
CHICAGO – President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty announced the Cincinnati Reds and Cuban free agent SS Alfredo Rodriguez have agreed to terms on a minor league contract.
Rodriguez, 22, will begin playing immediately in the Dominican Summer League.
In 2014-2015, the 5-10, 195-pound Rodriguez was the Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s Serie Nacional after hitting .265 with 12 stolen bases in 16 attempts in 84 games for La Isla De La Juventud. He also won Cuba’s equivalent of the Gold Glove.
“Our whole group that scouted Aroldis and Raisel also saw Alfredo,” said Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley. “We all think he’s an everyday shortstop with a chance to play plus defense. He’s a very smooth defensive infielder, a good line drive bat and a plus runner. We were impressed with his all-around defensive actions. It’s very hard to find an everyday shortstop who we liked everything about.”
Rodriguez is the third free agent from Cuba to sign with the Reds since 2010, joining LHP Aroldis Chapman and RHP Raisel Iglesias.
REDS REPLACE MARK RIGGINS
CHICAGO – The Cincinnati Reds have replaced pitching coach Mark Riggins with assistant pitching coach/bullpen coach Mack Jenkins.
Class AAA Louisville pitching coach Ted Power (#56) will take over Jenkins’ assistant and bullpen duties on the Major League staff. Powers’ duties at Louisville will be covered by the organization’s player development staff.
Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty said, “Mark was a valuable member of this organization for several years. Before he accepted the job with our Major League team, he contributed to the development of many of our successful young pitchers in the minor leagues. Unfortunately, the pitching on our big league staff has not improved over the course of the season as we had hoped, and it is time for a new voice.”
Jocketty added, “We are not satisfied with the performance so far this season and will continue to look for ways to improve. We felt it was necessary to make a change in order to accomplish our goals of providing our young pitchers with the best possible resources.”
Riggins, 59, was in his first season on the club’s Major League staff. He spent the previous 4 seasons as the organization’s minor league pitching coordinator.
FRIDAY’S REDS MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT
Juan Dorado brings us the latest from the Reds farm system…
The second half is off to a slow start for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as they went a combined 17-22 on the week. However, there were a lot of things to cheer about this week.
On Tuesday afternoon, Amir Garrett was selected for his second straight Futures Game appearance. Garrett has been spectacular in Double-A and Triple-A, going 5-4 with 1.81 ERA through Pensacola and Louisville. The night before being selected, Garrett tossed seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts against Buffalo.
In addition to Garrett making the Futures Game, Jermaine Curtis was announced as the Bats representative in the 2016 Triple-A All Star game. The third baseman has been outstanding, batting .280 with 7 homers and 37 RBI.
Despite the consistency of Garrett and Curtis, the Bats went 3-4 last week and fell to third place in the International League West standings.
Pensacola turned in a 2-4 week, but Tyler Mahle continues to shine. Since being called up to Double-A Pensacola, the right-hander is 2-0 with 2.70 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 10 innings. He has struck out eight batters in both his Double-A starts.
The Tortugas had a good week, going 3-3 and finished the month of June with 16 wins. During the month, Daytona batted a league-best .289 and carried a 3.19 ERA.
In Dayton, the Dragons got off to a slow start this week losing three straight to the South Bend Cubs, but they took 3 of 4 from the Fort Wayne TinCaps and finished the week 3-4. In their last five games, the pitching staff has been impressive going 3-1 with a 0.90 ERA. Jacob Constante and Austin Orewiler both tossed six innings of scoreless baseball this week.
Billings had the best week of the affiliates, going 4-3. Right-hander Antonio Santillan has not gone past the fifth inning in any of his starts, but the right-hander has been stellar when he is in. In 3 starts, he is 0-0 with 2.70 ERA. He has 27 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. His last time out, Santillan struck out 12 batters in 4.2 innings on 6/27 at Great Falls.
The AZL Reds fell on hard times this week. After starting the season 2-1, the Reds have dropped 4 of their last 6. The offense has been clicking, hitting .264 in the month of June, but the pitching staff owns a league-worse 6.30 ERA in the month. Michael Beltre has been a real bright spot for the Reds, batting .353 (12-for-34) with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. He has hit safely in 6 of the 8 games this season. On the bump, Ian Kahaloa has fanned 10 batters in eight scoreless innings of work.
Reds Bites: Nick Senzel broke a 0-for-19 mini slump with a 2-for-4 performance on Wednesday night…Taylor Trammell has hit safely in six straight games. He is batting .320 (8-for-25) with 2 RBI and a run scored…
Reds affiliates continue action this week, looking to improve their 157-176 record as the Triple-A and the MLB are about 10 days from their all-star break.
AL TO BAT LAST
Although the All-Star Game will once again be played this year in a National League park (San Diego), the American League team will bat last.
“Given that the current stretch of four consecutive National League ballparks hosting the All-Star Game from 2015-2018, MLB determined that it was appropriate for the sides to continue to alternate who bats last in 2016.” – Major League Baseball
MLB ALL-STAR SELECTION SHOW TONIGHT!
Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce currently has 19 doubles, 17 home runs and six triples on the season. Only 10 players in history, including eight Hall of Famers, have reached 20 doubles, 20 home runs and six triples by the All-Star break (HOF Babe Ruth – 1921; HOF Rogers Hornsby – 1922; HOF Lou Gehrig – 1927; HOF Chick Hafey – 1929; HOF Al Simmons – 1930; HOF Chuck Klein – 1932; HOF Hank Greenberg – 1935; Hal Trosky – 1936; HOF Duke Snider – 1954; and Carlos Gonzalez – 2013). In addition, Toronto’s Josh Donaldson currently has 18 doubles, five triples and 19 home runs; Boston’s Mookie Betts has 19 doubles, four triples and 16 home runs; and Colorado’s Trevor Story has 18 doubles, four triples and 19 home runs.
It’s been a little while since we gave away some cool prizes from the BOR Prize Closet. Follow me on Twitter this week (@Jamieblog) and we’ll remedy that…
That’s all for now!
Expect good news,
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today over 800 boys and girls from the Reds Community Fund’s Reds Rookie Success League summer program will participate in a pregame parade around the field. The Reds Rookie Success League (RRSL), a free, coed, character-building summer baseball program, entering its fourteenth summer in Cincinnati and throughout Reds Country this season. As has been the tradition for a few seasons, we will be joined by members of former Red Ryan Freel’s family, who will help us present the Ryan Freel Award to a few of the RRSL participants. During his time with the Reds, Ryan was heavily involved in the RRSL program.
The honorary Grand Marshal for the parade will be Tyler Aldrich. Tyler, a 21-year-old autistic man from Fremont, Ohio, is running 220 miles from his hometown to Cincinnati to raise money and awareness for autism. His “Run Ohio” journey started on June 10 and raises money and awareness for the Make It Fit Foundation, a charity that provides programs for people dealing with autism.
Also during pregame ceremonies representatives of Cincinnati law firm Freking, Myers & Reul will make a check presentation to the Reds Community Fund in the amount of nearly $31,000 from this year’s annual “Opening Day Eve Party”. The event has become a staple of the Cincinnati Opening Day landscape, directly benefitting the Reds Community Fund. Event organizer Randy Freking will also serve as today’s Honorary Captain.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
Tonight is the 6th annual Reds Racing Night, presented by Kroger. NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger will be offering up a ceremonial first pitch. A.J. drives the No. 47 Chevrolet SS for JTG Daugherty Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Kroger Fan Zone will be packed with a collection of racing show cars & displays for tonight’s game.
The Reds have recalled from Class AAA Louisville RHP Jumbo Diaz (#70).
He replaces on the roster RHP JC Ramirez, who yesterday was claimed off waivers by the Angels.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the third Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season. Now in its 68th 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.
Tonight is St. Xavier High School Night at GABP. During pregame ceremonies we will present the St. X High School Golf Team with a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award for winning the OHSAA 2015 Boys Golf Division I State Championship. We will also be joined by a pair of distinguished St. X alums who will each offer up a ceremonial first pitch – Joe Kernen, CNBC news anchor, (St. X class of 1974) and National Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning (St. X class of 1949).
The Reds Community Fund & FOX Sports Ohio are hosting the annual RCF telethon during tonight’s game. Fans can purchase MVP gift packages containing exclusive Reds merchandise, complimentary tickets, and more for a donation of $100 (see reds.com/telethon for more info).
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today the franchise will officially retire the #14 worn by Pete Rose during his Reds career. The ceremony to honor Pete will begin at 12:26PM with red carpet introductions. Joining Pete on a special stage placed on the infield dirt at second base will be other Reds retired number honorees #5 Johnny Bench, #11 Barry Larkin, #13 David Concepcion and #24 Tony Perez. Today’s ceremony will once again be emceed by Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman and Reds President & CEO Bob Castellini will speak on behalf of the organization, ending with the official unveiling of #14 on the GABP façade. Fans will once again hear from Pete at the end of today’s ceremony. Things wrap up today with a ceremonial first pitch which Pete has asked to be thrown by his son, Pete Rose Jr., who was the only other player to wear #14 since the start of the 1963 season when Pete won the NL Rookie of the Year.
All fans in attendance today will receive a commemorative Pete Rose print, courtesy of John Morrell. The print is a replica of an original commissioned painting, produced by renowned artist Bart Forbes, which will be presented to Pete during today’s pregame ceremony. Pete will also receive a custom crystal sculpture created by Studio 11. The commissioned painting & crystal sculpture are traditional gifts given to those players who receive the honor of number retirement with the Reds franchise.
Kids in attendance today will receive a Devin Mesoraco Fathead™ courtesy of Orville Redenbacher & Kroger. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Members and 11:40AM for the general public. However those times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code, should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
Performing our National Anthem today prior to the start of the #14 retirement ceremony (12:23PM) will be Denver, KY native – Marlana VanHoose.
Leading us in the singing of God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning break today will be Abby Paskvan.
Following the conclusion of today’s game fans will have the opportunity to Run the Bases, presented by Entenmann’s Little Bites. Today’s event is the second of three Run the Bases open to all fans during the 2016 season.