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I’m still not used to seeing Jay Bruce wearing blue.



As a thank you for their dedication to helping the Cincinnati community, Jay and his wife Hannah, along with their son Carter were presented with a donation yesterday to the Jay Bruce Golf Benefit & Tournament.  On hand to present Jay with the “big check” were Bob Castellini, Walt Jocketty, Dick Williams, Phil Castellini and Charley Frank.


Congratulations to recently promoted Hernan Iribarren who yesterday clinched the International League batting title!  Here’s the official release from the Louisville Bats…


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Bats infielder/outfielder Hernan Iribarren has won the International League batting title with an average of .327. Iribarren, who was recently promoted to the Cincinnati Reds, finished the Triple-A season with 122 hits in 373 at bats. He becomes the first Louisville player since the franchise joined the IL in 1998 to win the batting title.

Iribarren was also named the International League postseason Utility All-Star, becoming the first Louisville player to be named a postseason All-Star since Billy Hamilton in 2013. Iribarren completed the season with 20 doubles, three home runs, 35 RBI and 46 runs scored. He played eight of the nine positions, the only one he did not play is catcher in 2016.


Our friends at Inside Edge present these interesting Reds tidbits:

  • Joey Votto is hitting .424 (67-for-158) during the second half of the season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 206 full-time players; League Avg: .258)
  • Joey Votto has an OPS of 1.190 (200 PA’s) in the second half of the season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 206 full-time players; League Avg: .750)
  • Jose Peraza is hitting .579 (11-for-19) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .260)
  • Jose Peraza has 19 total bases in 27 AB’s (.704 Slugging Pct) against relievers since the All-Star break. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 103 part-time players; League Avg: .394)
  • Raisel Iglesias’s BABIP is .193 this year. (MLB Rank: 1st of 177 qualified RP; League Avg: .300)
  • Left-handed hitting opponents are hitting just .111 (5-for-45) against Brandon Finnegan since the All-Star break. (MLB Rank: 1st of 144 qualified SP; League Avg: .256)
  • Adam Duvall has 20 Extra-Base hits out of 33 total hits (60.6% Extra-Base Hit Pct) on two-strike counts . (MLB Rank: 4th of 193 full-time players; League Avg: 32.4%)
  • Michael Lorenzen hasn’t walked a batter with runners in scoring position this season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 176 qualified RP; League Avg: 12.0%)


It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of former Reds’ employee, Julian Mock.  Julian was employed by the Reds from 1981 through 1997.  Notably, he served as the Director of Dominican Operations from 1989-1992 and as the Director of Scouting from 1993-1997.



Major League Baseball plans to release the 2017 regular season schedule on Wednesday, September 14.

MLB’s formal announcement will not include game times.


The thirty Club nominees for the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award from Major League Baseball, were announced today.  The Reds nominee is Michael Lorenzen.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character. Wednesday, September 7th marks the fifteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award.

The 30 Club nominees of the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award feature seven 2016 MLB All-Stars (*=MLB All-Star)

Arizona Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt* (#VoteGoldy)
Atlanta Braves – Jim Johnson (#VoteJJ)
Baltimore Orioles – Adam Jones (#VoteAdam)
Boston Red Sox – Brock Holt (#VoteBrock)
Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo* (#VoteRizzo)
Chicago White Sox – Jose Abreu (#VoteAbreu)
Cincinnati Reds – Michael Lorenzen (#VoteLorenzen)
Cleveland Indians – Carlos Carrasco (#VoteCookie)
Colorado Rockies – Carlos González* (#VoteCarGo)
Detroit Tigers – Miguel Cabrera* (#VoteMiggy)
Houston Astros – Lance McCullers (#VoteMcCullers)
Kansas City Royals – Eric Hosmer* (#VoteHosmer)
Los Angeles Angels – Andrew Heaney (#VoteHeaney)
Los Angeles Dodgers – Adrian González (#VoteAdrian)
Miami Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton (#VoteStanton)
Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun (#VoteBraun)
Minnesota Twins – Joe Mauer (#VoteMauer)
New York Mets – Curtis Granderson (#VoteGrandy)
New York Yankees – Brett Gardner (#VoteGardy)
Oakland Athletics – Sean Doolittle (#VoteDoolittle)
Philadelphia Phillies – Ryan Howard (#VoteHoward)
Pittsburgh Pirates – Jared Hughes (#VoteHughes)
St. Louis Cardinals – Adam Wainwright (#VoteWainwright)
San Diego Padres – Tyson Ross (#VoteRoss)
San Francisco Giants – Jake Peavy (#VotePeavy)
Seattle Mariners – Robinson Canó* (#VoteCano)
Tampa Bay Rays – Chris Archer (#VoteArcher)
Texas Rangers – Cole Hamels* (#VoteHamels)
Toronto Blue Jays – Kevin Pillar (#VotePillar)
Washington Nationals – Ryan Zimmerman (#VoteZim)


Finally, the BOR Prize closet has been accumulating lots of cool stuff that I’d like to share with you!  Tweet me today (@Jamieblog) and you might be chosen as a random winner of a very random prize!

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*This post may be updated as the day progresses


Cool Papa Bill

From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau



For you wrestling fans

I met “The Monster” Abyss from Impact Wrestling yesterday at the airport.  Turns out he’s not really a monster at all but a really super nice guy.  And get this, he lives in Cincinnati and is a huge Reds fan!




Reds College Weekend at GABP, Sept. 30–Oct. 2

Join the Cincinnati Reds to celebrate College Weekend at Great American Ball Park the weekend of Sept. 30–Oct. 2 when the Reds take on the Cubs.

Show your school pride by purchasing a special ticket package that includes an exclusive Reds cap branded with your school colors and logo.

• Friday, Sept. 30 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Postgame fireworks)
• Saturday, Oct. 1 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 4:10 p.m. (#TeamCincinnati T-shirt giveaway)
• Sunday, Oct. 2 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 3:10 p.m. (Fan Appreciation Day, Reds Team Photo giveaway)

Reds-College-NightPackages start as low as $15, so choose your college below and make sure your school is well represented. Tickets available now at

• University of Cincinnati
• Xavier University
• Northern Kentucky University
• University of Kentucky
• Miami University

A portion of each ticket sold will benefit a scholarship fund of your school’s choice.


A few  notes from our friends at Inside Edge

  • Adam Duvall has 19 Extra-Base hits out of 28 total hits (67.9% Extra-Base Hit Pct) with two strikes this season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 168 full-time players
  • Joey Votto’s OBP is .549 in the past 30 days (23 games). (MLB Rank: 1st of 210 full-time players; League Avg: .321)
  • Tucker Barnhart’s Line Drive Pct is 33.3% (19/57) with two strikes . (MLB Rank: 2nd highest of 199 full-time players; League Avg: 20.4%)
  • Brandon Phillips has an OBP of .640 against righties in the past 7 days (7 games). (MLB Rank: 2nd of 182 full-time players; League Avg: .327)
  • Anthony DeSclafani has allowed a slugging percentage of just .208 (21 Total Bases / 101 AB) versus RHB this year. (MLB Rank: 1st of 134 qualified SP; League Avg: .421)


Happy Anniversary Grandma & Grandpa!

Marylou and Russell Carr today are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary!  They watch all the Reds games on TV and are big time Billy Hamilton fans.



Reds are 14-9 since the All-Star break.


Expect good news!



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.



Catching up with some Reds news from the holiday weekend…

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.



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.



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.



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



Selection Show



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,



In case you missed the Reds in Houston over the weekend, Billy Hamilton put on a display in center field that would’ve made Willie Mays proud. Check out the videos below…


Reds and Pirates makeup game set for Sept. 17

Makeup from rainout on May 10 will be played at 12:10 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader

CINCINNATI (June 17, 2016) — The Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at Great American Ball Park from May 10 that was postponed due to rain will be made up on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader.

To accommodate the make-up game, the start time for the game originally scheduled on Sept. 17 at 4:10 p.m. vs. the Pirates has been moved to 6:10 p.m. The Reds Stein giveaway to the first 25,000 fans will be distributed prior to the 6:10 p.m. game.

Reds vs. Pirates day-night doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
• Game 1: 12:10 p.m. (make-up from May 10)
• Game 2: 6:10 p.m. (originally scheduled for 4:10 p.m.)

Fans holding tickets from the May 10 rainout game may present their same ticket at the gates for the Sept. 17 12:10 p.m. game, with no exchange necessary.

Tickets to May 10 may also be exchanged for a remaining 2016 regular season home game (exclusions apply), subject to availability.

Ticket exchanges can also be made at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows.

For fans that ordered tickets online at or by phone through Ticketmaster, please contact Ticketmaster customer service at 1-800-745-3000.

Full rainout information can be found at


Over the weekend the Reds signed their 19th-round pick of the 2016 draft, RHP Matthew Blandino (no relation to Reds prospect Alex Blandino)

The Reds have now inked 18 of their 41 picks, including each of those selected in the first four rounds.


From our friends with the Louisville Bats


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Bats outfielder Scott Schebler was named the International League Batter of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Schebler joins Daniel Wright (Pitcher of the Week, May 16-22) and Jermaine Curtis (Player of the Month, April), as award winners this season. Schebler is the first Louisville Bat to win the Batter of the Week award since Yorman Rodriguez from June 22-28 last season.

Schebler hit .318 with two home runs and nine RBI for the week. He also tied for the IL lead in total bases (18) and extra-base hits (5). Three of his four triples this season came last week and all in consecutive games from June 13-15, becoming the first Bat to triple in three straight since Norris Hopper from April 24-26, 2009 at Toledo.



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!



Let’s talk about Adam Duvall.  In yesterday’s game against the Rockies at Coors Field, Duvall belted 2 home runs to give him 13 on the season (tied for 4th in the NL).  He’s having a fantastic month of May, batting .301 with 11 homers, 24 RBI, a .327 on-base pct. and .720 slugging pct.

Perhaps we could see another Red in the Home Run Derby this year?  (hint: Vote Duvall)

Duvall came to the Reds last season from San Francisco along with Giants’ top prospect RHP Keury Mella in exchange for Mike Leake.  Leake made 9 starts for the Giants before leaving as a free agent.  Mella, 22, is 4-4 this season with a 2.64 ERA in 10 starts with Class-A Daytona.

As for Duvall, my friends at Inside Edge provided a list of remarkable stats for Duvall:

He has a 1.043 SLG (24 total bases in 23 AB’s) over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 224 full-time players; League Avg: .435)

He has 11 HR on 32 Flyballs (34.4% HR/FLY) over the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: this leads MLB of 103 full-time players; League Avg: 13.1%)

He has an OPS of 1.418 (24 PA’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 4th of 228 full-time players; League Avg: .761)

He has 26 Extra-Base hits out of 42 total hits (61.9% Extra-Base Hit Pct) this season. (MLB Rank: 4th of 215 full-time players; League Avg: 34.9%)

He has homered once every 4.6 at bats over the past 7 days. (NL Rank: 1st of 67 full-time players; League Avg: 26.9)

He is hitting .355 (11-for-31) on breaking pitches over the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 12th of 125 full-time players; League Avg: .223)

His Line Drive Pct is 29.4% (15/51) against fastballs this year. (MLB Rank: 13th highest of 218 full-time players; League Avg: 21.8%)


Congratulations to Aaron Johnson, who was randomly chosen as the winner of Thursday’s haiku contest!  He wins a BOR t-shirt (XL) and a Joey Votto Super Bobblehead!

We’ll give you more chances this week to win some cool stuff from BOR Headquarters, so stay tuned!


Apologies for being late on this.   Juan Dorado submitted another fantastic Reds Minor League Spotlight, dated Friday, May 27:

The Cincinnati Reds affiliates had another solid week on the diamond, recording a 12-15 mark on the week. Louisville finished the week 3-3, Pensacola recorded a 3-4 mark, and Daytona won 4 of 7 while Dayton went 2-5.

Despite going under .500 on the week, the Double-A affiliate of the Reds is tied for first place in the Southern League South standings with the Biloxi Shuckers. Jackson Stephens has been brilliant for the Blue Wahoos. In his last two starts, he has gone 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 12 innings. He fanned 11 batters and he was the starting pitcher on May 20th, when three Wahoos’ hurlers combined to toss a 7-inning no-hitter at Jacksonville. Stephens tossed five scoreless while Matt Magill and Carlos Gonzalez each tossed one hitless inning in the 6-0 victory.

Although, Stephens was on top of his game last week, he was outshined by the International Pitcher of the Week Daniel Wright. The right-hander was awarded the IL weekly award on Monday after tossing a complete game, 3-hitter against Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He had his contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday and Wright made his ML debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in a losing effort.

While the pitching staff keeps dealin’ at the higher levels, Blake Trahan continues to get on base for the Daytona Tortugas. The infielder extended his on-base streak to 31 games on Wednesday afternoon. He has surpassed the 30-game mark set by Bryan Haar (Fort Myers) and Jiwan James (Lakeland) in 2015. Since 2010, there have only been 10 players in the Florida State League with longer on-base streaks than Trahan.

Robbie Grossman 42 2011 Bradenton
Elevys Gonzalez 41 2012 Bradenton
Harold Garcia 40 2010 Clearwater
Robbie Grossman 37 2011 Bradenton
Abraham Almonte 36 2011 Tampa
Logan Watkins 36 2011 Daytona (Cubs)
Kevin Nolan 36 2012 Dunedin
Cam Moran 35 2014 St. Lucie
Brain Van Kirk 36 2011 Dunedin
Alden Carrithers 32 2010 Lakeland
Alfredo Lopez 31 2013 Jupiter
Blake Trahan 31 2016 Daytona

Dayton had a tough week as they have dropped their last 5 games. However, Luis Gonzalez and Tyler Stephenson had big weeks at the plate. In the last week, Gonzalez hit .500 (10-for-20) with two doubles and four RBI. He has an active hitting streak of seven games. Stephenson had his 6-game hitting streak snapped last night with a 0-for-5 performance, but prior to that he was hitting .346 (9-for-26) with a homer 7 RBI during his streak. Since returning from the DL, Stephenson is hitting .250 (12-for-48) with eight runs scored and seven RBI in 12 games.

RED Bites: Sal Romano struck out a season-high nine batters on Thursday night… Jon Moscot tossed six scoreless frames for the Louisville Bats. He recorded his first win of the year… Former Dayton Dragon Franderlin Romero was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for two international slot picks…

With the first half ending in a few weeks, the Cincinnati Reds affiliates look to improve on their overall 85-103 mark.


We’ll have more in a bit!

Expect good news,



Reds minor league news…

RHP Anthony DeSclafani made a rehab start for AAA-Louisville yesterday morning (10:35 first pitch) vs. Scranton. He gave up 3 runs on 3 hits in 3 innings (0bb, 2k, 1hr). DeSclafani allowed all 3 runs in the first inning but reportedly looked very sharp in his final 2 innings of work.

Yesterday in Pensacola, the double-A Blue Wahoos got another strong pitching performance from 22 year-old RHP Jackson Stephens.  The Alabama native struck out 9 over 7.0 shutout innings (5h, 0bb) to extend his scoreless innings streak to 12.  In 2015, Stephens ranked among all Reds farmhands with 12 wins (2nd) and a 2.97 ERA (9th). He also ranked among Florida State League leaders in wins (T1st), games started (26, T2nd), innings pitched (145.1, 3rd) and ERA (6th).

High-A Daytona beat Tampa yesterday, 8-4.  The Reds 2015 Minor League Player of the Year Tyler Mahle (RHP) picked up the victory with 6.0 solid innings (9h, 3r,  1bb, 4k).  Mahle has recorded quality starts in 6 of his 10 appearances and is currently holding opponents to a .223 batting average.


The Reds have been nominated by USA Today for Best Ballpark Food.  To vote, CLICK HERE.


The one-day Billy Hamilton Baseball ProCamp presented by The Christ Hospital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will be held on June 27th from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Sycamore High School. Participants will learn fundamental baseball skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with the center fielder. Each camper will receive an autograph from Billy and a team photo with Billy.

Limited spots remain at


Word around the campfire is that the @Reds twitter account and the Reds Facebook account ( are giving prizes out for “random acts of kindness.”  You might want to check it out.


And speaking of prizes…

I’ve got this…



and this…


…to give away this weekend to one lucky reader of Better Off Red.

Here’s how you can win:

In the comments section of this blog post, write a haiku explaining why your a Reds fan.  Cool?

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Last night the Reds acquired from the Orioles two international signing bonus slots for RHP Franderlin Romero. The move allows the Reds more financial leeway to sign foreign players during the international signing period.

Romero, 23, had been in the Reds organization since 2010.  This year for Class-A Dayton, he went 1-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 8 starts for the Dragons.


More minor league news…

In yesterday’s 5-4 win in extra innings, AA-Pensacola’s Amir Garrett (LHP) allowed 3 runs (1er) on 4 hits in 6.2 innings (2bb, 7k).  Garrett is 3-3 with a 1.49 ERA in 9 starts for the Blue Wahoos (8 of 9 appearances have been quality starts).  He’s holding opponents to a .205 batting average while averaging nearly a strikeout per inning pitched.

Another rising star in the Reds system is RHP Tejay Antone.  Antone, 22, is a 6-4 Texan currently pitching for High-A Daytona.  He struggled a bit yesterday with his command against St. Lucie, throwing 95 pitches in 5.0 innings but he did not allow a run.  Over his last 3 starts, Antone has allowed 4 runs (3er) on 6 hits in 20.0 innings (5bb, 13k).

Here’s a look at current Reds Minor League leaders…

Minor League


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Tonight’s Reds starting pitcher Daniel Wright yesterday was named International League Pitcher of the Week.

More from our friends with the Louisville Bats…

The International League announced today that Louisville pitcher Daniel Wright has been named the IL Pitcher of the Week for the period from May 16 – May 22. Wright is the first Bats player to be honored as a Player of the Week this season. Third baseman Jermaine Curtis was the IL Player of the Month for April.

Entering the week with one career Triple-A start, Bats right-hander Wright threw a nine-inning complete game allowing one unearned run and striking out eight in a 4-1 Bats win on Monday against the IL North leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. It was the first nine-inning complete game for the Bats since Michael Lorenzen tossed a complete game shutout on August 15, 2015 versus the Norfolk Tides. In two starts since his promotion to Louisville on May 10 he is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA, striking out 10 and walking just one batter.


I’ve got some cool Reds prizes to give away this week, so please stay tuned to Better Off Red for details!

More in a bit.

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The Reds are idle today, preparing for a weekend series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.  The team returns home on Monday to begin a 10-game homestand at Great American Ball Park.  Up first will be the Giants and old friend Johnny Cueto.  Cueto is expected to pitch against the Reds on Monday night in the first game of a 3-game series vs San Francisco.


More positive stuff…

Zack Cozart is hitting .481 (13-for-27) on the road . (MLB Rank: 2nd of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .258)

Eugenio Suarez has an OPS of 1.384 (25 PA’s) versus LHP . (MLB Rank: 1st of 73 full-time players; League Avg: .732)

Zack Cozart has 20 total bases in 27 AB’s (.741 Slugging Pct) on the road . (MLB Rank: 10th of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .423)

Tucker Barnhart has 8 well-hit balls in play in 23 AB’s (.348 Well-Hit Avg) in the past 14 days (8 games). (MLB Rank: 1st of 57 part-time players; League Avg: .153)

Reds hitters Miss Pct is only 17.0% (55/323) versus LHP . (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: 24.1%)

Opponents are hitting just .165 against Reds starting pitchers (15-for-91) when going through the lineup the third time in a game . (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams’ SP’s; League Avg: .265)


Perhaps you remember the movie Benchwarmers starring Rob Schneider and David Spade?  Well it starred one of our own – Jon Moscot!  Who knew?!  In the movie, Jon gives up a few home runs to Elle King’s dad.  MLB’s Cut 4 revisits Moscot’s scene in the film HERE.


Today is National Baseball Hall of Famer and Reds legend Barry Larkin’s 52nd birthday.  Happy birthday Barry!


LHP John Lamb, who is currently on a rehab assignment with AAA-Louisville as he recovers from disc surgery (12/7/15) was fantastic last night in his third start for the Bats.  Lamb scattered 8 hits over 8.0 innings, allowing just 2 runs (both earned) with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.  Of his 104 total pitches, 79 were strikes (that’s really good). Lamb threw 10 pitches or fewer in 4 of his 8 innings.


The latest episode of the Better Off Red podcast starring Yahoo Sports baseball columnist Jeff Passan will drop this week!  Keep your ears on!

That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Expect good news,



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