Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight

The Cincinnati Reds affiliates had a big week on the diamond as they went a combined 20-16, capturing their second winning week in the last month.

The AZL Reds led the charge as they went a perfect 5-0 and took control of first place in the AZL Central standings. The Reds have won seven straight games and lead the AZL Brewers by two games in the division. Part-time starter Pabel Manzanero had a big week, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with five RBI. The backstop is hitting .325 (25-for-77) with 13 RBI on the season. On the mound, Duari Moreta continued to dominate. The right-hander went 1-0 with three clean innings of relief. Moreta has not allowed a run since July 24 at AZL Indians.

While the AZL Reds were taking over first place in Central division, the Billings Mustangs posted another winning week in the Pioneer League as they went 4-2. The offense average 5.8 runs a game and has won three straight games. Post draft signee T.J. Friedl has led the charge, batting .500 (12-for-24) with two homers and five RBI since joining the squad. Second rounder Taylor Trammell had a big week at the plate, going 7-for-21 with five RBI in the last week.

Friedl and Trammell’s play may be overshadowed by the play of top pick Nick Senzel. Despite turning in another losing week with the Dayton Dragons, Senzel held his own at the plate. The infielder homered in three straight contest from August 5 through August 7. He finished the week hitting .333 (8-for-24) with three dingers and seven RBI. The Dragons went 2-4 and dropped to 35-81 on the season.

Senzel produced at the dish, while Shed Long took home the accolades. The infielder was awarded FSL Player of the Week honors on Monday after hitting .500 (11-for-22) with two homers and seven RBI. Long joined five other Tortuga players to receive the accolade this season. With Long clicking on all cylinders, the Tortugas went 4-3 and kept their playoff hopes alive as they remain two games back of the Dunedin Blue Jays for the second half crown.

Rounding out the group are the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and the Louisville Bats, who suffered losing weeks for the second straight. Pensacola went 2-3 and Louisville went 3-4. However, there were various bright spots for the Blue Wahoos. Jackson Stephens continued his stellar campaign. The right-hander tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the Blue Wahoos 4-1 win at Biloxi on Sunday night. Stephens is 7-10 with a team-leading 3.15 ERA.

For the Bats it was a slow start to the week as they dropped their first four games, but they have won two straight decisions. Tim Adleman has been a man on a mission. Since returning from the DL on July 9, Adleman is 1-1 with a 1.47 ERA. He has fired 18 straight innings with allowing an earned run. His last earned run allowed was in the bottom of the third inning at Toledo on August 1. Kevin Shackelford has been even better in relief. The righty has not allowed a run in the month of August, going 4.1 innings of scoreless relief without a run. In 15 games with the Bats, he is 1-1 with four saves and a 0.43 ERA.

The Reds affiliates continue their surge towards playoff positioning this week, as they look to finish the last three weeks of the minor league season on a high note.


*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 reds.com/college.

• 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!


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Brandon Phillips:

1) Mike Will – Nothing Is Promise :50secs
2) Future – Too Much Sauce :11secs
3) Gucci Mane – Back On Road :06
4) Chance the Rapper – No Problem :04secs
5) Bryson Tiller – Rambo :42 secs


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.

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