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Doc. Scott
11-08-2007, 05:12 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=644

See discussion of the Reds' specific list here (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63405). I'm basically with everyone else- resign Asadoorian and Perez and *maybe* Ramirez, let the rest walk. Part 2 will cover "reclamation projects".

Here's some other names on the big list that might be of interest:

Player ages as of April 1, 2008

Ezequiel Astacio (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/A/Ezequiel-Astacio.shtml), RHS/RHR (Rangers). Astacio, 28, was sort of the Astros’ version of Elizardo Ramirez for a few years; a skinny Dominican with good control. (In fact, the Phils had sent Astacio to Houston in the Billy Wagner deal of 2003.) Ezequiel gave up 23 homers in 81 IP in 2005 for Houston, however (thanks, Juice Box) and ended up signing with Texas for ’07, where he put up a 5.50 ERA for AAA Oklahoma City with nine homers in 52.1 innings (but 56 Ks). I realize that the Reds play in a launching pad of their own, but if this guy could just chop his homer rate by half or even a third, he stands the chance of being effective in the major leagues.

Jeff Bajenaru (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Jeff-Bajenaru.shtml), RHR (Diamondbacks). Much like Buddy Hernandez and Lee Gronkiewicz below, Bajenaru, 29, has consistently pitched well in the high minors without getting a real big-league chance. In 2006 he slumped to a 4.50 ERA in the launching pad at AAA Tucson, but prior to that he turned in a 1.41 mark in 2005 (AAA Charlotte) and 1.51 in 2004 between AA and AAA. He missed 2007 due to injury. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bajenaru), he also may be the only active player that is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research.

Colter Bean (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Colter-Bean.shtml), RHR (Yankees). It’s somewhat tragic- the 31-year-old Bean has had the misfortune of a career spent in an organization that won’t give NDFA types a real look. Since reaching AAA in 2003, Bean posted ERAs of 2.87, 2.29, 3.01, and 2.65 before collapsing to 5.95 in ’07. The Yankees rewarded him with a grand total of six appearances spanning seven innings. Colter may not light up radar guns, but he consistently misses bats, doesn’t walk people, and has allowed just 0.4 homers per nine innings in his career.

William Bergolla (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/William-Bergolla.shtml), 2B (Giants). I know the Reds let him walk before, but Bergolla, 25 and coming off a .306/.363/.433 campaign at AAA Fresno, is a better and younger candidate for big-league utility infielder-dom than most of his competition. More line drives in the bat, more speed on the bases, and maybe even some developing patience (31 BB in 356 AB).

Angel Chavez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Angel-Chavez.shtml), INF (Yankees). 26-year-old hits a little more than many while playing all four infield positions. Batted .291/.336/.433 at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2007, and did approximately that well in previous AAA stints in the Phillies and Giants organizations as well. Angel was once traded by the Phillies to the Orioles for the Jeff Conine (’06 trade deadline).

J.D. Closser (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/J.D.-Closser.shtml), C-1B (Athletics). Closser, 28, was an Indiana native and Arizona draftee sent to Colorado in a 2002 trade. He ascended to the Rockies and spent parts of 2004 and 2006 and all of 2005 there, but was claimed by Milwaukee after the ’06 season. Finding little opportunity there, he surfaced at AAA Sacramento and hit .238/.345/.423 in 81 games. J.D. has a career minor-league line of .277/.379/.455, and while his defense reportedly isn’t great at catcher, he’s been good enough to avoid being moved to another position.

Francisco Cruceta (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Francisco-Cruceta.shtml) and Franklyn German (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Franklyn-German.shtml), RHRs (Rangers). Cruceta was traded from the Dodgers to the Indians as part of a three-player package for Paul Shuey (?!) in 2002, then claimed off waivers by Seattle in 2005 and Texas in 2006. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Dominican had reached AAA at age 22 and struck out more than a man per inning each of the past two seasons at that level. Texas had him primarily working out of the bullpen at AAA Oklahoma City, where he allowed a meager 38 hits in 65.2 IP (3.02 ERA) while whiffing 70 in 2007. The year before, he struck out 185 in 160 IP as a starter for AAA Tacoma. Sure, he’ll walk some people (3.8 per nine as a pro) and can give up the longball as well, but more time spent in the bullpen might pay off.

Meanwhile, German, 28, struck out 72 (and walked 46) in 59.1 innings for the same OKC club with a 3.45 ERA. You may remember him from his days in Detroit (after his acquisition by the Tigers along with Jeremy Bonderman in a 2002 three-way trade), where he struggled with his control through parts of four seasons. Claimed by Florida at the beginning of 2006, he then missed most of that year before landing in the Texas organization. Control problems have dogged German his entire career, but you just never know when things could suddenly click into place.

Yurendell DeCaster (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Yurendell-DeCaster.shtml), UT (Pirates). This 28-year-old Curacao native, player of first, second, third, and the corner outfield, has languished at AAA Indianapolis the past three seasons with lines of .280/.346/.453, .273/.330/.418, and .280/.380/.413. What in the world is Pittsburgh doing?

Matt Erickson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/E/Matt-Erickson.shtml), INF (Diamondbacks). Sort of the Craig Counsell of the high minors, the 32-year-old Erickson has been at AAA since 2001, compiling a career .300/.391/.390 line with just six big-league at-bats to his credit. Erickson might be a better alternative as a backup utility infielder who can play shortstop than some of the no-stick, decent-glove Pedro Lopez types floating around.

Ron Flores (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/F/Ron-Flores.shtml), LHR (Athletics). Flores, 28, has posted better than a strikeout per inning in the minors and a 3.05 ERA in 53 big-league appearances, yet is held in light-enough regard to be denied a 40-man spot.

Travis Foley (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/F/Travis-Foley.shtml), RHR (Athletics). A fourth-round pick in 2001 by the Indians out of a Louisville high school, Foley has pitched well in Double-A the past three years and is still just 25.

Mike Gallo (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Mike-Gallo.shtml), LHR (Rockies). Gallo appeared in 160 games for the Astros between 2003-2006, so that’s why you remember the lefty- as the guy consistently coming in to ground Adam Dunn or Ken Griffey Jr. out to second base to end the seventh inning. Anyway, Gallo’s 4.11 career ERA in those 160 games isn’t terrible considering the home park (1.5 homers per nine, yep). He was cuffed around at AAA Colorado Springs in 2007 (5.10 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) but could probably hold his own at GABP given all that experience with the launching pads.

Tony Granadillo (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Tony-Granadillo.shtml), 2B-3B (Red Sox). Just 23, Granadillo was swiped from the Cardinals organization in the minor-league Rule 5 draft back in December 2004. He hit .326/.411/.492 for High-A Lancaster this year and .280/.357/.451 for AA Greenville in 2006.

Buddy Hernandez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Buddy-Hernandez.shtml), RHR (Braves) and Lee Gronkiewicz (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Lee-Gronkiewicz.shtml), RHR (Blue Jays). These two have had uphill battles their entire careers. Hernandez, 29, is a five-foot-nine NDFA who, outside of the loss of nearly two entire years to injury, has never posted an ERA higher than 3.42. Fellow NDFA Gronkiewicz, five-ten and also twenty-nine, has never been above 3.27. Lee is/was a member of Team USA’s 2007 World Cup squad (the one that Jay Bruce had to ultimately back out on). Neither pitcher walks many and both keep the ball in the park.

Michel Hernandez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Michel-Hernandez.shtml), C (Rays). The 29-year-old Hernandez’ .260/.330/.340 career line may not say much, but the Cuban consistently shows good plate discipline and excellent contact skills, walking as often as he strikes out. Just trying to make the point that catchers who aren’t offensive zeroes are out there for the taking.

Travis Hughes (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Travis-Hughes.shtml), RHR (Red Sox). Hughes, 30, has dominated the International League each of the past three seasons as a late-inning guy (the previous two for AAA New Orleans when it was the Washington affiliate). He was 7-6 with a 1.91 ERA, 24 saves, and just three homers allowed in 75.1 IP for Pawtucket in ’07.

Justin Knoedler (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/K/Justin-Knoedler.shtml), C (Giants). Another Miami grad, the 27-year-old Knoedler was a fifth-round pick in 2001 by San Francisco. He had three brief stints in the bigs with the Giants in 2004-2006, but didn’t get the call in ’07 despite his best offensive year yet (.288/.346/.470 in 89 games at AAA Fresno). With a career pro line of .266/.335/.412, he hits better than many big-league backup catchers.

Ben Kozlowski (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/K/Ben-Kozlowski.shtml), LHR (Yankees). Familiar name, yeah, but Koz, 27, last seen in the Reds organization in early 2006 when he was the PTBNL sent to the Dodgers in exchange for organizational stalwart Cody Ross (Dan O’Brien had claimed Ben on waivers in October 2004 from the Rangers), might be worth another look. Released by LA after the ’06 season, Kozlowski landed with AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre, where he put up a 3.00 ERA as a (mostly) reliever in 81 IP. Ben gave up eight homers, but just 71 hits and 31 walks with 80 Ks.

Marshall McDougall (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Marshall-McDougall.shtml), UT (Dodgers). Recovering from injuries that cost him almost all of 2006, the 29-year-old utilityman and former College World Series MVP (1999, with Florida State) bounced back to hit 22 homers and drive in 95 runs between AA Jacksonville and AAA Las Vegas in 2007. Perhaps primarily a third baseman, McDougall has also played second, first, short, and the outfield.

Salomon Manriquez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Salomon-Manriquez.shtml), C (Rangers). Only 25, the Venezuelan hit .275/.341/.518 at AA Frisco in 2007 and also hit pretty decently at High-A Potomac and AA Harrisburg with the Nationals the two seasons before that.

Roman Martinez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Roman-Martinez.shtml), RHR (Mariners). The 23-year-old Martinez’ 4.48 ERA in High-A in 2007 doesn’t look particularly special- until you take into account that it was in High Desert, the minors’ most extreme hitting environment. On top of that, Martinez struck out 85 in 88.1 IP and walked only 26. If a pitcher can succeed at High Desert, he has a solid chance of succeeding a lot of places.

Adam Morrissey (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Adam-Morrissey.shtml), UT (Angels) and Jason Bourgeois (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Jason-Bourgeois.shtml), UT (White Sox). The 26-year-old Australian Morrissey has a career minor-league line of .274/.366/.402 and can play third, second, outfield, and a little short. Once traded by the Cubs to the Athletics for Mark Bellhorn (2001). He reached AAA at age 23 and has still never had a single major-league at-bat. The Texas native Bourgeois, also 26, is basically the same player with a little less power but a little more speed (career line .273/.339/.382, 38 SB in 2007 between AA and AAA). If you think back to when the Reds signed Ryan Freel, either of these are basically the same guy with a different accent and differing preferences in barbecue.

Val Pascucci (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/P/Val-Pascucci.shtml), OF-1B (Marlins). After missing 2005 due to injury, the former Expos/Nationals slugging prospect battled his way back into pro ball after spending 2006 with the Chiba Lotte Marines. He then hit .284/.389/.577 for AAA Albuquerque with 34 homers, 98 RBI, and 67 walks. Pascucci, 29, has a real possibility of being the next Jack Cust, although Pascucci never got the chances Cust did prior to breakout and is a better fielder (damning with faint praise).

Scott Patterson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/P/Scott-Patterson.shtml), RHR (Yankees). Unsigned out of college, the six-foot-seven Patterson (now 28) pitched in the independent leagues for four and a half years before the Yankees signed him in mid-2006. He dominated at Trenton (2.33 ERA in 20 games in 2006, 1.09 in 43 games in 2007) but-like so many others- didn’t get the chance to move forward.

Matt Peterson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/P/Matthew-Peterson.shtml), RHR (Pirates). Acquired in 2004 as part of the Kris Benson three-team deal, Peterson underachieved in Double-A for a couple of years. Pittsburgh shifted him to the bullpen in 2007 and his fortunes took off; he posted a 1.98 ERA in 51 appearances with 29 saves… still in AA. That’s right- he didn’t even get promoted to AAA, much less the big leagues. Peterson, 26, has a grand total of three career AAA appearances. Sometimes I don’t get the Pirates. Make that “often”.

Justin Pope (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/P/Justin-Pope.shtml), RHR (Yankees). It’s amazing what the Yankees do to some of their minor-leaguers. Acquired from St. Louis in 2003 in the epic Sterling Hitchcock trade, New York proceeded to let the former first-rounder (28th overall, 2001) rot at AA Trenton for most of the last four seasons despite good numbers. That’s right- despite the pedigree and ERAs of 4.08, 2.81, 2.47, and 3.08 in Eastern League stints between 2004 and 2007, Pope couldn’t even get a permanent trip to AAA! Stunning. He’s now 28 and sorely in need of a change of scenery.

Guillermo Quiroz (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/Q/Guillermo-Quiroz.shtml), C (Rangers). Formerly a power-hitting phenom for Toronto who reached the big leagues at age 22, Quiroz (now 26) has been unable to stick in the Show, both with the Jays as well as the Mariners (who claimed him in early 2006 on waivers). He batted .266/.307/.398 for Oklahoma City in 2007, but has done a little better than that in previous AAA stints. His resume and skillset aren’t a huge amount different than one David Ross’, really (although Ross did hit ten homers in forty games in a 2003 stint); why not have some AAA depth that can hit a little?

Erasmo Ramirez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Erasmo-Ramirez.shtml), LHR (Marlins). The thing separating this 28-year-old from many of his portsiding peers is simple: pinpoint control. Ramirez has walked just 1.6 batters per nine innings in the minors and just 1.74 in 91 big-league appearances with Texas (2003-2005), Oakland (2007) and Florida (2007).

Juan Richardson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Juan-Richardson.shtml), 3B-1B (Cardinals). The 27-year-old Richardson, a Miami (OH) graduate and former NDFA signee by Philadelphia, has hit .311/.381/.500 and .291/.369/.472 the past two seasons at AA Springfield but can’t seem to get a promotion to AAA.

Ryan Roberts (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Ryan-Roberts.shtml), UT (Blue Jays). Roberts, 27, can play six or seven positions (he even caught two games at AAA Syracuse in 2007) and has a career pro line of .268/.370/.445. Remember, it was the Blue Jays who first discarded a scrappy second baseman named Ryan Freel.

Felix Romero (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Felix-Romero.shtml), RHR (Orioles). Simply put: this guy has struck out almost eleven men per nine innings professionally while walking less than three. Why he’s never made it above Double-A at age 27, I don’t know.

Mike Rose (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Mike-Rose.shtml), C (Indians). Thirteen pro seasons and nine organizations in, the 31-year-old catcher and his fifty-four big-league at-bats have a career .263/.371/.407 line in the minors. Rose is probably the best-hitting six-year free-agent catcher on the market this offseason.

Bobby Scales (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Bobby-Scales.shtml), UT (Red Sox). Scales, 30, switch-hits and can play first, second, third, and the outfield. Originally a Padres property before passing through Philadelphia and Boston as a six-year guy, Bobby has spent almost all of the previous four seasons at AAA. His lines in the last three of those years: .274/.372/.447, .291/.369/.451, and .294/.373/.472.

Jason Stanford (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Jason-Stanford.shtml), LHS (Indians). I’m still not sure why the 31-year-old Stanford re-upped with Cleveland for the ’07 year after getting less than a hundred big-league innings in the previous four years despite consistently solid AAA numbers. He made it up for 26.1 innings in ’07 after a 4.11 ERA in Buffalo, but here he is on the six-year list again. The guy’s lefthanded, has a 3.61 career big-league ERA in 87.1 innings, and has clearly overcome the injuries that cost him most of 2005- will he wise up and try someone else this year?

Jorge Vasquez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/V/Jorge-Vasquez.shtml), RHR (Rangers). After reaching the big leagues at 22 (KC in 2004, Atlanta in 2005), Vasquez was a six-year free agent at 24, signing with the Pirates for the ’06 year. He was inexplicably stuck at AA Altoona and left there despite dominating the Eastern League (2.08 ERA, 87 K in 65 IP, 45 H, 20 BB). Texas picked him up for ’07, where he again whiffed a bunch (69 in 52.2 IP between AA and AAA) despite missing some time with injuries. I’m not sure why this 26-year-old Dominican gets no respect; I guess 11.1 Ks per nine innings as a pro isn’t enough.

Anthony Webster (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/W/Anthony-Webster.shtml), OF (Rangers). Webster, 24, spent 2007 at AA Frisco after reaching AAA the year before. He was part of the 2003 deadline trade in which the White Sox acquired Carl Everett from Texas. The lefty-swinging Webster has stolen at least sixteen bases in each of his professional seasons, makes nice contact (never more than 69 Ks in a season), and is young enough to develop more power. Batted .277/.320/.411 at Frisco and has a career pro line of .296/.353/.424.

TOBTTReds
11-08-2007, 05:53 PM
Ron Flores in a second. Small control issues, but he can be nasty. Probably a more developed Coutlangus type.

reds44
11-08-2007, 06:27 PM
I think Bergolla is worth a shot.

Better then Juan Castro.

GoReds33
11-08-2007, 06:41 PM
Bergolla and Patterson are both worth a shot. I know we have seen our share of Bergolla, but he isn't a bad player. I think taht he may be able to help this team off the bench sometime in the future. Patterson has amazing stats right now. I would hope that he may be able to make the team next year if they could find a way to sign him. It can't be too hard to win a bidding war for a minor league player.

HokieRed
11-08-2007, 06:43 PM
I'd give a chance to both Kozlowski and Stanford.

RedsManRick
11-08-2007, 10:30 PM
I'd love to know more about Colter Bean. How/Why did the Yankees keep him in Columbus during his peak?

Javy Pornstache
11-09-2007, 01:24 AM
Just wanna give Doc props for compiling another of these lists; it's one of the things I look forward to checking out each year, even in my days of just lurking on here before posting. Great work, brother.

mth123
11-09-2007, 06:18 AM
Unless the Reds are going to rush some guys to AAA, the Reds probably need a couple starters for Lousiville. Though not starters, I like Flores, Cruceta and German.

A guy who didn't make Doc's list that interests me a lot is Steve Shell. He has some HR tendancies that may be a problem in Cincy but he'll be 25 next spring, has a decent K Rate (6.65/9 in Salt Lake in 07) and a pretty good walk rate (2.43). He has spent most of minor league career as a starter and worked as a swing man in 2007. I'd like to see him stashed at AAA working solely as a reliever and see what happens. He may be a guy that gets hit too much, but looking at his K's and Walks I think relief where he would drop his worst pitch and air it out for an inning might allow him to emerge.

Some others not on the list. Chris Narveson, Sandy Rleal.

Benihana
11-09-2007, 11:31 AM
Bobby Scales, because he's a Wolverine.

Reds have a pretty decent history with Michigan infielders.

TRF
11-09-2007, 11:38 AM
Jorge Vasquez, Felix Romero and Cruceta. I also think Salomon Manriquez might be a decent addition to Louisville. God knows the Reds could use an upgrade behind the plate.

Doc. Scott
11-09-2007, 12:36 PM
Unless the Reds are going to rush some guys to AAA, the Reds probably need a couple starters for Lousiville. Though not starters, I like Flores, Cruceta and German.

A guy who didn't make Doc's list that interests me a lot is Steve Shell. He has some HR tendancies that may be a problem in Cincy but he'll be 25 next spring, has a decent K Rate (6.65/9 in Salt Lake in 07) and a pretty good walk rate (2.43). He has spent most of minor league career as a starter and worked as a swing man in 2007. I'd like to see him stashed at AAA working solely as a reliever and see what happens. He may be a guy that gets hit too much, but looking at his K's and Walks I think relief where he would drop his worst pitch and air it out for an inning might allow him to emerge.

Some others not on the list. Chris Narveson, Sandy Rleal.

I considered Shell, but his recent results have been a lot less than encouraging. I know Salt Lake is a really rough place to pitch, however.

Narveson's on Part 2 of the list as a "reclamation project".

I believe Rleal made a previous version of this list in 2005 or 2006. Baltimore kept him and he ended up pitching in the big leagues a bit this year, albeit not that well.

klw
11-09-2007, 05:57 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=644
Colter Bean (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Colter-Bean.shtml), RHR (Yankees). It’s somewhat tragic- the 31-year-old Bean has had the misfortune of a career spent in an organization that won’t give NDFA types a real look. Since reaching AAA in 2003, Bean posted ERAs of 2.87, 2.29, 3.01, and 2.65 before collapsing to 5.95 in ’07. The Yankees rewarded him with a grand total of six appearances spanning seven innings. Colter may not light up radar guns, but he consistently misses bats, doesn’t walk people, and has allowed just 0.4 homers per nine innings in his career.

Justin Pope (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/P/Justin-Pope.shtml), RHR (Yankees). It’s amazing what the Yankees do to some of their minor-leaguers. Acquired from St. Louis in 2003 in the epic Sterling Hitchcock trade, New York proceeded to let the former first-rounder (28th overall, 2001) rot at AA Trenton for most of the last four seasons despite good numbers. That’s right- despite the pedigree and ERAs of 4.08, 2.81, 2.47, and 3.08 in Eastern League stints between 2004 and 2007, Pope couldn’t even get a permanent trip to AAA! Stunning. He’s now 28 and sorely in need of a change of scenery.

Felix Romero, RHR (Orioles). Simply put: this guy has struck out almost eleven men per nine innings professionally while walking less than three. Why he’s never made it above Double-A at age 27, I don’t know.
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Well I declare, they done been "Guevaraed."

4256 Hits
11-10-2007, 11:15 PM
I think Bergolla is worth a shot.

Better then Juan Castro.


If thats the criteria for picking up a player the Reds should pick up 75% of AAA players and half the players in AA. :D

chicoruiz
11-11-2007, 03:43 PM
Doc, thank you so much for the work you do in putting these lists together. They're something I look forward to every season.

cincinnati chili
11-12-2007, 03:33 AM
I got directed here from the main forum, and echo the compliments to Doc Scott. Great list.

Scott Patterson should be high on these lists.

mth123
11-12-2007, 08:09 AM
I got directed here from the main forum, and echo the compliments to Doc Scott. Great list.

Scott Patterson should be high on these lists.

I think he's worth a shot. He dominated AA for two years, but he was 27 and 28 years old during those seasons. He was playing in independent leagues prior to that but maybe he just fell through the cracks or figured it out late. For a minor league contract he's a perfect risk. Really, he's not much older than McBeth who we consider a young option for the future. Good call.

chicoruiz
11-12-2007, 11:34 AM
Sometimes tall guys take a little longer to smooth out their deliveries. I'd like to see him in Louisville.

Jay Bruce
11-16-2007, 03:48 PM
From Rotoworld:


Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Scott Patterson from Double-A Trenton.

The 28-year-old Patterson gets his 40-man spot after all. He earned it by posting a 1.05 ERA and striking out 92 batters in 77 1/3 innings, most of them coming at Double-A. If he had better stuff, the Yankees would have taken a look at him in September, if not before. Still, it's worth the roster spot to see if he can succeed in middle relief.

That's too bad. His numbers in AA and AAA were very interesting as a potential minor league FA signing.

mth123
11-22-2007, 07:11 AM
Unless the Reds are going to rush some guys to AAA, the Reds probably need a couple starters for Lousiville. Though not starters, I like Flores, Cruceta and German.

A guy who didn't make Doc's list that interests me a lot is Steve Shell. He has some HR tendancies that may be a problem in Cincy but he'll be 25 next spring, has a decent K Rate (6.65/9 in Salt Lake in 07) and a pretty good walk rate (2.43). He has spent most of minor league career as a starter and worked as a swing man in 2007. I'd like to see him stashed at AAA working solely as a reliever and see what happens. He may be a guy that gets hit too much, but looking at his K's and Walks I think relief where he would drop his worst pitch and air it out for an inning might allow him to emerge.

Some others not on the list. Chris Narveson, Sandy Rleal.

It looks like Jimbo signed Shell who I think adds to the bullpen depth in Washington.

Concerning Doc's list of interesting players, the Cubs signed Closser, Washington signed De Caster, The Pirates Signed Micheal Hernandez, The A's signed Justin Knoedler, the Mariners re-signed Roman Martinez, and as was noted earlier the Yankees re-signed Scott Patterson and added him to the 40 Man Roster.

Meanwhile the Reds re-signed Ricky Stone and signed Jon Adkins - players who will be 33 and 30 respectively on opening day 2008. I thought Krivsky had a stated goal of getting younger in the minor leagues.

Ron Madden
11-22-2007, 07:21 AM
Meanwhile the Reds re-signed Ricky Stone and signed Jon Adkins - players who will be 33 and 30 respectively on opening day 2008. I thought Krivsky had a stated goal of getting younger in the minor leagues.


Good God. Seems par for the course doesn't it?

Doc. Scott
11-28-2007, 05:23 PM
mth123 covers most of it to this point, but the Red Sox have signed Lee Gronkiewicz as well. There should be a bunch more signings announced here this week.

jcummins100
11-29-2007, 08:47 AM
Well after talking to Asadoorian, the reds haven't even contacted him about a contract. From what he says the dodgers are the front runners. He says its early though.

dougdirt
11-29-2007, 01:20 PM
Well after talking to Asadoorian, the reds haven't even contacted him about a contract. From what he says the dodgers are the front runners. He says its early though.

Thats actually pretty disappointing to hear.

Javy Pornstache
11-30-2007, 01:49 PM
Bumping this to note that the Tigers signed my personal favorite target of the minor league FA list, and one many others liked as well, Francisco Cruceta. On a different subject, also in Detroit's transactions, I noted that they DFA'd Chris Shelton. It wouldn't hurt to have someone with right-handed pop off the bench, and Shelton provides that, and just was lost in the shuffle in Detroit after cooling down from his ridiculously good start a couple seasons ago.

camisadelgolf
11-30-2007, 02:49 PM
Chris Shelton's a nice guy. He was very happy to give autographs while he was playing for the Mud Hens last year.

zjr1717
12-01-2007, 04:03 AM
I definitely think we should go with a few of the relievers on the list. But I would look at J.D. Closser as well, he couldn't hurt as a back up or third option at AAA. And who knows, he could put it together and be a decent starter.

Doc. Scott
12-03-2007, 07:03 PM
Weekly batch.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=673

The Reds have added 30-year-old RHR Justin Lehr (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/L/Justin-Lehr.shtml), who spent 2007 with AAA Tacoma (SEA) posting a 7-1 record and 3.99 ERA, but only 61 strikeouts in 119.2 innings. Lehr appeared in the bigs in each of the 2004-2006 seasons with Oakland ('04) and Milwaukee ('05-'06) and has a career 5.31 major-league ERA in 83 IP.

He seems to be able to consistently do well in the Pacific Coast League (ERAs of 3.73, 2.65, 3.99, 3.94, and 3.99 in stints covering the last five seasons) but can't miss big-league bats. A familiar refrain.

In other news, the Mets signed the immortal Anderson Machado and the Cardinals added ex-Rays washout Dewon Brazelton as well as John "Way Back" Wasdin.

Doc. Scott
12-13-2007, 02:34 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=694

Granadillo (see main list) has returned to the Red Sox organization. Val Pascucci went to Philadelphia. Bobby Scales to the Cubs.

Rick Asadoorian and Brian Shackleford to the Dodgers, as was rumored or reported. LHR Charlie Manning, once traded to the Reds for Gabe White and then back to the Yankees, was signed by (surprise!!) Washington.

Cincinnati, of course, inked RHP Jim Brower (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Jim-Brower.shtml) and re-upped RHS Tom Shearn (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Tom-Shearn.shtml) and C Alvin Colina (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Alvin-Colina.shtml). C Chris Kroski (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/K/Chris-Kroski.shtml), who hit well in High-A Sarasota last season (albeit at age 25), was also brought back.

So between Jon Adkins, Justin Lehr, Shearn, Brower, Brad Salmon (resigned to a minor-league deal) and Justin James, that's half of a not-terrible-but-not-great AAA pitching staff. I really hope Josh Roenicke, Pedro Viola, et al. can take a step forward to give the Bats' bullpen options some big-league upside.

Doc. Scott
12-13-2007, 02:40 PM
Ron Flores in a second. Small control issues, but he can be nasty. Probably a more developed Coutlangus type.

Almost forgot- the Cardinals got Flores, so he'll be the guy coming in to get Junior or Adam Dunn to ground to second with two on and two out in the seventh inning in 2008.

Mario-Rijo
12-13-2007, 07:53 PM
Almost forgot- the Cardinals got Flores, so he'll be the guy coming in to get Junior or Adam Dunn to ground to second with two on and two out in the seventh inning in 2008.

:D

Doc. Scott
01-07-2008, 11:34 AM
To keep up with this:

12/17/07: http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=697

Texas signed RHR Franklyn German and the Nationals picked up Rob Bell in a SHOCKER!

1/4/08: http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=699

The Reds stuff is covered in its own thread (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64692).

I'm still not generally jazzed about this year's batch of 6YRFA signings. We don't really have anyone with upside coming in. Chris Michalak again? Kevin Barker? No idea what some of these guys are adding.

The Tigers signed UT Caonabo Cosme, the Marlins INF Jorge Cantu, Atlanta C JC Boscan, the Blue Jays RHR Bubba Nelson, Texas OF Jason Ellison, Tampa OF John Rodriguez, Pittsburgh RHR Elmer Dessens and C Miguel Perez, and the Mets RHR Juan Padilla.

TC81190
01-12-2008, 07:09 PM
Tampa OF John Rodriguez

Why can't Rodriguez catch on with an MLB team? His numbers in 05 and 06 seem nothing short of solid, why didn't he play at all last year? :confused:

2007 Memphis - .263/.375/.500
Career Minors - .271/.359/.477

Doc. Scott
01-15-2008, 01:01 PM
Another week, another BA blog post (http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=701).

Cleveland picked up INF Aaron Herr (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Aaron-Herr-1.shtml). Give Herr credit for being consistent, but the holes in his game will preclude a serious major-league career. Colorado signed RHP Eric Schaler (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Eric-Schaler.shtml), the Reds' 31st-round draft pick in 2006. He'd never gotten much of a chance.

The Rockies also picked up 1B-3B-OF Tony Blanco (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Tony-Blanco.shtml), who flopped more or less completely in the Nationals organization after JimBo took him in the 2005 Rule 5 draft. The problems: injuries and contact.

Houston signed C J.R. House (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/J.R.-House.shtml), OF Victor Diaz (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Victor-Diaz.shtml), and 1B Lance Niekro (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/N/Lance-Niekro.shtml), all of whom will probably be Astros at some point in 2008 given that organization's lack of depth. All three are also better hitters than anyone the Reds picked up as an NRI.

Minnesota picked up RHS Zach Day (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Zach-Day.shtml), who continues to get chances despite serious injuries and marginal effectiveness since 2004.

Pittsburgh adds RHR Mike Burns (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Mike-Burns.shtml) to its burgeoning stable of Reds castoffs.

Texas signed RHR Jason Davis (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Jason-Davis.shtml), who was another six-year guy I liked. Former Indian.

Washington re-signed OF Alex Escobar (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/E/Alex-Escobar.shtml), who, in a SHOCKER!, spent almost all of 2007 injured. The centerpiece of the Barry Larkin trade that never was did get 33 games in the bigs in 2006 (and hammering to the tune of .356/.394/.575), but batted under .200 in fifty-some ABs in '07.

Doc. Scott
01-15-2008, 01:04 PM
Why can't Rodriguez catch on with an MLB team? His numbers in 05 and 06 seem nothing short of solid, why didn't he play at all last year? :confused:

2007 Memphis - .263/.375/.500
Career Minors - .271/.359/.477

Apparently it had something to do with allergies...? I think he was considered the Chris Denorfia of the St. Louis organization- long on scrappy but short on tools. It is inarguable that he has hit when he's gotten a chance. Maybe the stat-friendly Rays will find a place for him on their bench.

camisadelgolf
01-15-2008, 01:28 PM
Another week, another BA blog post (http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=701).

Cleveland picked up INF Aaron Herr (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Aaron-Herr-1.shtml). Give Herr credit for being consistent, but the holes in his game will preclude a serious major-league career. Colorado signed RHP Eric Schaler (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Eric-Schaler.shtml), the Reds' 31st-round draft pick in 2006. He'd never gotten much of a chance.

The Rockies also picked up 1B-3B-OF Tony Blanco (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Tony-Blanco.shtml), who flopped more or less completely in the Nationals organization after JimBo took him in the 2005 Rule 5 draft. The problems: injuries and contact.

Houston signed C J.R. House (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/J.R.-House.shtml), OF Victor Diaz (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Victor-Diaz.shtml), and 1B Lance Niekro (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/N/Lance-Niekro.shtml), all of whom will probably be Astros at some point in 2008 given that organization's lack of depth. All three are also better hitters than anyone the Reds picked up as an NRI.

Minnesota picked up RHS Zach Day (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Zach-Day.shtml), who continues to get chances despite serious injuries and marginal effectiveness since 2004.

Pittsburgh adds RHR Mike Burns (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Mike-Burns.shtml) to its burgeoning stable of Reds castoffs.

Texas signed RHR Jason Davis (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Jason-Davis.shtml), who was another six-year guy I liked. Former Indian.

Washington re-signed OF Alex Escobar (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/E/Alex-Escobar.shtml), who, in a SHOCKER!, spent almost all of 2007 injured. The centerpiece of the Barry Larkin trade that never was did get 33 games in the bigs in 2006 (and hammering to the tune of .356/.394/.575), but batted under .200 in fifty-some ABs in '07.

I just love this post. :D:clap::thumbup:

TC81190
01-15-2008, 07:06 PM
Apparently it had something to do with allergies...? I think he was considered the Chris Denorfia of the St. Louis organization- long on scrappy but short on tools. It is inarguable that he has hit when he's gotten a chance. Maybe the stat-friendly Rays will find a place for him on their bench.

Hm. Not to say we're short on OFs, but we don't have our surplus anymore. Would've been a nice pickup, IMO.

Doc. Scott
01-23-2008, 07:13 PM
New week, new lists:

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=704

The Reds have released UT Jeremiah Piepkorn. Inevitable, sadly.

Not a lot of tremendously interesting news in this one, but apparently Houston won the derby for RHS Runelvys Hernandez. They also got RHR Scott Chiasson, who spent a year or so at Louisville.

New York brought back converted catcher RHR Joe Hietpas, in his grasp at Sutkodom.

Pittsburgh added RHS Jaret Wright; how'd that big contract work out, Cashman?

St. Louis got 1B Josh Phelps, who, while no relation to King of Underrated Ken Phelps, could play on his All-Star team.

San Diego picked up LHP Glendon Rusch. Probably to keep Bronson Arroyo in the park during the one series Cincinnati will play at the Litter Box, of course.

Doc. Scott
02-12-2008, 06:05 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=753

Lincoln and Bako are officially listed as Reds signees, along with SS-turned-3B Bryan Bass (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Bryan-Bass.shtml) (not to be confused with Brian Bass, a pitcher), a former Oriole first-round pick (2001, 31st overall) who's hit .228/.317/.373 for his pro career.

Triples
02-12-2008, 06:10 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=753

Lincoln and Bako are officially listed as Reds signees, along with SS-turned-3BBryan Bass (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Bryan-Bass.shtml) (not to be confused with Brian Bass, a pitcher), a former Oriole first-round pick (2001, 31st overall) who's hit .228/.317/.373 for his pro career.

Head case

princeton
02-12-2008, 06:30 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=753

Lincoln and Bako are officially listed as Reds signees, along with SS-turned-3BBryan Bass (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Bryan-Bass.shtml) (not to be confused with Brian Bass, a pitcher), a former Oriole first-round pick (2001, 31st overall) who's hit .228/.317/.373 for his pro career.


Juan Castro's replacement will make us take more care in the future for what we wish

Doc. Scott
02-12-2008, 06:44 PM
Head case

Oh really... do tell.

Doc. Scott
02-21-2008, 04:54 PM
Three more filler signees:

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=756

LHS Dave Gassner (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Dave-Gassner.shtml), 29. a Rochester Red Wings stalwart during Wayne Krivsky's days in Minnesota. I remember there being a lobby among Twins fans in 2004 to have Gassner promoted (he went 16-8, 3.41), but it never happened. Gassner did get a brief callup the next year (1-0, 5.87 in two starts) in the middle of a far inferior year at Rochester (8-8, 4.95 in 22 games). He missed much of 2006 with injuries and was the Josh Fogg of the International League again last year (6-12, 4.95 in 26 starts).

LHP Jacob Ociesa (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/O/Jake-Ociesa.shtml). I don't know his age, but he pitched four years in college and joined the Padres organization in 2007 as a NDFA- so guess maybe 23 or 24. Ociesa is a 6-6, 255# monster who's never had success at any level- even at Murray State- thanks to serious control problems.

OF Yuber Rodriguez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Yuber-Rodriguez.shtml), 24. A five-tooler who struggled with major contact issues and topped out at High-, Rodriguez has a .235/.316/.348 line professionally, all so far with Toronto. My guess is that he's a fourth OF type at Sarasota or something.

Screwball
02-21-2008, 05:52 PM
OF Yuber Rodriguez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Yuber-Rodriguez.shtml), 24. A five-tooler who struggled with major contact issues


Go ahead and get a condo in Washington now, Yuber. It's only a matter of time.

Doc. Scott
02-29-2008, 08:33 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=757

Braves pick up LHS Damian Moss, who they originally signed out of Australia. He hasn't done anything of note in the last several years.

The Chicago White Sox signed RHS Tomo Ohka.

Cleveland signed OF Jason Tyner. Now that the guy finally hit a pro home run, there's no story to follow.

Milwaukee added 4C Russell Branyan. Apparently the air circulation around Miller Park aren't so great.

St. Louis signed LHR Ron "Big Rig" Villone. THERE'S the guy who'll ground Dunn out to second with two on and two out in the eighth now that Ron Flores is elsewhere.

Seattle picked up OF Bubba Crosby. That fanboy's going to be in my neck of the woods now. Tacoma's even closer to me than Seattle.

Washington signed 2B Bret Boone. Pretty sure the wags have already weighed in on this one.

Doc. Scott
03-25-2008, 05:02 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=834

The Reds decided against employing LHS Dave Gassner for 2008 (or he decided against being employed by them). They also cut LHP Jacob Ociesa, picked up this offseason, and RHP Anthony Romero (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Anthony-Romero-1.shtml) (NDFA, 2007- Billings) and LHR Dan Donaldson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Dan-Donaldson.shtml) (NDFA, 2006- bounced between all four lower levels).

You get treated a little different if you're a NDFA. Let's face it.

Lots of other names on the released list, with perhaps the most notable being Cardinals 1B Mike Ferris (Miami), a 2004 2nd-rounder who hit just .216 as a pro. BA's got some interesting notes under some entries- check out the Oakland one.

International (League) Man of Mystery Chad Mottola re-upped with the Blue Jays.

The Nationals released RHS Rob Bell.

dougdirt
03-25-2008, 05:05 PM
Lots of other names on the released list, with perhaps the most notable being Cardinals 1B Mike Ferris (Miami), a 2004 2nd-rounder who hit just .216 as a pro.

Went to high school with him. He has some power but he has really struggled as a pro. Hope he saved some of that signing bonus.

camisadelgolf
03-26-2008, 06:25 AM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=834

The Reds decided against employing LHS Dave Gassner for 2008 (or he decided against being employed by them). They also cut LHP Jacob Ociesa, picked up this offseason, and RHP Anthony Romero (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Anthony-Romero-1.shtml) (NDFA, 2007- Billings) and LHR Dan Donaldson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Dan-Donaldson.shtml) (NDFA, 2006- bounced between all four lower levels).

In a non-personal way, I'm glad the Reds released these players. I would've preferred that some of them had gone away a little sooner, actually.

Doc. Scott
04-02-2008, 02:02 PM
With the season's opening comes the clearing of the extras, apparently.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=847

Players with Reds ties:

Arizona: C Brian Peterson was let go.

Baltimore: Released OF Val Majewski, who I'd recommended as a pickup originally.

Cubs: Released 1B Brian Dopirak, who once hit 39 homers in A-ball.

Colorado: Cut OF Josh Burrus, who I'd recommended as a pickup in the Part 2 thread. Also C Mike Rose, another recommendation.

Houston: Cut RHR Scott Chiasson, the closer at Louisville for a season recently.

Minnesota: Jettisoned LHS Randy Keisler.

Philadelphia: Released RHP Zac Stott, the PTBNL in the August 2006 deal for Ryan Franklin.

Pittsburgh: Cut RHR Elmer Dessens *and* RHR Hector Carrasco. And Jaret Wright. And (dum dum da dum)... Jose Macias. Uh oh.

Toronto: Cut RHR Dushan Ruzic, who left as a free agent after pitching at Sarasota in 2007.


Now, the Reds:

Cincinnati Reds

Signed: RHP Chandler Power, OF Luis Soto
Released: RHP Dan Denham, RHP Brock Till, LHP Chris Michalak, 3B Bryan Bass, 3B Kyle Maunus, SS Michael Jones, OF Jose Bastardo, OF Gerardo Cabrera, OF Josh Holden, OF Armando Rios
Option transferred: RHP Ramon Ramirez (Triple-A Louisville to Double-A Chattanooga)
Returned Rule 5 selection: LHP Jose Capellan (to Red Sox)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Homer Bailey, RHP Gary Majewski, LHP Bill Bray, LHP Jon Coutlangus, C Ryan Hanigan

Denham (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Dan-Denham.shtml) was picked up from the Indians, I think, last year. Once a prospect and a first-round draft pick (17th overall, 2001), he pretty convincingly proved at Sarasota that he wasn't. Brock Till (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/T/Brock-Till.shtml) made it as high as Louisville, but never developed a second pitch beyond a huge fastball. This left him with unimpressive K/BB ratios despite the heat. Michalak you know. Root for the guy and all, but I'm glad he's not an option this year. Bass (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Bryan-Bass.shtml) was signed a couple months ago and never suited up. Kyle Maunus (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Kyle-Maunus.shtml) hit fairly well as a NDFA out of Western Michigan at Billings, but he was older than many of the players in the league. The Reds reportedly thought highly of Michael Jones (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/J/Michael-Jones-2.shtml), their eighth-round pick in 2005, but he never did as well in games as he did in practice. The wonderfully-named Bastardo (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/b/jose-bastardo.shtml) played in the GCL in '07 and didn't hit. Another great name, Gerardo "Rico Suave" Cabrera (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Gerardo-Cabrera.shtml), was a backup in Dayton and Sarasota the past couple of seasons, serving as his club's Spanish translator and the like. Unfortunately, valuable bench pieces don't have the career longevity in the minors like they can in the big leagues. Tour's over for Lt. Josh Holden (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Josh-Holden.shtml), a great story (Google it) but a guy who just didn't have the bat. Armando Rios (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Armando-Rios.shtml), best known for being one of the first players fingered in connection with BALCO and Barry Bonds, tore up his knee right after signing with Pittsburgh in 2002 (steroids make you injury-prone)-he'd had been hanging around the Reds' camp as a Friend of Dusty. But at 35, and out of OB since 2004 and baseball in general since 2005, it was not to be.

As for the two signees: I can't find a single thing on Chandler Power. I believe this is the correct Luis Soto (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Luis-Soto.shtml), a 22-year-old Dominican who played the last few seasons in the Red Sox system. After hitting .229/.266/.353 in AA Greenville in 2006, he was demoted to High-A Lancaster for '07 and struggled there too (.221/.299/.346). He looks to have a bit of power, but little speed. It looks like Soto is slated for 4th OF duty at Sarasota or Chattanooga.

lollipopcurve
04-02-2008, 02:16 PM
I can't find a single thing on Chandler Power.

I'm guessing he's related to Ted.

Doc. Scott
04-02-2008, 05:16 PM
I'm guessing he's related to Ted.

Just searched that, too- nothing.

camisadelgolf
04-02-2008, 05:53 PM
I'm guessing he's related to Ted.

http://irishoi22.deviantart.com/

Apparently there's a young man by the name of 'Chandler Power' who lives in Cincinnati. He claims to be an art student, is interested in photography, and loves Sublime. I think lollipopcurve is right.