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OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 11:42 AM
Louisville plays at 7:05 with Matt Maloney pitching.

Chattanooga gets underway at 12:05 with Travis Wood starting.

Sarasota 7:00.

Dayton 7:00.

Billings 9:05 with Will Hudgens making the start.

The DSL Reds play at 10:30 this morning and the GCL Reds at 12:00.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 11:56 AM
The Mustangs played the game without third baseman Neftali Soto, who was a late scratch due to a mild oblique strain.

Soto entered Monday leading the Pioneer League in batting average (.481), home runs (4) and RBIs (9). Manager Julio Garcia said it was likely Soto would miss the entire three-game series in Missoula.

http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2008/06/24/sports/local/41-osprey.txt

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 12:21 PM
Chattanooga fails to score in the top of the first inning. Shaun Cumberland drew a walk and stole his 11th base.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 12:33 PM
1-0 Chattanooga after 1 1/2 innings. Travis Wood threw a 1-2-3 first inning with two strikeouts.

Cumberland: 0-for-0 walk, SB
Eymann: 0-for-0 walk
Dorn: 0-for-1
Valaika: 0-for-0 HBP
Turner: 1-for-1

Wood: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 12:42 PM
Wood: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 12:58 PM
Wood: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 01:23 PM
Rough 4th inning for Wood as he allows a 3-run homer.

4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 02:09 PM
Wood: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 6 BB, 5 K

Joseph
06-24-2008, 02:13 PM
So it seems to me Mr Wood is progressing rather normally. A decent lefty who needs to work out a few control issues, but at his age and his level I'm still rather encouraged. If he can get his walks under control, 2010 isn't unreasonable at all.

CTA513
06-24-2008, 02:44 PM
Heres some updates:
Chattanooga is losing 5-2 in the 9th
Manuel: 2 Innings, 1 Hit, 0 Runs, 0 BB, 4 Ks
Lutz: 1 Inning, 0 Hits, 0 Runs, 0 BB, 2 Ks

Henry is 1 for 1 with a pinch hit home run

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 02:55 PM
Chattanooga lost 5-2.

Robert Manual is developing into a fine bullpen prospect. After today's outing his 2008 season stats look like this:

47.1 IP, 33 H, 1 HR, 11 BB, 66 K's, 1.15 ERA

AccordinglyReds
06-24-2008, 02:56 PM
OBM, since Fogg will be making a rehab start on Thursday for AAA Louisville, will Bailey be moved up a day or pushed back?

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 02:57 PM
OBM, since Fogg will be making a rehab start on Thursday for AAA Louisville, will Bailey be moved up a day or pushed back?

I'm not sure. I wasn't aware of Fogg pitching in Louisville until you mentioned it.

AccordinglyReds
06-24-2008, 03:01 PM
I'm not sure. I wasn't aware of Fogg pitching in Louisville until you mentioned it.

The Courier-Journal mentioned it today in the paper (Louisville paper).

Josh Fogg-on major league rehab assignment-will pitch for the Bats on Thursday. He was placed on the Reds' DL June 1st with lumbar back spasms.

Hmm, maybe he won't start, but only pitch? But that wouldn't make much sense since he's started in his other rehab assignments.

I'll be at Maloney's start tonight and Pettyjohn/Bailey's tomorrow at 12:05pm.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 06:53 PM
Trent is at Dayton tonight and will be blogging. He's also got a couple videos of Devin Mesoraco taking batting practice.

Live in Dayton
Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 05:51 PM EST

In Dayton to see the Dragons.

The guy Donnie Scott was most excited about is third-round pick Zach Stewart. He's supposed to throw tonight. He throws 96 and has a killer slider. He said he's working on a changeup, too.

Starting is Kyle Lotzkar, last year's supplemental first-round pick. The right-hander has a good fastball and a good curveball. I'm interested to see him.

I also talked to Devin Mesoraco, who isn't starting tonight.

Did get a little video from BP.

I'm wearing my Georgia hat, Dragons hitting coach Darren Bragg took it from me and said something to me about wearing this around him. Bragg is a DRT -- a dirty, rotten Techie.

I'm gonna do some liveblogging, but also walk around the stadium a little take some pictures and video.

Here's your lineups

Dayton

1. Keltavious Jones dh .278/4 HR/18 RBI
2. Zack Cozart ss .256/8/21
3. Brandon Waring 3b .280/14/44
4. Denis Phipps cf .248/6/35
5. Brandon Mechaca lf .184/2/9
6. Michael McKennon 1b .217/2/15
7. Jason Bour c .226/0/9
8. Kevyn Feiner 2b .233/1/17
9. Justin Reed rf .259/6/22

starter: RHP Kyle Lotzkar 0-1, 9.00

South Bend (Arizona)

1. Evan Frey cf .335/0/28
2. Eli Rumler ss .227/1/15
3. Mike Mee lf .293/2/33
4. Taylor Harbin 2b .249/5/42
5. Sean Coughlin c .250/7/35
6. Derrick Walker rf .251/3/29
7. Chance Wheeless 1b .228/5/19
8. Ramon Ramirez 3b .222/0/22
9. Aaron Hanke dh .230/7/21

starter: RHP Josh Collmenter 6-4, 3.97

http://www.thelotd.com/ctrent/blog

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 07:52 PM
* Top 1: Lotzkar seemed to get behind batters, struggled with his control some and gave up an absolute bomb to rightfielder Derrick Walker. But because of the Brandon Waring error, only one of the four first-inning runs were earned. Lotzkar was in the low 90s with his fastball. Silver Hawks 4, Green Dragons 0

* Bottom 1: Three quick outs. And I wish I had brought my binoculars, because apparently South Bend pitcher Josh Collmenter has a really kickin' moustache. Silver Hawks 4, Green Dragons 0

* Top 2: Lotzkar still struggling with command. He walked the leadoff hitter, No. 8 in the lineup, on four straight. In the first inning, pitching coach Doug Blair came out after the first batter. Already there are calls from fans to take out Lotzkar after the No. 9 hitter, Aaron Hanke singles. Lotzkar recovers after that, getting a fly out and then freezing the No. 2 hitter on a 92 mph fastball for the second out. And right after I write that, four straight balls to the No. 3 hitter to load 'em. Lotzkar, for the record is just 18. The No. 4 guy grounds into a fielder's choice to end the inning. Silver Hawks 4, Green Dragons 0

* Bottom 2: Yep, Collmenter does indeed have one heck of a moustache. And he strikes out the side. Silver Hawks 4, Green Dragons 0

* Top 3: Lotzkar was a different pitcher that inning, striking out the side himself. He got up to 93, but then got 1B Chance Wheeless looking on a curveball. Silver Hawks 4, Green Dragons 0

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 07:55 PM
4-0 Louisville after two innings.

Rosales is 1-for-1 with a 3-run homerun.

Maloney: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 08:07 PM
Maloney: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

JaxRed
06-24-2008, 08:08 PM
Some thoughts from the Lookouts game. Some of you are young pups. If any of you grow up to be schedulers for a minor league team, remember this: Day games in late June in Florida are bad. Don't do it.

It was hot.

Travis Wood has a real nice effortless delivery and throws LOTS of changes. It's not just a every once in a while thing, he throws it a lot. The closest he came to danger in first 3 innings was when the Suns catcher Lucas May hit a 419 foot drive to straight center. Luckily it's 420 feet.

In the 4th, the 3 run homer was weird. May hit a ball that was exactly to the fence (5' high) but De Jesus misjudged how far the wall was, and just when he was reaching up to catch it, he hit the wall, and he missed the ball.

In the 6th, he walks a guy, gives up bloop double, then when they decide to intentionally pass the next guy, he throws the first pitch so wide Tatum can't get to it, it hit backstop and comes back before runners can advance. The second pitch was also wide but Tatum gets it. He then walks a run in and gets replaced.

Robert Manuel did an excellent job getting out of inning with just 1 run, and he looked good next inining also. Has some quirky actions while on mound.

Lutz was also very impressive.

More to follow.......

JaxRed
06-24-2008, 08:13 PM
Cumberland just looks like a country boy, and he is, from Alabama. Eyeman strongly resembles Rick Aasadorian. In person Valaika has a real Heath Ledger thing going on. I thought Valaika looked real comfortable at SS.

Dorn looks to be a real character. Hard to say why exactly but Callardo didn;t impress me much.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 08:13 PM
Does Manual have pretty good stuff?

Thanks for the reports btw.

JaxRed
06-24-2008, 08:17 PM
I'm no scout but I was impressed with both Manuel and Lutz

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 08:28 PM
Lotzkar: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K...he's retired 10 in a row.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 08:30 PM
Maloney: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 08:33 PM
Lotzkar: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K...he's retired 10 in a row.

That was Lotzkar's final line. Supposedly Zach Stewart is going to pitch tonight for Dayton.

HokieRed
06-24-2008, 08:41 PM
Rosales got his second homer of the night, now has 5 RBI's.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 08:43 PM
Rosales come into tonight with two homeruns in 241 atbats this season. He's got two homeruns tonight in three atbats.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 08:45 PM
Maloney: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K...103 pitches.

Screwball
06-24-2008, 08:47 PM
Lotzkar: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K...he's retired 10 in a row.

Pretty dang good - especially for an 18 year old (19 in November) in A ball.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 09:28 PM
Zach Stewart threw a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout. He's been perfect in three pro innings.

From Trent:

Top 8: Zach Stewart is filthy. Just filthy. He was around 95 and then just a sick slider. A ground out, popup and K. Nothing close on him. Silver Hawks 7, Green Dragons 1

crazyredfan40
06-24-2008, 09:30 PM
I wonder how hard they might push him due to him being a college relieve...He might get a look at A+ by seasons end...

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 09:38 PM
Brandon Waring just hit a 2-run homerun, his 15th of the year.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 09:41 PM
Stewart: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

He's thrown four perfect innings to begin his pro career. Trent says his stuff is just filthy and also says he'll be writing a story on Stewart later.

Dayton trails 7-5 after 8 1/2.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 09:46 PM
The GCL Reds lost game one of a doubleheader, 4-2.

Bowe: 1-for-3 walk, SB
Pfister: 1-for-3
Contreras: 1-for-3 double
Coddington: 1-for-2 HBP
Gregorius: 1-for-3

Rafael: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

corkedbat
06-24-2008, 09:49 PM
Ir would be awesome to get a strong R (Srewart)/L (Thurman) bullpen duo out of this draft. As relievers, I think both have the potential to move through the system fairly quickly (especially Stewart).

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 09:51 PM
Dayton lost 7-5.

Cozart: 2-for-5 two doubles
Waring: 1-for-2 homerun (#15), two walks
Phipps: 2-for-4

Lotzkar: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Stewart: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 09:53 PM
Louisville won 8-0.

Hairston: 2-for-4 double
Herr: 1-for-4 double
Rosales: 2-for-4 two homeruns (#3,4), 5 RBI
Dickerson: 2-for-4 double

Maloney: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

McBeth: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 09:57 PM
Billings is winning 3-1 after two innings.

Means: 2-for-2
Brown: 1-for-1 double
Mendez: 1-for-1 double

Janke: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Soto is still out of the lineup.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 10:00 PM
Sarasota lost 3-2.

Kahaulelio: 2-for-4
Heisey: 1-for-4
Frazier: 1-for-3 walk, SB
Stubbs: 0-for-3 walk, SB (#23)

Smit: 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Medina: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Krebs: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Blitz Dorsey
06-24-2008, 10:28 PM
What is this "Green Dragons" stuff? Trent hitting the bong too hard again?

corkedbat
06-24-2008, 10:38 PM
What is this "Green Dragons" stuff? Trent hitting the bong too hard again?


Does he mean 'Green" as in Young/Inexperienced?

Screwball
06-24-2008, 10:41 PM
What is this "Green Dragons" stuff? Trent hitting the bong too hard again?

I think it's a play on the fact that instead of South Bend just calling themselves the "Hawks," they call themselves the "Silver Hawks." I thought it was funny in a shake-your-head-as-you-chuckle sort of way.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 10:54 PM
The GCL Reds won game two 16-4.

Kuo: 2-for-5 double
Contreras: 1-for-3 walk, HBP
Conner: 2-for-4 homerun (#1), walk
Lutz: 3-for-4 two doubles
Pullen: 1-for-2 two walks
Oliveras: 2-for-3 walk, SB

Santana: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Henry: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Pizziconi: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 10:59 PM
The DSL Reds lost 3-0.

Juan Duran went 0-for-3 with a stolen base.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 11:16 PM
Brandon Waring now has a 10-game hitting streak and is hitting .424 with two doubles and three homeruns and a 10 BB/12 K ratio in 33 atbats during that streak. It's really nice to see him starting to draw a lot of walks now. For the season his statline stands at .281/.362/.512 - .874 OPS with 14 doubles and 15 homeruns. The 15 homeruns lead the Reds minor league organization.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 11:20 PM
Billings bullpen struggles continue. They now trail 6-4 after six innings.

Means: 2-for-4 SB
Buchholz: 0-for-2 walk
Sappelt: 0-for-2 walk, SB
Brown: 1-for-3 double
Mendez: 2-for-3 two doubles
Wideman: 1-for-3 double

LoganBuck
06-24-2008, 11:26 PM
I was at the game tonight. Stewart was electric. That guy has Scott Williamson circa 1999-2000 type stuff. He is going to move very fast.

Cozart looks much better than I expected him. He can pick it.

I was really hoping to see Mesoraco, kinda bummed I missed him.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 11:31 PM
Rosales finds his home run swing
After collecting two longballs all year, he lofts two out for Louisville
By Eric Justic / Special to MLB.com

Adam Rosales' patience paid off Tuesday. It was a long time coming, but he finally found his power stroke.

The 25-year-old first baseman homered twice and matched a career high with five RBIs as Louisville bested visiting Rochester, 8-0, at Louisville Slugger Field.

Rosales entered the game with just two homers in 70 games and hadn't gone deep since June 11 for the Bats (44-35). He was batting just .182 against left-handers, but he went yard twice against Red Wings southpaw Brian Duensing. The strategy for his three-run dinger? He waited for his pitch.

"I got down 0-2, he threw me a high fastball and I laid off of it and a low change up and I laid off of that too," Rosales said. "But I got a changeup over the heart of the plate, and it just so happened to exit the stadium."

Selected in the 12th round of the 2005 Draft, Rosales needed to see only two pitches in the sixth for his fourth career two-homer game. After taking a changeup away, Rosales got his pitch and took advantage of it for a two-run blast.

"I was anticipating a fastball inside," he said. "Fastball is the only one that can beat you, so I was sitting on it. He threw it where I liked it. It was about belt-high and inside, so I probably won't be seeing any of those pitches anymore."

The Chicago native hit a career-high 18 homers with 79 RBIs between Class A Advanced Sarasota and Double-A Chattanooga last season. That included his last two-homer game July 23 and a five-RBI game May 11 for the Lookouts.

Rosales hasn't enjoyed the same success in his first season in Triple-A. Even with this performance, he's batting just .224 with 31 RBIs. But he hopes this game can get him going.

"I'm kind of out-thinking myself," he said. "I had a slow start and when you have a slow start, the season kind of creeps up on you. But I just had to slow it down, and maybe the second half will be more rewarding."

Louisville starter Matthew Maloney (7-4) yielded four hits and fanned seven in seven innings to lower his ERA to 4.55.

Duensing (4-7) gave up seven runs on seven hits and one walk with a strikeout in six innings.

Randy Ruiz doubled -- the only extra-base hit for Rochester (35-45).

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080624&content_id=422721&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp

Blitz Dorsey
06-24-2008, 11:34 PM
Really pumped about Waring and Stewart. Good to see Cozart turn around his slow start too. And it sounds like we finally have a minor league SS who is actually a SS (and not a 2B, 3B or OF).

11larkin11
06-24-2008, 11:43 PM
Even though the spotlight was in Dayton tonight, I think the showings of Rosales are Maloney are very important. Those are two guys I think could help the big league club.

OnBaseMachine
06-24-2008, 11:59 PM
Dragons dig another early hole, can't escape
South Bend scores four runs in first inning en route to 7-5 victory.

By Marc Katz

Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

DAYTON ó Maybe the Dayton Dragons should go in a different direction. Maybe they should use their newest reliever, Zach Stewart, as a starter.

In two games covering four innings, Stewart, a third-round draft pick by the parent Reds on June 5, has retired every batter he has faced, including all six in the final two innings Tuesday, June 24, at Fifth Third Field.

Unfortunately for the Dragons, Stewart didn't pitch the first inning, when South Bend scored four runs on the way to a 7-5 victory as Dayton fell behind in the first for the eighth time in nine games.

"We've got to make better pitches," Dragons manager Donnie Scott said. "You throw in those walks, and they add up."

Starter Kyle Lotzkar, 18, taken in the supplemental first round of last year's draft, was not entirely at fault . Third baseman Brandon Waring's dropped ground ball kept the inning alive for a three-run homer, the same as a misplayed outfield pop did in Lotzkar's previous start.

"I kind of put myself in that position," Lotzkar said. "I wasn't focusing on the catcher's target. I was focusing on the batters."

Pitching coach Doug Bair guessed that was the situation since Lotzkar's first pitches were all over the place.

"It's typical for a young guy to see everything," said Bair, who also noticed Lotzkar was aiming his pitches early, not throwing them. "I felt myself doing it as a big-leaguer."

The advice worked, if late. Lotzkar pitched four more innings, striking out six while allowing one hit and walking two. Meanwhile, Waring cranked a long, two-run homer in the eighth to spark a comeback that fell just short for the second straight night.

That's why Stewart might be a good thought to start the games.

"That's a golden arm," Scott said. "Lotzkar's got the stuff (too). He has the same type of sinker Stewart has. It's got to happen."

It just hasn't happened yet.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/dragons/2008/06/24/ddn062508spdragons.html

OnBaseMachine
06-25-2008, 12:03 AM
I was at the game tonight. Stewart was electric. That guy has Scott Williamson circa 1999-2000 type stuff. He is going to move very fast.

Cozart looks much better than I expected him. He can pick it.

I was really hoping to see Mesoraco, kinda bummed I missed him.

Thanks for the report on Stewart. If you go back and read the draft thread then everyone will remember how much I wanted the Reds to draft this kid if he fell to the Reds. Thankfully he did and I was pretty excited to hear his name called when the Reds made their third round selection. He's got a nice arsenal with that 95-96 mph sinking fastball and a plus slider, plus he's learning a changeup. I think this kid could move fast and join Cordero, Burton, Bray, and Roenicke in the Reds bullpen maybe sometime late next season.

OnBaseMachine
06-25-2008, 12:26 AM
Billings won 8-6.

Means: 2-for-6 SB
Bartles: 2-for-4 walk, HBP
Buchholz: 1-for-5 walk
Sappelt: 0-for-3 walk, HBP, SB
Brown: 1-for-5 double
Mendez: 2-for-5 two doubles
Day: 0-for-3 two HBP
Wideman: 2-for-5 two doubles

Junior Martinez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Aguido Gonzalez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Blue
06-25-2008, 12:33 AM
What's the deal with the DSL players? What kind of barriers do they face to getting to the states, provided there is no funny business? I ask because they have some players having nice starts to their seasons. Sergio Guerrero is showing good power and pretty good patience, along with some speed. I'm wondering how long before we see him in the states.

AccordinglyReds
06-25-2008, 12:36 AM
Maloney looked great tonight. Well within the strike zone, especially for the first 5 innings. Seemed to get many pop-ups on his off-speed. Touched 91-92 mph once or twice, but was consistently in the 88-90 range, with his off-speed in the higher 70s. Very efficient tonight. Hopefully Rosales got a giddy-up to get out of his year-long slump. Marcus McBeth looked very nice tonight, something I hadn't seen from him in all the games I've been to this year. 92mph on the night for him.

I'll be at tomorrow's game, too.

AmarilloRed
06-25-2008, 12:37 AM
I'm wondering how long before we see him in the states.

I think that is a good question to answer. What is the age limit, if any, on Rookie Ball? I expect we might see Duran there next year, but I would like to know for sure.

corkedbat
06-25-2008, 02:30 AM
What's the deal with the DSL players? What kind of barriers do they face to getting to the states, provided there is no funny business? I ask because they have some players having nice starts to their seasons. Sergio Guerrero is showing good power and pretty good patience, along with some speed. I'm wondering how long before we see him in the states.


Just a WAG on my part, but in some cases (as with Duran), certain of these kids may be pretty young and may not speak fluent Ebglsih. It wouldn't surprise me if the Reds wanted to keep a few of them in a more controlled environment in more familiar surroundings.

OnBaseMachine
06-25-2008, 11:11 AM
Thinking out loud 6.25
Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 01:25 AM ES

I hadn't been to Dayton's Fifth Third Field before last night and was just blown away.

I've been to many South Atlantic League games before in old stadiums and with outdated clubhouses. This, though, is so much different. This place is incredible. I can understand now why some guys I've talked to feel like it's almost a demotion when they go from low-Class A in Dayton to high-Class A in Sarasota.

As far as the product on the field? Well, Kyle Lotzkar settled down and looked pretty good. I'd heard about shortstop Zack Cozart, and he not only showed off his glove, but he also had two hits, including a double to break up the perfect game. He also scored two runs.

3B Brandon Waring hit an absolute bomb, but is suspect defensively.

And then there's this year's third-round pick Zach Stewart. The Reds didn't have a second-round pick because of the signing of Francisco Cordero, but they may have gotten a second-round pick out of Stewart. This guy is just filthy. I'll have more on him later, I got something to write about him.

But before that, I will give you a quote from Dragons manager Donnie Scott:

"Iíll tell you, I donít know how long weíre going to have him. Heís got great stuff, bottom line. He pitches down in the zone, heís great sink on his fastball, his slider he can throw it for strikes, he knows how to utilize it when heís ahead in the count. This guy, he keeps throwing pitches like that, heís going to be knocking on Cincinnatiís door real quick."

He was hitting 94-95 pretty consistently. That was on the scoreboard gun and I sat for a half-inning behind a scout and he had the same on his gun.

I heard one scout wonder how he lasted until the third round.

I went up so I could see Lotzkar and Devin Mesoraco, but Mesoraco had the day off, but I heard good things about him.

Bottom line, go up and see a game there. A great stadium.

http://www.thelotd.com/ctrent/blog