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OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 02:27 PM
Louisville plays at 7:05 with LHP Matt Maloney making the start. Maloney enters this start with a 2.64 ERA and 6 BB/38 K in 44.1 innings.

Carolina gets underway at 7:15 as RHP Zach Stewart will make his Double-A debut. Stewart posted a 2.13 ERA, 8 BB/32 K, and an impressive 2.42 GO/FO ratio in seven starts (42.1 IP) with High-A Sarasota.

Sarasota plays at 7:05 as LHP Justin Walker will make his 2009 season debut. Walker is a 6-foot-5 lefthander who was drafted in the 41st round of the 2008 draft by the Reds. He appeared in three games with the GCL Reds last season.

Dayton is scheduled to get underway at 8:00 tonight. RHP Juan Carlos Sulbaran will make the start for Dayton. Over his last two starts, Sulbaran has allowed just one run in 11 innings while walking three and striking out 11.

mace
05-22-2009, 03:43 PM
Walker is 22 and he pitched only 2.2 innings for the GCL Reds last year. Odd that he'd be started, and starting, at Sarasota.

cbowen2112
05-22-2009, 03:52 PM
Walker is 22 and he pitched only 2.2 innings for the GCL Reds last year. Odd that he'd be started, and starting, at Sarasota.

Maybe he can be our dominant LHP of the future? W shall see.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 06:03 PM
HORST-CASE SCENARIO

LHP Jeremy Horst (Sarasota) last night made his 3rd consecutive start against Jupiter (4th of the season) and allowed 1 run on 3 hits in 8.0 innings (2bb, 6k)...over his last 2 starts, he’s given up just 2 runs over 14ip (8h, 10k).

PUCKETT LIST

IF Cody Puckett (Dayton) last night at Quad Cities belted his 2nd home run in as many nights...he ranks T4th in the Midwest League with 7 homers...since 5/5, Puckett has gone 22-for-62 (.355) to raise his batting average 59 points.

SOTO POPINSKI

IF Neftali Soto (Sarasota) has hit safely in 18 of his last 22 games dating back to 4/27 (27-79, .342) to lift his batting average from .194 to .274...in 19games this season at Ed Smith Stadium, Soto is batting .294 with 2 HR and 6 RBI compared to a .256 average in 20 games on the road.

“QUOTE BOAT”

“I can’t sugarcoat this: We are terrible defensively. The numbers bear me out. That doesn’t even include the balls that drop and the balls that get through the infield. It puts a lot of pressure on your pitching staff. It’s tough to be a pitcher when your defense is as bad as our defense has been.” - Louisville manager Rick Sweet, whose Bats have lost 8 straight and lead the International League with 47 errors.

(Louisville Courier-Journal)

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=blog07&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3ae57bcc87-152a-4f72-96fb-cc08b1f396efPost%3a3f4501cf-d1a8-4d09-bbc9-846e1ed22a87&sid=sitelife.cincinnati.com

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 07:08 PM
Chris Heisey is out of the lineup tonight. Maybe he's on his way to Louisville?

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 07:17 PM
Stubbs walks in his first plate appearance.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 07:30 PM
Zach Stewart throws a 1-2-3 first inning. Two groundouts and a strikeout.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 07:33 PM
Maloney: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Stubbs stole second after he walked. He's 15-for-18 in stolen bases.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 07:35 PM
Sarasota was postponed due to rain.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 07:43 PM
Stewart: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4 GO/0 FO

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 07:48 PM
Juan Francisco belts a solo HR, his 7th of the season. 3-0 Carolina in the third inning.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 07:55 PM
Stewart: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 5 GO/0 FO

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 08:07 PM
Stewart: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 6 GO/0 FO

GIDP
05-22-2009, 08:09 PM
Stewart 51 pitches through 4.

31 strikes

Simply amazing.

Grande Donkey
05-22-2009, 08:17 PM
This stewart fella is pretty alright...

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 08:32 PM
Stewart is about to start the 6th, he currently has 9 GO and 0 FO. Dude has been a straight groundball machine.

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 08:32 PM
Announcer in Carolina - "Stewarts slider has amazing break to it".

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 08:36 PM
Maloney: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Louisville trails 1-0 in the 5th inning.

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 08:39 PM
Dayton drops a 9 spot in the first inning!

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 08:39 PM
Stewart struck out the first two batters of the inning, but has allowed a double and a walk following that with 2 outs in the 6th inning. He gets a grounder to first to end the inning. 3-0 Mudcats heading to the 7th.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 08:40 PM
Sulbaran threw a 1-2-3 first inning.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 08:41 PM
Stewart: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 10 GO/0 FO

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 08:46 PM
Stewart doubles and later scores on a Cozart sac fly. 4-0 Mudcats.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 08:46 PM
Maloney: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 08:51 PM
Stewart just hit 92 MPH here in the 7th inning with his fastball, announcer says he hasn't lost anything on it all game.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 08:52 PM
Stubbs is 0-for-1 with two walks and a SB.

DTCromer
05-22-2009, 08:52 PM
What was Zach's GO/FO ratio last game?

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 08:59 PM
Stewart just hit 94 on the gun in the 7th. Facing some trouble here with 2 outs again.

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 08:59 PM
What was Zach's GO/FO ratio last game?

15 to 1 I think.

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 08:59 PM
Stewart - 7ip, 5h, 0r, 2bb, 8K.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 09:02 PM
Sulbaran struckout the first two batters he faced in the second inning, then allowed a single, followed by two walks and then finally the third out.

2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 09:06 PM
Maloney: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

DTCromer
05-22-2009, 09:20 PM
15 to 1 I think.

I went back and checked, it was 16-1.

So in his last 2 starts, Zach has a GO/FO ratio of. . . .27:1. :eek:

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 09:26 PM
Sulbaran: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K

Superdude
05-22-2009, 09:28 PM
So Stewart's not going back to the bullpen anytime soon is he?

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 09:32 PM
Stubbs is 1-for-2 with a single, two walks, and a SB.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2009, 09:34 PM
Sulbaran: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 09:38 PM
So Stewart's not going back to the bullpen anytime soon is he?

My plan is to do some talking to some people in the organization by next week to find out for sure... but you just can't ignore what he has done.

fearofpopvol1
05-22-2009, 09:39 PM
I still think the Reds should seriously try to trade Maloney now while his stock is at an all time high. The Reds don't plan to use him at the major league level...I think it's time.

HokieRed
05-22-2009, 09:47 PM
I think the Reds may very well plan to use him at the major league level depending on what happens in the rotation with Bailey and Owings. If Bailey takes over the number 5, shows he can hold onto it, that may trigger a later trade of Arroyo--then Maloney will compete with Owings for the number 5 spot (or at least provide a posssible backup #6). There are still a lot of things that can happen.

GIDP
05-22-2009, 09:48 PM
Ok so I'm on the Stewart bandwagon hard core now.

HokieRed
05-22-2009, 09:53 PM
I've been on the Stewart bandwagon. I'm thinking Walt had him a draft last year: Alonso, Stewart, Sulbaran, Buchholz, Fairel et. al.

Kc61
05-22-2009, 09:57 PM
This is a big outing for the organization. Other than Homer B, not sure the Reds have a first, second, or third starter candidate in the high minors. If Stewart can fill that role, it could impact the draft, possible trades, etc. Don't want to get too carried away on one outing, but it's an important start for the organization. Nice work by Stewart.

dougdirt
05-22-2009, 10:01 PM
This is a big outing for the organization. Other than Homer B, not sure the Reds have a first, second, or third starter candidate in the high minors. If Stewart can fill that role, it could impact the draft, possible trades, etc. Don't want to get too carried away on one outing, but it's an important start for the organization. Nice work by Stewart.

It should never impact the draft. Stewart impressed me tonight though. I am waiting on another report from someone who was there, but the radio reports sounded very good.

HokieRed
05-22-2009, 10:05 PM
It should never impact the draft. Stewart impressed me tonight though. I am waiting on another report from someone who was there, but the radio reports sounded very good.



Agree: only one way to draft, BPA.

GIDP
05-22-2009, 10:20 PM
BPA unless its a catcher haha

dougdirt
05-23-2009, 12:16 AM
A little more on Zach Stewart from a guy named Randy who writes for a site I write for and also hangs out on my site, who was at the game tonight in Chattanooga.


Fastball topped out at 96 MPH 3 times, worked 93-94 and hit 95 in every inning.
Slider has 'crazy' bend on it.
Change up concerned him because it was in the high 80's. He thought it may have been a slider at first but talked to Travis Wood and Jordan Smith who both confirmed it was a change up (they were sitting behind him charting the game).

OnBaseMachine
05-23-2009, 12:20 AM
Sulbaran got roughed up a bit in the 5th inning. His final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 6 K.

11larkin11
05-23-2009, 12:58 AM
So Doug, I know he struggled at Tech as a starter, but with the way he's going, could YOU see him as a bonafide starter? Disregarding what you think the Reds brass is thinking.

dougdirt
05-23-2009, 01:14 AM
So Doug, I know he struggled at Tech as a starter, but with the way he's going, could YOU see him as a bonafide starter? Disregarding what you think the Reds brass is thinking.
Well, I plan on talking to the Reds, to see what they are thinking.... but after the reports I got on Stewart tonight, there is no question in my mind that he is the best STARTER in the system right now and its not close.

SirFelixCat
05-23-2009, 01:29 AM
That's a Playstation GO/FO ratio. Sick. Good outings all around. Nice!

GOYA
05-23-2009, 02:58 AM
Bats game

Held the Chiefs to 1 run on 10 hits.

Stubbs' infield hit was serious hustle to keep the inning alive.

icehole3
05-23-2009, 05:57 AM
Agree: only one way to draft, BPA.

Best Pitcher Available for at least 3 of the 4 first picks or 4 0f 6 just like last year, I wont be happy until we have several super stud pitchers like Stewart in the minors

mace
05-23-2009, 07:41 AM
After the dreadful 1-12 start, Dayton now has company in last place, and is actually percentage points ahead of Lansing.

lollipopcurve
05-23-2009, 10:21 AM
This is a big outing for the organization. Other than Homer B, not sure the Reds have a first, second, or third starter candidate in the high minors. If Stewart can fill that role, it could impact the draft, possible trades, etc. Don't want to get too carried away on one outing, but it's an important start for the organization. Nice work by Stewart.

Nice post. However, I'd take some emphasis off this one start and say that if Stewart can show over the course of 5-10 starts that he can control (and, sometimes, overmatch) AA hitting, then the organization may have itself another legitimate SP prospect in the high minors, with all the benefits you mention.

Great start, but let's not get carried away. Stewart's going to need that 3rd pitch to be functional if he wants to start in the bigs. My guess is that he could help the Reds out of the pen right now.