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OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 03:13 PM
The AZL Reds are underway and winning 2-0 in the second inning.

Silva: 1-for-2
Arias: 1-for-1

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

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 03:51 PM
Junior Arias is 2-for-2.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 04:13 PM
Junior Arias is now 3-for-3 with a double. Juan Silva is 2-for-3.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 04:41 PM
The AZL Reds are winning 7-3 in the 7th inning.

Juan Silva: 3-for-4
Junior Arias: 4-for-4 double

mace
07-02-2010, 04:55 PM
Dominic D'Anna, 2 for 3, is now hitting .500.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 04:59 PM
Dominic D'Anna, 2 for 3, is now hitting .500.

That guy has been obliterating that league so far.

Kingspoint
07-02-2010, 05:22 PM
It's phenomenal what he's done, even if it's only been 10 games.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 05:32 PM
Another hit for Junior Arias! 5-for-5 with a double. Now hitting .362.

Scrap Irony
07-02-2010, 05:39 PM
Will Arias get moved up to Billings before the end of the year? I wouldn't think so, but he's just been outstanding so far. Nice to see all the young talent in the lower level leagues. Some really, really nice bats and arms way down on the farm.

mace
07-02-2010, 06:14 PM
The ASL Reds pitchers--five of them--fanned 14 in that game, an 8-4 win.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 06:23 PM
I think Junior Arias will be viewed as one of the Reds top prospects at the end of the season.

NorrisHopper30
07-02-2010, 06:49 PM
How is Arias' glove?

bellhead
07-02-2010, 06:50 PM
Think he will be promoted this year to Billings???

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 07:08 PM
How is Arias' glove?

Good defensive tools.

GOYA
07-02-2010, 07:25 PM
That guy has been obliterating that league so far.

Unsustainable BABIP?

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 07:29 PM
Unsustainable BABIP?

Clearly lol. Still, he has twice as many walks as strikeouts and 6 extra base hits in 34 at bats.

Edd Roush
07-02-2010, 08:01 PM
Clearly lol. Still, he has twice as many walks as strikeouts and 6 extra base hits in 34 at bats.

doug, what is the story on Dominic? Age, position, etc?

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 08:23 PM
Matt Klinker gave up a 2 run HR in the first and the Bats trail 2-0.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 08:26 PM
Matt Klinker gave up a 2 run HR in the first and the Bats trail 2-0.

For some reason the boxscore is showing Matt Maloney is pitching for Louisville. That's impressive that he can turn around and start again tonight after pitching 7.1 innings last night. ;)

Frazier doubled in his first atbat.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 08:28 PM
For some reason the boxscore is showing Matt Maloney is pitching for Louisville. That's impressive that he can turn around and start again tonight after pitching 7.1 innings last night. ;)

Frazier doubled in his first atbat.
Ha. That is pretty impressive, though he is throwing with his right arm, so I guess its nothing to worry about injury wise!

Frazier took a first pitch change up off the warning track in the gap. Juan Francisco followed that up by taking 4 straight pitches before hitting a single between SS and 3B.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 08:30 PM
Felix Perez and Brodie Greene are 1-for-1.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 08:32 PM
Valaika was just HBP with the bases loaded. He acted as if it didn't hit him. Bats down 2-1, bases loaded with no outs for Dorn.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 08:33 PM
After today, my boy Junior Arias is now hitting .362/.400/.596 - .996 OPS with seven extra-base hits in 47 atbats.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 08:34 PM
Dayton is down 3-0 as they come to bat.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 08:36 PM
Danny Dorn bloops one into CF for a single to tie the game. Bases loaded, still no outs.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 08:39 PM
Drew Sutton with a sac fly. Runners on the corners. 3-2 Bats.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 08:42 PM
Henry Rodriguez just hit a 2 run HR to close in as Dayton trails 3-2 after 1.5

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 08:48 PM
Henry Rodriguez just hit a 2 run HR to close in as Dayton trails 3-2 after 1.5

To be such a little guy (5-foot-10, 150 pounds) he sure does have some decent pop in his bat. 23 doubles, 2 triples, 7 homers in 298 atbats in a pitcher friendly league.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 08:50 PM
To be such a little guy (5-foot-10, 150 pounds) he sure does have some decent pop in his bat. 23 doubles, 2 triples, 7 homers in 298 atbats in a pitcher friendly league.

One scout I talked to about him described him as having easy power. That says a lot for someone of his size.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 08:51 PM
Daryl Thompson is back with Carolina and is pitching tonight. His line so far: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.

Kingspoint
07-02-2010, 08:51 PM
Valaika was just HBP with the bases loaded. He acted as if it didn't hit him. Bats down 2-1, bases loaded with no outs for Dorn.


Doug, haven't asked you about Valaika in a while.

With Phillips' great season this year, over in the SunDeck Valaika's getting no respect.

Had Phillips not had this great year Offensively with the bat, I don't think there was a question about the REDS letting him go after (or during) this season. But, now that he's shown a new "peak" at age 29, it's very likely for him to have another excellent year (for a 2nd Baseman) next season. I see the REDS picking up his option.

That doesn't change how I feel about Valaika. I've felt for the last two years that he would take over at 2nd Base for Brandon at the beginning of the 2011 season. Nothing Valaika has done has changed that idea. With Frazier taking a step back so far this season in AAA, Valaika's been steady as a rock. It won't hurt Valaika's growth to repeat AAA next season with a September call-up next in 2011. It should only make him more prepared to take over the REDS' 2nd Base job.

I don't see any money at the Major League level to spend on 2nd Base from 2012-2015 (the likely length of Brandon's next contract). With the REDS likely to be spending large money during the 2012-2015 seasons at RF (Bruce), CF/LF (Heisey/Stubbs), 1B (Votto), C (Mesoraco/Grandel), SP1, SP2, SP3 and SP4 (Volquez/Cueto/Chapman/Bailey/Leake/Wood), and I may be leaving another position out, or some Veteran SS/3B/CL that Walt may decide to go after.

How do you see Valaika at this point as a Major Leaguer? I see him as a 10-year player with 6 seasons where he's hitting .290 or better while playing good defense at 2nd Base the entire time. For a 2nd Baseman for this team, I find that to be more than adequate.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 08:58 PM
I am interested in where the power went for Valaika. I think the guy can be a major league second baseman, though he isn't someone I would be for sure about handing the job unless he shows some more pop. Whether its the hand injury from last year that has sapped some of it or something else, he needs to start hitting a few HR's.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 08:59 PM
Yonder Alonso just doubled off the big wall in Durham. Probably an out in most parks, but Durham plays much like Fenway, short distance with a big wall.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 09:02 PM
Thompson: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 09:08 PM
Felix Perez is now 2-for-2.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 09:35 PM
Yonder Alonso just doubled off the big wall in Durham. Probably an out in most parks, but Durham plays much like Fenway, short distance with a big wall.

The wall giveth and the wall taketh away. Zack Cozart just lined one off the wall way up near the top that would have been a HR in most other parks. Instead he settles for the double.

Kingspoint
07-02-2010, 09:36 PM
Looks like it might be a while before Hanigan gets any power. That's too bad as he really found his power stroke this off-season with that new approach at the plate.

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 09:36 PM
Yonder Alonso just had a likely HR taken away by the wall too. Winds up with an RBI single off the wall (though Alonso got to second, since the fielder threw the ball to home, the scorer credits Alonso with a single).

dougdirt
07-02-2010, 09:52 PM
Matt Klinker has given up 2 HRs to Dan Johnson today (he now has 20) and both are 2 run shots.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 10:04 PM
Yorman's ribs must still be sore. He's out of the lineup again tonight.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 10:33 PM
Billy Hamilton extends his hitting streak to five games with a first inning double.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 10:39 PM
Dominant inning out of relief for Chapman.

1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 11 pitches/7 strikes

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 10:51 PM
Yonder Alonso just hit a grand slam to the opposite field. Louisville extends their lead to 9-4.

Alonso is now 3-for-5 with a double, grand slam (HR #7), and 5 RBI. This is his third consecutive three hit game.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 11:03 PM
Chapman is back out there for a second inning. First batter grounded a single into RF. Next batter grounded into a FC, next batter struckout. Strikeout #3 for Chapman. 2 outs now.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 11:09 PM
Groundball RBI single off the glove of Alonso. Two groundball singles. Chapman's BABIP continues to rise.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 11:11 PM
Chapman: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 35 pitches/22 strikes.

Tough luck inning. Two groundballs snuck through for hits, including one off the glove of Alonso.

aubashbrother
07-02-2010, 11:12 PM
man Alonso's bat is really heating up. Finally getting back to 100 % with that wrist ?

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 11:12 PM
Chapman has 2 BB/11 K in 6.2 innings as a reliever.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 11:21 PM
Danny Dorn is 3-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI. Louisville is winning 10-5 in the 9th inning.

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 11:24 PM
Bats have two runners on, two outs and a 3-1 count on Cozart. Another walk here would load them up for Alonso again...

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 11:25 PM
Cozart walked for the third time tonight. He's 1-for-3 with a double and three walks. Alonso has a chance for his second grand slam of the night...

bellhead
07-02-2010, 11:27 PM
Chapman has 2 BB/11 K in 6.2 innings as a reliever.

Me likey:thumbup:

OnBaseMachine
07-02-2010, 11:29 PM
Alonso K's to end the inning. 10-5 Bats heading to the bottom of the 9th inning.

GOYA
07-02-2010, 11:48 PM
Well, damn. I miss a game and the Bats kick ass.


Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Matthews CF 6 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .344
Cozart SS 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 .255
Alonso 1B 6 1 3 1 0 1 5 0 3 .255
Frazier LF 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .218
Francisco 3B 5 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .281
Hanigan C 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .179
Valaika 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .295
Dorn RF 5 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 1 .320
Sutton DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .282

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Klinker (W, 2-1) 5.0 7 4 4 4 3 2 5.29
Burton (H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.86
Chapman (H, 2) 2.0 2 1 1 1 3 0 4.35
Valiquette 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.76

muddie
07-03-2010, 12:40 AM
We just got in from the Bats/Bulls game. The Bats finally won a game in Durham! Klinker wasn't really sharp but managed to get through. Got to see Chapman both games he pitched in Durham. I really had wanted to see Valiquette and that worked out as well.

Chapman was much more composed tonight and left a lot of the heat in the club house. My wife and I thorougly enjoyed the game. I wish the Bats were in more than once a year.

What is keeping Hannigan from moving up? He caught again tonight. Who is the preferred catcher at AAA and the bigs between he and Miller? Thanks.

fearofpopvol1
07-03-2010, 12:53 AM
Is Alonso putting on an audition or what? He has come alive at the perfect time if the Reds plan on moving him!

dougdirt
07-03-2010, 04:01 AM
Billy Hamilton can flat out play defense. Go watch the video.
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/baseball/professional/minor/pioneer-league/mustangs/mustangsalley/article_7235ceee-8665-11df-bcbe-001cc4c03286.html?mode=video

OnBaseMachine
07-03-2010, 04:17 AM
Billy Hamilton can flat out play defense. Go watch the video.
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/baseball/professional/minor/pioneer-league/mustangs/mustangsalley/article_7235ceee-8665-11df-bcbe-001cc4c03286.html?mode=video

Both of those plays are ridiculous. Seriously, there's probably only a handful of major leaguers who make that play (and Phillips is one of them).

GOYA
07-03-2010, 04:31 AM
Damn. Just damn.

Not sure why they moved him from SS. Anyone heard the reason?

fearofpopvol1
07-03-2010, 04:43 AM
Damn. Just damn.

Not sure why they moved him from SS. Anyone heard the reason?

I think it was to make room for Lohman. I'm hoping (and even thinking) this is just temporary though.

nemesis
07-03-2010, 07:25 AM
Well Hamilton has a Plus Plus glove and a Plus Arm for sure. He could be special. Like game changing at the top of the lineup Andrus special... That like 3 ESPN # 1 plays in 2 weeks.

Lohman should be moved to 2B. Hamilton needs to get as many reps at SS as he can and his bat and defense would carry better there. If he ends up in Dayton next year with Yorman and crew I am getting Season tickets.

REDblooded
07-03-2010, 10:24 AM
That play was redic...

mace
07-03-2010, 11:42 AM
Well Hamilton has a Plus Plus glove and a Plus Arm for sure. He could be special.

I'm not ready to fall in with that statement. Agreed, he has already shown he can make the spectacular play. He definitely has plus-plus tools. But to be a plus-plus defender, you have to be able to make the routine play with almost flawless regularity. Maybe Hamilton can do that, but a few sensational plays on a highlight reel don't prove it.

That said, the thing I liked best about the pop-up catch was his quick throw to third base. That shows his awareness--something that Phillips has to an exceptional degree. It's a good sign.

dougdirt
07-03-2010, 11:58 AM
I'm not ready to fall in with that statement. Agreed, he has already shown he can make the spectacular play. He definitely has plus-plus tools. But to be a plus-plus defender, you have to be able to make the routine play with almost flawless regularity. Maybe Hamilton can do that, but a few sensational plays on a highlight reel don't prove it.

That said, the thing I liked best about the pop-up catch was his quick throw to third base. That shows his awareness--something that Phillips has to an exceptional degree. It's a good sign.

While we clearly don't have a ton to go on, Hamilton led the GCL in fielding percentage last season for shortstops and this season has .982 fielding percentage (1 error in 56 chances).

mace
07-03-2010, 12:21 PM
While we clearly don't have a ton to go on, Hamilton led the GCL in fielding percentage last season for shortstops and this season has .982 fielding percentage (1 error in 56 chances).

Good points. That's certainly promising. It clearly begs the question of why, with his range, he'd be moving to second base. But it's still too early in the game to get worked up over that.

dougdirt
07-03-2010, 12:23 PM
Good points. That's certainly promising. It clearly begs the question of why, with his range, he'd be moving to second base. But it's still too early in the game to get worked up over that.

Probably because his timeline is longer than that of Lohman, so Lohman is getting the spot for now.

Redmachine2003
07-03-2010, 01:14 PM
Chapman has 2 BB/11 K in 6.2 innings as a reliever.

Hope we can move him back to the rotation soon his almost 6.75 era as a reliever isn't getting it done. He has given up runs in 3 out of 4 relief appearances. He needs to work on being stretched out and working on keeping his pitch count down, none which he can do in the bullpen.

OnBaseMachine
07-03-2010, 01:19 PM
Hope we can move him back to the rotation soon his almost 6.75 era as a reliever isn't getting it done. He has given up runs in 3 out of 4 relief appearances. He needs to work on being stretched out and working on keeping his pitch count down, none which he can do in the bullpen.

I'm not worried about his ERA. K/BB is more important to me. Louisville isn't exactly sending Gold Glovers out there every night. At least two of those runs have scored on defensive miscues, and another run scored after Jon Adkins allowed a two out hit. The one run he allowed last night came via two groundball singles.

As a reliever, Chapman has a very low 11.1% LD rate and a 50% groundball rate to go along with a 2.45 BB/9 and 13.5 K/9. His ERA shouldn't be anywhere close to what it is.

bellhead
07-03-2010, 01:29 PM
Billy Hamilton can flat out play defense. Go watch the video.
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/baseball/professional/minor/pioneer-league/mustangs/mustangsalley/article_7235ceee-8665-11df-bcbe-001cc4c03286.html?mode=video

Thanks for the video!!!!

Hamilton is a stud, hope to see him at Dayton next year along with several other of the young stars...

OnBaseMachine
07-03-2010, 01:52 PM
Hamilton, drafted in the second round as a shortstop out of high school last year, is seeing some time at second base this season with the Mustangs. He played his fifth game there on Friday night, and turned in a couple highlight-worthy plays. I could explain them, but it'd be better to watch them ...

What'd you think?

For his part, Hamilton said he's enjoying second base, calling it his "second home."

Manager Delino DeShields said the 19-year-old is a bit rough around the edges, but that should soon change.

"He's very athletic," DeShields said. "Billy learns fast. If we get past what it looks like and just look at the results, I think he's going to be fine."


http://billingsgazette.com/sports/baseball/professional/minor/pioneer-league/mustangs/mustangsalley/

GOYA
07-03-2010, 02:38 PM
I'm not worried about his ERA. K/BB is more important to me. Louisville isn't exactly sending Gold Glovers out there every night. At least two of those runs have scored on defensive miscues, and another run scored after Jon Adkins allowed a two out hit. The one run he allowed last night came via two groundball singles.

As a reliever, Chapman has a very low 11.1% LD rate and a 50% groundball rate to go along with a 2.45 BB/9 and 13.5 K/9. His ERA shouldn't be anywhere close to what it is.

You disregard his wild pitches and hit batsmen. The blame for Chapman's ERA falls squarely on Chapman. If you want to put any blame on Adkins, you have to consider why he replaced Chapman with runners on.

OnBaseMachine
07-03-2010, 04:21 PM
You disregard his wild pitches and hit batsmen. The blame for Chapman's ERA falls squarely on Chapman. If you want to put any blame on Adkins, you have to consider why he replaced Chapman with runners on.

Not all of it. You can't blame him for bad defense and groundballs finding holes.

GIDP
07-03-2010, 04:21 PM
Its also been 6 innings so having 1 bad inning really screws up the 5 others.

GOYA
07-03-2010, 05:14 PM
Not all of it. You can't blame him for bad defense and groundballs finding holes.

Yes I can. It happens to every pitcher. Just like good defense helps every pitcher. And with most pitchers, a runner on 1st because his groundball found a hole doesn't end up at 3rd because of a hit batter and a wild pitch.

Mario-Rijo
07-03-2010, 05:49 PM
"He's very athletic," DeShields said. "Billy learns fast. If we get past what it looks like and just look at the results, I think he's going to be fine."

Hmm, sounds like the kid likes to look good 1st and make the play second. Not a bad thing if you can decide you don't look good if you don't make the play.

Redmachine2003
07-03-2010, 05:56 PM
Its also been 6 innings so having 1 bad inning really screws up the 5 others.
It was the same with starts he had what two really bad starts out of his 13 starts.
Not all of it. You can't blame him for bad defense and groundballs finding holes.Same thing with starts bad defense did help him either.
Now on his strike outs from the pen that can be mis leading because if he is not face the 3-4-5 hitters or the best hitters in the line up on a regular bases it is alot easier to strike out the 7-8-9 hitters.