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GOYA
08-11-2011, 06:31 PM
Bats @ Hens

Negron 6
Valaika 4
Francisco 5
Phipps DH
Hermida 9
Mesoraco 2
Dorn 3
Cook 7
Perez 8
Reineke 1

Blitz Dorsey
08-11-2011, 06:47 PM
Bats @ Hens

Negron 6
Valaika 4
Francisco 5
Phipps DH
Hermida 9
Mesoraco 2
Dorn 3
Cook 7
Perez 8
Reineke 1

I know it really doesn't matter in the grand scheme, but I don't like the idea of Mes batting sixth. He's our best prospect and the No. 1 catching prospect in all of MLB. He should be batting somewhere between 3-5 for Louisville IMO. It's a confidence thing. I realize Phipps is on fire, but how about rewarding Mes for the good overall season he's had and bat him in the cleanup spot? I just don't get batting him sixth. He needs the most ABs he can get. Bat him third if you need to, but not sixth. Negron should not be leading off. Just have Valaika leadoff and move everyone up a spot. Or put Phipps in the two hole.

OK, I just spent waaaaaay too much time dissecting a AAA lineup. :D

GOYA
08-11-2011, 06:59 PM
Do you see Mesoraco batting 4th in Cincinnati? I don't. Not that he couldn't. But I can see him in the 6 hole.

GOYA
08-11-2011, 07:27 PM
Negron walked and Valaika doubled him in to start the first. Next 3 batters K'ed.

1-0 Bats now in the 2nd

GOYA
08-11-2011, 07:45 PM
4-0 Bats in the 3rd after a Hermida HR. Francisco and Phipps had singled in front of him.

HokieRed
08-11-2011, 07:47 PM
Is Valaika starting to hit the ball just a little bit better?

Blitz Dorsey
08-11-2011, 08:38 PM
Do you see Mesoraco batting 4th in Cincinnati? I don't. Not that he couldn't. But I can see him in the 6 hole.

Perhaps eventually in MLB he can be a cleanup hitter (more likely fifth hitter) but yes I think he will start out batting sixth or lower. They will ease him in. The point is that if Mesoraco is the best player in your system, he should not be batting sixth at Triple-A IMO. Build the kid's confidence up even more. Tell him "You're our cleanup hitter while you're down here." That's what a player of his ilk deserves IMO. My lineup would have been Valaika, Phipps, Francisco, Mesoraco, Hermida, Dorn ... and then go from there.

Blitz Dorsey
08-11-2011, 08:40 PM
Is Valaika starting to hit the ball just a little bit better?

Well, there was nowhere to go but up, but yes. He's slowly turned this into just a "bad" season for him. It was "atrocious" until the last month or so.

kfm
08-11-2011, 08:53 PM
I know it really doesn't matter in the grand scheme, but I don't like the idea of Mes batting sixth. He's our best prospect and the No. 1 catching prospect in all of MLB. He should be batting somewhere between 3-5 for Louisville IMO. It's a confidence thing. I realize Phipps is on fire, but how about rewarding Mes for the good overall season he's had and bat him in the cleanup spot? I just don't get batting him sixth. He needs the most ABs he can get. Bat him third if you need to, but not sixth. Negron should not be leading off. Just have Valaika leadoff and move everyone up a spot. Or put Phipps in the two hole.

OK, I just spent waaaaaay too much time dissecting a AAA lineup. :D

If Dusty made this lineup, oh boy would he get destroyed. I don't get why he is batting sixth either. I could see him batting in between Votto and Bruce eventually, but isn't it about getting him more at bats to get him ready for the big leagues.

GOYA
08-11-2011, 09:02 PM
Hens get 2 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th and lead 5-4.

Felix Perez out with an ankle.

GOYA
08-11-2011, 09:47 PM
Francisco knocked in Valaika to tie it in the 7th. Tied 5-5 now in the bottom of the 9th.

Valaika, Francisco and Phipps are all 2 for 4. Valaika's are both doubles.

Now going to extras in Toledo.

GOYA
08-11-2011, 10:25 PM
Bats lost 6-5 in 11.

texasdave
08-11-2011, 10:30 PM
Mud Hens in 11. 6-5.

texasdave
08-11-2011, 10:32 PM
Mudcats fall 6-4. Gregorius 2-3 with a walk and a blast.

texasdave
08-11-2011, 10:34 PM
Dayton prevails Duran hit his 12th and Vidal his 17th.

mace
08-11-2011, 10:46 PM
Gabriel Rosa was 3-4 with a double today as the AZL Reds won 7-4.

mace
08-11-2011, 10:49 PM
Mudcats fall 6-4. Gregorius 2-3 with a walk and a blast.

Gregorius is severely impressing. It's only 50 AB in AA, but what we have here is a speedy, good-field, 21-year-old shortstop hitting over .300 at two levels this year.

mace
08-11-2011, 10:52 PM
With Guillon on the mound, your Billings Mustangs did not get the supreme starting pitching performance they've received the past four nights (all scoreless). But they apparently won't need it, leading 9-4 after four. Maddox, Buckley (of course) and Waldrop (starting to love me some Waldrop) have all homered. Buckley and Maddox, in fact, are 5-5 between them.

Incidentally, Billings now leads the Pioneer League in ERA.

mace
08-11-2011, 11:59 PM
Waldrop, 3-5 tonight, is now at .278 with an OPS well over .750. Doing OK for a 19-year-old in the Pioneer League.

Billings won 10-6. The Mustangs have become a nice team to follow.

corkedbat
08-12-2011, 12:23 AM
Gregorius is severely impressing. It's only 50 AB in AA, but what we have here is a speedy, good-field, 21-year-old shortstop hitting over .300 at two levels this year.

Cozart and Gregorius could be a very nice duo at SS for the Reds in a year or two.