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texasdave
09-06-2012, 09:07 PM
18-year old Sal Romano will take the mound for Billings in a do-or-don't season finale. The Osprey counter with 60's folk-rocker Donovan's favorite ballplayer, Ross Hurdy Gerdeman. Game starts shortly. Going to get the dog-walking duties out of the way early tonight. I see Mace can't be trusted to hold a lead for three innings. ;)

texasdave
09-06-2012, 09:43 PM
Missoula jumps out to a 2-run lead in the bottom of the first. A walk, a bunt single and two ground ball singles delivered the damage. Billings has a double by Carlos Sanchez in two go-arounds. Bottom of the second.
Romano strikes out the first batter in the second. Mustang Sal strikes out the second batter he faces. Back to the top of the order and Ruiz walks for the second time in two innings. Runner on first with two down. A warning track fly hauled in by Amaral. On to the third. Gotta get those bats going. 2-0 Osprey.

texasdave
09-06-2012, 09:53 PM
Top of the third. Brandon Dailey with a leadoff double. Murillo strikes out. One down. Just the same as any other out. Do not think otherwise. I am off the soapbox. Ground ball by Amaral moves Dailey to third. Two outs. For the second straight inning the Mustangs have a runner on third with two down. Lost my internet connection for a minute there and they are now playing commercials. Not a good sign. I am going with three outs and the run did not score. It turns out that Vincej hit one up the middle and it took a fine play to gun him down at first.

Bottom of the third. Ground ball fielded by Dailey in short right. Flip to first. One down. Another grounder to second. Two down. Mejias-Brean is playing in and a high hopper goes over his head. Runner on first. Sal Romano picks off the runner. 2-0 after three.

texasdave
09-06-2012, 10:06 PM
Top of the fourth. I love this Billings' announcer.
Wunderkind Jesse Winker lines a single to right to open up the Mustangs fourth. Slow roller off the bat of Mejias-Brean to second moves Winker into scoring position with one out. Tapper back to the mound and they get Winker in a rundown. He stays in it long enough for Sanchez to move into second. Pigott lines a single to right. Sanchez gets a poor break, runs through the stop sign, luckily falls down and scrambles back to third. Wild pitch. Woohoo. A gift. 2-1 as Sanchez scores and Pigott goes to second. The catcher could not locate the baseball as the pitcher had to retrieve the ball up the first base line. Lentz lines to left but Mustangs cut the deficit in half. 2-1.

Bottom of the fourth.
Bouncer to the mound. One down. Line single to left. Line single that almost undressed Romano. 1st and 2nd. Fossas out to the mound. Probably telling Romano to throw more cheese. Grounder to first. Romano late off the mound. Bases juiced. Ball hit to the right side the pitcher covers. How hard can that be? They teach that in Little League. Off my soapbox again. Broken-bat single that just clears the second baseman. Two runs are plated. 4-1. Osprey dinking and dunking the Mustangs to death. Sac fly makes it 5-1. HBP. Romano heading to the shower. I didn't catch the reliever's name. Ground ball to Dailey ends this fourth-inning garbage. 5-1 Missoula.

Tuff Nut
09-06-2012, 10:18 PM
Dave, you gonna do it all tonite?.......Your lapse last nite cost us.......lol..........Go 'stangs.

mace
09-06-2012, 10:35 PM
Sorry, dave. Watching the Bearcats get it done. Mustangs, not so much.

I agree that the Billings announcer is pretty darn good. Get the man some runs.

texasdave
09-06-2012, 10:36 PM
Dave, you gonna do it all tonite?.......Your lapse last nite cost us.......lol..........Go 'stangs.

I should take a couple-inning break. Can't hurt. :)
Gonna watch the Bearcats for awhile.
Someone get the Mustangs some runs please.

Tuff Nut
09-06-2012, 10:54 PM
I should take a couple-inning break. Can't hurt. :)
Gonna watch the Bearcats for awhile.
Someone get the Mustangs some runs please.
Ya know I was just messin'(heck no, you don't get no break....get back to work..........SLACKER.......:laugh:)
You, and others do a fine job with these updates...........look forward to them every night, during the season. Can't see how ya keep up with all of them. and the Reds too.( Ya got more spare time than I do) Or no wife.......:lol:

mace
09-06-2012, 11:59 PM
The Mighty Osprey tacked on one in the bottom of the seventh to extend the lead to 8-4. The Billings pitcher (Jesus Adames), pitching coach (Tony Fossas) and announcer all agreed that Adames was getting jobbed on the balls and strikes, which led to three walks. Adames was ejected as he left the mound at the end of the inning, which came to a close when Beau Amaral tracked down a fly at the center-field wall with the bases loaded.

Winker has two hits and Vincej brought home two with a double.

mace
09-07-2012, 12:01 AM
Mejias-Brean homers off the LF foul pole to open the eighth. 8-5. Announcer says, "There was no call to make there for home plate umpire Sean Allen, who has struggled at times with fair and foul calls."

mace
09-07-2012, 12:16 AM
Billings strands the bases loaded in the top of the eighth. Still 8-5 going into the bottom.

I'll hand it off here . . .

mace
09-07-2012, 10:45 AM
And, if anybody's still interested, 8-5 was the final. Pretty stinko way for Billings to end a good season. That Wednesday night loss was pretty brutal.

The Mustangs did put on a couple baserunners in the 9th, the first on Jesse Winker's third hit of the night. He finished his first pro season at .338 (.443 OBP). I suspect he will place high on our Top 40 (or 50?) list this offseason . . . So should Drew Cisco, whose performance Wednesday night was very impressive.

klw
09-07-2012, 12:28 PM
The Mustangs did put on a couple baserunners in the 9th, the first on Jesse Winker's third hit of the night. He finished his first pro season at .338 (.443 OBP). I suspect he will place high on our Top 40 (or 50?) list this offseason . . . So should Drew Cisco, whose performance Wednesday night was very impressive.

MLB.com just did a ranking and put Winker at 14 in a Reds top 20.

Scrap Irony
09-07-2012, 03:20 PM
MLB.com just did a ranking and put Winker at 14 in a Reds top 20.

That may be a little low, but, remember, he's doing this in the Pioneer League. That's a long way from the majors.

Benihana
09-08-2012, 09:07 AM
Winker is undoubtedly one of the Top 10 prospects in the Reds system at this point. You could make a case for him as high as 5 or 6.

I could see his bat projecting similarly to Todd Frazier, which is a much higher compliment than it was a year ago.

Scrap Irony
09-08-2012, 11:44 AM
Winker is undoubtedly one of the Top 10 prospects in the Reds system at this point. You could make a case for him as high as 5 or 6.

I could see his bat projecting similarly to Todd Frazier, which is a much higher compliment than it was a year ago.

I think you could make a long, long list of guys who could be 5 or 6 in the Red minor league pipeline.

In AAA, Gregorius, Henry Rodriguez, and Neftali Soto all could make that claim. All are young for the level and have tools that profile as plus. While none have had success at that level, all three are still young enough to become regulars at the major league level. They've all also gone through the growing pains of prospect-dom.

In AA, you got Lotzkar, Sharky Rogers, Ryan LaMarre. Both Lotzkar and Rogers have ceilings of MOR starters and should end up at least major league relievers. LaMarre plays a good CF and is a leadoff hitter with good obp and speed. Scouts insist he'll eventually find enough power to play.

In High-A, you could make the case for Ryan Wright, who also plays a premium position and hits with power.

At Dayton, you've got Drew Waldrop, who's already done the Pioneer thing and did very, very well there. He's young, too, and has a year of projection and production on Winker. You've also got Ishmael Guillon, who's young, LH, and projectable, with nice numbers as a pitcher.

In Arizona, you've got Nick Travieso, the number one pick.

If I were to quibble, I'd say Winker deserves the fifth spot based on ceiling, but it's not like he's a sure thing. There's someting to be said for completing levels. Winker's well ahead of schedule, that much is undeniable. So was Yorman Rodriguez two years ago.

Right now, ballpark guess, as to my Top Ten:
1. Hamilton
2. Stephenson
3. Cingrani
4. Corcino
5. Winker
6. Travieso
7. Guillon
8. K. Waldrop
9. Gregorius
10. H. Rodriguez
11. Lotzkar
12. Soto
13. Y. Rodriguez
14. LaMarre
15. Barnhart
16. Vidal
17. B. Smith
18. T. Rahier
19. Vincej
20. S. Selsky

Honorable mention include:
-- D. Cisco
-- J. Perez
-- D. Lutz
-- S. Mejias-Bream
-- J. Gelalich
-- G. Rosa
-- R. Wright
-- B. Greene
-- J. Silva
-- S. Buckley
-- J. Moscot
-- A. Chacin
-- S. Romano
-- J. Allen
-- T. Bowe

Edd Roush
09-08-2012, 06:25 PM
I think you could make a long, long list of guys who could be 5 or 6 in the Red minor league pipeline.

In AAA, Gregorius, Henry Rodriguez, and Neftali Soto all could make that claim. All are young for the level and have tools that profile as plus. While none have had success at that level, all three are still young enough to become regulars at the major league level. They've all also gone through the growing pains of prospect-dom.

In AA, you got Lotzkar, Sharky Rogers, Ryan LaMarre. Both Lotzkar and Rogers have ceilings of MOR starters and should end up at least major league relievers. LaMarre plays a good CF and is a leadoff hitter with good obp and speed. Scouts insist he'll eventually find enough power to play.

In High-A, you could make the case for Ryan Wright, who also plays a premium position and hits with power.

At Dayton, you've got Drew Waldrop, who's already done the Pioneer thing and did very, very well there. He's young, too, and has a year of projection and production on Winker. You've also got Ishmael Guillon, who's young, LH, and projectable, with nice numbers as a pitcher.

In Arizona, you've got Nick Travieso, the number one pick.

If I were to quibble, I'd say Winker deserves the fifth spot based on ceiling, but it's not like he's a sure thing. There's someting to be said for completing levels. Winker's well ahead of schedule, that much is undeniable. So was Yorman Rodriguez two years ago.

Right now, ballpark guess, as to my Top Ten:
1. Hamilton
2. Stephenson
3. Cingrani
4. Corcino
5. Winker
6. Travieso
7. Guillon
8. K. Waldrop
9. Gregorius
10. H. Rodriguez
11. Lotzkar
12. Soto
13. Y. Rodriguez
14. LaMarre
15. Barnhart
16. Vidal
17. B. Smith
18. T. Rahier
19. Vincej
20. S. Selsky

Honorable mention include:
-- D. Cisco
-- J. Perez
-- D. Lutz
-- S. Mejias-Bream
-- J. Gelalich
-- G. Rosa
-- R. Wright
-- B. Greene
-- J. Silva
-- S. Buckley
-- J. Moscot
-- A. Chacin
-- S. Romano
-- J. Allen
-- T. Bowe

Great post, Scrap. Without doing too much research, I think my rankings will largely replicate what you have here. Winker does have very exciting upside and results to this point. However, you do bring up a good cautionary tale of Yorman Rodriguez who had both of those things two years ago and whose status has really stalled out over the past couple years.

dougdirt
09-08-2012, 07:11 PM
Great post, Scrap. Without doing too much research, I think my rankings will largely replicate what you have here. Winker does have very exciting upside and results to this point. However, you do bring up a good cautionary tale of Yorman Rodriguez who had both of those things two years ago and whose status has really stalled out over the past couple years.

Yorman Rodriguez had a similar slash line, but his peripherals weren't in the same state as Winker.

kaldaniels
09-08-2012, 11:18 PM
I ask this twice a year it seems...time to write off (for all intended purposes) Juan Duran?

camisadelgolf
09-09-2012, 12:23 AM
I ask this twice a year it seems...time to write off (for all intended purposes) Juan Duran?
You never write off a 21-year-old with his kind of potential. Had he repeated Dayton, there's a good chance he would've put up some monster numbers, which would've made everyone very excited. But you're right--time is going against him. If I were to make a bet, I'd certainly bet against him, but I'm not going to rule things working out for him completely.