Re: Minor-League Player of the Day
Wednesday, May 22: Jesse Winker, Dayton. There are plenty of uncertainties in the Reds' minor-league system, but none of them involves Jesse Winker's ability to hit the baseball. Since April 19, after a slow start in his first dozen games, the 19-year-old Floridian has whacked the ball at a clip of .382/.479/.667/1.146. Last night, his second hit was a two-run, eighth-inning, tie-breaking HR that carried the Dragons to a 6-4 victory over West Michigan. It was his seventh.
Also notable (with Dayton being the only affiliate that played) . . .
Seth Mejias-Brean: 2-4, 2B. He's hitting .395 in his last 11 games.
Alejandro Chacin: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. His last five games . . . 7.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 13 K.
"Give me the mace and I'll drive the pumpkin down Whitey Ford's throat." -- Ping Bodie, when asked in 1960 whether he could have hit contemporary pitchers.