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    Sunday, August 3: Mike Dennhardt, , Bakersfield . . . 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K. Perhaps the Boston College product has found something. After a mostly forgettable season, primarily in relief, he has reeled off three excellent, 7-inning starts in a row, allowing only 4 runs total.

    Also notable on a day involving only four games . . .

    Thomas Neal, Lou: 4-6, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI.

    Rey Navarro, Lou: 3-5, 3 BB, 2 R. Second straight 3-hit day at SS. Now batting .326 in Triple-A, with a .377 OBP.

    Jon Matthews, Day: 3-4, SB (18). Hitting a combined .342, with a .419 OBP, at two stops.

    Tanner Rahier, Day: 2-4, R. Gotta like this young fella's learning curve.

    Juan Perez, Bake: 1-3, HR (11), 2 R, 2 RBI.

    Robert Stephenson, Pen: 6 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K.

    Jacob Johnson, Bake: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.

    Josh Smith, Lou: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.

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    Monday, August 4: Scott Diamond, Louisville . . . 7 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. The 28-year-old former Twin, a soft-tossing lefty from Ontario, has pitched well in 3 of his 4 starts since being signed last month. His Louisville ERA dropped to 2.96 over 27.1 innings. On this occasion, Diamond shut down the team with which he started the season (and pitched poorly).

    Also notable on a night when the pitching continued to outpace the hitting (and it's not really close) . . .

    Pitchers

    Nick Travieso, Day: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 K, 2 BB. The former first-rounder has put up four good starts in a row, lowering his ERA to 3.39.

    Michael Lorenzen, Pen: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K. ERA 2.56. As a relatively inexperienced pitcher, his conversion to starting has been profoundly impressive.

    Tyler Mahle, Bill: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K.

    Franklin Montilla, DSL Reds: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. The Reds, winners of 5 straight, continue to string together strong starts.

    Jairo Martinez, DSL Reds: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, Sv (3). The lefty is on his third tour in the DSL.

    Joel Bender, Day: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Second straight 3-inning, scoreless, 4-K performance for the big lefty.

    Zack Weiss, Day: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

    Soid Marquez, Bill: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.

    Michael Sullivan, AZL: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. The lefty was drafted in the 29th round out of Gloucester County College, a juco in Jersey. That would not portend an 0.87 ERA with 17 K in 10.1 IP.

    Jake Paulson, AZL: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Round 27, Oakland.

    Hitters

    Gavin LaValley, AZL: 1-2, HR (4), 2 BB, 3 RBI. The Big Valley (round 4) delivered a walkoff walk in the 10th.

    Narciso Crook, AZL: 1-2, 2 BB, R, SB (8).

    Aristides Aquino, Bill: 2-5, HR (13), 2 RBI. Walkoff single in 9th.

    Kevin Franklin, Bill: 2-4, HR (3), SB (2). Trending upward. Now batting cleanup and playing 1B.

    Cory Thompson, Bill: 2-5, 2B, 2 R.

    Bryan Anderson, Lou: 3-4, 2B, 2 R. The 27-year-old, left-swinging catcher has a .933 OPS at two levels this year.

    Jake Elmore, Lou: 2-4, R. Newbie played SS.

    Jason Bourgeois, Lou: 2-5, 2B, R.

    Yorman, Pen: 2-5, 2B, 3B, R.

    Ryan Wright, Pen: 1-2, 2 BB, R, RBI.

    Nick Benedetto, Day: 2-5, 2B, R.

    Michael Beltre, Rojos: 3-4.
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    Minor League Player of the Day for August 5th, 2014
    Dylan Axelrod: 9IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
    On a night where every starter but one made the list (Constante actually started but went only 2, then Boyles went 5.1) Axelrod was the best. He brought it on a night where Louisville and Rochester had a combined 12 baserunners. The 29 year old from UC Irvine is sporting a 2.60 ERA since being acquired from the White Sox.

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    Thomas Neal: 1-2, 2BB CS(1)

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    Bakersfield
    Zach Vincej: 2-3, 3B, RBI, BB

    Jeff Gelalich: 2-4, 2R, HR(5), 2RBI

    Sean Buckley: 2-4, R, 2B, RBI CS(4)

    Marquez Smith: 2-4, R, HR(22), 3RBI (101)

    Juan Perez: 2-4, 2 2B

    Sebastian Elizalde: 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR(7), RBI

    Daniel Wright: 7IP, 3H, 2ER, 0BB, 5K

    Dayton Dragons
    Jackson Stephens: 5IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 3K

    Nolan Becker: 3!P, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K

    Billings
    Taylor Sparks: 1-3, 3B, R, RBI, BB

    Alberti Chavez: 2-4, R

    Luke Moran: 5IP, 7H, 2ER, 0BB, 4K

    Brian Hunter: 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K

    AZL Reds
    Jose Siri: 2-4, 2B, 2R

    Narcisco Crook: 2-3, R, 3B, RBI, BB SB(9)

    Ty Boyles: 5.1!P, 3H, ER, 0BB, 5K

    DSL Reds They scored 14 runs in a game where they had 9 hits and 8 walks
    Derik Capitillo: 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

    Leandro Santana: 0-1, 3R, 3BB, SB(6)

    Alfredo Meno: 5IP, 7H, R, 0ER, BB, K

    Marcos Encarnacion: 3IP, 3H, ER, 2BB, 7K

    DSL Rojos
    Michael Beltre: 2-4, R, 2B
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    Re: Minor-League Player of the Day (2014)

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    Bryan Anderson, Lou: 3-4, 2B, 2 R. The 27-year-old, left-swinging catcher has a .933 OPS at two levels this year.
    I think I've mentioned this before, but he's about to leap over Barnhart on the depth chart. Unless his defense is crap. Anyone know?
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    Anderson is a kind of puzzling prospect. He hit really, really well for several years and was the Cards minor league POY in 2010. His pct of runners caught and RF were both exellent through 2011. Then in 2012 and 2013 it was like his bat simply disappeared. He had already hit well at AAA from 2009 thru 2011 so it wasn't as if he was promoted over his head. His percent of runners caught dramatically dropped, too. From high 20s and 30s to just mid teens. This year the bat has re-emerged. It makes me wonder if he was injured or struggled with a lingering hammy or something. Couldn't find anything about that. But, the bat is nothing new for him - he had some very good seasons before. Rossmel Perez is another catcher having a good year but, unlike Anderson, little in Perez' history suggests that may be a sustainable trend.
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    Wednesday, August 6: Mark Armstrong, AZL Reds . . . 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. It's the first MiLPOD selection for last year's 3rd-round pick out of a New York high school. In his first actual season (last year he worked only 3 innings), the 19-year-old righthander has fanned 41 in 41.2 IP, with a 1.200 WHIP.

    Also notable on a night when Amir Garrett continued to be the hottest pitcher in the organization . . .

    Hitters

    Juan Duran, Pen: 3-3, 3 2B, 2 R, RBI. He does offer glimpses.

    Zach Vincej, Bake: 4-4, 2B, 2 R. The night before, the SS was 2-3.

    Marquez Smith, Bake: 3-6, 3B, BB, 4 RBI. This was for both games of the doubleheader, and put his absurd RBI total at 110.

    Chadwick Tromp, AZL: 3-4, 2 2B, R, RBI. The catcher is slugging .512.

    Hector Vargas, AZL: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI. Talented SS batting .333.

    Narciso Crook, AZL: 2-5, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI. The radar has picked up this Jersey kid from out of nowhere.

    Jose Siri, AZL: 2-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R.

    Gavin LaValley, AZL: 1-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI. Top-15 prospect in the organization, perhaps?

    Shane Mardirosian, AZL: 1-3, BB, R, RBI, SB (2).

    Miguel Mendez, AZL: 0-1, BB. Eureka! Been wondering all year where this guy was. Must have been hurt. The 2B cracked the box score as a pinch-hitter and DH.

    Taylor Sparks, Bill: HR (6), BB.

    Ernesto Liberatore, Rojos: 2-3, 2B, R. An 18-yo catcher from Venezuela.

    Valentin Martinez, DSL Reds: 2-4, 2B, R.

    Ronald Bueno, Day: 2-3, BB, R.

    Alex Blandino, Day: 2-3, BB.

    Robert Ramirez, Day: 2-4, 2B, RBI.

    Brent Peterson, Bake: 2-3.

    Beau Amaral, Bake: HR (3).

    Sean Buckley, Bake: 1-3, HR (8), BB, 3 RBI.

    Pitchers

    Amir Garrett, Day: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Two straight scoreless outings. Eight straight allowing two runs or less. A 1.82 ERA in 11 starts dating back to June 11, with an OBP-against of .237.

    Layne Somsen, Bake: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K. First start for the Blaze.

    Jefry Sierra, Bill: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.

    Yean Paredes, DSL Reds: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. An 18-yo, rookie lefthander.

    Alexander Perez, Rojos: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. A 19-yo righty.

    Ryan Kemp, Bake: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.

    Nick Howard, Day: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.

    Alejandro Chacin, Day: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, Sv (16). Stranded 4 runners while closing out the 1-0 victory. ERA 2.18.
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    Juan Duran is 2.5 years younger than the weighted average age for a AA Southern League player. Yet he's hitting .752 OPS.

    Always have believed folks were giving up too quickly on him. He may just be a DH in a trade, but he's showing something. And has that exceptional power that someday could give him a real boost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Juan Duran is 2.5 years younger than the weighted average age for a AA Southern League player. Yet he's hitting .752 OPS.

    Always have believed folks were giving up too quickly on him. He may just be a DH in a trade, but he's showing something. And has that exceptional power that someday could give him a real boost.
    The Reds brass puts an 80 grade on his power. I wonder if he'll repeat AA or move to AAA to develop for like 3 years.
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    I wonder if the Reds will promote Garrett to Bakersfield to get a few starts in before the end of the season.
    Sabermetrics is this: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdccclxix View Post
    The Reds brass puts an 80 grade on his power. I wonder if he'll repeat AA or move to AAA to develop for like 3 years.
    Not sure they have 3 years.

    Duran and Yorman R are on the forty man roster, so they have to use an option every year they are sent down. Will eventually run out of options.

    Reds will push these guys along, trade them, or figure out a way to get them off the major league roster. Can't just indefinitely option them to the minors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Not sure they have 3 years.

    Duran and Yorman R are on the forty man roster, so they have to use an option every year they are sent down. Will eventually run out of options.

    Reds will push these guys along, trade them, or figure out a way to get them off the major league roster. Can't just indefinitely option them to the minors.
    And that's the nub of the problem for YRod and DUran - time. I think both will eventually get to the majors, whether starter or bench, who knows? But the Reds may not be the beneficiary, except via trade returns.
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    Do people think that the option rules really hurt guys like this that were signed at age 16 and take a long time to develop their skills? One could argue that's why players like Wily Mo and Balentien never fully reached their potential.
    Sabermetrics is this: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.

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    Thursday, August 7: Daniel Corcino, Pensacola . . . 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. He can still look sharp from time to time. It was Corcino's second strong start in a row--this one in spite of inducing only two ground balls in his 98 pitches.

    Also notable on a night in which Dayton was postponed and Marquez Smith drove in couple of runs blindfolded (well, he could have) . . .

    Hitters

    Felix Perez, Lou: 4-4, 2B. Unfortunately, he had half of his team's hits.

    Bryan Anderson, Lou: pinch 2B.

    Juan Perez, Bake: 3-5, 2B, R, RBI, SB (10).

    Sean Buckley, Bake: 2-4, 2B, HR (12), 2 R, 3 RBI. After a slow start in Dayton, is slugging .572 for Bakersfield.

    Marquez Smith, Bake: 1-2, HR (24), 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI. Batting .330 for the Blaze, .315 overall. RBI total now at 112. In spite of his advantages (29, Cal League), doesn't this guy have to be the organizational hitter of the year?

    Sammy Diaz, Bake: 2-5, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI.

    Seth Mejias-Brean, Pen: 2-3, BB.

    Ryan Wright, Pen: 1-2, R, RBI.

    Gavin LaValley, AZL: 2-4, 2 2B. Slugging .515 in his first 132 ABs as a pro.

    Paul Kronefield, AZL: 2-4, 2B, RBI.

    Hector Vargas, AZL: 2-4, R. Hitting .340 out of the SS position.

    Reydel Medina, AZL: HR (5).

    Jimmy Pickens, Bill: 2-4, 2B, R. Round 15, Sparty.

    Kevin Franklin, Bill: 2-5, 2B.

    Josciel Veras, Bill: 1-2, BB, SB (4). Round 30, Cumberland U.

    Ty Washington, Bill: 1-3, 2 BB, R.

    Luis Hernandez, Rojos: 2-4, 3B, HR (1), 2 RBI. Which reminds me--whatever happened to that center fielder, Jose Fernandez, who played so well last year in the AZL?

    Anthony Rubicondo, Rojos: 2-5, 3B, 2 R, RBI.

    Pitchers

    Gregory Reinoso, Rojos: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K. An 18-year-old lefty with a 2.77 ERA.

    Hernando Guzman, Rojos: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. An 18-yo righty from Panama.

    Pedro Damian, DSL Reds: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K. ERA 1.90.

    Alfredo Mateo, DSL Reds: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Came over from the Rojos. Is that allowed?

    Sean Lucas, Bake: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. That'll get your attention.

    Juan Martinez, AZL: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. The bad news--he's 22. The good news--he's left-handed and has 40 K in 36.1 IP.

    Jose Williams, Bill: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.

    Fabian Roman, Bill: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. His back's to the wall, because it's unlikely the Reds will keep three pitchers named Fabian for another year. Unheard of.
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    Re: Minor-League Player of the Day (2014)

    Marquez Smith, Bake: 1-2, HR (24), 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI. Batting .330 for the Blaze, .315 overall. RBI total now at 112. In spite of his advantages (29, Cal League), doesn't this guy have to be the organizational hitter of the year?
    Good test case as to whether prospecthood is a factor. The other guy I wonder about is Rey Navarro -- has had a very solid AA-AAA season.
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    Friday, August 8: Jon Moscot, Pensacola . . . 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. The pride of Pepperdine (Redszone prospect #11) has yielded just one run in his past two starts, bringing his ERA down to 3.14. Moscot's selection marks the 7th straight pitcher to grab the coveted MiLPOD laurel.

    Also notable on a night in which the Dragons took a pair of one-run affairs . . .

    Ruben Gotay, Lou: 3-6, HR (17), 2 RBI.

    Argenis Aldazoro, Bill: 2-3, HR (3), 3 RBI. Left-handed Venezuelan, batting .301, pushed his OPS to .801.

    Wyatt Strahan, Bill: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Third-rounder out of USC.

    Seth Varner, Bill: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Lefty from Miami U.

    Hector Vargas, AZL: 1-3, HR (1). Dominican SS, 19, sports an .871 OPS.

    Jake Paulson, AZL: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Tall righty came in round 27 from Oakland U.

    Dan Langfield, Day: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K. That's 79 K in 58.1 IP.

    Robert Ramirez, Day: 2-4, 3B, R, RBI.

    Alex Blandino, Day: 3 RBI.

    Seth Mejias-Brean, Pen: 2-4, HR (14), 2 RBI.

    Beau Amaral, Pen: 2-5, HR (4).

    Daniel Jimenez, Rojos: 4-5, 2 R, SB (8). An 18-year-old OF from Venezuela.

    Yoel De Jesus, Rojos: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K.

    Alexander Perez, DSL Reds: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.
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