Things aren’t improving in Louisville yet. Not sure whether to tell you to watch closely… or not. Depends on how much time and optimist energy you have. Pensacola had a rough schedule against some really good pitchers, but held their own within reason. Bakersfield was blasted routinely at the launching pad in Lancaster in 2011, but swept a three-game set there in 2012. They were the only one of the four clubs to have a winning week- and they remain the only one of the four clubs with a winning record on the year. Dayton cratered (losing six of seven). They went most of the week without getting more than five or six hits in a game. Somehow, they aren’t the worst-hitting squad in the MWL- Clinton (SEA) is four points worse in batting average (.219 to .223). However, the LumberKings (snerk) have scored one more run than the Dragons due to their hitting four more home runs. Dayton does at least have the fourth-best ERA (3.18) in the 16-team circuit despite allowing the most homers (26) of any team.

AAA Louisville Bats

Record this week: 2-5.

Overall: 11-23. Last.

5/3: 1B Neftali Soto socked his third homer in the top of the eleventh in Durham (TB), paving the way for Travis Webb (W 2-1, 4.97, 2 IP, 3 K) and Nick Christiani (0.1 IP, save #1) to close out a 4-3 win. The Bats snapped a four-game losing streak. CF Denis Phipps also homered (#3) and DH Bill Rhinehart had three hits (.241, 2B, RBI). Louisville was still 1-for-11 with men in scoring position. Starter Sean Gallagher pitched quite well (6.52, 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 96 pitches/59 strikes).

5/4: Bullpen Day to close out the four-game set in Durham, with Ron Mahay acquitting himself well (3.57, 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) but Scott Carroll taking a beating (L 1-2, 7.94, 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER). Bulls win it 7-1 to take three of four for the series. SS Kris Negron (.235) and LF Danny Dorn (.217) each had two hits for Louisville.

5/5: The Bats road trip continues in Indianapolis (PIT), and left-hander Jeff Locke had no problem handing Louisville its sixth loss in seven with seven innings of shutout ball. The Indians got to Chad Reineke for all four of the game’s runs in the first two innings (L 1-1, 4.13, 5 IP, 10 H, 4 ER).

5/6: Seven of eight, 4-2. Brett Tomko settled down to turn in a quality start after serving up two in the first (3.41, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 95 pitches/66 strikes) and departed a tie game, but the Indians jumped on Josh Judy (L 1-2, 3.86, 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) for the tiebreakers in the eighth. Soto (.256) and 2B Chris Valaika, fighting a terrible slump after a fast start (.212, R, 2B, RBI) each had two hits.

5/7: Eight of nine, 4-2. This time the Bats were back home against Norfolk (BAL). Jeff Francis was very hittable against a fairly uninspiring-even-for-AAA lineup (L 2-4, 4.15, 7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 96 pitches/67 strikes). Phipps hit a two-run homer, #4, for both Bats runs. He’s still hitting .165. Rhinehart had three hits, but posted the classis 3-0-3-0 line (.265).

5/8: Sean Gallagher (L 1-3, 6.88, 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR) heads back over the cliff with an assist from Carlos Fisher (2 IP, 2 H, 3 K, but 3-3 IRS) in an easy 11-4 Norfolk win. Nine losses in ten. The Tides pinned a six-spot on Mahay and Jordan Smith (10.13, 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER) to blow the game open in the eighth. 3B Mike Costanzo doubled twice and drove in two (.286).

5/9: Right-hander Pedro Villareal came up from Pensacola to make the start when Andrew Brackman was DL’d; we’ll see if he sticks. He certainly didn’t dominate this Tides lineup, but he threw strikes and survived three unearned runs’ worth of bad defense (W, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 87 pitches/61 strikes) in a monotony-breaking 6-5 Louisville win. Kanekoa Texeira (0.61, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB), Nick Christiani (4.32, 1 IP), Travis Webb (4.40, 0.2 IP, 1 K) and Jordan Smith (save #2) did an excellent job holding Norfolk over the final third. Rhinehart hit homer #2 and Louisville made the best of its opportunities when it had them; 3-for-5 with RISP to help their league-worst .193 figure.

Transactions: 5/3: RHS Andrew Brackman DL’d with a right ankle sprain. 5/7: OF Daryl Jones placed on the DL following eye surgery. RHS Pedro Villareal promoted from Pensacola. C Dioner Navarro activated from the DL. UT Willie Harris outrighted off the 40-man and assigned to Louisville. He had 72 hours to accept the assignment.

Also, the Reds signed RHR Michael Wuertz to a minor-league deal. Wuertz, 33, a slider specialist, pitched very well between 2005 and 2009 with Chicago and Oakland. He started to struggle with injuries in 2010 with the A’s, and then fell apart in ’11 (6.68 ERA). For his career he’s got 444 strikeouts in 414.1 innings pitched and a solid 3.71 ERA. He’s also given up a homer per nine innings as well as 4.3 walks. He hasn’t yet been activated.

Around the minors: Baltimore signed C Chase Weems, who was originally acquired by the Reds from New York for Jerry Hairston Jr. in 2009. Weems spent a year-plus with Dayton and a piece of last year with Bakersfield before Cincinnati released him. He was signed by Colorado in January of this year, but never got an assignment to a Rockies affiliate. The Cubs recalled LHS Travis Wood, who surprisingly didn’t make the Opening Day roster after struggling in spring training. Wood allowed three hits and three runs over six innings in his first Cubs start on 5/6. He had a 5.08 ERA in five starts at AAA Iowa. (Also, in case you haven’t been following it, Dave Sappelt is hitting .223/.287/.327 at Iowa and Ronald Torreyes .187/.260/.264 at High-A Daytona.) Houston recalled RHR Enerio Del Rosario. The 26-year-old Dominican sinkerballer, acquired on waivers from the Reds in 2010, had a 4.58 ERA in 54 Houston appearances last year. He had a 3.14 mark at AAA Oklahoma City pre-callup. The Yankees called up journeyman backup outfielder DeWayne Wise. They also DLed C Craig Tatum (who’s with AAA Empire State). And San Diego signed RHP Kip Wells, the pitching version of DeWayne Wise. Wells had signed with the Diamondbacks earlier but was released again later.

John Sickels makes a note about OF Denis Phipps

*Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Denis Phipps was one of the biggest positive surprises in 2011: he came out of nowhere to hit .346/.397/.527 in 463 at-bats in Double-A and Triple-A, including a stunning .380/.428/.576 mark in 158 at-bats after being promoted to Louisville. Phipps' tools had always been respected, but he'd never hit anything close to that before, and was considered just organization filler until last season. It was an open question whether the season was a good-luck fluke or not. It looks like it was just luck, at least the late-season run at Louisville. Returning to Triple-A in 2012, he's hitting just .167/.238/.311 with four homers, 11 walks, and 39 strikeouts in 132 at-bats, still showing some pop but with a sharp reversal in his BABIP from last season. If you combine the two Louisville samples, you get 73 games with a .283/.341/.455 line, 24 walks and 80 strikeouts in 290 at-bats. That's not terrible, but it's not great coming from a 26-year-old. I really don't think his profile has changed; he's got some tools, but an overaggressive hitting approach limits his offensive upside from what it would otherwise be.”

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

This week: 3-5.

Overall: 15-19, fourth place in the South Division, six games behind Mobile (ARI).

5/3: MAKEUP MADNESS with the Blue Wahoos leading the series 1-0 over the North Division-leading Jackson (SEA). (Remember, all series in the SL are five games.) The Generals boast a scary rotation consisting (for the moment) of major prospects Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, and UK alumnus James Paxton. It was Paxton in game one and Walker in game two of this doubleheader as the BWs countered with Pedro Villareal and Daniel Corcino. Nobody scored for the first few innings of the opener, but the Generals got to Villareal for single runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth. Pensacola couldn’t get much off Paxton- finally chasing him in the sixth with a walk to RF PJ Phillips, an E-4 on a force attempt (aid from ex-Red Eric Campbell, obviously playing the double agent here), a single by CF Ryan LaMarre and a run-scoring hit by 3B Henry Rodriguez (2-for-3, .343). But Paxton’s reliever immediately struck out Joel Guzman and Brodie Greene to end the threat, and 3-1 is how the game ended. Paxton permitted just three hits over 5.1 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.51. Villareal was quality (L 1-2, 3.57, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K). Corcino took the hill for game two coming off back-to-back strong starts- just two earned over 11.2 innings. He was very strong here, too, allowing just three hits and three walks over six shutout frames (W 2-1, 2.61, 4 K, 90 pitches/52 strikes). Walker matched him for five innings, but when Jackson SS Nick Franklin’s E-6 allowed Rodriguez to reach to begin the sixth, the BWs took the opportunity. Josh Fellhauer grounded out to move Rodriguez to second, then Cody Puckett’s grounder got him to third. 2B Brodie Greene then smacked a clutch RBI single to score H-Rod with what would turn out to be the game’s only run! Donnie Joseph hit the first man he faced in the seventh, but he came back to a flyout and two swinging strikeouts to strand that man on second and earn save #5 (still 0.00).

5/4: So after Pensacola fought the 1-2 punch of Paxton and Walker to a draw, you’d figure they’d enjoy seeing a 23rd-round pick the next day like right-hander Brandon Maurer. Not so much. Maurer held the BWs to six hits and a single run over seven innings and the Generals posted a six-spot on Tim Crabbe (L 1-2, 5.72, 4 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) in the second. They’d win easily, 10-2. Mark Serrano fired three shutout (3.68) and Drew Hayes one (5.68, 3 K) but Clayton Tanner retired just one of the six men he faced (4.63, 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER). Greene was 3-for-4 (.262) and LaMarre 1-for-2 with two walks and steal #5 (.272). Guzman kept hitting (2-for-4, RBI, .283).

5/5: After back-to-back outings where he failed to finish five innings, JC Sulbaran dominated the Generals for seven (W 2-3, 4.05, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 91 pitches/67 strikes)! He also had no problem outdueling last year’s #2 overall pick, Danny Hultzen, who gave up just one hit in 4.1 innings but struggled badly with his control, walking seven and firing three wild pitches. Pensacola wins a 4-0 shutout to take the series three games to two. Phillips had the only hit off Hultzen, his first homer of the season, and Puckett hit #3. Justin Freeman followed Sulbaran with two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.20 (1 H, 2 K).

5/6: On to Mississippi to face the Braves (ATL, obviously). Usually all Atlanta farm teams are good, but Mississippi actually trails Pensacola in the standings this time. Anyway, the opener went into twelve innings and featured a very curious managing decision by BWs skipper Jim Riggleman: he asked the hulking slugger Joel Guzman to bunt with two on and nobody out in the top of the twelfth. It worked out, though- a throwing error allowed Didi Gregorius to score what would turn out to be the decisive run in a 4-3 victory. Wirfin Obispo got his first US win (2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K) and Freeman got the final out for save #1. The Pensacola bullpen was excellent aside from Joseph, whose first run allowed of 2012 resulted in a ninth-inning blown save. Interestingly enough, it was a solo homer by the Braves’ Keenan Wiley, who entered the game with just one other pro homer spanning almost five hundred plate appearances. Starter Tim Gustafson worked six (4.38, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). The BWs had fifteen hits but were 1-for-13 with men in scoring position and stranded 12 runners. Rodriguez was 4-for-5 (.358), Gregorius 3-for-6 (.315), and Fellhauer 3-for-6 (2B, .322). Puckett swatted his fourth homer and drove in two.

5/7: This time, it was the home Braves that came out on the right end of a 12-inning extravaganza, 3-2. Lefty Chris Manno (L 0-1, 4.35, 0.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB) didn’t give up a hit but fought his control. C Koyie Hill walked with the bases loaded to force in the tying run in the top of the ninth. Guzman hit a solo homer, #4, and Greene was 4-for-5 (.274, steal #5). Mark Serrano fared well in his first start, working five shutout innings over 58 pitches (3.00, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K). Joseph bounced back strong with two hitless innings and four strikeouts (0.56).

5/8: Kyle Lotzkar pitched well in his Double-A debut, but the Wahoos were held to six hits and a single run and lost, 3-1. Lotzkar worked six (L, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 92 pitches/55 strikes). Greene had two of the six Pensacola hits (.283). Mississippi tried to rattle the Canadian righty by running on him constantly, and generally they were successful (4 SB, a throwing error for Lotzkar)- although Lotzkar did pick off prospect Evan Gattis in the fifth.

5/9: The last-place Braves make it three wins in a row, scoring four in the bottom of the seventh off a struggling Tanner (L 0-2, 5.79, 0 IP, 2 ER) and Hayes (5.40, 1 IP, 1 ER) to win it 5-3. Corcino again pitched well, and he’s started to miss bats too (2.68, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). He does need to work on the fielding, though- an error on a pickoff throw is the right-hander’s fourth of the season in just seven starts. LaMarre was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI (.285).

Transactions: 5/6: RHS Kyle Lotzkar promoted from Bakersfield. RHS Pedro Villareal to Louisville.

Also, I noticed an odd thing on the Pensacola roster page- it lists veteran catcher Koyie Hill as a coach. Hill may have been brought in by ex-Cubs manager Riggleman specifically as some sort of player-coach hybrid, as Koyie was the Cubs’ backup catcher at that time. I’ll follow up if I hear anything interesting.

Notes: RHS JC Sulbaran was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for April 30-May 6. See above for how his week went. Sulbaran was also California League POTW once last year.

On top of that, Sulbaran also made the BA Prospect Hot Sheet for May 4-10.

“There are times when it was fair to wonder if the worst thing that happened to Sulbaran's career was his strong outing for the Dutch team against the Cuban national team before he ever threw a pro pitch. Sulbaran didn't always show the same intensity throwing in minor league games. But he has the stuff to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter and in the past year he's shown an improved ability to work out of jams. With a fastball that touches 95 mph, he's on the short list of the Reds' top pitching prospects. Sulbaran's outing this week is his best of the season, but it's not his season high for strikeouts. He struck out 11 in just 6 innings against Jackson earlier this year.”

High-A Bakersfield Blaze

This week: 4-3.

Overall: 19-13, second place, two games behind perennial league power San Jose (SF).

5/3: Lancaster (HOU) managed to win the three-game series, taking the rubber match 8-6. Bakersfield made four errors, two by normally excellent-defense-purveying C Tucker Barnhart. Kyle Lotzkar struggled (2.39, 4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), but it was Pat Doyle who took the loss in relief (L 1-1, 4.97, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER). Jamie Walczak finished up with two hitless innings and five strikeouts, but the Blaze couldn’t make the comeback. 3B David Vidal hit a three-run homer (#5) and added a single (.307) and LF Juan Duran launched a two-run blast, his second. SS Billy Hamilton was 2-for-5 with a run scored, steal #31, and caught-stealing #7.

5/4: Modesto (COL) rolled in next, and they got three runs in the eighth off Mike Griffin (L 1-2, 8.53, 0.1 IP, 3 ER) to break a 1-1 tie and win 4-2. Starter Dan Renken worked five solid (4.64, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) and Curt Partch has seemingly revitalized his chances in the bullpen (1.42, 2 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K). DH Don Lutz slammed homer #8. Barnhart was 2-for-3 with a RBI (.212).

5/5: The Blaze survived five errors, three by Devin Lohman (playing SS in place of the temporarily-inactive Hamilton) to crack the Nuts 7-6. Duran hit homer #3 in the first. Starter Chad Rogers allowed two hits over four (2.25, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) but Doyle got the win (W 2-1, 4.70, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER). Brian Pearl knocked down four in a row for save #5 (1.93, 1.1 IP, 2 K).

5/6: Five in the eighth pushed Modesto to a rubber-claiming 8-4 win. Lutz hit a three-run bomb (#9) for the Blaze in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough (.304, 2-for-4). Josh Smith turned in a quality start in a losing effort (L 1-4, 6.07, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Walczak took the big inning late, blowing his ERA from 4.40 to 7.20. 2B Josef Terry had three hits (.353) and DH Bryson Smith two (.290, 2 R).

5/7: Off to the launching pad in Lancaster for a road trip. Game one saw Bakersfield pile up a 9-0 lead after four; they held on to win 9-6. Lohman was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a two-run bomb (#3, .282). Lutz was 3-for-5 with a double (.316). Barnhart added a pair of doubles and Vidal hit a two-run homer (#6) en route to three RBI. Tony Cingrani dominated for five innings, then survived a four-run sixth spurred by RF Stephen Hunt’s error (W 4-1, 0.53, 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Partch worked the final three for the long save (1.93, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K).

5/8: Game two at Clear Channel Stadium was uncharacteristically devoid of offensive fireworks, although Lutz’s solo homer (#10) leading off the visitors’ ninth broke a 2-2 tie and got the Blaze the one-run win. Brian Pearl got save #6 (1.65, 1 IP, 2 K). Dan Wolford blew the save but ended up with the win (BS #2, W 2-0, 3.06, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). Starter Justice French was excellent in his Cal League debut, shutting out the Jethawks for six innings (2 H, 2 BB, 4 K). RF AJ Means had two hits and two RBI (.310). Hamilton returned to the lineup for the first time in a few games and went 0-for-4.

5/9: Not a lot of stuff in the Cal League is tougher than sweeping a road series in Lancaster, but the Blaze pull it off- scoring four in the seventh on a clutch Bryson Smith two-run single made three-run by a throwing error to win 7-4. Smith finished with four RBI (.305, 2-for-3). Hamilton had a pair of singles and two runs scored to go with steal #32. Barnhart had two hits, two runs, and two RBI (.237). Dan Renken left in the third (4.84, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) but Walczak picked up the duke in relief (W 1-0, 6.23, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 5 K). Partch got save #2.

Transactions: 5/3: INF Sammy Diaz activated from the Billings roster. 5/4: SS Billy Hamilton placed on the temporarily-inactive list. 5/5: RHS Justice French promoted from Dayton. RHS Kyle Lotzkar up to Pensacola. 5/7: Hamilton reactivated. LHP Chris Joyce transferred from Billings and activated. RHS Josh Smith made temporarily inactive. 5/8: OF Yorman Rodriguez moved to Billings. 5/9: LHP Ryan Kiel moved from Dayton.

SS Billy Hamilton was the only Reds prospect named to BA’s April classification all-star teams.

Hamilton’s even in the New York Times!

LHS Tony Cingrani made the BA Prospect Hot Sheet for April 27-May 3, striking out nine with zero ER in five innings. Quote: This shouldn't be possible. We're more than a month into the season and the pitcher who leads the minors in ERA is a pitcher from the California League. You know the California League? It's the one where one bad outing can make an ERA look like the moniker for Boeing's latest jet. Not only has the former Rice lefthander avoided a bad outing, he's yet to have a bad inning. Cingrani did allow a pair of runs, one of which was earned, in his second start of the season. Since then he's thrown 18 scoreless innings, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out 26. Cingrani had an 8.59 ERA when Rice tried starting him in college, but his 0.32 ERA this year makes it clear that starting now suits him.”

Low-A Dayton Dragons

This week: 1-6.

Overall: 13-20. They sink into last place, ten games out of first.

5/3: Lake County (CLE) also wins game two of this three-game set at One Point Six Six Six Repeating Field by scoring the winner in the top of the 10th, 5-4. Kyle McMyne allowed a solo homer to suffer the defeat (L 2-2, 2.13, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K). Starter Radhames Quezada pitched six strong (2.61, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR). LF Juan Silva lashed three hits (.257, R, steal #8).

5/4: Sweep for the Captains, 5-0. Dan Tuttle pitched well (L 1-1, 2.55, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR).

5/5: Fort Wayne (SD) is next in, for four games. The TinCaps got the second straight shutout win over the Dragons, 3-0, as their pitchers held Dayton to three hits. Tanner Robles (L 2-1, 2.67, 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR) took the loss. 49th-round draft pick El’Hajj Muhammad made his full-season debut with a scoreless sixth, then offseason free agent signee Ryan Kiel added a perfect seventh. Ryan Kemp (1.17, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K) finished up.

5/6: The Dragons scored… once. Fort Wayne hammered Dayton, 11-1. Stalin Gerson was hit hard (L 1-3, 5.40, 5 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3 HR). 2B Ryan Wright was 3-for-4 with a double (.301).

5/7: Rained out, mercifully.

5/8: MAKEUP MADNESS to close out this series. Fort Wayne took a 16-inning marathon in game one, 3-1, as Dayton got as many hits (five) as they made errors. Four pitchers did very well, with starter Dan Jensen (1.35, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K), Kemp (0.98, 3 IP, 4 H, 1 K), Carlos Contreras (2.30, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K), Kiel (4 IP, 3 H, 4 K), all looking sharp before Muhammad took over. El’Hajj turned in a scoreless 14th and 15th, but was hit for the deciding runs in the 16th (4.50, 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). It’s best if we don’t say much about the offense; RF Steve Selsky did manage a double and triple over six at-bats (.271).

Selsky’s two-run homer (#1) was one of just four hits the Dragons needed to break their losing streak and take the nightcap, 4-2. Quezada (W 1-3, 2.50, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) got his first win and Brooks Pinckard (0.00, 2 IP, 3 K) locked down the save. Selsky finished with three total RBI and RF Kyle Waldrop (who’s slumped from over .300 at the end of April down to .247) had a triple, walk, and two runs scored.

5/9: No rest for the weary, as the Dragons then took a bus that night up to Lake County to kick off a three-game road series against the Captains the next day. Predictably, LC cruised 4-1. Dan Tuttle was ejected in the second inning for arguing with the umpire (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) so James Allen pitched the next several (L 1-1, 3.96, 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K).

Transactions: 5/3: INF Miguel Cairo activated for rehab; there’s a reason you didn’t read about him above, because he went 0-for-10. 5/5: RHS Justice French was served with a promotion to Bakersfield; RHR El’Hajj Muhammad activated from extended spring training. OF Jefry Sierra placed on the DL with a strained hamstring. LHR Ryan Kiel activated; the 24-year-old lefthander out of Marshall was a 37th-round pick of Seattle in 2010, but was let go after posting a 3.30 ERA in 17 appearances, mostly at Low-A Clinton, in 2011. 5/9: Speaking of Kiel, he was promoted to Bakersfield. RHR Mike Dennhardt activated from extended spring training. Dennhardt, 22 on June 1st, was the Reds’ 32nd-round pick out of Boston College last year. He’d originally been taken by the Mariners in the 17th round out of high school in 2008, but slipped in the draft after missing much of his junior season due to injury. According to other posters on this board, that was Tommy John surgery.

OF Kyle Waldrop and RHR Kyle McMyne were named the Dragons Hitter and Pitcher of the Month for April. Waldrop hit .271 with ten RBI in 22 games, while McMyne had a 1.69 ERA with 13 Ks in 10.2 IP.