Wednesday, May 31, 2006

5/30 Minor League Articles

Dayton lost 9-3
Griffin, Szymanski, Denove and Holden all had 1 hit.
Johnny Cueto went 6 innings, allowed 6 hits, 3 runs, 1bb and 4 k. Snapped a streak of 3 starts without allowing a run.
Sarasota lost 5-0
Anderson, Garthwaite and Piepkorn all went 1-4.
Homer Bailey went 5 innings, allowed 7 hits, 5 runs, 4bb and 3 k.
Chattanooga lost 7-4
Joey Votto went 1-4
Noochie Varner went 3-4 with a double, HR and RBI
Louisville won 12-0
Ray Olmedo went 2-5
Jesse Gutierrez went 2-5 with 3 RBI
Earl Snyder went 1-4 with 3 RBI

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Other minor league articles

This is by Marc Katz at the Dayton Daily News
Batting slump wasting strong pitching

I know, pitching, pitching, pitching, is the name of the game.

Well, I happen to think offense has a claim to some of that name, too, and the Class A Midwest League Dayton Dragons know something about that.

"We're not scoring runs," Dragons manager Billy Gardner Jr. said Sunday night after his team lost its third straight game at South Bend, and its fourth game in five. "A handful of guys went into a slump collectively.

"You can have one or two guys go into a slump and other guys kind of pick them up, but we've had four, five guys go into a slump, which obviously hurts our run production."

Meanwhile, the pitching has been exemplary, if not exceptional. Over the previous eight games entering Monday afternoon's game at West Michigan, the Dragons have allowed as many as five runs only twice, and two or fewer runs four times.

Not everyone is slumping, of course, but the team is scoring fewer runs. Outfielder B.J. Szymanski began the current road trip hitting .252. He entered Monday's game at .251. Fellow outfielder Jay Bruce might be in the first real slump of his young career. He was at .282 at the start of the trip, and had fallen to .263 Monday. Shortstop Eric Eymann might be coming out of a miserable slump. His average dropped to .224 from .241 in eight games.

Read the article here

Johnny Cueto made Baseball Americas Prospect Hot Sheet, click here to see it

5/29 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton lost 6-5
Eric Eymann went 2-4 with a HR (3)
Jay Bruce went 1-4 with a double
Habelito Hernandez went 2-4
Sarasota had the day off

Chattanooga lost 4-3

Javon Moran went 3-5 with a triple
Javier Colina went 4-4 with 2 RBI
Louisville wins 9-1
William Bergolla went 4-6 with 2 runs
Earl Snyder went 3-4 with a HR and 3 RBI

Monday, May 29, 2006

Article about the Reds draft and draft history

This is an article by Marc Sheldon, who writes for

Hoping to hit another Homer in draft
Reds would love to add pitching depth this June

CINCINNATI -- High school or college players? Pitchers or position players?

In his first year as Reds scouting director, Chris Buckley doesn't plan on closing his mind to any philosophy that brings in young players to the system.

"We constantly need to open talent doors," Buckley said. "I'm not locked into anything."

The 2006 First-Year Player Draft, scheduled for June 6-7, offers Buckley and general manager Wayne Krivsky their first chance to put a thumbprint on the organization's future. Cincinnati owns the eighth overall pick in the first round.

How involved does Krivsky expect he'll be in the draft process?

"Very little," Krivsky said. "I'll be listening and asking questions."

The heavy lifting belongs to Buckley and Reds scouts. It's not surprising that Krivsky is delegating this responsibility. Krivsky's boss and mentor for over a decade in Minnesota, GM Terry Ryan, gave his scouting director complete control of the Twins' draft.

Buckley spent 17 years in the Blue Jays organization in positions like national cross checking scout, scouting director and special assistant to the GM. He had a hand in the selection of big league stars like Roy Halladay, Vernon Wells and Michael Young.

The Reds' farm system has several needs, especially pitching depth. The organization hasn't produced a strong big league pitcher in nearly two decades. Most clubs stock up on pitching, and Buckley probably won't be any different. But he's also prepared to put away the grocery list.

"Wherever you are, you always need to take the best whatever," Buckley said. "I'm sure there are some organizational needs you like to meet. But you consistently have to take the highest evaluated player each time you pick.

"If Wayne Krivsky needs a third baseman for next year, I can't just go out get him one in this draft. I seek to have a balanced draft."

With the eighth overall pick, Cincinnati should have no trouble landing a coveted prospect from any spot. Pitchers like Andrew Miller from the University of North Carolina, Brad Lincoln from the University of Houston and Brandon Morrow from University of California, Berkeley are projected as the best arms in this year's class and could be taken ahead of the No. 8 spot. Outfielder Drew Stubbs from the University of Texas and high school third baseman Bill Rowell from New Jersey are position players who could potentially be available for Cincinnati.

The organization's first-round track record has been spotty in recent years. For every first-round success like outfielder Austin Kearns (1998), there have been plenty of costly missteps made with the top picks.

Third baseman Brandon Larson, taken with the 14th overall pick in 1997, batted .179 in parts of three big league seasons and eventually re-joined former general manager Jim Bowden in the Nationals organization this spring. Ty Howington, the 1999 first-round pick, was derailed by injuries and released during Spring Training. The 2000 top pick, David Espinosa, was dealt to the Detroit organization in 2002. Pitcher Jeremy Sowers, the 2001 first-round selection, never signed with the Reds.

It's not all about the first pick, however.

"We want to have a productive draft," Krivsky said. "We want all of our picks to do well. The spotlight is on the first pick, but you can't ignore the 40th. I want us to have a deep draft."

While we await the Reds' decision on this year's first-round selection, here's what the previous regime -- led by former GM Dan O'Brien -- did with the last three top picks:

OF Jay Bruce, 2005 (12th overall): The 19-year-old batted .266 with nine homers and 38 RBIs in his first pro season in the Gulf Coast League and Billings at the rookie levels. This year, the left-handed hitter is with low Class A Dayton and off to a decent start. The organization favors Bruce as a corner outfielder and likes his maturity and ability to hit to all fields.

RHP Homer Bailey, 2004 (7th overall): Considered the best prospect in the entire system, the 20-year-old could be the one who ends the Reds' drought for developing quality pitching. Bailey spent last season at low Class A Dayton and is currently with high Class A Sarasota. Throwing in the mid-90s, the right-hander showed during his first Spring Training this year that he could get big league hitters out now. Credit Krivsky and farm director Johnny Almaraz for not trying to rush him through the system too soon.

RHP Ryan Wagner, 2003 (14th overall): The first Reds player to ever reach the big leagues the same year he was drafted, the reliever appears stalled in Triple-A Louisville. The 23-year-old is off to a rough start in 2006 after he was one of the Reds' last roster cuts in camp. Wagner often has strong springs, but the organization feels he has a track record of not being as aggressive with hitters in games that count.

5/28 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton lost 4-3
Jay Bruce went 2-5 with a double and HR (10) and an RBI
Habelito Hernandez went 2-4
Sarasota lost 8-0
Marland Williams went 2-3
Cody Strait went 1-4 with a double
Chattanooga won 5-3
Chris Dickerson went 3-4 with 3 runs and a double
Noochie Varner was 3-3 with 4 RBI and a HR
Luis Bolivar went 2-4
Josh Hall went 8 innings, allowed 5 hits, 3 runs and struck out 8
Louisville won 8-5
Chris Denorfia went 1-4 with a HR and 3 RBI
Jesse Gutierrez went 1-4 with an RBI

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Reds sign draft and follow from last year

From the Modesto Bee
Reds sign former MJC, Johansen star

Catcher Jake Long, a 2004 graduate of Johansen High School, has signed a contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Long recently completed his second season with Modesto Junior College and was named Central Valley Conference player of the year after hitting .372 with a .516 on-base percentage, 38 RBIs and 33 runs. Long was drafted by the Reds two years in a row: in the 44th round in 2004 and the 37th round last year. MJC was eliminated from the NorCal Regional Playoffs on May 20. The Reds made an offer the next day, and Long signed on Monday at home. "It was shocking at first. I kind of knew, but any time it happens, it's shocking," Long said. "But after it settled in, it was exciting. Cool feeling. All the hard work you put in the past two years, it paid off." Long will leave June 10 and report to Sarasota, Fla., for rookie league.

Modesto Bee

Reds farm system has some budding star prospects

Nice little piece by Brian Bennett at the Louisville Courier Journal

With about one-third of the minor-league season complete, the Louisville Bats remain stuck near the bottom of the International League standings. But elsewhere on the Cincinnati Reds farm, there is plenty of good news to report.

Many of the Reds' top prospects have put up big numbers, providing hope to one of the lowest-rated farm systems in baseball. Unfortunately for Bats fans, most of those prospects are at the lower levels, though current Louisville players William Bergolla, Ray Olmedo and Chris Denorfia have drawn rave reviews from Reds farm director Johnny Almaraz.

Here's a look at how some of those youngsters are doing at other levels:


As one of the Reds' few positional prospects above A-ball, first baseman Joey Votto has responded well to his first taste of Double-A with the Chattanooga Lookouts. The 22-year-old was hitting .293 with six home runs and a .377 on-base percentage through 46 games.

"He's making great strides defensively," Almaraz said. "He takes a lot of pride in his hitting and his at-bats, but even there he has room to improve."

Left-hander Phil Dumatrait looks ready for a mid-summer promotion. The 24-year-old is 3-3 with a 3.27 ERA.

"He's very consistent," Almaraz said. "He's getting ahead of hitters and not walking as many guys. It's only a matter of time before deserves a chance at Triple-A."

Another interesting pitcher at Chattanooga is 24-year-old reliever Carlos Guevara. He doesn't throw particularly hard but has a tricky screwball that has helped him compile a 2.54 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings.


Sarasota is home to the Reds' great hope for a future ace, 20-year-old fireballer Homer Bailey. The right-hander has thrown two six-inning no-hitters this season, but some other outings haven't been as sharp. He owns a 3.48 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings.

"He's down there so he can establish a consistent routine and have consistent starts time after time," Almaraz said. "He's something special. If he keeps doing what he needs to do, hopefully we can challenge him at the next level."

Shortstop Paul Janish was recently promoted to Sarasota from Low-A Dayton, where he hit .398 in 26 games. The 23-year-old missed much of last season with Tommy John surgery.

"He developed a lot of confidence mentally, made all the plays defensively and was a real leader of that club," Almaraz said. "He deserved a promotion."


Probably no prospect has emerged more for the Reds this year than 20-year-old Johnny Cueto. The right-hander has a 2.49 ERA, 59 strikeouts and only 25 hits allowed in 47 innings at Dayton.

"He has an electric fastball that's anywhere from 91 to 96 (mph.)," Almaraz said, "and (former Bats pitching coach) Mario Soto taught him a really good changeup."

Dayton also boasts the Reds' top positional prospect in outfielder Jay Bruce (.260, nine home runs and 32 RBIs) and second-best pitching prospect in right-hander Travis Wood (4-0, 3.74 ERA).

The Reds have experienced surprising success at the big-league level this season. But they know that the future depends on the pipeline continuing to produce results.

"Our entire development staff, from our coordinators to our managers to our hitting and pitching coaches, are working extremely hard," Almaraz said. "It's a tribute to them that these kids are flourishing."

5/27 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton loses 4-2
Travis Wood pitches 5 innings, allows 3 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk and 1 strikeout
Jay Bruce went 1-4 with a double
Habeltio Hernandez went 3-4 with a home run
Sarasota won 8-3
Camilo Vazquez wwent 6 innings, allowed 5 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6 while giving up 0 runs.
Brandon Roberts went 2-5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs
Paul Janish went 2-4 with an RBI and a run
Adam Rosales returned from the DL with a run and an RBI
Chattanooga lost 7-6
Javon Moran went 1-5 with 2 RBI
Noochie Varner went 2-4 with 2 RBI
Louisville loses 3-1
Chris Denorfia goes 2-4
Ray Olmedo went 1-4

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Johnny Cueto peice from Marc Lancaster and the Post

From the Cincinnati Post and Marc Lancaster

FARM FACTS - It seems like Johnny Cueto came out of the nowhere, but the young Dominican continues to rack up impressive outings for Dayton.

The 20-year-old right-hander threw seven shutout innings Thursday night, the third consecutive start in which he has held an opponent scoreless. In 19 innings over that span, Cueto has allowed three hits, walked two and struck out 22.

According to assistant director of player development Grant Griesser, Cueto was throwing 90-94 mph Thursday night, and working consistently at 92-93.

"He's bucking for a promotion," said Krivsky.

He may not get one right away, though. Entering this season, Cueto had made only two appearances above the Rookie-ball level, both for Sarasota last season. In fact, last year was his first in the United States. He pitched in the Dominican Summer League in 2004 after Johnny Almaraz signed him in March.

Cincinnati Post

5/26 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton lost 2-1
BJ Szymanski went 2-4 with an RBI
Mike Griffin went 1-4
Sarasota won 6-5
Brandon Roberts went 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored
Drew Anderson was 2-5
Abe Woody, Daniel Guerrero and Jim Abbott combined for 4.1 innings of shut out relief.
Chattanooga lost 4-2
Joey Votto went 2-4 with a HR (8)
Carlos Guevara and Ben Kozlowski combined for 3 innings of shut out relief.
Louisville won 9-3
Ray Olmedo went 2-6 with 2 runs
Chris Denorfia went 2-4 with 2 walks and 2 runs
Darrell May went 7 innings, 7 hits and 3 runs to pick up the win.

Friday, May 26, 2006

5/25 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton won 3-2
Johnny Cueto went 7 innings, allowed 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 7strikeouts.
BJ Szymanski went 2-4 with a double and an RBI
Habileto Hernandez went 1-4 with a HR and 2 RBI
Sarasota lost 10-1
Sarasota only had two hit. One each by Brandon Roberts and Paul Janish.
Chattanooga won 2-0
Joey Votto went 3-4 with 2 doubles, a HR (7) and 1 RBI
Chris Dickerson went 2-4 with 2 doubles
Steve Kelly went 7 innings, allowed 6 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 3 strikeouts
Louisville lost 5-4
Ray Olmedo went 3-3 with 2 walks
Chris Denorfia went 2-5
Andy Abad went 2-4

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Johnny Cueto.....WOW.

Johnny Cueto started tonight for Dayton. His line for tonight was a good one.
7 innings pitched
2 hits
0 runs
0 walks
7 strikeouts
For the season, Cueto is 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP. He has pitched 47 innings on the year, allowed just 25 hits, 6 walks and he has struck out 59.
I think Cueto might be up for a promotion if he has another good start or two.

2006 Draft Preview

Well the 2006 First Year Player Draft is right around the corner. In less than 2 weeks, on June 6th the Reds wiill make 50 picks. Most of those will be guys that are lesser known players, but could one day turn into productive guys for the Reds. Most of the focus will be on the first round though.
This years draft is said to be a very weak class, and is already being compared to the 2000 draft. The high school positional talent is nothing like it was last year and the pitching talent seems to be thin in the high school ranks as well. Only Clayton Kershaw has been projected recently as going in the top 10 as a high school pitcher, and he came into the year looking at a third round pick. On the otherhand, the draft seems to be full of college starting pitching. The positional college players are dropping off like flies. Evan Longoria and Drew Stubbs seem to head that class and look to be the only two college positional players taken in the top 10.
The Reds have had several different players taken on their behalf in many mock drafts. Below is a list of the guys they have been shown taking and what was said about each player. has had 2 mock drafts in the past month, and in the first one they had the Reds taking Drew Stubbs, CF from Texas. In their latest mock draft they had the Reds taking Bill Rowell, a power hitting SS/3B out of Bishop Eustace Prep in New Jersey. Here is what they have had to say about each player.

8. Cincinnati Reds: Drew Stubbs, OF, University of Texas

As mentioned last week, Stubbs was considered the top position player in the class heading into the season. According to some, he's been passed by Longoria. But Stubbs certainly isn't without skills. Most feel he can play center field defensively in the big leagues right now and he has hit .337 with 11 homers, 48 RBIs and, a 1.031 OPS and 21 steals. He's also struck out 52 times in 53 games, the main knock on his game. Once upon a time, the Reds thought Lincoln could be here, but that doesn't seem realistic now. If Stubbs goes earlier and they still go position player, the guy they might go with is the one I've got listed going next.

8. Cincinnati Reds: Bill Rowell, 3B, Bishop Eustace Prep, Pennsauken, N.J.

For a while, it loooked like the Reds were all over Stubbs, but I now have reason to believe that won't happen. Some say that Rowell, a high school shortstop who profiles as a power-hitting third baseman, might be sliding because of a poor playoff performance, but word on the street is that the Reds were bringing Rowell in for a private workout. If he puts on a show, the Reds will be tempted to take him here.
Baseball Prospectus had this to say about the Reds at the #8 spot in the draft:
8. Cincinnati Reds
The Reds are high on Reynolds and University of Texas outfielder Drew Stubbs, but it's hard to imagine a Cincinnati/Scott Boras (who is advising Stubbs) negotiation going well. Enter Billy Rowell. The New Jersey high school shortstop will end up moving to third base or even further down the defensive spectrum, but he's drawing Troy Glaus comparisons for his size, approach, natural loft and incredible leverage. He's almost certainly going to be the first high school position player off the board, and while Rowell didn't even enter the year as a first-round pick, there are whispers that the three teams ahead of the Reds have him in the back of their minds as well.
Baseball America had this on the Reds #8 pick
8. REDS. Cincinnati will hope that Stubbs or especially Kershaw will make it down to them, but that won't happen. The Reds haven't expressed much interest in Lincecum, making Morrow the more likely choice.

Projected Pick: Brandon Morrow
Strange things can happen between now and June 6th and the Reds could end up taking no one that has been mentioned yet in the mock drafts. For now though, it looks like the Reds could be interested in Drew Stubbs, Bill Rowell, Clayton Kershaw and Brandon Morrow. Just a little preview, I can't wait until the draft comes around.

There is a new poll question that is about the draft, be sure to vote.

Post and Enquirer articles on Jay Bruce taking in the Reds/Brewers game yesterday

Bruce watches and Learns
Prospect impressed after watching Griffey's batting regimen
By: John Fay

Jay Bruce, the Reds' top pick in last year's draft, took advantage of a day off for Single-A Dayton to take in the Reds-Milwaukee Brewers game.

Bruce made the trip down with hitting coach Alonzo Powell and teammate Eric Eymann. They were on the field about 4 p.m. when Ken Griffey Jr. was in the midst of his marathon extra batting practice session.

"It was unbelievable," Bruce said. "To see him do what he does is amazing."

Griffey was fairly locked in during the session, spraying home runs from one foul line to the other off coach Billy Hatcher.

"That's not something you get many chances to see," Bruce said. "You don't want to pass it up."

Bruce, Eymann and Powell gave up some much needed leisure time to make the trip.

The Dragons played at Southwest Michigan Tuesday. They took a bus back to Dayton after the game. They're taking a bus to South Bend, Ind., for a game today.

Bruce, 19, is having a good year at Dayton. He's hitting .270 with nine home runs and 32 RBI. The nine home runs are the most among Reds minor-leaguers; the RBI are second most.

"I started off pretty good," Bruce said. "The biggest thing is to stay consistent. You can't get too high or low."

Click here to view article from the Cincinnat Enquirer

Top prospect savors visit
By: Marc Lancaster

The last time Jay Bruce set foot in Great American Ball Park, he was a wide-eyed, newly signed top draft pick who admitted he was giddy just to meet Ken Griffey Jr.

As Bruce watched Griffey take early batting practice Wednesday, it didn't appear that much of that enthusiasm had faded in the 19-year-old outfielder's first year as a pro.

"It's awesome," said Bruce. "For us to be able to come out here and watch him do what he does so well, probably one of the best to ever do it, I'm very fortunate and lucky to see that. I think I've learned stuff today just watching him."

It was a field trip of sorts for Bruce, who took advantage of a day off on the Dayton Dragons' schedule to visit Cincinnati along with teammate Eric Eymann and Dragons hitting coach Alonzo Powell.

Bruce and Eymann, a shortstop, soaked it all in during early work, perched alongside the batting cage as Griffey sprayed offerings from first base coach Billy Hatcher all over the ballpark. Griffey chatted with them between rounds of BP and generally went about his business as he usually does.

The man who aspires to be the Reds' center fielder of the future was impressed.

"His whole aura, he's such a nice guy and everything, and he makes it fun," said Bruce. "He still loves doing it. I think that's a big thing I've picked up, too, is how much fun everybody has. It's been really cool just walking around today and seeing everybody."

Bruce is at least a couple of years away from taking up full-time residence in the Reds' clubhouse, but he said he feels like he's right on track in his first full season as a pro. The Reds made Bruce the 12th overall pick in last June's draft and he signed three days later for $1.8 million.

The Texan played in 54 games last summer between the Gulf Coast League and Billings, but was sufficiently impressive that Baseball America tabbed him as the best prospect from the Pioneer League and the second-best prospect out of the GCL last season.

With low-Class A Dayton this season, Bruce is hitting .270 with 13 doubles, four triples, nine home runs and 32 RBIs. His .869 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) leads the Dragons.

"I'm doing great, I'm having a blast," he said. "Dayton's a great place to play, a lot of awesome fans, and I'm off to a pretty good start so far."

Bruce said he's learning every day, particularly in his sessions with Powell. The adjustment from high school to the minors hasn't been as difficult as he expected, aside from baseball being his full-time job.

"I think maybe just playing every day - every single day - is an adjustment," he said. "And learning how to play through little ups and downs and little aches. I shouldn't be aching, I'm 19 years old, but some days you just don't feel up to par and you've got to find a way to stretch one out and play well."

There's no reason for Bruce to rush, and the Reds won't push him harder than need be. But when you're a baseball player standing in a major league stadium in a polo shirt and jeans, all you can think about is getting a chance to be on the field in uniform.

"Hopefully," Bruce said with a smile, "I'll be here before too, too long."

Click here to read the article from the Cincinnati Post

5/24 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton had the night off.

Sarasota won 6-4
Homer Bailey went 6.1 innings, allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 1 and struck out 9.
Brandon Roberts went 2-4 and scored twice
Drew Anderson was 2-4 with a double and an RBI
Jay Garthwaite hit his 8th HR of the year and had 2 RBI
Chattanooga won 7-4
Tyler Pelland went 5 innings, allowed 4 hits and 1 unearned run.
Javon Moran went 2-5
Joey Votto went 1-4 with a double
Noochie Varner went 3-4 with a HR and 5 RBI
Louisville won 7-1
Mike Gosling goes 6.1 innings, allowed 5 hits and 1 run.
William Bergolla went 2-5 with 2 runs
Chris Denorfia went 2-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI
Andy Abad went 3-5 with 2 RBI

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Sorry about today

My computer had a problem, not really sure what it was. It wouldnt boot up in anything but safe mode for about 12 straight hours, I tried all kinds of stuff and nothing worked. Went to the Reds game tonight, came home and turned it on and it worked just fine.....go figure. Way to go Windows....

Anyways, tomorrow I will update just like every other day. Sorry again.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

5/22 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton wins 3-1 in 11 innings
Mike Griffin went 2-5 with a double and an RBI
Habelito Hernandez went 2-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI
Craig Tatum went 2-5 with an RBI
Sarasota loses 6-5
Javon Moran went 2-5
Camilo Vazquez went 6 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 2bb and 6k's.
Chattanooga had the day off

Louisville had the day off as well.

Dayton Dragons News

From the Dayton Daily News

Johnny Cueto gets moved back 1 day in the rotation, gets extra day of rest. Zach Ward will make the start today for him. Cueto will start Thursday.

Ward was a hard-throwing strikeout pitcher at Gardner-Webb University when he was selected in the third round of the draft last season. He spent 10 days with the rookie Billings team, but didn't pitch. His arm wasn't exactly sore, but it was "more of a dead arm, and they decided to shut me down," he said.

That's why this season is the first for Ward, and he is a bit surprised by the way he's being used.

Although he had always been a starter, Ward went to the Instructional League last fall and was told he probably would be converted into a reliever with the thought of some day making him a closer.

Yet when spring training ended and Jeff Stevens had to be left behind with a sore arm, Ward was moved into the starting rotation. He was taken out of the rotation when Stevens was ready to pitch (and after a couple of poor starts) but righted himself with a fine outing last Thursday, moving his record to 3-0 with a 3.89 ERA.

"I'm still getting lots of ground balls, but of the 15 earned runs I've given up, 10 were scored by guys I walked," he said. "That's my fault."

Monday, May 22, 2006

5/21 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton wins 3-0
Travis Wood pitched 5.1 innings, walked 3, struck out 7 and allowed just a bunt single.
Jay Bruce went 1-4 with an RBI
Michael Griffin went 1-4 with a HR and 2 RBI
Sarasota lost 9-4
Brandon Roberts went 2-4 with a double and 2 runs
Drew Anderson went 1-3 with a run.
Chattanooga wins 4-1
Travis Chick goes 6 innings, allows 5 hits and 1 run
Luis Bolivar went 2-4
Joey Votto went 2-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and an RBI
Aaron Herr went 3-4
Louisville loses 6-2
Ray Olmedo went 2-4
Chris Denorfia went 1-4
Jesse Gutierrez went 2-4 with an RBI

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Minor League news

This is from the Cincinnati Enquirer

Director of player development Johnny Almaraz mentioned two possibilities at Double-A: left-handers Phil Dumatrait and John Coutlangus. Dumatrait, 23, is 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA as a starter. He throws 93-98 mph with a good curveball. Coutlangus, 26, throws in the 88-91 range. But his cut fastball makes him effective against lefties and righties. He's 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA.

Krivsky was in Chattanooga this weekend.

Dumatrait doesm't throw 93-98, he throws 91-94. I think Dumatrait has the potential to be a #4-5 starter in his career, but coming out of the bullpen would not be a bad idea. He has two good pitches that would really help him out of jams he came in to. There are quite a few arms in Chattanooga that are possibilities for making the jump to helping the big league bullpen. Hopefully something happens soon, the Reds bullpen is awful outside of Coffey, Weathers and Mercker. Belisle isn't bad either, btu he is the long guy so you dont see him but once or twice a week.

This piece is on Milton Loo from Baseball America
How's Yavapai (Ariz.) JC third baseman/shortstop Milton Loo doing this spring? The Reds still control him, and I'm wondering if they're trying to sign him before the June draft.

Pat Wachs
Ithaca, N.Y.
A ninth-round pick by Cincinnati in the 2005 draft, Loo can sign with the Reds between the time his season ends at Yavapai and May 29. When John Manuel was covering the West for our Draft Preview, Loo intrigued him more than any other player. Here's what John wrote:

Loo was the first prep player picked out of Hawaii in 2004, and he has been the best prospect in Arizona’s wood-bat junior-college conference the last two seasons. He led Yavapai to a 49-10 record and No. 2 national ranking into early May, though he wasn’t the team’s best player statistically.

Loo, whose native island of Molokai is so small and rural that it has no stoplights, entices scouts with five-tool potential. Though his present power remains below average, his ability to cover the plate, make consistent, hard contact and repeat his short stroke make hitting his best tool. His raw power could profile him for third base. He moved to that position at Yavapai, but scouts agree he could play short or any other infield position as a pro thanks to above-average arm strength, excellent athleticism, good range and solid infield actions. After a rough start, he became an above-average defender at third in a short time this season.

If Loo’s effort and performance were more consistent, he’d rank among the top position players available. He’s a plus runner and solid baserunner, but he doesn’t run out ground balls as often as scouts want to see. After being bothered by a strained thumb and gimpy ankle in 2005, Loo missed time late in the 2006 season when his elbow flared up. It was diagnosed as nerve irritation and he returned to DH in the postseason. Loo’s durability will factor into whether or not the Reds—who offered him a reported bonus of more than $200,000 last summer—make another enthusiastic run at Loo.

It would be real good for the Reds if they were to sign Milton Loo before this years draft took place. I believe they have until 1 week before the draft to sign him to a contract. The Reds have drafted Loo the last two seasons, so it is very obvious that they really like him. I for one am hoping they can get him signed and into the system fast. The infield depth, or lack of in the farm system is troubling and he would help it a ton.

5/20 Minor League Game Articles

Today I am going to add a little different twist to the Game Article. I am going to put up a few player stats with the score before the game article link. I figure it will be a little better that way, because sometimes the articles dont cover all of that.

Dayton loses 5-3.
Eric Eymann was 0-3, but had 2 RBI.
Jay Bruce was 1-5 with a Triple and an RBI.
BJ Szymanski was 1-4 with a double and a walk
Sarasota loses 6-5 in 12 innings.
Javon Moran was 4-6.
Paul Janish was 3-6 with an RBI.
Jay Garthwaite was 3-5 with a HR and 2 RBI.
Chattanooga won 7-1 in 6 innings.
Chris Dickerson was 1-2 with 2 walks and 2 runs.
Luis Bolivar is 2-3 with a walk, 2 runs and a walk.
Joey Votto was 2-2 with 2 walks and 2 RBI.
Phil Dumatrait went 4 innings, allowed 1 hit, 1 unearned run and struck out 3 while walking no one.
Louisville won 9-3.
Chris Denorfia went 4-5 with 2 runs.
Andy Abad and Cody Ross both went 2-4 with an RBI and a walk.
Jeff Bannon went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Cincinnati Enquirer piece on Johnny Cueto

Johnny Cueto, a 20-year-old right-hander, had another spectacular outing for Single-A Dayton Thursday. He pitched seven innings of one-hit ball in a 5-0 win over Fort Wayne. He struck out seven and walked none.

He didn't allow any hits in a five-inning stint in his last outing.

Cueto is 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA. He has allowed 23 hits in 40 innings. His most impressive stat: 52 strikeouts and six walks.

"He was throwing up to 95 (mph)," said director of player development Johnny Almaraz. "He was still at 91, 92 at the end."

Cueto might get a bump to high-A Sarasota.

"If he continues to dominate the league, we'll move him," Almaraz said.

Cueto, one of the first graduates of the Reds' new academy in the Dominican Republic, is 5 feet 10 and weighs 192 pounds.

"He's a strong-built kid," Almaraz said.

Cincinnati Enquirer

It looks like Cueto might have the making to be a pitching prospect that rockets up the Reds charts. Coming into the season, Cueto was not even in Baseball America's top 30 list for the Reds, but if you were to go through that list again, he would probably be in the top 10.

5/19 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton loses 9-4
Sarasota loses 7-3
Chattanooga wins 3-1
Louisville wins 5-0

Friday, May 19, 2006

5/18 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton wins 5-0, 4-3
Sarasota loses 7-6
Chattanooga wins 5-4
Louisville wins 4-2

Thursday, May 18, 2006

5/18 Minor League news

2004 Reds Minor League Player of the Year, Richie Gardner made his season Debut tonight for the Sarasota Reds. So far he has gone 3 innings, allowing 1 hit, 4 walks, 1 run and 3 strikeouts.

Johnny Cueto made his first start since his No Hitter, and went 7 innings, allowed just 1 hit and struck out 7. He walked no one, and the Dragons won 5-0 behind Jay Bruce power on the offensive side of things. Jay went 2-3 with a triple and his 9th home run of the season to give him 9 RBI for the season.

Looking back at the 1st Round of the 2005 Draft

As most of you know the Reds selected Jay Bruce, a high school outfielder from Texas with their first round pick last season. There were 3 high school players taken before him, all outfielders in Justin Upton(#1), Cameron Maybin(#10) and Andrew McCutchen(#11). There were 5 college position players taken before him, one who is currently in the Major Leagues, Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals. All of the high school players are currently playing in Low-A baseball, where the college players are playing at different levels throughout the minors, which is to be expected as they are older and more advanced in most cases in terms of their talent and ability. With the exception of Zimmerman, all of the players drafted before Bruce are still playing in the Minors. I went through the stats of every first round position player pick in the first round of the draft. There were 22 position players taken in the first round, both high school and college. Zimmerman is being held out of this, becuase his numbers are against Major League pitchers, so there are 21 players available for this.

Jay Bruce ranks the following in these stats:
  • Home Runs- 1st with 8.
  • RBI- Tied for 1st with 27.
  • Runs- 2nd with 27
  • Doubles- Tied for 2nd with 13
  • Slugging Percentage- 2nd with a .568 SLG
As for how he stacks up against the other High School players drafted in the first round, he ranks 1st in all the above categories. As a little side note, I think that 2005 may be one of the better drafts ever for producing talented hitters in the first round between Upton, McCutchen, Maybin, Bruce, Rasmus and John Drennen.

5/17 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton was rained out. They play a double header today starting at 5:00

Sarasota lost 11-3
Chattanooga lost 8-3
Louisville lost 8-2

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

5/16 Minor League Game Articles

Sorry for the late postings today. I had rehab and it threw my entire day in a spin and I got way behind with everything else I had to do today.

Dayton loses 5-3
Sarasota loses 6-1
Chattanooga loses 7-3
Louisville wins 6-5

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Reds top prospect Poll Results

Here are the results by highest percentage:
1. Homer Bailey - 61%
2. Travis Wood - 18%
3. Jay Bruce - 11%
4. Chris Denorfia - 5%
5. Joey Votto - 3%
5. Other - 3%

Be sure to vote in the new poll!

Dayton Transactions: Janish, Lundgren Promoted


Shortstop Paul Janish and RHP Wayne Lundgren promoted to Florida State League

Dayton, OH - The Dayton Dragons are losing the Midwest League's best hitter and one of the team's most consistent relievers. INF Paul Janish, the league's leading hitter at .398 and RHP Wayne Lundgren have both been promoted to the Sarasota Reds of the Florida State League. In addition to leading the league in hitting, Janish is also second in on base percentage at .435 and is third in slugging percentage at .612. Lundgren was solid out of the Dragons bullpen, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.60 ERA and one save in 12 appearances. In 17.1 innings of work, the right hander struck out nine and walked three.
Taking the place of Janish and Lundgren on the Dragons roster are INF Yoni Lasso and RHP Damian Ursin. Lasso, who will be making his MWL debut, was signed by the Reds as a non drafted free agent in May of 2004 out of Panama. Lasso, who played for the Panamanian Team in the 2005 World Cup in the Netherlands, played for the VSL Reds in 2004 and split time between the GCL Reds and Billings Mustangs in 2005. Ursin is no stranger to the MWL and the Dragons as 2006 will mark the fourth different season he has appeared in a Dayton uniform. The Reds eighth round selection in the 2003 First Year Player Draft has a three year professional record of 1-12 with a 5.28 ERA in 53 games. 43 of Ursin's appearances and four of his eight career saves have come with the Dragons. Both Lasso and Ursin will be in uniform for the Dragons on Tuesday night as the team opens a four game series with the Fort Wayne Wizards at Fifth Third Field.

Other Minor League related news articles

5/15 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton wins 7-2, 6-0
Sarasota loses 13-2
Chattanooga loses delayed game 3-1 and second game 3-2
Louisville loses 4-2

Monday, May 15, 2006

5/14 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton was postponed.

Sarasota had the day off.

Chattanooga was suspended. The game will resume today at 5:15

Louisville loses 7-3.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

5/13 Minor League Game Articles. Johnny Cueto throws a No Hitter for Dayton

Dayton loses 9-6, win 6-0
Sarasota wins 10-6
Chattanooga wins 7-3
Louisville loses 6-4

Saturday, May 13, 2006

5/12 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton was postponed. They play a double header tonight starting at 6pm.

Sarasota lost 9-3
Chattanooga loses 7-5
Louisville lost 10-4

Rob Stratton was released by the Reds before last nights Louisville game to make room on the roster for Chris Denorfia. Stratton was hitting .243 with 6 home runs and 14 RBI.

Friday, May 12, 2006 on Homer Bailey and Paul Janish
Cincinnati Reds - Homer Bailey is really starting to turn on the gas, literally proving he has "no hit" stuff. With enhanced control this season, minor league baseball might not have a better pitcher once the summer hits full swing... Paul Janish has played so well this season, but don't buy into his stock. It's the college-draftee's second time in the league, and the Florida State League will prove how weak his bat is. The glove should turn him into a nice minor league veteran, though.

What they say about Bailey is very exciting. What they have to say about Janish isnt to exciting, but also not to unexpected. Janish has never really hit as a minor leaguer and he is about 2 years old for the league in his second time around...

5/11 Minor League Updates

Dayton loses 6-4
Sarasota wins 9-7
Chattanooga loses 5-2
Louisville loses 8-4

Welcome back Junior!!!!!

I tend to stick with just the minor league stuff, but obviously I wouldnt run a site on the Reds minor league system if I werent a huge fan of the Reds, right? Of course. Anyways, after knee surgery it wasnt the easiest thing to actually go to a Reds game, but its been 2 1/2 weeks of not going and as soon as I heard Griffey was off the DL and playing tonight, I was sold on going tonight. Here goes a quick flash of thoughts throughout the game:
Man we cant score runs tonight.
Yeah Edwin!
Did Griffey really just catch that?
Did Phillips just make that play?
Rick White in the game....well we just lost.
See, told you I was right.
Hmm, Griffey is going to hit a walk off grand slam.
Freel what the heck were you thinking?!

Then high fives to everyone and anyone around that was left (probably 4-5000) and two ushers!
Anyways, Welcome Back Junior....REALLY!

Minor league stuff returns in the morning.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Dayton Daily News article on Carlos Fisher

Former fielder Fisher finds pitching prowess with Dragons (Marc Katz, Dayton Daily News)

Everything is Lewis and Clark in Lewiston, Idaho.

Some day, maybe it will be Lewis and Clark and Fisher.

Carlos Fisher hasn't discovered anything, of course, except maybe a fastball that has allowed him to go 22 2/3 innings without giving up a run in his last four starts.

The next start is tonight to close the Class A Midwest League Dayton Dragons' homestand with Cedar Rapids.

"I can't ask for anything more," said Fisher, who allowed nine runs in his first 9 1/3 innings over two starts to begin the season. Since then, nothing.

"It was rough coming here from (warm) spring training," Fisher said. "The weather wasn't so great. It took a second to get used to the situation."

Originally a high school outfielder from Pasadena, Calif., Fisher was drafted in the 15th round by San Diego, which had no bonus money to offer. Fisher went to junior college, then Lewis and Clark State, an NAIA school known for its baseball.

At least three current major leaguers — Boston's Keith Foulke, San Francisco's Jason Ellison and the Braves' John Foster — attended Lewis and Clark.

It is where Fisher completed his transformation from an outfielder to a pitcher. The Reds selected him in the 11th round last summer. They sent him to rookie Billings, Mont., where he was 4-4 with a 4.19 ERA.

"I was doing so well pitching, and I couldn't hit anymore," Fisher said.

He is pitching so well, his record entering tonight's game is 4-1 with a 2.53 ERA.

5/10 Minor League Game Update

Dayton wins 6-4
Sarasota loses 6-3
Chattanooga wins 8-4
Louisville wins 8-0

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Check out this site

They have a portion of their site that is a minor league stat heaven of sorts.
Unless you wanted to go through the game logs of each and every game and seperate the stats yourself, goodluck finding home and away splits for minor league players.....until now. Not only that, but you get even more. They have splits for tons of things past home and road. You get GIDP, BAA, BABIP...tons of things. Seriously check it out, it is very impressive.

Assorted Dragons News for 5/10

Few notes from the Dayton Daily News (click this link to read entire article)

All those doubles and triples hit by second baseman/third baseman/left fielder Mike Griffin translated into the first ESPN (WING) Radio 1410 Dragons Player of the Month for April.

J.D. Roberts and Bobby Mosby had been sharing first base, but Roberts was sent back to extended spring training to work on his hitting, and Mosby has had a heal problem that has relegated him most of the time to designated hitting.

Jay Bruce has spent a lot of time recently as a designated hitter instead of playing the outfield. The 19-year-old has had a tender shoulder, and upper Reds management didn't want it to linger. Bruce did play three straight days in the outfield, but was DH again Tuesday.

As for Bruce's hitting, which included two homers on Monday, Gardner said, "He's still learning, but he can hit. He's got the gift."

5/10 Minor League Game Updates

Dayton loses 9-0
Sarasota loses 3-2
Chattanooga wins 4-3
Louisville loses 6-2

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Janish, Szymanski most likely to be promoted

Nice little article by Marc Katz at the Dayton Daily News on Janish and Szymanski.

5/8 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton wins 10-4
Sarasota loses 2-1
Chattanooga wins 4-3
Louisville loses 8-1

BJ Szymanski named MWL Player of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week
B.J. Szymanski, Dayton

.406 (13-32), 8 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 8 SO, 2 SB, .875 SLG

Syzmanski was hitting a dismal .173 entering Monday's game, and his average had not risen above the Mendoza line at any point in the season. What a difference a week makes, as he's now sitting at .239. Szymanski accumulated 13 hits this past week, seven of which went for extra bases. The highlight of the center fielder's hot streak came on Thursday, when he went 4-for-5 with two homers as the Dragons cruised to a 6-2 win over Clinton.

Read the article here article on Bailey's performance tonight

Monday, May 08, 2006

Homer Bailey goes No-No through 6 again tonight

Thats right, Homer Bailey went 6 innings tonight of no hit ball once again. That is two straight road starts of 6 innings and no hits. This time he did himself 1 better in the walk column and 2 better in the strikeout column. Bailey's final line tonight:
6 Innings pitched
0 hits
1 walk
11 strikeouts.

Reds Minor League Leaders

Batting Average

Name Level Average
Paul Janish A .390
Ray Olmedo AAA .339
Michael DeJesus A .333
Chris Denorfia AAA .333
Aaron Herr AA .315

On Base Percentage

Name Level OBP
Michael DeJesus A .429
Paul Janish A .416
Chris Denorfia AAA .402
Drew Anderson A+ .398
Eric Eymann A .390

Slugging Percentage

Name Level SLG
Paul Janish A .585
Drew Anderson A+ .567
Jay Bruce A .560
Aaron Herr AA .532
Jay Garthwaite A+ .527


Name Level 2B
Jay Bruce A 11
Michael Griffin A 11
Cody Strait A+ 11
Drew Anderson A+ 9
Aaron Herr AA 9

Home Runs

Name Level HR
BJ Szymanksi A 8
Cody Strait A+ 6
Jay Bruce A 5
Joey Votto AA 5
Rob Stratton AAA 5
Jay Garthwaite A+ 5


Name Level RBI
Aaron Herr AA 27
Cody Strait A+ 22
Jay Bruce A 19
BJ Szymanski A 18
Drew Anderson A+ 17

Stolen Bases

Name Level SB
Cody Strait A+ 19
Brandon Roberts A+ 15
BJ Szymanski A 7
Drew Anderson A+ 5
3 tied at 4

Now onto the pitching


Name Level Wins
Carlos Fisher A 4
Calvin Medlock AA 4
4 Tied with 3 3

Innings Pitched

Name Level Innings Pitched
Justin Germano AAA 33.1
Steve Kelly AA 32.1
Carlos Fisher A 32.0
Sam Lecure A+ 32.0
Camilo Vazquez A+ 31.2
Homer Bailey A+ 31.2

ERA (starters only)

Name Level ERA
Josh Hall AA/AAA 1.52
Carlos Fisher A 2.53
Camilo Vazquez A+ 2.56
Steve Kelly AA 2.76
Travis Chick AA 2.96


Name Level WHIP
Johnny Cueto A 0.80
Carlos Fisher A 1.03
Sam Lecure A+ 1.03
Homer Bailey A+ 1.04
Travis Chick AA 1.07


Name Level Strikeouts
Johnny Cueto A 33
Homer Bailey A+ 33
Sam Lecure A+ 33
Camilo Vazquez A+ 32
Travis Wood A 32

5/7 Game Articles

Dayton loses 9-1.
Sarasota loses 4-3
Chattanooga wins 10-4
Louisville was postponed. Game will be made up at a later date.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

5/6 Game Articles

Dayton wins 5-3
Sarasota wins 6-4
Chattanooga wins 3-2
Louisville loses a double header, 2-0 and 2-1

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Chris Denorfia and Johnny Cueto, Reds players of the month

From Mark Sheldon at

Farm report: The Reds organization named outfielder Chris Denorfia its Minor League Player of the Month for April. Denorfia, who was recalled to Cincinnati on Tuesday, batted .351 with three homers, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored in 20 games last month for Louisville. He reached safely in all but one game.

Class A Dayton's Johnny Cueto was named Minor League Pitcher of the Month after going 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in four starts. Cuerto walked two and struck out 29.

At the bottom of this article is where this is addressed.

Travis Chick back from the DL and Adam Rosales to the DL

From yesterdays game article at the very bottom it says:

In the final game of their current series, Travis Chick takes the mound for Chattanooga Saturday night. Game time is 7:15 p.m. Another fireworks show follows the game.

That is a good sign and hopefully means that Chick has nothing wrong with him arm and he just needed a little rest for it to get ready.

Also Adam Rosales was put on the DL with a strained right elbow.

Maybe this is the reason his bat has dropped off a bit from last season? He has been getting on base a lot still thanks to his plate discipline and drawing walks, but the hits just havent been coming for him. Hopefully this is nothing serious as Adam is one of the guys I really like from last years draft.

5/5/ Game Articles

Dayton lost 11-7.
Sarasota won 6-1.
Chattanooga loses 7-5
Louisville was postponed last night thanks to a ton of rain.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Jay Bruce, the next Reds stud outfielder?

You know, it is really hard to project players in the minor leagues as far as what they will do in the Major Leagues. It is even tougher to do with a player who is still in Single A baseball. So far this season I have been extremely impressed with Jay Bruce, who is currently playing for Dayton in the Midwest League. He is just a month in, as the minor league season started April 6th and today is now May 6th. Bruce has played in 26 games and has put up some impressive stats at the plate. Throw in the fact that he has been through slumps of 0-18 and 1-15 this season and it really jumps out at you.

Like I stated before, there isn’t exactly an easy way to project how someone will be as a major league when you are talking about a player who is still in the mow minor leagues like Bruce is. On the other hand, it sure is fun to compare what a player does in the same league as other guys at the same age. Two of the Reds current stud outfielder, Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns both have played in the Midwest league where Jay is currently playing. Lets take a look at their stats for their season in the Midwest League at the age of 19.

Adam Dunn - 1999 Midwest League Season - Age 19

Year AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO Avg Obp Slg
1999 313 62 96 16 2 11 44 46 64 .307 .399 .476

Austin Kearns - 1999 Midwest League Season - Age 19

Year AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO Avg Obp Slg
1999 426 72 110 36 5 13 48 50 120 .258 .340 .458

Jay Bruce - 2006 Midwest League Season - Age 19

Year AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO Avg Obp Slg
2006 104 18 29 9 2 5 18 8 20 .279 .322 ..548

Now lets say Bruce as man at bats as Austin Kearns did in 1999, that would put him on pace for 37 doubles, 21 home runs and 74 RBI. Will he stay on that current pace? No one really knows, but at least early this season, Bruce is showing some good power in his bat and he is producing runs. Not to bad for a kid who some scouts have said that his bat won't come around for a few years.

5/4/2006 Game Articles

Dayton wins 6-2.
Sarasota wins 4-1.
Chattanooga wins 8-7.
Louisville loses 8-3.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

5/3/2006 Game Articles

Dayton had the day off. They resume play today on the road against Clinton in the first of a four game series.

Sarasota lost 9-6.
Chattanooga wins 10-8.
Louisville also had the day off. They resume play today in Charlotte.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

John Sickels of on Homer Bailey

Sickels did a great "Prospect Smackdown" with Homer Bailey and another pitcher drafted the same year as Bailey, in Eric Hurley. Sickels is one of the premiere voices on prospects, so what he says you should listen to. I dont want to post the article on here, becuase he does such a great job with his website, I will just link you so you can read all of his stuff.

5/2/2006 Game Articles

Dayton wins 4-3 and 8-2.
Sarasota had the day off, they return to play today.

Chattanooga won
Louisville loses 4-2 to Columbus.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

5/2 Game Scores and Tomorrows preview

Dayton won a second straight double header today, 4-3 and 8-2.
  • In game 1 the Dragons scored all of their runs on home runs by Jay Bruce, Paul Janish and BJ Szymanski. Janish and Szymanski both went 2-3 in the game. On the mound was Johnny Cueto, he went 5 innings and gave up two runs on 2 hits. Cueto came out to pitch the 6th inning, but walked the first two batters he faced. They both later scored on a double off of reliever Wayne Lundgren, who gave up two doubles in one-third of an inning to go along with his walk. Blake Hendley came on to get the in for the Dragons after Paul Janish hit a home run to take the lead in the 7th.
  • In the second game the Dragons had 6 extra base hits and 14 hits overall in scoring 8 runs in the 7 inning game. BJ Szymanski hit his second home run of the day (one in the first game) and got his batting average over the .200 mark by the end of the game after going 2-4. Bobby Mosby and Michael DeJesus also hit home runs and had 2 hits in the game for the Dragons. The Dragons had 3 pitchers combine for a 4 hitter. Kyle Huddy started the game and lasted 2.2 innings before being relieved by Bo Lanier who picked up the win. Zac Stott came in to pitch the final inning and preserve the win for the Dragons who have now won 4 games in a row over the last two days and put themselves in 3rd place of the Eastern Division.
Sarasota had an off day today and will return tomorrow to play at home against Dunedin. It should be Homer Baileys day in the rotation, but probables are not available for the game yet.

Chattanooga beat Tennessee tonight 4-3.
  • Edward Valdez had a quality start going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 4. All 3 runs allowed came in the 5th inning. Nannini, Coutlangus and Shafer came out of the bullpen to pitch 3 hitless innings of relief to close up the game for Valdez and the Lookouts.
Louisville fell tonight 4-2 to the Columbus Clippers
  • Paul Wilson made a rehab start for the Bats tonight and went 6 innings and only allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. The Bats could not get it going though and Wilson got the loss. Andy Abad hit a home run and went 2-4 with a double in the loss.

Preview for tomorrow
  • John Sickels at is going to be doing a peice on Homer Bailey tomorrow. Once it is online, I will post a link to it so everyone can read it.
  • All of the Reds teams are in action tomorrow except for Louisville.
  • Just a side note becuase I can.....How good has Edwin Encarnacion been?

Cody Ross to the DL and Chris Denorfia called up

Thanks to the best Reds beat writer around, Marc Lancaster:
The Reds today placed Cody Ross on the disabled list with a bruised left pinky. His spot on the roster will be filled by...Chris Denorfia.

I thought the Ross thing might be coming as a way to get Junior back on, even though Ross really isn't hurt that badly. But this, I don't really get. At all. We'll see how they spin it.

Also, as expected, FSN Ohio has announced it will televise an additional 14 games in May and June, beginning with Saturday's tilt at Arizona.

Be sure to check out Marcs Blog

5/1/2006 Game Articles

Dayton wins both games of doubleheader, 13-5 and 2-0
Sarasota wins 2-1
Chattanooga had the day off.

Louisville wins 4-3 over former manager Dave Miley

Monday, May 01, 2006

Phil Dumatrait, Pitcher of the Week and BA blurb on Homer Bailey

Phil Dumatrait was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week

By Benjamin Hill / Special to

Southern League
Phil Dumatrait, Chattanooga
2-0, 0.75 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 14 SO

Against West Tenn on Tuesday, Dumatrait allowed one run over five frames to pick up his first win of the season. But that was just a prelude to Sunday. The 24-year-old righty surrendered just two hits in seven shutout innings while striking out 10 as the Lookouts eked out a 1-0 win over Carolina.

You can read the rest of the Pitchers of the Week for each league by clicking here

Homer Bailey blurb

Homer Bailey made Baseball Americas Prospect Hot Sheet as a "in the team photo" addition for what he did this past week. You can check that out here.

4/30/2006 Game Articles and 5/1 Game Previews

4/30 Game Articles
5/1 Game Previews
  • Dayton plays two games tonight. In the first game Philippe Valiquette comes back from the DL to start for the Dragons. Valiquette comes into the game 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA. Burlington brings in an equally good starter with Carlos Rosa who is 1-2 with a 2.14 ERA on the season. In game two the Dragons send Carlos Fisher out to the mound who is coming off a great performance in his last outing where he went 6.1 innings allowing just 3 hits and no runs while striking out 9 and walking 1. Burlington will again bring a good pitcher to the mound with Christopher Nicoll and his 1.80 ERA. These two teams should be well rested having not played a game in 3 days due to rain.
  • Sarasota plays in Tampa tonight to finish up the three game series. The two teams have split it so far with the Reds taking the first game and the Yankees taking the second one. The Reds come in tied for 3rd place, while the Yankees are bringing up the rear, sitting in last place with a 10-12 record.
  • Chattanooga has an off day today.
  • Louisville starts a two game series with Columbus tonight at home. The Bats have lost 6 of their last 8 games and could really use a few wins. The last place Clippers could be a nice place to start a winning streak.