WHIP AROUND 8/24

Louisville (AAA): Lost 8-1 

Cody Reed: Pitched a great outing last night going  6.0 innings with two strikeouts and three walks.  Reed has bounced between Louisville and Cincinnati this season, making 10 starts for the Reds.  He’s been much better for Louisville (6-4, 3.18).

Kyle Waldrop: went 1-3

Ray Chang: went 1-3 with a double.

Daytona (A+): Won 3-2, 2-1 in a double header

Blake Trahan: Went a combined 3-8 with two RBIs and a steal (20)… Trahan came into the season ranked by Baseball America as the Reds #19 prospect.  He is batting .251 in just his second season of pro ball

Jonathan Reynoso: Went 2-4 with three steals and a run in game one… he now has 26 stolen bases this season for Daytona

Jimmy Herget: Threw one shutout inning with a strikeout.  The former sixth round pick in 2015 has dazzled in his second season of pro ball, posting a 1.76 ERA with 76 strikeouts in just 56.1 IP.

Daytona (A): Won 5-3

Zack Shields: Went 2-3 with a walk, triple, 2 steals (17) a run and an RBI… Shields is trending up, batting .273 over the last 10 games

Brantley Bell: Went 203 with a walk, steal (20), 2 RBI and a run… Bell rides a four game hit streak.  He’s tallied two hits in all four games.

Mitch Piatnik: A name we’ve seen a lot in these reports this season… Piatnik had another solid night going 2-4 with two runs

Billings (ROK): Won 7-3

John Sansone: Went 3-4 with a double, RBI and two runs

Taylor Trammell: Went 1-4 with a walk, triple, steal (22) and a run… Trammell has hit .303 in 50 games for Billings this season.  He rides a five game hit streak.

Cincinnati Farm System Whip-Around: 8/23/16

Here’s a quick look at what some former (and possible future) Blue Wahoos are doing now:

Cincinnati Reds: L vs Los Angeles Dodgers, 18-9

  • Billy Hamilton was 1-5 with a walk, and two runs scored. He’s batting .333 in his last 15 games.
  • Tucker Barnhart went 1-4 and drove in his 35th RBI of the season.
  • Joey Votto smashed a double and a triple, scored twice and knocked in four runs, going 3-6.
  • Tony Renda struck out in his only at bat.

Louisville Bats (Triple-A): L vs Toledo Mudhens, 5-4

  • Beau Amaral went 1-3 with a run scored. He has scored 15 times in 21 games.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean was 2-4 with one run scored.
  • Kyle Waldrop was 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Ray Chang hit 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Rookie Davis pitched five innings, giving up five runs, four earned on eight hits, one walk and struck out two. Davis, who gave up two home runs, earned the loss and is 0-1 with Louisville.

Daytona Tortugas (Advanced-A): Did not play

 Dayton Dragons (Class A): W vs Lan Lugnuts, 11-10

  • Nick Senzel was 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and four RBIs for 30 on the year.
  • Daniel Sweet hit 2-5 with a triple, his eighth this season, scored twice and knocked in a run.
  • James Vasquez went 2-5 with two RBIs and leads the team with 61 runs-batted in.
  • Lucas Benenati worked five scoreless innings of relief, giving up one hit and striking out two to lower his ERA to 1.19.

Billings Mustangs (Rookie): L vs Missoula Osprey, 7-5

  • J. Friedl went 3-5 with a double, scored once and knocked in two runs. He has seven doubles in 15 games and nine RBIs.
  • Gabriel Ovalle had a mulit-hit game, going 2-5.
  • Brian Hunter pitched two scoreless innings in relief and allowed two hits, while striking out one.  

 

by Duwayne Escobedo

WHIP AROUND 8/22

A look around the organization at lat night’s highlights from former and potential future Wahoos:

Cincinnati (MLB): 4-0 loss to LAD

Tony Cingrani: Tossed another scoreless inning of relief in a losing effort against the Dodgers last night.  He lowered his ERA to 3.61

Louisville (AAA): Won 5-4 over Indianpolis

Beau Amaral: Went 1-4 with a run and an RBI… rides a four game hit streak

Kyle Waldrop: went 2-4 with a run… batting .294 over his last 10 games

Amir Garrett: allowed three earned runs in 6.1 IP with five walks and six strikeouts

Kevin Shackelford: Tossed two shutout innings with a strikeout

Daytona (A+): Lost 15-0 to Clearwater

Shed Long: Went 1-3 with a walk… Long was a 12th round pick in 2013

Dayton (A): Lost 8-7 to Western Michigan 

Jose Duarte: went 2-5 with an RBI.

Brantley Bell: went 2-5 with a double, run and an RBI.

Daniel Sweet: went 2-5 with a double, triple, 2 runs and an RBI.

Billings (ROK): Lost 12-8 to Missoula

T.J. Friedl: went 1-3 with a walk… Friedl was a non-drafted free agent that the Reds signed about two weeks ago for 735,000 dollars, making it the most lucrative signing  bonus for an American-born non-drafted player in the history of the MLB.  The former University of Nevada outfielder  hit two homers in his first game last week.

Taylor Trammell: went 2-4 with a triple, walk and a run.

Montrell Marshall: went 3-5 with a home run (1), 2 runs and 2 RBI.

 

Cincinnati Farm System Whip-Around: 8/21/16

Here’s a quick look at what some former (and possible future) Blue Wahoos are doing now:

Cincinnati Reds: W vs Los Angeles Dodgers, 11-1

  • Billy Hamilton was 1-4 with a walk, a run, one RBI and stole his 53rd base of the year.
  • Adam Duvall crushed a three-run homer in Cincinnati’s four-run first inning for his 28th homer of the year. For the game, he had four RBIs and now has 80 this season. He was 2-5 with two runs scored.
  • Scott Schebler smashed a two-run homer and went 2-5 with a run scored.
  • Tony Renda, who was near the top in doubles in the Southern League with 25, got his first Major League double—his first extra base hit—and scored a run. He is now 5-24 in 13 games.
  • Jose Peraza hit 3-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs, including his second homer of the season.
  • Brandon Finnegan improved to 8-9 this season throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing only one hit, while walking two and striking out eight.
  • Josh Smith pitched one inning of relief and allowed one run on two hits and struck out one.

Louisville Bats (Triple-A): W vs Indianapolis Indians, 11-7

  • Juan Perez went 2-5 with a double and solo home run, his fifth of the year, scored twice and knocked in three runs.
  • Hernan Iribarren was 2-4 with two runs scored.
  • Chris Berset was 1-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. He has hit in seven of his last eight games.
  • Jesse Winker hit 1-4 with a walk, a run scored and knocked in a run, his 40th of the season.
  • Kyle Waldrop went 1-2 with a walk and scored twice.
  • Robert Stephenson started the game and was replaced after two innings, giving up six earned runs on four hits, four walks, two strikeouts and gave up a homer.
  • Matt Magill earned the win and improved to 4-1. He threw two innings, allowing one run on a home run, gave up two hits total, walked one and struck out three.
  • Wandy Peralta closed the game with two scoreless and hitless innings, while walking one and striking out two.

Daytona Tortugas (Advanced-A): L vs Clearwater Thrashers, 5-1

  • Aristides Aquino drove in the team’s only run, his 74th RBI of the season, on a double. He was 1-4 in the game.
  • Blake Trahan scored Daytona’s only run, going 1-4.
  • Shed Long continued his hot hitting, going 1-3 with a walk and is hitting .351 in 25 games since being called up from Low-A Dayton.

 Dayton Dragons (Class A): L vs West Michigan Whitecaps, 5-1

  • Brantley Bell was 2-2 with a two-out solo home run, his first of the season.
  • Luis Gonzales hit 1-4.
  • Nick Senzel was 1-3 with a walk and is hitting .309 for Dayton.

Billings Mustangs (Rookie): L vs Missoula Osprey, 7-6

  • T.J. Friedl went 1-5 with a double and a run scored and is hitting .309.
  • Hector Vargas hit a two-run homer, his 4th of the season, and knocked in his 35 and 36 RBIs on the year.
  • Jose Siri was 2-4 with two runs scored and is batting .348.
  • Taylor Trammell was 2-4 with a walk and drove in a run.

  

by Duwayne Escobedo

Whip Around (8/17)

Cincinnati (MLB):  Tony Renda: Made his third MLB start, going 1-4 with a run.

Louisville (AAA): lost 5-0

Daytona (A+): lost 10-1 

Dayton (A) won 3-2 

Billings (ROK) won 7-2 

  • T.J. Friedl went 1-4 with a walk.
  • Jose Siri went 2-5 with a solo home run (9) and 2 runs.
  • John Sansone went 1-2 with 2 walks and a run.
  • Hector Vargas went 2-4 with a double, run and an RBI.
  • Colby Wright went 1-4 with a run and an RBI.
  • Mitch Trees went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • Zac Correll allowed a run in 3.0 innings with 5 strikeouts.
  • Alfredo Mena threw 3.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts.
  • Junior Arias threw 1.2 perfect innings with 4 strikeouts.

Cincinnati Farm System Whip-Around: 8/16/16

Here’s a quick look at what some former (and possible future) Blue Wahoos are doing now:

Cincinnati Reds: L vs Miami Marlins, 6-3

  • Tucker Barnhart was 2-4 with a double and scored a run. He is hitting .385 in his last seven games and .300 in his last 30 games.
  • Scott Schebler smashed a solo homer, walked and drove in two runs, going 1-3.
  • Tony Renda started his second game at second base and went 0-4.
  • Kyle Waldrop pinch hit and went 0-1.
  • Michael Lorenzen relied heavily on Tony Renda in his one scoreless inning of relief work in the seventh. Renda got four straight ground balls and committed a throwing error on one play. Lorenzen now has a 2.30 ERA in 18 relief appearances and 27.1 innings, while striking out 30. Opposing hitters are batting .196 against him.

Louisville Bats (Triple-A): L vs Indianapolis Indians, 5-2

  • Beau Amaral went 1-5 and scored a run in the lead off position. He is hitting .302.
  • Jessie Winker was 1-3 with a walk.
  • Chris Berset was 1-4 with an RBI, his 17th of the season. He has a five game hitting streak.
  • Amir Garrett pitched a season-high 7 scoreless innings, allowing six hits, two walks and striking out five.

Daytona Tortugas (Advanced-A): W vs Brevard County Manatees, 4-3

  • Juan Duran hit a walk-off single in the 12th inning after starting a Daytona three-run rally on an infield single to help send the game into extra innings. Duran ended up 3-6 with one run scored and one RBI.
  • Brian O’Grady hit 3-5 with a double and triple, his sixth on the season, and scored the tying run in the ninth inning.
  • Aristides Aquino hit a two-out, two-run homer for his 20th of the season in the ninth inning. He was 1-5.
  • Gavin LaValley smacked a single to drive in O’Grady with the tying run in the ninth inning.
  • Alex Powers pitched a scoreless 12th inning to improve to 8-0 on the year in 42 relief appearances with Daytona.

 Dayton Dragons (Class A): W vs Fort Wayne TinCaps, 6-0

  • Daniel Sweet went 1-5 with two RBIs and is hitting .301.
  • Chris Okey was 2-3 with a double, walk and knocked in two runs and has two hits in three of his last four games.
  • James Vasquez hit 1-4 and drove in RBI 59 on the year.
  • Austin Orewiler threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits one walk and striking out a career-high nine batters. He got the victory and is now 3-11 with a 3.88 ERA.

Billings Mustangs (Rookie): W vs Idaho Falls Chukars, 12-5

  • T.J. Friedl crushed his first triple of his professional career, going 1-4 with a walk and run scored.
  • Cassidy Brown was 4-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, while raising his batting average to .371.
  • Hector Vargas hit a double and was 3-5 with one run scored and knocked in his 30th RBI.
  • John Sansone went 3-5 with a run scored and two RBIs.
  • Taylor Trammell hit 3-5 with two runs scored and drove in two runs for 24 on the season.

 

 by Duwayne Escobedo

Cincinnati Farm System Whip-Around: 8/12/16

Here’s a quick look at what some former (and possible future) Blue Wahoos are doing now:

Cincinnati Reds: Did not play

 Louisville Bats (Triple-A): W vs Charlotte Knights, 7-3

  • Beau Amaral smacked a two-out, two-run home run in the fifth inning, which was his first Triple-A homer. Amaral, who went 1-5 in the leadoff position in the batting order, is hitting .273.
  • Jessie Winker got on base four times, going 3-3 with a walk and scored a run lifting his average to .303. He has 25 multi-hit games for Louisville.
  • Chris Berset was 2-4 with two runs scored and knocked in his 15th RBI of the season.
  • Tim Adleman worked 7 innings, allowing 2 unearned runs on six hits and two walks and striking out one. He did allow a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning.
  • Kevin Shackelford threw one scoreless inning, striking out one. He now has a 0.43 ERA in 15 appearances, allowing one run in 21 innings pitched.

Daytona Tortugas (Advanced-A): W vs Tampa Yankees, 4-3

  • Juan Duran went 2-4 with a triple and two runs scored.
  • Chad Tromp hit 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. In addition to knocking the game-winning hit, he also stole his first base.
  • Ty Washington was 1-2 with a walk and a run scored.
  • Ismael Guillon threw six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk with nine strikeouts. In his last three starts, the southpaw has allowed one run in 16 innings and struck out 29 batters.

 Daytona Tortugas (Advanced-A): L vs Tampa Yankees, 7-0

  • Shed Long was 1-4 and is hitting .396 in 15 games with Daytona.
  • Gavin LaValley hit 2-3 with a double.
  • Blake Trahan went 1-3 with a triple and walk and is now hitting .249 on the season.

Dragons (Class A): L vs South Bend Cubs, 7-4

  • James Vasquez went 1-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.
  • Chris Okey was 1-3 with a double, a walk, one run scored and knocked in another. He also stole his third base of the season.

Billings Mustangs (Rookie): Did not play

 

by Duwayne Escobedo

Reds Whip Around 8/10

Cincinnati Reds: Beat St. Louis 7-4

Billy Hamilton: Went 2-3 with three runs last night and three stolen bases, flashing the speed that made him famous in the minor leagues.  He now leads the National League with 48 stolen bases this season.

Tony Renda: Still has not started a game for the Reds, but none the less is batting .400 in pinch hit opportunities. He went 0-1 last night.

Louisville (AAA): Lost 2-0 to Columbus

Amir Garrett: After struggling his last time out, Garrett bounced back with a big time start last night, the kind Wahoos fans grew accustomed to seeing during his time in Pensacola.  The youthful lefty went seven innings allowing two runs and striking out seven (a season high at AAA).

Jesse Winker: Winker went 1-3 last night.  He’s batting .343 in his last 10 games

Daytona (A+): Postponed due to weather… will play double-header today

Dayton (A): Lost 2-0 to Lake County

Chris Okey: The 2016 2nd round draft pick out of Clemson University went 2-3 last night.  He started the year in rookie-level Billings, where he hit .162 in 9 games.  Through 28 games with Dayton he is batting .229.

Jesus Reyes: Went four innings while not allowing an earned run and striking out two

Billings (ROK): Won 3-1 over Idaho Falls

Taylor Trammell: Went 3-4 with a double and three RBI.  He also added his 17th stolen base of the season.

Cassidy Brown: Went 2-4 last night… the 2016 12th rounder is batting .315 through 26 games with Billings.

 

Cincinnati Farm System Whip-Around: 8/9/16

Here’s a quick look at what some former (and possible future) Blue Wahoos are doing now:

Cincinnati Reds: W vs St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4

  • Michael Lorenzen pitched two innings of relief to earn the win and improve to 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA. He allowed three hits, one run and struck out three.
  • Billy Hamilton went 2-3, walked twice and scored three times. He also stole three bases and now has 48 in 97 games to lead the Major Leagues.
  • Tucker Barnhart went 2-4 with a double, a run scored and knocked in his 30th RBI of the season.
  • Zack Cozart was 3-5 with his 25th double of the year, scored a run and knocked in another.
  • Joey Votto went 2-4 with an RBI and is hitting .392 in his last 30 games.

 Louisville Bats (Triple-A): L vs Charlotte Knights, 2-0

  • Beau Amaral went 1-4, earning one of the Bats three hits in the game.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean was 1-3.
  • Jessie Winker hit 1-3 knocking his 18th double of the season.
  • Amir Garrett worked 7 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, no walks and striking out seven. He is now 2-4 with a 3.77 ERA.
  • Drew Hayes threw one scoreless inning, striking out one.

Daytona Tortugas (Advanced-A): Rained out vs Dunedin Blue Jays

Dayton Dragons (Class A): L vs Lake County Cubs, 2-0

  • Daniel Sweet went 1-4 and was 1-2 in stolen base attempts. He is hitting .302 this season.
  • Chris Okey was 2-3.
  • Jesus Reyes threw four innings, giving up two unearned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out two. He got the loss and is 5-3 with a 1.82 ERA.
  • Sandy Lugo threw two scoreless innings and struck out three in his 25th relief appearance for Dayton.

Billings Mustangs (Rookie): W vs Idaho Falls Chukars, 3-1

  • J. Friedl in five games and 20 at bats, Friedl is hitting .550 after going 2-4 with two runs scored. He stole his first base of the season.
  • Taylor Trammell went 3-4 with a double and three RBIs. He stole his 17th base and is hitting .293.
  • Hector Vargas was 2-3 with a walk and is batting .363.
  • Cassidy Brown hit 2-4 and has four multi-hit performances in his last 10 games.
  • Scott Moss threw five scoreless innings, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out three. The southpaw is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA.

 

 by Duwayne Escobedo

Unheralded Tony Renda a Big Leaguer

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Little did baseball’s jack-of-all-trades Tony Renda know when he was traded from the New York Yankees to the Cincinnati Reds for superstar closer Aroldis Champman that he would make the big leagues this season.

The 25-year-old Renda, who was drafted in the second round out of the University of California by the Washington Nationals, came over in a trade Dec. 28 along with pitcher Rookie Davis, third baseman Eric Jagielo, and pitcher Caleb Cotham.

Renda, who started the season with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, earned his first Major League RBI and scored his first run on Sunday, Aug. 7 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Renda came in to pinch hit in the seventh inning and hit a sharp ground ball to right field to drive in Eugenio Suarez. He then scored to give the Reds a 6-2 lead when Pittsburgh third baseman Jung Ho Kang made an error on Zack Cozart’s grounder.

Blue Wahoos manager Pat Kelly isn’t surprised at all at Renda’s success.

“He has just hustled his way to the big leagues,” Kelly said. “It’s terrific and good for the whole organization. They’re not just taking the high profile guy. In that Chapman trade, he was probably the fourth guy in that trade.”

Renda spent the first half of the season with Pensacola where he was chosen to the Southern League All-Star game and hit an inside the park home run in the game that clinched the first half South Division title for the club.

He led the Southern League with a .326 average in the first half and in 20 of his last 22 games, Renda hit at a .413 clip. He earned a call up to Triple-A Louisville where he continued to hit, batting .280 in 23 games with a .344 on-base percentage.

So far with Cincinnati, Renda is 2-4 in four games as a pinch hitter since Aug. 2. His first hit was originally scored a sacrifice bunt but later changed.

“I’m really happy it got overturned,” Renda told Reds media. “It’s my first but I don’t think it’s my last.”

Some baseball experts considered Renda “filler” in the trade for Chapman.

“It’s great,” Kelly said. “It gives players hope that they don’t have to be on Baseball America’s Top 100 to be in the big leagues. People are too enamored with prospect lists.”

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