Friday, June 30, 2006

Hammond gone

This will be real quick cause I have something to do. This needed to be done and I don't mind Shackelford being brought up, but most importantly this opens up a spot on the 40 man for Homer Bailey. Krivsky said on Lance McAlister's show that other than a September call up, if they bring Homer up they want to make sure he is here to stay. To do that he must be on the 40 man. I hope they make this happen. There is still some more work to do. This should be a notice to Weathers, Mercker and Yan.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Lots of Minors News

The Reds have signed a few more of their draft picks and assigned them to their rookie league teams.
5-Josh Ravin-GCL
10-Josh Roenicke-GCL
30-Lee Tabor-GCL
32-Danny Dorn-unassigned

Also, a couple of guys have already been promoted from Billings up to Dayton.

Jose Rojas
Bil 2005 stats 2 W, 4 L, 5.90 ERA, 4 SV, 39.2 IP, 21 H, 26 ER, 22 BB, 34 K
Bil 2006 stats 0 W, 0 L, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Career 28 W, 20 L, 3.65 ERA, 6 SV, 431.1 IP, 369 H, 194 BB, 385 K
Somehow we got this guy out of the Dodgers farm system. Maybe as a minor league free agent.

Daniel Guerrero
VSL 2005 stats 2W, 1L, 3.08 ERA, 49.2 IP, 39H, 17 ER, 9 BB, 42 K, 0.97 WHIP Bil 2006 stats 2W, 0L, 0.75 ERA, 12.0 IP, 6H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0.50 WHIP
Looks like he has nice control. Could be on the fast track if he keeps these numbers up.

I have also been trying to figure out what happened to Milton Loo who I was very excited about. He was on Billings roster for a few days before their season started but now he is nowhere to be found.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Ross full-time catcher?

Hey gang,
I'm going to try to start posting more. I haven't had much time lately. The Reds seem to be back to their winning ways. Arroyo didn't have his best outing the other night but hey, you can't win them all. I was pleasantly surprised to see Ross catching Ramirez today. Is this a sign that he is our regular starting catcher now? I believe his performance this year deems him worthy of a starting roll. I have been calling for this for some time now. It was nice to have Valentin catching Ramirez due to their language barrier and now knowing what we were going to get from Ross, but now, Ramirez doesn't need a personal catcher. Go with the hot bat. Now we just need to fix this roster by getting some relief help and getting rid of LaRue and McCracken.

Anthony Gressick made his Reds debut in Billings last night. Keep an eye on this guy. I think he will be very good. Also, Logan Parker, who I mentioned was a good choice back on draft day is tearing it up in Billings so far. Stubbs is doing pretty well also.

On a totally unrelated note, my Mavs got robbed!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Bailey time?

I know it's early yet but it is the 5th inning in Chattanooga and this is Bailey's line.

5 IP, 5 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 6 k's.

He has benefited from some great plays by his fielders and has given up one double. All strikeouts are swinging. I'm not ready to anoint him the savior or anything but if he keeps this up we are going to at least have to consider a September call up.

UPDATE: Bailey exited the game after the 6th inning allowing 5 hits and 7 k's. I would call that a successful AA debut.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Bye Bye Bullpen

I think it is official. I do trust in Krivsky and I am sure he must be working the phones to find some relief help but this bullpen needs to be dumped and started over from scratch. I pretty much think we should keep Belisle, Coffey and Claussen in the bullpen. If Claussen has options I send him back down but I don't believe that he does. I also don't think we should give up on Standridge as he hasn't done anything wrong yet. I also think that Coffey needs to be moved back into the set up role. I don't know who then becomes our closer. I'm not sure that person is in the organization right now. I'm also not sure who is available on the market but Krivsky needs to get on the horn and not pick up these waiver wire dumps and trade one of our catchers or middle infielders and get some relief help. I am sick of seeing this good starting pitching performances blown by a bad offende or a bad bullpen. I would hate to be a starter on this team. I was pleasantly surprised by Mays performance tonight and think that this is what we will get from him pretty much all the time. He is going to allow a lot of hits. He is going to let people get on base. I think with our vaunted offense that we can outscore our opponents.

I am also excited to see our rookie leagues get going. I am going to really try to focus on these clubs and on our newer draftees. Both teams won their first games. Billings really lit up Great Falls. Michael McKennon has 7 rbis and Daniel Guerrero got the win by pitching 6 innings of 1 run ball while walking none and striking out 3. Drew Stubbs was 1 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout. He was also hit by a pitch twice. This is going to be a team to watch. Lots of good pick ups out of this years draft that are going to contribute I believe. Watch out for Logan Parker also. He was our pick from the University of Cincinnati that is a first basemen. The GCL team started yesterday also and guess who got the win. Richie Gardner. He pitched 3 innings of relief with 1 hit and 2 strikeouts with no walks. Now that sounds great, but he is way old for this league and should dominate it. He needs to make hay here and be promoted right away. He must prove his worth now.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

White's Gone :-)

Thank God. I hate for someone to lose their job, but he just wasn't performing. I do think this is just the beginning. I am confused by the Standridge call up. I know that Krivsky doesn't like for people to skip levels. He has said so in the past. So I knew my preferred call up, Coutlangus, would not be coming up, but I would think since we were opening up a spot on the 40 man that we might use it on someone that we have not seen before. I think we pretty much know what we are going to get out of Standridge. His numbers have been pretty good in Louisville this year and I am wondering if he might be a spot starter depending on what we get out of Mays and what happens with Belisle and Claussen. Standridge has started in the past. There are a few other people on the Louisville roster I would have rather seen brought up. I think Tom Shearn, Brad Salmon, Scott Chiasson or Mike Venafro deserve a shot. Venafro has big league experience and has been doing very well down in AAA. This team is going to have some decisions to make once everyone is healthy. I think we will probably see the end of Burns once Belisle comes back. I think we are going to have to trade one of our catchers once Edwin is healthy, preferably LaRue if we can get someone to take that contract. I don't know who would. We are going to have to eat some of it, which I am okay with. We need to make some changes. This homestand was pretty terrible. I was at the game today and it was disgusting watching our bullpen and hearing the crowd chanting, "Lets go White Sox." I was glad to hear about the White move after the game and hopefully we will do something else. I think Burns, Yan and Mercker should be let go. Someone might take Mercker off our hands but I think the other 2 will just be DFA'd. In a related note, the Reds have updated their rosters for their GCL Reds and Billings teams. Milton Loo will be in Billings. I am excited to see what he can do there. If the Reds are possibly thinking about moving Edwin across the diamond Loo could be the long term replacement at 3rd. I am excited to see these rookies perform and see what Krivsky has brought into this organization. In Krivsky I trust.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Welcome back Juan and other news

Well Juan Castro is back and I am kinda suprised by that move but this is what I think might happen and I haven't heard anyone else mention this. I do think there might be another move being made but unlike some people who have mentioned Lopez being shipped off, I think it might involve Hatteberg. I think Krivsky could package him and LaRue and get something that could help us. We then either hand over 1B to Aurilia with Dunn subing or move Encarnacion across the infield. I think either one of these makes sense. I don't like the idea of getting rid of Lopez. He is still young and him and Phillips will make an exciting tandem for years to come. I like Olmedo though and wish he had a place on this team. He should be traded also as well as Denorfia. They belong on a major league squad. Maybe not as starters, but neither of them have much left to prove at AAA. I would definitely like to get rid of McCracken instead but I don't know if that will happen. They are going to have to make some kind of move once Encarnacion and Belisle come off the DL. A long shot could be bringing up Votto. He's on the 40 man.

Stubbs signed yesterday and has been assigned to Billings. I don't expect him to be ther very long. Watch out for the outfield of Stubbs, Bruce and Szymanski in Dayton. Those 3 can rake it and cover a lot of ground. Possibly the best outfield in the minors. They have also singed 2nd round pick Sean Watson. Stubbs is the only signee to be assigned to a squad so far.

In a related note. I could stand to see White and Mercker go away.

Belisle has been assigned to Dayton for his rehab assignment.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Random thoughts and updates

Robert Manuel made his first start of the season for the Dayton Dragons yesterday. He went 6 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 1 strikeout. He lowered his ERA to 1.15 after 5 games since coming over to us from the Mets in the Dave Williams dumping. Looks like another good pickup by Krivsky.

Richie Gardner has been demoted to the GCL rookie league team. He was lit up yesterday. He only went 3.1 innings while giving up 8 runs on 10 hits. Ouch!!! I think it might be time for the Reds to cut bait with this guy.

The Reds have started signing some of their picks from this years draft. I will be updating their status once they are assigned to a team. No one has been assigned yet. Still waiting for Milton Loo and Jake Long to be assigned. Stubbs hasn't signed yet, but the did sign Justin Reed who had a scolarship to play football with Mississippi. That was a little surprising.

We need to overhaul this bullpen. Coffey is really the only one that I trust anymore. I'm still not sure why Mays is on this team and I am curious what we are going to do once Belisle is ready to come off the DL. Mercker has not been the same since he came back from the DL. Yan hasn't really impressed me. He throws gas but he can't control it. White just needs to go. Hammond has been decent lately but at some point his arm is just going to fall off. I did read an article today that said the Yankees could be interested in Weathers. I say we take that deal, although he just left the game with stiffness in his shoulder. Now is the time to bring Germano back or call up Chick or Coutlangus and see what they can do.

The Phillies but Lieberthal on the DL yesterday. Think they might be interested in LaRue? I think Krivsky should make a call and check that out. Ross is the man and should be our full-time catcher.

In Krivksy I trust.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

All the picks

Well, here are all the picks. I am having trouble finding info on the high schoolers. Everyone should also remember that the Reds recently signed 2 draft and follow prospects from last years draft, a catcher, Jake Long and Milton Loo, the highly regarded shortstop/third basemen. Initially, I like this draft. We could really have a surplus of position players in the next few years. I love the selection of Logan Parker from UC. I think he projects as a Sean Casey type. I also like Joey Votto too, so we will see what they do there. I also like Carson Kainer, an outfielder who was a teammate of Drew Stubbs. I think the outfield talent in this system has to be one of the highest in the majors. Right now they are in the low minors, except for Denorfia. I love Bruce and Szymanski and I think we will all like Stubbs also. Javon Moran is a speedster also. I think we might be able to trade some of these guys in the next few years to make our run at the World Series. I'm definitely excited about the future of this team. Now let's get these guys signed and playing.

8- Drew Stubbs R/R CF 6-4 200 SR
52- Sean Watson R/R RHP 6-2 215 SR
84- Chris Valaika R/R SS 6-1 180 SR
114- Justin Reed L/R CF 5-11 179 HS
144- Joshua Ravin R/R RHP 6-4 195 HS
174- Jordan Smith R/R RHP 6-4 210 JR
204- Justin Turner R/R 2B 5-11 180 SR
234- Travis Webb L/L LHP 6-4 205 SR
264- Jeremy Burchett R/R RHP 6-2 215 SR
294- Joshua Roenicke R/R RHP 6-3 195 SR
324- Brandon Rice R/R RHP 6-4 210 HS
354- Logan Parker L/L 1B 6-3 225 SR
384- Kevin Gunter R/R RHP 6-0 220 SR
414- Carson Kainer R/R OF 6-1 195 SR
444- Rafael Sanchez L/R 3B 6-1 200 JR
474- Jamie Arneson L/L LHP 6-5 195 JR
504- Chris Heisey R/R CF 6-0 195 SR
534- Ryan Wehrle R/R SS 6-3 SO
564- Derrik Lutz R/R RHP 6-0 210 SR
594- Eddy Rodriguez R/R C 6-0 205 SR
624- Chris White R/R RHP 6-2 205 SR
654- Adam Pointer R/R RHP 5-11 170 JR
684- Tony Brown L/L LF 6-0 190 HS
714- Anthony Esquer R/R C 6-1 SR
744- Michael McKennon L/L RF 6-3 210 SR
774- Anthony Gressick R/R RHP 6-3 215 SR
804- Keltavious Jones L/L CF 5-9 170 JR
834- Tyler Hauschild R/R C 6-0 210 JR
864- Jason Louwsma R/R 3B 6-3 225 SR
894- Ronald Tabor L/L LHP 6-2 175 SR
924- Eric Schaler R/R RHP 6-4 210 SR
954- Daniel Dorn L/L LF 6-2 190 SR
984- Justin Curry R/R RHP 6-3 225 HS
1014- Benjamin Ihde L/L 1B 6-2 205 HS
1044- John Touchton R/R RHP 6-3 220 HS
1074- Nicholas Wandless R/R RHP 6-2 220 SR
1104- Jarrod Gaskey R/R CF 6-2 200 HS
1134- Trevor Coleman S/R C 6-1 205 HS
1164- Todd Waller R/R 3B 6-1 195 HS
1194- Tyler Dewitt R/R RF 6-3 220 HS
1224- Jeremy Erben R/R RHP 5-10 190 HS
1254- John Housey L/R RHP 6-3 180 HS
1283- Geraldo Leal R/R RHP 6-3 195 HS
1312- Jason Chapman R/R CF 6-0 180 HS
1341- Michael Lachapelle R/L LHP 6-3 170 HS
1370- Jordan Tiegs R/R RHP 6-3 190 JR
1398- Freuny Parra R/R C 5-11 195 JR
1426- Jordan Shadle S/R SS 6-3 165 JR
1454- Cameron Bayne R/R RHP 6-3 200 HS
1482- Blake Benveniste R/R 3B 6-2 195 HS

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Day 1 picks

Well, here are some of the Reds top picks from day 1 of the draft. I haven't
been able to locate any stats for the high schoolers. From just seeing stats
I think this is an okay draft. The Roenicke pick is confusing. He doesn't
seem to do anything real well. I at first was disappointed with the Logan
Parker pick thinking they wanted to pick a local product, but it looks like
he could be a steal. He shows great plate discipline. He might be my
favorite pick so far, even though I don't know much about all of these guys.
I'm going to try to research the high schoolers tomorrow.

Drew Stubbs - OF
04 71 266 51 80 16 3 8 47 28 6 28 75 4 7 3 .301 .372 .474
05 72 283 67 88 20 4 11 46 32 6 32 71 3 21 2 .311 .384 .527
06 62 243 65 83 14 4 14 58 26 6 41 60 2 1 1 .342 .429 .580

Sean Watson - RHP - RP
04 4 5 4.54 15 14 0 0 0 75.1 73 54 38 5 47 51 6 1.59
05 7 3 2.85 29 6 0 0 7 79.0 64 31 25 4 47 82 7 1.41
06 4 3 4.61 29 0 0 0 11 41.0 42 23 21 7 17 47 0

Chris Valaika - SS
04 54 222 46 77 15 3 7 38 7 4 19 37 6 0 1 .347 .411 .536
05 18 72 12 15 5 0 0 4 1 1 5 20 0 0 2 .208 .253 .278
06 54 227 44 76 12 1 10 57 4 0 12 47 4 1 4 .335 .372 .529

Justin Turner - 2B
03 62 224 40 73 9 1 1 39 13 5 31 22 10 2 12 .326 .412 .388
04 64 253 45 77 16 0 0 34 7 1 20 44 15 9 7 .304 .380 .368
05 62 244 54 79 17 2 3 41 11 3 17 32 12 11 3 .324 .391 .447
06 57 248 56 88 14 4 4 37 19 6 15 26 8 6 2 .355 .407 .492

Travis Webb - RHP - RP
05 0 5 9.08 23 3 0 0 0 37.2 49 40 38 2 29 28 2 2.07
06 4 0 2.17 21 0 0 0 8 29.0 22 8 7 1 10 31 2

Josh Roenicke - RHP/OF Haven't heard how we will use him
06 45 157 18 39 6 0 1 23 1 4 5 23 0 5 2 .248 .268 .306
06 2 3 3.46 16 0 0 0 4 13.0 13 7 5 0 7 13 3

Logan Parker - 1B - bats: left
06 58 221 61 76 18 7 11 69 13 1 54 31 1 0 6 .344 .465 .638

Carson Kainer - OF
06 61 231 37 84 25 3 4 66 4 1 21 36 6 8 3 .364 .425 .550

Draft: Day One

Well, I slept through the beginning of the draft. I mowed part of my yard this morning so I was a little worn out. Thats beside the point I guess. I wake up and the Reds have selected an OF. Kinda surprised with the lack of pitching depth we have in our minors, but I am a firm believer that you take the best available talent that is out there. You never know with these guys who is going to make it and who isn't. From what I have read about Stubbs, he is a five tool player, who strikes out a lot and can play CF in the majors now. I feel like that is a good pick. Jay Bruce or Stubbs might be ready when Griffey is ready to move or is no longer in a Reds uni. I say, "Good going Reds. Now go get some pitching."

Monday, June 05, 2006

Dewayne Wise

Dewayne is finally playing ball again for AA Chattanooga. He has only played in 2 games so far, so we will have to keep an eye on him. He was raking in Spring Training this year. I would love to see him up her instead of McCracken. That would require a 40 man move, but as far as I am concerned they could DFA McCracken. Wise can play all outfield positions and would give us some more speed on the bases.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

David Shafer

David Shafer is 24 year old right handed pitcher drafted by the Reds
in the 32nd round (966 overall) of the 2001 draft. He is 6'3, 170 lbs
and went to school at Central Arizona College. He doesn't show up as
a hot prospect until Baseball America's 2005 Prospect Handbook, where
he was ranked 13th. He went 16-5 in two years as a starter for his
college team, where he played for the Juco Championship. He throws
a 88-92 MPH fastball that works well with his slider. He throws them
both for strikes. He has advanced command of both pitches. He is
working on a changeup. The Reds have used him as a starter on
occasion but projects as a reliever. He could be a closer, which is
what is he is doing in AA this year. He dropped doing to 26 in the
2006 Prospect Handbook. He is holding batters to a .188 average this
season. He is currently second in the league in saves and would be
second in WHIP ifhe had pitched enough to qualify. He could be in
our bullpen beforetoo long, either as the closer or setup man to

Career Minor League Totals
13 14 2.66 125 7 0 0 55 37 196.0 163 82 58 12 58 217

Chattanooga Lookouts-This Year
0 0 1.53 18 0 15 17.2 12 4 3 1 6 20