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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

A bit of cheery news

From my man, Jamie Ramsey (maybe the future will be better, Reds fans): Entering the 2005 season, Richie Gardner was named by USA Today Sports Weekly as the best pitching prospect in the Reds organization. However that year he had season-ending shoulder surgery on 8/3 and spent most of 2006 recuperating. He appeared in 9 games last season split between Sarasota and the GCL Reds (9g, 5 starts, 31.2ip, 31h, 22r, 18er, 4hr, 12bb, 29k, 5.12era). This season Gardner has been pitching very well. Below is his 2007 game-by-game rundown and totals:

For Sarasota
4/9 at Ft. Myers: 1W, 5ip, 6h, 2r, 2er, 1bb, 0k
4/14 vs. Tampa: 5ip, 3h, 1r, 1er, 2bb, 4k
4/19 at Clearwater: 1w, 6ip, 3h, 1r, 1er, 1bb, 3k
4/25 vs. Lakeland: 1L, 6.2ip, 4h, 3r, 1er, 2bb, 3k
4/30 at Lakeland: 1W, 6ip, 4h, 2r, 2er, 1hr, 1bb, 6k
5/5 at Palm Beach: 1W, 8ip, 5h, 1r, 1er, 1bb, 4k
5/11 vs. Jupiter: 1W, 7ip, 4h, 0r, 1bb, 5k
For Louisville
5/17 at Toledo: 6ip, 4h, 3r, 3er, 2hr, 2bb, 2k
For Chattanooga
Last night at West Tenn: 4.2ip, 6h, 2r, 0er, 0bb, 9k
TOTALS: 9g/9gs, 5-2, 1.84era, 53.2ip, 39h, 15r, 11er, 9bb, 36k, .199ba

Cincinnati 105-75 (.583)
Milwaukee 104-75 (.581)
Cleveland 98-75 (.566)
Colorado 100-78 (.562)
NY Yankees 98-79 (.554)


at 3:16 PM Blogger Dan H said...

This guy seems to be under evryone's radar but at 25 years old he could be the sleeper of the Reds starter prospects. That magical 2nd year after surgery seems to be when the arm/shoulder strength returns to pre-surgery days. Hope he continues to improve! Add Bailey, Livingston, Dumatrait,and Thompson (Sarasota) there are some good looking prospects not too far off. Then add Bruce, Valaika, Stubbs, Votto, and Hamilton's continued progress it might not be 2008 but 2009 when the Reds see these guys as MLB players. Hopofully none are traded for a quick-fix player. Stick with the plan in the minors, we Reds fans have suffered since 2000 whats another 1 1/2 years. But a note to the Reds front office be honest with the fans and players for that matter,don't pretend you are contenders to the fans when your actual plan is still a work in progress in the minor league system.

at 7:13 PM Blogger RedwoodsSteve said...

John, do you have any information on his gb-fb ratio?

at 7:37 PM Blogger John Fay said...

It was 2.21 at Sarasota; it's 4.0 at Chattanooga.

at 8:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

dan h, don't forget Johnny Cueto. Though he is not dominating like he was last year, he is pitching farely well in Sarasota and is only 21. The Reds have some pretty good looking young arms in Chatanoga as well. Sean Watson is pitching very well in Dayton too. John, wasn't he supposed to be a closer coming out of Tennessee? He is starting for Dayton and going 5-6 innings. Are they planning on trying him as a starter? Also don't forget Travis Wood, he's also isn't dominating like last year but pitching all right in Sarasota. The Reds have some nice young starters spread out throughout the minors as well as some decently young relievers. Remember Salmon is only 22, plus Majeski, Bray, Coffey, and Coutlangus are all in their mid 20's. This is the most pitching talent the Reds have had in a very long time, hopefully some of it pans out.

at 8:29 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Watson was a closer. The reds planned to make him a starter all along. One correction: Salmon is 27, not 22.

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