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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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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Minor matters

From Jamie Ramsey:

Louisville and Dayton with tough losses in extra-innings…Bill Bray solid in relief…Chattanooga comes from behind to defeat Mississippi…Craig Tatum with the game-winning RBI…Sarasota falls to Dunedin…The Dragons’ Daniel Guerrero with an outstanding effort…Billings beats up on Ogden…Scott Carroll makes his pro debut…Brandon Waring with a productive night at the plate…GCL Reds drop their 7th straight.

Congratulations to Chattanooga’s Carlos Fisher and Dayton’s Misael DeJesus who were named Southern League Pitcher of the Week and Midwest League Co-Pitcher of the Week 7/16-7/22, respectively.

DREW STUBBS: After hitting .185 in June, Dayton’s Drew Stubbs this month is hotter than a Times Square Rolex. For July, Stubbs is batting .338 (23-68) with 9 doubles, 15 runs, 18 walks, a .477 on-base average and a .618 slugging percentage.

GET TO KNOW CARLOS GUEVARA: RHP Carlos Guevara (Chattanooga), 25, was selected by the Reds in the seventh round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Since then, he’s gone a combined 10-13-36 with a 2.97 ERA, 96 walks and 360 strikeouts in 187 appearances over parts of 5 seasons spent with Billings, Dayton, Sarasota and Chattanooga. This season he was named a Southern League All-Star. In 36 relief appearances this year, he’s 0-2-12 with a 2.49 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched (14bb, .223oba). Guevara has converted 12 of 13 save opportunities and, if you don’t factor the two outings in which he allowed more than 1 run (5/8-2r & 6/13-3r), his ERA drops to 1.56.


8 Comments:

at 4:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the chances to see Bray pitching in the majors by August 1st?

I have to say I am really impressed by Burton. As much as some like to give Krisky a hard time, this is another solid move of his. Too bad the Reds didn't get any solid relief pitching for this year. Based on Bray, Burton, and Weathers (if not traded) there is at least a solid core for next year. Trade for Gagne or some other highly talented closer, and I will happy to wait until next year if that is what I have to look forward to.

Adrian

 
at 5:05 PM Anonymous TGO said...

John, why has Carlos Guevara spent so much time in AA? He was teammates last year with Calvin Medlock (now in AAA) and Jon Coutlangus.

All 3 of these guys had a great year last year in AA, yet the Reds have been pretty slow to promote them. Coutlangus essentially skipped a level, Medlock was only recently promoted, and Guevara is still in AA. With all the major league bullpen issues over the past two seasons, why have they focused so much on external help (Stanton, Cormier, Stone, McBeth)instead of looking/developing their own minor league talent (Salmon, Guevara, Medlock.)

 
at 5:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

One comment on the new Reds manager Pete Mackanin... If you read statements from sweet Lou found on ESPN about the latest winning streak by the Cubs, or you just look back at how he managed the Cubs this year you will see a lot of similiar moves by Pete since he took over. Benching of young future players (EE) for journeymen who seem to help you win, trying to find that winning combination of players with a high degree of variability to the lineup structure and so on.

So, not that I am saying Pete should be or will the future manager for the Reds, but you have to say he is doing a pretty good job of managing just like the #1 guy Reds would love to have back in charge... w/o the throwing of first base and etc...

Just one guys observation...

Adrian

 
at 5:42 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I'd be guessing as to why Guevara spent so much time in the AA. Part of it, I'm sure, is they need an openig at AAA. I'll ask about it when I get a chance.

 
at 6:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing we impatient fans need to understand is that "developing" young pitchers doesn't necessarily have anything to do with promoting them rapidly. For pitchers, it's about learning your craft and controlling your location regardless of who is standing at the plate. The mound is the same distance from the plate in Chattanooga as it is in Lousiville. The only difference is your stats (not important) and possibly a different pitching coach. If a pitcher can command three pitches, change speeds and control his location, the competition doesn't matter.

We should learn from the Homer experience that rushing these kids into the majors only burns their option years and starts the arbitration clock.

 
at 6:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing we impatient fans need to understand is that "developing" young pitchers doesn't necessarily have anything to do with promoting them rapidly. For pitchers, it's about learning your craft and controlling your location regardless of who is standing at the plate. The mound is the same distance from the plate in Chattanooga as it is in Lousiville. The only difference is your stats (not important) and possibly a different pitching coach. If a pitcher can command three pitches, change speeds and control his location, the competition doesn't matter.

We should learn from the Homer experience that rushing these kids into the majors only burns their option years and starts the arbitration clock.

 
at 11:49 AM Blogger eric said...

Analysis of Guerva annoys me..."if you ignore his bad pitching outings, his statistics are really good." Nothing like trying to make someone look better than they really are.

 
at 11:23 AM Anonymous yogi said...

Carlos was just picked up by the Marlins in the 2007 Rule 5 Draft. Florida immediately traded Carlos to San Diego.

Not bad going to spring training with Trevor Hoffman & Greg Maddox.

Good Luck Carlos!!!!!!!

 
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