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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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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Minor matters: Mesoraco to Dayton

From Jamie Ramsey:

A clean sweep last night for the Reds farm teams (4-0)…The Bats snap a 4-game losing streak…Adam Rosales with 3 hits…Andy Phillips homers…Jay Bruce (2h) triples…Tom Shearn with a quality outing (6ip, 5h, 2r, 1bb, 5k)…Danny Herrera retired all 6 he faced…Chattanooga tops Tennessee…Ramon Ramirez allowed just 1 hit in 6.0 innings (36k in 32.2ip this season)…B.J. Szymanski and Jerry Gil both homer…Mike Griffin extends his hitting streak to 5g…Sarasota “hands” Palm Beach a de-“feet”…Jason Louwsma with 3 hits…Ramon Geronimo pitches another scoreless inning out of the bullpen (14g, 0r, 16.2ip, 22k)…Dayton “swings” into sole possession of first place by pounding Quad Cities for the second day in a row…the Dragons collect a season-high 16 hits and 11 runs…Todd Frazier and Jason Bour tally 3 hits apiece…Denis Phipps homers and has now hit safely in 9 straight…Mike McKennon triples twice…Enerio Del Rosario solid in the start (6ip, 3h, 1r, 1bb, 6k).



TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS
SS Chris Valaika has been promoted from Class-A Sarasota to Double-A Chattanooga...in 32g this season for the SaraReds, the reigning FSL Player of the Week is batting .363 with 7hr and 31rbi (20r, .585slg, .393obp)...SS Todd Frazier has been promoted from Class-A Dayton to Class-A Sarasota...Frazier is batting .321 and ranks among Midwest League leaders in most offensive categories...C Devin Mesoraco and 1B Logan Parker (University of Cincinnati) have been promoted to Class-A Dayton...Mesoraco, last year’s first round pick, had been playing in extended-spring training.


8 Comments:

at 11:57 AM Blogger CoachD178 said...

It's about time to see some movement in the minors. Valaika has been tearing up A ball and Chattanooga hasn't been scoring runs consistently all season long. Frazier has one rough week, other than that he has been killing low A ball as well. I wonder how long it will take to get Justin Turner and Drew Stubbs up to Chattanooga? Same goes for getting Alex Cozart and Brandon Waring up to Sarasota. There are some good young bats in the Reds system. When does Neftali Soto get moved to Dayton? Or will he not do anything until Billings starts?

 
at 11:58 AM Blogger Lets Talk Reds Blogger said...

John,

How has Mesoraco's progression been going compared to past draft picks his age. It seems to have taken him a while to get up to Dayton.

 
at 12:07 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Dayton is actually a pretty high level for someone his age.

I talked farm director Terry Reynolds about Mesoraco the other day and did a note. They really like him. He hit and hit for power in extended spring.

It will be interesting to see how he does. I see catching as the greatest need the Reds have.

 
at 12:10 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Reds have great needs at almost every position..

 
at 12:32 AM Blogger Dave said...

This is a big plus - not just that our minors teams play well, but that we have promotable players on them. With prospects, it's not so much top-flight quality, it's numbers. Enough of them pan out, you're the 90s Indians and Braves - good for a long time. Valaika, Frazier, Waring, Keppinger, EE - tell me the left side of our infield isn't set for a while...AAA has 3 quality outfielders (I still like Gil and Dickerson), and the pitching is definitely improved. We're about 2 years away from being a consistent threat to win the division, if not the NL.

 
at 12:47 AM Blogger Dave said...

PS - quality helps, too...and Homer Bailey, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, and Devin Mesoraco are some pretty good first-rounders. But most teams do okay from year-to-year in the 1st - we're solid due to Votto in R2, 2002, the 2004 draft of Bailey, Szmanski, Janish, and Drew Anderson, 2005's Bruce, Wood, Ward, and Rosales, 2006's Stubbs, Watson, Valaika, and Roenicke, and Mesoraco, Frazier, and Waring last year. Those are good drafts because they feature 3-5 players who appear quite likely to make a splash at the show - do that every year and you're stockpiled, to say nothing of trading away for the occasional Bedard or Blanton to fill your final holes (we still have too many and not enough AAA talent to make those trades just yet).

 
at 12:54 AM Blogger Dave said...

Ouch, bad news guys...Coco Crisp in 99, along with Chris Duncan. 1998 J.D. Drew and Chad Hutchinson, and Colby Rasmus in 2005...otherwise, I'm scuffling to find too many drafted stars for Jocketty - let's hope it wasn't all WK and that the Reds just have a good scouting department overall.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/mlb/history/draft/index.jsp

 
at 11:32 PM Blogger John said...

If Big Walt J is serious about winning why is he giving two games away in NY with Belisle and Arroyo pitching. Anybody with good baseball sense would put Bronson on the 15 day DL to give his arm a rest and bring up Homer B.

 
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