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Farmers Only: State of the Farm (8.6)


We haven't taken an overview of the minors in a while, so with the off day, I figured we'd check in with a mega-column.  With 6 teams playing now, there's a lot to cover.  Let's get started by looking at the teams.

  • LOUISVILLE BATS (AAA) - The Bats are 63-47 and are commanding the IL West right now, with a 9.5 game lead over Toledo.  Kevin Barker is currently 2nd in the IL in OPS at .929, 2nd in HR with 20, and is 4th in OBP at .377.  Drew Stubbs leads the league in stolen bases with 42, only being caught 9 times.  On the pitching side, Homer Bailey and Matt Maloney are currently 6th and 7th in ERA at 2.71 and 2.72, and shutout specialist Justin Lehr is 9th with a 3.31 ERA while leading the league in wins with 13.  Maloney's 97 strikeouts are good for 6th in the league so far, and Lehr's 1.06 WHIP has him 4th in the league.  As a team, Louisville's pitching staff is 3rd in the league in ERA and 4th in strikeouts.
  • CAROLINA MUDCATS (AA) - After going 37-32 in the first half, finishing 2nd (1 game back), the Mudcats are 15-25 so far in the second half, 7 games back from Chattanooga and tied for 4th place.  Despite promotions, Carolina still has the top players in AVG, SLG, and OPS on the offensive side (Chris Heisey, .347/.426/.572/.998) and the league leader in ERA by more than a run (Travis Wood, 9-3 with a 1.21 ERA; second in the league is 2.99).  After his night last night, Juan Francisco now leads the SL in home runs with 22 and RBI with 71.  Wood also still leads the league in strikeouts with 103, despite being in AAA for the last two weeks.
  • SARASOTA REDS (A+) - After finishing dead last in the FSL South in the first half at 28-40, their 17-22 record in the second half so far is 4 games back and good for 4th in the 6 team division.  This is normally where I'd list the S-Reds who are among the league leaders in offensive categories, but Sarasota doesn't have any.  Jeremy Horst is 8th in the league in ERA at 3.25.  Their .234 team average is good for worst in the league, and their OPS is an abysmal .623. Their 315 team RBI is almost 40 behind the second to last place team. 
  • DAYTON DRAGONS (A) - Dayton finished 4th in the MWL East in the first half with a 28-42 record, and are currently 18-20 in the second half, which is good for 4th place in the division despite being 11.5 games back from a white-hot Fort Wayne team.  Byron Wiley is 4th in the league in OPS at .883, 7th in OBP at .388, and 3rd in SLG at .495.  Cody Puckett is 5th in that category at .481, and Dave Sappelt is 9th in SB with 26 despite getting promoted.  Puckett's also 4th in the league in HR with 16.  Matt Fairel is 9th in ERA at 2.93 and 4th in strikeouts with 107.
  • BILLINGS MUSTANGS (R) - Despite being a short-season team, Billings' season is split in two as well.  They were last place at 12-26 in the first half, and have kicked off the second half 1-2.  Mariekson Gregorius is 10th in the league in hitting at .342 and 10th in OBP at .408.  Shea Snowden and Leonardo Astorga are 10th and 11th in ERA at 4.17 and 4.53, although there are only 26 pitchers with enough innings to qualify.  Billings is similiar to Dayton in that they can't hit, with a .251/.322/.350/.672 line as a team so far this year.  Their 4.81 team ERA is second to last in the league.
  • GCL REDS (R) - The G-Reds are 16-18 and 4 games back in the GCL South.  Henry Rodriguez is leading the league in hitting at .355, and leadoff hitter Theodis Bowe is hitting .313, which is good for 10th.  Bowe is also 3rd in SB with 14.  Jacob Wiley is tied for 3rd in saves with 6.  

A closer look at the players after the jump.


Red Reporter Top 15

Before the season, you guys came up with a list of the top 15 prospects in the Reds system.  Here's an update on how they're doing.

  1. Yonder Alonso 1B (Carolina)
    After starting the season on a tear in Sarasota, Yonder made it to Carolina before breaking the hamate bone in his hand.  In 16 games in AA, Yonder hit .246/.309/.466.  He's on a rehab stint with the GCL team right now, so I'd expect him to finish the season in Carolina when he's ready to go.
  2. Neftali Soto 3B (Sarasota)
    Soto's having a disappointing season so far for the S-Reds.  His OBP is still only .284 and his plate discipline has been lacking.  After a strong May, he had a disappointing June and July, only hitting .204/.237/.301 in July, but has started August right, so hopefully that gets him going.
  3. Todd Frazier 2B (Carolina)
    Todd's having a great season in AA, and should earn a promotion soon.  He recently made the switch to 2B after playing 3B and LF for most of the year.  Why he hasn't been called up to Louisville yet is beyond me.
  4. Drew Stubbs CF (Louisville)
    Speaking of guys who should be called up, Stubbs' OBP is at .368 and he has 42 stolen bases to lead his league.  That wouldn't look good in the leadoff spot, Dusty?
  5. Chris Valaika SS (Louisville)
    An injury plagued season has Valaika dropping past Zack Cozart on prospect boards at his position.  Chris is currently at .197/.237/.299 in 244 AB. 
  6. Juan Francisco 3B (Carolina)
    El Nino Destructor is raking lately, but still has the same problems that have plagued him his whole career.  Mainly, his errors at 3B and his lack of plate discipline (88 K to 19 BB this year).
  7. Daryl Thompson RHSP (Louisville)
    Thompson's been on the shelf since the end of June, his 3rd DL trip this year.  His 6.59 ERA could be better, and I expect it to be next year, but this year's a lost cause for Daryl.
  8. Kyle Lotzkar LHSP
    Lotzkar has been on the DL all year with a broken elbow, and doesn't look to be coming back soon.  Hopefully he'll pitch this year, but I'm not optimistic.
  9. Chris Dickerson OF (Cincinnati)
    He's batting .259 in 85 games for the Reds.  I still don't remember why he's on this list.
  10. Josh Roenicke RHRP (Toronto)
    Sigh.  He got traded in the Rolen deal.
  11. Devin Mesoraco C (Sarasota)
    He's at .225/.309/.379 right now, but all reports coming out of Sarasota say that he's improving behind the plate.  Hopefully that bat will come around, but he's still young.
  12. Daniel Dorn OF (Louisville)
    He's having a solid year, at .256/.323/.426.  Are we still calling him overrated?  I don't see him cracking this outfield any time soon.
  13. Yorman Rodriguez OF (Billings)
    Stormin' Yorman is killin' Billings so far, to the tune of a .884 OPS.  He's still only 16.
  14. Zach Stewart RHSP (Toronto)
    God fucking dammit.  Moving on.
  15. Juan Duran DH (GCL)
    Duran's year has been really disappointing, with a line of .180/.235/.270. 


Top 15 Pitchers

The way we're going to do this, is look at 10 pitchers from full season ball, and look at the top 5 from short season.  We're looking at guys with a minimum of 45 IP from full season teams and 10 IP from short season.  The stats provided here are combined from every level through the 2009 season.

  • Logan Ondrusek RHRP (Sarasota, Carolina, Louisville) - 4-1, 1.28 ERA, 38 K, 20 BB
  • Travis Wood LHSP (Carolina, Louisville) - 10-4, 1.44 ERA, 116 K, 46 BB
  • Enerio Del Rosario RHRP (Sarasota, Carolina, Louisville) - 2-1, 1.96 ERA, 43 K, 6 BB
  • Joseph Krebs LHRP (Carolina, Sarasota) - 3-2, 2.19 ERA, 44 K, 20 BB
  • Mace Thurman LHRP (Sarasota, Dayton) - 3-0, 2.10 ERA, 73 K, 21 BB
  • Jeff Kennard RHRP (Louisville) - 3-1, 2.42 ERA, 48 K, 18 BB
  • Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette LHRP (Carolina, Sarasota) - 2-2, 2.51 ERA, 45 K, 25 BB
  • Steven Otterness LHRP (Sarasota, Dayton) - 3-0, 2.76 ERA, 34 K, 25 BB
  • Matt Maloney LHSP (Louisville) - 7-8, 2.72 ERA, 97 K, 16 BB
  • Jordan Hotchkiss RHRP (Dayton) - 1-4, 2.75 ERA, 47 K, 15 BB
  • Harold Johnson RHSP (GCL) - 0-1, 1.06 ERA, 16 K, 8 BB
  • Ezequiel Infante LHSP (Dayton, Billings) - 2-0, 1.29 ERA, 31 K, 4 BB
  • Tyler Cline RHSP (GCL) - 2-0, 1.73 ERA, 26 K, 9 BB
  • Donnie Joseph LHRP (Dayton, Billings) - 2-1, 1.89 ERA, 20 K, 5 BB
  • Mark Serrano RHSP (Dayton, Billings) - 1-0, 1.85 ERA, 28 K, 7 BB

Top 15 Hitters

We'll do the same thing here.  Minimum of 200 AB for full season, 50 for short season.

  • Kevin Barker 1B (Louisville) - .929 OPS, .284/.377/.552, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 1 SB
  • Chris Heisey CF (Louisville, Carolina) - .927 OPS, .331/.395/.534, 16 HR, 60 RBI, 16 SB
  • Darnell McDonald RF (Louisville) - .883 OPS, .317/.349/.534, 7 HR, 33 RBI, 6 SB
  • Byron Wiley RF (Dayton) - .883 OPS, .275/.388/.495, 11 HR, 55 RBI, 5 SB
  • Todd Frazier 2B (Carolina) - .860 OPS, .307/.362/.499, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 7 SB
  • Yonder Alonso 1B (Carolina, Sarasota, GCL) - .823 OPS, .284/.357/.466, 8 HR, 45 RBI, 1 SB
  • Juan Francisco 3B (Carolina) - .809 OPS, .273/.310/.499, 22 HR, 71 RBI, 6 SB
  • Cody Puckett 2B (Sarasota, Dayton) - .793 OPS, .263/.333/.461, 16 HR, 57 RBI, 14 SB
  • Zack Cozart SS (Carolina) - .785 OPS, .270/.366/.419, 9 HR, 45 RBI, 9 SB
  • Chris Denove C (Louisville, Carolina) - .779 OPS, .265/.349/.430, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 0 SB
  • Josh Fellhauer OF (Dayton) - .926 OPS, .310/.379/.548, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 4 SB
  • Henry Rodriguez 3B (GCL) - .803 OPS, .355/.384/.419, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 7 SB
  • Thomas Nurre 1B (Billings) - .783 OPS, .286/.338/.444, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB
  • Theodis Bowe LF (GCL) - .775 OPS, .313/.387/.388, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 16 SB
  • Alexis Oliveras OF (Dayton, Billings) - .753 OPS, .292/.337/.416, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 10 SB

20 More Prospects To Watch

  • Ben Jukich LHSP (Louisville) - 3-0, 1.62 ERA in 5 starts in July
  • Matt Klinker RHSP (Louisville) - 2.95 ERA in AA, now in AAA after starting in Sarasota
  • Sam LeCure RHSP (Louisville) - 7-0, 2.38 ERA in last 9 starts
  • Tom Cochran LHSP (Carolina) - 2.77 ERA in 5 starts in July
  • Jeremy Horst LHSP (Carolina) - 3.25 ERA in Sarasota, now in AA
  • Josh Beal RHRP (Sarasota) - 1.72 ERA in 17 1/3 innings in July
  • J.C. Sulbaran RHSP (Dayton) - 3.56 ERA in last 4 starts, 10.0 K/9 this season
  • Tzu-Kai Chiu LHRP (Billings) - 0.95 ERA in 19 innings in the GCL before moving to Billings
  • Matteo Pizziconi LHRP (GCL) - 1.08 ERA in 8 1/3 innings
  • Nathan Driessen LHRP (GCL) - 2.25 ERA in 24 innings
  • Danny Dorn OF (Louisville) - 1.024 OPS in June. .896 since the All-Star Break
  • Wes Bankston 1B (Louisville) - 1.045 OPS in August so far
  • Kyle Day DH (Sarasota) - .333/.400/.481 in July
  • Dave Sappelt OF (Sarasota) - 38 total SB this season
  • Yen-Wen Kuo 2B (Dayton) - .375 AVG in August so far
  • Kevin Coddington C (Dayton) - .303/.344/.371 in July
  • Mariekson Gregorius SS (Billings) - .342/.408/.378 since being moved to Billings (27 games)
  • Yorman Rodriguez CF (Billings) - .268/.348/.537 so far in Billings, is only 16 years old
  • Sean Conner RF (Billings) - 4 RBI in 5 August games
  • Danny Vicioso C (GCL) - .341/.372/.561 in 17 games

So what do you guys think?  Anybody here catch your eye?