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The Reds Report: June 19

Jay Bruce

With their loss at Houston today, Cincinnati fell to 3-4 since Monday. Still, there were several reasons to be excited about the Reds this week.

Lets get to the latest Reds Report.

1. The biggest story of the week was the major league debut of Cody Reed. Coming in to this season Reed was ranked as the #2 prospect in Cincinnati’s system by Baseball America. The 6’5 left hander did not disappoint. Even though the Reds took the loss on Saturday, Reed flashed the skills that had scouts and fans so optimistic. His fastball sat in the mid-90’s and his slider looked unhittable at times. Yes, he gave up 2 two-run homers, but he helped remind Reds fans that brighter times were ahead in Cincinnati.

2. Although it didn’t have the same fanfare as Reed’s debut, another top prospect got some time with the Reds this week. On Tuesday, Jose Peraza was called up to the majors in part because Billy Hamilton was on the 7-day concussion DL. Peraza earned three starts this week, and showed his versatility by playing SS, CF, and 2B. He’s currently regarded as a Top 100 prospect by Baseball America,, and Baseball Prospectus. It’s only a matter of time before he becomes a fixture in Cincinnati’s lineup. C. Trent Rosecrans broke down the significance of the call-up.

3. It seemed like Billy Hamilton made an unbelievable catch in every game that he played this week. Below you’ll find a couple of instances where Hamilton showed just how special a defender he can be.

According to MLB’s Statcast data, the above ball is a hit 89% of the time.

Here was Hamilton making another stellar grab today.

It’s safe to say Houston won’t mind facing a different opposing center fielder this week.

4. On Saturday night the Reds were trailing the Astros by two in the bottom of the ninth with two out. Who would you want up at the plate if you’re Cincinnati? You’d want Adam Duvall at the plate.

While we’re at it, why not take a moment and vote to get Duvall in the All-Star Game?

Yes, the Reds still lost the game. Just enjoy the little moments and you’ll be a lot happier this season.

5. Over the course of this season I’ve been hard on J.J. Hoover. Matt Jones added him to his hate list for one week. Early in the season there were few relievers in baseball struggling like Hoover. However, it’s time to give credit where credit is due.

In five innings of work this week opponents only hit .176 against Hoover. He gave up five hits and held opposing teams to zero runs. Well done J.J.

6. Alfredo Simon was bad as a starter so he got moved to the bullpen. This week it became obvious that he’s also going to be bad out of the bullpen.

I think Oscar Combs has seen enough.

7. The Reds Father’s Day uniforms were 🔥 🔥 🔥

8. Brandon Finnegan continued to solidify his position in Cincinnati’s rotation. On Tuesday he gave up one run in six innings of work. He also struck out five hitters. Finnegan and Cody Reed were both acquired when Cincinnati sent Johnny Cueto to the Royals last season. After what fans saw this week, they’re becoming much more comfortable with that trade.

9. Speaking of Reed, he has me so excited that he gets two mentions this week. Zach Buchanan took some time to analyze Reed’s signature goggles. How can you not root for a pitcher with croakies?

10. Sure the Reds are having a disappointing season, but I’ll never pass on an opportunity to make fun of the Cardinals. After their loss today, St. Louis has dropped five games in a row. If the season started a week ago, Cincinnati would have a better record than St. Louis. Soak it in.

Cincinnati has a quick two game stop in Texas starting Tuesday, and then they return home for a four game series with San Diego.

You can follow the Reds all season long, and Eric’s writing, at Red Reporter.

Article written by Eric Roseberry

Eric covers the Reds for KSR and Red Reporter. He writes about fantasy baseball for Baseball Prospectus. You can follow Eric on Twitter @ericroseberry.

3 Comments for The Reds Report: June 19

  1. WeAreUK69
    1:33 pm June 20, 2016 Permalink

    Where is the Dumpster Fire Division report ??

    And how do you see this staff shaking out for the second half of season .. assuming all injured guys return ??

    • Eric Roseberry
      1:45 pm June 20, 2016 Permalink

      I just updated the standings on Twitter. I’ll have a full DFD breakdown on Wednesday at Red Reporter.

      The question about the pitching staff is a good one. If everyone is healthy I think it becomes: Bailey, Finnegan, DeSclafani, Straily, and Reed. It sounds like the team is planning on Iglesias and Lorenzen both pitching out of the bullpen when they return. Also, if/when they bring up Stephenson it will be interesting to see who gets bumped.

  2. WeAreUK69
    4:05 pm June 20, 2016 Permalink

    When Stephenson comes back up do you see Straily in the long role ?? What about Lamb ?? How does he fit in the pen ??

    Future staff is looking really solid so long as prospects continue improving .. Garrett, Davis, Jackson, etc