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Posts Tagged ‘Bakersfield Blaze.’

Reds prospect Hamilton chasing Minor League steals record in a season

 

Billy Hamilton (courtesy of Bakersfield Blaze)

The media who follow the Cincinnati Reds and the Bakersfield Blaze know that shortstop Billy Hamilton is a very important player in the future of the major league team.

Hamilton is a speedy, leadoff  hitter that the Reds have needed and wanted for years.

General manager Walt Jocketty continues to ignore and downplay the idea from fans and media that Hamilton should be called up during September as a situational late-inning baserunner to steal bases. Jocketty is looking at the big picture, the future.

There is no doubt the Reds need a leadoff hitter better than Zack Cozart or Chris Heisey, but Hamilton has to improve in other areas, like fielding. He made 39 errors last year for the Low-A Dayton Dragons. This year for the Advanced-A Bakersfield Blaze, the speed merchant has committed 24.

Hamilton has been the talk of Minor League Baseball this season.

He has a chance to break the all-time minor league record for steals of 145 by Vince Coleman in 1983. Everybody said that record would never be broken. But that was before Hamilton came on the scene.

In 2011 for Dayton, Hamilton lead the minor leagues with 103 stolen bases. This year, as of today, Friday, July 6, the Mississippi native has 103.

The 21-year-old Hamilton says he is just “letting the game come to him and not trying to get caught up in the 145 steals record.”

He has been caught 21 times, so it’s 103-124, a success rate of 82.4%. An excellent rating!

A switch-hitter, the 6’1, 160-pounder, who probably will end up in the Reds outfield in left-field, has drawn 49 walks and has a .326 batting average with 78 runs scored, 108 base hits, 18 doubles, 9 triples and 30 RBI’s.

The big question for the Reds management is, when will Hamilton be moved to Double-A? He has proven that Single-A is no match for him!

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Bakersfield Blaze, Radio & TV news

Reds prospect Cingrani having big year in minors

Cincinnati Reds left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani is having a great season and progressing well in 2012.

He started the season with the Bakersfield Blaze going 5-1 with an ERA of 1.11, 10 games, 10 games started, 56.2 innings pitched, 13 walks, 71 strikeouts and allowing only a .189 batting average.

Tony Cingrani (courtesy of Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

A third-round draft pick in 2011, Cingrani was moved to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Double-A Southern League where he is 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA.

The 22-year-old was pitching a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Wednesday. His final totals, eight innings pitched, 3 hits and striking out 15.

Overall, this season, the New Lenox, Illinois native is 7-2 with an ERA of 1.47, 15 games, 15 games started, 86.0 innings pitched, 21 walks, 109 strikeouts and has allowed a batting average of .196.

Cingrani is 6’4, 200 pounds.

 

Info compiled from Pensacola Blue Wahoos & Minor League news

James Ewing promoted from Dragons to Bakersfield Blaze

 

James Ewing (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

There has been a roster move involving the Dayton Dragons and the Bakersfield Blaze in the Cincinnati Reds farm system.

Infielder James Ewing has been promoted from the low Single-A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League to the advanced Single-A Bakersfield Blaze of the California League.

Infielder Brandon Dailey has been promoted to the Dragons from extended spring training in Goodyear, Arizona.

Ewing made his first appearance in a pro game since July 5, 2009 when he started at shortstop for Dayton on Saturday, April 7, 2012, going 3-for-5. That was his only appearance with the Dragons.

Dailey spent most of the 2011 season with the Goodyear Reds in the Arizona League. He batted .298 with one home run and 27 RBI’s, playing in 43 games. Dailey also played in three games with the Dragons in September after the Arizona League season ended.

The 20-year-old Dailey is a native of Brantford, Ontario.

 

Info compiled from Dayton Dragons & Bakersfield Blaze news

Dragons get Poulk back; Renken promoted to Bakersfield

 

(courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

The Dayton Dragons have announced several roster changes.

Right-handed pitcher Daniel Renken has been promoted from Dayton to the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League.

Outfielder Yorman Rodriguez has been placed on the disabled list with a bruised left shoulder.

Outfielder Drew Poulk has been promoted to Dayton from the Billings Mustangs.

Renken has been pitching brilliantly since July 29. He was 4-0 in six starts and his 0.77 ERA ranked second among starting pitchers in all of Minor League Baseball (10 full-season leagues, 120 teams). Overall with the Dragons, Renken was 6-8 with a 3.18 ERA in 20 starts. He leads the Midwest League in strikeouts with 141 in 113.1 innings.

Rodriguez suffered a bruised shoulder on July 14 and returned to action on July 29. He left the game after his first at-bat on Sunday, July 31 and did not see any action on Monday. Rodriguez has played in 79 games with Dayton, hitting .254 with seven home runs and 40 runs batted in.

Poulk was basically feasting on Pioneer League pitching at Billings, hitting .354 with six homers and 19 RBI’s in just 96 at-bats, posting a slugging percentage of .625. He appeared in eight games with the Dragons earlier this season, batting .280 with one home run.

With all of the roster moves, the Dragons have 24 players, one below the Midwest League limit.

 

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons