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Reds outfielder Chris Heisey getting ready for rehab stint with Pensacola

The Cincinnati Reds have been without the services of outfielder Chris Heisey since April 29. The 28-year-old outfielder, who is on the disabled list, is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Double-A Pensacola.

Chris Heisey (photo by Keith Allison, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Heisey, who was sharing left field with Xavier Paul during the absence of starter Ryan Ludwick, will be  heading to  Pensacola, Florida on Sunday. He was injured on April 27 in a game against the Washington Nationals. He not having a good year only batting .173 with two home runs and five RBIs in 23 games.

Reds outfielder Chris Heisey earns Heart & Hustle Award

 

Chris Heisey

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Heisey recently was awarded the 2012 Heart and Hustle Award.

Past Reds winners include Adam Dunn (2006), Ryan Freel (2007), Jerry Hairston Jr. (2008), Adam Rosales (2009), Jonny Gomes (2010) and Miguel Cairo (2011).

The award was created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 2005 and is annually presented to one player on each of the 30 teams.

Additionally, the award is given to current baseball players who “demonstrate a passion for the game and best embodies the game’s values, spirit and tradition.”

The national Heart and Hustle Award winner will be announced soon.

Slumping Bruce getting a couple days off by Dusty Baker

 

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker saw his rightfielder Jay Bruce have a tough night on Thursday at the plate against the Chicago Cubs and decided a change was needed.

Bruce hit .213 in July and has not done any better by batting .200 in August. He’s hitless in his last 12 at-bats with seven strikeouts. And that means Baker will give him a rest for the next two days.

Jay Bruce (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Xavier Paul started in rightfield on Friday with Justin Germano pitching. With Travis Wood, a lefty throwing on Saturday, Chris Heisey should get the start.

Even with Bruce in a slump and the Reds star player, Joey Votto out of the lineup since July 16 with a knee injury, the team is still controlling the National League’s Central Division by 2.5 over Pittsburgh and 4 games over St. Louis.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

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 get their leftfielder in Ryan Ludwick

 

Ryan Ludwick with San Diego in 2011 (photo by SD Dirk via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have been very aggressive this offseason by adding starter Mat Latos, left-handed reliever Sean Marshall, closer Ryan Madson and now they have a new leftfielder.

The Reds have signed Ryan Ludwick to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The move was announced on Monday.

Ludwick, who is left-handed, gives the Reds the right-handed bat they’ve looking for to place between left power-hitters Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Ludwick will probably platoon in LF with future star outfielder Chris Heisey.

Ludwick was an All-Star in 2008 with St. Louis, the 33-year-old Ludwick was traded to Pittsburgh from San Diego at the July 31 trade deadline in 2011. Hit a combined .237 with 13 home runs and 75 RBI’s.

Ludwick is 33 years old.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

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