Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reds awarded competitive balance pick for 2015 draft


On Wednesday, Major League Baseball handed out 12 extra picks for the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft via the Competitive Balance Lottery. As fate would have it, the Reds received one of them.

The good news is the Reds will receive the first competitive balance pick in Round B (which will take place in between the second and third rounds). The bad news is Cincinnati missed out on the chance to win a competitive balance selection in Round A (which will take place in between the first and second rounds).

Hey, it could be worse though. There were 13 teams in the selection pool eligible to receive one of the 12 picks and the team that got snubbed was the Rays. The Marlins, Rockies, Cardinals, Brewers, Padres and Indians were teams that received picks in Round A while the A's, Mariners, Twins, Orioles, and Diamondbacks joined the Reds with picks in Round B. Teams were eligible to receive an extra pick if they play in one of the 10 smallest markets or hold one of the 10 smallest revenue pools.

Another factor which makes these picks so interesting is the fact that each pick can be traded any time during the regular season right up until the day of the 2015 draft.

Via MLBTR

Report: Reds continue trade talks with Phillies involving Marlon Byrd


According to a report by Jim Bowden, the Reds and Phillies remain in trade talks involving veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd.

Cincinnati has been one of several teams rumored to be interested in Byrd as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. It goes without saying, but the Reds desperately need a power threat in their lineup. And the 36-year-old Byrd would seemingly provide that.
A 13-year veteran, Byrd is hitting .266/.319/.480 with 19 home runs and 57 RBI in 383 at-bats for the Phillies in 2014. This coming after Byrd inked a two-year deal worth $16 million (with a vesting option for 2016) with Philadelphia in the offseason.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Skip Schumaker leading fantasy football event for a great cause


On the same day Skip Schumaker was announced as a finalist for MLB's Heart & Hustle Award, another announcement has been made involving the veteran's role in leading a fantasy football event for a great cause. Here is more on that story from the Reds...

Skip Schumaker is hosting a fantasy football challenge that will include 9 teams captained by Cincinnati Reds players.

The fundraiser will be held Wednesday, August 27 in Great American Ball Park's Champions Club from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will give fans the opportunity to team up with Schumaker or teammates Jay Bruce, Devin Mesoraco, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart, Jonathan Broxton, Sean Marshall, Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey.

Proceeds will benefit Big League Impact (www.bigleagueimpact.org), Jessie Rees Foundation (www.negu.org), Reds Community Fund (www.reds.com/community) and Cincinnati Children's (www.cincinnatichildrens.org).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Four names the Reds may be interested in near trade deadline


If it wasn't already clear before the trip to New York, the Reds are definitely in need of a shot in the arm or two if they want to make a run for the postseason.

Unexpected injuries to key players have absolutely decimated the roster and have forced the healthy players still left to adjust accordingly. As we saw on Sunday when a routine popup dropped in for a walk-off single, Cincinnati's defense is less than desirable at the moment, mostly due to the fact that multiple players continue to be forced to play out of their normal positions.

With half their infield likely on the shelf for the next month (Brandon Phillips & Joey Votto), it seems the most-pressing need for the Reds is to add another bat at the trade deadline, preferably one that is flexible enough to play multiple positions on defense as well. With this in mind, there has been no shortage of speculation around the online baseball world about who general manager Walt Jocketty might be targeting to fill the aforementioned role.

The following is a list of four names who I've seen mentioned as possible trade candidates for the Reds before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MLB Week 16 - Break Time


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

All-Star breaks not only are good for players, they’re pretty good for fans too! My family and I just returned from our first vacation in quite a long time. It’s been twenty years since we visited Huntsville, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennessee, wow have things changed! Thank God for OnStar turn by turn navigation! Once I figure out how to transfer photos from my son’s iPhone to this antiquated computer I’m currently working on, I’ll share one or two with you readers.

For What it’s Worth Department; I highly recommend a visit to Fall Creek Falls State Park near Spencer, Tennessee. The main attraction of the park is a 270 foot waterfall, one of the tallest in the eastern United States, plus the surrounding vistas are equally as breathtaking. Google it to see for yourself.

Did I mention that I hate losing to the American League?

Reds shower Derek Jeter with farewell gifts


Although just visiting, the Reds decided to capitalize on their opportunity to honor Derek Jeter this weekend at Yankee Stadium.

On Saturday, Cincinnati paid homage to New York's longtime shortstop by gifting him with signed jerseys from former Reds captains Barry Larkin and Davey Concepcion, as well as a photo from 2003 when he was named captain of the Yankees while playing a series in the Queen City.

As it stands now, Jeter will retire at the end of this season after serving exactly 20 years in the big leagues, all of which have come in Pinstripes. A 14-time All-Star and 5-time World Series champion, the New Jersey native is on pace to retire with nearly 3,500 hits while maintaining a lifetime .311 batting average.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Reds trade minor league prospect to Brewers for cash considerations


It went under the radar, but the Reds made a trade on Friday.

According to Milwaukee's player development account on Twitter, the Reds agreed to swap minor league prospect Josh Fellhauer in exchange for cash considerations from the Brewers. The 26-year-old outfielder was hitting .239/.338/.313 in split time between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

In 2013, Fellhauer slashed .267/.355/.359 with four home runs and 28 RBI in 101 games split between Pensacola and Louisville.

He is not listed among the club's top 20 prospects on MLB.com.

Fellhauer, a former seventh-round draft pick, will report to Double-A Huntsville.

Via MLB Trade Rumors (Photo: Milb.com)

Video: Brayan Pena enjoys multi home run night at Yankee Stadium



Brayan Pena did everything he could in Cincinnati's bid to knock off New York at Yankee Stadium on Friday. And his effort included recording the first multi home run game of his major league career.

Filling in at first base for the injured Joey Votto, Pena provided plenty of firepower by launching a pair of solo home runs of Yankees pitching, giving him five total for the 2014 campaign.

Unfortunately, Pena's heroics weren't enough as the Reds fell, 4-3, in front of a packed crowd.

Friday, July 18, 2014

ZiPS projections don't bode well for Johnny Cueto, Alfredo Simon in second half


By any account, Johnny Cueto and Alfredo Simon have had excellent seasons so far, which recently culminated into trips to the All-Star Game.

But at least one national baseball guy doesn't believe either pitcher can sustain their success for the remainder of the year. And that guy is ESPN Insider Dan Szymborski after tabbing both Cueto and Simon among players fantasy baseball owners should cut their losses while they're ahead.

Here is what Szymborski had to say about Cueto:

Cueto is a very good pitcher, but his early dominance this year was helped by a sub-.200 BABIP through the end of May, something no pitcher in history can hope to sustain. Cueto has remained a good pitcher since then, but not one worthy of his No. 3 ranking among pitchers on ESPN's Player Rater this year. ZiPS has Cueto as the No. 13 starting pitcher the rest of the way, a valued contributor but also one who has an unfavorable home park and an unimpressive team offense.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Robert Stephenson named among top 50 prospects in baseball


If you haven't heard Robert Stephenson's name by now, as a Reds fan, you should probably get yourself acquainted with the 2011 first round draft pick.

The 21-year-old right-hander out of California is widely regarded as the top prospect in Cincinnati's farm system. With a fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s and an ideal frame for a starting pitcher (6-foot-3, 200-pounds), it's easy to see why. It's also not a surprise to learn that he was among the Top 50 Prospects in a midseason list recently published by ESPN.com's Keith Law.

Here is what the self-professed scouting guru had to say about Stephenson (who checked in modestly at No. 36 on the list):