Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A huge collection of Reds news and notes

There has been plenty of news and notes swirling around the first-place Reds this week. Here's my attempt at organizing the chaos into one, central location. Enjoy.

+ The hype surrounding Todd Frazier's NL Rookie of the Year bid seems to be growing. Jerry Crasnick of published a must-read feature piece on the New Jersey native earlier today. You can check that out by following this link. I highly recommend it.

+ If things go as planned, Joey Votto will be back in the Reds lineup on Saturday when the club takes on the Astros in Houston. He was 0-1 with a walk and a strikeout in a rehab assignment with Single-A Dayton on Tuesday night. He's scheduled to make a couple more before returning with the big club. Votto has been on the disabled list since July 16th with a left knee injury.

+ According to John Fay, the Reds will announce September call-ups on Friday. Three players will join the team Saturday in Houston and three others will join the club Tuesday back home in Cincinnati.

+ One of those players who many would like to see promoted is top prospect Billy Hamilton. However, all indications are that such a call-up isn't likely to happen. Especially considering the club announced Wednesday that the 21-year old speedster will spend his next stop in the Arizona Fall League as a member of the Peoria Javelinas. Opening Day for the AFL is scheduled for October 9th and will conclude with the Championship Game on November 17th.

+ The Reds also announced that four other prospects will be participating in the AFL along with Hamilton. They include, SS Didi Gregorius, 1B Donald Lutz, RHP Drew Hayes and RHP Curtis Partch. They too will play for Peoria.

+ Johnny Cueto became the first pitcher to win 17 games in the majors this season with Cincy's 5-2 victory over Arizona Tuesday night. May I remind you that he was inexplicably left off the NL All-Star roster in July. Yet he figures to be among the top candidates to earn the Cy Young Award.

+ Nick Masset suffered yet another setback in his rehab and is now likely done for the year. The 30-year old has been on the disabled list all season due to an ailing throwing shoulder.

+ The Redlegs own the best record in the Major Leagues since the All-Star Break at 32-14. They are an impressive 29-14 since Votto hit the DL.

+ The Reds currently enjoy the largest division lead of any first-place team in Major League Baseball (7).

+ Last weekend's series versus the Cardinals will be featured in the new national TV series Caught Looking, produced by Major League Baseball Productions and airing on NBC Sports Network. MLB Productions worked behind the scenes with both teams to produce a 1-hour show that will debut Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET. A different series with playoff implications will be featured each week the rest of the season.

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