Montgomery finished strong last night by scoring all their runs in their last three frames to beat visiting Pensacola 7-3. Blue Wahoo pitcher Daniel Corcino had his first quality start of the season and allowed three runs (two earned) off five hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings. Normally dependable reliever Clayton Tanner allowed runs for the first time this season and was charged with the loss. Didi Gregorius had two hits plus a walk and is now hitting .391. His DP partner, Brodie Greene went 4-4 with two doubles, a walk, and all three of his team’s RBI to lift his average over .300.
With the other middle infielders in the Reds system it’s easy to overlook Greene who they picked in the fourth round of the 2010 draft out of Texas A&M. He was actually drafted by the Phillies in 2009, but he fell to a late round because he made it known his plans to return to College Station for a senior season. Greene’s style of play earned a reputation as a hard-nosed player before leaving college. He took some at-bats there wearing a face guard to protect teeth damaged from a fastball in the face. During his senior season the Texan led the Aggies in all major offensive categories.
After finishing his senior season Greene was older than most new draft selections and he went to work that same year in high-A, hitting .269 at Lynchburg. He remained at that level for most of 2011 and hit .287/.344OB with 14 HR for Bakersfield before a late-season promotion to AA Carolina. His speed has allowed him to play multiple positions all over the field, but thus far in 2012 all his action has been at second base. He’s played a lot of shortstop in A ball, but no one else will get much action there for Pensacola until Gregorius is promoted.
The 6’1” 24 year-old has speed, work ethic, and versatility that make him a very interesting prospect. He still needs a little polish defensively, wherever he settles. There are some questions about his arm strength that leaves doubts that he would be a good projection at shortstop on a regular basis. He does possess some power that would be an asset from a middle infield position. Despite playing in an organization with a logjam of middle infielders Greene is building a strong case for himself as a high visibility prospect.
Other news from the farm:
Louisville ended a five game skid when Daryl Jones hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat Indianapolis 3-2. Johnny Gomes trade-return Bill Rhinehart got hits in both of his at-bats. Josh Judy retired the only batter he faced to pick up his first win.
Bakersfield kept rolling, winning their seventh straight over visiting San Jose. They built a six run lead after five and held on to win 8-6. Billy Hamilton, Yormin Rodriguez and James Ewing had two hits each. Hamilton is now batting .375 on the year. Donald Lutz hit his third home run of the season and Juan Duran added his first. Daniel Renken improved to 3-0 with his second consecutive quality start. He only allowed four hits, but unfortunately three of them cleared the fence. Wilkin De La Rosa threw a scoreless inning to get his ERA down to 1.03. Daniel Wolford retired the side in the 9th for his first save.
Billy Hamilton theft watch:
Hamilton had another double-steal-inning in the 3rd last night which brings his total to 16 swipes in 17 games.
Dayton was shut out at Fifth Third Field by Cedar Rapids, 2-0. The Dragon offense could only muster four hits, all doubles. Radhames Quezada pitched seven strong innings allowing only one earned run on five hits, but he was charged with the loss because of no run support. The 21 year-old Dominican is 0-2 despite a 2.14 ERA over his first four starts. Brooks Pinckard faced the minimum number of batters over two innings in his first appearance of the season.