Dayton took a lead with a three-run fourth inning and added on with runs in the sixth and seventh before allowing two each in the last two frames in a 7-5 home loss to Peoria. Jesse Winker
led the way offensively with three hits, an RBI and run scored. Zach Vincej reached via a hit and a walk and scored twice. Eight of the nine hitters in the Dragon lineup had at least one of their team's ten hits.
On the mound no Dayton pitcher finished the night unscathed. Ismael Guillon
got the start and allowed three runs (two earned) in four-plus innings. He's been struggling with control all season and walked four against five strikeouts. Wes Mugarian
was touched up for a couple of runs in three innings but still managed to hand a lead over to Alejandro Chacin
who allowed two more for a blown save and the loss.
After a slow start Winker's bat is coming around, hitting 14-27 (.519) over the last eight games to raise his average to .292 with a .400 on-base percentage. He has only one home run so far but he's found enough gaps to give him a slugging percentage of .444. Another thing that is impressive is that he has almost as many walks (13) as strikeouts (16) in his first twenty games.
The first thing that catches the eye when looking at this prospect is his age because he's playing in his first full professional season while still a teenager after the Reds drafted him in the supplemental portion of last year's first round. He also wasted no time in 2012 when he slashed a line of .338 AVG/.443 OB%/.500 SLG as an eighteen year-old at Billings. Though Cincinnati selected him out of a Florida high school, he came into organization with a more polished plate discipline like a college player.
One big question hanging over Winker's head is where he can play defensively. There's not much concern with his glove at first base, but the Reds already have plans atop the pipeline at that position into the foreseeable future. All of Winker's action has been in the outfield, mostly in left where he's out to prove that his size won't prevent him from providing sufficient range. Thus far he's run down 1.3 putouts per game with three errors in 54 games in the position. Last night he also gunned down a runner at third for his fifth career outfield assist.
Winker's bat will keep him playing somewhere in the organization for sure. It remains to be seen how much power he adds to his game and some feel that it could be considerable. Even if that does not fully materialize, he's still projects as a pure hitter with advanced plate discipline. Those type hitters can always find a spot in someone's lineup and Winker remains a top ten prospect in the Cincinnati organization.
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The Reds remained winless in Washington after a 6-3 loss to the Nationals. Their bats showed some more life after being one-hit in the first couple of games, but they were unable to overcome a rough start by Mike Leake
who took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) in three innings. Alfredo Simon
relieved him in the fourth and was soon greeted by a two-run homer by Bryce Harper
. J.J. Hoover
threw a scoreless seventh and Sean Marshall
retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the eighth for his first appearance since coming off the DL. Offensively Shin-soo Choo
walked and drove in the first Reds run with a solo homer while Brandon Phillips
had three hits and an RBI. Tony Cingrani
will take the mound Sunday as the Reds try to avoid a sweep in the four-game set.
Louisville blew a ninth-inning lead when the allowed three in a 5-3 home loss to Lehigh Valley. All the Bats runs came from a three run rally in the second inning which was led off by a home run by Neftali Soto
who had three hits in the game. Nevin Ashely had two hits and drove in one while Billy Hamilton
reached via a walk and a double that plated the Bats' final run. Kristopher Negron also had a hit and walk with an RBI while scoring once. Greg Reynolds
turned in another strong start by allowing only two runs on six hits. He also punched out more batters than normal, striking out eight against only one walk in seven innings for no decision. Jose Arredondo
was roughed up for a few runs in less than two innings pitched for a blown save and the loss.
Pensacola was rained out at Tennessee and will make it up with a doubleheader against the Smokies on Sunday.
Bakersfield allowed two in the seventh and lost 2-1 against visiting Visalia. The Blaze combined for only five hits in the contest including a solo home run by Juan Perez
. Michael Gilmartin
reached safely three times with a double and two walks while Marquez Smith
had a single and one free pass. Jon Moscot
threw five-plus shutout innings for no decision. He allowed only two hits, but ran up his pitch count with seven strikeouts and three walks. Michael Dennhardt
relieved him and allowed two runs for the loss. Brooks Pinckard
finished by tossing two scoreless frames.
Jesse Winker came to the Reds in the supplemental portion of last year's first round and wasted no time by tearing up Pioneer League pitching as a teenager. In his first full season he's now approaching .300 with a .400 on-base percentage. Though drafted out of high school, he came to the Reds with a plate discipline more typical of an older player.