Billings Loses in 9th

Reds Went Over Slot to Sign 43rd Round Washington

Not many of the highest rated prospects in the Cincinnati system are middle infielders. One day Ty Washington might change that as he's started out hot at Billings this year. He wasn't selected until the 43rd round in 2011, but the Reds still thought highly enough of him to offer a $300,000 bonus to sign instead of going to school.

Billings allowed the go-ahead run in the ninth inning Sunday in their 3-2 loss to visiting Missoula. The Mustangs took a lead in the third inning when Jonathan Reynosa singled, advanced on a Ty Washington double, and scored on a groundout. They increased their lead the next frame when Jhimmy Lopez singled home Jon Matthews, but that would be the last time they crossed the plate in the game. Washington finished with two of his team's six hits while Matthews reached twice with walks.

On the mound Luke Moran got no decision from a nice start, allowing one run on five hits in six innings while striking out five without a walk. Abel De Los Santos pitched the final inning and allowed one run for the loss.

Down in the depths of the lower levels of the Cincinnati system late-round selection Washington is showing that he knows the way to first base. He hit .270 AVG/.351 OB in 17 games in the Arizona League last year and he's now started out at .354/.392 this season in the Pioneer League. He's making great contact, striking out only twice in 51 plate appearances. There have only been three walks in those trips but while someone is hitting .354 their on-base percentage is less noticeable.

The low walk total is a bit of a surprise given the small target of his diminutive stature, 5'9"/160#. He did walk more frequently during his action last season and thus far has only appeared in 30 professional games, so there's reason to believe that rate will come around as he develops. He's also swiped eight bases while getting caught three times.

In the field most of his action has been at second base where he's been running down 84 chances in 23 games and he's also made a handful of appearances at shortstop. Overall his fielding percentage is at .944 with a decent .952 while playing second.

Late round or not, Cincinnati had wanted Washington in their system when they picked him in the 43rd round of the 2011 draft. They used a $300,000 signing bonus to get the prospect out of Plano (TX) East High School into their employment thus causing him to forego an opportunity to play collegiately at the University of Oklahoma.

Washington has good speed, soft hands, and moves fluently in the field. His arm strength is sufficient for shortstop and there is no question on it at second. He has yet to turn nineteen years old and, 43rd round or not, has the tools to project well as an infielder as he develops.

The Reds knew that when they went over slot to sign him. The current status of their farm system does not have many middle infielders among lists of their top prospects with perhaps the highest regarded one being Ryan Wright who is currently at Bakersfield. Washington does not have the experience right now to crash those lists, but if he maintains his success as he gains more it's only a matter of time.

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The Reds bats had a difficult day as they lost the rubber game of a home interleague matchup against Seattle by a score of 3-1. Chris Heisey had two of his team's six hits and drove in their lone run. Bronson Arroyo gave up a couple of homers and took the loss for allowing three runs on five hits in six innings while striking out six against only one walk. Three Reds relievers combined for three scoreless innings.

Louisville shut out Columbus in a 4-0 home win. The Bats took the lead off a three-run homer by Neftali Soto in the third inning. Emmanuel Burris finished with three hits and an RBI while Jason Donald stroked two singles. Chad Reineke got the win for eight shutout innings allowing only four hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Jose Diaz entered in the eight and recorded a couple of outs for the save.

Pensacola allowed two runs in the eighth in their 5-4 loss to visiting Jackson. Yorman Rodriguez provided the first Wahoo run with a solo homer in the sixth inning and they came back the next inning with a three-run rally to take the lead. Ray Chang had two of his team's nine hits while Rodriguez also reached with a walk in addition to his home run. Daniel Renken got no decision from a quality start, allowing three runs over six innings for no decision. Wilken De La Rosa allowed two runs (one earned) in one inning pitched for the loss.
Bakersfield gave up five runs in the fifth inning en route to a 7-2 home loss to Modesto. The Blaze was limited to three hits total including a two-run homer by Juan Silverio. James Allen took the loss for allowing four runs in less than five innings.

Dayton was three-it in their 5-1 home loss to South Bend. Tanner Rahier had two of those hits and drove in his team's only run. Mike Saunders made the start and left with an elbow strain after one batter. That batter eventually crossed the plate to pin the loss on him. Wandy Peralta tossed five scoreless innings of relief.

The AZL Reds took the lead with three runs in the seventh, but allowed two in the bottom half of the inning in their 6-5 loss at the AZL Angels. Aldi Guzman had three hits for the Reds including a double, triple, and RBI. Oviel Florentino also added three hits while Jose Fernandez stroked two singles. Starter Jeremy Kivel got no decision for allowing four runs (three earned) in three innings. Jakob Izold entered in the seventh and left after recording one out and allowing two runs for the loss.

The DSL Reds allowed two runs in both of their final two innings in their 4-2 loss against the visiting DSL Orioles1. Diohanky Mejia had three hits to raise his average to .354. Jose De Sousa got no decision for tossing six shutout innings, allowing only three hits and a couple of walks. The DSL Rojos were idle and will return to action Monday against the visiting DSL Yankees.

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