Silverio and Duran Perfect at Plate

Silverio Came to Reds from White Sox Organization

Juan Silverio was released after a dubious tenure in the White Sox organization, though much of the controversy was not of his own making. He's taking advantage of a second chance from the Reds and has become one of the top run-producers at Bakersfield this season.

Bakersfield scored four runs in the second inning and followed that up with another five in the next frame as they cruised to a 12-4 win over visiting San Jose. Juan Silverio led the way offensively, going 5-5 with five RBI, two runs scored, and a two-run homer in the seventh. He and Yovan Gonzalez both delivered two-RBI singles in the first Blaze rally. Their first three batters in the third loaded the bases with walks and runs scored from a double play, Juan Perez single, two-run double by Junior Arias, and Silverio double. Silverio added on another run in the sixth by doubling and scoring on a sac fly before his homer capped off scoring the next inning.

Juan Duran also reached safely from every trip into the batter's box, going 3-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Arias and Perez added two hits each and all nine of the Blaze hitters reached safely in the game, eight of them twice or more. James Allen allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings and his team's offense made that good enough for the win. Carlos Gonzalez, Jimmy Moran, and Pat Doyle combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

The outburst lifted Silverio's average over .290 and he's now slugging over .450. His fourteen home runs are second-highest on the team and he leads the Blaze with 69 RBI. The right-handed batter is one of the Bakersfield offensive leaders as a twenty-two year old.

Silverio is actually making a nice story for himself after some dubious clouds that were hanging over his head during his tenure with his previous employer. The White Sox originally signed him as a foreign free agent with a reported $600,000 bonus. Since then there have been rumors that he actually received only half of that amount amid a firing in that organization during a bonus-skimming scandal. He also had to take a trip back to the Dominican League after playing stateside as a seventeen year-old in 2008 because of an age discrepancy, but nothing came of that to alter his reported birthdate.

Soon after signing it became apparent that he would not stick at shortstop and whenever he bumped his head against minor league competition there were allegations that his original scouting report was inflated to induce more money for his fraudulent bonus. He has made 18 appearances at short for the Blaze this year but most of his action has been at the hot corner where his fielding is barely over .900. He's seen a little action at second base where as expected that has improved and he's swinging a bat that would add value to a middle infield position.

Down the road there might be an attempt to move him to one of the outfield corner which would compromise his prospect value. Still, he's showing enough offense to possible handle the position if he can defend it. He's only stolen 27 bases in six minor league seasons (though he's only been caught four times) and probably doesn't project enough speed for centerfield.

Though he's getting hits, he also still needs to improve plate discipline. He's only walked eight times this year which gives him an on-base percentage only .017' higher than his batting average. However, the need to improve selectivity is a common one for young prospects, especially those from the Caribbean. Looking back it's probably safe to assume that he was promoted too aggressively earlier in his career after the hefty signing bonus and one of the functions of the minor leagues is to work on improving things like that.

Though he's now in his second organization Silverio is making a case for his first advancement higher than the single-A level. It will be interesting to see how his power numbers hold up if/when he leaves the California League and returns closer to sea level, but his age isn't bad for his current level and if he does manage to stick in the infield he projects a plus bat for one of the three positions on the left side. He's been free of any further controversy since entering the Cincinnati organization and with all that behind him the Reds have reason to think that future attention directed toward Silverio will be for his development toward becoming an MLB-caliber player.

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The Reds evened up their home series against the Cardinals with an 8-3 win. The redbirds intentionally walked to face Jack Hannahan in the first inning who gave his team the lead with a two-out single that plated two runs. Devin Mesoraco hit his first of two home runs in the fourth inning to add on two more runs to the lead. Brandon Phillips gave his team some more insurance the next frame with an RBI-double. Finally Mesoraco delivered his second long-ball to lead off the eighth which was followed by a two-run homer from Shin-soo Choo two batters later. Mesoraco and Choo led Cincinnati with two hits each while Joey Votto singled, walked three times, and scored twice. Tony Cingrani ran up his pitch count when he ran into trouble in the first, but he struck out a couple of hitters in the middle of the St. Louis lineup to limit them to one run. After allowing the first two batters in the sixth inning to reach safely he was lifted after throwing over 100 pitches. Cingrani's final line had three runs, four hits, five walks, and seven strikeouts in five innings which was good enough for the win. The Reds' bullpen answered the call and sent out four relievers who combined for four scoreless innings.

Louisville pulled away with three in the eighth inning in their 5-1 win at Indianapolis. Neftali Soto went 2-2 with two walks and scored twice. Billy Hamilton led off the game by reaching on a wild pitch third strike and advancing to third on an errant pickoff attempt before scoring on a single by the next hitter. Felix Perez blew the game open with a two-run double in the eighth. Henry Rodriguez singled, walked, and scored a run. Chad Rogers got the win from a solid outing, allowing only one unearned run on four hits/one walk in seven innings with five strikeouts.

Pensacola was held to only two hits in their 8-0 loss at Birmingham. Daniel Renken was roughed up for five runs in six innings for the loss.

Dayton rallied for five runs in the third inning and held on for a 5-3 win at West Michigan. Jeff Gelalich, Phil Erving and Jesse Winker had two hits apiece for the Dragons with Winker also walking once and driving in two. Ismael Guillon pitched into the fifth and allowed only two runs, but he danced around six hits and four walks and left one out shy of qualifying for the win which went to Werleen Taveras who tossed a scoreless sixth inning. Joel Bender allowed six hits, but he got the save for closing out the game with three scoreless innings.

Billings took a three-run lead in the sixth inning and held on for a 4-3 win at Missoula. Carlos Sanchez and Robert Ramirez had two hits apiece for the Mustangs including a solo homer by Ramirez. Pedro Diaz got the win from a nice start, allowing only one run while one-hitting the Osprey over five innings and striking out seven with only one walk. Robert Lewis-Walker entered in the eighth and allowed a run while finishing the game, but he still qualified for his first save.

The AZL Reds cut into a four-run deficit with three runs in the sixth, but they allowed six in the bottom of the inning en route to an 11-6 loss to the AZL Padres. Aristides Aquino and Kevin Franklin both had two hits for the Reds. Joe Jocketty, son of Reds GM Walt, made his professional debut by going 1-2 with two walks and scored twice. Blaine Howell and Chad Jones started the game by throwing one inning each with Howell getting the loss.

The DSL Reds won 6-2 over the DSL Diamondbacks. Joseph Siri, Francis Guerrero, Diohanky Mejia, and Geraldo Valor had two hits each for the Reds with Siri also reaching on a walk. Jose De Sousa threw the first pitch and allowed one run in one inning. David Jones relieved him and got the win for tossing two-plus scoreless frames.

The DSL Rojos were one-hit in a 4-0 loss to the DSL Nationals. Isaac Moncion started the game with three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit/one walk. Warlin Pena was a victim of two unearned runs that pinned the loss on him while he threw the next four innings.

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