Dayton Rallies for Win

In the two drafts prior to this year the Reds used top selections on high school pitchers. Robert Stephenson has been impressive at Dayton this year and is a consensus top 100 MLB prospect. Last year's selection Nick Travieso was considered less polished, but he's had some strong starts at Dayton and is tapping into the potential the Reds saw when they made him the 14th overall pick.

Overall it was not a highly successful day in the Cincinnati development system Saturday. The Reds won at home but other than that Dayton was the only affiliate to get a win as the other minor league squads combined to go 0-8 and score a total of seven runs. Meanwhile the parent team crossed the plate thirteen times against Seattle.

Dayton's bats started off slowly too but they rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to win 5-1 over visiting South Bend. Tanner Raheir tied the game with an RBI single in the fourth. That was broken two innings later on a run-scoring hit by Seth Mejias-Brean. He scored on triple by Jeff Gelalich who crossed the plate from a single from his UCLA teammate, Beau Amaral. A Brandon Dailey double capped off the scoring in the game. Sammy Diaz scored two runs off of a couple of hits and a walk for Dayton. Gelalich, Rahier, and Amaral also delivered two hits apiece.

On the hill Nick Travieso was strong, allowing only one run off of four hits in six innings while striking out seven without a walk. He picked up the win to improve his record to 3-2 and bring his ERA below five. Recent Reds comp balance selection Michael Lorenzen threw a scoreless seventh inning and Joel Bender blanked the Silver Hawks over the final two frames.

Of course big things have been expected of Travieso since Cincinnati invested their first round selection on him one year ago. He didn't see much action in the Arizona League last season but now he's hinting at coming around in his second professional campaign in low-A. He's had one bad outing to inflate his ERA to 4.91, but in four of his seven starts this season he's allowed only one earned run. He was a reliever in high school so the Reds have been careful to limit innings, but he's completed six in both of his last two outings.

Yesterday's appearance was his best of the season and the command he showed on the mound raised his overall K/BB ration above two. He's starting to come around despite being fast-tracked, playing in a full professional season while still a teenager. He's in the rotation with 2011 first-rounder Robert Stephenson. While Stephenson is a candidate for another promotion by the end of this season the Reds should be content to let Travieso continue working against Midwest League hitters while getting used to pitching deeper into games.

The next stop for the pair of first-rounders appears to be Bakersfield. Stephenson has dropped his ERA below three and appears to be mastering his current level and it would not be surprising to see him debut there after he comes off of the DL. He was considered to have more polished skills of the two coming out of high school. Meanwhile Travieso is giving some indications that he might not be as far behind as previously thought. He was considered more of a reach with some risk and a high upside that Dayton fans might get to see first-hand over the remainder of the season.

The Reds have enjoyed great depth in their rotation the past couple of seasons and with the way they've drafted they should expect that to continue. At the time of the draft some speculated that Travieso could still advance as a reliever should he have problems adjusting to the rotation. Getting a good reliever is nice, but the Reds invested the 14th overall selection on him so it's obvious they felt that would not need to use that option. He's been good in over half of his seven appearances this season and it appears that Cincinnati is feeling comfortable letting him throw more innings. Though Travieso hasn't cracked any to 100 prospect lists yet the potential is there and it would not be surprising to see him crashing the party in the near future.

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The Reds got their bats on track in a 13-4 home win over Seattle. They fell behind early and Mat Latos allowed four runs in six innings pitched, but the offense made sure that was good enough for him to get the win and improve his record to 8-2. Reserve Jack Hannahan made the most of his start with three hits and a walk. Shin-soo Choo and Jay Bruce both reached safely three times with two hits and a walk. Cesar Izturis came off the bench for a good game too with two hits and three RBI.

Louisville split a doubleheader at Columbus when they lost 4-0 and coming back to win 1-0. The Bats were limited to three hits in the first shutout with two coming of the bat of Billy Hamilton. Greg Reynolds lost his first game of the season and is now 10-1 after allowing four runs on five hits while pitching a complete six-inning game.

" Pedro Villarreal got the start in the second game and did not allow a run while allowing only three hits. He was lifted in the fifth however and Nick Christiani got the win for not allowing a base runner while tossing the final two frames. Louisville had only two hits in the game, but one of them was a home run by Mike Hessman that provided the game's only run.

Pensacola was held to three hits total over two games as they were swept in a doubleheader at home against Jacksonville by scores of 3-0 and 5-0. Tim Crabbe picked up the loss in the first one by allowing three runs on four hits in five innings. Ryan Dennick lost the second one when he allowed five runs (four earned) on ten hits in four innings.

Bakersfield fell behind by four after four innings and lost 4-1 to visiting Lake Elsinore. Kyle Waldrop led the Blaze offensively with two hits including a triple and a walk while scoring his team's only run. Juan Silva was no stranger on the bases after stroking a hit and drawing three walks. Jon Moscot was charged with four runs off six hits and three walks in five innings while striking out seven. He took the loss to lower his record to 1-12. Ben Klimesh followed him with three scoreless innings of relief.

Billings fell behind early and lost 6-1 to visiting Missoula. Daniel Paula had two hits for the Mustangs while Phil Erving reached with a hit and a walk. Starter Pedro Diaz allowed three runs off four hits and three walks in three innings pitched for the loss.

The AZL Reds allowed a couple of three-run rallies and lost at home 6-4 to the AZL Indians. Kevin Garcia had three hits to raise his average to .326. Logan Uxa had two hits and drove in a run. Tyler Mahle got no decision after allowing three runs over the first three innings. Manual Aybar relieved him with three innings and allowed the next three runs for the loss.

The DSL Reds were idle and will host the DSL Orioles on Sunday.

The DSL Rojos were blown out 11-0 at the DSL Yankees. Luis Gonzalez collected three of the four Rojos hits. Jose Salas allowed five runs in less than four innings pitched for the loss.

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