Selsky Celebrating Promotion

Steve Selsky was a late round selection of Colorado in 2010. He opted instead to return to the University of Arizona before suffering a broken wrist. His disastrous final collegiate season made him available when the Reds picked in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft. Now in his second minor league season his bat is lifting him within the Cincinnati organization.

Things did not look good for Bakersfield when they entered the ninth inning with a four run deficit at Rancho Cucamonga yesterday. Nine runs later they took a lead before winning 14-9. The Blaze were brutal on Quakes pitching, scoring 29 runs in their last two games and twelve or more in all three of their wins in the four game series.

Offensively Kurtis Muller led the way going 3-5 with three RBI including a two-run homer that got the scoring started in the ninth. Chris Berset, Niko Vasquez, and Steve Selsky all went 3-5 on the day. Berset and Vasquez had three RBI each while Selsky had three doubles and drove in one. Travis Mattair also had a multi-hit game with two singles. Once again Billy Hamilton did his job well leading off by going 1-3 with three walks and crossing the plate three times.

On the mound Pat Doyle got the start and was tagged for eight runs (five earned) while pitching four innings. Justice French allowed only one unearned run in three innings of relief. Chris Joyce retired all six batters he faced to finish off the Quakes and get the win. The Blaze had to overcome five errors on the day.

Since his move to high-A after the all-star break Selsky has gone 6-19 (.421) with two home runs. He celebrated the promotion by homering in his first two at bats and has a gaudy .947 slugging percentage over four games with the Blaze. He came into the Cincinnati organization in the 33rd round of the 2010 draft. He was picked one year earlier by Colorado after he led the University of Arizona with a .370 average and nine home runs. He opted instead to return for another year of college where he suffered a broken wrist and a hamstring injury while hitting only .215 in 18 games. The outfielder is listed at 6'1"/205# and bats/throws right-handed. He comes from an athletic family as his mother played Olympic volleyball and his father played professionally in the Dodger and White Sox organizations.

Selsky started playing in minor league ball last season and hit .311 with 7 homers in 28 games in the rookie leagues. That earned him a job at Dayton where he hit .281 in 59 games before the promotion. The California League has a reputation as hitter-friendly and thus far it appears the 21 year-old is enjoying his experience. In the outfield nearly all his action has come at the corner positions where he brings good speed and a strong arm. Thus far he's committed only three errors in 91 games.

Even though he slugged below .400 at Dayton Selsky was projected with good power. During high school he represented the state of California in an International home run derby competition. If his first game at Bakersfield is any indication the Reds could see home run total climb. He's developed the reputation as an aggressive hitter, but he's still walked in almost 8% of his plate appearances and kept his on-base percentage .060' higher than his .297 average. That frequency did drop after leaving the rookie leagues and is at only 5.3% so far this season. He's striking out around once every five PA's.

Selsky's disastrous final collegiate season made him available to the Reds with a late pick. Now in only his second professional season his bat is lifting him upward through the Reds organization. The gap power is there and he put up good raw power numbers last year in the Arizona League. If he can clear some Cal League fences over the remainder of the season he will climb into the list of top Reds prospects.

Other News from the Farm:

Three Louisville pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout in the Bats' 2-0 win at Pawtucket. Ryan Feierabend had his best start as a Bat, throwing seven innings of one-hit ball to get his first win. J.J. Hoover retired the side in order in the eighth and Donnie Joseph threw a scoreless ninth for the save. Offensively Joey Gathright led the way by going 4-5 and driving in an insurance run in the fourth. Cody Puckett was 1-2 with two walks and a run. The Bats have won their last seven.

A three run homer by Beau Mills in the ninth gave Pensacola an 8-7 win at Chattanooga. Brodie Greene went 3-4 with a walk and two doubles while scoring three times. Mills extended his successful Wahoo debut by going 2-4 with a walk and five RBI. Didi Gregorius, P.J. Phillips, and Brian Peacock also added two hits apiece. On the mound Daniel Corcino made his first appearance since pitching eight innings of a no-hitter and was charged with three runs (two earned) on two hits. He had some control issues, walking six in four innings. Brian Pearl's first appearance since a promotion from Bakersfield was a tough one as he got roughed up for four runs in less than an inning. Chris Manno navigated around a couple of runners in a scoreless eighth for the win and Justin Freeman retired the sides in order in the ninth for the save.

Billy Hamilton Theft Watch:

Hamilton added three more yesterday to reach 90. He walked in the third and took second in a double steal with Theo Bowe. He led off the fifth with a walk and swiped second before scoring on a single by the batter behind him. He singled in the ninth and stole second. He reached again later that inning on a walk but did not have an open base in front of him. He's gotten his 90 SB's in only 70 games.

Bowling Green completed a three-game sweep at Dayton with a 3-2 win. Kyle Waldrop and Yovan Gonzalez both had two hits for the Dragons. Drew Stubbs got the first hit of his rehab assignment and he's now 1-10 in three games. Radhames Quezada threw a lot from the stretch when he held the Hot Rods to one run on six hits and two walks in five innings while striking out five. Michael Dennhardt allowed two in the eight that gave him the loss.

Billings took a one-run lead on a three-run homer by Brandon Dailey in the seventh, but lost it when they allowed three in the bottom of the inning in their 6-4 loss at Helena. The other Mustang run came on a solo shot by Spencer Dickinson to get their scoring started in the third. Robert Stephenson allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings in his second start. Jimmy Moran failed to finish the seventh and took the loss.

The AZL Reds fell behind by seven after allowing eight runs in the fourth. They then came up short in their comeback attempt and lost to the visiting AZL Padres 10-8. Dennis Phipps made his second appearance since going on the DL with a shoulder injury in mid-May. He went 2-3 with a home run and a triple. Another rehabber, Donald Lutz went 3-4 with a walk and two RBI. Ponciano Flores added two more hits and scored twice. On the mound Mitch Clarke got the start and allowed one run on one hit in two innings while striking out three and walking none. Jonathan Perez allowed seven in less than two innings for the loss.

The DSL Reds had an off-day and will resume their schedule today when they host the DSL Rockies.

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