D'Anna Has Four Hits in Loss

Dominic D'Anna has not been one of the Reds higher-regarded prospects since entering their organization from a 31st round pick out of Cal St.-Northridge. An injury to Donald Lutz led to regular duty at first base at the high-A level. Now in his third minor league season he has shown an exceptional plate discipline that has provided an on-base percentage of .386 over 760 plate appearances.

Bakersfield allowed a tying run in the eighth inning and two go-ahead runs in the ninth when they lost their opener of a home series to Visalia 6-4. The loss came despite outhitting the Nuts 10-7. Speed has been the name of the game for the Blaze all season and last night it killed when they had four runners caught attempting to steal bases and another one gunned down at home.

Dominic D'Anna led the way for the offense by going 4-4 at the plate. Donald Lutz had two triples in his second game back from a rehab. Chris Berset walked three times. Starter Daniel Renken allowed two early and then cruised until allowing a game-tying home run. He was charged with four runs on six hits over eight innings. Brooks Pinckard entered in the ninth and walked the first two batters he faced. Both of them scored, costing him the loss.

D'Anna now has six hits in his last eight at-bats over the past two games. He began the season in extended spring training and arrived at Bakersfield in mid-May. Recently he's been getting regular action at first base while Lutz was on the DL after fouling a pitch off his foot on May 25. His average is now up to .267 on the season.

D'Anna is listed at 6'1"/215#, bats left-handed, and throws from the right side. He came into the Reds organization out of Cal St. Northridge from a 31st round selection on the 2010 draft. In his first minor league season he hit .333 in the rookie leagues and found himself at Dayton before the end of the year. He returned to the Dragons for the 2011 season and hit .286 with a .386 on-base percentage. That season included an all-star game appearance and a wrist injury that took him out of action for two months. After last night his on-base percentage is .383 in 149 plate appearances for the Blaze.

D'Anna does not bring much power with his game and his slugging percentage is around .400. He does possess good discipline at the plate and has walked 100 times in now his third season versus only 128 strikeouts. Those frequencies calculate to one K every 5.9 PA and a walk in every 7.6 PA on average. That has lifted his lifetime on-base percentage to be a full .100' higher than is batting average at .386.

In the field all of his action has been at first base which will be a handicap unless he can find more power in his game. He's committed sixteen errors in 144 games and has a lifetime fielding percentage of .975. Playing first has mixed blessings with the Reds. On one hand, competition is reduced by attempts to move top prospects to different positions, like Donald Lutz in left field last night. On the other hand, there's no long-term future there for anyone in the Cincinnati system not named Votto.

Now 23 years old, one thing D'Anna has proved is that he knows the way to first base. 936 players were selected before his named was called in the draft two years ago. Odds are long for any prospects selected with such a late pick. Since 1999 only nine of the Reds picks 30 or higher ever saw major league action and all of them did not sign until they were picked by other teams in later drafts. Meanwhile D'Anna has earned regular duty at high-A for the time being. If he continues to consistently get on base it will create value for him somewhere.

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