Robles Shines at Bakersfield

Tanner Robles has made both of his starts scoreless ones since a promotion to Bakersfield from Dayton. The southpaw out of Oregon St. is in his third minor league season and was named to the Pioneer League All Star team in 2010. After a rocky start last season he finished the year strong with Dayton. He's now looking to do that again at the high-A level.

Bakersfield scored five in the second inning before cruising to an 8-1 win at Stockton Wednesday. Travis Mattair led the Blaze offense with three hits including his twelfth home run. Steve Selsky, Chris Berset, Niko Vasquez, and James Ewing added two hits each while Ewing drove in two.

On the mound Tanner Robles got his first win with the Blaze after he threw five shutout innings and struck out seven before giving way to Andrew Brackman in the sixth. Brackman stranded two inherited runners and recorded six outs against five batters faced. Kyle McMyne pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the game. He hasn't allowed a run in his last nine appearances.

This was the second start for Robles since his promotion from Dayton and both outings have been scoreless. He's not allowed a run in eleven innings pitched for Bakersfield. He's also struck out thirteen while walking four. His WHIP at high-A thus far is 1.091. Previously he'd put together a 5-5 record with a mid-4 ERA for the Dragons.

Robles has been making a name for himself at the lower levels of the Reds organization since he finished with a sub-3 ERA with Billings on 2010 and was named to the All Star team in the hitter-friendly Pioneer League. His next season at Dayton did not go so well and he had an ERA around seven in the first half of the season. That got him a trip to Arizona to work on mechanics. His work must have been effective because he came back to post a 3.11 ERA with the Dragons after July. He started out his second season in the Midwest League with a strong April before some rough outings inflated his ERA. Now he's holding a zero ERA after two starts in the Bakersfield rotation.

Robles is a 6'4"/205#, left-handed 23 year-old. The Reds acquired him with a ninth round selection in 2010 out of Oregon State. His fastball hits the radar around 90 and he mixes it with off-speed pitches in the high 70's. In the past he's had some issues with command and he's averaging three and a half walks per nine innings this season. However, that rate is lower than previous years and he's showing improvement as he advances up the Reds system. His prospect rating should rise as that rate decreases.

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