Draft Signings

Now that teams have completed making their draft choices the next job is to sign them. The Reds quickly signed their top choice and earlier this week struck a deal with CBA selection Michael Lorenzen. They've inked seventeen new players thus far, many of them now playing at Billings and in the AZL.

Now that the draft is over the next item on every team's agenda is to sign their picks. The Reds have had good success in recent years, signing all top ten round picks since 2008. Recent reports indicate that CBA pick Michael Lorenzen is in the fold for slightly more than slot bonus and he's headed to Arizona. Reds top pick Phillip Ervin signed soon after the draft and is now playing at Billings. Cincinnati has already signed seventeen of their 41 picks and is $106, 500 under budgeted slot value. Below is an update on their progress for picks in the first ten rounds:

1. Phillip Ervin: Signed at recommended slot bonus of $1,812,400 and has started off 3-7 at Billings.

CBA. Michael Lorenzen: Signed Thursday for $1.5 million which was slightly above slot of $1.47 million. Indications are that the Reds will allow him to work both as a pitcher and outfielder.

2. Kevin Franklin: Unsigned. K.J. Franklin's Twitter account now identifies him as "Third Baseman for the Cincinnati Reds Organization". On June 8 the same account tweeted: "Can't wait to get to AZ with @Lorenzen55 & @Mr_MagicErvin and the rest of the guys!" If he does not sign he has an option to play collegiately at Arizona St.

3. Mark Armstrong: Signed at $500,000 which was $4,000 above slot value. He's now with the AZL Reds.

4. Ben Lively: Signed for $350,000 which is $17,900 under slot value. He is on the Billings roster.

5. Corey Thompson: Signed when the Reds went over slot ($275,000) with $367,000 to deny his services to the University of South Carolina. He's started the season 3-7 for the AZL Reds.

6. Zack Weiss: Unsigned and currently playing with UCLA in the College World Series.

7. Tyler Mahle: Signed for $250,000 which was over slot value ($160,500). He is now at Arizona instead of joining his brother at UC Santa Barbara.

8. Scott Brattvelt: Signed for $15,000 after he finished his senior season at Cal St. Bakersfield. They saved on the slot value which was $149,900 and he's made an appearance for Billings already.

9. Chad Jones: Singed for $100,000. He'll likely report to extended spring training in Arizona.

10. Daniel Wright: The Reds got another "senior discount" and inked Wright for $10,000 after he exhausted his college eligibility. He is now at Billings.

Later picks who have signed are: Ty Boyles (11th round), Shedric Long (12th), Fabian Roman (16th), Dalton Carter (17th), Joseph Mantoni (18th), Larry Somsen (22nd), Taylor Terrasas (30th) and Logan Uxa (32nd). The Reds made an ambitious pick when they selected Willie Abreu in the 14th round and reports are that he will proceed with earlier plans to attend the University of Miami. A couple of other aggressive picks that will be tough signs are Brett Morales (24th) and Andrew Benintendi (31st). Teams have until July 12 to work out deals with their selections.

Other Organizational News:

The Reds got started off on the wrong foot in their series at Arizona and lost 11-5. Johnny Cueto took the loss in his worst outing of the year when he allowed seven runs and failed to finish the fifth inning. The Reds came back from a three-run deficit to tie the score briefly after a Jay Bruce solo home run in the fourth inning a couple of runs the next frame from a Joey Votto double and an Arizona error. The Diamondbacks immediately took over after that with four-run rallies in both of their next two at-bats. Votto added a solo homer in the seventh and Devin Mesoraco singled home a run in the ninth. Votto led his team with three hits while Zach Cozart added two. Derrick Robinson reached twice from a single and a walk while Shin-soo Choo walked twice.

Greg Reynolds continued the best AAA season of his career last night by throwing a two-hit shutout in Louisville's 3-0 win over visiting Rochester. He's now 9-0 with a 2.23 ERA and coming upon the opt-out date in his contract. The Bats took the lead in the fourth from an RBI-single from Henry Rodriguez and added on in the next inning from run-scoring hits off the bats of Felix Perez and Neftali Soto. Three Louisville batters had two hits on the evening: Soto, Perez, and Corky Miller with Perez also reaching via a walk.

Pensacola's bats were working well and they tied a franchise record with fifteen hits in a 9-3 win at Montgomery. The Wahoos rallied for three runs in the third inning which include an RBI-walk to Yorman Rodriguez and RBI-hit by Travis Mattair. They regained the lead from a solo homer by Mattair in the fifth and added on from a RBI-double by Matt Kennelly the next frame. Marquez Smith doubled home two more runs in the seventh. Kennelly finished with four hits in his second game with the Wahoos and Mattair added three. Yorman Rodriguez added two hits and a walk while Devin Lohman reached with two walks and a hit. Ray Chang reached twice via a hit and a walk. Daniel Renken got the win for pitching six innings and allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Trevor Bell and Chris Manno combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Bakersfield allowed four in the sixth in their 6-3 home loss to High Desert. Jon Moscot got no decision from a nice outing, allowing only one run on three hits and a walk in five innings while striking out five. Kyle McMyne entered in the sixth and the Mavericks jumped on him for four runs that cost him the loss. David Vidal had three hits for the Blaze including a solo homer. Juan Perez reached with two hits and a walk.

Dayton allowed four runs in the fourth en route to an 11-5 loss to visiting Lake County. Junior Arias led the Dragon offense with two home runs and three RBI. Daniel Piggott doubled twice while Jeff Gelalich and Tanner Rahier also collected two hits each. Jackson Stephens took his first start of the season and the loss by allowing five runs (three earned) in four innings.

Billings was shut out for their first loss of the season in a 6-0 defeat to visiting Great Falls. Pedro Diaz navigated around seven hits to allow two runs in three innings for the loss. Phillip Ervin collected two hits for the Mustang offense.

The AZL Reds were also shut out in a 5-0 home loss to the AZL Indians. Franderlin Romero allowed only one run in five innings, but that was enough to pin the loss on him. Alberti Chavez and Jose Duarte both reached safely twice with a hit and a walk.

The DSL Reds finished with eleven runs over their last four innings to win 11-7 at the DSL Padres. Hector Vargas was no stranger on the base paths for the Reds, hammering out three hits and walking twice. Migel Mendez had two hits and four RBI. Jacob Constante got the start and no decision after allowing three runs (one earned) in three-plus innings. Luis Gonzalez entered in the eighth and did not allow a run while finishing the game for the win.

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