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Brian Peacock and the Blue Wahoos


Jamie Ramsey posted about “RECENT REDS MINOR LEAGUE SIGNINGS” on Better Off Red and Mark Sheldon posted that “P.J. Phillips signed” and he also talked about RHP Michael Griffin. I talked a little about C Brian Esposito before in “The Reds made another move?” So I thought I would post about another player who signed with Cincinnati Reds affiliate, Penascola Blue Wahoos, C Brian Peacock.

Brian Peacock was drafted by Oakland Athletics in the 22nd round of the 2003 amateur draft and the Montreal Expos in the 39th round of the 2004 MLB Amateur draft. He has been in the minor leagues for 6 years with a career .238 batting average in Rk, A, A+ and AA. 5 of those seasons were with A+ Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League where he had a .242 batting average and a .309 OBP.

In 308 games as catcher he has a 34% CS% with 273 SB and 140 CS. He has also played 4 games in right field, 5 games in left field, 4 games at first and 2 games at third base along with some pitching too. Brian Peacock is a veteran catcher that will help out Penascola in 2012 and I like the idea of having someone named Peacock playing for the Blue Wahoos, makes for interesting writing. Some readers might see the title of this post and think it is about one of Jamie Ramsey’s favorite bands.

I have to be honest, I liked the name and the idea of Penascola Blue Wahoos before I even knew who they were affiliated with. Once I found out that they were a Cincinnati Reds affiliate, I went crazy. I am really looking forward to seeing how well they do in 2012 and with having Brian Peacock and P.J. Phillips on the team already I know they will play some great baseball.

Another big move!


On 11/17/11 Cincinnati Reds re-signed free agent RHP Chad Reineke adding one more to the list of “big” moves they have made this offseason. The first (and only) of course was re-signing Corky Miller. Don’t get me wrong they are great moves but really not what I expected from a team that finished below .500 in 2011. (79 wins and 83 losses .488 PCT and 17 games back from first.)

Chad Reineke played in AAA Louisville Bats of the International League in 2011. He got a 9 – 7 record with 22 games started and 126.2 innings pitched. He finished the season with a 3.84 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. With 8 seasons in the minors he has a 55 – 53 record, 3.92 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. Along with playing for Louisville he has also played for Tri-City ValleyCats, (New York-Pennsylvania League) Lexington Legends, (South Atlantic League) Salem Avalanche, (Carolina League) Corpus Christi Hooks, (Texas League) Round Rock Express, Portland Beavers and Sacramento River Cats all of the Pacific Coast League.

The only time his ERA has dipped under 3.00 in the minors was his first season where he had a 2.45 in 36.2 innings and in 2006 for Salem where he had 2.98 in 17 starts and 99.2 innings pitched. He has mostly had an ERA in the 4.00 range in AAA. He will be 30 next season and might get called up if there are injuries like last season.

He played 18 innings for San Diego Padres in 2008 getting 2 wins and 1 loss after playing in 4 games. He also got 1 start for Oakland Athletics in 2009 getting a 7.20 ERA after 5 innings. In 2011 he playing in 2 games for Cincinnati going 0 – 1 with a 6.75 ERA in 6.2 innings. With a career total of 2 wins 2 losses and a 5.76 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP in 29.2 innings.

Like I said before it is nice that they re-signed him along with Corky Miller but I really did not expect those to be the only deals made so far this offseason. The Front Office will really have to pick up their socks at the winter meetings if they want to get anything done at all this offseason. Some one needs to go check on Walt Jocketty and make sure he is not hibernating in his office.

Why Cincinnati Reds should not trade away Yonder Alonso


I did some research today and thought I would share why I think Yonder Alonso should not be traded this offseason. I will show his minor league stats and also compare him to Joey Votto and see what Votto got in the minors also.

First off, Yonder Alonso was drafted by the Reds in the 1st round (7th) in the 2005 Amateur Draft. Joey Votto was drafted in the 2nd round (44th) of the 2002 Amateur Draft. Alonso was rated #35 prospect pre-2009, #45 pre-2010 and #73 pre-2011. Votto was rated #43 pre-2007 and #44 pre-2008.

In four seasons in the Minors Alonso had a .293 BA, .370 OBP, .466 SLG, and .837 OPS with 36 HR, 179 RBIs, 148 BB, 203 SO in 1340 PA.


4 Seasons                             1340 .293 .370 .466 .837
AA (2 seasons)                     AA  242 .282 .380 .432 .812
AAA (2 seasons)                   AAA  854 .296 .364 .478 .842
A+ (2 seasons)                     A+  226 .304 .389 .485 .874
Rk (1 season)                      Rk   18 .133 .278 .133 .411

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/27/2011.


Joey Votto on the other hand played 7 seasons in the minors and got a .289 BA, .386 OBP, .477 SLG and .862 OPS with 97 HR, 438 RBIs, 404 BB, 665 SO in 3016 PA.


7 Seasons                          3016 .289 .386 .477  .862
A (3 seasons)                    A  715 .280 .397 .425  .822
A+ (3 seasons)                  A+  628 .262 .338 .444  .782
Rk (2 seasons)                  Rk  503 .296 .408 .506  .914
AA (1 season)                   AA  590 .319 .408 .547  .956
AAA (1 season)                 AAA  580 .294 .381 .478  .859

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/27/2011.


It was said that Yonder Alonso would be training to play LF for the Reds in 2012 which would bring even more value for him later on after he gets one full season. And as we all know, it has already been reported that Joey Votto will not be returning to the Reds after his contract runs out. Keeping Yonder Alonso so then he can play 1B when Votto does leave is the best bet. And it gives the Reds the oppurtunity to shop Votto away at the trade deadline either bringing in young prospects or important pieces to the puzzle to help them get an extra push into the playoffs. I think they would be able to get their top of the rotation starter and then some if they offered someone like Joey Votto.

I heard a rumor at the trade deadline in 2011 that Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds were talking about a deal that would involve Joey Votto and Jose Bautista but it never happened because the Blue Jays were asking for more. One thing I am hoping is that scouts and front offices have not hurt Joey Votto’s value by saying, “he is only hitting that good because of Great American Ball Park.” Sure any average player can become a better hitter by playing in that park but that should not bring his value down to the point where teams are wanting a top prospect with him in order to trade their best player. In my mind, the Reds made the right decision by not trading him with another player for Bautista. And this also means they should not trade away Yonder Alonso until they get at least one full season out of him to see what he can do. Many will say that if he does not do well then his value will drop a lot but I would rather take that chance than trade him and watch him become an All-Star in his first season for some other team. (All of our luck a National League team.)

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see Joey Votto stay with the Reds for the rest of his career but if he has not intention of re-signing I am all for trading him away before he becomes a free agent. At least this way the Reds would have a choice to where he would play or influence him to sign with the team they trade with and I hope that would be in the American League. I really would hate to see him sign in the offseason with a National League Central team.

Will Sizemore sign?


Grady Sizemore is a free agent this offseason and many say he will re-sign with Cleveland Indians for one more season.

As I looked through his stats I learned that he was drafted by Montreal Expos in the 2000 amateur draft. At 17 years old he played 55 games for GCL Expos in the Gulf Coast League. He got 60 hits off of 205 at bats giving him a .293 batting average. in 2001 he played 123 games for Clinton Lumber Kings in the Midwest League where he got 121 hits in 451 at bats, .268 BA. In 2002 he played 75 games for Brevard County Manatees in the Florida State League and 47 games for Kinston Indians in the Carolina League with a total of 125 hits in 428 at bats giving him a .292 batting average. 2003 he played AA ball for Akron Aeros in the Eastern League where he played 128 games getting 151 hits in 496 at bats, .304 BA. He then went on to play AAA ball with Buffalo Bisons in the International league in 2004 playing in 101 games getting a .287 batting average.

His Major League Baseball debut was on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Jacobs Field in front of 21,922 fans. Where the Indians took on Chicago White Sox. At that time the Indians were 46 – 48 while the White Sox were 49 – 42. It was the bottom of the 9th and the Indians were down 14 – 0 with two out when Grady Sizemore stepped up to bat against White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. (Another free agent this offseason) His first pitch was fouled off. The second pitch was a popfly to second base and the game was over. Not the kind of debut most young players dream about but he has done pretty good for himself ever since.

Sizemore has eight seasons with the Indians with 892 games played, he used to be a very dependable player with two straight seasons (2006 and 2007) getting 162 games played. He has a career batting average of .269 with a .357 OBP and a .473 SLG. He has scored 601 runs and got 948 hits with 190 being his season high which he got in 2006. Grady won the American League MVP from 2005 to 2008. He was in the All-Star Games from 2006 to 2008. He won Gold Gloves in 2007 and 2008 and a Silver Sluggers Award in 2008. The question many are asking this offseason is; will he ever be that good again?

In 2011 he played 71 games and got 60 hits giving him a .224 batting average. He also did some time in the minors playing for AA Akron Aeros and AAA Columbus Clippers getting a total of 8 games for both teams and a .357 batting average. Will 2012 be a better year for Sizemore if he re-signs with the Indians? No one knows but it sure will be interesting to find out.

It is a safe bet for the Indians to re-sign him for a one year contract to see if maybe he will bounce back and get the numbers he once did. I also think it is a good deal for Sizemore cause he will have another year to pick up his game so then he might be able to impress more teams before next offseason so he can get a bigger and better contract for the future. I think it is a win / win situation for both involved and hopefully he does well.