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Phillips / Infante


With the new rumors about Cincinnati Reds very interested in 2B Omar Infante, many are waiting for Brandon Phillips to be traded to another team. With Defense being the obvious difference between these two guys I wanted to share their career stats so then you can take a look and maybe compare them.

Brandon Phillips Career Stats:

                                                                       
Year   Age  Tm  Lg   AB    H  2B 3B  HR RBI  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2002    21 CLE  AL   31    8   3  1   0   4   3   6 .258 .343 .419 .762
2003    22 CLE  AL  370   77  18  1   6  33  14  77 .208 .242 .311 .553
2004    23 CLE  AL   22    4   2  0   0   1   2   5 .182 .250 .273 .523
2005    24 CLE  AL    9    0   0  0   0   0   0   4 .000 .000 .000 .000
2006    25 CIN  NL  536  148  28  1  17  75  35  88 .276 .324 .427 .751
2007    26 CIN  NL  650  187  26  6  30  94  33 109 .288 .331 .485 .816
2008    27 CIN  NL  559  146  24  7  21  78  39  93 .261 .312 .442 .754
2009    28 CIN  NL  584  161  30  5  20  98  44  75 .276 .329 .447 .776
2010    29 CIN  NL  626  172  33  5  18  59  46  83 .275 .332 .430 .762
2011    30 CIN  NL  610  183  38  2  18  82  44  85 .300 .353 .457 .810
2012    31 CIN  NL  580  163  30  1  18  77  28  79 .281 .321 .429 .750
2013    32 CIN  NL  606  158  24  2  18 103  39  98 .261 .310 .396 .706
12 Yrs             5183 1407 256 31 166 704 327 802 .271 .320 .429 .749
162 Game Avg.       627  170  31  4  20  85  40  97 .271 .320 .429 .749
                                                                       
CIN (8 yrs)        4751 1318 233 29 160 666 308 710 .277 .327 .440 .766
CLE (4 yrs)         432   89  23  2   6  38  19  92 .206 .246 .310 .556

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2013.

Omar Infante Career Stats:

                                                                      
Year   Age  Tm  Lg   AB    H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2002    20 DET  AL   72   24   3  0  1   6   3  10 .333 .360 .417 .777
2003    21 DET  AL  221   49   6  1  0   8  18  37 .222 .278 .258 .536
2004    22 DET  AL  503  133  27  9 16  55  40 112 .264 .317 .449 .766
2005    23 DET  AL  406   90  28  2  9  43  16  73 .222 .254 .367 .621
2006    24 DET  AL  224   62  11  4  4  25  14  45 .277 .325 .415 .740
2007    25 DET  AL  166   45   6  1  2  17   9  29 .271 .307 .355 .662
2008    26 ATL  NL  317   93  24  3  3  40  22  44 .293 .338 .416 .755
2009    27 ATL  NL  203   62   9  1  2  27  19  28 .305 .361 .389 .750
2010    28 ATL  NL  471  151  15  3  8  47  29  62 .321 .359 .416 .775
2011    29 FLA  NL  579  160  24  8  7  49  34  67 .276 .315 .382 .696
2012    30 TOT MLB  554  152  30  7 12  53  21  65 .274 .300 .419 .719
2012    30 MIA  NL  328   94  23  2  8  33  12  42 .287 .312 .442 .754
2012    30 DET  AL  226   58   7  5  4  20   9  23 .257 .283 .385 .668
2013    31 DET  AL  453  144  24  3 10  51  20  44 .318 .345 .450 .795
12 Yrs             4169 1165 207 42 74 421 245 616 .279 .319 .402 .721
162 Game Avg.       559  156  28  6 10  56  33  83 .279 .319 .402 .721
                                                                      
DET (8 yrs)        2271  605 112 25 46 225 129 373 .266 .305 .399 .704
ATL (3 yrs)         991  306  48  7 13 114  70 134 .309 .353 .411 .763
MIA (2 yrs)         907  254  47 10 15  82  46 109 .280 .314 .404 .717

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2013.

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I share my birthday with


Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips and Bench Coach Chris Speier and I share the same birthday, June 28. So I am always watching to make sure they stay on my favorite team. Brandon Phillips is in talks with the Reds to try to sign an extension and Chris Speier is a great bench coach who I feel could one day become the manager.

Brandon Phillips was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 2nd round of the 1999 amateur draft and Chris Speier was drafted by San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 1970 draft.

Brandon Phillips has played 1017 games at 2B with a career .987 Fld% and 656 double plays and a 4.99 RF/9. Chris Speier played 1900 games at SS with a .970 Fld% and 1043 double plays and a 5.02 RF/9. Another interesting thing about Speier is he is ranked 24th overall with most career defensive games as SS with 1900.

Phillips debuted on September 13, 2002 at Jacobs Field playing for Cleveland Indians. He went 0 for 1 with a strike out. Tony Fiore threw 5 pitches to Brandon in the bottom of the 7th. (1st a called strike, 2nd, 3rd and 4th were foul balls and the 5th was a swinging strike.)

Speier debuted on April 7, 1971 at San Diego Stadium playing for San Francisco Giants. He went 2 for 4 with 1 walk, 2 RBIs and 1 run. Other players in the batting order that day for the Giants were; Bobby Bonds, (1st) Willie Mays (3rd) and Willie McCovey. (4th) Chris Speier batted 2nd.

Both of these guys are people I look up to as a fan and I hope that they have great careers with the Reds for many years. Watching them both win a World Series ring in 2012 would be a late but great birthday gift for all of us.


Baseball players born on June 28th

The Reds made another move?


After a fun and exciting day yesterday with the trade of Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes from the Reds for Sean Marshall from Chicago Cubs and the Reds selecting Josh Judy off waivers from Cleveland Indians I have just found out that we might have missed a deal. I am reading that the “Cincinnati Reds signed [catcher] Brian Esposito as a free agent.”

Esposito was drafted in the 5th round of the 2000 amateur draft by Boston Red Sox and has been on six MLB teams, only two of which he actually played in the big leagues. St. Louis Cardinals for one game and Houston Astros for two. (3 AB, 0 hits, 1 SO) He is a minor league catcher who has played 12 seasons. (234 games in AAA and 238 games in AA) He is not much of a hitter (.216 BA in 12 seasons in minors) but his fielding is not to bad with 87 PB, 534 SB, 195 CS, 27% CS% in 655 games. This would mean they would have Corky Miller (35 years old) and Brian Esposito (32 years old) ready to come up if there are any injuries to Reds catchers Ryan Hanigan or Devin Mesoraco. I think having two veteran catchers like this in the farm system is a good move by the Reds.

This move has not been confirmed by Cincinnati Reds on mlb.com but it could be a move to help with the loss of catching prospect Yasmani Grandal to San Diego Padres in the Mat Latos trade. If this is a move that they did make it shows that they are very comfortable with playing Hanigan and Mesoraco in 2012. And it also shows that all of those arm-chair General Managers still wishing for Mesoraco in a trade to their team this offseason will have to wait even longer.

Josh “Judge” Judy


Cincinnati Reds claimed right-handed reliever Josh Judy off waivers from the Indians. I have been watching some games (MLB and AAA) where Josh pitched in 2011 and I have to say I am very impressed with what he can do.


Josh Judy / Minor Leagues

                                                                  
Year      Age             Tm  W L  ERA   G SV    IP  SO  WHIP SO/9
2007       21        2 Teams  1 2 0.36  13  1  25.1  21 1.145  7.5
2007       21        Indians  1 2 0.63   9  0  14.1  14 1.326  8.8
2007       21 MahoningValley  0 0 0.00   4  1  11.0   7 0.909  5.7
2008       22        2 Teams 12 1 3.26  42  1  88.1  97 1.109  9.9
2008       22     LakeCounty 12 1 3.51  35  1  74.1  80 1.143  9.7
2008       22        Kinston  0 0 1.93   7  0  14.0  17 0.929 10.9
2009       23        2 Teams  4 3 2.83  41 14  54.0  70 1.056 11.7
2009       23        Kinston  0 0 0.00   5  3   4.2   7 0.857 13.5
2009       23          Akron  4 3 3.10  36 11  49.1  63 1.074 11.5
2010       24        2 Teams  3 0 2.94  40  2  49.0  57 1.388 10.5
2010       24          Akron  0 0 9.00   2  0   2.0   2 3.000  9.0
2010       24       Columbus  3 0 2.68  38  2  47.0  55 1.319 10.5
2011       25       Columbus  6 2 3.12  50 23  52.0  60 1.327 10.4
5 Seasons                    26 8 2.81 186 41 268.2 305 1.195 10.2
AA (2 seasons)                4 3 3.33  38 11  51.1  65 1.149 11.4
AAA (2 seasons)               9 2 2.91  88 25  99.0 115 1.323 10.5
A+ (2 seasons)                0 0 1.45  12  3  18.2  24 0.911 11.6
A (1 season)                 12 1 3.51  35  1  74.1  80 1.143  9.7
Rk (1 season)                 1 2 0.63   9  0  14.1  14 1.326  8.8
A- (1 season)                 0 0 0.00   4  1  11.0   7 0.909  5.7

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/23/2011.


He has a blog “Josh Judy Blog” [Source] and a facebook fan page. This is what he has said about the transaction on facebook,

“I have mixed emotions today… I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining the Cincinnati Reds and been given the opportunity to be part of something special! My wife and I are really excited about this and can’t wait to be part of the Big Red Machine Family.

With that said I’m sad that I’m leaving a bunch of great friends and teammates in Cleveland and the opportunity that the Cleveland Indian family have given me. My wife and I have developed some really special friendships and bonds in Cleveland, you all will never be forgotten

I wish you all and your families a great Holiday Season!!!!!”

Jamie Ramsey and Mark Sheldon were the first ones to report this transaction. This addition will help push the Reds 40 man roster back up to 37.

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.