Tagged: Oakland Athletics

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.

Stop talking about Gio!!!!

There are still a lot of arm-chair GMs out there that want Cincinnati Reds to trade for Gio Gonzalez. They feel that the Oakland A’s asking price is fair. I think they are all crazy so I thought I would predict the future right now. If Gio is traded to the Reds for Yonder Alonso and 3 to 4 other great prospects I predict his stats will look like;

10 W, 9 L, 33 GS, 3.88 ERA, 192.2 IP, 1.40 WHIP, 25 HR, 96 BB, 174 SO,

Oakland fans are drooling over the fact that they could get all of the Reds prospects for Gio and really hope that this deal gets done. I really don’t think Walt Jocketty will agree to this deal because to be real honest it is way too much to give up and what ever team does get Gio Gonzalez will over pay and their future will suffer because of it. There is a reason why the A’s want to trade him so badly. I predict Gio will give up 110+ walks in 2012 if he stays in Oakland.

Will it happen again?

In 1971 Cincinnati Reds had 79 wins and 83 losses. The very same record they finished with in 2011.

In 1970 they finished with 102 wins with 60 losses. Losing 4 games to 1 in the World Series against Baltimore Orioles. (108-54) As we all know in 2010 the Reds had 91 wins and 71 losses not making it to the World Series but they still made the playoffs losing 3 games and getting swept by Philadelphia Phillies. (97-65)

In 1972 the Reds got 95 wins and 59 losses and returned to the World Series to lose again 4 games to 3 against Oakland Athletics. (93-62)

If history is so kind to repeat itself, this means the Reds should do very well in 2012 and make the playoffs again. Maybe even make it to the World Series.

From what the Reds have done this offseason it does not look to promising but there is still time and you never know what Walt Jocketty has planned until he makes the deal.

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.

Reds Rumors

Lately I have been reading a lot of trade rumors involving the Cincinnati Reds. First one out was Andrew Bailey from Oakland Athletics. Now there is one for Huston Street of Colorado Rockies. I know that Francisco Cordero might not return but why would the Reds trade their top prospects for a relief pitcher? It really makes no sense at all to trade away Yonder Alonso, plus one or two more top prospects for a relief pitcher. In my mind they need an experienced starting pitcher who can get the job done and teach the younger pitchers how to handle their job better. An older pitcher who has been in Major League Baseball for 10+ years. Someone like Scott Rolen (for the young position players) who has been around and knows the business. And to be honest this pitcher should not be that expensive of an acquisition which will help the front office afford more offense and maybe a younger closer later on in the offseason.

I feel that if Walt Jocketty can bring in a starter of this caliber it will really help with getting the younger starters focused and maybe teach them a little more about the game. Of course the Reds will need someone to fill Cordero’s shoes but lets not focus too much on that until we find that starter and know for sure that Cordero is not returning. I would rather see them give the job to Bill Bray or another person already on the team then try another season without an experienced starter to help Bronson Arroyo. If the Reds are going to have their young catchers playing more this season they will need that veteran starter more than anything. And in my mind a closer should not even be on the radar right now. You have to get a win in order to get the save guys and as 2011 showed us, they are having a hard time doing that.

Adding a veteran starting pitcher to help mold the youngsters is a good way to help the Reds in the near future. They might not see the advantage of it in 2012 but it will help for 2013 and longer, which is a lot better than having a closer who cost them all of their future stars.

I know that I am just an armchair GM but this makes a lot more sense then what other people are suggesting in comments I have read. Trading away the team’s top prospects for a young starter is not going to help the team in the long run. Sure it would be nice to get that stud starter who gets 25 wins in 35 starts but at what cost? Is it really worth trading away the whole farm system to get him? And will this guy still be with the Reds in two to three years? I highly doubt it. And another thing that many people are not thinking about is, Great American Ballpark will eat that young stud pitcher up and spit him out over and over again, which will send him packing a lot quicker than expected.