Hello blog readers, if you have been following me on Twitter, you might of saw me tweet about starting a new weekly write up for my blog. Well, this is it, every week I am going to write a blog entry about a farm team in the Cincinnati Reds organization. I will basically cover how each team is doing and I will tell about how the “top prospects” are doing. This week I will be going over the Reds Class A Advanced team, the Bakersfield Blaze. Next week will be over the Pensacola BlueWahoos (AA) and the week after that, I will be writing about the Louisville Bats. (AAA)
The Blaze has had a decent season so far though 17 games, they have went 7-10 through their last ten games. Team wise, the Blaze are hitting for a .242 batting average so far this year, the team has 35 stolen bases, 14 homeruns and 69 RBIS. As far as pitching goes, the Blaze are about average so far this season, the pitching staff is 10-7 with a 3.19 ERA, which is the best in the California League. They are currently in second place in the California League.
Billy Hamilton , the 21 year old shortstop has been outstanding in this young season, in 64 at bats, Hamilton has 24 hits, 6 doubles, three triples, 11 RBIS, 1 homerun, and 16 stolen bases and he has a great .375 batting average. Hamilton leads the team in batting average, stolen bases, triples, doubles, hits, runs scored, and at bats. That’s a pretty good offensive season so far if you ask me and I expect this same production out of Billy for a good part of this season.
Tucker Barnhart,the 21 year old catcher from Indianapolis Indiana, has started off rather slow this season so far. Barnhart who hit .273 just a year ago for the Dayton Dragons is only hitting .162 this season with only four hits in 37 at bats. Tucker has also struck out 13 times so far this season. Why is Tucker struggling? I think it’s just a slump to be honest, I know that he can hit better than he is now and I believe he will climb out of his slump soon.
Kyle Lotzkar the 22 year old starting pitcher who was drafted in the first round of the 2007 MLB Amatuer Draft is doing great so far in this young season. He is 2-0 with a low 1.69 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 16.0 innings pitched. Kyle has started three games this season, he has gone six innings two times and he went only four innings in one start. I believe he will keep up his dominating performance for the rest of the season, I also think that he might get called up to AA Pensacola by the end of the year along with teammate, Billy Hamilton.