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Travieso Was Reds Top Pick Last Year

This year's draft was the first time in three years that the Reds did not use their first selection on a pitcher. The top pick last year, Nick Travieso has now made five starts at Dayton and is showing he belongs in single A at the age of nineteen.

Dayton took a lead when they rallied for five runs in the third inning and pulled away to an 8-1 win over Lansing at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons tied the score in the second inning when Jesse Winker led off with a double and scored on Joe Hudson's hit. Hudson struck again in the big rally by singling in two more after Seth Mejias-Brean and Jeff Gelalich had already plated runs with hits. Three Dragons were hit by pitches that inning and they added a final run on a Lugnut error. Mejias-Brean capped off his team's scoring on the night with a two-run single in the eighth. Winker led the offense with three hits and scored three times. Mejias-Brean and Hudson added two hits apiece while Gelalich and Sammy Diaz both reached safely twice with a hit and a walk.

On the mound 2012 first-rounder Nick Travieso got the start and the win for allowing one run on three hits and three walks over five innings while striking out two. Mike Saunders finished with three-plus scoreless innings to pick up the save.

It was the fifth start by Travieso this season and he's allowed a single run in three of them. The Reds drafted him out of high school powerhouse Archbishop McCarthy in Fort Lauderdale where he pitched out of the bullpen until his senior season. He got eight starts in the Arizona League last year and thus far the Reds have been careful to limit his innings.

There's not much to write home about in his stats at this point with very little professional experience. With the investment of the fourteenth overall selection last year it's needless to say that the Reds have big plans for the 6'2"/215# right-hander in their future. Actually, just pitching in single A is a pretty aggressive schedule for the nineteen year-old.

Traveiso is the classic young power pitching prospect that needs to improve command and develop a third pitch. If he is unable to do either he still has a future as a reliever, but when the Reds made him their top selection last year it was clear that they think he can man a spot in their rotation someday. His fastball has been clocked in the high-90's and his slider gives reason for optimism. His delivery needs some polish to become more consistent and help with the development of his changeup.

The Reds will be patient with this raw prospect and probably won't stretch him out for longer starts for a while. After they converted Rice closer Tony Cingrani into a starter in 2011 he averaged only four innings per start even though he dominated hitters and was on a fast track that would start at Billings and end with a call-up to the Reds by the end of the next season. Cincinnati has good organizational depth now and can allow Travieso more time to develop his potential which has as much upside as any pitcher in last year's draft.

Though still a teenager he's showing that he belongs in the Midwest League right now and it will be interesting to watch his progress over the remainder of the season. There would be no shame in returning him there for a second tour next season but the opportunity is there and if he bangs the door loud enough it will open up for advancement next season.

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The Reds stayed out west to open a two-game interleague series at Oakland with a 7-3 loss. The A's jumped on Bronson Arroyo early and hung the loss on him by scoring seven runs in four innings. Joey Votto led off the fourth inning with a home run and the Reds got runs from a sac fly and bases-loaded walk in the fifth, but it would not be enough. Leadoff hitter Derrick Robinson stroked four hits and Cesar Izturis added three more. Chris Heisey returned from the DL to be the DH and joined Votto and Todd Frazier to reach safely twice with a hit and a walk each. Donald Lutz returned to Pensacola to make room for Heisey.

Louisville was shut out in a 3-0 home loss to Charlotte and mustered only three hits in the game. Armando Galarraga allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings for the loss.

Pensacola scored in each of their last four at-bats in a 7-3 win over visiting Mississippi. Brodie Greene started the Wahoo scoring with a two-run double in the fifth inning and they took the lead from a two-run homer by Travis Mattair the next frame. An M-Brave balk, an RBI hit by Devin Lohman and a ninth inning single from Ryan LaMarre added three insurance runs. Lohman, Mattair, LaMarre, and Yorman Rodriguez each had two of their team's ten hits with LaMarre also reaching via a walk. Marquez Smith reached safely twice with a hit and a walk. Starter Tim Crabbe got no decision from allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits in five innings. Josh Ravin relieved him with two scoreless innings for the win and Trevor Bell tossed a couple of shutout frames for the save.

Bakersfield fell behind by four in the first inning en route to an 11-2 loss to Lancaster at Sam Lynn Field. Steve Selsky had three hits to improve his average to .316 since returning to the Blaze this season. Yovan Gonzalez and Juan Silverio both had two hits and an RBI apiece including a solo homer by Silverio.

Billings was postponed by rain at Missoula.

The AZL Reds lost 8-4 at home to the AZL Dodgers in ten innings. Cory Thompson tied the game with an RBI-single in the ninth but the inning was ended when he got caught in a rundown after an attempted go-ahead run was gunned down at the plate on the play. He had three hits in the game while Kevin Garcia added two. Jesus Parra was charged with four runs (two earned) without recording an out in the final inning for the loss.

The DSL Rojos rallied for four runs in the fourth inning and held on for a 7-4 home win over the DSL Cardinals. Deyvi Burgos had a couple of hits, an RBI and scored twice. Starter Israel Cuevas got the win for five scoreless innings and Alfredo Monteo shut down a ninth-inning threat for the save.

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