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Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:06 PM
— The Cincinnati Reds have lost a starting pitcher to the Korea Baseball Organization.
The Reds released right-hander Tim Adleman and sold him to the Samsung Lions of the KBO.
Adleman, 30, spent the last two seasons with the Reds, going 9-15 with a 4.97 ERA in 43 games. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound right-hander made 33 starts for Cincinnati.
With the experienced gained last season by young starters Tyler Mahle, Luis Castillo, Sal Romano and Robert Stephenson and getting back veterans Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan from injury, the Reds will have lots of options for their starting rotation.
Adleman signed a one-year deal with the Lions worth a reported $1.05 million.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 12:09 PM
DAYTON — The three newest members of the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team — Ella Skeens, Amari Davidson and Kyla Whitehead — arrived on campus this weekend. The University of Dayton’s second summer session begins Monday and ends with exams Aug. 3-4.
“Very excited to finally have these three on campus!!” Dayton coach Shauna Green wrote on Twitter. “Can not wait to see what the future holds for them.”
» STAFF NEWS: Dayton hires new assistant coach
“Excited to have Ella, Amari and Kyla on campus!” assistant coach Calamity McEntire wrote on Twitter. “They have a sign hanging in their apartment that says, ‘Don’t wish for it, work for it.’ I loved it!!”
Here’s a quick glance at the three Dayton freshmen:
• Skeens, 5-foot-11 wing: She finished her career with 2,283 points. She’s the all-time leading scorer in the history of Chillicothe Southeastern High School, Ross Country and the Scioto Valley Conference. Skeens committed to Dayton on June 4, 2017.
• Davidson, 6-2 forward: The Avon High School graduate committed to Dayton on Aug. 17, 2017. She’ll be the third member of her family to play college basketball. Sierra Davison, a 6-0 forward, played in six games last season as a junior at Cleveland State. Shay Davidson, a 5-11 forward, played in 18 games last season as a freshman at Notre Dame College.
• Whitehead, 6-2 forward: She helped lead Pickerington Central to the Division I state championship in March. She had nine points and five rebounds in a 49-45 victory against Solon in the title game. Whitehead committed to Dayton on Sept. 26, 2017.
Guess who is finally in town?!? Our Flyer Family is excited to welcome our three incoming freshmen to campus...@skeensella @DavidsonAmari @kyywhite5 #OneWay #Family #ClassOf2018 pic.twitter.com/3dWMZAeJcm— Dayton WBB Team (@DaytonWeAreOne) June 23, 2018
Dropped Amari off today ..... Sad goodbye with her #1 pup Hennessy ..... We laughed and joked the ride down to Dayton ...... and then she walked off to her next chapter ..... and the WE CELEBRATED !!!!! Three College Athletes ! Now EMPTY NESTERS !!!!— Sue Davidson (@othaswife) June 24, 2018
Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:07 AM
— Ohio State’s long and winding road to finding a quarterback in the class of 2019 came to an end over the weekend.
Dwan Mathis, a four-star prospect from Oak Park, Mich., announced Sunday he flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Ohio State.
The 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior-to-be is the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s the No. 6 prospect in Michigan and No. 251 overall nationally.
Mathis had numerous other offers, including from Oregon, Pitt, South Carolina, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Iowa State.
His commitment came after Ohio State unsuccessfully pursued several quarterbacks, including Texas four-star Grant Gunnell (who committed to Arizona) and Kansas four-star Graham Mertz (Wisconsin).
Alter’s Connor Bazelak, the top-rated QB prospect in Ohio, threw for Buckeye assistant coaches on two occasions but did not receive an OSU offer before committing to Missouri last week.
Missouri football lands commitment from Alter QB Connor Bazelak https://t.co/8Dfk0o8acm— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) June 18, 2018
Ohio State’s 2019 class is ranked ninth in the country, one spot ahead of Michigan.
The Wolverines had a big weekend, adding commitments from four players including Fairfield tight end Erick All.
Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:10 AM
— I’m pretty sure I stunned a friend last week when I told him I had expected the Reds to be around a .500 team this season.
He’s an Indians fan and a casual one at that, but it still seemed unimaginable this could have been a respectable team now given the way things started, right?
Well, they haven’t lost since, so I guess it’s nice not to seem totally crazy.
>>RELATED: Reds rally to win Sunday, sweep Cubs
One good week does not a season make, but it sure beats the alternative.
Now, why did I think the 2018 Reds would be around a .500 team?
Well, they had shown they could hit, had a handful of starting pitching prospects finish last season strong and made some additions to the bullpen that looked smart.
Of course it was easy to forget all those things as nothing went right during the first month or so of the season.
The starters weren’t good most of the time, the bullpen had a few blowups and worst of all they couldn’t hit.
But they when the regulars are in there — including Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler, who were both hurt in April — and Joey Votto isn’t slumping, the offense is a lot better.
>>PHOTOS: Reds beat Cubs 8-6
Yes, it turns out this team can score as expected even though Adam Duvall and Billy Hamilton still are hitting in the low .200s and having a hard time getting on base.
The bullpen actually is good — better than expected despite one of last year’s stalwarts (Wandy Peralta) struggling.
The rotation is still hit or miss at best, which assures there will be no miracle run to relevance between now and October (or a .500 record, for that matter).
However, the (admittedly modest) goals from the start of the season may be back on the table if they can avoid chasing this winning streak with another winless week.
» PROSPECT WATCH: How the top Reds minor leaguers are doing
And what are those goals?
To sum things up: The 2018 Reds can still make the 2019 Reds look like a team that will be worth following, which is all we ever wanted, wasn’t it?
Of course not all the news from the weekend was good.
Two other Reds notes to start the week:
Top prospect Nick Senzel’s development is halted — again — after he tore a finger ligament.
This is not the end of the world, but it means he won’t be getting his feet wet in the majors this season.
That’s just as well because they don’t have anywhere to put him — yet.
After a second battle with vertigo in less than a year, Senzel had been red hot at Triple-A Louisville, so I would say there is no doubt he’s ready for a call-up when healthy.
There are a few different scenarios for getting him into the lineup.
Not everyone who’s starting now — Schebler, Duvall, Scooter Gennett — is going to be here in 2019, but who goes will determine where Senzel comes up.
In better prospect news, Hunter Greene had another strong start Saturday for the slumping Dayton Dragons.
He pitched into the seventh inning for the first time, though he took the loss because he allowed three runs and that is too many for the Dragons to win right now.
Greene was efficient with no walks and 62 of his 87 pitches were strikes. He relied on the fastball but also used his slider at times as an out pitch. He lowered his ERA to 5.13 and has a 2.37 ERA over his last six starts.
“I feel like every outing I’ve been getting better,” Greene said. “I’ve go to continue to learn and get better for sure and stay healthy and to continue to execute pitches.”
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:01 PM
CINCINNATI — Jesse Winker bounced as he rounded third base, hopping high into the air before slapping hands with third-base coach Billy Hatcher.
“I was pretty happy,” Winker said.
Winker did come back down to earth after his pinch-hit, three-run home run in the seventh inning. The Cincinnati Reds, however, continue to soar. Their 8-6 victory against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday at Great American Ball Park gave them a season-high seven victories in a row and 10 wins in their last 12 games.
Winker’s home run came in a seven-run seventh inning as the Reds rallied from a 6-1 deficit to sweep four games from the Cubs in Cincinnati for the first time since April 1983. None of the current Reds were born when that sweep occurred. Joey Votto was born five months later.
“We were focused on today’s game,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “It wasn’t about a sweep. It’s about trying to just get better and better and win some ballgames. We just really have put a nice string of games together. These other games we were up and really played flawless. Today we were down and kept pushing and came back and got it.”
» PHOTOS: Reds beat Cubs 8-6
While the Reds (32-45) still sit in last place in the National League Central Division, four games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates, they are making up ground fast. They trailed Pittsburgh by 9½ games on June 9. The Reds trailed first-place Milwaukee by 17½ games on June 9 and are now 13½ games back.
“We know what we can do as a team,” Winker said. “We can all play this game. It’s fun to win. But I don’t think anybody’s surprised by what we’re doing. If you look around, we’re all kind of acting pretty normal right now. It’s what we expect to do. It’s cool coming to the field expecting to win. It’s a very good feeling. Right now, we’re on a good wave, and we’re going to ride the wave.”
» RELATED: Reds set sights on escaping basement
The Reds completed their first perfect homestand of at least six games since May 2008. In the last seven games, Reds batters are hitting .322 with 14 home runs.
The Reds even became the first team since 2007 to get home runs from pitchers on back-to-back days. One day after Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam in an 11-2 victory, Michael Lorenzen hit a solo home run with the Reds trailing 5-0 in the fifth.
“You just feel the momentum in here,” Lorenzen said. “A game like today, it just feels like we’re not meant to lose.”
Lorenzen and Winker hit pinch-hit home runs, making Riggleman look good.
“With Lorenzen, it’s a matter of not using a bench player with nobody on base,” Riggleman said. “If we had somebody on base, we would have had somebody else hitting. With Wink, he’s a great option to have off the bench. He’s done great things coming off the bench.”