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Hunter Greene reaches another milestone in latest Dayton Dragons start

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 8:44 PM

Highlights of Dragons 2-1 win Thursday night

Mark Thursday night as another step forward in Hunter Greene’s development. 

Many, many steps remain, but the talent is tantalizing for the 2017 first-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds. 

In his eighth start for the Dayton Dragons, the righty struck out six and walked two. He allowed four hits, including a home run with one out in the top of the fifth inning by Lake County’s Tyler Friis. 

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After Oscar Gonzalez singled to right, Greene’s night was done. 

He threw a career-high 73 pitches, 50 for strikes. 

He pitched into the fifth inning for the first time in his professional career but is still looking for his first win. He left trailing 1-0. 

Greene hit triple digits with his fastball multiple times, and the Captains rarely made hard contact. 

Aside from Friis’ home run, a high fly that hit off the top of the wall, Will Benson got the best swing on Greene, socking one to centerfielder Stuart Fairchild to start the second inning. 

Jose Vicente followed Benson’s laser by slapping a single through the hole on the left side, and Greene found himself in trouble when Dragons second baseman Jeter Downs threw away a potential double-play ball off the bat of Jose Medina. 

With runners on the corners and one out, Greene bore down, striking out Jonathan Laureano looking before blowing away Miguel Eladio with three straight fastballs, the last of which was measured at 101 miles per hour on the stadium radar gun. 

Greene also stranded two in the third inning when JJ Berardi singled and Nolan Jones walked ahead of Benson, the first-round pick of the Cleveland Indians two years ago. 

He got the heater three times in a row, taking it for a strike before back-to-back swings and misses to end the inning. 

After three straight poor outings, Greene has been strong in two of his last three, and he credited making better use of scouting reports and a more consistent routine. 

Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene overcame some adversity to turn in one of his best starts yet in Dayton.

On May 12, Green shut out Peoria over four innings, walking none and striking out five while giving up just two hits. 

A week later, Greene gave up four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks in 3.1 innings against Great Lakes. 

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Cincinnati Bengals: Rookie Billy Price gets news he’s been waiting for

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

Billy Price is eager to see what the rest of the Bengals rookie class is all about on the field this summer

Minutes after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Billy Price in the first round with the 21st overall pick, the former Ohio center said he expected to be fully cleared by the start of training camp.

Today, Price announced on Twitter he got the news he had been waiting for, writing “Fully cleared for football again” with the emjoi of two hands raised in the air.

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Price injured his pectoral while bench pressing at the Combine.

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He was on the field for rookie camp, OTAs and minicamp, although his participation was limited to position drills and install. Price said last week at the start of minicamp he had been fully cleared for weight room activity. He said he benched 305 pounds — 80 more than the weight that was on the bar when he suffered the injury — and looking forward to today’s appointment because he expected to receive full clearance.

Price will go into training camp, which begins July 26, as the projected starter at center after Russell Bodine, who started all 64 games the last four seasons, signed as a free agent with Buffalo in March.

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Is Joey Votto a Hall of Famer? What the stats say through 1,500 games

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

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Joey Votto played in his 1,500th career game for the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. He went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in an 8-6 victory at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Before the game, the Reds shared the numbers on how Votto compares to Hall of Fame first basemen from the last 50 years, including Jim Thome, who will be inducted this summer.

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Here’s how Votto, at age 34, in his 12th season, stacks up against 12 of the greats through the first 1,500 games of their careers. In short, he compares well — especially in on-base percentage and walks, as you might expect.

Batting average: Rod Carew (.335); Frank Thomas (.321); Johnny Mize (.320); Joey Votto (.313); Jeff Bagwell (.305); Orlando Cepeda (.305); Eddie Murray (.299); George Kelly (.297); Jim Thome (.285); Tony Perez (.284); Ernie Banks (.283); Willie McCovey (.282); Harmon Killebrew (.262);

On-base percentage: Thomas (.441); Votto (.428); Bagwell (.418); Thome (.411); Mize (.406); Carew (.392); McCovey (.385); Killebrew (.375); Murray (.375); Cepeda (.355); Perez (.347); Banks (.344); Kelly (.343); 

Slugging percentage: Mize (.580); Thomas (.580); Thome (.566); McCovey (.555); Bagwell (.553); Banks (.536); Votto (.536); Killebrew (.532); Cepeda (.517); Murray (.505); Perez (.484); Kelly (.455); Carew (.450);

Home runs: Killebrew (392); Thome (368); Ernie Banks (353); McCovey (347); Thomas (339); Bagwell (316); Mize (315); Cepeda (279); Murray (275); Votto (263); Perez (246); Kelly (137); Rod Carew (71).

Hits: Rod Carew (1,924); Mize (1,776); Thomas (1,721); Cepeda (1,714); Murray (1,680); Votto (1,662); Bagwell (1,657); Kelly (1,650); Banks (1,618); Perez (1,550); Thome (1,451); McCovey (1,375); Killebrew (1,354); 

Walks: Thomas (1,172); Bagwell (1,012); Votto (1,046); Killebrew (919); McCovey (788); Mize (757); Murray (709); Carew (542); Perez (532); Banks (521); Cepeda (388); Kelly (358); Thome (108).

2018 Cincinnati Reds: 10 things to know(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

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Year-by-year look at Bengals ranked in NFL Network’s Top 100

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:06 PM


            Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green catches a pass during organized team activities Tuesday, May 22 at the practice facility near Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green catches a pass during organized team activities Tuesday, May 22 at the practice facility near Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The NFL Network will continue its countdown of the Top 100 players at 8 p.m. tonight, but the Cincinnati Bengals are not expected to have anyone else ranked.

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins came in at No. 63, and wide receiver A.J. Green was No. 22.

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This marks the third year in a row and fifth in the last six the Bengals have had at least two players ranked in the Top 100.

They had seven players ranked in 2016 after winning the AFC North in 2015. That was the most since the NFL Network began the countdown in 2011.

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Green has been ranked seven years in a row, while Atkins has been included three consecutive years and five of six.

Here’s a year-by-year look at Bengals appearing in the Top 100.

2017

17. Green

68. Atkins

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2016

16. Green

29. Atkins

35. Andy Dalton

44. Tyler Eifert

60. Reggie Nelson (signed with Oakland that offseason)

67. Andrew Whitworth

7o. Vontaze Burfict

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2015

37. Green

2014

9. Green

48. Atkins

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2013

16. Green

36. Atkins

2012

77. Green

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2011

91. Terrell Owens

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Alter’s Connor Bazelak, top QB in Ohio, announces his college decision

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

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Ohio’s top quarterback for 2019 is off the board. 

Alter quarterback Connor Bazelak announced Sunday he has decided to continue his football career at Missouri. 

“I want to thank all the coaches that recruited me and gave me an opportunity to play at the next level,” he tweeted. “Also to everyone in my life that has made me a better person and quarterback. 

“With that being said, I am excited to announce my commitment to the University of Missouri!” 

  

The No. 22 player in Ohio in the 247Sports Composite rankings, he has a last name that should be familiar to area sports fans. 

While his father, Lenny, is a member of the Xenia High School Athletics Hall of Fame after starring in three sports for the Buccaneers and playing college basketball at Dartmouth, older sisters Maddie and Libby were Alter basketball stars. Libby plays basketball at Duquesne, where Maddie is a member of the volleyball team. 

Now Connor is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect in Ohio and No. 20 in the nation. 

The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder threw for 1,097 yards and ran for 146 last season for the Knights, who went 9-2 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. 

Bazelak threw only 134 passes in 11 games as a junior, but that did not prevent him from putting together an impressive offer list. 

“I think obviously some coaches see it as a negative, but most of the coaches that recruited me kind of see it as a positive because I have so much potential that hasn’t really come out. I’ve got a lot of arm left in me,” Bazelak said. “The offense we run at Alter makes me think a lot, reading defenses. Also coaches didn’t really care about the stats. They just saw my talent, saw my arm motion, everything I do as a quarterback, and kind of just fell in love with it.”

Bazelak told Cox Media Group Ohio he had narrowed his primary list to the Tigers, Duke and North Carolina after visiting those schools in June. 

He was also still considering Georgia, Purdue, North Carolina State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. 

“I went down to Missouri for an official visit last weekend, and coming out of it it just felt like home,” Bazelak said. “It felt right. I felt comfortable there, so I just kind of went with my gut feeling, went with my heart.” 

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Bazelak had interest from Ohio State, but an offer from Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes never came. 

He threw for OSU offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day on two occasions and maintained regular contact with Day, who is the team’s quarterbacks coach. 

“I think after the second time (Day) saw me throw we kind of talked and he said they were waiting on some other guys that might be higher than me on their list,” Bazelak said. “He kind of told me don’t wait around for them. 

“Obviously Ohio State would have been a big offer, but I don’t think it would have changed anything because I still think I’m committed to the right place with Missouri. I think that’s best for me.” 

Missouri has long been a pass-happy spread offense, but Bazelak said he expects new offensive coordinator Derek Dooley to introduce more pro-style elements to the scheme in his first year in Columbia, where star quarterback Drew Lock is returning for his senior season. 

“I would say they’re pro style definitely but they’ll still throw the ball around a lot,” Bazelak said. “Obviously their quarterback is one of the best in the country so they should have a good year next year, too.” 

Of course, Bazelak has his own business to attend to between now and then. 

After his junior season began with a loss to rival Fairmont and ended with a loss to rival Chaminade Julienne, the Knights have some payback in mind for this fall. 

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“We’ve got a bunch of seniors coming back and we’ve been working hard this season on the weight room and on the field, and I know we’re getting ready for some redemption,” Bazelak said. “We want to make a run to the playoffs and hopefully win the state.” 

Bazelak is not the only major-college prospect on the Alter roster. 

Running back John Bivens is the No. 10 prospect in the state and remains uncommitted heading into summer. 

The three-star prospect’s offers include Nebraska, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Indiana. 

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