Friday, July 27, 2012

Tago and Matthes hot prospects and Reds preview

Peter Tago
Peter Tago is in the best stretch, even if that is but two starts, of his young pro career.

On Thursday, the righthander went 6 2/3 innings at short-season Tri-City, allowing only two runs, and not walking a batter.

The 20-year old Tago, a 2010 draftee out of a California high school, has held opposing teams to two runs over his last 14 2/3 innings, with improved control and command. He's not sloppy anymore. His ERA over his last two starts - 1.23.

High-A outfielder Kyle Parker has been dominating pitching in the California League lately, hitting well over .500 but he was shut down Thursday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He's human after all.

Kent Matthes
Double-A outfielder Kent Matthes' batting average is still only .217 but he's hitting well now for average (.387 over his last 10 contests) after much of his season has been under .200 or right around it.

On Thursday, he smashed his 17th homer.

I expect him to be much improved in 2013 even though he will likely return to Tulsa to repeat the league. If he's healthy, he could end up in Triple-A sometime next year and might even push for a spot with the Rockies.

I just don't believe he's as bad as he's looked in 2013. I forecast a much better season next year for the 25-year old.

Starting pitcher Nick Schmidt (compensation in Huston Street trade) and reliever Coty Woods were good (3.29 ERA for Schmidt) to excellent (0.76 ERA in 36 appearances) earlier this season at Double-A but are finding Triple-A much more of a mountain. Schmidt got bombed for seven runs in four innings and his ERA is now an eyesore at 7.96 in five starts. Woods ERA is 5.68.

Rockies-Reds Preview 

Drew Pomeranz pitches today for Colorado in Cincinnati against Bronson Arroyo and the Reds.

The 35-year old Arroyo has a 5.60 ERA in nine starts, 11 games and 53 innings against the Rockies.

In July he has three quality starts in four outings so he is going well now.

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