Durham vs. Bats Game 1 (David Price!)

Yeah. That David Price.  The #1 overall draft pick in the 2007 draft for the Tampa Rays will take the mound at Louisville Slugger Field tonight for the  Durham Bulls against Matt Maloney (11-5, 4.68) for the Bats.

This is game one of a five game series in the International League Playoffs.  The other series features the Pawtucket Red Sox versus the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.  That series will start tonight in Pawtucket.

David Price is the most highly regarded prospect in the minors right now. Overall this year, Price has posted a 12-1 record with a 2.30 ERA at multiple levels of the minor league.

The Bats have not fared well this season versus the Bulls, winners of the IL South Division, going 3-5 during the regular season, but 2-2 at home.  What is odd about the Bats season, while winning a franchise high 88 wins against 56 losses, is that they have the exact same home and road record this season.  Manager Rick Sweet, named International League Manager of the Year, was on local radio earlier this morning saying that he has been telling his players not to press and try to stay relaxed even if they were to drop one of the first two games while at home.

I am super excited to not only be in attendance for this play-off game, but also to see what David Price has to offer.  Most scouting reports say that he doesn’t go deep into ballgames, but the Bats could have trouble with his blazing heat.  Hopefully I can get a seat behind the scout section behind home plate tonight.  This should be a very interesting and thrilling night for Louisville baseball.

Couier-Journal Game Preview

Reds Prospects: Maloney Named Pitcher of Week

Tripe-A Louisville’s Matt Maloney was named Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 12-18.  Maloney was acquired by the Reds for pitcher Kyle Loshe from Philidelphia.

This past week Maloney was 2-0 with an ERA of 1.35.  He gave up 7 hits,  2 runs, and 3 walks while recording 11 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched.  His ERA took a nosedive from 6.29 to 4.91 for the season.

Maloney was two outs shy of recording a no-hitter on Monday when he faced Richmond.  The game was the first of a doubleheader (in which only 7 innings are played) and he ultimately gave up two hits and issued two walks while striking out seven in the complete game shutout.

Maloney is expected to be another young arm in the bullpen of the future for the Reds and maybe even a spot starter.

Each week the Bats and the rest of the Reds prospects continue to put up some amazing numbers.