Sunday, July 13, 2003

Down on the farm

Childress is showing resiliency

By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

When the Reds promoted pitcher Daylan Childress from Single-A Potomac to Double-A Chattanooga last week, they did so based solely on his recent accomplishments.

"When you really look at his numbers, you see he's really pitched pretty well," said Tim Naehring, Reds director of player development.

Childress began the season 0-8 but was 5-1 with a 1.86 ERA in his past seven starts. He tossed six scoreless innings in his last start at Potomac.

"We just felt like it was time he needed to be challenged a little bit," Naehring said. "He's obviously proven that he can compete at the A-ball level.

"It's going to be a good thing to get him to Chattanooga and get him into the starting rotation there."

Childress, 24, entered this season with a 15-11 record and 3.53 ERA in 42 games (35 starts) combined with Rookie Billings in 2001 and Single-A Dayton in 2002. He ranked second in the organization with 152 strikeouts last season.

DRAFT UPDATE: The Reds have signed 22 of their 50 draft picks according to Baseball America.

Of their top-10 picks, only Ohio University pitcher Marc Cornell (fifth round), Arizona pitcher Richie Gardner (sixth round) and 10th-rounder Andy D'Alessio, a first baseman from Barron Collier High in Florida, have not signed.

Cornell, who suffered an arm injury late in his junior season with the Bobcats, is on the Delaware (Ohio) Cows' roster of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. He had not appeared in a game through Friday.

ANOTHER HONOR: Louisville third baseman Brandon Larson was named the International League's Player of the Month for June.

He hit .367 with six homers and 31 RBI and also led the International League in slugging percentage with a .583 mark through Thursday.

Larson is scheduled to start in the Triple-A All-Star game Wednesday in Memphis.

ODDS AND ENDS: Third-round pick Jose Ronda, a shortstop, was hitting .349 with nine doubles and 11 RBI through his first 17 games with the Rookie Gulf Coast League Reds. ... Louisville shortstop Felipe Lopez hit his first home run for the Bats Thursday and was hitting .271 with nine doubles and 25 strikeouts in 25 games overall entering Friday's games. ... Louisville and Single-A Dayton continue to lead their respective leagues in attendance. The Bats averaged 8,935 in 42 home games. The Dragons led the Midwest League with an average of 8,366 through their first 45 home dates.

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