Turtle17

Thundering Turtle

  • joined Mar 28, 2008
  • last login Jan 25, 2014
  • posts 225
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Tim Stephens Former sports writer, now in ministry as youth director at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church in Barboursville, W.Va., and chaplain for the West Virginia Power minor league baseball team.

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Reds' Billy Hamilton Pioneer League player of the year

   The Reds place three players in Baseball America’s Pioneer League Top 20, including Player of the Year Billy Hamilton.    Hamilton, 19, is a 6-foot-1, 160-pound, switch-hitting second...

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Three Reds in Arizona Rookie League Top 20.

     According to Baseball America's rankings, shortstop Junior Arias checked in at No. 5. LHP Ismael Guillon ranked ninth and RHP Jonathan Correa came in at No. 12.    Arias, 18, is a 6-foot-2,...

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The 2010 Draftees. How did they do?

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)    Now that the minor league season has ended for our Reds farmhands, let’s take a gander at how Cincinnati’s 2010 draftees performed in their initial foray into...

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Reds acquire Bloomquist.

MLBTR reports the Reds have acquired Willie Bloomquist . "The Reds acquired Willie Bloomquist from the Royals, according to a team press release. Kansas City will obtain a player to be named later...

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Reds sign prized fifth-rounder.

   The Reds have signed fifth-round draft pick John "Wes" Mugarian, luring the right-hander away from his college commitment to Alabama. Mugarian received a $198,000 deal. He also will receive...

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The Draft: A recap with more info and Turtle's Take.

   As promised, today I'll be doing a recap of the Reds 2010 Draft, with extended information mixed with some of what we already know. I'll place each player in his own post in this thread, so that...

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Tuesday Draft thread, Part II

In the fifth round, the Reds selected John Mugarian-RHP-Pensacola Catholic High School. He is an Alabama signee and some scouts say he's better off going to college. Mugarian threw a no-hitter to...

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Tuesday draft thread.

   I'll be around through 3:15 or so today before I have to head off to a function honoring Mrs. Turtle on becoming a National Board Certified teacher. The event extends into Wednesday, as well. I...

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The Draft: With the 12th pick, the Cincinnati Reds select ...

   After Bryce Harper to Washington at No. 1, the 2010 draft is among the most unpredictable in recent memory. Jim Callis at Baseball America had the Reds selecting Call Sate-Fullerton shortstop...

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With the 12th pick, Thundering Turtle selects ...

     Yes, as you’ve played Ed McMahon to Carnac the Magnificent long enough. The time has come to pull the envelope from Funkenwagnal’s hermetically sealed Mason jar and reveal Thundering Turtle’s...

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The Draft: Looking at Deck McGuire and Kolbrin Vitek.

   Chris Buckley tells John Fay that for Monday’s first round draft pick the Reds have zeroed in on five players: Deck McGuire, Christian Colon, Gary Brown, Alex Wimmers and Kolbrin Vitek. We’ve...

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The Draft: A look at three more pitchers.

     Today let’s take a look at three pitchers the Reds might consider with the 12th pick in next week’s MLB Draft.    Karsten Whitson, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound RHP from Chipley (Fla.) HS is said to...

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The Draft: Looking at Ohio State RHP Alex Wimmers.

     Our look at the draft continues today as we take a gander at Ohio State star right-hander Alex Wimmers.    While Wimmers isn’t likely to pull a Mike Leake and advance straight to the majors...

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The Draft: The 12th pick equals a major leaguer ... usually.

     The Reds select 12th in next week’s MLB Draft. History tells us chances are Cincinnati will nab a player who at least will reach the major leagues.    Looking at all No. 12 picks since the...

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Draft preview: A look at MTSU OF Bryce Brentz.

   As we continue our preview of players the Reds might select with the 12th overall pick in the MLB Draft June 7-9, today we look at Middle Tennessee State outfielder Bryce Brentz.    Brentz, a...

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The Draft: Looking at Yasmani Grandal.

     As the draft inches ever closer, today we examine one of the more controversial names linked to the Reds – Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal.    Cincinnati possesses the 12th overall pick and...

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Walt Jocketty's draft history: The first round.

Red Reporter takes a look at Walt Jocketty's draft history.

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The Draft: A shortstop, anyone?

Now's as good a time as any to begin to rev up the draft talk. The ever-so-anticipated event takes place June 7 through 9, with the Reds holding the 12th pick in the first of 50 wonderful rounds. B...

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Reds minor league transactions with a tinge of sadness.

From Baseball America:Cincinnati RedsSigned: OF Wladimir BalentienReleased: 1B Logan Parker, OF Carson KainerLoaned to Mexican League: RHP Oscar CastroOutrighted to Triple-A, removed from 40-man: O...

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Thundering Turtle traded to Pirates.

Well, not really. As part of my duties with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, however, I will be the team chaplain for the West Virginia Power, Pittsburgh's South Atlantic League affiliate in...

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Taveras traded to Oakland!

Buster Olney reporting Willy Taveras and Adam Rosales dealt to Oakland for Aaron Miles and a PTBNL. More to come. Hard to imagine. Wow Walt! What an offseason this is turning out to be. Who would...

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Going, going, Gomes gone.

  Mark Topkin of the St. Pete Times tweets that the Reds indeed non-tendered Jonny Gomes. I don't like it. Some fairly interesting players being non-tendered today. Can Alfredo Amezaga be an...

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Three Reds in GCL top 20.

Baseball America began its rankings of the top 20 players in the various minor leagues with the GCL. The Reds are well represented, with three players. Philadelphia, with four players, was the only...

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With the 8th pick, the Cincinnati Reds select ...

   We are one day from the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft and don’t have a clear idea of which way the Reds will go with the eighth overall pick.    After the Nationals utter “Stephen Strasburg,...

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2009 Draft Preview: High School Infielders

   Today we conclude our position-by-position look at the top prospects for the 2009 MLB First-year Player Draft with a gander at high school infielders. This isn’t a particularly deep nor talented...

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Draft Preview: High School Outfielders

   We’re coming down the stretch to the wonderful, ever expanding three-day event  that is the MLB First-Year Player Draft, also affectionately known to all as the Rule 4 Draft. With that, let’s...

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BA says Reds to take Scheppers.

   Baseball America has the Reds switching from one independent league pitcher (Aaron Crow) to another (Tanner Scheppers) in the rapidly approaching first-year player draft.    Scheppers, you...

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Draft Preview: High School Pitchers.

   As the draft rapidly approaches, let’s continue our previews with a look at the top high school pitchers. This is a deep and talented crop. A team with extra picks could acquire a bevy of...

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BA predicts Reds to eat, er, take Crow.

Baseball America's first mock draft is out. BA predicts Cincinnati to select Aaron Crow, a RHP from the independent league Ft. Worth Cats. Crow, you probably remember, starred at Missouri and was...

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Draft Preview: High School Catchers

Once again, thanks to TT for doing these previews leading up to the draft!  A job well done! - BK Let’s continue our look at the 2009 MLB Draft by checking out high school catchers. Unlike its...

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