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Once again, Reds INF/OF Skip Schumaker is hosting a fantasy football challenge and has invited teammates Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart and Brayan Pena to take part.
With Big League Impact on Tuesday, Aug. 25, Schumaker will be holding a fantasy football live draft. It will be held at The Handlebar at Great American Ball Park from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fans will then have the opportunity to compete against one of the Reds player participants throughout the NFL season.
Proceeds benefit the Big League Impact Global Initiative (www.bigleagueimpact.org), the Reds Community Fund (www.reds.com/community) and the Jessie Rees Foundation (www.negu.org).
Fans can register at http://www.bigleagueimpact.org.
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Participants will be treated to a VIP ballpark experience that includes drafting and playing fantasy football against a Reds player, a tour of the ballpark, team photos, autographed memorabilia, limited edition BLI merchandise, batting practice viewing, seats to the game and the chance to win an autographed Skip Schumaker BLI jersey and other prizes.
Founded by Adam Wainwright and his brother Trey, Big League Impact started with a single Fantasy Football charity event in 2013 and has expanded to eight MLB cities: San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.. This year’s roster of participating MLB players has reached 60 strong and includes Hunter Pence, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Neil Walker, Kyle Gibson, Torii Hunter, Matt Holliday, Michael Wacha, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, as well as Cardinal Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, actor Jon Hamm and St. Louis Rams legends Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner. BLI has raised $560,000 in support of 18 local charities and made major impact around the globe.
I’m taking a few days off. Will rejoin the fray from San Diego on Aug. 10.
Enjoy the week. And thanks.
The Reds made their second trade of the week by sending starting pitcher Mike Leake to the Giants.
Coming to Cincinnati will be two Minor Leaguers, including right-hander Keury Mella, ranked by MLB.com as San Francisco’s top prospect. Also acquired was corner infielder Adam Duvall.
Combined with the Johnny Cueto trade on Sunday, the Reds have traded two soon-to-be free agents and brought in five prospects — including four high prospect pitchers.
Mella, 21, is 5-3 with a 3.31 ERA in 16 starts this season for advanced Class A San Jose and was at Great American Ball Park earlier this month for the Sirius-XM All-Star Futures Game. In four seasons since being signed in 2011, he is 15-12 with a 3.01 ERA over 58 games (57 starts) with 282 strikeouts over 272 1/3 innings.
Ranked the No. 25 prospect in the Giants’ system, Duvall played 28 games in the big leagues for the Giants in 2014 and batted .192 with three home runs.
At Triple-A Sacramento this season, Duvall batted .279 with 26 homer, 79 RBIs and 25 doubles in 99 games. The 26-year-old, a Kentucky native, played for the Univ. of Louisville and was an 11th-round Draft pick of the Giants in 2010.
Since Spring Training ended, I’ve gotten the most questions — whether it was on Twitter, in person or wherever — about reliever Sam LeCure. And whatever is the second-most asked question isn’t even close to the LeCure volume of questions.
Lots of relievers have been called up this season ahead of LeCure, who was taken off of the 40-man roster when he was one of the final roster cuts in camp. He struggled at the end of last season and earlier this season with consistency issues and lowered velocity. His numbers for Triple-A Louisville haven’t been great — a 6.12 ERA in 35 appearances with 60 hits, 24 walks, 38 strikeouts and a 1.68 WHIP in 50 innings.
When manager Bryan Price was asked about LeCure on Thursday, he sounded encouraged about his progress.
“I think that I’d love to have Sam’s influence on our bullpen,” Price said. “He brings more then just his physical ability, but he brings a lot of character to the bullpen. He brings a leadership presence to the bullpen. I spoke him with a few weeks ago and just wanted to remind him that he doesn’t need to worry about his ERA, just needs to get to where he’s pitching more on a roll because as a reliever if you’re numbers get sideways on you it’s hard to pitch those numbers down. So it’s not a matter of numbers, it’s really a matter of just consistency of doing what he’s doing and he’s a lot closer now then he was at the beginning of the year.
“I do anticipate that at some time we will see Sam back here because I think we all want him to be throwing the way he’s capable of throwing and I think he’s a lot closer now then he was a couple of months ago.”
When asked about LeCure’s velocity, Price said it was creeping back upward.
“He’s a lot better then what it was in Spring Training,” Price said “And I think even more importantly then that everyone wants their maximum velocity, but more importantly than the the velocity is the fact that he’s starting to make the consistent types of pitches. Every now and again he’ll have a setback, he’ll have a tough outing but that happens anywhere. Stringing together the typical LeCure outings that we’ve seen here is going to get him back here.”
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