**Josh Fellhauer signed a contract, under went a physical, and was assigned to the Dayton Dragons on July 3rd. Manager Todd Benzinger started him tonight in centerfield and the leadoff slot. He went 0-4 with no walks or whiffs. I was curious to see what type of defensive role the Reds envisioned for Fellhauer and it didn't take long to find out. If he can stick in center, then his value will increase.
**Dragon pitching prospect Josh Ravin is currently on the disabled list, and likely will remain there for another week, with a strained pitching elbow. Hopefully, he comes back healthy and ready to build on his solid 2009 season. His first half performance for Dayton has helped him regain his prospect status. His control still needs work, but it has been much improved in the 2009 campaign.
**The Reds signed former University of North Carolina catcher and 4th round draft pick Mark Fleury to a contract and assigned him to the rookie Pioneer League. He made his debut for the Billings Mustangs on July 3rd. Originally I thought they'd start him out in low-A ball, but the Reds' conservative player development strategy continues and he starts out his career in the rookie league.
**Billy Hamilton is off to a "quick" start, to say the least, in the Gulf Coast League. In his first 9 games, Hamilton has already swiped 7 bases without being caught once. He joins Theodis Bowe to give the Reds some serious speed in the Gulf Coast League.