August 12, 2010 - Carolina League (CarL) - Lynchburg Hillcats
The Cincinnati Reds today announced the promotion of outfielder Denis Phipps and relief pitcher Nick Christiani from High-A Lynchburg to Double-A Carolina. Phipps was hitting .333 with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 25 games with the Cats. In 29 relief appearances with the Hillcats, Christiani went 1-3 with one save, a 3.83 ERA. He walked only nine in 42.1 innings pitched.
This will be Phipps' second stint with the Mudcats, and Christiani's second promotion of the season. Christiani started the season with Dayton where he went 1-0 with one save and a 3.86 ERA in seven appearances.
Phipps was sent from Carolina to Lynchburg July 14 and started hitting right away with the Hillcats. He homered and drove in two runs in his first appearance with Lynchburg. During his first homestand he continued an 11-game hitting streak (the streak started on the road) including a stretch of three straight games with a home run. Over that stretch, he hit .429 with four home runs and 11 RBI
He registered nine multi-hit games and had an on-base percentage of .398. In his first stint in Carolina, Phipps hit .242 with two home runs and 28 RBI in 82 games
Lynchburg will receive pitcher Josh Ravin and outfielder Andrew Means from Low-A Dayton. Ravin was the opening-day starter for Dayton and went 2-6 with a 4.79 ERA before injuring his right hip. He was placed on the disabled list June 19. He just finished a rehab assignment in Goodyear with the Arizona League Reds where he went 1-0 in two starts. In eight innings, he gave up three runs and struck out seven. Ravin was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB Draft out of Chatsworth High School (CA).
Means hit .253 with two home runs, 22 RBI and 21 SB with the Dragons. He started the first three months of the season hitting near the .300 mark before fracturing one of his right fingers. He went on the disabled list from June 10 until July 2.
Since coming off the disabled list, his average has dropped from .282 to .253. Means has also stolen 21 bases and has only been caught stealing four times, but not since May 26. In his first two seasons in the Reds organization, he stole 25 bases and was never thrown out.
Means was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Indiana University. He starred for the IU football team as a wide receiver, and left Rookie-Billings after 22 games to finish his junior season at IU. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but wasn't selected. He played 53 games with Dayton in 2009.
With the baseball team at Indiana University, Means garnered 2nd Team All-Big 10 honors after the 2007 season. Throughout his college career he stole 43 bases and was caught stealing only five times.
The Hillcats open up a seven-game homestand Friday, August 13 at 7:05 p.m. Lynchburg hosts Kinston and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Phil Vassar Bobblehead presented by Honda/Suzuki of Lynchburg.