The Reds are out of the gate this year with a 6-9 start that has them sitting in 4th place in the NL Central. This week let’s take a look across the minors to see how each of the Red’s full season minor league teams have fared to start the season.
AAA Louisville Bats
The Bats are off to a 7-5 start that has them in 2nd place in the International League South. Some of the main contributors to the good start are SP Tim Crabbe (1.59 ERA) and Jeff Francis (1.69). Closer Jumbo Diaz has yet to be scored on in five appearances. At the plate, Ruben Gotay, who has slid from 3B over to 2B since Chris Nelson was resigned, is still tearing it up with a slash line of .350 /.435/.775 /1.210. C Tucker Barnhart (.250 /.333 /.688/1.021), Chris Nelson (.367 /.406 /.500 /.906), and RF Felix Perez (.382 /.389 /.500 /.889) are also off to hot starts.
AA Pensacola Blue Yahoos
The Blue Wahoos start the season with a 7-6 record and tied for 1st in the Southern League South. They are led on the hill by SP Jon Moscot (0.90) and Michael Lorenzen (1.32). Reliever Daniel Renken is unscored on over 5 IP. LF Donald Lutz (.361 /.439 /.722 /1.161) is leading the way at the plate. C Bryan Anderson (.318 /.360 /.682 /1.042), IF Rey Navarro (.273 /.342 /.606 /.948), and 3B Juan Silverio (.351 /.400 /.514 /.914) are also off to good starts at the plate.
High A Bakersfield Blaze
The Blaze are in 1st place in the California League North with a 11-3 record. SP Ben Lively (0.82) is leading the way from the mound with relievers Brooks Pinckard, Jimmy Moran, and Carlos Gonzalez having yet to allow a run. 1B Marquez Smith is tearing it up thus far with a slash line of .364 /.434 /.750/1.184. CF Junior Arias (.394 /.459 /.606 /1.066), C Chris Berset (.308 /.400 /.615/1.015), LF Jesse Winker (.333 /.419 /.510 /.929), RF Kyle Waldrop (.404 /.472 /.447 /.919), and 3B Seth Mejias-Brean (.314 /.426 /.471 /.897) are also off to fast starts at the dish.
Low A Dayton Dragons
The Dragons lead the Midwest League Eastern division with a 9-3 record. SP Ismael Guillon (1.64), Sal Ramano (2.00), and Nick Travieso (2.45) head up a strong pitching staff. Relievers Zack Weiss, Layne Somsen, and Evan Mitchell have yet to allow a run. Sebastian Elizalde is hitting .364 /.512 /.636/1.148 while splitting time between LF and 1B. CF Beau Amaral (.341 /.391 /.610 /1.001) and 1B Daniel Mateo (.300 /.400 /.450 /.850) are also off to good starts for the Dragons.