Minors

This Week on the Farm

Time once again to check out what is going on down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Reds have released OF Ryan LaMarre to make room on the 40 man roster for Cuban P Raisel Iglesias who was assigned to the AZL Reds.  LaMarre is a 25 year of CF who was a 2nd round pick in the 2010 draft who has put up a minor league career line of .262/.346/.367/.712.  This season he batted just .200/.310/.300/.610 in only 59 PA before being placed on the DL with a knee injury.  The Bats also called up C Rossmel Perez who was hitting .333/.391/.460/.851 in AA and sent 3B Juan Silverio, who was hitting .247/.264/.353/.617 with the Bats, back to AA.  SP Dylan Axelrod (3.06) was named International League Pitcher of the Week.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Reds released LHP Scott Maine (6.10) and promoted RHP Kyle McMyne (4.76) from A+ Bakersfield.  C Yovan Gonzalez (.242/.314/.287/.601) was also promoted from A+ Bakersfield to back fill for Rossmel Perez.  Juan Duran (.243/.297/.464/.761) now has 17 HR and is sporting a .464 SLG where the Southern League average SLG is .386.  Kyle Waldrop (.279/.329/.442/.771) is the other bright spot at the plate for the Blue Wahoos as he’s continued to hit since his mid-season call up.

High A Bakersfield Blaze

C Joe Hudson (.216/.314/.316/.630) was promoted from Dayton to replace Yovan Gonzalez.  1B Marquez Smith (.330/.445/.640/1.086) continues to rake at A+ as one would expect a 29 year old to do.  Smith, who struggled (.518 OPS in 34 PA) after a midseason promotion to AA, now has 25 HR and 113 RBI.  DH Sean Buckley (.313/.363/.533/.896) is showing some good power as well with 10 HR in 201 PA.

Low A Dayton Dragons

C Chadwick Tromp (.323/.354/.505/.859) was promoted from the AZL Reds to replace recently promoted Joe Hudson.  SS Alex Blandino (.309/.397/.473/.870) continues to hit since his promotion from Billings.  Don’t look now, but Phil Ervin (.235/.306/.369/.675) is making a push to reach the Midwest league average OPS of .694.  This year’s first round draft pick Nick Howard (3.29) made his first start after 6 relief appearances.  He went 3.2 IP and allowed 2 R.  Yesterday, Amir Garrett (3.22) pitched a 7 IP complete game 3 H shutout recording 12 K.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

RF Aristides Aquino (.296/.345/.587/.933) continues to hit well and now has 13 HR in 223 PA.  3B Taylor Sparks (.250/.372/.515/.887) is the next best hitter still with Billings and has clubbed 7 HR in 164 AB.  Wyatt Strahan (3.29) is the stand out of the starting staff as he out paces the Pioneer league average ERA of 4.84 after 10 GS.  LH RP Brennan Bernardino has a 0.45 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP with 5 S over 20 IP.

Rookie AZL Reds

3B Gavin LaValley (.331/.409/.507/.916) continues to rake in the AZL where the league average OPS is just .688.  LHP Ty Boyles, 10 G with 4 GS, has a 3.75 ERA over 36 IP with 40 K.  Bernardo Moreta, 11 G with 4 GS, has a 3.00 ERA over 27 IP with 30 K.

2 thoughts on “This Week on the Farm

  1. Love Gvin LaValley since I saw him on Youtube. Hope we can play any defense at all.

    Howard has been a little too hitable, hopefully finds a changeup to disguise his rather straight fastball.

  2. Something I wonder from time to time, and what I bet a lot of us wonder:

    When the MLB team struggles to score runs, why doesn’t the GM just make certain positions (LF, SS, bench) a revolving door of call-ups until you find the guys who appear to belong in the big leagues?

    I know the main reasons would be defense and that whole “service time” deal… but wouldn’t you, say, instead of continuing to allow Chris Heisey and Jack Hannahan to occupy your roster, just start calling dudes like Juan Duran or Seth Mejias-Brean up, get them some ABs, just to see how they handle it? We’ve tried it with Lutz and Soto — and as of yet, neither appear to be able to hit at this level. Then we try Negron, and he has shown as yeoman’s approach at the plate…even though his numbers in the minors weren’t anything to write home about.

    Of course it’s tough to judge a player’s long-term prowess based on a handful of plate appearances…but you get a look at how a guy handles the opportunity; and, if he gets enough ABs, worst case scenario: You know what he specifically needs to work on when you send him back down.

    Sticking with a Heisey or a Hannahan simply because of defense is tough to swallow. I’d rather see what Duran or Winker can do. You have no money to bring in veterans, so let’s see what our prospects look like.

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