There were a few additional minor league moves made to go along with DAngelo Jimenez’s recent demotion to AA Chattanooga. The highlight being the promotion of Chris Denorfia to AAA Louisville. From the Post:
Jimenez’s addition wasn’t the only intriguing roster move involving Chattanooga Thursday.
A pair of hot-hitting outfielders, Chris Denorfia and Alex Fernandez, were promoted to Louisville and outfielder Stephen Smitherman was demoted from Louisville to Chattanooga.
Denorfia was tearing it up in Class AA, batting .330 with 17 doubles, seven home runs, 26 RBIs and 40 runs in 46 games. Fernandez wasn’t far behind, at .327 with 23 RBIs. They’ll shore up a Bats outfield left shorthanded by Jason Romano’s promotion and Rob Stratton’s Achilles’ tendon injury.
Smitherman, the Reds’ 2003 minor league player of the year, continues his free-fall from those heights. The powerfully built 26-year-old hit .248 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 40 games for Louisville.
I was expecting Smitherman to rebound this year, but it appears he is pretty much done now. Denorfia will hopefully do well at AAA and provide us with a decent option for an OF sub that is not named Romano.