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.

Later,
Tom

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Tom Diesman is a Cincinnati area native and grew up in Northern Kentucky and Clermont County. He currently resides in central Indiana. Tom makes his living doing UNIX System and Storage Administration. He fell in love with baseball and the Cincinnati Reds during the Big Red Machine era, and Johnny Bench is his all-time favorite Reds player. Tom is still an avid follower of the Reds, and longs for the organization to bring winning baseball back to Cincinnati.

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  1. Dave Ferrando

    I played American Legion with Chris he was a get great all around player. I it’s good to see him doing well.