The Reds have 8 players in the Arizona Fall League. They’re assigned to the Glendale Desert Dogs. As of this writing, they lead the Western Division by a game and a half with a record of 5-2-1 (a tie?) and have won 2 in a row.
Drew Hayes: After a disappointing season at Pensacola, he’s looked to regain some of his luster in the AFL. Thus far he’s done pretty well. He’s appeared in 3 games, pitching 3.1 innings and hasn’t allowed a run and only allowed 1 hit. He’s struck out 6, but the 2 walks he’s allowed is even a higher percentage than his 4.7 BB/9 he allowed during the regular season (small sample size, I know).
Michael Lorenzen: One of 2013’s #1 draft picks, Lorenzen ended the year on his 3rd stop (going from Billings to Pensacola). The 21 year old is struggling thus far in the AFL, giving up 11 runs (10 earned) in two starts (6 innings). He’s given up 11 hits and 3 long balls. He’s walked 4 and only struck out 1. Teams are hitting him at a .423 rate thus far.
Chad Rogers: Roger is, IMO, one of the secrets of the Reds system. In 2013, he got 12 starts at AAA at age 23 and did reasonably well. In the AFL, he’s thrown 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits. He’s yet to walk a batter and has struck out 4.
Jamie Walczak: Walczak pitched about 3/4 of the season in AA. The number that grabs your attention is his K/9, which has been over 10 almost his entire career. (The problem is the BB/9 that goes with it.) In the AFL, he’s been in two games, one he did well (scoreless/hitless inning with a K), the other…not so much (1.1 IP 6 H 4 R 4 ER 3 BB 2 K).
Tucker Barnhart: Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart, is known for his defense, but had a pretty good offensive season at AA. In 3 games in the AFL, he’s 3-10 with a double and a .862 OPS. He’s walked 3 times and only struck out once.
Travis Mattair: The former 2nd round pick of the Phillies just finished his second year in the Reds system, playing the season at Pensacola. His numbers slid a little compared to his Bakersfield numbers and he’s trying to increase his stock in the AFL. He’s appeared in 4 games and is 4-13 with a homer. He’s walked 4 times and struck out twice and is sporting a 1.009 OPS.
Ryan LaMarre: The Reds 2nd round pick in ’10 moved up from AA to AAA late in the season. In one start in the AFL, he was 1-4, his other action was a pinch hit and a stolen base. He’s walked once and struck out once.
Yorman Rodriguez: 21 year old finished the season in AA, but is seeing plenty of action for the Desert Dogs. He’s played in 6 games and has 26 official at-bats, gathering 9 hits (2 doubles and a homer), though he has only walked once and struck out 6 times.
One other note, the pitching coach of the Glendale squad is Reds minor league pitching coach, Tom Browning.
All of these numbers are such a small sample size it would be wrong to draw any kind of conclusions or opinions from them. This was just to help out those that needed a Reds fix in this down time.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.