This week we will highlight a few players coming and going from each of the full season minor league teams.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Reds recently signed 31 year old RH reliever Adam Russell who was released by the Diamondbacks in late March and assigned him to the Bats.  Russell, who is listed at 6’ 8” 280 LB, has amassed 85 major league appearances with the White Sox, Padres, and the Rays from 2008 – 2011 with a 3.95 ERA.  Last year in AAA with the Orioles organization he posted a 2.37 ERA in 60.2 IP allowing 52 H, 33 BB, with 59 SO.  He’s off to fast start this season with Bats as he has yet to allow a run while allowing 1 H and 2 BB with 6 SO over 6.1 IP.  He might be able to help out in the pen down the road if he can keep his walk rate down.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Bryan Anderson is a 27 year old LH hitting C who has accumulated 68 PA in the majors with the Cardinals and White Sox.  He started the year out in AA and hit a sizzling .343/.427/.643/1.070 in 82 PA there.  He has since been promoted to AAA Louisville where he has continued to swing a hot bat putting up a .400/.438/.667/1.104 line in his first 16 PA.  In 1772 PA at the AAA level he has hit at a .257/.331/.391/.722 pace, so his hot start is not likely to continue, but he could be of service as a backup catcher somewhere down the line.

High A Bakersfield Blaze

In 2011 with Dayton 21 year old 3B David Vidal put up a .280/.350/.498/.847 slash line with 20 HR.  He began the 2012 season by putting up a .281/.358/.512/.870 with the A+ Blaze in 137 PA and then being promoted to the AA Pensacola where he struggled with a .230/.294/.397/.691 in 377 PA.  Last year he struggled badly, .218/.291/.305/.596, in a split season between A+ and AA.  Vidal is now back with the Blaze and off to a very hot start posting a .462/.533/.846/1.379 in his first 15 PA.  The twist is that all four games he’s appeared in thus far have been as a catcher.  It will be interesting to see how he develops defensively behind the dish and if he can recover from his recent struggles at the plate.

Low A Dayton Dragons

Nick Benedetto is a 21 year old RH CF who hit a disappointing .165/.207/.243/.450 in 122 PA last season at Rookie level Billings.  He struggled in 29 PA at A+ Bakersfield filling in for injured Junior Arias.  He was then demoted to A Dayton where he is off to a hot start in 11 PA with a .364/.364/.636/1.000 line.  This is an opportunity for him to prove he can play at the A level.  If not, he will most likely return to Rookie level Billings when their season begins.

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  1. If I’m understanding correctly, Anderson looks to be the next in line for the big leagues if Mesoraco falls apart (assuming we aren’t counting fellows name Corky). Does he project to be another Corky (AAAA)? It just seems that even though the Reds system has tons of catching talent, they all project to be backups at best and AAA placeholders at worst.

    • Well, I’d say that Anderson is a bit further down the depth chart than that. I’d say it looks something more like Mesoraco, Pena, Barnhart, Ramirez, Miller, then Anderson. Anderson’s promotion was likely prompted by Barnhart replacing Mesoraco on the Reds, and Ramirez going onto the Bats DL.

      • I didn’t state that very clearly, he seems to be the next in line with a legitimate shot at being a starting catcher. Barnhart projects as a backup at best, Pena is on a one-and-done sort of deal (though with his current level of production, he might get another year…). Ramirez is Corky lite and already 30..

        I’m just wondering whether Anderson has the stuff to be the catcher of the future, as he’s the only one that doesn’t have a definite career trajectory yet. He’s a bit older, to step in and take the reigns, but I don’t see many other options that the Reds have coming up through their system to replace Meso should he suddenly become a Left Fielder.

        • He is not a major league type of catcher and I disagree that Barnhart could not become a major league starter as a catcher.

  2. When oh When are we gonna start chating it up about Lee Hyde?

  3. There was alot of talk on here about Seattle’s 2B/SS Nick Franklin and whether the Reds should be making inquiries to Seattle. He lost the SS battle in spring training and was shipped to AAA.
    An update on Nick Franklin, he is now leading all of AAA with a slash of .384/.479/.667 in 119 PA’s. He is playing 2B. His SS teammate at AAA, Chris Taylor, is hitting .372/.414/.593. Seattle’s SS Brad Miller, led all of spring training in hitting, but is struggling now at .154/.209/.262 in 130 AB.
    You’d think it’d beehoove Mr. Jocketty to call up the Seattle GM and see what they could work out for Franklin or Taylor. Jocketty was looking high and low for a switch hitting SS and there is Franklin sitting there ripe for the picking. Franklin cannot advance at 2B because of Cano, and Franklin is seen within the M’s organization as their 4th best SS prospect. The M’s have thought about moving Franklin to the OF, but Seattle has plenty of OF prospects.
    Something will have to give here and get some movement going.

  4. I guess it would depend on what Seattle wants. could Simon be a chip when latos returns?

  5. If Seattle has a SS in the majors hitting 154 and Franklin is the 4th best SS in their organization, what makes you think he would be better than what the Reds have already? The PCL is notorious for inflating BA and power numbers. In addition, you know that Cozart will hit better than he has so far and you know about his defense.

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