Here are some of the happenings down on the farm this week.
AAA Louisville Bats
Felix Perez (.296/.342/.498/.840) went 2 for 2 with a 2B and a 3B in the AAA All Star game. Ruben Gotay (.273/.343/.457/.801) went 0 for 2. Chien-Ming Wang opted out of his contract with the Reds and became a free agent. Mikey O’Brien was sent back down to AA on 07/12, but was then recalled to AAA on 07/16 to help fill the void in the Bat’s rotation after Wang’s departure.
AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Jesse Winker (.289/.399/.521/.921 – A+,AA) went 1 for 2 with a 2B in the Futures Game. Robert Stephenson (3.97) appeared in the game too and tossed a scoreless 8th inning. Rossmel Perez (.316/.371/.435/.806) is quietly putting together a nice season at AA. The 24 year old LH hitting catcher is in his third season in the AA Southern League. He was with Mobile in the Diamondbacks organization the last two years where his OPS was .664 in 2012 and .602 in 2013.
High A Bakersfield Blaze
Newly acquired 1B Harold Riggins (.188/.297/.219/.516) is struggling after his first full week with the Reds organization. This is a bit surprising, considering that he was hitting .263/.351/.447/.798 in over 205 PA in the AA Texas League before he was acquired. Ismael Guillon (9.39) is getting hit hard over his first five starts after posting a 3.17 ERA over 12 GS at A Dayton. The 22 year old LH is on the Reds 40 man roster.
Low A Dayton Dragons
Phil Ervin, who showed signs of life in June (.870 OPS) after a horrendous April (.561) and May (.593), is off to another bad start in July (.639). RH Dan Langfield (2.29), who was recently moved into the starting rotation after 11 relief appearances, has a 1.02 ERA over the four games he’s started. The 23 year old was a 3rd round pick in the 2012 draft and sat out last season recovering from a right shoulder injury after he posted a 2.68 ERA with Billings in 2012.
Rookie Billings Mustangs
Second round 2014 draft pick 3B Taylor Sparks (.378/.500/.703/1.203) is off to a great start after 48 PA. LH reliever Brennan Bernardino (0.00) is unscored on over nine relief appearances where he has chalked up two saves and has 14 K over 10.1 IP.
Rookie AZL Reds
3B Gavin LaValley (.288/.373/.455/.828) is off to a good start. The 19 year old hit RH batter was a 4th round 2014 draft pick out of an Oklahoma high school. RH reliever Conor Krauss (0.00) is unscored on over 6 relief appearances where he has put up two saves and has 10 K over 5.2 IP.