Today we’ll check in down on the farm and see who got off to quick starts and how some of the top prospects did the first week of the season.  Remember, these are pretty small sample sizes, so one good game or start can change these numbers pretty quick.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats started the season with a 3-4 record.  Michael Lorenzen and Jon Moscot were both unscored on in their first starting assignments.  Dylan Axelrod has a 1.38 ERA after two starts.  Nate Adcock appears to have landed the closer role as he has two saves.  Interesting to note, with the DFA and claim by the Dodgers of Ryan Dennick, that leaves David Holmberg as the only lefthander on the Bat’s pitching staff.

Ivan DeJesus (1.222 OPS) is off to fast start.  Steve Selsky (.867) and Josh Satin (.838) are off to good starts as well.  Prospects Eugenio Suarez (.626) and Yorman Rodriguez (.687) have both started out slow.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos started the season with a 1-3 record.  Wandy Peralta was unscored on in his first starting assignment.  Robert Stephenson has a 4.76 ERA after his first start and has since been placed on the Temporarily Inactive List due to a personal matter.  Interesting to note here also that Wandy Peralta is the only lefthander on the Blue Wahoos staff.

Sean Buckley (1.171) and Kyle Waldrop (.818) are off to good starts.  Kyle Skipworth (.958) was off to a fast start before being called up to the Reds.  Prospects Jesse Winker (.445) and Seth Mejias-Brean (.452) are both off to slow starts.  Defensively, Kyle Waldrop, has made two starts at 1B and one in RF.

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas started the season with a 2-3 record.  Nick Howard was unscored on in his first starting assignment.  Nick Travieso has a 2.19 ERA after his first two starts.  Evan Mitchell appears to be the closer as he has recorded two saves.

Jeff Gelalich (.920), Sammy Diaz (.875), Robert Ramirez (.771), Joe Hudson (.762), and Phillip Ervin (.754) are all off to good starts.  Prospects Alex Blandino (.294) and Taylor Sparks (.255) are off to very slow starts.  Blandino has 17 PA, 0 H, and 5 BB.  Chad Wallach (.566) has two starts at C and two starts at 1B.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons started the season with a 4-3 record.  Wyatt Strahan was unscored on in his first starting assignment.  Tyler Mahle has a 0.77 ERA after his first two starts.  Seth Varner (1.80 ERA) and Mark Armstrong (2.57 ERA) also had good first starts.

Ronald Bueno (1.069), Garrett Boulware (.883), and Jose Ortiz (.833) are off to hot starts.  Prospect Gavin LaValley (.702) is off to a decent start and Aristides Aquino (.391) is off to a slow start.

6 Responses

  1. DHud

    Starting to worry about Stephenson’s prospects of being the ace caliber SP he has been projected to be. He’s only 22 and until last year posted very good numbers, so there’s still good reason to believe he will meet his potential. However, he struggled last season after moving up to stiffer competition at AA and failed to get any innings in this spring due to a shoulder issue. A “personal matter” isn’t necessarily another injury issue, but the fact still remains that he isn’t on the mound. Hopefully this isn’t the start of an unreliability/durability trend

    • JB WV

      I was thinking the same thing. Maturity an issue?

    • Tom Diesman

      I’m not yet concerned about him having a unreliability/durability trend, but I will be keeping an eye on his BB totals. His H and K totals last year were good, but 74 BB in 136 IP isn’t going to get it done. This hasn’t been a problem for him in the past, so if he fixes the first month or two, I think we’ll be seeing in AAA by mid-season.

  2. jdx19

    Sure hope Winker has a great first half in AA so he can move up to AAA for the 2nd half and leave open a good posibility of being with the Redlegs starting in 2016!

  3. The Next Janish

    Good eye Blandino. Hopefully he’ll see his pitch soon. (tongue in cheek)

  4. DHud

    Lorenzen’s stat line vs. the Indianapolis Indians tonight: 6 IP, 6 hits, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 ER on a solo shot in the 4th. In 2 starts this year: 13 IP, 9 hits, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 ER. Two doesn’t make a trend, but I’m liking this kid more and more