With the two big trades last week we have some new top prospects to keep tabs of down on the farm.  We also have some players moving around between minor league teams.  Let’s take a look at what is going on down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

SP Robert Stephenson, who in 6 GS at AAA has 36 IP allowing 23 H and 13 BB with 36 SO, was named International League Pitcher of the Week.  LH SP John Lamb has a 3.27 ERA in his first two starts and 11 IP with the Bats.  LH SP Brandon Finnegan is being stretched out to become a starter and now has a 3.38 ERA in 2 GS and 5.1 IP at Louisville.

The Reds have released 30 year old 1B/3B Josh Satin.  Satin was hitting .247/.347/.357/.704 for the Bats.  Satin had a solid plate approach as shown by his .347 OBP.  I’d imagine that Chris Dominguez, .226/.270/.387/.657, may soon meet a similar fate should the Reds promote Winker or Mejias-Brean any time soon.  23 year old SS/2B Juan Perez was promoted from AA where he was hitting .236/.304/.338/.642.  Brennan Boesch is hitting .355/.420/.477/.897 at AAA.  Newly acquired Adam Duvall off to a hot start with a .333/.368/.889/1.257 line in 19 PA with 3 HR.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Alex Blandino, .294/.370/.438/.808 at A+, has been promoted to AA where he is off to a hot start (.286/.444/.857/1.302) after his first two games.  It is also interesting to note that Blandino has been playing primarily at 2B since his return from the DL as week or so ago.  You have to wonder if OF Jesse Winker, .262/.365/.391/.755, or 3B Seth Mejias-Brean, .261/.375/.376/.751 might get promotions to AAA before years end.  C Cam Maron, who was hitting .230/.340/.299/.639, was released.

RH SP Sal Romano (3.46 ERA at A+) was promoted to AA and tossed 2 IP of shutout ball in his first start which was cut short by rain.  LH SP Cody Reed went 15 IP allowing 9 H and 4 BB with 18 SO and has a 0.60 ERA over his first two starts for the Blue Wahoos.

High A Daytona Tortugas

Newly acquired RH SP Keury Mella made his first start for the Tortugas last night and went 5 IP allowing 1 R on 3 H and 4 BB with 4 SO.  LH swing man Nick Routt is having a nice season with a 2.57 ERA in 70 IP over 19 G and 9 GS.

2B Ty Washington, .267/.345/.380/.725 at Dayton, was promoted to Daytona and went 1 for 3 with a 2B in his first game there.  OF Sebastian Elizalde, .272/.329/.437/.766, appears to be a good candidate for a promotion to AA.

Low A Dayton Dragons

3B Gavin LaValley, .256/.337/.347/.684, leads the Dragons with 22 2B and 93 SO.  SS Luis Gonzalez is having a pretty rough time of it at the plate hitting .243/.271/.307/.578.

RH swing man Jake Paulson is pitching well as he has a 2.69 ERA in 77 IP over 27 G with 8 GS.  Tyler Mahle leads the rotation with 2.51 ERA in 122 IP.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

CF Ed Charlton (.276/.357/.494/.851) leads the Mustangs on offense.  1B Reydel Medina, .239/.299/.545/.844, leads the club with 11 HR.  This years 1st round draft pick, C Tyler Stephenson, is hitting .286/.370/.366/.736 which is below the Pioneer league average .791 OPS.

RH swing man Franderlyn Romero now has a 3.56 ERA in 30.1 IP over 8 G with 3 GS.  SP Jose Lopez has a 4.18 ERA over 28 IP.  RP Sarkis Ohanian has a 2.74 ERA in 23 IP.  The Pioneer League average ERA is 5.20.

Rookie AZL Reds

Jose Siri, .267/.267/.467/.733, leads the AZL Reds in PA with 121 and amazingly has 0 BB.  Yeah, we’ll have to keep a watch on that.  1B James Vazquez leads the offense batting .330/.393/.628/1.021.  2B Blake Butler is hitting a very good .350/.364/.510/.874.  The AZL League average OPS is .673.

LH Mason Felt has a 0.96 ERA in 7 GS and 9.1 IP where he also has 12 BB.  RH Ian Kahaloa, 5th round pick in 2015 draft, has a 2.89 ERA over 9.1 IP.


13 Responses

  1. Gaffer

    Summary, nothing very bad but only a few good things (Stephenson, new Starting pitchers, Bandino).

  2. VaRedsFan

    I still can’t figure out why Boesch can mash at AAA and not MLB.
    He never got into a groove after spring training. Didn’t play much 59 plate appearances in 32 games. Didn’t get much of a chance IMO. At worse, he should have platooned a little more with Byrd, when Byrd was awful in April.

    He only just turned 30. I guess when you are a non-roster invite, you better hit the ground running, and he definitely didn’t.

    • Tom Gray

      He took hitting instruction lessons from Cliff Cook.

      Cook was a power hitting Reds MiLB prospect in late 1950’s. Projected as 30 HR and 100 RBI guy so Reds traded Don Hoak to clear a spot for him.

      Cook could never get it done with CIN or NYM at MLB level.

    • Tom Diesman

      I feel Boesch has gotten a bit of a bum rap and feel he was actually one of Jocketty’s best off season pick ups. He was a successful MLB player for his first two years and then appears to have been affected by injuries for two seasons. After becoming healthy, he’s failed to produce the last two years in the majors in what are small sample sizes and then hit very well at AAA.

      Now maybe he’s just simply miscast as a bench role player, he may be one of those guys who needs regular ABs to keep sharp. If that’s the case and the Reds can’t/won’t give him the ABs to prove the theory, they can simply move on. But on the other hand there’s pretty good evidence that this is the case and with the Reds being out of the race, a 37 year old guy playing LF every day racking up PA to have an $8M option kick in, it very well be worth calling him up and running him out there every day to find out seeing there are no obvious prospects (Well, maybe Duvall now.) ready to step in.

      Year Age Tm PA BA OBP SLG OPS
      2010 25 DET 512 .256 .320 .416 .736
      2010 25 AAA 66 .379 .455 .621 1.075

      2011 26 DET 472 .283 .341 .458 .799

      He missed the 2011 postseason because of a right thumb injury that required surgery to repair the UCL in his right thumb.

      2012 27 DET 503 .240 .286 .372 .659

      Boesch missed significant time in 2013 dealing with a shoulder injury.

      2013 28 NYY 53 .275 .302 .529 .831
      2013 28 AAA 37 .200 .351 .267 .618

      2014 29 LAA 79 .187 .203 .293 .496
      2014 29 AAA 407 .332 .381 .636 1.017

      2015 30 CIN 59 .125 .169 .143 .312
      2015 30 AAA 183 .344 .407 .460 .867

      MLB Tot 1678 .251 .305 .402 .707
      AAA Tot 693 .333 .393 .571 .964

  3. Tom Gray

    I like how all 5 trade acquisitions are doing. Duvall hitting well with power at Louisville. All 3 LHP and the RHP have pitched well out of the Reds gate.

    • Hotto4Votto

      Their end results have been good, but Finnegan and Mella could certainly cut down on the walks, or we won’t keep seeing those results.

    • memgrizz

      I posted in another minor league thread that I caught Reed’s first start with Pensacola on Friday night and thought he looked pretty strong. He was shaky in the first inning that night (gave up one run) but settled down quickly. He really only ran into one other minor jam (which he escaped allowing no runs).

  4. Big56dog

    Any word on Selsky I know he was DL’d awhile ago. Make you wonder where the organization stands on OBP when they cut Satin with all the other “talent” at AAA

    • Tom Gray

      Satin had crummy numbers this summer (July and August). Released as a result.

      • Tom Diesman

        Maybe not. Satin was left on the Bats roster for a while and then the following transaction came through recently.

        Louisville Bats reassigned 1B Josh Satin to the minor leagues.

        So he may still be with the organization.

    • Tom Diesman

      Selsky is out for the year with a knee injury.