Hey, the Reds won one yesterday!  That makes them 2-4 on their 10 game west coast road trip with 4 to go against the Dodgers.  Yeah, the west coast never treats us nice does it?  Oh well, we got the minor leagues to look forward to right?  Let’s see what has been going on down on the farm over the last week.

AAA Louisville Bats

SP Robert Stephenson, after being named International League Pitcher of the Week, proceeded to pitch badly in his next start going 4 IP allowing 5 ER on 8 H and 4 BB with 5 SO.  Then last night Stephenson exited the game due to an undisclosed injury after just 2 IP where he allowed 4 BB.  RH SP Matt Buschmann, 4.25 ERA in 53 IP, was traded to Baltimore for cash.  RH RP Miguel Celestino, 1.69 ERA in 10.2 IP at Pensacola, was promoted to the Bats.

The Reds had reportedly released 30 year old 1B/3B Josh Satin.  That may not be the case as the International League transactions reported that they reassigned Satin to the minor leagues.  After a hot start, Adam Duvall has cooled off considerably as he now has a .162/.205/.432/.638 slash line after 39 PA with the Bats.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

OF Jesse Winker, .271/.371/.410/.781, clubbed his 10th HR of the season last night and is hitting .405 over his last 10 games.  Amazingly, the Reds have allowed Marquez Smith (30 years old) and Ray Chang (31 years old) to accumulate 616 PA between them this season at AA while making 97 appearances at 1B.  The AA Southern league average age is 24 years old by the way.  I can’t imagine it’s really that hard to locate a more age appropriate 1B who has a little more upside to cover those PA.

RH SP Tim Adleman, 2.41 ERA, was activated from the DL and placed back into the starting rotation.  It appears that LH Wandy Peralta, 5.38 ERA in 20 GS, has been moved into the bullpen.

High A Daytona Tortugas

RH SP Nick Travieso returned from the DL after taking a come backer off his arm and he picked up right where he left off.  Travieso has made two starts since coming back and has allowed 1 ER over 7 IP.  RH SP Keury Mella, 4.00 ERA in 9 IP, has allowed  8 BB over his first two starts with the Tortugas.

OF Brian O’Grady has struggled badly, .135/.222/.202/.424, since his promotion from Dayton.  OF Phil Ervin, .243/.335/.380/.715, leads the club with 12 HR and is second with 27 SB.

Low A Dayton Dragons

OF Aristides Aquino, .230/.266/.324/.590, is still struggling to figure out Midwest League pitching.  OF Jonathan Reynoso, .283/.330/.376/.706, has 13 SB and 5 3B.

RH SP Tyler Mahle, who leads the rotation with 2.53 ERA in 128 IP, was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Month.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

OF Kevin Garcia (.345/.430/.405/.835) and OF Ed Charlton (.276/.338/.496/.834) lead the Mustangs on offense.  3B Brantley Bell, .315/.377/.434/.811, leads the club with 13 2B.

LH SP Ty Boyles leads the starting rotation with a 1.70 ERA in 53 IP.

Rookie AZL Reds

He did it!  Jose Siri, .261/.266/.457/.723, managed to draw his first BB last night and that gives him 1 BB in 140 PA.  1B James Vazquez leads the offense batting .336/.387/.630/1.017.  Vasquez also leads the club with 7 HR.

Wendolyn Bautista paces the pitching staff with a 1.52 ERA over 41.1 IP.

22 Responses

  1. Tom Gray

    I’m going to see Billings play in Ogden UT on Saturday 8/15. Hope to see some future Reds.

  2. hof13

    Since 1st base is blocked for the foreseeable future, maybe the Reds would rather put non prospects there while any real prospects learn other positions.

  3. tgarretson82

    Any updates on Stephenson injury????

    • Tom Gray

      I read (elsewhere) it’s a wrist injury, not shoulder or elbow. All speculation for now.

  4. Matt WI

    I love Ervin’s OBP number. Love.

    • WVRedlegs

      What is to love about .335??? It is ok, but not great. If it was at .380, I could understand the warm and fuzzies.

      • Matt WI

        Sorry, wrote Ervin, meant Winker. I cannot separate those guys in my brain for whatever reason sometimes. I was oogling the .370.

      • WVRedlegs

        Me too. I like that .370. I hope we see it in September.

        Ervin is another story. He can’t seem to get over the hump at A+. The Reds 4 1st round draft picks from 2013 and 2014 are struggling mightily in 2015. Ervin, Lorenzen, Howard, and now Blandino is struggling at AA since being promoted from Daytona. A small market team cannot afford 4 flameouts on 4 1st round picks. The Cueto trade helped to mitigate the damage caused by these. There is plenty of time for their development, but these 4 have a long, long ways to go.

      • Matt WI

        Buy hey, Ervin at .335 would be 3rd best on the big club, and a huge jump from either Byrd or Billy in the OF.

      • Nick Carrington

        Winker with a 123 wRC+ in AA. Really solid after a poor start. He is likely ready for a new level. With his plate discipline, it would be interesting to see him against major league pitching in September, but I understand if the Reds would rather not do that.

      • Tom Gray

        These numbers are meaningless except in AA or A+ baseball.

        The Reds play MLB opponents unfortunately.

      • jdx19

        They aren’t meaningless, Tom. You are wrong. Go do some studies on plate discipline and how it correlates to major league success.

        A guy with a .370 OBP in AA is a good thing and something completely fine to be excited about.

      • Nick Carrington

        Numbers are meaningless? Oh dear. That’s a new one. For the rest of us, it appears that Winker’s high stock remains intact.

      • Tom Diesman

        Winker’s .371 OBP is nice to see. Note also at AA 3B Seth Mejias-Brean with a .367 OBP and SS Zach Vincej with a .366 OBP.

      • Tom Gray

        Yes. Billy Hamilton had excellent numbers in R, A, A+ and AA MiLB baseball for Reds. His numbers dropped in AAA and have dropped further in MLB.

        BH has plenty of potential. You cannot learn to be as fast as he is. But his AAA and MLB numbers are lower (worse) than his first 4 years as MiLB player.

        Winker has .271 BA and .410 Slugging in AA. Those are decent but not great.

  5. gaffer

    2 years ago I though the Reds string of 1st round sucesses (beginning with Homer (I dont count Ryan Wagner but even if you do Gruler was a debacle) and extending to Stephenson in 2011 (I know he is not in MLB yet) would end at Travieso. Gladly, I admit I was probably wrong. But, Ervin may be the next one in danger of ending the string (and Howard is very likely to be the end). I was a great run.

  6. jdx19

    I’d love to see Winker get some ABs in AAA this year.

    • Tom Diesman

      Me too, but time is running out. Only 24 G left on Bats schedule after tonight. If they promoted him tomorrow he’d only get about 100 PA tops the rest of the season.

      • Tom Gray

        100 is better than 0 AB in AAA.

        The sooner he moves up to face better P, the sooner he plays LF for the Reds.