The MLB 2016 Draft begins this evening and the Reds have the 2nd overall pick which should produce some big time talent for the organization. That also means that a few weeks from now we will also have the Reds two Rookie level teams beginning their season’s as well. With that, let’s take a look at what has been going on recently down on the farm.
AAA Louisville Bats
OF Jesse Winker (.285/.380/.366/.746) is swinging a hot bat again (.938 OPS in June). Winker’s OBP skills will be a welcome addition to the Reds lineup when he is called up. Scott Schebler (.252/.284/.408/.692) has caught fire as well in the month of June (1.346 OPS) to get his AAA numbers up to about league average. Jose Pearaza (.288/.327/.379/.706) is still looking for his first BB in June in 33 AB.
Cody Reed (3.31 ERA) and Robert Stephenson (3.47 ERA) are both pitching well. The Reds pitching staff should get a big boost when these two join the roster within the next month or so. Keyvius Sampson (1.88 ERA) has been throwing great since joining the Bat’s rotation. Jumbo Diaz (0.00 ERA) has yet to be scored on at AAA.
AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Brandon Dixon (.310/.360/.594/.954) had an incredible six game run where he went 15 for 24 with 8 HR to give his numbers a significant boost. Dixon has cooled off a bit as he is hitless in his last 9 AB. One has to wonder why 25 year old IF/OF Tony Renda (.319/.364/.459/.823) is still in AA and not at AAA getting the ABs going to 32 year old Hernan Irabarren. OF Sebastian Elizalde (.318/.342/.449/.791) is hitting well since his return from the DL. OF Phil Ervin (.246/.359/.425/.784) is putting up good numbers and seeing more time in CF.
Amir Garrett (1.63 ERA) and Rookie Davis (1.66 ERA) seem positioned for promotions to AAA to back fill for when Reed and Stephenson get the call up to the big leagues. Jackson Stephens (3.36 ERA) is pitching well at AA also. RP Alejandro Chacin has a 0.76 ERA with 10 S but does has 15 BB in 23.2 IP.
High A Daytona Tortugas
OF Aristides Aquino (.252/.317/.414/.732) continues to lead the Tortugas offense. 1B Avian Rachal (.220/.355/.380/.735) is flashing some good on base skills. OF Angelo Gumbs (.268/.324/.382/.706) is starting to swing the bat well again this month (.833 OPS in June). Gumbs followed up a strong April (.803 OPS) with a poor May (.599 OPS).
Keury Mella (2.64 ERA), Tyler Mahle (3.13 ERA), Seth Varner (3.28 ERA), and Tejay Antone (3.29 ERA) lead a strong rotation. All four of these pitchers could be candidates for promotions to AA when the Reds begin making changes soon. RP Jimmy Herget (1.71 ERA) has 9 S and 38 SO with just 8 BB over 26.1 IP.
Low A Dayton Dragons
2B Shed Long (.251/.332/.428/.760) is still the Dragons best hitter. Long is showing good plate discipline and leads the club with 16 2B. 1B James Vasquez (.235/.314/.413/.727) put up a nice May (.811 OPS) after a slow start in April (.679 OPS). Vasquez leads the Dragons with 8 HR.
Austin Orewiler (2.81 ERA) has emerged as the teams best starter since joining the rotation. Jose Lopez (3.99 ERA) is pitching well also. Lopez has recorded 62 SO with just 16 BB over 58.2 IP. RP Ariel Hernandez (2.59 ERA) has a 0.989 WHIP with 40 SO and 20 BB in 31.1 IP.