We are just past the halfway point in the full season minor league schedules and there has been some recent shuffling around of players.  Let’s see what all is going on down on the farm this week.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 39-39 record and are in 3rd place in the International League West.

The International League hitters are averaging .253/.320/.377/.698.

3B Jermaine Curtis (.285/.406/.420/.826) will represent the Bats in the AAA All Star Game.  OF Scott Schebler (.291/.338/.508/.847) has cooled off a bit, but still leads the Bats in hitting.  OF Steve Selsky (.286/.375/.458/.833) just keeps on hitting well at AAA and is making a case for a spot on the Reds bench.  OF Jesse Winker (.286/.381/.367/.748) is still on the DL with a wrist injury.

The International League average ERA is 3.64.

SP Robert Stephenson (3.93 ERA) is just kind of holding his own at AAA now and trying to find some consistent command.  SP Amir Garrett (2.13 ERA) now has two AAA appearances and in 12.2 IP has allowed 3 ER on 5 H and 8 BB with 9 SO.  RP Steve Delabar (2.63 ERA) was released and has signed to play in Japan.  RP Kevin Shackelford (1.38 ERA at AA) was promoted to the Bats.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 43-32 record and are in 1st place in the Southern League South.  The Blue Wahoos are the First Half South Division Champions.

The Southern League hitters are averaging .253/.328/.368/.697.

OF Phil Ervin (.232/.341/.391/.732) continues to get on base despite a low BA.  2B Brandon Dixon (.252/.303/.454/.757) continues to slide back since his hot week at the start of the month.  SS Calten Daal (.330/.387/.381/.768) and OF Sebastian Elizalde (.302/.348/.414/.762) are still hitting well at AA.  3B Taylor Sparks (.308/.357/.769/1.126) is off to a hot start in his first 4 games since his promotion.  OF/1B Kyle Parker (.191/.327/.326/.654) was released.

The Southern League average ERA is 3.73.

SP Rookie Davis (2.64 ERA) leads the Blue Wahoo rotation since Amir Garret’s promotion.  SP Jackson Stephens (3.19 ERA) continues to pitch well at AA.  SP Tyler Mahle (5.40 ERA) gave up 3 ER over 5 IP in his AA debut.  RP Alejandro Chacin (1.11 ERA) now has 13 S.  RP Carlos Gonzalez (2.43 ERA) has 4 S.

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 40-36 record and are in 3rd place in the Florida State League North.

The Florida State League hitters are averaging .247/.317/.352/.669.

OF/1B Brian O’Grady (.247/.381/.451/.831) has been on a tear of late and now leads the Tortugas in hitting.  RF Aristides Aquino (.280/.337/.475/.812) has also been on a hot streak.  1B Gavin LaValley (.264/.325/.464/.789) is doing very well at A+ also.  3B Tanner Rahier (.467/.471/.533/1.004) is off to a hot start over his first four games at A+.

The Florida State League average ERA is 3.46.

SP Keury Mella (3.29 ERA) continues to make a case for a promotion to AA.  SP Wendolyn Bautista (1.74) is pitching very well in his first four starts at Daytona.  SP Seth Varner (3.22 ERA) is pitching well also.  RP Jimmy Herget (1.35 ERA) is doing a great job as the closer and now has 14 S.  RP Greg Williams (4.22 ERA) was released.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 23-54 record and are in 8th place in the Midwest League Eastern.

The Midwest League hitters are averaging .246/.316/.350/.666.

2B Shed Long (.274/.361/.472/.833) has been the clubs best hitter all season.  1B James Vasquez (.233/.309/.391/.700) has been in a slump recently.  OF Reydel Medina (.267/.288/.408/.696) has only 2 BB in 125 PA.  OF Argenis Aldazoro (.176/.233/.191/.424) was released.

The Midwest League average ERA is 3.51.

SP Austin Orewiler (3.21 ERA) continues to lead the rotation.  SP Jose Lopez (3.50 ERA) has been pitching very well lately.  RP Juan Martinez (1.60 ERA) and Jesus Reyes (1.83 ERA) are the leaders in the bullpen.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs have a 6-6 record and are in 3rd place in the Pioneer League North.

The Pioneer League hitters are averaging .290/.359/.442/.801.

C Cassidy Brown (.444/.545/.611/1.157) is off to a great start.  OF Jose Siri (.387/.441/.613/1.054) is off to a very hot start.  OF Daniel Sweet (.316/.435/.526/.961) is also hitting very well.  OF Mitch Piatnik (.349/.391/.465/.856) is off to a good start this season.  This year’s top draft picks 3B Nick Senzel (.388 OPS), OF Taylor Trammell (.642 OPS), and C Chris Okey (.364 OPS) are struggling in the early going.

The Pioneer League average ERA is 5.10.

SP Andrew Jordan (2.57 ERA), SP Antonio Santillan (2.70 ERA), and SP Jordan Ramsey (1.08 ERA) are leading the Mustangs rotation.  RP Patrick Riehl (1.13 ERA) and RP Junior Arias (2.08 ERA) head up the bullpen.

Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds have a 3-4 record and are in 2nd place in the AZL Central.

The AZL hitters are averaging .260/.339/.369/.708.

OF Michael Beltre (.346/.414/.654/1.068) is off to a very hot start.  1B Edgar Herrera (1.000 OPS), C Derik Capitillo (.962 OPS), OF Andy Sugilio (.944 OPS), CF Mauro Conde (.917 OPS), and OF Daniel Jimenez (.885 OPS) are all off to hot starts also.

The AZL average ERA is 4.48.

SP Ian Kahaloa (0.00 ERA), SP Wennington Romero (2.79 ERA), and SP Matt Blandino (3.00 ERA) lead the rotation.


13 Responses

  1. Shchi Cossack

    Shed Long came into professional ball as a catcher and played in both short-season rookie leagues as a catcher during his 1st 2 seasons with disappointing offensive results. The 20-year-old Long has played 2B at Dayton the past 2 seasons with excellent offensive results (.800+ OPS). Long would certainly seem to be in line for a promotion to high-A ball in Daytona soon and certainly a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.

    • lwblogger2

      Didn’t know Long was a catcher! Good info. Sounds like moving him out from behind the plate was a good idea.

  2. The Duke

    Tony Santillan with 27 K in his first 13.2 IP in Billings this year. I thought that worth mentioning. Sitting 93-95, has touched 98, improved control over last year.

  3. ohiojimw

    Nick Senzel has tweeted that he and Chris Okey have been promoted from Billings to Dayton. No official announcement yet that I have found.

    • WVRedlegs

      Sheldon says it is official. Both in Dayton.

      • ohiojimw

        Thanks, found Sheldon buried under multiple hours old tweets in the while you were away heading. Wish they had a better way of handling that; or maybe I just need to check out “Twitter for Dummies” from the library 🙂

  4. WVRedlegs

    That is a shame that Kyle Parker was released. I was hoping he would find his mojo in Pensacola.
    Should there be a concern about the sharp decline in Rookie Davis’s K/9 rate? It has declined 2.3 (6.48 to 4.19) from his AA work in 2015 and has declined 5.5 (9.71 to 4.19) from his A+ work in 2015? That seems like a serious drop off for 1 season. His ERA is 2.64, but his FIP is 4.70.
    Any updates on Winker’s injury? A lot of radio silence on this.

    • ohiojimw

      I thought I read something here in one of Jason’s reports from Louisville that Deshields or somebody from the Bats told him Winker was going to try doing something with a bat this week. They indicated that would be a step forward because previously he had not been able to even grip a bat properly.

      • WVRedlegs

        Yes, I read/heard the same thing too. But I haven’t heard how that went. I thought it was Tuesday, or maybe yesterday, that he was going to hit.

  5. NKYRedsFan

    Any chance that the shortstops get promoted before the end of the year? I.e. Carlton Daal to AAA and Blake Trahan to AA now that Peraza looks like he’ll stick with the Reds?

  6. redsfan06

    Have not heard much about 3B Jermaine Curtis, who is representing Lousiville in the AAA All-Star game. The other day, I asked Jason which Reds minor league players had high BB, low to medium K stats. His answer was Curtis, Winker and presumably Senzel. Winker has been mentioned as an up and coming player for years. Senzel was just drafted. Does Curtis merit consideration for a call up to the majors?

    • ohiojimw

      Curtis is 10 days shy of his 29th birthday and has a total of 5 MLB plate appearances (all in 2013) in his career. His current AAA OPS (.841) is nearly 150 points higher than his AAA OPS from the previous two seasons. Short of an injury related emergency, It doesn’t seem likely the Reds would call him up.

  7. Shchi Cossack

    Curtis will be 29 in less than 2 weeks. He a a brief cup of joe in the Bigs back in 2013 with the Cardinals. That’s aging past a prospect status. Curtis is having a fabulous season in 2016, but has a .726 OPS in 5 seasons of AAA, most of them in the PCL. I do not expect to see Curtis added to the 40-man roster for any reason.