The Reds come out of the All Star Break still mired in rebuild limbo on the offensive side of the board.  Hopefully they will be able to make some deals to move veteran players to open up spots for the likes of Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler, and Jesse Winker.  Let’s check in on the action down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 44-47 record and are in 3rd place in the International League West.

The International League hitters are averaging .254/.320/.381/.701.

3B Jermaine Curtis (.286/.410/.424/.834) singled in 2 AB in the AAA All Star Game.  OF Scott Schebler (.300/.353/.533/.886) has went down to AAA and performed very well.  OF Steve Selsky (.296/.379/.485/.864) is exceeding everyone’s expectations and hopefully the Reds will take notice.  OF Jesse Winker (.286/.381/.367/.748) is still on the DL with a wrist injury and is batting .462/.533/.923/1.456 over 15 PA in his AZL rehab assignment.  OF Kyle Waldrop (.268/.314/.407/.721) has raised his numbers to above the league average.

The International League average ERA is 3.64.

SP Amir Garrett (2.89 ERA) and SP Robert Stephenson (3.89 ERA) continue to head up the Bat’s rotation.  SP Tim Adleman (4.05 ERA) is on a rehab assignment with the Bat’s and will most likely be assigned there to help shore up the rotation once his rehab is completed.  RP Chad Rogers (3.43 ERA) was activated from the DL.  LH RP Wandy Peralta (2.29 ERA) has recorded 2 S in 35.1 IP of relief.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 50-39 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 .254/.328/.371/.699.

OF Jeff Gelalich (.341/.381/.505/.887), who is a 25 year old 2012 1st round pick, has got hot in 98 PA after a promotion from Daytona (.677 OPS).  OF Phil Ervin (.234/.346/.385/.731) has his numbers headed back in the right direction this week.  SS Calten Daal (.310/.365/.379/.744) was placed on the DL with a shoulder strain.  OF Beau Amaral (.280/.360/.420/.780) is hitting .263/.364/.263/.627 over 22 PA in his rehab assignment with Billings.

The Southern League average ERA is 3.78.

SP Rookie Davis (2.84 ERA) and SP Jackson Stephens (3.44 ERA) are the current leaders of the Blue Wahoos rotation.  SP Tyler Mahle (3.74 ERA) has 24 SO and 7 BB in 21.2 IP over his first 4 GS at AA.  SP Sal Romano (4.45 ERA) and SP Nick Travieso (4.07 ERA) have both had some recent strong outings.  Barrett Astin (2.81 ERA) has pitched well in 57.2 IP over 26 G with 5 GS.  RP Alejandro Chacin (1.36 ERA) now has 16 S.

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 47-39 record and are in 3rd place in the Florida State League North.

The Florida State League hitters are averaging .248/.319/.355/.673.

RF Aristides Aquino (.288/.348/.509/.857) continues to rake in the FSL.  1B Gavin LaValley (.282/.349/.497/.846) continues to show big strides from the .702 OPS he put up last season at Dayton.  OF/1B Brian O’Grady (.256/.392/.444/.837) leads the club in OBP.  2B Ty Washington (.274/.328/.445/.773) continues to hit well.  OF Angelo Gumbs (.297/.335/.447/.782) has begun hitting the ball well again.  OF Yorman Rodriguez is off to a hot start (1.071 OPS) over his first 7 PA in his rehab assignment with the Tortugas.

The Florida State League average ERA is 3.51.

SP Wendolyn Bautista (1.39) is pitching very well after 6 GS at Daytona.  SP Keury Mella (3.08 ERA) continues to pitch well.  SP Tejay Antone (3.78 ERA) has had two recent very strong outings.  RP Jimmy Herget (1.69 ERA) is doing a great job as the closer and now has 16 S.  RP Ariel Hernandez (2.19 ERA) is off to a good start in his first 12.1 IP since being promoted to Daytona.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 27-61 record and are in 8th place in the Midwest League Eastern.

The Midwest League hitters are averaging .248/.317/.352/.669.

3B Nick Senzel (.350/.435/.500/.935) is off to a great start in his first 46 PA since his promotion to A ball.  2B Shed Long (.289/.375/.473/.848) is still hitting very well for the Dragons.  C Chris Okey (.200/.250/.467/.717) now has 2 HR in his first 34 PA.   C Tyler Stephenson (.196/.267/.272/.539) is now back from the DL and he hit .250/.348/.450/.798 over 23 PA in his rehab assignment with the AZL Reds.

The Midwest League average ERA is 3.53.

SP Jose Lopez (3.05 ERA) has become the leader of the starting rotation.  SP Austin Orewiler (3.52 ERA) continues to pitch well for the Dragons.  RP Jesus Reyes (1.77 ERA) and RP Sarkis Ohanian (2.84 ERA) are the leaders in the bullpen.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs have a 14-10 record and are in 1st place in the Pioneer League North.

The Pioneer League hitters are averaging .294/.365/.443/.808.

OF Jose Siri (.395/.418/.632/1.049) is off to a very hot start despite only 3 BB in 81 PA.  OF Daniel Sweet (.308/.481/.487/.969) has 14 BB and 8 SO in 55 PA.  SS Hector Vargas (.353/.348/.529/.877) has managed to not draw a walk in his first 71 PA.  OF Taylor Trammell (.300/.364/.357/.721) has yet to show much power.

The Pioneer League average ERA is 5.25.

SP Ian Kahaloa (0.00), SP Andrew Jordan (2.42 ERA) and SP Antonio Santillan (3.91 ERA) are leading the Mustangs rotation.  RP Jesse Stallings (0.00 ERA), RP Jesse Adams (0.00 ERA), RP Zac Correll (1.98 ERA), and RP Patrick Riehl (2.87 ERA) head up the bullpen.

Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds have a 7-10 record and are in 3rd place in the AZL Central.

The AZL hitters are averaging .256/.335/.369/.704.

C Derik Capitillo (.429/.478/.571/1.050) is off to a great start.  OF Michael Beltre (.320/.382/.540/.922) leads the club with 4 3B.  OF Daniel Jimenez (.372/.426/.442/.867) is off to a very good start.  2B Emmanuel Cruz (.288/.383/.442/.826) is hitting very well thus far.  1B Morgan Lofstrom (.265/.342/.412/.754) has cooled off a bit this week.

The AZL average ERA is 4.42.

SP Tyler Mondile (1.13 ERA), SP Wennington Romero (1.80 ERA), and SP Matt Blandino (2.79 ERA) lead the rotation.  RP Darren Shred (0.00 ERA), RP Carlos Machorro (2.08 ERA), and RP Andrew Wright (2.25 ERA) are off to good starts in the bullpen.


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  1. Aristides Aquino go to AA?? When??

    • I don’t think a guy with his first taste of success in full season ball needs immediately rushed up to the next level. I wouldn’t argue with a promotion, but I wouldn’t think it outrageous if Aquino finishes this year in Daytona before moving up to Pensacola to start next year. Maybe the Reds have him working on something specifically still, or want him to get some experience with a certain coach mentoring him. Moving guys up the ladder isn’t just a simple look at the numbers.

  2. Tony Renda is sort of interesting to me at AAA! He gets very little mention for a 2nd rounder but he’s hitting .357 in his last 10 games with 3 walks and only 3 Ks! If they ever phase out BP then maybe he could take a shot as a platoon leadoff man?

    • After some decent pop in AA he’s hitting for almost no power in AAA so far, but it is nice to see solid contact and plate discipline. Seems more of a utility bench guy than someone who can hold down a full time job or maybe even just a platoon role. The recent history of 5’8″ sub 180 lb guys succeeding in the bigs is a relatively short one. The Reds have played him at 2B, 3B, LF, and RF this year, so they seem to think he might have a future as a utility guy.

      • I loved Jerry Hairston Jr.’s run with the Reds but he was pretty strong physically. That’s where weight training can help out a little bit! I know one thing….you can’t teach 5’8″ and a small strike zone!

        • Listed heights and weights aren’t always the most reliable, but Hairston was listed as 5’10” 195 lbs vs Renda being listed at 5’8″ 175 lbs.

        • Jose Altuve @ 5’6″ 165 lbs …..

      • Joe Morgan. Tim Raines.

        • Depends if you think those guys are recent examples. They are good examples, though.

  3. Nice to see Mondile off to a good first 8 pro innings!

    • I didn’t know he had signed. Glad he did.

      • Yeah, I was getting concerned about Mondile not signing. He was (and still is) listed as unsigned on the Reds website. I finally checked his player page a couple days ago and was surprised to see him starting for the AZL Reds since 6/26/16.

  4. I’ve been pretty pleased with our draft and how many of them have fared early.

    Senzel looks like a very good all around player, and I believe in the power long term. The bat is quick, and I could see him as a 20+ HR guy playing half his games in GABP.

    Trammell hitting .300+ in the Pioneer league where he is 2.5 years younger than the average player with now being the first time he has ever been solely focused on baseball is very promising. Super athelete, and he’s even taking some walks. I think he’ll end up with at least average power as well. 6’2″ 195 lb plus plus athlete at 18.

    Okey hasn’t hit for much average, but he’s shown power, and has been solid behind the plate. I still like the pick and I expect he’ll be in Daytona to start next year with T Stephenson repeating in Dayton.

    Mondile with only 1 BB in his first 8 innings. Very very small sample size, which is a reason to not despair over Nick Hanson and his 23.50 ERA so far as well, haha.

    Kuhnel supposedly tops out at 97 with a hard slider. He’s performed quite well. I’d like to see the Reds specialize some guys with big arms as relievers instead of trying to convert them into starters, so hopefully Kuhnel, Hendrix, and Stallings all stick in the pen and prove their mettle there vs trying to develop them as starters for 3-5 years and finally shifting them back to the pen.

    Now the Pioneer league is very offensively friendly, but Daniel Sweet is still at least interesting. He’s raking so far, but his true test will come next year when he’s in the far more challenging Midwest league, which is much more of a pitchers league, including the Dragons home field.

    • I’ve also been impressed with Cassidy Brown’s start as well. Not much in the way of power yet, but a .407 OBP with 8 BB to 9K.

  5. Great news to see Winker doing well in his rehab.
    Nice to see Travieso back on track in Pensacola.
    YorRod was removed in the 2nd inning of a game yesterday in Daytona on his rehab assignment. Looks like another setback for Y.
    In Billings, watch out for a 29th round pick, OF Daniel Sweet. Nice plate discipline from the OF from Dallas Baptist University.

    • Didn’t hear or see any reports regarding Y-Rod, but he was thrown out at 2B in the 1st inning, trying to stretch a bloop single into a double. He played defense in the bottom of the inning, but came out in the top of the 2nd.

      Winker has played 4 games on rehab, but has been playing with a day of between games. I would like to see him back in AAA soon, as soon as his hitting strike is ready. If the Reds want to manage his playing time with extra days off in order to protect that wrist, I’m comfortable with that approach, even for the rest of the season in AAA.

      • Louisville activated Winker from the DL today.

        • Nice!

        • WOOHOO!!!

        • Excellent news. Hopefully he starts out hot and keeps it rolling.

        • I hope the wrist issue is completely behind Winker and we start to see some power back in his stroke. It doesn’t have to be HR power, but the xbh needs to start happening again. A problem with his wrist would certainly explain the total lack of power (.081 ISO) this season compared to his career .168 ISO.

      • I hope it isn’t anything serious, but another leg issue with him isn’t a good thing.

  6. Lance McCallister calling out the Reds on Walt Jocketty. I agree with his content and reasoning.
    Who is in charge of the front office at this critical juncture of the re-build?? Jocketty or Williams?

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