The Reds find themselves on a bit of a roll since the conclusion of the All Star Break.  After taking 2 of 3 from both the Brewers and Braves the Reds front office turns its sights on the upcoming trade deadline.  So hang tight and hopefully we’ll be able to keep up with Walt Jocketty’s fast paced wheeling and dealing.  Also, keep an eye out and see if there might be a Dick Williams sighting.  Now it is time to see what is happening down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 49-49 record and are in 2nd place in the International League West.

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

OF Jesse Winker (.295/.388/.382/.770) is back from the DL and is batting .346/.414/.462/.875 over 26 AB since rejoining the Louisville roster.  OF Scott Schebler (..290/.351/.510/.861) is the club leader in SLG (.510), HR (10), and 3B (5).  3B Jermaine Curtis (.293/.415/.430/.845) leads the team in OBP (.415), BB (40), and RBI (45).  OF Steve Selsky (.285/.368/.458/.826) is the team leader in SO (66), R (36), and 2B (20).  2B Tony Renda (.271/.329/.357/.686) was placed on the DL.

The International League average ERA is 3.64.

SP Amir Garrett (2.19 ERA) continues to impress at AAA.  SP Robert Stephenson (3.83 ERA) has 5 more GS (16) than any other pitcher for the Bats.  The Bats have had 17 different pitchers start a game for them this season.  RP Kevin Shackelford (0.00 ERA) has not been scored on over his first 12 IP since joining the Bats.  LH RP Wandy Peralta (2.63 ERA) continues to pitch well at AAA.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 53-42 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/.327/.370/.697.

C Chad Wallach (.230/.376/.370/.746) was activated from the DL and leads the team in OBP (.376).  OF Phil Ervin (.230/.341/.394/.735) leads the team in R (50), SB (28), and BB (41).  2B Brandon Dixon (.253/.300/.443/.743) is the club leader in HR (13), RBI (48), and SO (93).  3B/1B Eric Jagielo (.217/.310/.345/.654) has rebounded from a horrific April (.496 OPS) and May (.629 OPS) with a solid June (.269/.355/.388/.743) and a very good July (.279/.326/.512/.838). OF Beau Amaral (..295/.370/.457/.827) has returned from his stint on the DL and homered in his first game back, he hit .382/.450/.500/.950 over 40 PA in his rehab assignment with Billings.

The Southern League average ERA is 3.76.

SP Rookie Davis (2.85 ERA), Tyler Mahle (2.93), and SP Jackson Stephens (3.36 ERA) are the current leaders of the Blue Wahoos rotation.  SP Nick Travieso (4.16 ERA) has been pitching very well of late.  SP Sal Romano (4.50 ERA) leads the team in SO (97).  Barrett Astin (2.78 ERA) has pitched well in 58.1 IP over 27 G with 5 GS.  RP Alejandro Chacin (1.50 ERA) now has 17 S.  RH RP Abel De Los Santos was picked up off waivers by the Reds from the Washington Nationals, added to the 40 man roster, and optioned to the Blue Wahoos.  De Los Santos has a career minor league 3.52 ERA in AA over 71.2 IP while allowing 62 H and 22 BB with 68 SO.  He has also a 3.54 ERA in 20.1 IP at AAA this season where he allowed 25 H and 13 BB with 26 SO.

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 49-44 record and are in 4th place in the Florida State League North.

The Florida State League hitters are averaging .249/.320/.354/.674.

RF Aristides Aquino (.272/.330/.485/.815) lead the Tortugas in 2B (16), 3B (9), HR (13), RBI (53), SO (76), and SLG (.485).  OF/1B Brian O’Grady (.246/.384/.429/.813) leads the club in OBP (.384) and BB (50).  1B Gavin LaValley (.267/.333/.460/.794) is still hitting well at A+.  OF Angelo Gumbs (.297/.335/.447/.783) is the team leader in BA (.297).  OF Yorman Rodriguez was off to a hot start (1.196 OPS) over his first 8 PA in his rehab assignment with the Tortugas but has not played since 07/13.

The Florida State League average ERA is 3.52.

SP Wendolyn Bautista (1.66) is pitching very well after 7 GS at Daytona.  SP Keury Mella (3.19 ERA) is still heading up the Tortugas rotation.  LH SP Seth Varner (3.59 ERA) is back with Daytona after a rough short stint in AAA.  LH RP Ismael Guillon (2.85 ERA) has pitched well in 66.1 IP over 23 G with 9 GS.  RP Jimmy Herget (1.52 ERA) is the closer and has 15 S.  RP Ariel Hernandez (2.93 ERA) is off to a good start in his first 15.1 IP since being promoted to Daytona.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 30-64 record and are in 8th place in the Midwest League Eastern.

The Midwest League hitters are averaging .248/.318/.353/.670.

3B Nick Senzel (322/.420/.508/.929) continues to rake since joining the Dragons.  C Chris Okey (.267/.340/.533/.873) has found his stroke since joining the Dayton club as well.   2B Shed Long (.280/.366/.455/.821) continues his strong impressive season at A ball.  C Tyler Stephenson (.196/.267/.272/.539) has returned from the DL and is hitting .444/.500/.667/1.167 over 18 AB since rejoining the Dragons.

The Midwest League average ERA is 3.56.

SP Austin Orewiler (3.52 ERA) is putting up a steady season for the Dragons.  SP Jose Lopez (3.59 ERA) leads the club in SO (106).  RP Jesus Reyes (2.27 ERA) and RP Sarkis Ohanian (2.86 ERA) are the leaders in the bullpen.  RP Ryan Hendrix (0.00 ERA in 2.1 IP) and RP Lucas Benenati (3.60 ERA in 5 IP) have joined the club from Billings.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs have a 19-11 record and are in 1st place in the Pioneer League North.

The Pioneer League hitters are averaging .290/.361/.434/.795.

OF Daniel Sweet (.333/.516/.533/1.049) has 18 BB and 9 SO in 65 PA.  OF Jose Siri (.367/.388/.582/.970) is off to a very hot start despite only 4 BB and 26 SO in 105 PA.  SS Hector Vargas (.375/.385/.545/.930) is a high contact hitter, he has 2 BB and 8 SO in 93 PA.  OF Taylor Trammell (.304/.373/.359/.731) is doing pretty well for a 18 year old high school draftee playing in a league where the average age is 20.5.

The Pioneer League average ERA is 5.18.

SP Ian Kahaloa (1.38) has 14 SO and just 2 BB over 13 IP.  SP Andrew Jordan (2.42 ERA) has 24 SO and 7 BB in 22.1 IP.  SP Antonio Santillan (3.82 ERA) has 42 SO and 15 BB over 33 IP.  RP Jesse Stallings (0.00 ERA), RP RP Joel Kuhnel, (0.00 ERA), Jesse Adams (1.59 ERA), RP Alex Webb (1.80 ERA), RP Zac Correll (2.04 ERA), and RP Patrick Riehl (3.06 ERA) head up the bullpen.

Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds have a 10-12 record and are in 4th place in the AZL Central.

The AZL hitters are averaging .259/.336/.370/.706.

OF Michael Beltre (.299/.373/.522/.896) leads the club with 6 3B and 5 SB.  C Derik Capitillo (.360/.407/.480/.887) is off to a very good start.  OF Daniel Jimenez (.375/.423/.438/.861) leads the club in OBP (.423).  2B Emmanuel Cruz (.271/.377/.407/.784) is hitting very well thus far.  C Jake Turnbull has joined the club.

The AZL average ERA is 4.38.

SP Wennington Romero (1.44 ERA), SP Matt Blandino (2.84 ERA), and SP Tyler Mondile (3.60 ERA) lead the rotation.  RP Darren Shred (0.00 ERA), RP Carlos Machorro (1.69 ERA), and RP Andrew Wright (2.25 ERA) are heading up the bullpen.


Rookie DSL Reds

I don’t plan to begin full coverage of the Dominican Summer League Reds, but thought I might add a quick snippet here for a while to keep you updated on the progress of SS Alfredo Rodriguez until the Reds bring him stateside.

The DSL hitters are averaging .243/.339/.327/.667.

SS Alfredo Rodriguez is the high profile Cuban SS who the Reds recently signed for $7 M. He is currently hitting .333/.423/.429/.852 in 26 PA over 6 G with 2 2B, 2 SB, 3 BB, and 4 SO. Bear in mind that Rodriguez is 22 years old and the average age of the DSL is 18.2.


12 Responses

  1. cfd3000

    So much information Tom. Thanks for the ongoing updates. It seems clear that there are pitching prospects throughout the system but I struggle to find hitters that I’m really excited about. After Winker and Senzel im not sure I have a lot of confidence. Selsky and Schebler need some time in Cincinnati to see if they can hit MLB pitching or not. What a pleasant surprise it will be if the answer is yes.

  2. enfueago

    Anyone have any thoughts on why Jermaine Curtis isn’t getting more attention/consideration for a move up? He has hit well all year. I know he is 29 but if that is too old to consider him then why is he even here?

    I really like Winker. But if he is called up and hits next to Votto in the order then Marty Brennaman may need oxygen to get through consecutive hitters mainly concerned with getting on base.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Every minor league system needs players to fill out rosters. There are simply not enough real prospects to fill out the rosters at every level of competition.

      Curtis is a 29-year-old career minor league player with a .735 OPS in 1326 PA at AAA. He is having a marvelous season in 2016 at AAA, but this season is an outlier from his previous seasons in AAA. Combine that history with him playing a traditionally power position and the Reds not valuing his on-base skills and the 40-man roster being full without Curtis on the 40-man roster.

      Shoot, the Reds can’t even find playing time for Peraza at the major league level and he is suppose to be an actual prospect for their future.

  3. ohiojimw

    Winker appears to be on a run like he was when his wrist flared up. If he stays healthy for another week or so, get him up to Cincy and into the line up.

      • brmreturns

        There are some Dodgers fans that have been bantering a trade with the Reds involving Disco & Bruce for Alex Verdugo (#6 – OF), Cody Bellinger (#5 – 1B/OF) OR Grant Holmes (#3 – RH SP), plus a lower level prospect….

      • The Duke

        For Disco and Bruce I’d want

        Grant Holmes, RHP
        Alex Verdugo, CF/RF
        Austin Barnes, C
        Starling Heredia, OF or Yadier Alvarez, RHP

        Heredia and Alvarez are a loooooong way away, so I want a high upside lottery ticket like that included. Barnes is a MLB ready catcher with solid offensive tools. Just Holmes and Verdugo with a throw in wouldn’t be enough for Disco (4.5 more years of control) and Bruce (1.5 years of control).

    • David

      Yes, Jesse Winker does appear to have a chronic wrist problem.

      Aristides Aquino and Jose Siri are both very talented athletes (centerfield speed) and could become more highly regarded prospects if their hitting skills (making contact) stays with them. Siri already had some time at Low A Dayton this year, and had trouble making contact.

  4. Shchi Cossack

    Nice to see a little offensive infusion into the Dragon’s lineup. Long has had a consistently good season, but up until now he’s been shouldering the load alone. Now Stephenson’s bat is beginning to show some life and Okey and Senzel have hit the ground slugging since their promotion from rookie ball.

    It looks like the Dragons are committed to providing both Stephenson and Okey regular playing time by utilizing the DH for one while the other is catching.

  5. lwblogger2

    Great report as always Tom. Thanks!