There is about two weeks left in the Minor League season and one week until the Major League rosters can expand for September call ups.  Let’s hope we get to see some new faces when they expand the rosters.  Let’s see what is happening down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 63-68 record and are in 3rd place in the International League West.

The International League hitters are averaging .254/.320/.380/.700.

OF Jesse Winker (.295/.384/.375/.758) will need to be added to the roster to be called up in September.  2B Dilson Herrera (.276/.327/.462/.790 at AAA Las Vegas) is hitting .261/.333/.435/.768 in his first 27 PA with the Bats.  3B Jermaine Curtis (.291/.404/.435/.839) and OF Steve Selsky (.277/.359/.456/.815) are both still on the DL.

The International League average ERA is 3.63.

SP Amir Garrett (3.36 ERA) has 28 BB in 56.1 IP at AAA.  SP Robert Stephenson (4.66 ERA) must have some vacation plans for September as he’s doing his best to show the Reds he doesn’t deserve a call up.  SP Cody Reed (3.18 ERA) is back with the Bats and trying to get his feet back under him.  SP John Lamb (5.22 ERA) is still on the DL.  SP Rookie Davis (7.58 ERA at AAA) has been getting rocked since his promotion from AA.  RP Kevin Shackelford (2.59 ERA) has now recorded 5 S with the Bats.  LH RP Wandy Peralta (2.47 ERA) would need to be added to the roster as well for a September call up.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 71-56 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 .252/.325/.369/.694.

C Chad Wallach (.241/.380/.401/.781) is hitting well in 203 PA.  OF Phil Ervin (.241/.359/.407/.766) has been on a tear lately and is destined for AAA next season.  2B Brandon Dixon (.253/.304/.418/.723) is showing some power but struggling with his plate discipline.  SS Zach Vincej (.276/.327/.384/.711) is besting league average as a SS.  2B Alex Blandino (.228/.326/.337/.663) is hitting .320/.414/.413/.827 in August.

The Southern League average ERA is 3.71.

SP Jackson Stephens (3.17 ERA) has put up a nice season at AA.  SP Sal Romano (3.64 ERA) has been pitching very well lately.  SP Nick Travieso (4.01 ERA) hopes to finish strong after returning from the DL.  Barrett Astin (2.43 ERA) has pitched well in 89 IP over 34 G with 9 GS.  SP Tyler Mahle (4.55) has hit a rough patch as of late.  RP Alejandro Chacin (1.95 ERA) has 25 S.  RH RP Abel De Los Santos (0.00) is unscored on over 17 IP since joining the club.  LH RP Nick Routt (0.83 ERA) is throwing really well at AA,

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 72-55 record and are in 3rd place in the Florida State League North.

The Florida State League hitters are averaging .250/.322/.357/.679.

RF Aristides Aquino (.273/.324/.523/.847) continues to hit and is destined for AA next season.  OF Reydel Medina (.330/.352/.602/.954) is red hot in his first 91 PA at A+.   2B Shed Long (.337/.388/.548/.936) has made the most of his 116 PA at A+ so far.  OF Juan Duran (.339/.362/.554/.916) is hitting well in 58 PA since his demotion to A+.  OF Angelo Gumbs (.299/.342/.464/.806) has been impressive this season.  OF/1B Brian O’Grady (.246/.379/.413/.792) is very quietly putting together a very good season at A+.  1B Gavin LaValley (.263/.322/.434/.757) continues to hit well at A+.

The Florida State League average ERA is 3.60.

SP Tejay Antone (3.43 ERA) is having a good season for the Tortugas.  SP Keury Mella (3.87 ERA) has allowed 143 H and 55 BB in 125.2 IP this season.  SP Jose Lopez (3.27 ERA) has been good over 22 IP since joining Daytona.  LH RP Ismael Guillon (2.43 ERA) has pitched very well in 92.2 IP over 31 G with 13 GS.  RP Jimmy Herget (1.76 ERA) is the closer and has 23 S.  RP Ariel Hernandez (1.82 ERA) and RP Alex Powers (3.36 ERA) are pitching well out of the bullpen.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 43-85 record and are in 8th place in the Midwest League Eastern.

The Midwest League hitters are averaging .249/.317/.355/.673.

3B Nick Senzel (.316/.412/.550/.961) is making a believer out of everyone so far.  OF Daniel Sweet (.263/.318/.444/.762) is hitting very well over his first 108 PA at A ball.  C Chris Okey (.250/.336/.469/.804) has also been very good at the plate since he was drafted.  C Tyler Stephenson (.216/.278/.324/.602 ) is back on the DL will have season ending surgery on his injured wrist.

The Midwest League average ERA is 3.54.

SP Austin Orewiler (4.08 ERA) has allowed 141 H in 119 IP.  SP Antonio Santillan (7.97 ERA) has allowed 20 H and 18 BB with 27 SO over 20.1 IP in his first 5 GS at Dayton.  RP Jesus Reyes (2.15 ERA) has pitched very well in 75.1 IP over 27 G with 7 GS.  RP Sarkis Ohanian (2.86 ERA) now has 13 S.  RP Lucas Benenati (1.19 ERA) is off to a great start at A ball.  RP Ryan Hendrix (2.86 ERA) is off to a good start in his first 22 IP.  RP Sandy Lugo (2.72 ERA) is pitching very well out of the bullpen.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs have a 35-25 record and are in 1st place in the Pioneer League North.  The Mustangs are the First Half North Division Champions.

The Pioneer League hitters are averaging .286/.355/.433/.788.

OF T.J. Friedl (.343/.429/.567/.996) has hit very well over his first 77 PA.  OF Jose Siri (.328/.352/.577/.929) continues to rake at Billings despite his 3.3 BB%.  SS Hector Vargas (.368/.383/.550/.933) is still hitting very well despite his 3.3 BB%.  OF Taylor Trammell (.303/.377/.405/.782) continues to get on base and leads the club with 22 SB.  OF Michael Beltre (.292/.380/.443/.824 in the AZL) is hitting .289/.400/.447/.847 in 45 PA since joining the Billings club.  C Cassidy Brown (.336/.418/.400/.818) is doing a nice job at the plate in Billings.

The Pioneer League average ERA is 5.08.

LH SP Scott Moss (1.72 ERA) is pitching great over 8 GS.  SP Ian Kahaloa (2.52 ERA) is pitching great thus far at Billings.  SP Andrew Jordan (4.08 ERA) has fell off a bit recently.  LH SP Max Wotell (15.00 ERA), who was acquired in the Jay Bruce trade, has struggled over his first 3 GS with Billings.  RP Junior Arias (2.18 ERA), RP Zac Correll (2.43 ERA), and RP Patrick Riehl (3.62 ERA) are the leaders in the bullpen.

Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds have a 26-23 record and are in 3rd place in the AZL Central.

The AZL hitters are averaging .256/.330/.363/.694.

OF J.D. Salmon-Williams (.293/.365/.467/.833) is leading the Reds at the plate.  3B Edgar Herrera (.303/.370/.455/.824) is hitting well over 73 PA.  C Derik Capitillo (.333/.380/.422/.802) is still hitting well over 50 PA.  2B Emmanuel Cruz (.265/.352/.389/.741) continues to hit well.  C Pabel Manzanero (.304/.345/.402/.747) is off to a good start.

The AZL average ERA is 4.03.

SP Wennington Romero (1.93 ERA), SP Matt Blandino (2.45 ERA), SP Luis Alecis (3.35 ERA), and SP Tyler Mondile (3.60 ERA) lead the rotation.  RP Carlos Machorro (0.95 ERA), Aaron Fossas (2.89 ERA), and Dauri Moreta (2.28 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 .240/.334/.320/.655.

SS Alfredo Rodriguez is the high profile Cuban SS who the Reds recently signed for $7 M.  He is currently hitting .234/.333/.299/.632 in 93 PA over 22 G.  Bear in mind that Rodriguez is 22 years old and the average age of the DSL is 18.2.

18 Responses

  1. mdhabel

    Can’t imagine Alfredo aka Little Pasta will be sticking around at #14 in Doug’s rankings. That doesn’t look good at all

    • Darrin

      I’m still at a loss from that signing.

      • gaffer

        The undisclosed loss is that international signing slots are getting traded for real players nowadays. I bet we could have gotten a couple decent players for that slot $$ even if we just traded it away.

      • lwblogger2

        That signing baffles me. I’m not a scout or GM but from what I’ve seen from scouts, GMs, and baseball writers, this signing probably won’t work out.

    • Big56dog

      Aren’t those DR birth certificates all known to be forged?, Little Pasta is probably born after everybody in that league

  2. Shchi Cossack

    I think most fans (and the Old Cossack is no exception) root for the 23rd round draftees to come in with a chip on their shoulders and show the experts what for. Occasionally it happens, but rarely.

    Daniel Sweet’s strong start at Billings (.333/.484/.565 w/ 21.8% BB% & 17.4% SO%), even against younger, less experienced competition, piqued the Old Cossack’s interest in the young OF prospect. The quick promotion to Dayton has brought out some flaws in Sweet’s plate approach that will have to be addressed against more experienced competition if he doesn’t want to get lost in the masses. While the .176 ISO will will keep him in the discussion for a while, the 30% SO% and 6% BB% at Dayton will certainly tap the brakes on any promotion to Daytona until he gets the issues with his plate approach worked out.

    • seat101

      Like you, I hope the promotion shows us that the powers that be think he is fixable and rediscovers his “sweet” swing

  3. WVRedlegs

    Tom, do you see the Reds demoting a couple of players from AAA to AA to get them some playoff atmosphere experience, and a little extra playing time in 2016? Like Rookie Davis, Kevin Shackleford, and maybe even Wandy Peralta since he would have to be added to the 40-man to move up to Cincinnati?
    Who do you think will be the Reds picks to send out to the Arizona Fall League?

    • Big56dog

      What I was thinking but more just to get some guys some work without starting their clock. Could they send down Winkler, Herrera, Reed, etc and try to stock the team for a championship run- are there any ramifications. I am just wondering where a lot of guys are going to play

    • Tom Diesman

      Interesting thought, but it might be tough to do with the pitchers since they will for sure want to call some folks up from AAA to add bullpen depth, and plus with a few starters being shut down for innings limits in September. I’m sure they want to send Chang back down there for another title though. 🙂

  4. NYRedfan42

    With how well he has started out, where does Senzel start next year. A-ball, High A

    • Shchi Cossack

      I can’t envision a scenario where both Senzel and Okey don’t move to Daytona next spring.

      • gaffer

        Yep, and bet $$ Senzel plays the second half in AA (wherever that is) unless he just falls flat. Taylor Trammel will likely be at Dayton all year.

      • David

        Indeed. Senzel and Okey start at high A, and Senzel at least will be at AA by mid-season, unless he falls flat on his face or is injured. AAA in the Spring of 2018, and ready for the Bigs if he continues to hit and field.
        Suarez has really improved his fielding at 3rd base, which will create quite a personnel dilemma for the Reds soon.
        Suarez to second? His OPS at 2nd would be impressive versus the league average. Suarez is a good guy, and has grown a lot as a player this year. I would hate to see him traded, but it is a possibility.

  5. Playtowin

    Alfredo Rodriquez signing is beyond comprehension.

    • mdhabel

      Does that fall under Buckleys decision making or are international guys handled differently?

  6. Muso

    Blake Trahan is best that Alfredo Rodriguez…

  7. IndyRedMan

    They should callup Wandy Peralta and Nick Routt in Sept to start auditioning for 2017 Loogy! Surely they’re not going without one next year too?