The Reds minor league teams wrap up regular season play this week. Two of the teams, Pensacola and Billings will then be competing in their league playoffs. The AZL Reds were eliminated from the Arizona League playoffs as they lost 8-1 to the AZL Mariners last week in the single first round playoff game.
The Reds have announced all of their September call ups and Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed, Keyvius Sampson, Josh Smith, Wandy Peralta, Hernan Iribarren, Tony Renda, and Steve Selsky all got called up to the big leagues. The Reds had to clear two roster spots for the call ups and Daniel Wright and Kyle Waldrop lost their spots on the 40 man roster. Daniel Wright was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels and Kyle Waldrop cleared waivers and was assigned to the Louisville Bats.
Daniel Wright was also scheduled to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Reds. So the Reds will need to find a replacement for him.
AAA Louisville Bats
The Bats finished with a 71-73 record and in 2nd place in the International League West.
The International League hitters averaged .254/.319/.381/.700.
OF Jesse Winker (.303/.397/.384/.782) finished the season strong but did not get a call up when rosters expanded. 2B Dilson Herrera (.276/.327/.462/.790 at AAA Las Vegas) hit .266/.372/.422/.794 in 80 PA with the Bats and also did not get a September call up. Reds GM in waiting, Dick Williams cited a lack of playing time for them in the big leagues and the need for time off for Winker to rest his wrist and Herrera to rest his shoulder as the reasons they were not recalled. He didn’t mention anything about them accumulating major league roster time, but we know better. Hernan Iribarren won the IL batting title with a .327 BA.
The International League average ERA is 3.64.
SP Amir Garrett (3.46 ERA) finished off a strong season and did not get a big league call up either. SP Keury Mella (7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 SO) and SP Tejay Antone (5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 SO) were both promoted from A+ and turned in nice performances in spot starts for the Bats at seasons end.
AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos
The Blue Wahoos finished with a 81-59 record and in 1st place in the Southern League South. The Blue Wahoos are the First and Second Half South Division Champions. They defeated the Mississippi Braves last night 6-5 in the first game of a best of five Southern League Division playoff series.
The Southern League hitters averaged .252/.324/.368/.692.
OF Phil Ervin (.239/.362/.399/.761), C Chad Wallach (.240/.363/.410/.773 ), 2B Brandon Dixon (.260/.315/.434/.749), SS Zach Vincej (.281/.329/.378/.708), and OF Sebastian Elizalde (.297/.324/.387/.711) lead the Blue Wahoo offense into the playoffs.
The Southern League average ERA is 3.70.
SP Rookie Davis (2.94 ERA), SP Jackson Stephens (3.33 ERA), SP Sal Romano (3.52 ERA), SP Nick Travieso (3.84 ERA), SP Tyler Mahle (4.92 ERA) head up the Blue Wahoos rotation entering the playoffs.
High A Daytona Tortugas
The Tortugas finished with a 76-61 record and in 4th place in the Florida State League North.
The Florida State League hitters averaged .250/.321/.357/.678.
RF Aristides Aquino (.273/.327/.519/.846) was named the FSL Player of the Year. 2B Shed Long (.322/.371/.503/.875) finished well at A+. OF Juan Duran (.371/.404/.584/.989) hit well at A+ after struggling at AA. OF Reydel Medina (.309/.325/.528/.854) hit great at A+ after some struggles at A. OF Angelo Gumbs (.298/.342/.460/.803),1B Gavin LaValley (.275/.334/.470/.805), and OF Brian O’Grady (.235/.363/.394/.758) all had good A+ seasons as well.
The Florida State League average ERA is 3.58.
LH SP/RP Ismael Guillon (2.41 ERA) pitched very well in 93.1 IP over 32 G with 13 GS. SP Tejay Antone (3.51 ERA) had a good season for the Tortugas. SP Keury Mella (3.90 ERA) did not fare quite as well as we hoped at A+ this year. RP Jimmy Herget (1.78 ERA) recorded 24 S. RP Ariel Hernandez (1.76 ERA) and RP Alex Powers (3.13 ERA) pitched well out of the bullpen.
Low A Dayton Dragons
The Dragons finished with a 47-93 record and are in 8th place in the Midwest League Eastern.
The Midwest League hitters averaged .248/.317/.354/.671.
3B Nick Senzel (.329/.415/.567/.982) was absolutely dominate at Dayton this season. C Chris Okey (.243/.323/.432/.756) was very good in his A ball debut as well. OF Daniel Sweet (.243/.307/.407/.714) tailed off toward the end of the season at A ball. 1B James Vasquez (.223/.295/.358/.653) struggled a bit despite leading the club with 14 HR.
The Midwest League average ERA is 3.52.
RP Jesus Reyes (2.40 ERA) pitched very well in 93.2 IP over 30 G with 10 GS. SP Wendolyn Bautista (3.15 ERA) pitched well in 34.1 IP for the Dragons. SP Antonio Santillan (6.82 ERA) struggled in 7 GS at A despite recording 38 SO in 30.1 IP. RP Sarkis Ohanian (3.31 ERA) finished with 13 S. RP Lucas Benenati (2.77 ERA), RP Ryan Hendrix (3.05 ERA), and RP Sandy Lugo (2.45 ERA) all had good seasons out of the bullpen.
Rookie Billings Mustangs
The Mustangs have a 40-34 record with one game remaining tonight and are in 2nd place in the Pioneer League North. The Mustangs are the First Half North Division Champions. The Mustangs will face off against the Great Falls Voyagers on Friday in the first of a best of three game Pioneer League North Division playoff series.
The Pioneer League hitters are averaging .286/.354/.434/.788.
OF T.J. Friedl (.354/.425/.566/.992), OF Michael Beltre (.308/.419/.526/.945), OF Jose Siri (.325/.353/.570/.923), and SS Hector Vargas (.354/.367/.544/.911) will lead the Billings offense into the playoffs. OF Taylor Trammell (.299/.372/.420/.792) and C Cassidy Brown (.329/.416/.390/.807) will help out at the plate as well. SS Hector Vargas was named a Pioneer League end-of-season All-Star.
The Pioneer League average ERA is 4.98.
LH SP Scott Moss (2.35 ERA), SP Ian Kahaloa (2.82 ERA) will head up the Billings starting rotation heading into the playoffs. SP Wennington Romero (1.93 ERA at AZL Reds and 3.00 in 1 GS at Billings) was just added to the staff for the playoffs, RP Junior Arias (2.18 ERA), and RP Zac Correll (2.64 ERA), are the leaders in the bullpen. RP Carlos Machorro (1.52 ERA at AZL Reds), and RP Dauri Moreta (2.05 ERA at AZL Reds) were also just added to roster to help out in the bullpen for the playoffs.
Rookie AZL Reds
The Reds finished with a 31-24 record and in 2nd place in the AZL Central. The Reds were the Second Half Arizona League Central Champions. The Reds were eliminated from the playoffs as they lost 8-1 to the AZL Mariners in the single game first round of the Arizona League Playoffs.
The AZL hitters averaged .255/.329/.363/.691.
OF J.D. Salmon-Williams (.272/.361/.427/.789), 2B Emmanuel Cruz (.272/.355/.400/.755), and C Pabel Manzanero (.303/.339/.403/.742) led the Reds at the plate.
The AZL average ERA is 3.98.
SP Wennington Romero (1.93 ERA), SP Matt Blandino (2.30 ERA), and SP Luis Alecis (3.26 ERA) led the rotation. RP Carlos Machorro (1.52 ERA), Aaron Fossas (2.55 ERA), and Dauri Moreta (2.05 ERA) headed up the bullpen.
Rookie DSL Reds
The DSL hitters averaged .240/.334/.320/.654.
The DSL Reds season is complete and Alfredo Rodriguez ended up 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.