The first week of the minor league season has come to a close. This is a pretty exciting year to be following the Reds minor league players since they are pretty deep in talent and there are interesting players to follow at each level of the minors. It’s time to check in and see who’s hot and who’s not after the end of the first week of the season.
AAA Louisville Bats
1B/OF Sebastian Elizalde is off to a scorching hot start at AAA with slash line of .484/.485/.742/1.227. The 25 year old LH hitter posted a .297/.324/.387/.711 line last year at AA. OF Jesse Winker is off to a good start, .308/.424 /385/.809, and hopefully something will sort itself out soon so he’ll be up with the big club as soon as he meets his service time obligations. C Rob Brantly, .353/.389/.588/.977, is off to a hot start in a bid to show he is ready to become the third catcher should Stuart Turner get sent back to the Twins upon Devin Mesoraco’s return from his rehab assignment. 2B Dilson Herrera is off to a somewhat slow start, .227/.292/.409/.701, while splitting his time between 2B and DH thus far. 3B Brandon Dixon is struggling so far, .192/.214/.346/.560, in his first exposure to AAA.
RH SP Sal Romano has dominated in his first two starts at AAA posting a 1.38 ERA over 13 IP allowing 11 H and 1 BB with 8 SO. SP Tim Adelman (2.57 ERA) and SP Rob Wooten (2.92 ERA) are off to very good starts as well. Jackson Stephens (11.25 ERA) had a rough first outing. RP Evan Mitchell has not allowed a run over his first 5.1 IP while striking out 8 batters.
AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos
IF Alex Blandino is off to super hot start, .364/.500/.545/1.045, while trying to rebound from a tough season at AA last year (.670 OPS). OF Brian O’Grady (.300./.364/.600/.964) is off to a great start this season. OF Gabriel Guerrero, .348/.375/.435/.810, is off to a good start with the Reds minor leagues. C Devin Mesoraco is hitting .267/.267/.467/.733 in his rehab assignment. OF Aristides Aquino is struggling, .160/.192/.200/.392, in his first exposure to AA.
SP Tyler Mahle has been outstanding in his first two starts posting a 0.71 ERA over 12.2 IP allowing 4 H and 3 BB with 12 SO. SP Luis Castillo (1.50 ERA) had a good first outing with the Reds. RP Jimmy Herget has assumed the closer role and has not been scored on over 4 IP with 8 SO. RP Austin Brice has tossed three scoreless innings in his rehab assignment.
High A Daytona Tortugas
OF Daniel Sweet, .292/.433/.333/.767, is pacing the team thus far at the plate. OF Reydel Medina (.739 OPS) and 1B Gavin LaValley (.736 OPS) are doing all right so far. SS Alfredo Rodriguez (.607 OPS), 3B Nick Senzel (.585 OPS), and 2B Shed Long (.460 OPS) are all struggling in the early going.
Starting pitchers Jonathon Crawford (1.04 ERA), Wendolyn Bautista (1.50 ERA), Jose Lopez (1.69 ERA), and Ty Boyles (0.00 ERA) are all off to great starts on the mound. RP Geoff Broussard has recorded 2 saves and has not been scored on over 4.1 IP. RP Ty Rainey (0.00 ERA) has not allowed a base runner and has struck out 10 batters in 4 IP.
Low A Dayton Dragons
C Tyler Stephenson, .263/.391/.632/1.023, is off to a very good start this season. CF T.J. Friedl, .333/.346/.667/1.013, picked up right where he left off last season. OF Michael Beltre, .389/.476/.444/.921, is off to a great start as well. OF Taylor Trammell, .174/.240/.304/.544, is off to a slow start in his first exposure to full season baseball. SS Hector Vargas (.699 OPS) and OF Jose Siri (.507 OPS) are off to slow starts as well.
Starting pitchers Ryan Olson and Andrew Jordan were both not scored on in their first starts of the season. SP Tony Santillan (3.00 ERA) and SP Wennington Romero (3.00 ERA) are both pitching well also. RP Joel Kuhnel has recorded 3 saves and has not allowed a run over 4 IP.