There are now two weeks of the season in the books now for the full season minor league teams. Amazingly, that’s about one tenth of the season. Despite that, remember that sample sizes are still pretty small, regular hitters still only have about 40 – 50 PA or so and you can see a guys OPS swing 50+ points in a single game with a 4 for 4 or an 0 for 4 game. So this is pretty much a who’s hot and who’s not exercise. I’ll reintroduce the minor league averages for hitters and pitchers this week to give you something to measure the players numbers up against.
AAA Louisville Bats
International League hitters are hitting .250/.321/.391/.712.
1B/OF Sebastian Elizalde stays hot and is now hitting .400/.426/.620/1.046. 2B/SS Juan Perez is a 25 year old LH hitter off to a .314/.429/.543/.971 start. OF Phil Ervin, .289/.360 /.556/.916, is making a case for some consideration for the Reds OF mix. IF/OF Tody Renda, .325/.391/.475/.866, just continues to hit and stay ready to join the Reds bench when needed. OF Jesse Winker, .282/.370/.359/.729, has cooled off a bit. C Chad Wallach has heated up and is now hitting .250/.375/.450/.825. 2B Dilson Herrera is splitting time between 2B and DH as has yet to heat up with a slash line of .184/.244/.289/.533.
International League pitchers have a 4.00 ERA.
RH SP Sal Romano will return to AAA where he posted a 1.38 ERA over his first two starts. SP Rob Wooten (3.63 ERA) is off to a good start. Jackson Stephens (10.13 ERA) is off to a rough start at AAA. It will be interesting to see who back fills in the Louisville rotation for Tim Adleman and Lisalverto Bonilla after their recent call ups. Relief pitchers Evan Mitchell, Kyle McMyne, and Kevin Shackelford have yet to allow a run coming out of the bullpen. RH RP Austin Brice has thrown 2.2 IP without being scored on since being promoted from AA (3 IP, 0.00 ERA).
AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Southern League hitters are hitting .228/.307/.343/.650.
OF/1B Brian O’Grady (.286/.459/.643/1.102 is off to a great start this season playing mostly CF. OF Gabriel Guerrero, .377/.400/.472/.872, is off to a very good start. IF Alex Blandino has cooled off considerably, .219/.342/.313/.655. C Devin Mesoraco is hitting a very weak .143/.250/.250/.500 in his rehab assignment. OF Aristides Aquino is struggling, .200/.260/.222/.482, in his first exposure to AA.
Southern League pitchers have a 3.13 ERA.
Starting pitchers Tyler Mahle (1.02 ERA), Luis Castillo (1.96 ERA), Austin Ross (1.29 ERA), and Deck McGuire (1.80 ERA) are all off to great starts. SP Keury Mella (6.39 ERA) is the only starter seeing any struggles at the AA level thus far. Relief pitchers Jimmy Herget, Ismael Guillon, Jake Ehret, and Geoff Broussard have yet to allow a run coming out of the bullpen.
High A Daytona Tortugas
Florida State League hitters are hitting .242/.315/.345/.659.
OF Daniel Sweet, .340/.446/.404/.851, is continues to lead the team at the plate. 1B Gavin LaValley, .273/.310/.509/.819, is off to a good start as well. SS Alfredo Rodriguez (.573 OPS), 3B Nick Senzel (.626 OPS), and 2B Shed Long (.591 OPS) all continue to struggle in the early going.
Florida State League pitchers have a 3.28 ERA.
Jonathon Crawford, (0.66 ERA), must be a wizard at pitching out of jams. Crawford has somehow only managed to permit 1 R in 13.2 IP despite allowing 10 H, 3 HB, and 10 BB with 11 SO. Starting pitchers Ty Boyles (2.00 ERA), Jose Lopez (2.25 ERA), and Wendolyn Bautista (3.09 ERA) are all off to good starts on the mound. RP Ty Rainey (0.00 ERA) has not allowed a base runner and has struck out 18 batters in 8 IP.
Low A Dayton Dragons
Midwest League hitters are hitting .233/.310/.365/.675.
1B/OF Avain Rachal, .250/.500/.450/.950, is off to a very good start this season. CF T.J. Friedl, .318/.380/.568/.948, continues to get it done. OF Michael Beltre, .324/.432/.459/.891, is off to a great start as well. Tyler Stephenson, .267/.365/.467/.832, is off to a good start this season. OF Taylor Trammell, .229/.315/.333/.648, is off to a slow start in his first exposure to full season baseball. SS Hector Vargas (.565 OPS) and OF Jose Siri (.478 OPS) are off to slow starts as well.
Midwest League pitchers have a 3.54 ERA.
Starting pitchers Ryan Olson (0.00 ERA) and Wennington Romero (2.76 ERA) lead the starting rotation in the early going. SP Tony Santillan (4.50 ERA) is off to an all right start but does have 9 BB in 14 IP. RP Joel Kuhnel (1.50 ERA) has recorded 3 saves. RP Aaron Fossas has not been scored on over 8 IP of relief.