Luis Castillo (3.38 ERA) had his second good start in a row for the Reds. RH RP Kevin Shackelford has joined the Reds and looks to make his MLB debut after posting a 1.53 ERA for the Louisville Bats.

We now have a full slate of minor league teams playing, so let’s jump right in and see how things are going down on the farm.


AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 31 – 46 record and are 4th out of 4 in the International League West.

The AAA All-Star Game will be on July 12th.

International League hitters are hitting .257/.327/.397/.724.

IF Alex Blandino, .333/.455/.444/.899 in 23 PA, continues to swing a hot bat since joining the Bats. OF Jesse Winker, .316/.398/.409/.807, hangs out in Louisville waiting for someone to sort something. OF/IF Darnell Sweeney, .290/.367/.411/.778, has played well since joining the Bats. IF Hernan Iribarren, .295/.351/.424/.775, mostly plays 1B now when he’s not pitching relief. IF Brandon Dixon, .249/.326/.437/.763, leads the club with 13 E. C Rob Brantley, .298/.335/.435/.770, is doing a nice job in AAA. OF Sebastian Elizalde, .301/.358/.397/.755 is having a solid season for the Bats. 2B Dilson Herrera, .248/.301/.383/.684, has a .853 OPS in June before being put on the DL with a concussion. OF Cedric Hunter, .300/.310/.475/.785 in 43 PA, was released.

International League pitchers have a 4.06 ERA.

The Bat’s have now had an amazing 21 different pitchers start a game for them this season. RH SP Tyler Mahle had a great first start for the Bats going 6 IP allowing 0 R on 4 H, 1 BB with 9 SO. RH SP Robert Stephenson, 2.73 ERA in 5 GS, had a good start last night going 7.2 IP allowing 2 R on 4 H, 0 BB with 8 SO. Cody Reed (2.26 ERA in 10 GS), Sal Romano (3.23 ERA in 8 GS), and Amir Garrett (2.35 ERA in 2 GS) are all pitching well also. RH RP Jimmy Herget has a 3.00 ERA and 2 S after his first 6 IP in AAA. RH RP Alejandro Chacin, 3.02 ERA is pitching well out of the bullpen. RH RP Nick Christiani, 9.00 ERA, was released.


AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 41 – 34 record and are 1st out of 5 in the Southern League South. The Blue Wahoos are the Southern League South first half division champions.

Southern League hitters are hitting .245/.323/.369/.692.

1B Gavin LaValley, .353/.389/.824/1.212 in 18 PA, has picked right up at AA where he left off at A+. 3B Nick Senzel, .176/.263/.235/.498, and 2B Shed Long, .077/.200/.077/.277, are both off to much slower starts at AA. OF Tyler Goeddel, .268/.370/.408/.778, continues to hit well at AA. OF Aristides Aquino, .213/.275/.379/.655, continues to try to find his stroke at AA.

Southern League pitchers have a 3.58 ERA.

RH SP Austin Ross, 1.23 ERA, rejoins the club from AAA (4.91 ERA). RH SP Deck McGuire, 3.18 ERA, is putting together a nice season. RH SP Jose Lopez, 3.57 ERA, is pitching well since being promoted from A+. RH SP Keury Mella continues to struggle. RH RP Carlos Gonzalez, 2.25 ERA, is pitching well since joining the team. RH RP Geoff Broussard, 2.95 ERA, is pitching well out of the bullpen.


High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 34 – 37 record and are 4th out of 6 in the Florida State League North.

Florida State League hitters are hitting .250/.321/.363/.684.

OF T.J. Friedl, .286/.324/.286/.610 in 37 PA, is hitting for good average, but is yet to record an extra base hit since his promotion to A+. 1B James Vasquez, .294/.400/.412/.812 in 20 PA, is off to a great start. SS Luis Gonzalez, .333/.300/.389/.689 in 20 PA, is off to an OK start since his promotion. C Chad Tromp, .311/.351/.412/.763, is putting up some good numbers at the plate. SS Alfredo Rodriguez (.608 OPS) and C Chris Okey (.525 OPS) continue to struggle. OF/1B Brian O’Grady, .197/.340/.410/.751 at AA, was sent down to the Tortugas.

Florida State League pitchers have a 3.55 ERA.

RH SP Wendolyn Bautista, 2.38 ERA, leads the Tortugas rotation. RH SP Vladimir Gutierrez, 4.63 ERA, has peripheral numbers (68 IP, 71 H, 13 BB, 74 SO, 2.89 FIP) that look a lot better than his ERA. RH SP Jesus Reyes, 4.07 ERA, is throwing pretty well also. RH RP Ryan Hendrix, 0.00 ERA in 2 IP, is off to a good start following his promotion to A+. RH RP Brian Hunter (1.15 ERA) and Zack Weiss (2.25 ERA) are pitching well out of the bullpen also.


Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 43 – 34 record and are 2nd out of 8 in the Midwest League Eastern. The Dragons clinched a wildcard berth in the Midwest League East Division with their first half finish.

Midwest League hitters are hitting .250/.324/.382/.706.

OF Jose Siri, .276/.337/.472/.809, is putting together a nice season at Dayton. OF Taylor Trammel, .258/.339/.439/.778, is hitting very well also. 1B Bruce Yari, .255/.378/.388/.766, has hit well since joining the club. C Tyler Stephenson, .265/.358/.388/.745, is having a nice season.

Midwest League pitchers have a 3.95 ERA.

LH SP Scott Moss, 2.78 ERA, leads the Dragons rotation. RH SP Tony Santillan, 2.85 ERA, is having a great season on the mound as well. LH SP Wennington Romero, 4.23 ERA, is throwing pretty well also. RH RP Carlos Machorro, 154 ERA, is throwing very well out of the bullpen. RH RP Sandy Lugo, 1.59 ERA, is pitching well since joining the club from Daytona. RH RP Aaron Fossas, 2.58 ERA, continues to pitch well also.


Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs have a 6 – 3 record and are 1st out of 4 in the Pioneer League North.

The Pioneer League hitters are averaging .303/.389/.479/.868.

C Pabel Manzanero, .294/.368/.706/1.074, is off to a great start. CF Miles Gordon, .393/.469/.571/1.040, is off to super hot start. 3B Leandro Santana, .344/.382/.656/1.039 is off to a real hot start as well. 1B Montrell Marshall, .281/.314/.594/.908 is out to a real good start. CF Stuart Fairchild, .235/.316/.412/.728 is getting his first taste of pro baseball.

The Pioneer League average ERA is 6.53.

RH SP Tyler Mondile, 0.90 ERA, is doing great after his first 2 GS. RH SP Matt Blandino (4.50 ERA) and Jhon DeJesus (4.05 ERA) are both off to good starts as well. RH RP Cory Thompson (0.00 ERA), RH RP Dauri Moreta (0.00 ERA), RH RP Moises Nova (1.29 ERA), and RH RP Luis Alecis (3.38 ERA) are the early leaders out of the bullpen.


Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds have a 1 – 2 record and are 4th out of 5 in the AZL Central.

The AZL hitters averaged .271/.365/.409/.775.

RF Reshard Munroe,.800/.833/.800/1.633, has started out very hot. 2B Alejandro Paulino, .429/.500/.714/1.214 is off to a super hot start. LF Mariel Bautista, .571/.500/.571/1.071, is hitting great in the early going. RF Raul Wallace, .385/.429/.538/.967, is hitting well also. 2B Cash Case, .286/.375/.357/.732, is off to good start in pro ball.

The AZL average ERA is 5.91.

SP Edward Escoboza, 3.60 ERA had a good first start. RH SP Rookie Davis went 3.2 IP allowing 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB with 4 SO in a rehab start. RH RP Francis Jones, RH RP Junior Harding, and RH RP Anderson DeLeon have all yet to scored on out of the bullpen.


19 Responses

  1. larry

    Nick Senzel and Shed Long are both off to terrible starts in AA. I hope that these are small sample sizes.

    • Shchi Cossack

      I think <20 PA qualifies as a small sample size…

    • The Duke

      Shed especially has something like a .100 BABIP so far, so pretty much the epitome of small sample size. Senzel has K’d 7 times in 5 games though. Still a small sample.

  2. WVRedlegs

    Nice updates as always.
    Scott Moss at Dayton is proving he is human after all. Still a great first half so far for him. I thought he might get a call to Daytona this past week when there was some movement.
    Hope it doesn’t take as long for Senzel and Long to adjust to AA pitching as it has taken for Aquino. They are showing just how tough of a step up it is to AA. They will come around soon enough.
    Stephenson getting his act together is great news. I didn’t think it would happen. The Reds really could use that kind of performance from him. The 7.2 IP, 2 R, 4 H and 8 K are terrific. But you have to be ecstatic about the 0 BB. Now that is incredible.

    • Matt WI

      I’d cut bait with Turner and bring up Rob Brantley to be his personal catcher if that’s what it took to get that kind of performance out of Stephenson on a regular basis!

      • WVRedlegs

        I’d say you are right, if that’s what it takes.

      • Tom Diesman

        Well, Chad Wallach actually caught that game, and today Rob Brantly was released with Adrian Nieto being called up from AA. He was back filled at AA by Chad Tromp from A+.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    Let’s not get too excited about the young starters yet. No one has demonstrated any sustained success yet since being sent down to AAA…

    Amir Garrett:
    1 start; 5.2 IP; 3 H; 1 HR; 4 BB; 4 SO

    Sal Romano:
    4 starts; 17 IP; 25 H; 1 HR; 9 BB; 15 SO

    Robert Stephenson:
    5 starts; 26.1 IP; 12 H; 4 HR; 12 BB; 27 SO

    Cody Reed:
    10 starts; 51.2 IP; 44 H; 2 HR; 31 BB; 54 SO

    Let them prove themselves at AAA with consistent, sustained success before bringing them back to Cincinnati. One or two good games just does not give me a warm fuzzy feeling. With Finnegan’s injury, the Reds may need to promote one of them out of necessity rather than recycling Bonilla or Wojo or giving Stephens an unearned opportunity.

    Consistent, sustained success means cut down the walks and cut down the HRs. Throw the ball with command and intent rather than trying to dominate minor league hitters with pitches that won’t succeed at the major league level. All of the pitchers have had experience at the major league level to understand what doesn’t work and each pitcher knows what they need to do in order to succeed at the major league level. Prove it!

    I’m good with Feldman and Adelman showing them up and pitching as starters at the major league level with less talent and more success until they prove themselves at AAA.

  4. james garrett

    I am with you Old Cossack except they are pitching to minor league hitters that will chase balls out of the zone.Its just hard for me to be able to take anything these guys do in the minors and say they have got it or they don’t have it.They should do all you say but I just feel like they will pitch to the hitter they are facing and if he can’t hit 95 down the middle then that’s what he will get.Castillo was a strike thrower in the minors but in 11 innings he has walked 8 batters but they are big league hitters so it doesn’t surprise me.I feel everybody should earn a promotion but once you are here then you must give these guys legitimate chances to succeed or fail.Castillo should be given the ball every 5th day for the rest of the year and not because he has pitched lights out its because his stuff is electric and so is Reed’s and so is Stephensen’s.They should pitch every 5th day in the big leagues as well.This team has absolutely nothing to lose by doing this and a lot could be lost if they don’t especially if they make a decision to trade one of these guys.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Your points about hitters chasing balls out of the strike zone and being overmatched are completely valid…but…that’s not happening st this point. If all uyou look at is the SO for these 4 starters, then their results are completely masked, because all 4 should SO a lot of minor league hitters. The walks and hits and HR are another matter entirely.

      6.3 BB/9, 1.6 HR/9 & 4.8 H/9 for Garrett
      4.8 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9 & 13.2 H/9 for Romano
      4.1 BB/9, 1.4 HR/9 & 4.1 H/9 for Stephenson
      5.4 BB/9, 0.3 HR/9 & 7.7 H/9 for Reed

      None of those results are satisfactory at the AAA level. They’re not going to get better at the major league level. Stephenson and Reed are hinting at some progress with their recent outings. We’ll probably see Reed promoted to fill in for Finnegan in the starting rotation.

      I agree that once they establish a consistent, satisfactory performance at the AAA level, they need to move to the 25-man roster and pitch in the starting rotation consistently, even if they take some lumps, but at least make sure they have a chance to succeed first.

      • Tom Diesman

        Don’t know if the availability matches up, but I’d rather see Stephenson. After his first six IP at AAA, I believed he has 4 BB and 23 SO in his last 20 IP. Pretty good stretch, I know it’s still small, but hoping he can maintain it.

      • Shchi Cossack

        I agree that Stephenson should be called up, but I don’t think he would be on schedule to pitch. I think they can move Reed back one day and pitch. I haven’t checked in the past few days, but I seem to recall that availability.

  5. IndyRedMan

    What happened to Dilson Herrera? Is he hurt again or did Blandino just move past him? I think we got damaged goods from the Mets? I thought he had a chance to be a Suarez type hitter at 2b.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Herrera is on the DL with a concussion received during a defensive infield collision between Herrera and the 1B (I can’t remember exactly who was playing 1B at the time).

    • Shchi Cossack

      Up until the freak collision and the resulting concussion, Herrera had been playing healthy.

      • IndyRedMan

        Oh ok…thanks. He started off the season DH’ing mostly…think they said it was his shoulder?

      • Shchi Cossack

        Coming out of spring training, yes, but he had move to playing regularly at 2B and even little 3B. The shoulder seemed to be holding up just fine once they let it heal completely. I think Herrera could have probably played defensively at the beginning of the season if necessary, but was still feeling some discomfort, so everyone chose to err on the side of caution. That’s always a good approach with shoulders.

      • Tom Diesman

        Herrera actually was alternating games between DH and 2B for something like the first 10 games of the season, and he’s been a regular in the field since. After a very uncharacteristic start at the plate over the first two months, he had a .853 OPS in June before the freak injury that has him sidelined now.

  6. Shchi Cossack

    DeShields has an opportunity to put a run-scoring lineup on the field with the roster at his disposal without sacrificing his old-school crutches.

    (L) Winker .396 OBP & .410 SLG
    (R) Blandino .500 OBP & .450 SLG
    (L) Iribarren .354 OBP & .434 SLG
    (R) Dixon .323 OBP & .428 SLG
    (S) Sweeney .357 OBP & .417 SLG
    (L) Elizalde .354 OBP & .388 SLG
    (R) Ervin .304 OBP & .340 SLG
    (R) Vincej .330 OBP & .337 SLG