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This Week on the Farm

OF Jesse Winker, .305/.386/.391/.777 at AAA, is back in Louisville. Winker will remain there to get regular playing time while he waits for a spot to open up for him in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, Dick Williams will be entertaining offers for whatever healthy pieces he has left in an effort to improve the club before the trade deadline comes and goes. Several teams have made big moves already, but all remains quiet for the Reds for the time being. Let’s see what all the prospects and suspects are up to down on the farm.

 

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 38 – 57 record and are 4th out of 4 in the International League West.

International League hitters are hitting .257/.326/.396/.722.

OF/IF Darnell Sweeney, .297/.372/.446/.818, has been pretty impressive since joining the Bats. The 26 year old Sweeney, who has a career .715 OPS in 1296 PA at AAA, is currently having his best showing at this level. IF Hernan Iribarren, .294/.342/.416/.758, continues to be a solid organizational player. IF Brandon Dixon, .259/.327/.428/.755, has been solid at the plate, but leads the club with 18 E. OF Sebastian Elizalde, .297/.349/.391/.740, is having a solid year with the Bats. OF Phillip Ervin, .267/.330/.392/.722, has raised his numbers up to league average with a super hot July (1.037 OPS) thus far. IF Alex Blandino, .241/.371/.397/.768 in 71 PA, continues to show his on base skills at AAA.

International League pitchers have a 4.01 ERA.

RH SP Robert Stephenson, 3.79 ERA, has shown improved control since joining the Bats and hopes to get the call back up to fill the Reds newly opened rotation spot. RH SP Tyler Mahle, 3.54 ERA, has now thrown 20.1 IP allowing 20 H and 7 BB with 23 SO since joining the Bats. LH SP Cody Reed, 3.61 ERA, continues to struggle with his new mechanics as shown by his 6 BB in 5.2 IP in his last outing. LH SP Amir Garrett, 5.76 ERA, has not looked like the same pitcher ever since the Reds demoted him the first time this season to limit his IP. RH SP Jackson Stephens, 4.84 ERA, has been inconsistent since coming back down from the Reds. RH SP Rookie Davis, 4.61 ERA in 3 GS at AA, has been rejoined the Bats. RH RP Jimmy Herget, 1.38 ERA, now has 13 IP allowing 6 H and 3 BB with 13 SO at AAA. RH RP Kevin Shackelford, 1.71 ERA, has 11 S and 53 SO in 42 IP. RH RP Alejandro Chacin, 2.83 ERA is pitching well out of the bullpen.

 

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 53 – 42 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 .246/.323/.372/.695.

3B Nick Senzel, .306/.372/.435/.808 in 94 PA, just continues to be impressive at the plate. OF Tyler Goeddel, .245/.364/.399/.763, has hit very well for the Blue Wahoos. 1B Gavin LaValley, .226/.313/.405/.717 in 96 PA, has hit his first rough spell at AA. IF Josh VanMeter, .255/.332/.363/.696, is about dead on league average for the Southern League. 2B Shed Long, .162/.269/.324/.593 in 78 PA, raised his OPS 100 points over the last week. OF Aristides Aquino, .210/.272/.368/.640, is back to struggling again at the plate. 1B/OF Nick Longhi, .316/.409/.526/.935 in 22 PA, has found his way on to the DL.

Southern League pitchers have a 3.61 ERA.

RH SP Deck McGuire, 2.61 ERA, leads the Blue Wahoos with 18 GS and 113.2 IP. RH SP Jose Lopez, 3.19 ERA, has done a great job in 7 GS since his promotion to AA. RH SP Jesus Reyes, 3.78 ERA at A+, tossed 5 IP of shutout baseball in his first AA start. RH SP Keury Mella, 4.50 ERA, searches for consistency at AA. RH Domingo Tapia, 3.66 ERA, has joined the rotation from the bullpen (23 G with 5 GS). RH RP Zack Weiss, 1.17 ERA in 7.2 IP, has 5 S since joining the club from A+. RH RP Carlos Gonzalez, 2.05 ERA, has allowed just 17 H and 7 BB in 22 IP. RH RP Alex Powers, 2.93 ERA, has 64 SO in 46 IP.

 

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 35 – 53 record and are 5th out of 6 in the Florida State League North.

Florida State League hitters are hitting .250/.321/.362/.683.

1B James Vasquez, .275/.333/.350/.683 in 87 PA, is having a decent start at A+. OF Daniel Sweet, .261/.363/.307/.670, is showing great on base skills. OF T.J. Friedl, .250/.320/.318/.638 in 98 PA, is beginning to rebound from a slow start with the Tortugas. SS Alfredo Rodriguez, .251/.287/.294/.581, continues to struggle at the plate. C Chris Okey, .199/.285/.274/.559, does have a 10% BB rate.

Florida State League pitchers have a 3.50 ERA.

RH SP Wendolyn Bautista, 3.71 ERA, has been solid in the Tortugas rotation. RH SP Wyatt Strahan, 4.62 ERA, has 22 SO and 9 BB in 25 IP over 5 GS. RH SP Vladimir Gutierrez, 4.67 ERA, has been placed on the DL. RH RP Ryan Hendrix, 0.87 ERA in 10.1 IP, is off to a good start since joining the Tortugas. RH RP Brian Hunter, 2.38 ERA, has 29 SO in 22.2 IP. LH SP Seth Varner and LH RP Joel Bender have just been assigned to the club.

 

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 49 – 46 record and are 3rd 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 .248/.322/.380/.702.

OF Jose Siri, .292/.339/.517/.856, has been on fire and now leads the club with 16 HR. OF Taylor Trammel, .285/.360/.463/.823, has been very hot as well and paces the team with 9 3B C Tyler Stephenson, .278/.374/.414/.787, has been placed on the DL with a thumb ligament injury and will likely miss the remainder of the season. 1B Bruce Yari, .267/.358/.382/.740, has hit well since joining the club.

Midwest League pitchers have a 3.90 ERA.

RH SP Tony Santillan, 3.26 ERA, has 90 SO in 94 IP. LH SP Scott Moss, 3.58 ERA, has 119 SO in 98 IP and has been placed on the DL. LH SP Wennington Romero, 4.52 ERA, has 89 SO and 23 BB in 99.2 IP. RH SP Matt Blandino, 4.12 ERA, has 15 SO and 2 BB in 19.2 IP over 3 GS since joining the club. RH RP Carlos Machorro, 2.67 ERA, is throwing well out of the bullpen. RH RP Aaron Fossas, 2.74 ERA, has saved three games. LH RP Jesse Adams, 3.04, has 58 SO and 8 BB in 50.1 IP of relief.

 

Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs have a 15 – 14 record and are 1st out of 4 in the Pioneer League North.

The Pioneer League hitters are averaging .287/.369/.450/.819.

2B Alejo Lopez .358/.438/.593/1.030, has 11 BB and 8 SO in 98 PA. CF Miles Gordon, .348/.434/.565/.999, leads the club with 14 BB. 3B Leandro Santana, .280/.333/.530/.863, leads the club with 7 HR. LF Andy Sugilio, .323/.347/.510/.857, has only 3 BB in 101 PA. CF Stuart Fairchild, .329/.404/.418/.822, leads the club with 9 SB and has 0 CS. SS Jeter Downs, .260/.393/.400/.793, has 10 BB in 61 PA.

The Pioneer League average ERA is 5.55.

LH SP Packy Naughton, 2.93 ERA, has 18 SO and 4 BB in 15.1 IP over 3 GS. Jhon DeJesus, 3.28 ERA, has 25 SO in 24.2 IP with 16 BB. RH SP Tyler Mondile, 4.82 ERA, is doing a good job for the Mustangs thus far. RH RP Ryan Nutof, 0.00 ERA, has yet to allow a run over 11 IP of relief. RH RP Connor Ryan, 1.35 ERA, has 9 SO and 1 BB over 6.2 IP of relief. RH RP Cory Thompson, 1.64 ERA, has 10 SO and 7 BB in 11 IP. RH RP Moises Nova, 2.49 ERA, has 23 SO and 6 BB in 21.2 IP.

 

Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds have a 8 – 11 record and are 4th out of 5 in the AZL Central.

The AZL hitters averaged .265/.351/.403/.754.

RF Reshard Munroe, .405/.542/.595/1.136, has 11 BB and 7 SO in 48 PA. RF Raul Wallace, .368/.383/.596/.980, has 19 SO and just 2 BB in 60 PA. 2B Alejandro Paulino, .345/.387/.552/.939, leads the club with 4 2B. 1B Justin Bellinger, .273/.333/.500/.833, is off to a good start in 24 PA since joining the club. 2B Cash Case, .160/.276/.260/.536, has 8 BB and 9 SO in 58 PA.

The AZL average ERA is 5.01.

LH SP Jacob Heatherly, 1.50 ERA, has 8 SO in 6 IP RH SP Jose Castillo, 3.77 ERA, is off to a good start. RH SP Ricardo Smith, 2.50, has 28 SO and 4 BB in 18 IP. RH RP Darren Shred, 0.00, has tossed 3.2 IP of scoreless relief. RH RP Jared Solomon, 1.69 ERA, has 6 SO and 5 BB in 5.1 IP.

 

10 thoughts on “This Week on the Farm

  1. Impressed with Okey’s walk rate considering how much he is struggling. I feel like most young guys would start hacking to help their average. Hopefully he turns it around with Stephenson out again. That really sucks.

    • Agree – love keeping updated on minors via this column and Doug’s. Thanks!

  2. Packy Naughton. Love that name. Sounds like a pitchers name from back in the 30s. Maybe someday the Reds will have a team with Packy, Shed,Rookie,Cash and Jeter.

  3. Tom love the updates. Its great to see whats going on in all the Levels.

    One suggestion is if you could push enter after each player and almost make it bullet points rather than one huge paragraph. That would make this article much easier to read.

    Love the updates otherwise and keep it up. Thanks!

  4. Stephenson is on track for Saturday and that’s where Feldman’s turn was? Personally, I kind of liked what I saw with Jackson Stephens vs the Cubs. He threw harder then I expected and has a good curveball. His last 10 appearances w/Lville….55 ip & 3.44 era. He’s also hitting .286 and that came in handy vs Chicago. Not to mention he’s only 23 so maybe there is some growth there? I’d say Tyler Mahle is the best of the bunch after Castillo, so hopefully he earn his way up pretty soon as well.

  5. Has anyone done a deep dive into Garrett? Has he truly dropped off since his innings demotion or were we looking through his MLB starts with rose colored glasses?

    • Greene will open the season with the Rookie level Billings Mustangs. After signing he went the Reds Goodyear AZ complex to begin working out. He has since reported to Billings last weekend, where they announced that it would be a few weeks before he began playing in games. Greene had not pitched since last April, and he had not played the field since his High School season ended last May. So they’ve been having him workout to get his arm ready to take the mound again and to see some live pitching before hitting in games. I would suspect that we’ll see his debut maybe about a week from now.

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