OF Jesse Winker, .314/.395/.408/.803 at AAA, will get an extended shot at starting in RF for the Reds to replace Scott Schebler who has been placed on the DL with a sore shoulder. The Winker call up has been long overdue in my estimation, and I must say I’m both pleased and shocked to see that Brian Price has inserted Winker into the #2 spot in the lineup. OF Phil Ervin, .249/.320/.371/.691, also got called up to shore up the Reds bench for the time being. It’s time to check out what the Red minor league players are up to.
AAA Louisville Bats
The Bats have a 44 – 64 record and are 4th out of 4 in the International League West.
International League hitters are hitting .257/.325/.396/.722.
IF Alex Blandino, .268/.383/.433/.816, has positioned himself to battle for an IF spot with the Reds next spring. OF Darnell Sweeney, .294/.365/.437/.802, continues to hit well for the Bats this season. OF Sebastian Elizalde, .297/.353/.406/.759, has been a solid member of the Bats lineup all season. IF Brandon Dixon, .251/.321/.436/.757, has been a steady performer for the Bats as well.
International League pitchers have a 4.00 ERA.
RH SP Tyler Mahle, 2.76 ERA, should be the next Reds prospect to get a crack at the Reds rotation. LH SP Cody Reed, 3.78 ERA, somehow manages to maintain a decent ERA despite allowing 85 H and 50 BB in 83.1 IP. LH SP Amir Garrett, 6.57 ERA, has allowed, 50 H in 38.1 IP, while with the Bats. RH SP Jackson Stephens, 5.05 ERA, has gave up 123 H in 103.1 IP at AAA. RH SP Rookie Davis, 5.59 ERA in 4 GS at AA, is trying to regain his form at AAA. RH RP Jimmy Herget, 3.00 ERA, now has only 4 BB in 18 IP with 5 S at AAA. RH RP Alejandro Chacin, 3.10 ERA has 50 SO in 58 IP with the Bats.
AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos
The Blue Wahoos have a 59 – 49 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/.370/.693.
3B Nick Senzel, .326/.385/.511/.896, is making it hard to imagine that he won’t start the year out next season at AAA and get the Winker treatment as the Reds fumble around to sort out the infield of the future. 1B Gavin LaValley, .272/.329/.419/.748, is adjusting well to AA. 2B Shed Long, .186/.276/.336/.612, is having a tough adjustment to AA. OF Aristides Aquino, .207/.272/.373/.644, should be spending another season in Pensacola next year.
Southern League pitchers have a 3.57 ERA.
RH SP Deck McGuire, 2.65 ERA, has allowed only 95 H in 132.2 IP for the Blue Wahoos. RH SP Jose Lopez, 2.95 ERA, has been impressive in his first 9 GS since his promotion to AA. RH SP Jesus Reyes, 1.54 ERA, has been very good over his first 4 GS at AA. RH SP Keury Mella, 4.37 ERA, should be spending another season at AA next year. RH Domingo Tapia, 3.61 ERA, has been good in a split role this season (26 G with 7 GS). RH RP Carlos Gonzalez, 2.25 ERA, has allowed just 17 H in 24 IP. RH RP Zack Weiss, 2.84 ERA in 12.2 IP, has 7 S since joining the club from A+. RH RP Robert Stock, 2.76 ERA, has pitched well since his promotion to AA.
High A Daytona Tortugas
The Tortugas have a 41 – 63 record and are 5th out of 6 in the Florida State League North.
Florida State League hitters are hitting .250/.321/.361/.682.
IF Luis Gonzalez, .279/.287/.414/.701, has only 3 BB in 150 PA since joining the Tortugas. C Garrett Boulware, .276/.317/.373/.690, is hitting at a league average clip. OF Daniel Sweet, .263/.366/.301/.668, leads the club with 36 BB. OF T.J. Friedl, .250/.312/.314/.626, is struggling since joining the Tortugas. SS Alfredo Rodriguez, .247/.286/.295/.581, is going to have to ride his glove and not his bat to the big leagues it appears. C Chris Okey, .194/.275/.259/.534, looks to be spending another season in Daytona next year.
Florida State League pitchers have a 3.49 ERA.
RH SP Wendolyn Bautista, 3.82 ERA, has been solid for the Tortugas this year. RH SP Vladimir Gutierrez, 4.24 ERA, has 18 BB and 91 SO in 97.2 IP. LH SP Ty Boyles, 4.17 ERA, has pitched well in his last three starts. RH RP Ryan Hendrix, 3.38 ERA, has 17 SO in 16 IP at A+. RH RP Austin Orewiler, 3.44 ERA, has been solid in the bullpen.
Low A Dayton Dragons
The Dragons have a 54 – 54 record and are 4th 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 .249/.323/.379/.702.
OF Jose Siri, .296/.340/.534/.873, has been great and now owns the Midwest League record hitting streak of 38 G and counting. OF Taylor Trammel, .274/.352/.432/.784, has tailed off a little toward the end of his first full season of professional baseball. 1B Bruce Yari, .265/.354/.405/.758, has been a very good addition to the club. 2B Malik Collymore, .241/.348/.405/.753, has done well since joining the team.
Midwest League pitchers have a 3.92 ERA.
RH SP Tony Santillan, 3.18 ERA, has 96 SO in 99 IP. LH SP Scott Moss, 3.50 ERA, has rejoined the club from the DL. RH RP Carlos Machorro, 2.17 ERA, is throwing very well out of the bullpen. RH RP Aaron Fossas, 2.47 ERA, has saved three games. LH RP Jesse Adams, 2.68, has 63 SO and 8 BB in 57 IP of relief.
Rookie Billings Mustangs
The Mustangs have a 19 – 19 record and are 1st out of 4 in the Pioneer League North.
The Pioneer League hitters are averaging .289/.370/.450/.820.
CF Miles Gordon, .342/.420/.567/.987, went 1 for 1 with a 3B in the Pioneer League All Star game. C Mitch Trees, .300/.333/.625/.958, has been tearing it up for the Mustangs. 2B Alejo Lopez .339/.409/.522/.931, has 11 BB and 13 SO in 136 PA. LF Andy Sugilio, .318/.360/.481/.840, has been hitting well. 3B Leandro Santana, .275/.326/.496/.822, leads the club with 8 HR. SS Jeter Downs, .257/.389/.378/.767, has 15 BB in 90 PA. CF Stuart Fairchild, .288/.363/.378/.741, leads the club with 9 SB.
The Pioneer League average ERA is 5.54.
Jhon DeJesus, 3.82 ERA, has 31 SO in 33 IP. RH SP Tyler Mondile, 4.23 ERA, is pitching very well for the Mustangs thus far. LH SP Packy Naughton, 5.19 ERA, pitched a scoreless inning with 1 SO in the Pioneer League All Star game. RH SP Luis Alecis, 3.41 ERA, has pitched well in a split role (8 G, 3 GS). RH RP Cory Thompson, 2.57 ERA, has 14 SO and 9 BB in 14 IP. RH RP Moises Nova, 3.13 ERA, issued 4 BB and allowed a run without retiring a batter in the Pioneer League All Star game. RH RP Ryan Nutof, 3.52 ERA, is throwing well out of the bullpen. Look for number one draft pick SP Hunter Greene to possibly start hitting in games next week, and then maybe take the mound later this month.
Rookie AZL Reds
The Reds have a 12 – 16 record and are 3rd out of 5 in the AZL Central.
The AZL hitters averaged .259/.342/.390/.732.
RF Reshard Munroe, .328/.451/.478/.929, continues to rake for the AZL Reds. 1B Justin Bellinger, .314/.364/.549/.913, has hit great since joining the club. 2B Alejandro Paulino, .306/.342/.472/.814, is hitting very well. RF Raul Wallace, .301/.318/.470/.788, has 5 3B. 2B Cash Case, .173/.279/.240/.519, is struggling so far in professional baseball.
The AZL average ERA is 4.59.
RH SP Ricardo Smith, 2.15, has 37 SO and 6 BB in 29.1 IP. LH SP Jacob Heatherly, 2.92 ERA, has 13 SO in 12.1 IP. RH SP Jose Castillo, 3.48 ERA, is off to a very good start. RH RP John Ghyzel, 2.16, has been very good out of the bullpen. RH RP Jared Solomon, 2.50 ERA, has done a good job in relief.