The Reds now have a full slate of minor league teams in action with their four Rookie league teams starting action over the last few weeks. This week we’ll begin covering these teams as well.

The loss of Nick Senzel thins out the glut of 2B prospects a bit in the near future. We’ll have to watch to see how this might play into the Reds trade deadline dealings as they continue to struggle with sorting out and building a competitive team.

There have also been some recent player promotions, most notably with OF prospects. The Reds have promoted two of their OF prospects, T. J. Friedl and Jose Siri, capable of manning CF from A+ Daytona to AA Pensacola. They then promoted Stuart Fairchild and Michael Beltre from A Dayton to A+ Daytona to back fill for them. We’ll keep an eye on how these guys are doing with their new clubs going forward.

Now let’s see what is going on down on the farm.

 

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 29 – 44 record and in 4th out of 4 in the International League West.

International League hitters are hitting .251/.323/.386/.709.

  • 2B/3B Nick Senzel, .310/.378/.509/.887, is tied for the team lead with 8 SB and 2 3B. The 23 year old had just started to get hot at AAA when a torn tendon in his right index finger, that will require season ending surgery, derailed his season.
  • 2B Dilson Herrera .303/.381/.439/.819, is tied for 3rd on the team with 18 BB. The 24 year old has been healthy all season and is now showing the skills that had made him a top prospect with the Mets before being acquired by the Reds.
  • Steve Selsky, .263/.337/.480/.818, lead the club with 8 HR. The 28 year old has been a steady force in the middle of the Bats lineup.
  • RF Gabriel Guerrero, .292/.337/.422/.760, is tied for 3rd on the team with 24 R. The 24 year old hit .296/.336/.469/.806 in 107 PA at Pensacola to begin the season.

International League pitchers have a 3.79 ERA.

  • RH SP Bob Stephenson, 3.72 ERA, has tossed 75 IP allowing 56 H and 43 BB with 91 SO. The 25 year old has allowed 6.7 H/9, 5.2 BB/9, and 10.9 SO/9.
  • LH SP Cody Reed, 3.92 ERA, has thrown 62 IP allowing 68 H and 21 BB with 54 SO. The 25 year old has allowed 9.9 H/9, 7.8 SO/9, and 3.0 BB/9.
  • RH RP Kevin Quackenbush, 0.42 ERA, has tossed 21.1 IP allowing 18 H and 2 BB with 25 SO. The 29 year old has recorded 8 SV.
  • RH RP Tanner Rainey, 1.69 ERA, has tossed 26.2 IP allowing 12 H and 19 BB with 41 SO. The 25 year old has an great 13.8 SO/9 and a bad 6.4 BB/9.

 

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 34 – 40 record and are 3rd out of 5 in the Southern League South

Southern League hitters are hitting .250/.328/.389/.717.

  • OF Jose Siri, .238/.304/.667/.971 in 23 PA, already has 3 HR since his promotion to AA. The 22 year OF was hitting .261/.280/.395/.675 in 126 PA at A+ Daytona before his promotion.
  • LF Narciso Crook, .364/.440/.500/.940 in 51 PA, has been hot since joining the Blue Wahoos. The 22 year old was hitting .208/.296/.354/.650 in 54 PA at A+ and .263/.337/.525/.862 in 92 PA at A before joining Pensacola.
  • OF T. J. Friedl, .318/.464/.455/.919 in 28 PA, already has 4 SB and 5 BB in 6 G with Pensacola. The 22 year OF was hitting .294/.405/.412/.817 in 274 PA at A+ Daytona before his promotion.
  • OF/1B Brian O’Grady, .250/.355/.454/.809, has 25 BB and 35 SO in 185 PA. The 26 year old LH hitter is tied for 3rd on the team with 25 BB.
  • 2B Shed Long, .270/.363/.422/.785, leads the team with 11 SB. The 22 year old LH hitter is also tied for the team lead with 13, 2B, and 3 3B.

Southern League pitchers have a 4.01 ERA.

  • RH SP Keury Mella, 3.20 ERA, has thrown 78.2 IP allowing 63 H and 29 BB with 81 SO. The 24 year old has allowed 3.3 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9.
  • LH RP Seth Varner, 2.61 ERA in 13 G/5 GS, has thrown 48.1 IP allowing 37 H and 10 BB with 44 SO. The 26 year has a 0.97 WHIP.
  • RH RP Robinson Leyer, 2.61 ERA, has tossed 31 IP allowing 22 H and 13 BB with 34 SO. The 25 year old has 9.9 SO/9
  • RH RP Alex Powers, 2.91 ERA, has tossed 21.2 IP allowing 13 H and 6 BB with 27 SO. The 26 year old has recorded 7 S.

 

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 40 – 32 record and are 1st out of 6 in the Florida State League North. They have qualified for the Playoffs by being the First Half Division winners.

Florida State League hitters are hitting .252/.324/.371/.694.

  • 1B Ibandel Isabel, .244/.332/.560/.891, leads teh team with 16 HR and 69 SO. The 23 year old is 2nd on the club with 36 RBI.
  • OF Taylor Trammell .302/.404/.449/.853, is 3rd on the team lead with 6 HR. The 20 year is 2nd on the club with 3 3B, 9 SB, and 36 BB.
  • C Tyler Stephenson, .268/.354/.432/.786, is 2nd on the team with 7 HR. The 21 year old is also 2nd on the team with 12 2B.
  • 3B Mitch Nay, .268/.354/.432/.786, leads the team with 18 2B and 44 RBI. The 24 year old is 2nd on the team with 57 SO.

Florida State League pitchers have a 3.78 ERA.

  • RH SP Tony Santillan, 2.89 ERA, has thrown 81 IP allowing 78 H and 21 BB with 67 SO. The 21 year old leads the club with 67 SO.
  • LH SP Wennington Romero, 3.93 ERA, has tossed 75.2 IP allowing 69 H and 15 BB with 47 SO. The 20 year old has a 1.11 WHIP.
  • RH SP Tommy Bergjans, 2.87 ERA in 3 GS, has thrown 15.2 IP allowing 13 H and 3 BB with 13 SO. The 25 year old was recently acquired from the Phillies for cash and posted a 6.57 ERA in 11 GS last season at AA.
  • RH RP Ryan Hendrix, 1.47 ERA, has thrown 30.2 IP allowing 22 H and 19 BB with 43 SO. The 23 year has a very good 12.6 SO/9 and has recorded 4 S.
  • RH RP Joel Kuhnel, 2.64 ERA, has thrown 30.2 IP allowing 25 H and 5 BB with 34 SO. The 23 year has 10 S.

 

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 34 – 41 record and are 6th out of 8 in the Midwest League Eastern

Midwest League hitters are hitting .252/.329/.378/.707.

  • C Hendrik Clementina, .301/.376/.554/.930, is tied for the club lead with 9 HR. The 21 year old is second on the team with 35 RBI.
  • 2B/SS Jeter Downs, .262/.336/.427/.763, is tied for the club lead with 9 HR. The 19 year old middle infielder leads the team with 21 SB and 16 2B.

Midwest League pitchers have a 3.97 ERA.

  • RH SP Andrew Jordan, 3.86 ERA, has thrown 49 IP allowing 49 H and 17 BB with 30 SO. The 20 year old has allowed 3.1 BB/9.
  • RH SP Hunter Greene, 5.13 ERA, has thrown 47.1 IP allowing 55 H and 17 BB with 60 SO. The 18 year old phenom has a 11.4 SO/9.
  • RH RP Cory Thompson, 1.67 ERA, has tossed 37.2 IP allowing 34 H and 4 BB with 39 SO. The 23 year old has 3 S and 1.0 BB/9.
  • RH RP John Ghyzel, 3.12 ERA, has tossed 26 IP allowing 18 H and 16 BB with 38 SO. The 22 year old has recorded 13 S for the Dragons.

 

Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs have a 3 – 7 record and are 4th out of 4 in the Pioneer League North.

The Pioneer League hitters hit .270/.349/.413/.762.

  • LF Reshard Munroe, .429/.484/.500/.984, leads the team with 12 H. The 22 year old LH hitter has 2 SB and 2 CS.
  • C/1B Pabel Manzanero, .290/.313/.516/.829, leads the club lead with 2 HR. The 22 year old is second on the team with 7 RBI.

The Pioneer League average ERA is 4.74.

  • RH SP Jared Solomon, 1.80 ERA, has thrown 10 IP allowing 5 H and 3 BB with 7 SO. The 21 year old has a 0.80 WHIP.
  • RH SP Ricky Salinas, 1.80 ERA, has thrown 5 IP allowing 7 H and 1 BB with 6 SO. The 22 year old has a 1.8 BB/9.

 

Rookie Greeneville Reds

The Reds have a 3 – 4 record and are 4th out of 5 in the Appalachian League West

The Appalachian League hitters hit .272/.357/.417/.774.

  • C Hunter Oliver, .500/.545/.800/1.345, is tied for the club lead with 1 HR. The 20 year old is batting .500 through his first 10 AB.
  • LF Nate Scantlin, .417/.500/.500/1.000, is tied for the team lead with 2 2B. The 19 year old LH hitter is 2nd on the team with 4 BB.

The Appalachian League average ERA is 5.08.

  • RH SP Josiah Gray, 0.00 ERA, has thrown 3 IP allowing 0 H and 0 BB with 5 SO. The 20 year old has a 15.0 SO/9.
  • RH SP Miguel Medrano, 3.60 ERA, has thrown 5 IP allowing 6 H and 2 BB with 8 SO. The 20 year old has a 14.4 SO/9.

 

Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds have a 2 – 6 record and are 6th out of 6 in the AZL Central.

The AZL hitters averaged .261/.353/.373/.726.

  • C Carlos Reina, .333/.500/.444/.944, leads the team with 2 HBP. The 19 year old switch hitter has a .500 OBP through 3 G.
  • CF Danny Lantigua, .267/.324/.600/.924, leads the team lead with 2 3B. The 19 year old switch hitter also leads the team with 1 HR and 9 RBI.

The AZL average ERA is 4.93.

  • RH SP Daniel De La Fuente, 1.29 ERA, has thrown 7 IP allowing 6 H and 5 BB with 3 SO. The 20 year old has a 6.4 BB/9.
  • RH RP Frainger Aranguren, 0.00 ERA, has thrown 6.1 IP allowing 6 H and 1 BB with 5 SO. The 21 year old has a 1.11 WHIP.

 

Rookie DSL Reds

The Reds have a 10 – 12 record and are 5th out of 6 in the Dominican Summer League Baseball City.

The DSL hitters averaged .237/.344/.344/.687.

  • RF Fidel Castro, .298/.412/.596/1.008, leads the team with 5 2B. The 19 year old LH hitter is tied for the team lead with 2 HR and 12 RBI.
  • OF Darlin Guzman, .298/.346/.617/.963, leads the team lead with 4 3B. The 17 year old LH hitter also leads the team with .617 SLG.

The DSL average ERA is 4.12.

  • RH SP Raul Hernandez, 0.46 ERA, has thrown 19.2 IP allowing 10 H and 9 BB with 30 SO. The 19 year old has a 13.7 SO/9.
  • LH RP Jose Salvador, 2.40 ERA, has thrown 15 IP allowing 8 H and 8 BB with 15 SO. The 18 year old has a 1.07 WHIP.

 

Join the conversation! 21 Comments

  1. If just one of Stephenson/Reed could live up to their potential it would dramatically change things for the Reds. They both appear to be doing better, but not quite there yet.

    I think Herrera must have gotten a bionic shoulder in the off season and now he is going to force the Reds to make a decision on him.

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  2. TJ Friedl has such an interesting path to his professional career, just an unexpected bonus to a nice draft for the Reds organization. Then all he does is continue to impress through 4 levels in 3 seasons despite not being a highly recognized prospect. His ceiling has been quoted as a 4th OF at the MLB level, but this young man is a baseball player. He will get a half season at AA this year and could find himself at AAA to begin the 2019 season. With his very strong start at AA, he could work himself into the discussion for the MLB OF as early as 2019, well ahead of Trammell and Siri.

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    • Friedl’s strength is speed (70 on the 80 scale) and the ability to get on base (career .382 OBP & 2018 .411 OBP), a nice combination of tools, but it’s not an empty hit tool. His 2018 BB% in A+ & AA is 14.2% and his 2018 ISO is .120 with 11-2B, 5-3B & 3-HR in 302 PA. The only knock on Friedl is his lack of arm strength, but he can play CF.

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      • Friedl, Siri, Trammell and several other outfielders at the A, A+ and now AA levels are why I’ve been saying don’t get too attached to Schebler and Winker as long term solutions.

        These younger guys have to come through the levels and prove they can do the job at higher levels; but, it is entirely possible, may even probable, that by as early as 2020 or 21, they will be supplanting guys now on the MLB team because they are better all around baseball players.

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        • And that’s how a total breakdown and rebuild is avoided, a lesson WJ never understood. What’s really interesting is that both Schebler and Winker could become .850-.900 OPS hitters (and expensive) by the time the young guys are pounding on the MLB door.

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          • Lot’s of Reds fans talk about the Cardinals way then don’t want to walk the walk when it means moving on from guys who are OK but getting expensive or not quite as good as a young guy coming on projects.

          • I sort of see in Winker a Votto/ Yonder Alonso type guy who somebody decided early on was passable as an MLB level OF and not limited to 1B (b/c is throws LH).

            The irony now is that his future with the Reds could be limited when the more talented all around guys arrive because Votto will still be on the back end of his contract thus blocking Winker from moving to 1B for his prime years.

          • Schebler is pretty much already there.

            Schebler: .283/.355/.484, for an OPS of .839
            Yelich: .290/.365/.473, for an OPS of .838

            Schebler makes $580,000; Yelich makes $7 million.

          • And Schebler is playing an average to above average CF and getting better with more experience.

          • That can’t be true. I thought the Reds threw away their WS chance this year by not trading for Yelich. Well, maybe it is all Votto’s fault then

      • Are you sure you aren’t confusing Friedl with Trammel regarding arm strength? Doug has Freidl’s arm as being solid-average. Trammel is the one with the weak arm.

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        • Agree. Believe I’ve also read Trammel’s arm is what makes him a ?? for CF. If he ends up in the corner OF mix, that figures to be one crowded pool of very talented guys. Maybe as much so as 2B but just a year or so behind 2B in development.

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    • I agree about Friedl. I have been keeping tabs on him. He hasn’t hit the offensive wall at AA that so many do. He has just kept up his pace from A+. Impressed with his season so far too. Senzel is about the only one who recently hasn’t struggled at first at AA. That could bode very well for Friedl.
      Also glad to see TeeJay Antone back and pitching fairly well at Daytona after his TJ surgery. He was on a nice roll before his injury. That is a nice shot in the arm for Daytona.
      Hunter Greene had another outstanding night with Dayton last night and he is on a nice roll here recently.

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  3. Tom, any clue why they are holding Trammell back at A+ instead of pushing him forward?

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    • I assumed they wanted to give him time in CF and with Siri now in AA it frees up CF time in Daytona

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    • I think that push is coming next year. Start out in AA, and if all goes well be in AAA by July. However, that may be in LF and not CF.

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    • I think it’s simply a factor of age and experience. Trammell is 20 and a high school draftee. Siri, is 22 and already protected on the 40 man roster. Friedl is 22 and a college draftee. So I think Trammell is just moving a little slower since he was a more raw talent when acquired out of high school and he has already played at 2 years younger that the league average age in each of his 3 professional seasons already.

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  4. I just realized that we have a player in the organization named Fidel Castro.. Lol.

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  5. Has anyone heard of where the Reds stand at signing Jonathan India now that he is done at the CWS?

    I’m thinking it could get dicey for them to end up signing both India and the #4 choice Mike Sinai because they pretty much need to sign India low enough under his slot to have the money left to buy Sinai out of going to on to college.

    Supposedly the Reds and Sinai have an agreement on what that amount is but his actual signing is on hold until India is settled. With the personal run India had in the NCAA tournament and CWS, he may be wanting more than what he was willing to settle for previously which could leave the Reds short on Sinai.

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    • I don’t think there has been anything come out on the talks, but India did post a farewell letter Florida online. If talks weren’t going well I wouldn’t expect a farewell letter, but I guess until it is signed nothing is official

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      • I think there is no way they don’t sign India unless he tries to get them to go above slot. I think the larger issue is that the “gentlemen’s agreement” they have with Sinai needs a big bundle of excess slot money that can only come from India’s allotment. So if India now wants more than they had “anticipated” (since officially they can’t negotiate ahead of time) maybe what’s left doesn’t leave enough to buy Sinai out of going to college versus signing now..

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