The Reds traded 27 year old RHP Dylan Floro, 29 year old RHP Zach Neal, and International signing money to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 19 year old RHP James Marinan and 21 year old RHP Aneurys Zabala. This was a deal in which the Reds bought low and sold high with Dylan Floro to add some big young arms to the lower minor leagues.

Dylan Floro was signed by the Reds as a free agent to a minor league contract last off season. He was called up to the Reds to help shore up the bullpen after three scoreless innings in Louisville. Floro has been a pleasant surprise out of the bullpen for the Reds posting a 2.72 ERA with 36.1 IP allowing 39 H and 12 BB with 27 SO.

Zach Neal was acquired from the Dodgers earlier this year along with 1B Ibandel Isabel for RH RP Ariel Hernandez. Neal has struggled this season at AAA Louisville putting up a 5.90 ERA with 39.2 IP allowing 52 H and 3 BB with 23 SO.

James Marinan was ranked about #21 – #25 in the Dodgers system by the various sites who rank prospects. He was a 4th round selection by the Dodgers in the 2017 draft. He put up a a 2.53 ERA with 10.2 IP allowing 11 H and 4 BB with 11 SO. He will begin pitching for the Reds at Rookie Billings Mustangs.

Aneurys Zabala is a hard thrower with control issues who put up a a 4.86 ERA with 37 IP allowing 31 H and 25 BB with 30 SO for the Dodgers A team in the Midwest League. He will begin pitching for the Reds with the A Dayton Dragons.

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

 

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 33 – 48 record and in 4th out of 4 in the International League West.

International League hitters are hitting .252/.324/.389/.713.

  • IF/OF Brandon Dixon, .326/.371/.527/.899, is tied for 3rd on the team with 12 2B. The 26 year old will start to see some regular playing time after returning to the Bats from the Reds where he hit .219/.265/.344/.608 in 32 AB.
  • 2B Dilson Herrera .293/.365/.464/.829, is 3rd on the team with 7 HR. The 24 year old is positioning himself well for being placed back on the 40 man roster and seeing some time with the Reds this season.
  • IF/OF Steve Selsky, .268/.346/.464/.810, is 2nd on the club with 8 HR. The 28 year old has played 29 G at 1B, 14 G at DH, and 5 G in the OF for the Bats this season.
  • RF Gabriel Guerrero, .291/.340/.439/.779, is 3rd on the team with 28 R. The 24 year old hit .296/.336/.469/.806 in 107 PA at Pensacola to begin the season.

International League pitchers have a 3.84 ERA.

  • RH SP Bob Stephenson, 3.60 ERA, has tossed 80 IP allowing 62 H and 44 BB with 97 SO. The 25 year old has allowed 7.0 H/9, 5.0 BB/9, and 10.9 SO/9.
  • LH SP Cody Reed, 4.57 ERA, has thrown 69 IP allowing 78 H and 24 BB with 62 SO. The 25 year old has allowed 10.2 H/9, 8.1 SO/9, and 3.1 BB/9.
  • RH RP Kevin Quackenbush, 0.35 ERA, has tossed 25.2 IP allowing 20 H and 2 BB with 30 SO. The 29 year old has recorded 12 SV.
  • RH RP Tanner Rainey, 1.57 ERA, has tossed 28.2 IP allowing 12 H and 21 BB with 42 SO. The 25 year old has an great 13.2 SO/9 and a bad 6.6 BB/9.

 

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 40 – 41 record and are 3rd out of 5 in the Southern League South

Southern League hitters are hitting .249/.327/.388/.715.

  • 3B/1B Mitch Nay, .333/.455/.833/1.288 in 22 PA, has 3 2B and 2 HR in his 6 H since his promotion to AA. The 24 year was hitting .271/.342/.418/.760 in 281 PA at A+ Daytona before his promotion.
  • LF Narciso Crook, .353/.421/.529/.950 in 58 PA, has hit 2 HR 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/1B Brian O’Grady, .255/.356/.471/.828, has 25 BB and 35 SO in 190 PA. The 26 year old LH hitter is 3rd on the team with 25 BB.
  • OF T. J. Friedl, .326/.426/.391/.817 in 54 PA, already has 5 SB and 6 BB in 12 G with Pensacola. The 22 year LH hitter was hitting .294/.405/.412/.817 in 274 PA at A+ Daytona before his promotion.
  • 2B Shed Long, .268/.361/.423/.783, leads the team with 13 SB. The 22 year old LH hitter is also tied for the team lead with 14 2B and 31 RBI.

Southern League pitchers have a 3.98 ERA.

  • RH SP Keury Mella, 3.07 ERA, has thrown 85 IP allowing 70 H and 31 BB with 87 SO. The 24 year old has allowed 3.3 BB/9 and 9.2 SO/9.
  • LH RP Seth Varner, 2.48 ERA in 14 G/6 GS, has thrown 54.1 IP allowing 42 H and 11 BB with 52 SO. The 26 year has a 0.98 WHIP.
  • RH RP Jose Rafael De Paula, 2.70 ERA, has tossed 26.2 IP allowing 18 H and 11 BB with 38 SO. The 27 year old has 12.8 SO/9
  • RH RP Alex Powers, 2.78 ERA, has tossed 22.2 IP allowing 14 H and 6 BB with 27 SO. The 26 year old has recorded 8 S.

 

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 43 – 35 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/.323/.369/.692.

  • 1B Ibandel Isabel, .251/.330/.560/.890, leads the team with 18 HR and 75 SO. The 23 year old is 2nd on the club with 41 RBI.
  • OF Taylor Trammell .316/.414/.457/.871, is 3rd on the team lead with 6 HR. The 20 year LH hitter leads the team with 46 R, 4 3B, 12 SB, and 38 BB.
  • C Tyler Stephenson, .264/.350/.432/.782, is 2nd on the team with 8 HR. The 21 year old is also 2nd on the team with 12 2B.
  • 2B/OF Randy Ventura, .357/.400/.381/.781 in 45 PA, has been hot since his promotion from A Dayton. The 20 year old switch hitter hit .188/.188/.188/.375 in 32 PA at Dayton.

Florida State League pitchers have a 3.75 ERA.

  • RH SP Tony Santillan, 2.70 ERA, has thrown 86.2 IP allowing 81 H and 22 BB with 73 SO. The 21 year old has allowed just 2.3 BB/9.
  • LH SP Wennington Romero, 3.79 ERA, has tossed 80.2 IP allowing 77 H and 16 BB with 51 SO. The 20 year old has allowed just 1.8 BB/9.
  • RH SP Tejay Antone, 3.58 ERA in 6 GS, has thrown 32.2 IP allowing 31 H and 11 BB with 28 SO. The 24 year old has gave up 3.0 BB/9 with 7.7 SO/9.
  • RH RP Ryan Hendrix, 1.34 ERA, has thrown 33.2 IP allowing 23 H and 19 BB with 49 SO. The 23 year has a very good 13.1 SO/9 and has recorded 5 S.
  • RH RP Joel Kuhnel, 2.56 ERA, has thrown 31.2 IP allowing 26 H and 5 BB with 35 SO. The 23 year has 10 S.

 

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 38 – 44 record and are 6th out of 8 in the Midwest League Eastern

Midwest League hitters are hitting .253/.328/.379/.707.

  • OF Malik Collymore, .333/.366/.590/.956 in 41 PA, is is off to a hot start with the Dragons. The 23 year old hit .235/.325/.382/.707 in 77 PA at A+ Daytona before coming to Dayton.
  • C Hendrik Clementina, .289/.366/.539/.905, is tied for the club lead with 10 HR. The 21 year old leads the team with 37 RBI.
  • 2B/SS Jeter Downs, .261/.343/.428/.771, is tied for the club lead with 10 HR. The 19 year old middle infielder leads the team with 43 R, 22 SB and 17 2B.

Midwest League pitchers have a 3.95 ERA.

  • RH SP Andrew Jordan, 3.83 ERA, has thrown 54 IP allowing 55 H and 17 BB with 34 SO. The 20 year old has allowed 2.8 BB/9.
  • RH SP Hunter Greene, 4.18 ERA, has thrown 60.1 IP allowing 60 H and 19 BB with 77 SO. The 18 year old phenom has 2.8 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9.
  • RH RP Cory Thompson, 1.99 ERA, has tossed 40.2 IP allowing 38 H and 4 BB with 43 SO. The 23 year old has 4 S and 0.9 BB/9.
  • RH RP Ryan Nutof, 2.89 ERA, has tossed 43.2 IP allowing 48 H and 17 BB with 51 SO. The 22 year old has recorded 2 S for the Dragons.

 

Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs have a 7 – 13 record and are 4th out of 4 in the Pioneer League North.

The Pioneer League hitters hit .275/.350/.423/.773.

  • 2B Dylan Harris, .424/.441/.636/1.078, is tied for 2nd the club lead with 4 2B. The 23 year old has 0 BB in 34 PA.
  • LF Reshard Munroe, .352/.407/.500/.907, leads the team with 19 H. The 22 year old LH hitter leads the team with 5 2B and 3 SB.
  • OF/1B Bren Spillane, ..237/.348/.526/.874, leads the club lead with 2 HR. The 21 year old also leads the team with 21 SO.

The Pioneer League average ERA is 4.77.

  • RH SP Jared Solomon, 1.23 ERA, has thrown 22 IP allowing 10 H and 6 BB with 23 SO. The 21 year old has a 0.73 WHIP.
  • RH SP Luis Alecis, 2.40 ERA, has thrown 15 IP allowing 9 H and 7 BB with 20 SO. The 21 year old has 12 SO/9.
  • RH RP Edward Escoboza, 2.45 ERA, has thrown 11 IP allowing 10 H and 3 BB with 11 SO. The 22 year old has 2.5 BB/9.

 

Rookie Greeneville Reds

The Reds have a 5 – 9 record and are 5th out of 5 in the Appalachian League West

The Appalachian League hitters hit .262/.350/.406/.756.

  • OF Zeke White, .483/.531/.690/1.221, is tied for the club lead with 2 HR. The 21 year old leads the team with 3 SB.
  • 2B/3B Jonathan Willems, .362/.404/.617/1.021, is tied for the club lead with 2 HR. The 19 year old leads the club with 2 3B and 12 RBI.
  • CF Brian Rey, .378/.477/.514/.991, is tied for the club lead with 9 R. The 20 year old leads the team with 5 2B.

The Appalachian League average ERA is 4.95.

  • RH SP Josiah Gray, 2.45 ERA, has thrown 11 IP allowing 5 H and 2 BB with 11 SO. The 20 year old has a 0.64 WHIP.
  • RH RP A.J. Moore, 1.23 ERA, has thrown 7.1 IP allowing 7 H and 5 BB with 8 SO. The 22 year old has 6.1 BB/9.

 

Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds have a 3 – 11 record and are 6th out of 6 in the AZL Central.

The AZL hitters averaged .254/.345/.365/.710.

  • SS Luis Lopez, .333/.371/.515/.887, is tied for 3rd on the team with 1 HR. The 18 year old has 1 BB in 36 PA.
  • 1B/C Jose Tello, .296/.296/.556/.852is tied for 3rd on the team with 1 HR. The 20 year old has 0 BB in 28 PA.
  • CF Danny Lantigua, .250/.288/.542/.830, leads the team lead with 2 3B. The 19 year old switch hitter also leads the team with 13 RBI.
  • IF Reyny Reyes, .353/.389/.431/.820, leads the team with 18 H. The 19 year old is 2nd on the team with 4 2B.

The AZL average ERA is 4.51.

  • RH SP Daniel De La Fuente, 3.21 ERA, has thrown 14 IP allowing 14 H and 10 BB with 9 SO. The 20 year old has 6.4 BB/9.
  • RH SP Orlando Noriega, 3.86 ERA, has thrown 9.1 IP allowing 13 H and 2 BB with 14 SO. The 19 year old has 1.9 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9.
  • RH RP Marvin Mateo, 0.00 ERA, has thrown 6.2 IP allowing 3 H and 1 BB with 4 SO. The 20 year old has a 0.60 WHIP.

 

Rookie DSL Reds

The Reds have a 11 – 17 record and are 5th out of 6 in the Dominican Summer League Baseball City.

The DSL hitters averaged .236/.342/.338/.679.

  • OF Darlin Guzman, .295/.343/.590/.933, leads the team lead with 5 3B. The 17 year old LH hitter also leads the team with .590 SLG.
  • RF Fidel Castro, .260/.393/.521/.914, leads the team with 5 2B. The 19 year old LH hitter is tied for the team lead with 2 HR.
  • C Daniel Vellojin, .255/.397/.426/.822, is tied for the team lead with 2 HR. The 18 year old switch hitter has 9 BB in 58 PA.

The DSL average ERA is 4.00.

  • RH SP Raul Hernandez, 1.25 ERA, has thrown 21.2 IP allowing 11 H and 11 BB with 33 SO. The 19 year old has 13.7 SO/9.
  • RH SP Allan Beltre, 1.83 ERA, has thrown 19.2 IP allowing 21 H and 4 BB with 12 SO. The 18 year old has 1.8 BB/9.
  • LH RP Jose Salvador, 1.96 ERA, has thrown 18.1 IP allowing 8 H and 9 BB with 19 SO. The 18 year old has a 0.93 WHIP.

 

Join the conversation! 15 Comments

  1. Completely unrelated to baseball skills or projections, but I noted the name Fidel Castro playing in the Dominican Summer League. I just had to check and see if he was from Cuba, but he is not — he is from the Dominican. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that parental discussion on what to name the newborn boy.

    • Had to be either a long standing family name or parents who favored something about Cuba under the Castro regime.

    • Probably not too difficult for the family since Fidel was and is a hero to many in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

  2. I like this strategy of trading IFA money for prospects that are a little more advanced than what they would have signed with that money. This past winter the Reds got Miguel Medrano from Texas for IFA money and who is now at Greeneville. Sounds like this Marinan will start out in Billings. When you cannot spend more than $300,000 on a player, this seems like a good strategy, especially when you have an IFA pool of $6MM to spend, or trade.

  3. Robert Stephenson’s 4.95 BB/9 is really all you need to know about him. He has games where he looks like a potential star, but until he gets his walks under control, he is destined to be a reliever, which is really disappointing.

    • That’s a very narrow view of what Stephenson’s done this season in AAA. He’s started 15 games this season and failed to go at least 5 IP on just 2, a 2.1 IP game on 5-1 and a 3.1 IP game on 6/6. His 1.2 HR/9 probably a bigger detriment than his walks right now.

      During his first 5 games, he averaged 7.2 BB/9 but during his last 10 games, he’s averaged just 3.8 BB/9. His 3.8 BB/9 is still high, but not horrendous. When combined with his 11.2 SO/9 (a nice 2.92 SO/BB) and a 0.93 WHIP during the last 10 games, it paints a pretty good picture of a pitcher ready for another shot at MLB.

      He has another start tonight. Hopefully Stephenson will have another solid effort tonight and that will be his last start at AAA before a promotion back to MLB. They really need to move Romano to the bullpen and see if his effectiveness will increase in shorter outings.

  4. No mention about Homer Bailey performances in AAA, any word?

  5. I know minor league systems (rightfully) aren’t measured by collective W/L records, but nonetheless it bugs me that ours have all been losing ones pretty much across the board the last several years. It would be one thing if the Reds were aggressive in advancing prospects (which I don’t believe it true), but it seems like the more collective talent that is in the pipeline would reflect in the records? It certainly isn’t the most important (development is), but I don’t like prospects making their major league debuts with little to no winning (or playoff) experiences.

    • You do know that AA Pensacola won a Southern League championship last year? Dayton had a good playoff team 2 years ago. Daytona last year also made the playoffs. Daytona was in 1st place of their league division most of the 1st half this year until promotions hit them.
      AAA has been a yearly disappointment.

      • Yes, but it these are exceptions not the norm throughout all levels over the past few years.

  6. Crook and Friedl have certainly hit the ground running in AA. Over time, I think I like Friedl’s chances at staying close to what he has done to date.

    • I think Friedl will likely be the 1st OF prospect to crack the MLB OF as a starter, possibly as early as roster expansion at the end of the 2019 season. I can see him taking CF on opening day 2020. Of course there’s a whole lot of change coming in the Reds organization before opening day 2020, so anything could happen between now and then.

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