Dick Williams has found a trade partner with whom he is apparently comfortable with in Andrew Friedman of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The two have agreed to three trades in the past calendar year, the most recent of which was the one sending Dylan Floro to the Dodgers for a couple of young arms in the low minors.
Earlier this year, Williams sent Ariel Hernandez to the Dodgers for pitcher Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel, who landed at Class High-A Daytona. Neal landed in Louisville.
It was very interesting that Neal went back to the Dodgers in the Floro deal. It was also interesting that Isabel was named the Reds co-minor league player of the month for June, sharing the honor with Nick Senzel. Isabel is a name that hasn’t received a lot of mention, but that may change:
Ibandel Isabel hit his 20th HR of the season. (Reds, High-A)
— Prospects 365 (@Prospects365) July 7, 2018
— Daytona Tortugas (@daytonatortugas) July 7, 2018
Ibandel Isabel just took MadBum deep.
— Jared Massey (@JaredJMassey) July 6, 2017
Here are his (and Senzel’s) June numbers:
Congrats to the #RedsMiLB co-Players of the Month for June!
🦇 Louisville IF Nick Senzel: .387/.434/.613, 11 R, 11 XBH, 16 RBI
🐢 Daytona 1B Ibandel Isabel: .269/.356/.692, 14 R, 11 HR, 23 RBI pic.twitter.com/ClOTHddm1U
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 5, 2018
Isabel’s overall numbers with Daytona: .253 average, 19 homers, 44 RBI, .341 OBP, .566 slugging percentage, .906 OPS (higher than Taylor Trammell) AND 78 strikeouts. The latter number has apparently been an issue for Isabel, and was one reason the Dodgers were willing to part with him. Doug Gray could probably answer this question, but how long has it been since the Reds had a minor leaguer hit 20 homers (including his time in the Dodgers system) by early July? I frankly can’t remember.
Williams’ trades with Friedman have followed a similar pattern: Dodgers receive players with major league experience, Reds receive prospects from the low minors. Last year, Williams sent Tony Cingrani to LA for catcher Hendrik Clementina, who is playing this year for the Class low-A Dayton Dragons. He’s hitting .282, with 10 homers, .357 OBP, .527 slugging percentage, and .883 OPS.
In the Floro trade, the Reds received pitcher Aneurys Zabala, who just this week tied the Fifth-Third Field in Dayton record for fastest pitch recorded, 101 mph. (He tied Aroldis Chapman and Hunter Greene.) The key to the trade from the Reds’ perspective was righthanded starter James Marinan, a fourth-round pick of the Dodgers last year, and apparently ranked very high on the Reds’ draft board. This year and last year combined, he pitched 27.2 innings for the Dodgers’ rookie league team, and he’s been assigned to the Reds’ rookie league team in Billings.
Isabel, Clementina and Marinan all seem to have some potential for development, so keep them in mind years down the road when you wonder, “Who did the Reds get for Tony Cingrani, Ariel Hernandez and Dylan Floro?”
The Reds finish the three-game series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs today, with a 2:20 Eastern time start. It’s the rubber game of the series following Saturday’s very disappointing fall-from-ahead loss.
On paper, this is the pitching matchup in this three-game series that looks to be the most disadvantageous for the Reds. Castillo has stretches where you see future ace written all over him, and other stretches where you see an average-to-mediocre, bottom-of-the-rotation starter. He has a tendency to get rattled and lose concentration when something negative happens, and that may very well be the biggest obstacle left in his development. It will be a tough road crowd at Wrigley today, so this should be a good measuring stick.
Lester has been the stopper in the Cubs’ rotation. He has won nine of his last 10 starts, and has surrendered more than two runs only once in that stretch. If recent form holds, the Reds are going to have to get a great game from Castillo and probably the bullpen to have a shot today.
In the course of yesterday’s very disappointing bullpen performance, nobody pitched more than an inning, so all hands (and arms) should be on deck today. Amir Garrett’s performance (walking the first two batters in the eighth inning) was particularly disappointing. Since he was hit in the leg by a batted ball a couple of weeks ago, he has been considerably less effective from the bullpen. There is no indication that there is a direct correlation, but Garrett cannot be used in high-leverage situations if he doesn’t have good control.
|SS Jose Peraza||CF Albert Almora Jr.|
|C Tucker Barnhart||RF Jason Heyward|
|1B Joey Votto||2B Javier Baez|
|3B Eugenio Suarez||1B Anthony Rizzo|
|2B Scooter Gennett||C Willson Contreras|
|LF Adam Duvall||LF Kyle Schwarber|
|RF Jesse Winker||3B Ian Happ|
|P Luis Castillo||SS Addison Russell|
|CF Billy Hamilton||P Jon Lester|
News and Notes
Minor leaguer suspended …
Montrell Marshall, a first baseman at Class-A Dayton, received a 50-game suspension, per the commissioner's office. His 2nd positive test for a drug of abuse.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) July 7, 2018
Last night Dragons first baseman Montrell Marshall was named MVP of the 2018 MWL All-Star Game, becoming just the second Dayton player to receive this honor (Jay Bruce, 2006). Marshall drove in the game-winning run with a two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning. pic.twitter.com/OJah8ZulUp
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) June 21, 2018
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