This week, the View of the Reds Farm from the Old Recliner reviews the season results of the Cincinnati Reds minor league affiliates along with the personal perspective from the Old Recliner of a top performer from each affiliate for the past three weeks.

Triple-A Louisville Bats (International League – West Division)

The Triple-A Louisville Bats maintain a 14-18 record and reside in 3rd place in the 4-team International League West Division.

Roster Moves

Luis Gonzalez assigned to Louisville Bats from Chattanooga Lookouts (05/02/2019).
Courtney Hawkins released by Louisville Bats (05/03/2019).
Matt Bowman optioned from Cincinnati Reds to Louisville Bats (05/03/2019).
Nick Senzel promoted to Cincinnati Reds (05/03/2019).
Scott Schebler optioned from Cincinnati Reds to Louisville Bats (05/04/2019).
Cody Reed promoted to Cincinnati Reds (05/04/2019).
Cody Reed optioned from Cincinnati Reds to Louisville Bats (05/05/2019).
Josh VanMeter promoted to Cincinnati Reds (05/05/2019).
Kyle Wren released by Louisville Bats (05/07/2019).
Narciso Crook assigned to Louisville Bats from Chattanooga Lookouts (05/07/2019).

Injured List (IL)

Hernan Iribarren (04/03/19).
Aristides Aquino (04/23/19).

The Perspective on Cody Reed from the Old Recliner

Over the past 3 weeks, 26-year-old Cody Reed pitched to a 1.54 ERA; 13.8 SO9; 6.00 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 in 11.2 innings pitched. Those 3 weeks included a 1-day promotion to the Cincinnati Reds that included 2.1 innings against major league hitters. Reed’s 2.3 BB9 and 70% ground ball rate provide a sparkling emphasis to his recent dominance against both Triple-A and Major League Baseball competition.

Cody Reed would almost certainly produce better results at the major league level than either Zack Duke or Wandy Peralta, so why isn’t Reed pitching for the Cincinnati Reds rather than the Louisville Bats? Reed began the season with 1.067 seasons of major league service. If the Reds can keep Reed from accumulating any significant major league service time until the all-star break, the Reds gain an additional season of control on Reed’s contract. The Reds will need to replace possibly as many as five pitchers on the major league roster in 2020. Reed would certainly be one of those replacements and the Reds could have team control of Reed’s contract through the 2025 season.

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Triple-A International League average a 4.92 ERA; 1.458 WHIP; 9.3 SO9; 2.36 SO/W and 1.2 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Triple-A Louisville Bats pitchers average a 4.68 ERA; 1.433 WHIP; 9.1 SO9; 2.04 SO/W and 1.1 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Bats pitching ranks 8th among 14 International League teams with a 4.68 ERA.

The Louisville Bats top pitchers

Odrisamer Despaigne (SP) – 4.21 ERA; 1.266 WHIP; 8.7 SO9; 2.69 SO/W and 1.2 HR9 in 36.1 innings pitched.
Lucas Sims (SP) – 4.45 ERA; 1.423 WHIP; 13.6 SO9; 3.5 SO/W and 1.1 HR9 in 32.1 innings pitched.
Anthony Bass (RP) – 1.69 ERA; 0.875 WHIP; 7.9 SO9; 2.80 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 in 16.0 innings pitched.
Matt Bowman (RP) – 2.60 ERA; 1.385 WHIP; 8.3 SO9; 1.60 SO/W and 0.0 HR9 in 17.1 innings pitched.
Ian Krol (RP) – 3.00 ERA; 1.250 WHIP; 9.0 SO9; 3.00 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 in 12.0 innings pitched.
Cody Reed (RP) – 3.21 ERA; 1.143 WHIP; 12.2 SO9; 3.17 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 in 14.0 innings pitched.
Jackson Stephens (RP) – 3.86 ERA; 1.339 WHIP; 9.6 SO9; 2.00 SO/W and 0.5 HR9 in 18.2 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Triple-A International League average a .264/.344/.438/.782 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Triple-A Louisville Bats hitters average a .257/.333/.420/.753 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Bats hitting ranks 12th among 14 International League teams with a .753 OPS.

The Louisville Bats top hitters

Brian O’Grady (1B) – .359/.442/.679/1.122 in 96 plate appearances.
Rob Refsnyder (RF) – .317/.383/.524/.907 in 94 plate appearances.

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League – North Division)

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts maintain a 17-13 record and reside in 2nd place in the 5-team Southern League North Division.

Roster Moves

Michael Beltre assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts (05/02/19).
Calten Daal assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts (05/02/19).
Juan Martinez assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Louisville Bats 7-day Injured List (05/02/19).
Joe Mantiply assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Billings Mustangs (05/06/19).

Injured List (IL)

Nick Howard (04/02/19).
Cassidy Brown (04/22/19).
TJ Friedl (04/29/19).
Ryan Hendrix (05/02/2019).
Rob Wooten (05/04/2019).

The Perspective on Tejay Antone from the Old Recliner

Over the past 3 weeks, 25-year-old starting pitcher, Tejay Antone pitched to a 3.00 ERA; 8.1 SO9; 2.71 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 in 21.0 innings pitched. Antone ranks 19th among qualified starting pitchers in the Double-A Southern League with a 3.38 ERA. He also sports a 60% ground ball rate. After the Reds drafted Antone in the 5th round of the 2014 Rule-4 Amateur Draft, he made regular, if unspectacular, progress through the Advanced-A Florida State League (with a one game appearance at the end of the season in the Triple-A International League) in 2016.

A trip to the Disabled List for the entire 2017 season derailed his progress, before he repeated the 2018 season in the Advanced-A Florida State League. His career 3.64 ERA and 0.6 HR9 might earn him a look in spring training. Antone’s best shot at a major league career might be a middle reliever or back-end starter but that is realistically a long shot.

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Double-A Southern League average a 3.65 ERA; 1.292 WHIP; 9.1 SO9; 2.39 SO/W and 0.7 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts pitchers average a 4.63 ERA; 1.422 WHIP; 9.5 SO9; 2.07 SO/W and 1.0 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Lookouts pitching ranks 10th among 10 Southern League teams with a 4.63 ERA.

The Lookouts top pitchers

Tejay Antone (SP) – 3.38 ERA; 1.219 WHIP; 7.9 SO9; 2.15 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 in 32.0 innings pitched.
Alex Powes (RP) – 1.80 ERA; 0.867 WHIP; 12.0 SO9; 5.00 SO/W and 1.2 HR9 in 15.0 innings pitched.
Joel Kuhnel (RP) – 2.16 ERA; 0.960 WHIP; 12.2 SO9; 5.25 SO/W and 1.1 HR9 in 16.2 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Double-A Southern League average a .234/.321/.350/.671 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts hitters average a .252/.336/.386/.722 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Lookouts hitting ranks 1st among 10 Southern League teams with a .722 OPS.

The Lookouts top hitters

Ibandel Isabel (1B) – .273/.325/.545/.870 in 120 plate appearances.
Taylor Trammell (LF) – .274/.403/.379/.782 in 119 plate appearances.
Brantley Bell (2B) – .247/.343/.438/.781 in 102 plate appearances.
Tyler Stephenson (C) – .261/.338/.391/.729 in 80 plate appearances.
Alfredo Rodriguez (SS) – .295/.340/.364/.704 in 95 plate appearances.
Jose Siri (CF) – .264/.325/.373/.698 in 124 plate appearances.

Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas (Florida State League – North Division)

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas maintain a 15-16 record and reside in 2nd place in the 6-team Florida State League North Division.

Injured List (IL)

Hunter Greene (04/02/2019).
Ryan Olson (05/03/2019).

The Perspective on Hendrik Clementina from the Old Recliner

Over the past 3 weeks, 21-year-old catcher, Hendrik Clementina, simply raked with a .353/.377/.608/.985 slash line that included 3 doubles and 3 home runs in 53 plate appearances. The young catcher came to the Reds from the Dodgers in the Tony Cingrani trade. Clementina produced an .828 OPS in the Advanced Rookie Pioneer League during the 2017 season and followed that with an .824 OPS in the Low-A Midwest League during the 2018 season. A lot can happen between Low-A competition and the major league competition, but Clementina, ranked 23rd among the Cincinnati Reds prospects, represents a possible alternative to Tyler Stephenson as a catcher at the major league level.

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Advanced-A Florida State League average a 3.46 ERA; 1.266 WHIP; 9.0 SO9; 2.69 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas pitchers average a 4.06 ERA; 1.319 WHIP; 9.0 SO9; 3.25 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Tortugas pitching ranks 11th among 12 Southern League teams with a 4.06 ERA.

The Tortugas top pitchers

Packy Naughton (SP) – 2.56 ERA; 1.295 WHIP; 9.4 SO9; 4.71 SO/W and 0.0 HR9 in 31.2 innings pitched.
John Ghyzel (RP) – 2.35 ERA; 1.239 WHIP; 8.2 SO9; 2.80 SO/W and 0.0 HR9 in 15.1 innings pitched.
Wendolyn Bautista (RP) – 2.35 ERA; 1.147 WHIP; 11.2 SO9; 4.75 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 in 15.1 innings pitched.
Cory Thompson (RP) – 2.37 ERA; 0.842 WHIP; 10.9 SO9; 5.75 SO/W and 0.9 HR9 in 19.0 innings pitched.
Aneurys Zabala (RP) – 3.00 ERA; 1.389 WHIP; 9.0 SO9; 2.25 SO/W and 0.0 HR9 in 18.0 innings pitched.
Ryan Olson (RP) – 3.21 ERA; 1.286; 10.3 SO9; 2.67 SO/W and 0.0 HR9 in 14.0 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Advanced-A Florida State League average a .239/.315/.350/.664 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas hitters average a .246/.313/.339/.652 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Tortugas hitting ranks 9th among 12 Florida State League teams with a .652 OPS.

The Tortugas top hitters

Mark Kolozsvary (C) – .232/.348/.411/.759 in 66 plate appearances.
Alejo Lopez (2B) – .300/.368/.375/.743 in 134 plate appearances.
Hendrik Clementina (C) – .272/.298/.444/.742 in 84 plate appearances.
Jonathan India (3B) – .236/.317/.409/.726 in 123 plate appearances.
Lorenzo Cedrola (CF) – .270/.302/.393/.695 in 98 plate appearances.

Low-A Dayton Dragons (Midwest League – Eastern Division)

The Low-A Dayton Dragons maintain an 11-20 record and reside in 8th place in the 8-team Midwest League Eastern Division.

Roster Moves

Dylan Harris activated from 7-day Injured List (05/08/2019).

Injured List (IL)

Ryan Campbell (04/19/2019).
Jacob Heatherly (04/24/2019).
Michael Siani (05/07/2019).

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Low-A Midwest League average a 3.73 ERA; 1.341 WHIP; 9.5 SO9; 2.29 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Low-A Dayton Dragons pitchers maintain a 5.30 ERA; 1.582 WHIP; 10.2 SO9; 2.18 SO/W and 0.7 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Dragons pitching ranks 16th among 16 Midwest League teams with a 5.30 ERA.

The Dragons top pitchers

Jerry D’Andrea (RP) – 3.65 ERA; 1.297 WHIP; 13.1 SO9; 3.00 SO/W and 0.0 HR9 in 12.1 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Low-A Midwest League average a .234/.324/.348/.672 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Low-A Dayton Dragons hitters average a .222/.298/.340/.639 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Dragons hitting ranks 13th among 16 Midwest League teams with a .639 OPS.

The Dragons top hitters

Shard Munroe (LF) – .257/.387/.432/.820 in 93 plate appearances.
Juan Martinez (3B) – .270/.369/.404/.773 in 105 plate appearances.
Mariel Bautista (LF) – .250/.322/.430/.752 in 115 plate appearances.
Jay Schuyler (C) – .290/.354/.370/.724 in 113 plate appearances.
Pabel Manzanero (C) – .245/.267/.429/.696 in 101 plate appearances.

10 Responses

  1. matthew hendley

    not willing to write him off as a bust at all yet but tyler Stephenson needs a breakout season this season. His numbers are pedestrian. Tramell looks to have come back to earth as well. Its alright though as he has a few more years to develop. India’s numbers aren’t terrible so that’s good. kinda.
    The strange one is Lucas sims. I don’t get why his ERA is so high. Everytime I see a start of his it looks to be of the 7 innings 3r or less variety. Oh well. A little culling of the herd at LOU as well.

    • Phil

      According to the wRC+ listed on Fangraphs India, Stephenson and Trammel are 23, 33 and 35% above average offensively for the leagues they are in.
      I hope all 3 go on a tear and start forcing promotions, but I’m not currently concerned about how they are playing.

    • T Bone

      Sims had one really bad outing where he gave up 8 runs in 1.1 IP. Other than that he’s been good.

    • lwblogger2

      The league that Stephenson and Trammel play in is pitching rich, hitting poor. I’m not worried about either of them as they are both hitting well above the league average. Stephenson is a 22-year-old playing at AA. He’s also a catcher and they take a longer time to develop in general. He’s also been slowed a bit by injuries so got a little behind. I think he’ll be fine. No way I write him off this year or next.

  2. PhP

    I was thinking the same, but then I noticed the whole league average slash line for double A. There must be something going on in that league to suppress the numbers that much. So, I think it’s encouraging both Stephenson and Tramell have numbers far better than the league average.

    • Jim

      The Southern and Florida State Leagues are both very pitcher-friendly, so I’m really happy that TySteve and Trammell are hitting as well as they do. Once they get to AAA, they’ll be using the livelier MLB baseballs, and their topline numbers will improve dramatically.

    • WVRedlegs

      Different baseballs being used in AA compared to AAA. AAA games are using the regular MLB baseball this year, but AA and lower are still using the minor league baseballs. Same size ball but a different type of leather and different stitching of some sorts. It has produced a stark difference this year between the ERA’s at AAA and AA.
      Cossack, glad you singled out Tejay Antone. I picked him as one of my breakout minor leaguers this year. He came back last may or June from Tommy John surgery in 2017 and had to shake off a lot of rust last year as he got acclimated to his new elbow. He was up and down but seemed to be progressing well as the season closed out. He was on the cusp of breaking out when he had his elbow injury. I think you’ll be mentioning his name a few times as the season goes into June and July. I look for good things from Antone this year and look for him to be an integral part of the 2020 AAA rotation with Santillan. Keep an eye on Antone, as he may not be the long shot at season’s end that you see him as now.
      And don’t forget that kid that came over from the Yankees in the Sonny Gray trade, Reiver Sanmartin, down at Daytona. The LHer has a lofty ERA at 5.03 after 7 starts, but his 3.25 FIP and 2.33 xFIP suggest better times ahead for him. He’s been bitten by the HR bug, but given up only 4 in 7 starts. At 23 years of age already he could be given a bump up to AA by mid season if he does a little better. The front office might want to see what they have if there are thoughts of putting him in the bullpen later.
      Good job as always.

  3. jreis

    thank you for the write up. Watching both Stephenson and Clementina closely I feel Clementina has the brighter future. the kid can really hit. hopefully the defense will improve with time as well

  4. Seat101

    I enjoy your contribution every week. I appreciate the perspective of the recliner and it’s a wonderful complement to what I read on redsminorleague.com.

    I know Cody Reed gets paid more because he’s on the 40 man and has been in the major leagues, but it’s got to be frustrating to know he’s been delayed from the major leagues for roster reasons.

  5. lwblogger2

    Bring back Tom D!!

    Just kidding Cossack, I mean um Warren. You know I love your stuff here.