Lots of movement this week at the upper level of the Reds Farm, with a trickledown impact through the entire full season affiliates. The Old Recliner got a good workout keeping up with the all the comings and goings. Let’s see how things shook out and what the future might hold for the Cincinnati Reds farm system.

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

The Triple-A Louisville Bats maintain a 18-26 record and reside in 3rd place in the 4-team International League West Division. The Louisville Bats lost some minor league depth and roster fill with the departure of starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne and reliever Anthony Bass with opt out clauses in their minor league contracts while Cody Reed and Josh VanMeter familiarized themselves with the Louisville Shuttle.

Roster Moves

Odrisamer Despaigne opted for free agency (05/17/19).
Cody Reed promoted to the Cincinnati Reds (05/17/19).
Josh VanMeter optioned to the Louisville Bats (05/17/19)
Juan Martinez assigned to the Louisville Bats from the Chattanooga Lookouts (05/17/19).
Rob Wooten assigned to the Louisville Bats from the Chattanooga Lookouts (05/17/19).
Cody Reed optioned to the Louisville Bats (05/18/19).
Aristides Aquino activated from the 7-day Injured List (05/18/19).
Anthony Bass opted for free agency (05/20/19).
Alberti Chavez assigned to Louisville Bats from Chattanooga Lookouts. (05/21/19).
Alex Powers assigned to Louisville Bats from Chattanooga Lookouts. (05/21/19).
Josh VanMeter promoted to the Cincinnati Reds (05/21/19).

Injured List (IL)

Hernan Iribarren (04/03/19).

The Perspective on Cody Reed from the Old Recliner

Over the past three weeks, Cody Reed made a serious statement with his performance that included two multi inning appearances at the major league level. Reed pitched to a 2.00 ERA over 7 games and 9.0 innings pitched with a 1.000 WHIP, 13.3 SO9, 4.00 SO/W and 0.0 HR9. The Cincinnati Reds placed Duke on the 10-day Injured List and recalled Josh VanMeter as an additional bat rather the Cody Reed to replace the left-handed reliever in the major league bullpen. As mentioned previously, Cody Reed represents a very important pitching option for 2020 and beyond. If the Reds manage his service time accumulation to keep him below 2.000 years (about 100 additional days) of major league service time, they will control his contract via arbitration through the 2025 season. Doug Gray made a solid argument for promoting Cody Reed to the major league roster permanently.

Although just a three-game surge, Aristides Aquino also made a statement after his return from the Injured List, slashing .583/.615/.917 in 13 plate appearance. Aquino now sports a tidy .344/.397/.689 slash with a 1.086 OPS and .301 ISO in 68 plate appearances for the season.

After a dismal (.133/.235/.133 in 17 plate appearances) start following his option to the Louisville Bats, Scott Schebler has demonstrated a brief resurgence (.375/.474/.438 with a .911 OPS in 38 plate appearances).

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Triple-A International League average a 4.85 ERA; 1.443 WHIP; 9.1 SO9; 2.38 SO/W and 1.3 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Triple-A Louisville Bats pitchers average a 4.72 ERA; 1.434 WHIP; 9.1 SO9; 2.19 SO/W and 1.2 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Bats pitching ranks 7th among 14 International League teams with a 4.72 ERA.

The Louisville Bats top pitchers

Lucas Sims (SP) – 4.06 ERA; 1.331 WHIP; 12.8 SO9; 3.94 SO/W and 1.2 HR9 in 44.1 innings pitched.
Cody Reed (RP) – 2.89 ERA; 1.125 WHIP; 11.6 SO9; 3.00 SO/W and 0.5 HR9 in 18.2 innings pitched.
Matt Bowman (RP) – 3.18 ERA; 1.324 WHIP; 8.7 SO9; 1.83 SO/W and 0.4 HR9 in 22.2 innings pitched.
Ian Krol (RP) – 3.31 ERA; 1.408 WHIP; 11.6 SO9; 3.00 SO/W and 1.1 HR9 in 16.1 innings pitched.
Jackson Stephens (RP) – 3.86 ERA; 1.179 WHIP; 9.0 SO9; 2.55 SO/W and 0.3 HR9 in 28.0 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Triple-A International League average a .263/.342/.441/.783 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Triple-A Louisville Bats hitters average a .258/.334/.414/.749 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Bats hitting ranks 12th among 14 International League teams with a .749 OPS.

The Louisville Bats top hitters

Aristides Aquino (RF) – .344/.397/.689/1.086 in 68 plate appearances.
Brian O’Grady (1B) – .314/.404/.627/1.031 in 142 plate appearances.
Nick Longhi (LF) – .296/.353/.520/.873 in 137 plate appearances.
Rob Refsnyder (RF) – .295/.377/.383/.760 in 131 plate appearances.

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

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts maintain a 22-21 record and reside in 3rd place in the 5-team Southern League North Division.

Roster Moves

Juan Martinez assigned to the Louisville Bats from the Chattanooga Lookouts (05/17/19).
Rob Wooten assigned to the Louisville Bats from the Chattanooga Lookouts (05/17/19).
Tejay Antone activated from the 7-day injured list (05/17/19).
Jesse Stallings assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Daytona Tortugas (05/18/19).
Juan Martinez assigned to the Chattanooga Lookouts from the Louisville Bats (05/20/19).
Alberti Chavez assigned to Louisville Bats from Chattanooga Lookouts. (05/21/19).
Alex Powers assigned to Louisville Bats from Chattanooga Lookouts. (05/21/19).
Wendolyn Bautista assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Daytona Tortugas (05/21/19).

Injured List (IL)

Nick Howard (04/02/19).
Cassidy Brown (04/22/19).
Ryan Hendrix (05/02/2019).
Joe Mantiply (05/07/19).
Victor Payano (05/14/19).

The Perspective on Alex Powers from the Old Recliner

The Cincinnati Reds signed Alex Powers to a minor league free agent contract in February 2016. Over the past 3 weeks, Powers averaged 0.00 ERA in 11.0 innings pitched with a 0.636 WHIP, 16.3 SO9, 10.00 SO/W and 0.0 HR9. This earned the 27-year-old reliever a promotion to the Louisville Bats on 05/21/19. His age made him one of the older players in every league since Powers signed with the Reds from the Independent Leagues. This season represented his third time competing in the Double-A Southern League, but he made significant progress each season and simply dominated this season. Powers could be a late bloomer and more than ready to take on Triple-A hitters.

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Double-A Southern League average a 3.45 ERA; 1.264 WHIP; 9.0 SO9; 2.45 SO/W and 0.7 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts pitchers average a 4.22 ERA; 1.401 WHIP; 8.8 SO9; 2.05 SO/W and 0.9 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Lookouts pitching ranks 10th among 10 Southern League teams with a 4.22 ERA.

The Lookouts top pitchers

Tejay Antone (SP) – 3.09 ERA; 1.122 WHIP; 7.8 SO9; 2.53 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 in 43.2 innings pitched.
Joel Kuhnel (RP) – 2.86 ERA; 1.045 WHIP; 9.0 SO9; 3.67 SO/W and 1.6 HR9 in 22.0 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Double-A Southern League average a .232/.316/.348/.663 slash line during the 2019 season.
The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts hitters average a .244/.328/.375/.703 slash line during the 2019 season.
The Lookouts hitting ranks 2nd among 10 Southern League teams with a .703 OPS.

The Lookouts top hitters

Mitch Nay (3B) – .226/.342/.484/.826 in 76 plate appearances.
Brantley Bell (2B) – .276/.369/.455/.824 in 142 plate appearances.
Ibandel Isabel (1B) – .233/.294/.479/.773 in 160 plate appearances.
Taylor Trammell (LF) – .246/.382/.351/.733 in 170 plate appearances.
Gavin LaValley (3B) – .233/.316/.398/.714 in 118 plate appearances.
Jose Siri (CF) – .270/.331/.382/.713 in 170 plate appearances.
Tyler Stephenson (C) – .255/.316/.392/.708 in 114 plate appearances.

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

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas maintain a 24-21 record and reside in 2nd place in the 6-team Florida State League North Division.

Roster Moves

Jesse Stallings assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Daytona Tortugas (05/18/19).
Wendolyn Bautista assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Daytona Tortugas (05/20/19).
Adrian Rodriguez assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Dayton Dragons (05/20/19).
Carlos Machorro assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Dayton Dragons (05/21/19).

Injured List (IL)

Hunter Greene (04/02/19).
Ryan Olson (05/03/19).
Michael Byrne (05/19/19).

The Perspective on Stuart Fairchild from the Old Recliner

Over the past 3 weeks, 23-year-old centerfielder, Stuart Fairchild, surged with a .392/.458/.667/1.124 slash that included 8 doubles, 2 home runs and 1 stolen base in 59 plate appearances. The Cincinnati Reds drafted Fairchild in the 2nd round of the 2017 Rule 4 Amateur draft. He represents another centerfield prospect with good speed and solid defensive skills. The 2019 season represents Fairchild’s second trip through the Advanced-A Florida State League and a distinct improvement over his 2018 performance. He profiles as a solid utility outfielder at the major league level with an upside as a starting centerfielder.

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Advanced-A Florida State League average a 3.48 ERA; 1.265 WHIP; 8.9 SO9; 2.74 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas pitchers average a 3.77 ERA; 1.275 WHIP; 8.6 SO9; 3.37 SO/W and 0.9 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Tortugas pitching ranks 8th among 12 Southern League teams with a 3.77 ERA.

The Tortugas top pitchers

Packy Naughton (SP) – 2.63 ERA; 1.130 WHIP; 8.8 SO9; 5.56 SO/W and 0.4 HR9 in 51.1 innings pitched.
Ryan Nutof (RP) – 3.32 ERA; 1.158 WHIP; 12.8 SO9; 6.75 SO/W and 0.5 HR9 in 19.0 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Advanced-A Florida State League average a .241/.314/.355/.669 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas hitters average a .249/.317/.362/.679 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Tortugas hitting ranks 6th among 12 Florida State League teams with a .679 OPS.

The Tortugas top hitters

Jonathan India (3B) – .267/.368/.453/.821 in 174 plate appearances.
Jose Garcia (SS) – .275/.336/.461/.797 in 113 plate appearances.
Mark Kolozsvary (C) – .218/.371/.410/.781 in 97 plate appearances.
Stuart Fairchild (CF) – .257/.331/.410/.740 in 118 plate appearances.
Alejo Lopez (2B) – .288/.357/.353/.710 in 173 plate appearances.

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

The Low-A Dayton Dragons maintain an 15-31 record and reside in 8th place in the 8-team Midwest League Eastern Division.

Roster Moves

Moises Nova assigned to Dayton Dragons from Billings Mustangs (05/18/19).
Connor Curlis assigned to Dayton Dragons from Billings Mustangs (05/20/19).
Jhon De Jesus activated from the 7-day injured list (05/20/19).
Adrian Rodriguez assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Dayton Dragons (05/20/19).
Carlos Machorro assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Dayton Dragons (05/21/19).
Dylan Harris assigned to Dayton Dragons from Billings Mustangs (05/21/19).
Shard Munroe placed on the 10-day injured list (05/21/19).
Andrew McDonald assigned to Dayton Dragons from Billings Mustangs (05/22/19).
Alexis Diaz placed on the 7-day injured list (05/22/19).

Injured List (IL)

Ryan Campbell (04/19/19).
Jacob Heatherly (04/24/19).
Jhon De Jesus (05/11/19).
Shard Monroe (05/21/19).
Alexis Diaz (05/22/19).

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Low-A Midwest League average a 3.86 ERA; 1.350 WHIP; 9.4 SO9; 2.33 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Low-A Dayton Dragons pitchers maintain a 4.98 ERA; 1.554 WHIP; 10.1 SO9; 2.21 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Dragons pitching ranks 16th among 16 Midwest League teams with a 4.98 ERA.

The Dragons top pitchers

No Dayton Dragon pitchers maintain league average production.

Hitters

Hitters in the Low-A Midwest League average a .239/.327/.357/.684 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Low-A Dayton Dragons hitters average a .221/.295/.331/.627 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Dragons hitting ranks 15th among 16 Midwest League teams with a .627 OPS.

The Dragons top hitters

Shard Munroe (LF) – .243/.377/.423/.800 in 138 plate appearances.
Juan Martinez (3B) – .279/.380/.404/.784 in 161 plate appearances.
Pabel Manzanero (C) – .273/.290/.446/.736 in 101 plate appearances.

9 Responses

  1. matthew hendley

    Reed and Bowman should be the next relief options for the Reds once the patience with Duke and Peralta evaporates. I would have added Sims, but I think there is still significant upside in retaining him as a starting Pitcher slotting him just below Mahle in the depth chart. Aquino has always been a favorite of mine, good to see he is doing so well from his return from injury, If he can get/keep his contact up and K down he would make a good 4th OF option for the reds.
    Good to see Schebler finally getting back on track, the need for a LH bat from the bench with power cannot be ignored.

  2. WVRedlegs

    Good job as always.
    What is happening to the pitching at Chattanooga? That was supposed to be a strength of this team to begin the season. But 10th out of 10 teams is downright bad. The pitchers in Chattanooga are giving out free passes (BB’s) like they are Halloween candy. Isn’t Danny Darwin the pitching coach there? The 3 big starters there aren’t immune either from the charity.
    Santillan = 4.66 BB/9, 46.1 IP, 9 starts.
    Moss = 7.4 BB/9, 41.0 IP, 9 starts.
    Antone = 3.09 BB/9, 43.2 IP, 8 starts.
    Johnson = 6.82 BB/9, 34.1 IP, 8 starts.
    Other than Powers who was just promoted, the relievers are just as awful with the BB’s. What gives, especially with Darwin there?

    • Warren Leeman

      I’m with you @WVRedlegs, but the pitching concerns go beyond just Chattanooga.

      Hunter Greene (#3 prospect) – IL & out for the season
      Tony Santillan (#5 prospect) – 3.50 ERA; 10.1 SO9; 2.17 SO/W & 0.6 HR9
      Vladimir Gutierrez (#8 prospect) – 8.56 ERA; 5.3 SO9; 1.50 SO/W & 1.8 HR9
      Lyon Richardson (#11 prospect) – 4.58 ERA; 8.7 SO9; 3.17 SO/W & 0.7 HR9
      Jacob Heatherly (#12 prospect) – IL – 8.31 ERA; 10.4 SO9; 1.67 SO/W & 0.0 HR9
      Scott Moss (#15 prospect) – 3.95 ERA; 10.8 SO9; 1.44 SO/W & 0.9 HR9

      and the list goes on…

      The Reds will need to replace at least 1 starter next season at least 1 reliever, and that’s assuming no injuries or performance issues. I just don’t see the replacements lining up and I don’t see the front office and on-field management making any in-house preparations.

      • Old-school

        Hunter Greene is apparently working out 6 days a week and still has the star power at only 19. He will be healthy and ready to pitch sometime in 2020. However, his MLB timeline does not fit with the Reds. Santillan is still a highly sought prospect.

        I’d like to see the Reds package Santillan and Greene to a team in full rebuild mode who would be willing to wait on Greene.

        Marlins have Caleb Smith and the Tigers have Matt Boyd. Both are young controlled lefties at the top of their game entering their prime. Grab one of those and Castillo/Gray/Boyd or Smith/ and Mahle for a good starting 4 for 2020/21.

      • WVRedlegs

        Old School, did you know Matthew Boyd was drafted by the Reds in the 13th round in the 2012 draft? He didn’t sign and went back to Oregon State. He was drafted by the Jays in the 6th round in 2013.
        Boyd might be possible but would require a very high price to pay with 3 1/2 years left. Detroit has needs where the Reds have depth.
        I would like to see the Reds trade for SF’s LH closer Will Smith and use him interchangeably with Raisel Iglesias. Free agent after the year and would have to have an extension as a likely possibility. He also will require a high price but SF needs everything.

      • Old-school

        Did not know that. Well done. Boyd pitched 7 shutout innings today and the Tigers blew it in the 9 th. They are in a long losing streak and in full rebuild mode very soon.

        Article in the athletic… Cards in free all and in danger of falling below .500 until the Homer Bailey tonic arrived and a 10-3 win for the Cards. Bailey ERA now 6.13. Not to be outdone, Matt Harvey gives up 8 runs in a 3 innings and ERA over 7.

        Reds got the pitching and need to be aggressive in replacing Roarck and Wood. Castillo Gray and Mahle are good. But the reds won’t win in 2020 unless they go outside organization to get a really good #2 to pair with Castillo.

  3. Jack

    Rather uninspiring years from prospects which doesn’t bode well for Red’s future

  4. TyGuy88

    Will Aquino get a shot to start with the Reds at some point or is he more of a 4th or 5th OF? He seems to be having an eye-opening year of AAA so far.

  5. Grand Salami

    Dragons are u-g-l-y without an alibi. That’s a real minor league team with good fan support in Dayton, too bad.