The View of the Cincinnati Reds Farm system saw the Dominican Summer League begin play this week with the Rookie Leagues set to begin play over the next couple of weeks. The Rule 4 amateur draft also began this week. Oh, the Cincinnati Reds farm teams in full season leagues also played some baseball…

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

The Triple-A Louisville Bats maintain a 24-34 record and reside in 3rd place in the 4-team International League West Division. The Louisville Bats added minor league depth with the signing of career minor league pitchers Brad Markey and Eric Spout and added A.J. Alaniz to the 40-man roster via a waiver claim. The Louisville Bats roster continued to experience a high level of flux, primarily due to injury moves rather than shuttles to and from the major league roster. Cody Reed experienced a unique twist of the Collective Bargaining Agreement when he was injured during his role as the 26th man, much to his personal detriment and a bonus to the Cincinnati Reds organization. Alex Blandino joined the Louisville Bats on a rehab assignment, in preparation for returning to active roster status.

Roster Moves

Cincinnati Reds optioned Wandy Peralta to Louisville Bats (05/28/19).
Louisville Bats placed Cody Reed on the 7-day Injured List (05/30/19).
Cincinnati Reds recalled LHP Wandy Peralta from Louisville Bats (05/31/19).
Louisville Bats placed Rob Wooten on the 7-day Injured List (05/31/19).
Cincinnati Reds optioned Lucas Sims to Louisville Bats (05/31/19).
Cincinnati Reds claimed RHP R.J. Alaniz off waivers from Seattle Mariners (05/31/19).

R.J. Alaniz assigned to Louisville Bats (05/31/19).
Cincinnati Reds signed free agent LHP Eric Stout to a minor league contract (06/01/19).
Eric Stout assigned to Louisville Bats (06/01/19).
Louisville Bats placed Alex Powers on the 7-day Injured List (06/02/19).
Cincinnati Reds waived Jose Lopez off the 40-man roster (06/02/19).
Louisville Bats placed Aristides Aquino in the Temporary inactive List (06/03/19).

Cincinnati Reds sent Alex Blandino to Louisville Bats for rehab assignment (06/03/19).
Narciso Crook assigned to Louisville Bats from Billings Mustangs. (06/03/19).
Jose Lopez assigned to Billings Mustangs from Louisville Bats (06/03/19).
Cincinnati Reds signed free agent RHP Brad Markey to a minor league contract (06/03/19).
Brad Markey assigned to Louisville Bats (06/03/19).
Wendolyn Bautista assigned to Louisville Bats from Chattanooga Lookouts (06/03/19).

Injured List (IL)

Hernan Iribarren (04/03/19).
Luis Gonzalez (05/20/19).
Cody Reed (05/30/19).
Rob Wooten (05/31/19).
Alex Powers (06/02/19).

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Triple-A International League average a 4.99 ERA; 1.453 WHIP; 9.0 SO9; 2.34 SO/W and 1.3 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Triple-A Louisville Bats pitchers average a 5.32 ERA; 1.517 WHIP; 8.5 SO9; 2.00 SO/W and 1.2 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Bats pitching ranks 9th among 14 International League teams with a 5.32 ERA.

The Louisville Bats top pitchers for the 2019 season

The Louisville Bats pitchers of interest for the past three weeks

In the Louisville Bats bullpen, Cody Reed (1.13 ERA) and Jimmy Herget (1.80 ERA) have been dominant over the past three weeks.  Reed’s 78% ground ball rate over that period translates to success in GABP.  Herget’s 87% fly ball rate bodes caution regarding success at GABP.

Keury Mella has really stepped up his performance over the past three weeks with a 3.13 ERA with 23.0 innings pitched in four starts during that time.

Hitters

Hitters in the Triple-A International League average a .265/.343/.446/.789 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Triple-A Louisville Bats hitters average a .269/.337/.432/.769 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Bats hitting ranks 10th among 14 International League teams with a .769 OPS.

The Louisville Bats top hitters for the 2019 season

The Louisville Bats hitters of interest for the past three weeks

Phillip Ervin (1.144 OPS), Brian O’Grady (1.032 OPS), Nick Longhi (1.029 OPS), Aristides Aquino (1.024 OPS) and Rob Refsnyder (0.943 OPS) have absolutely destroyed the Triple-A pitching over the past three weeks.  On the flip side, Scott Schebler has reverted to the offensive form that resulted in his demotion with a 0.640 OPS and a 30% strike out rate over the past three weeks.

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

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts maintain a 27-22 record and reside in 3rd place in the 5-team Southern League North Division.

Roster Moves

Chattanooga Lookouts placed Jose Siri on suspended status (06/01/19).
Juan Martinez assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Louisville Bats (06/01/19).
Chattanooga Lookouts placed ty Boyles on the 7-day injured list (06/02/19).
Wendolyn Bautista assigned to Louisville Bats from Chattanooga Lookouts (06/03/19).
Andy Cox assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Daytona Tortugas (06/03/19).

Injured List (IL)

Cassidy Brown (04/22/19).
Ryan Hendrix (05/02/2019).
Joe Mantiply (05/07/19).
Victor Payano (05/14/19).
Jordan Johnson (05/26/19).
Ty Boyles (06/02/19).

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Double-A Southern League average a 3.58 ERA; 1.284 WHIP; 8.9 SO9; 2.50 SO/W and 0.7 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts pitchers average a 4.05 ERA; 1.394 WHIP; 8.7 SO9; 2.23 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Lookouts pitching ranks 8th among 10 Southern League teams with a 4.05 ERA.

The Chattanooga Lookouts top pitchers for the 2019 season

The Chattanooga Lookouts pitchers of interest for the past three weeks

Packy Naughton made a quick adjustment to his promotion from Advanced-A to Double-A hitters with a 2.81 ERA, a 1.7 BB9 and a 4.33 SO/W in 16.0 innings pitched over his first three starts.

Hitters

Hitters in the Double-A Southern League average a .238/.319/.358/.676 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts hitters average a .252/.332/.387/.719 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Lookouts hitting ranks 2nd among 10 Southern League teams with a .719 OPS.

The Chattanooga Lookouts top hitters for the 2019 season

The Chattanooga Lookouts hitters of interest for the past three weeks

Chris Okey appears intent on reestablishing his relevance as a Cincinnati Reds prospect.  His stunning 1.395 OPS comes with just a .267 BAbip.  With playing time divided between two top-prospect catchers for the Chattanooga Lookouts, Okey only obtained 25 plate appearance in 8 games over the past three weeks, so sample size represents a serious concern.

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

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas maintain a 31-27 record and reside in 3rd place in the 6-team Florida State League North Division.

Roster Moves

Daytona Tortugas activated RHP Michael Byrne from the 7-day injured list (05/30/19).
Dylan Harris assigned to Billings Mustangs from Dayton Dragons (06/02/19).
Andy Cox assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Daytona Tortugas (06/03/19).

Injured List (IL)

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

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Advanced-A Florida State League average a 3.48 ERA; 1.261 WHIP; 8.9 SO9; 2.76 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas pitchers average a 3.50 ERA; 1.248 WHIP; 8.7 SO9; 3.17 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Tortugas pitching ranks 6th among 12 Southern League teams with a 3.50 ERA.

The Daytona Tortugas top pitchers for the 2019 season

The Daytona Tortugas pitchers of interest for the past three weeks

In two starts since being promoted to the Daytona Tortugas, Jareed Solomon has shut down opposing hitters with a 0.82 ERA, 11.5 SO9 and 4.67 SO/W.

Hitters

Hitters in the Advanced-A Florida State League average a .241/.313/.354/.667 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas hitters average a .244/.311/.353/.664 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Tortugas hitting ranks 7th among 12 Florida State League teams with a .664 OPS.

The Daytona Tortugas top hitters for the 2019 season

The Daytona Tortugas hitters of interest for the past three weeks

Stuart Fairchild could force his way into the centerfield discussion for the near future if he continues his solid performance and the outfielders ahead of him continue with unspectacular results.

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

The Low-A Dayton Dragons maintain an 19-39 record and reside in 8th place in the 8-team Midwest League Eastern Division.

Roster Moves

Bren Spillane assigned to Dayton Dragons from Billings Mustangs (06/03/19).
Jared Solomon assigned to Dayton Dragons from Daytona Tortugas (06/05/19).
Carlos Machorro assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Dayton Dragons (06/05/19).

Injured List (IL)

Ryan Campbell (04/19/19).
Jacob Heatherly (04/24/19).
Mariel Bautista (05/24/19).

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Low-A Midwest League average a 3.92 ERA; 1.351 WHIP; 9.3 SO9; 2.35 SO/W and 0.7 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Low-A Dayton Dragons pitchers maintain a 4.83 ERA; 1.550 WHIP; 9.4 SO9; 2.22 SO/W and 0.9 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Dragons pitching ranks 16th among 16 Midwest League teams with a 4.83 ERA.

The Dayton Dragons top pitchers for the 2019 season

The Dayton Dragons pitchers of interest for the past three weeks

With the promotion of Jared Solomon, the Dayton Dragons pitching staff may have lost any hope for any second half success without some new arms from the Rookie Leagues or possibly even the draft.  With Solomon’s quick return to the Dayton Dragons after a brief but marvelously successful stint with the Daytona Tortugas, the Dragons pitching maintains a flicker of hope to avoid a complete collapse through the second half of the season.

Hitters

Hitters in the Low-A Midwest League average a .241/.327/.362/.689 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Low-A Dayton Dragons hitters average a .221/.296/.336/.631 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Dragons hitting ranks 15th among 16 Midwest League teams with a .631 OPS.

The Dayton Dragons top hitters for the 2019 season

The Dayton Dragons hitters of interest for the past three weeks

16 Responses

  1. matthew hendley

    Jose Siri suspended? Oh how the mighty have fallen. With a 32% K rate and an OPS that doesn’t break 7, I think the question has finally reverted to If he is going to make AAA rather then the Major Leagues.
    On the Triple A front, Ervin’s results draw the question of why he still resides in KY as opposed to across the river in CIN. Recognizing that Sims is only there due to a manner of depth and not development, will safely assume he will be recalled if there is an injury to the rotation. What is the Story on Aquino, TEMP INAC list?

    • matthew hendley

      Cossack, I do appoligize for not putting this in the original post but thank you as well. Your posts are easy to read, insightful and just the right balance of Fact and projection.

    • Doug Gray

      Aquino’s second child was born this past week.

      • matthew hendley

        oh good then… from both a baseball and personal standpoint. Assume he will be back on the field shortly. I assume Siris story is different. I don’t think they suspend people for having kids

      • WVRedlegs

        Apparently, Siri used several sexual preference slurs directed at the umpire. The Reds wanted to keep that under wraps leading up to their big gay pride night last Saturday at GABP. They desperately did not want any negative publicity and/or a protest for this game. Even if just 15 people were outside the stadium protesting it would have garnered some media attention, which could have mushroomed.
        Therefore, the radio silence on the Siri incident. Since it is a league suspension, the Reds could also act to suspend him when the league punishment is over. I can see that happening too where the Reds might suspend him for another 10 games or so once he comes off the league suspension. But then the Reds will have to go public with a reason. Stay tuned.

  2. Show Triple Slash

    The charts are great in combination with the text. Hard to see how this could be more thorough. Great work!

  3. Jefferson Green

    Cossack, adding the charts and using three weeks of stats are more informative and fun to read. Thanks!

  4. Doc

    Interesting that during the whole Senzel discussion, Siri and Trammel would be manning CF for the Reds in 2020. Now Siri might not even make AAA and Trammel is not beating up minor league pitching. Meanwhile, Senzel is average, plus or minus a teeny bit, in CF, based on the first month.

    Could it be that Reds management actually knows more about the players and player development than all the commenters?

    • Scott in Texas

      Man, I sure hope so. They are getting paid to know more than us after all.

    • Hanawi

      Siri making MLB has always been a longshot. He has no plate discipline at all.

  5. WVRedlegs

    Good job Cossack. As usual. Your job is a little tougher this year as the top-15 prospects are having mostly underwhelming seasons so far. There should be a huge seismic shift in the Reds top prospects list at mid-season. Several will likely drop down significantly while a few others will rise up sharply. Should be plenty of new names on the mid-season top prospects list.
    Trammell having a bad season? No, not really as some suggest. A .238 BA sure, but it comes with a .367 OBP and an incredible 16.6% BB%.
    Santillan having a bad season? No, not really. His BB/9 is almost double his usual rate but his ERA/FIP/xFIP are still in line.
    Tyler Stephenson is having an average-ish season so far.
    Jonathan India? Well, meh.
    But several others will drop down significantly. On the flip side, Tejay Antone and Packy Naughton should find themselves firmly inside the top-20. Hendrix should move up some too. Longhi should have a nice bump up.
    I don’t know about O’Grady’s and Vanmeter’s prospect status. Maybe Doug can chime in. I don’t know if they will show up in his mid-season update, but they should if they are eligible.
    That ill-fated Dodgers trade this winter for that knucklehead Yasiel Puig robbed the Reds of 2 very good prospects. Jeter Downs would have remained solidly in the top-10, but Josiah Gray would have certainly jumped up to the top-5. He is having an incredible season so far in the Dodgers system. An incredibly stupid trade by the Reds front office that netted them very, very little in return. This trade will some day soon rank in the top 2, maybe top 3, of all time bad Reds trades.
    And another former Reds top-10 prospect is having himself a good year so far in Shed Long. But I can’t fault that trade.
    Trammell will keep his top-100 prospect status, and maybe Santillan too, but will likely fall. However, I don’t see how Greene or India keep their top-100 status there. Lodolo might be added to the top-100 mix here, but doubtful. Josiah Gray will find himself in the top-50 prospects of all of MLB, though. Sad.

    • Keith

      I was excited about the trade until I learned that Josiah Gray was included. Hated to see him go in a salary dump.

    • Lwblogger2

      Not sure I agree with you on the Dodgers trade, although in hindsight it isn’t looking good for the Reds. Keep in mind Wood was more of a key than Puig… You may be right that it ends up as a crqp trade but probably a stretch to say one of the worst 5 in Reds history.

      Everything else seems very on point. Even when I disagree with you there is generally a decent underlying argument that supports your position.

  6. Old-school

    Scott Schebler has to be hurt. He hit 30 HR in 2017 , had 17 last year prior to his collision in St Louis with the wall. He’s been a different player since. His throws from the OF last year post injury were awful. He may not be a major league everyday starting OF but he’s also not a AAA player with a .670 OPS.

  7. Keith

    Isabel striking out 44% of his at bats is quite an incredible feat. That’s pretty remarkable.

  8. Grand Salami

    Agreed that the top prospects are a mixed-bag this year, at best. India has shown good power and walk rate. He’s .100 above league average on .OPS despite a .230 avg so I still like him.

    Hopefully Okey keeps it up for a few more weeks to get a bump up to AAA. It seems the ship has sailed on Graterol and he is worse offensively than he’s been in a few years. Having him come back with Stephens would be helpful as C will need reinforcements soon enough.