Last week we looked at the roster shuffling that coincided with the startup of the Red’s two Rookie level teams.  This week we’ll check out how some of these players are faring thus far at their new levels.

AAA Louisville Bats

Juan Silverio (.360/.385/.440/.825) and Steve Selsky (.278/.409/.389/.798) are both off to very good starts at AAA.  Rey Navarro (.235/.316.412/.728) is doing just fine also, as he is a middle infielder hitting above the International League average of .718 OPS.  Justin Freeman (0.00) has yet to be scored on over 5.1 IP of relief.  Brett Marshall (8.10) is struggling thus far coming back from the DL.  David Holmberg (6.88) is showing signs of life as he has posted a 2.61 ERA over his last four starts.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Ben Lively (7.36) allowed 3 ER over 3.2 IP in his first AA start.  He was done in by an uncharacteristic 5 BB.  Carlos Gonzalez (0.00) is unscored on over 3 IP of relief.  It’s only 27 PA, but Jesse Winker (.158/.370/.158/.528) has had a tough introduction to AA pitching.  Kyle Waldrop (.231/.286/.308/.593), Marquez Smith (.154/.154/.154/.308), and Ryan Wright (.095/.136/.143/.279) are all off to very slow starts as well.  Seth Mejias-Brean (.250/.500/.438/.938) has continued to hit well in his first week at AA.

High A Bakersfield Blaze

Sebastian Elizalde (.211/.348/.263/.611) is off to a slow start at the A+ level.  Sean Buckley (.318/.318/.409/.727) who was struggling at the plate and with injuries at Dayton before his promotion is doing well so far.  Ismael Guillion (17.18) had a rude introduction to the California League as he allowed 7 ER over 3.2 IP, including 3 HR, in his first start at A+.

Low A Dayton Dragons

Jackson Stephens (6.75) allowed 3 ER over 4 IP in his first start at Dayton this year.  Radhames Quezada (6.75) has allowed 2 ER over 2.2 IP in two relief appearances.  Jonathan Reynoso (.316/.381/.316/.697) is off to a decent start and Ronald Bueno has yet to reach base over 14 PA.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

Jeremy Kivel (2.16) and Tyler Mahle (3.60) are both throwing well after their first two starts.  RF Aristides Aquino (.333/.353/.697/1.050), LF Aex Greer (.421/.450/.579/1.029), C Garrett Boulware (.357/.471/.500/.971), and 3B/1B Brian O’Grady (.333/.471/.500/.971) are all off to hot starts.

Rookie AZL Reds

Junior Arias (2.25), no this is not the same player as the Junior Arias who plays OF for Bakersfield, had a nice 4 IP start.  Jacob Constante was unscored on in a 3 IP relief outing.  3B Robert Ramirez (.286/.444/.714/1.159), C Chadwick Tromp (.444/.500/.556/1.056), LF Jonathan Martijn (.500/.500/.500/1.000), and LF Dalton Carter (.333/.429/.500/.929) are the quickest out of the gate in less than a week of games in Arizona.

4 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    I think you can add LF Alex Greer to the list of Ones to Watch at Billings this year. I like this guy’s bat and he is supposed to be a good fielder. I don’t think he played any last year after being drafted way down in the 20’s rounds. Great to see him off to a hot start.
    Good news on Holmberg. He might be a very nice trade chip in July. He might help get Didi Gregorius back. That would be kind of ironic since they were parts of the same 3 team trade.

  2. the gaffer

    You had to expect lower offensive numbers for the players moving up to the pitcher friendly Pennsicola team. Winkers numbers are VERY similar to Votto’s Milb but he is younger at each level.

    • Tom Diesman

      That’s an excellent point, Cal Lg hit em at a .760 OPS and Southern Lg at a .717 OPS. Mejias-Brean aside, none of the above is within .100 of the Southern league average. It’s a small sample though, they’ll all come around.

  3. TC

    Did anyone notice Winker was promoted to AA about a week ago, or am I just late to the discussion?