Here are some of the happenings down on the farm this week.

AAA Louisville Bats

Felix Perez (.296/.342/.498/.840) went 2 for 2 with a 2B and a 3B in the AAA All Star game.  Ruben Gotay (.273/.343/.457/.801) went 0 for 2.  Chien-Ming Wang opted out of his contract with the Reds and became a free agent.  Mikey O’Brien was sent back down to AA on 07/12, but was then recalled to AAA on 07/16 to help fill the void in the Bat’s rotation after Wang’s departure.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Jesse Winker (.289/.399/.521/.921 – A+,AA) went 1 for 2 with a 2B in the Futures Game.  Robert Stephenson (3.97) appeared in the game too and tossed a scoreless 8th inning.  Rossmel Perez  (.316/.371/.435/.806) is quietly putting together a nice season at AA.  The 24 year old LH hitting catcher is in his third season in the AA Southern League.  He was with Mobile in the Diamondbacks organization the last two years where his OPS was .664 in 2012 and .602 in 2013.

High A Bakersfield Blaze

Newly acquired 1B Harold Riggins (.188/.297/.219/.516) is struggling after his first full week with the Reds organization.  This is a bit surprising, considering that he was hitting .263/.351/.447/.798 in over 205 PA in the AA Texas League before he was acquired.  Ismael Guillon (9.39) is getting hit hard over his first five starts after posting a 3.17 ERA over 12 GS at A Dayton.  The 22 year old LH is on the Reds 40 man roster.

Low A Dayton Dragons

Phil Ervin, who showed signs of life in June (.870 OPS) after a horrendous April (.561) and May (.593), is off to another bad start in July (.639).  RH Dan Langfield (2.29), who was recently moved into the starting rotation after 11 relief appearances, has a 1.02 ERA over the four games he’s started.  The 23 year old was a 3rd round pick in the 2012 draft and sat out last season recovering from a right shoulder injury after he posted a 2.68 ERA with Billings in 2012.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

Second round 2014 draft pick 3B Taylor Sparks (.378/.500/.703/1.203) is off to a great start after 48 PA.  LH reliever Brennan Bernardino (0.00) is unscored on over nine relief appearances where he has chalked up two saves and has 14 K over 10.1 IP.

Rookie AZL Reds

3B Gavin LaValley (.288/.373/.455/.828) is off to a good start.  The 19 year old hit RH batter was a 4th round 2014 draft pick out of an Oklahoma high school.  RH reliever Conor Krauss (0.00) is unscored on over 6 relief appearances where he has put up two saves and has 10 K over 5.2 IP.

10 Responses

  1. Todotto

    The poor showing by Ervin is fairly concerning. He was already looked at as a guy who played better than his tools, now that is not looking to be the case. Winker, Lorenzen, and Stephenson to a lesser degree have really been the only high end prospects looking like major leaguers.

      • Thegaffer

        I didnt. They will not be MLB players. Maybe Waldrop will be a back OF, PH. Lively would make Holmberg look like Cy Young in the majors. Look at the reds drafts before 2004, we had no MLB players most years. The recent run of success, mostly first rounders, should not make us overly optimistic.

      • Thegaffer

        Actually I am mildly pleased with Travieso, hope he has some future (Lecure?). If he was not already in the majors, Contreres too.

      • Dale Pearl

        I watched Lively in Pensacola on his first start. He was wild and nervous playing for his hometown. Despite that and his struggles advancing to AA the guy has lights out movement. No he doesn’t throw a 98 mph fastball. He is deceptive and crafty. I see him as a more advanced Tony Congrani.

  2. WVRedlegs

    Happy to see Taylor Sparks off to a great start. I saw some of UC-Irvine’s games in the College World Series and several of his at-bats. He showed good plate discipline in working counts and that has continued with a .500 OBP. I hope he is as good defensively as he is offensively. I wonder though if they may not try him in LF some. He has an excellent bat.

    • Thegaffer

      From what I hear Sparks defense is solid. We should expect him to dominate the 19 years old pitchers in Billings. Have to wait and see how he handles higher A, given his strikeout tendency.

      Gavin Lavalley could be exciting as he has ridiculous power, and only recently starting training his body for baseball (football guard). Have to see if he has a defensive position.

      • WVRedlegs

        Wait until Sparks hits the hitter friendly Cal League at Bakerfield, maybe next year. He is a west coast guy who will be right at home there in Bakersfield. We could see some gaudy numbers come from him then.

      • reaganspad

        I do not see sparks taking long to move up the ladder. I am an OSU Beaver and watched him in that series and also at Omaha. With the wind blowing in hard, he was the only guy to put one on the warning track.

        This guy is a great pick by the Reds and I would say is more than capable of playing at a higher lever today

  3. Dale Pearl

    Looking forward to seeing Taylor Sparks in a Reds uniform in a few years. He will have to find another position besides third though because Frazier isnt going anywhere. LF is Winkers so that kindly leaves him needing to learn second and first