We are gearing up for another season of baseball here at Redleg Nation and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy to be once again providing the weekly Ã¢â‚¬Å“This Week on the FarmÃ¢â‚¬Â column. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll use this space to discuss the progress and personnel of the Reds minor league affiliates. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll try to provide you with some news and notes from around the Reds minor league teams, keep you up to date with personnel movement, and help keep track of who is hot and who is not. This week IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll just make mention of a player or two that I hope to keep an eye on at each of the Reds full season affiliates this upcoming season. Then the column will be back on a weekly basis beginning April 9th when weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll probably start off by discussing the minor league team rosters which should be set by then.
AAA Louisville Bats
Yorman Rodriguez Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The toolsy outfielder showed some promise at AA last year. I look forward to seeing he can build on that at AAA this season.
Robert Stephenson Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I am curious to see if the Reds top prospect can bounce back from adversity at AA last season and produce better results with his electric stuff at the AAA level.
AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Seth Mejias-Brean Ã¢â‚¬â€œ He struggled badly at the plate after a midseason promotion to AA. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be watching to see if he can make the adjustment there this season.
Sebastian Elizalde Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The OF/1B produced at both A and A+ last year. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hoping he can continue his success at the next level this season.
High A Daytona Tortugas
Phil Ervin Ã¢â‚¬â€œ He struggled mightily at A last year after a scorching first year in pro baseball. With the wrist injury even further behind him, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be expecting to see him rebound this year.
Nick Travieso Ã¢â‚¬â€œ His stay here in the pitching friendly Florida State League could be short if he continues pitching as well as he did last season.
Low A Dayton Dragons
Aristides Aquino Ã¢â‚¬â€œ It will be exciting to see if his power and speed combo continue to develop in his first year in full season pro baseball.
Taylor Sparks Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The power hitting 3B will make his first appearance in full season class A. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s see if he can maintain his big power stroke while cutting down on his strikeouts.