We are now two weeks into the minor league schedule.  Let’s check in on a hitter or two from each of the four teams playing.  We’ll look more at the fringe type prospects rather than the top prospects you hear about all the time.

AAA Louisville Bats

Steve Selsky had a good game on Wednesday, 4 for 5 with 2 2B, to raise his slash line this year to .370/.433/.667/1.100 in 27 AB.  Selsky swings RH and plays the OF corners and a little 1B.  His career minor league slash line is a solid .293/.379/.463/.842.  He has maintained a good OBP in the higher minors (.369 AA and .359 AAA), but has not shown much in the way of SLG (.313 AA and .371 AAA).  He’s not anyone you’ll see on a top prospect list, but he could find his way onto the bench as a 5th OF and RH bat off the bench someday if he keeps hitting at the AAA level.

Josh Satin has a slash line of .267/.351/.500/.851.  He’s my pick to be recalled to the Reds for the RH pinch hitter bench spot that Devin Mesoraco is holding down until he is able to catch again.  I prefer Satin (Career Minor League .300/.396/.461/.856) over Chris Dominguez  (Career Minor League .268/.308/.435/.743) due to his better OBP skills.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

It’s really good to see Seth Mejias-Brean start hitting at AA.  He now has a .250/.351/.438/.789 slash line this year after struggling for the first time in his pro career last year at AA with a .239/.339/.341/.680 slash line.

Second Baseman Ryan Wright is off to a quick start .269/.321/.615/.937.  He’s got a solid Minor League Career slash line of .274/.320/.429/.749.  Much like Mejias-Brean, it is good to see him rebound from a rough AA slash line of .205/.248/.288/.536 last year.

High A Daytona Tortugas

Catcher Cam Maron is off to a .286/.412/.500/.912 start.  He was obtained last winter in the minor league phase of the Rule V draft.    He is a LH hitting catcher with a Minor League Career line of .284/.388/.373/.761.  It will interesting to see if he can continue to hit with some power to go with his good on base skills.

Third baseman Taylor Sparks is hitting .282/.317/.487/.804.  He has homered twice and struck out 15 times in 41 PA.  The top prospect has big power and will be working all season on cutting down on the strikeouts.

Low A Dayton Dragons

Ronald Bueno is switch hitting 2B and off to a .316/.381/.421/.802 start.  The 22 year old batted .253/.310/.324/.634 last year for Dayton in 204 PA.  He has seen time at both SS and 3B also while with the Reds organization.

Wendell Soto is a 23 year old switch hitting IF who is off to .214/.421/.429/.850 start.  The Reds signed him over the off season after he had spent five years in the Angels organization.  He played SS last year in the Pioneer League where he hit .259/.358/.420/.777.


15 Responses

  1. Brady

    You may have mentioned him last week, but Phil Ervin has had a nice start to the season. .340/.403/.638 with some power, showing some of the tools that made him one of our top prospects. He had a down year last year (which may be attributed to a wrist injury iirc) but his reemergence would make me feel a lot better about our minor league system.

    Winker, Traveiso, and Moscot have looked solid thus far also.

    I just realized your post about the lesser known prospects; that’s my bad.

    • ncboiler

      Winker struggling imo .220/.256/.341/.597. It’s early yes but it can’t much worse than that for him. Far from solid so far.

    • Tom Diesman

      I’m really excited about Ervin looking like the guy we saw two years ago again. I hope he shows he can handle CFregularly. Winker went 2 for 5 with a HR last night and is now up to .239 /.271 /.413 /.684. Hopefully Winker is getting back on track and Ervin will get the promo to AA when Winker gets his to AAA come mid season or so.


    would love to see what Selsky could do in LF, or just play Mesoraco in LF….DFA Byrd (that will NEVER happen)

  3. Kevin Michell

    Cam Maron sounds like a fake name. Like a guy whose name is “Cameron” but didn’t want to tell the team his last name, “My name? Cam… Maron”

    • jdx19

      Dangit, Kevin! You beat me to it!

      Thanks for the update, Tom! Always appreciated.

    • Tom Diesman

      Ok, now I had to go look it up. I’m thinking, “Can his full name be Cameron Maron?”. Nope, full name is Camden J. Maron.

    • Tom Diesman

      Oh yeah, and C Cam Maron is playing in Daytona right now with RP Jimmy Moran. 🙂

  4. SoCalRedsFan

    I just went to the Daytona site and looked up some stats and the one that popped out to me was RH RP Zack Weiss. In 7 1/3 innings he has yet to allow a hit, he’s struck out 15 and walked one. He’s a 2013 6th round pick out of UCLA.

    Hopefully he can keep this up and is on the fast track to Cincy.

    • Tom Diesman

      Nice catch! He is coming off of a good season at A Dayton last year where he had a 2.42 ERA in 63 IP allowing 50 H and 21 BB while recording 80 SO.

  5. WVRedlegs

    Better get a Delta shuttle jet in place this year between Louisville and Cincinnati. Going to need it with no bullpen, no bench, and no Major League front office.

  6. Tom Diesman

    Some recent roster movement of note. Josh Smith was sent from AAA to AA and Pensacola released Marcus Walden (12.00 ERA in 1 GS). At AAA, OF Ryan LaMarre was added to the roster and Louisville released 1B Dan Johnson (.069/.325/.069/.394 in 40 PA).

  7. james Young

    I have been unable to locate J Crawford that came in (1) of the trades early this year on any of the Reds farm teams rosters, can you help.