While Walt Jocketty works from home trying to rebuild the Reds and the Reds give away every other game of a home series to the Cubs; we’ll take a look to see what’s going on down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

Last night SP Robert Stephenson tossed 6 IP of shutout baseball allowing 2 H and 4 BB with 5 SO to lower his AAA ERA to 3.27.  In his 4 GS at AAA, Stephenson now has threw 22 IP allowing 7 H and 10 BB with 21 SO.  Stephenson is still giving up too many free passes, but his H and SO numbers are looking really good.  RH RP Jacob Johnson, 4.88 ERA in 51.2 IP at AA, was called up to help out in the bullpen.

Josh Satin, .250/.355/.367/.722, is still with the Bats, so it appears he either did not act on his opt out clause, or he did and nobody chose him.  Brennan Boesch is still hitting a very healthy .337/.420/.469/.889 in 113 PA with the Bats.  OF Juan Silva gets the call up from AA where he was hitting .176/.285/.264/.549 to help out on the Bats bench.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

OF Juan Duran, .270/.319/.460/.780, has got hot and is showing his power at AA again as 9 of his 17 hits are for extra bases.  OF Jesse Winker, .261/.362/.382/.744, has cooled off over the last few weeks.  C Kyle Skipworth is slashing .256/.338/.560/.898 in 143 AA PA and has a club leading 9 HR.  2B Ryan Wright, .248/.320/.320/.641, was activated from the DL.

LH RP Joel Bender, who had a 3.69 ERA in 53.2 IP at A+, got the call up to help out in the Blue Wahoos bullpen.  Closer Zack Weiss now has a 3.68 ERA with 12 S and in 29.1 IP has allowed just 26 H and 8 BB while recording 36 SO.

High A Daytona Tortugas

OF Phil Ervin is slashing .252/.334/.411/.745 and leads the Tortugas with 12 HR.  Ervin’s 18 SB are second on the club to Junior Arias who has 24.  1B/OF Daniel Pigott was assigned to the Tortugas after coming off of Daytons DL and slashing .289/.325/.684/1.009 in a AZL rehab assignment.  Pigott has hit .272/.332/.380/.712 over the last two years at Dayton.

LH SP Amir Garrett tossed 7 IP of shutout baseball last night to lower his ERA to 2.69.  Garret has now thrown 97 IP allowing 85 H and 41 BB with 101 SO.  RH RP Alejandro Chacin, who has a 2.95 ERA in 21.1 IP was activated from the DL.

Low A Dayton Dragons

2B Ty Washington, .295/.358/.426/.784,  was activated from the DL.  OF Aristides Aquino .203/.256/.278/.534, has been struggling since being activated from the DL a week ago.  OF Jimmy Pickens, .249/.297/.365/.662, was activated from the DL and 2B Shedric Long was placed on the DL.

SP Tyler Mahle, 2.54 ERA, has now thrown 110 IP allowing 102 H and 15 BB with 103 SO.  LH RP Ty Sterner, 4.91 ERA at Billings, was added to the Dragons bullpen.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

3B Brantley Bell, .366/.429/.527/.955, is leading the Mustangs on offense.  Bell has yet to homer in 106 PA but does lead the team with 11 2B.  CF Ed Charlton, .301/.393/.521/.913, is the only other Mustang with an OPS over .900 in the high offense Pioneer league where the league average OPS is .801.

LH SP Ty Boyles allowed 1 R last night in 5.1 IP and now has a 2.01 ERA.  Note that the League ERA in the high offense Pioneer League is 5.46.  RH RP Carlos Macharro was promoted to Billings from the AZL Reds.  Macharro had a 1.50 ERA in 12 IP in the AZL.

Rookie AZL Reds

2B Blake Butler, 349/.373/.540/.913, is pacing the Reds offense.  1B James Vasquez, .266/.315/.516/.831, leads the Reds with 4 HR.  Jose Siri, .267/.267/.467/.733, has yet to draw a BB in 90 PA.

Wendolyn Bautista still leads the staff with a 1.07 ERA in 25.1 IP.  RH SP Adrian Rodriguez has 3.33 ERA in 27 IP.  2015 2nd round draft pick Antonio Santillan tossed 3.1 scoreless innings in his first outing.