The Cincinnati Reds 2015 draft is signed, sealed and delivered. The date in which players were eligible to sign has passed. Everyone seems to have taken the field, but some guys are playing more than others. Everyone from the 2015 draft is on the Arizona League Reds or the Billings Mustangs. Let’s take a quick look at how everyone is performing. Below I’ve broken things down by pitchers and hitters to make things a bit easier. (Stats do not include Monday night performances)

Hitters

Round Name Age PA BB K AVG OBP SLG
1 Tyler Stephenson 18 107 10 16 .281 .355 .365
3 Blake Trahan 21 145 13 12 .336 .403 .438
4 Miles Gordon 17 39 1 10 .263 .282 .342
8 Mitch Piatnik 20 84 4 18 .247 .280 .312
10 Zach Shields 22 90 3 14 .222 .256 .259
11 Brantley Bell 20 123 8 20 .336 .393 .482
15 Blake Butler 21 79 3 16 .365 .392 .568
17 J.D. Salmon-Williams 18 6 0 2 .000 .000 .000
21 Satchel McElroy 18 54 3 12 .280 .333 .320
23 Ed Charlton 22 98 9 23 .276 .357 .494
25 James Vasquez 22 85 5 14 .307 .341 .560

Top Hitting Performance

You could go in a few different directions here with depending on exactly what it was that you wanted to weigh more importantly. For me, the best performance so far has to go to Blake Butler. He’s old for the Arizona League, but we aren’t talking about the best prospect, just the best performance and he’s hitting .365. He’s got a .568 slugging percentage.

In Billings Blake Trahan is out to a strong start. He’s walked more than he’s struck out while hitting .336. The power hasn’t really shown up yet, and it might not show up much, but the rest of his game has been strong.

Pitchers

Round Name Age ERA IP H HR BB K
2 Tony Santillan 18 7.71 4.2 3 1 5 1
2 Tanner Rainey 22 6.04 22.1 23 1 11 20
5 Ian Kahaloa 17 5.06 5.1 7 0 2 6
6 Jimmy Herget 21 5.11 12.1 8 1 7 8
7 Jordan Ramsey 22 8.44 16.0 19 3 13 16
9 Sarkis Ohanian 21 3.32 19.0 12 2 10 26
12 Alexis Diaz 18 2.70 3.1 2 1 2 0
13 Andrew Jordan 17 0.00 6.1 4 0 0 8
14 Austin Orewiler 22 6.94 11.2 14 4 11 8
16 Jake Johnson 22 4.91 14.2 21 1 10 9
18 Isaac Anesty 18 9.00 1.0 2 0 2 1
20 Rock Rucker 22 10.80 1.2 4 0 3 2
34 Connor Bennett 18 2.45 3.2 5 0 2 4

Top Pitching Performance

There haven’t been a lot of strong performances from the draft picks thus far, but a lot of guys have had very limited action too. Sarkis Ohanian has to be the front runner for top performance. He’s thrown the second most innings of all of the draft picks and has more strikeouts than walks to go along with a 3.32 ERA for the Billings Mustangs.

Andrew Jordan is out to a great start for the AZL Reds. The 17-year-old had not allowed a run in 6.1 innings with eight strikeouts. He also hasn’t walked a batter and has given up just four hits.

10 Responses

  1. Gonzo Reds

    Speaking of prospects, both old and new (3 so far), if we think we can win with this core group how about flipping a couple of minor league pitchers and one of our minor league OFs to the Phillies for Hamels? We’d still off-load Leake and hopefully Byrd before the deadline for whatever we could get but this would make us competitive next year.

    • redmountain

      The reason they are looking to trade guys is because they are trying to save mHe is also signed for the next couple of seasons. This would be a very bad move.

  2. redmountain

    I would look again at some of the prospects. There are a number plahiyers in the Reds minor league system who are not striking out much more than they walk and therefore have OBPs above 300, The pitchers on the roster are very young and they would have been in AAA this season except for the need. They will hopefully improve. Remember that early in his career Randy Johnson led the majors in walks.

  3. Tom Gray

    The Reds success with rookies in 1960’s and 1970’s (building the Big Red Machine) was hardly a coincidence. They learned to hit (or pitch) at all levels of Reds MiLB system according to the Reds way of doing things.

  4. Kevin Michell

    Just saw MLB.com’s updated Top 30 prospects. Interesting assortment, sure could use another high-ceiling bat.

    Top 10:

    Winker
    Robert Stephenson
    Garrett
    Tyler Stephenson
    Travieso
    Blandino
    Blake Trahan
    Cody Reed
    Tony Santillan
    Ervin

    With Nick Howard, Jonathon Crawford, and Y-Rod immediately following.

    • Doug Gray

      Do yourself a favor, never look at that list again. It’s really bad.

      Nick Howard walked 50 batters in 38 innings. Jonathon Crawford has thrown 6 innings. Both are on the disabled list with shoulder injuries and Crawford is done for the year. They rank 11th and 12th. No. Just no.

      • Kevin Michell

        Doug, are you doing a new ranking of your own post-Trade Deadline? (assuming they make a few more significant trades)

      • Doug Gray

        I will probably wait until the offseason – I’d like to get a chance to see everyone in person – and I will be in Florida from August 1-11th for Daytona/Pensacola, meaning I won’t see Louisville again until at least the middle of August and I want to get eyes on the new guys. Second hand reports are nice, but seeing guys in person is something I’d rather have at my disposal if possible when ranking guys.