The Reds first deadline trade has been completed and Johnny Cueto is off to Kansas City where he’ll get a shot at being in the post season this year.  The Reds got a pretty good haul of three LH SP in Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb, and Cody Reed in return.  I’ll touch on where these three will start their Reds career below and see what else is going on down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

Tuesday night SP Robert Stephenson tossed a gem as he threw 8 IP of shutout baseball allowing 3 H and 1 BB with 10 SO to lower his AAA ERA to 2.40.  In his 5 GS at AAA, Stephenson now has threw 30 IP allowing 20 H and 11 BB with 31 SO.  Newly acquired LH SP John Lamb (2.67 ERA at AAA with Omaha) started last night and went 5 IP allowing 3 R on 6 H and 3 BB with 8 SO.  New LH SP Brandon Finnegan (5.00 ERA in 27 IP between AA and AAA this year) is slated to start tonight for Louisville.  David Holmberg, 4.40 ERA in 108.1 IP with 129 H, 38 BB, and 61 SO at AAA, will get the call up to start for the Reds tonight against Pittsburgh.  Yeah, I don’t why either.  I would have thought Lamb or possibly Stephenson would have been the best choice.

Yorman Rodriguez, .269/.308/.429/.736, was placed on the DL with a left calf strain.  Kris Negron, .193/.253/.349/.602, also landed on the DL with a left shoulder strain.  Chris Dominguez, who was DFA, cleared waivers and was assigned back to the Bats roster.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

OF Jesse Winker, .259/.363/.384/.748, has some competition in Pensacola for best batting eye.  Seth Mejias-Brean (.257/.370/.375/.745) and Zach Vincej (.259/.371/.343/.714) are also doing a great job at getting on base.  The Southern League average OBP is .333.

RH SP Tim Adleman, 2.41 ERA, was removed from last nights game during the 2nd inning with an elbow injury.  No word yet on when newly acquired LH SP Cody Reed  (2.53 ERA in 96 IP between A+ and AA this year) will get his first start with the Blue Wahoos.  Josh Smith is slated to start tonight and they have TBD for Friday night, so it may be then.

High A Daytona Tortugas

Alex Blandino, .302/.375/.449/.824, has picked up where he left off with the bat since his stay on the DL.  It is also interesting to note that Blandino has started 3 of the last 4 games at 2B since his return.

Nick Travieso, 2.98 ERA in 63.1 IP, has not pitched since 06/15 when he left that game in the 1st inning after a comeback liner caught him in the arm and forced him to leave the game.

Low A Dayton Dragons

2B Ty Washington, .273/.348/.396/.744, is still hitting well since his return from the DL.  OF Jonathan Reynoso, .292/.335/.394/.729, is hitting well and has 5 3B and 12 SB.

Ty Mahle (2.41 ERA), Wyatt Strahan (2.87 ERA), and Tejay Antone (2.95 ERA) are anchoring a strong Dayton rotation.  Midwest League average ERA is 3.55.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

3B Brantley Bell (.336/.392/.478/.870) and CF Ed Charlton (.276/.357/.494/.851) are leading the Mustangs on offense.  LF Kevin Garcia (.339/.425/.400/.825) and SS Blake Trahan (.326/.392/.424/.816) are both also hitting better than the high offense Pioneer league average OPS of .790.

LH SP Ty Boyles (1.88 ERA) is the lone standout in the Mustangs starting rotation.  Tyler Parmenter (2.20 ERA) is pacing the bullpen.

Rookie AZL Reds

2B Blake Butler (.367/.393/.557/.950) and 1B James Vasquez (.299/.356/.545/.901) are pacing the Reds offense.

Wendolyn Bautista still leads the staff with a 1.14 ERA in 31.2 IP.  RH SP Adrian Rodriguez has 2.90 ERA in 31 IP.

23 Responses

  1. Tom Gray

    Stephenson maybe the better choice but since Reds rushed Homer Bailey to MLB, maybe they learned their lesson.

    • Big56dog

      Agree, somewhat on Bailey, he was just horrible his 2nd time up and then seemed to be sporadic for a few seasons. But the way they have handled Cingrani has been bizarre although I do not know all the issues with his injuries. Seemed like he had decent run of starts in summer 2013 and just cannot get any consistency going. I suspect a Sept call up for Stepheson once the other flunkies show what they can do and they have to start limiting Lorenzen and Disco’s innings. He probably starts off in AAA next year and brought up if he shows continually dominance over AAA hitters.

      • Tom Diesman

        I noted that Stephenson was possibly a better choice with the idea of not starting his clock in the back of my mind. Your right, they will probably hold him out until he’s past the projected super 2 date early next year before they call him up, given he is still throwing well at AAA then. That will probably mean no Sept call up for him this year as he would need to be added to the roster and that would start his clock.

  2. gaffer

    The only excuse for Holmberg is they are ready to cut bait on him, so one last try.

    • Tom Gray

      Hope he repeats his Sept 2014 performance (1.8 ERA). You may be right, F or CB.

    • RFM

      They probably want Lamb to make a couple of starts in AAA to see if the Louisville pitching coach can help with anything, Finnegan isn’t ready to be a major league starter, Axelrod got pounded out of the bullpen the other day, and they might want to delay Robert Stephenson’s service clock until next season.

      Process of elimination leaves us with Holmberg….

      • Tom Diesman

        I’m not buying that excuse to exclude Lamb. The guy is 25 and pitched well, unlike Holmberg, at AAA for the last year and a half. Lamb should have been the one to get the call in my book. Even 25 year old Donn Roach, who is already on the roster and has a 2.97 ERA over 18 AAA starts this season, is more deserving of the call up than Holmberg.

  3. David

    The Reds aren’t going anywhere this year. I don’t see the rush to start the service clock on a top prospect like Stephenson.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Spot on David! The list of real prospects for starters at the major league level is long, but all of them are still rpospects. We don’t know who might or might not successfully make the transition to the show in 2016 & 2017. Let them develop completely and see how they shake out before starting their service time clock. Rushing someone to the major league level almost always produces bad results for the player and the team (see Hamilton, Billy).

      The Reds are going nowhere in 2015. The team does not have any reason to waste service time on undeveloped prospects. Even the current young starters on the major league roster needed more development (Lorenzen, Iglesias, Moscot), but at the time, the Reds deemed (rose colored glasses) their chances for success in 2015 still legitimate and needed the best arms available on the major league roster. Let Axelrod, Holmberg or even Buschmann take a shot for the remaining 2 months rather than pushing Stephenson, Finnegan, Lamb or even Cingrani to the 25-man roster in 2015.

      Now, an addition to the roster for a September call up is another matter and that experience could be useful since the AAA schedule wraps up after September 7th.

    • redmountain

      Perhaps to get him a chance at facing ML hitters so that they know what they have. Whatever happens now you will most likely see two of them after the roster expands.

    • Big56dog

      I thought it is all about portion of seasons in major leagues. Just curious if he gets a Sept call-up can they wait a month in 2016 and bring him up say May 15th and it will look like he only has 1 season?

      • Shchi Cossack

        A season is counted as days on the major league roster so partial seasons get combined toward total service time rather than a partial season counting as a full year. There is also a # of days specified as a full season and then additional days accumulated on a full season do not count as an overage. I believe that is counted as the 25-man roster and a September call up with expanded rosters does not count against major league service time, but i don’t know that for sure.

  4. Indy Red Man

    I wonder what Lamb’s velocity was last night? I know they’re trying to stretch out Finnegan but it sounds like he has the velocity to be a closer? Myers or Charlton type maybe? I don’t really trust Hoover long term in the 8th…let alone the 9th? I’d like to see them sign Leake and deal Chapman for a major league ready leadoff hitter but it will prob be the other way around….they’ll deal Leake and keep Chapman.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Yes!!! A leadoff hitter (preferably RH) should be a the top of the needs for the Reds. A player with 5+ years of control to solidify a perpetual weakness on the Reds roster and Reds system. With Votto, Frazier Mesoraco and Bruce, the Reds do not need another big bat, just someone to set the table effectively. He does not need to steal bases, just get on base…a lot. The SS and 2B would hit 6th & 7th with Hamilton slotted into the #9 hole. The everyday lineup should be solid and productive

      • Shchi Cossack

        Suarez should be leading off right now rather than Phillips. Now id the time to find out what Suarez can do going forward and hitting leadoff is opne of those options. Suarez is not an unproven prospect. Everyone knows what to expect from Phillips. The reds are missing a huge opportunity to find out how much Suarez could contribute from an offensive perspective. If Suraez continues to produce and gety on base from the leadoff position, the Reds have the good probelm of finding him a place in the lineup for 2016 & 2017. Left field might be that solution while Cozart and Phillps are manning the middle infield.

      • Tom Diesman

        Suarez did have a MiLB OBP of .361, so I think he’d be an improvement for us at leadoff. But putting him in LF is setting your sites low. He’s too good a defensive player to waste on a high offense position where you could easily do better if your name isn’t Walt. Now if you want to talk CF and lead off, I’m listening.

  5. JMO

    Let the kids pitch in AAA the rest of the year. No need to start the clock on Stephenson and Lamb. We are looking at a TOP 5 draft pick next year in a very deep draft. We have tons of young SP with upside. Excited about the future.

    • Tom Diesman

      Stephenson ok, but I don’t agree with Lamb.

  6. beroader

    David Price has reportedly been traded to the Blue Jays. The Dodgers have the trade for Mat Latos and another of the Braves’ starters.

    Are there any other potential trade partners for Mike Leake? He’s the one guy that there is urgency to trade since Chapman and Bruce are controlled by the team into next season.

    • Jwahl

      Yankees just put Pineda on the DL and they needed a starter before that happened. Giants were interested in Cueto and Price before they got traded so maybe them as well.

    • RedsFaninPitt

      Cubs, Yankees, Blue Jays, Astros, Giants, and possibly Pirates could all still be looking for additional starting pitching. Even though Blue Jays and Astros have gotten some good arms recently, there has been indications that they want more to solidify their rotations further.