Hey, the Reds won one yesterday!  That makes them 2-4 on their 10 game west coast road trip with 4 to go against the Dodgers.  Yeah, the west coast never treats us nice does it?  Oh well, we got the minor leagues to look forward to right?  Let’s see what has been going on down on the farm over the last week.

AAA Louisville Bats

SP Robert Stephenson, after being named International League Pitcher of the Week, proceeded to pitch badly in his next start going 4 IP allowing 5 ER on 8 H and 4 BB with 5 SO.  Then last night Stephenson exited the game due to an undisclosed injury after just 2 IP where he allowed 4 BB.  RH SP Matt Buschmann, 4.25 ERA in 53 IP, was traded to Baltimore for cash.  RH RP Miguel Celestino, 1.69 ERA in 10.2 IP at Pensacola, was promoted to the Bats.

The Reds had reportedly released 30 year old 1B/3B Josh Satin.  That may not be the case as the International League transactions reported that they reassigned Satin to the minor leagues.  After a hot start, Adam Duvall has cooled off considerably as he now has a .162/.205/.432/.638 slash line after 39 PA with the Bats.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

OF Jesse Winker, .271/.371/.410/.781, clubbed his 10th HR of the season last night and is hitting .405 over his last 10 games.  Amazingly, the Reds have allowed Marquez Smith (30 years old) and Ray Chang (31 years old) to accumulate 616 PA between them this season at AA while making 97 appearances at 1B.  The AA Southern league average age is 24 years old by the way.  I can’t imagine it’s really that hard to locate a more age appropriate 1B who has a little more upside to cover those PA.

RH SP Tim Adleman, 2.41 ERA, was activated from the DL and placed back into the starting rotation.  It appears that LH Wandy Peralta, 5.38 ERA in 20 GS, has been moved into the bullpen.

High A Daytona Tortugas

RH SP Nick Travieso returned from the DL after taking a come backer off his arm and he picked up right where he left off.  Travieso has made two starts since coming back and has allowed 1 ER over 7 IP.  RH SP Keury Mella, 4.00 ERA in 9 IP, has allowed  8 BB over his first two starts with the Tortugas.

OF Brian O’Grady has struggled badly, .135/.222/.202/.424, since his promotion from Dayton.  OF Phil Ervin, .243/.335/.380/.715, leads the club with 12 HR and is second with 27 SB.

Low A Dayton Dragons

OF Aristides Aquino, .230/.266/.324/.590, is still struggling to figure out Midwest League pitching.  OF Jonathan Reynoso, .283/.330/.376/.706, has 13 SB and 5 3B.

RH SP Tyler Mahle, who leads the rotation with 2.53 ERA in 128 IP, was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Month.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

OF Kevin Garcia (.345/.430/.405/.835) and OF Ed Charlton (.276/.338/.496/.834) lead the Mustangs on offense.  3B Brantley Bell, .315/.377/.434/.811, leads the club with 13 2B.

LH SP Ty Boyles leads the starting rotation with a 1.70 ERA in 53 IP.

Rookie AZL Reds

He did it!  Jose Siri, .261/.266/.457/.723, managed to draw his first BB last night and that gives him 1 BB in 140 PA.  1B James Vazquez leads the offense batting .336/.387/.630/1.017.  Vasquez also leads the club with 7 HR.

Wendolyn Bautista paces the pitching staff with a 1.52 ERA over 41.1 IP.