The pitching reinforcements are just about ready to arrive.  It may be just in time as recent rotation addition Jon Moscot (4.02 ERA) reported soreness in his non-pitching shoulder in last night’s start.  With Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani, and John Lamb all nearing the end of their rehab assignments there could be some upcoming roster moves that may result in players like JC Ramirez and Drew Hayes landing back in AAA Louisville.  The much anticipated return of these pitchers will definitely bolster the Reds staff and the depth at the AAA level.

AAA Louisville Bats

The International League hitters are averaging .252/.322/.362/.684.  The Bats have three players above that mark, led by 28 year old IF Jermaine Curtis who has a great 1.082 OPS.  LF Jesse Winker (.766 OPS) and SS Juan Perez (.758 OPS) are the other two hitters besting the league average.  SS Jose Peraza comes in just below the AAA average mark at .282/.329/.338/.667.  In recent roster moves, 32 year old IF/OF Hernan Iribarren, who had a .629 OPS for the Bat’s last year in 458 PA, has rejoined the team.

The International League average ERA is 3.51.  Starting pitchers Robert Stephenson (0.75 ERA), Josh Smith ( 0.50 ERA), and Cody Reed (2.79 ERA) are all better than average in the early going.  Relievers Chad Rogers (0.00) and Layne Somsen (1.04 ERA) are both off to great starts out of the bullpen.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Southern League hitters are averaging .251/.329/.362/.691.  The Bule Wahoos have four players besting the league average mark.  RF Sebastian Elizalde (.855 OPS) and CF Beau Amaral (.836 OPS) are leading the Blue Wahoos at the plate.  IF/OF Tony Renda (.703 OPS) and C Chad Wallach (.715 OPS) are off to good starts as well.  LF Phillip Ervin (.680 OPS) comes in just below league average.  Eric Jagielo (.557 OPS) and Alex Blandino (.513 OPS) continue to struggle.

The Southern League average ERA is 3.84.  The Blue Wahoos have a team ERA of 2.24 and have only two players worse than the league average ERA.  The Blue Wahoos starting rotation are all besting league average with Amir Garrett (1.46 ERA), Nick Travieso (2.63 ERA), Rookie Davis (1.00 ERA), Sal Romano (3.38 ERA) and Jackson Stephens (3.12 ERA) all throwing well.  Alejandro Chacin has been unscored on over 8 IP and has recorded 3 S.  Daniel Wright has a 0.55 ERA over 16.1 IP including 2 GS.

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Florida State League hitters are averaging .235/.311/.335/.645.  The Tortugas have three hitters above the league average mark. 1B Avain Rachal (.826 OPS), LF/DH Angelo Gumbs (.803 OPS) and LF Brian O’Grady (.756 OPS) are leading the Daytona offense.  Struggling to start the season at A+ are RF Aristides Aquino (.605 OPS), 3B Taylor Sparks (.556 OPS), and SS Blake Trahan (.335 OPS).

The Florida State League average ERA is 3.34.  Tyler Mahle (3.32 ERA) is the lone starter better than league average.  RP Jacob Ehret (1.59 ERA) and RP Jimmy Herget (2.00 ERA) are both pitching well and each have 2 S.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Midwest League hitters are averaging .244/.316/.336/.652.  The Dragons have four hitters above league average.  2B Shed Long (.897 OPS), OF Ed Charlton (.800 OPS), CF Narciso Crook (.768 OPS), and 1B James Vasquez (.752 OPS) are the Dragons players getting it done at the plate.  C Tyler Stephenson (.406 OPS) continues to struggle at the plate in A ball.

The Midwest League average ERA is 3.54.  The Dragon’s starting rotation continues to struggle as Franderlyn Romero is the only starter better than league average with a 3.16 ERA.  RP Jeremy Kivel has a 2.16 ERA 3 S.  RP Ariel Hernandez (1.93 ERA) and Manuel Aybar (2.08 ERA) are also pitching well out of the bullpen.


18 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    Nice update on the minors. Other than Winker and maybe Peraza, offensively there still isn’t much in the pipeline. Even after the trades, not much to be excited about offensively on the farm yet.

    • Patrick Jeter

      That’s a byproduct of the Reds seemingly always wanting near-MLB-ready talent instead of guys with lots of talent and high upside in the low minors.

    • Tom Diesman

      Yeah, hopefully it’s a small sample size thing. I’m hoping Waldrop, Rodriguez, Blandino, Ervin, and Jagielo give us something to get excited about soon.

  2. Matt WI

    Nice touch with the league averages, nice perspective to see.

  3. Brian

    If you could also include each team’s record and their place in the standings, that’d be great.

  4. GreatRedLegsFan

    So, after a few more days, we may see this starting rotation: Bailey, Disco, Iglesias, Finnegan & Lamb. In the bullpen, other than Straily, Cotham and Ohlendorf, it’s pretty much opened for anyone.

  5. Hotto4Votto

    Surprised all the OPS averages are below 700. But, none of the leagues the Reds play in are thought to be hitters leagues, FSL is extreme pitchers league, and the rest are closer to neutral I’d guess. Something to consider when evaluating our hitters and pitchers.

    Elizalde is a guy I’m intrigued by, he could be a useful bench piece in the future I think.

    • Tom Diesman

      Yeah, Billings is the only offensive friendly league in our minors system now.

  6. JB WV

    Thanks, Tom. Look forward to your piece every week. Stephenson must be feeling the first round pressure. Hope he shrugs it off soon.

    • wizeman

      not sure what your point s here. pressure affecting him adversely? guy is killing it.
      what is he supposed to hopefully shrug off?

  7. David

    I think the Reds problems with minor league hitters is endemic to a lot of teams farm systems. More and more kids drafted AS PITCHERS just have overpowering stuff. And it gets better as they get to the high minors. As a farm hand with SF (PCL), Duvall said they could get to Syndergard of the Mets (Las Vegas in the PCL). But in the last two years, Syndergard’s slider has gotten faster, harder with a better break. Thrown well, it is pretty unhittable, and is as fast as some players fastballs (shades of Aroldis). In recent years, the Reds have concentrated their high draft picks on pitchers (and it shows). They are going to have to deal some pitching talent for hitting talent/position talent.

    • Gaffer

      Unfortunately, everyone knows this and no one is trading hitters. Actually, the Reds have had slightly more hitters drafted first than pitchers over the last 10 or so years. Many were great picks.

      My issue is WHO they took, more so than that they were pitchers. Nick Howard was a marginal top 100 talent who was a reliever and not even the best pitcher on his college team, taken at 19! Travieso was also a reach at 14 as he was also a high school reliever, and there were several other studs available. Stephenson was a top 15 talent that fell to them late in round one, so that was a good pick. On the other hand, Drew Stubbs and Phil Irvin were imperfect hitters taken when better pitchers were available. You have to take the best player, period.

      • ohiojimw

        Along the same line, Lorenzen probably projected better offensively that Ervin or Stubbs and was seen as an outstanding defensive CF yet most orgs had him as a mid 2nd rounder as an OF. However on the basis of ~45 innings pitched as a college closer coming in from CF (no college starts as a pitcher), the Reds drafted him as a first rounder and decided to make him into a starting pitcher.

  8. David

    I don’t know about Drew Hayes, but JC Ramirez has pretty good stuff. Just needs to sharpen his location. Ramirez has good enough stuff to be effective in the ML.

  9. Shchi Cossack

    Big game yesterday for the Bats, Jose Peraza and Jesse Winker. The Bats won 8-3 but the performance of Peraza and Winker highlighted the evening. Peraza went 3-4 w/ 2-2B, 1-HR & 1-BB & Winker went 3-4 w/ 1-2B & 1-BB atop the Bats lineup. Winker looks to be heating up and getting comfortable at the plate as most of us expect. Peraza is an interesting case this season and I don’t know for sure what to make of his performance, but I like what I’m seeing.

    For his minor league career (2101 PA), Peraza slashed .302/.342/.385 with a BB% of 4.8% & ISO of .083. Last season in AAA (521 PA), Peraza slashed .293/.316/.378 with a BB% of 3.3% & ISO of .085. That’s the profile of a high contact, slap hitter. That’s the hitter the Reds aquired during the off season. At AAA this season (85 PA), Peraza is slashing .307/.358/.427 with a BB% of 7.1% & ISO of .120. Peraza is being much more selective at the plate and producing better results from his contact. Is there a cause and effect relationship? Is this increased plate discipline a trend that will continue through the season (as the Old Cossack hopes) or just an early season anomoly?

    • Shchi Cossack

      Peraza also had his 1st error of the season compared to Phillips (2 errors) and Cozart (3 errors) for this season.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Cossack – sent you email yesterday.

  10. IndyRedMan

    I think Peraza turns 22 tomorrow if I’m not mistaken? I get that he hasn’t walked much in his minor league career to this point but he’s not 27 and set in his ways! Suarez for example…walked a total of 17 times last year w/the Reds and had a season high of 10 hrs in the minors. Coachable players with enough talent can improve….esp when they’re as young as Peraza. I look forward to seeing these guys….don’t have much else to look forward to with the Reds.