We are now nearly a quarter of the way into the minor league full season schedule.  Time to check in on the Reds prospects around the minors to see they are faring.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 19-13 record and are in 2nd place in the International League West.

The International League hitters are averaging .248/.318/.359/.677.  The Bats offense is led by 28 year old IF Jermaine Curtis who has a .851 OPS.  LF Jesse Winker (.314/.417/.410/.827) is doing his best to show he’s ready to be called up.  OF Steve Selsky (.281/.396/.404/.801) is out to prove his success at AAA last year was no fluke.  SS Jose Peraza (.305/.352/.407/.758) continues to hit well at AAA as well.  In recent roster moves, 28 year old C Raffy Lopez (.272/.354/.327/.681 at AAA) was signed to replace Ramon Cabrera.  Scott Schebler, who was sent down recently, is off to a 1 for 10 start.

The International League average ERA is 3.43.  Starting pitchers Robert Stephenson (2.70 ERA), Josh Smith (2.38 ERA), and Cody Reed (1.46 ERA) are all pitching very well.  Keyvius Sampson has a 0.00 ERA in 17.2 IP over 6 G with 3 GS.  A.J. Morris has a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 IP over 7 G with 4 GS.  Jumbo Diaz has a 0.00 ERA with 3 S in 8 IP with 2 BB and 15 SO.  Reliever Chad Rogers has a 0.68 ERA over 13.1 IP.  Daniel Wright (0.45 ERA at AA) was recently called up to bolster the staff.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 20-13 record and are in 2nd place in the Southern League South.

The Southern League hitters are averaging .254/.330/.366/.696.  LF Phillip Ervin (.229/.357/.479/.836) has come on strong to lead the offense, followed closely by IF/OF Tony Renda (.315/.367/.468/.835).  RF Sebastian Elizalde (.295/.333/.475/.809) was recently placed on the DL with an oblique injury.  CF Beau Amaral (.280/.360/.420/.780) was just recently placed on the DL as well.  Eric Jagielo (.512 OPS) and Alex Blandino (.589 OPS) continue to struggle.  OF/1B Kyle Parker was added to the roster and has a 1.050 OPS over his first 20 PA.  SS Calten Daal has a .984 OPS in 41 PA since returning from the DL.

The Southern League average ERA is 3.81.  Starting pitchers Amir Garrett (1.26 ERA) and Rookie Davis (0.93 ERA) continue to dominate the league.  SP Jackson Stephens (3.78 ERA) continues his solid performance.  Starters Sal Romano (5.23 ERA) and Nick Travieso (6.20 ERA) have both hit recent rough patches.  Alejandro Chacin has not been scored on over 13 IP and has recorded 5 S.  LH RP Nick Routt has a 0.50 ERA over 18 IP.

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 14-18 record and are in 4th place in the Florida State League North.

The Florida State League hitters are averaging .240/.312/.341/.654.  LF/DH Angelo Gumbs (.304/.368/.435/.803) was placed on the DL with a finger sprain. 1B Avain Rachal (.205/.354/.385/.739) and LF Brian O’Grady (.208/.357/.377/.734) are both hitting well.  RF Aristides Aquino (.205/.285/.402/.686) has come on strong after some early struggles.  3B Taylor Sparks (.574 OPS) and SS Blake Trahan (.481 OPS) are both struggling at the plate.

The Florida State League average ERA is 3.37.  Starting pitchers Tyler Mahle (2.72 ERA) and Keury Mella (3.16 ERA) are leading the rotation.  RP Jimmy Herget has a 1.13 ERA with 5 S.  RP Jacob Ehret has a 1.65 ERA with 2 S.  LH Seth Varner has a 2.66 ERA in 20.1 IP over 9 G with 2 GS.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 7-26 record and are in 8th place in the Midwest League Eastern.

The Midwest League hitters are averaging .241/.314/.331/.645.  CF Narciso Crook (.244/.311/.402/.714) was leading the club on offense before heading to the DL with a shoulder injury.  2B Shed Long (.238/.308/.390/.698) has cooled considerably of late.  OF Ed Charlton (.219/.271/.375/.646) has seen his bat cool off lately as well.  C Tyler Stephenson (.406 OPS) hopes for better results as he returns from the DL with a concussion.  OF Zack Shields (.919 OPS) is off to a hot start in his first 30 PA since joining the club.

The Midwest League average ERA is 3.32.  The Dragon’s starting rotation continues to struggle as Franderlyn Romero (3.34 ERA) is the only starter pitching well.  Relief pitchers Ariel Hernandez (0.98 ERA), Manuel Aybar (1.88 ERA), Michael Sullivan (2.08 ERA), and Juan Martinez (2.63 ERA) are all pitching well out of the bullpen.  RH Austin Orewiler has a 3.20 ERA in 25.1 IP over 8 G with 2 GS.