This week it is Drew Hayes and Layne Somsen shipped out to Louisville and Jumbo Diaz and Keyvius Sampson brought back to Cincinnati for a second try at helping out the struggling bullpen.  Good luck with that.  The bullpen is not likely to get any help until we get back our injured pitchers (Bailey, DeSclafani, Iglesias, Lorenzen, and Moscot) in late April, oops, make that early May, oops, sometime in June, ah screw it, let’s just say they all hope to be ready for spring training next season so we don’t get anyone’s hopes up.  Just so you know, it appears that they’ve put a lot of thought into it and have a solid plan in place for what everyone’s role will be when they get everyone healthy.  Bryan Price says, “I think we have to, at some point in time, make some determinations with what we have and decide where these guys are best suited to help our ballclub.”  What more could you ask for?

Jose Peraza also made his Reds debut and went 3 for 12 while seeing time in CF and at 2B.  He will somehow be a key piece of the Reds Retool/Rebuild/Regurgitation.  I’m sure they got a well thought out plan for that too.  Enough with the tales of woe at the top level, let’s take a look at how the players down on the farm are doing.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 21-18 record and are in 2nd place in the International League West.

The International League hitters are averaging .250/.319/.365/.684.  The Bats offense is led by three grizzly vets that are getting it done, 28 year old IF Jermaine Curtis (.851 OPS), 28 year old LH C Raffy Lopez (.906 OPS in 20 PA), and 32 year old IF Hernan Iribarren (1.021 OPS in 58 PA).  LF Jesse Winker (.272/.376/.352/.728) has fell on some rough times in May (.214/.357/.232/.589) showing that he still needs to show he can make some adjustments at the AAA level before he gets called up.  It’s still really nice to see Winker maintain a very good OBP even while he’s going through a rough patch.  OF Steve Selsky (.288/.402/.396/.798) just keeps getting it done at AAA.  Selsky doesn’t profile well as a starter for the Reds, but he looks like he may be just the guy to replace Jordan Pacheco as the RH bat off the Reds bench.  SS Jose Peraza (.295/.341/.393/.734) plugs along awaiting a spot to open up for him on the Reds.  Scott Schebler (.269/.345/.423/.768) is off to a good start through 29 PA.

The International League average ERA is 3.44.  Starting pitchers Robert Stephenson (2.80 ERA), Josh Smith (2.70 ERA), and Cody Reed (1.88 ERA) are all pitching very well.  A.J. Morris has a 3.38 ERA in 24 IP over 8 G with 5 GS.  Daniel Wright had a 0.45 ERA in 20 IP over 8 G with 2 GS at AA before getting the call up and posting a 2.57 ERA over his first two starts with the Bats.  Reliever Chad Rogers has a 2.65 ERA over 17 IP.  RH RP Dayan Diaz has a 2.03 ERA over 13.1 IP.  LH RP Wandy Peralta (3.06 ERA at AA) was recently called up to bolster the staff.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 24-16 record and are in 2nd place in the Southern League South.

The Southern League hitters are averaging .252/.329/.364/.693.  Alex Blandino (.219/.322/.371/.694) has overcome a real slow start with a torrid May (.259/.420/.481/.902) to get his numbers up to league average.  LF Phillip Ervin (.224/.344/.458/.802) is still hitting very well.  IF/OF Tony Renda (.291/.340/.426/.765) continues to put up good numbers.  RF Sebastian Elizalde (.295/.333/.475/.809) and CF Beau Amaral (.280/.360/.420/.780) are both still on the DL.  C Chad Wallach (.221/.376/.368/.744) is putting up a real nice OBP with a league average SLG.  SS Calten Daal has a .833 OPS in 60 PA since returning from the DL.  Eric Jagielo (.557 OPS) continues to be very disappointing at the plate.  OF/1B Kyle Parker has cooled off after a hot start and now has a .697 OPS over his first 47 PA.

The Southern League average ERA is 3.83.  Starting pitchers Amir Garrett (1.51 ERA) and Rookie Davis (1.59 ERA) continue to dominate the league.  Davis has been placed on the DL with a strained groin.  Starters Jackson Stephens (4.23 ERA), Sal Romano (4.50 ERA) and Nick Travieso (4.68 ERA) have all had some recent struggles.  Alejandro Chacin has a 0.55 ERA over 16.1 IP and has recorded 6 S.  LH RP Nick Routt has a 0.40 ERA over 22.1 IP.  RH RP Carlos Gonzalez has a 1.37 ERA over 19.2 IP with 3 S.  RH Barrett Astin has a 3.24 ERA in 25 IP over 12 G with 1 GS.

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 17-23 record and are in 4th place in the Florida State League North.

The Florida State League hitters are averaging .242/.313/.345/.658.  RF Aristides Aquino (.250/.331/.450/.781) continues to blossom at High A ball. .  SS Blake Trahan (.221/.293/.310/.603) is rebounding from a horrific start in April (.384 OPS) with a scorching hot May (.344/.411/.469/.880).  LF/DH Angelo Gumbs (.264/.323/.385/.708) is back from the DL with a finger sprain and his numbers are trending down.  2B Blake Butler (.277/.287/.415/.702) has a low OBP but a nice SLG for the FSL.  LF Brian O’Grady (.179/.328/.326/.654) is struggling bad in May (.467 OPS) after a good start in April.  3B Taylor Sparks (.527 OPS) continues to disappoint at the plate.

The Florida State League average ERA is 3.41.  Starting pitchers Keury Mella (2.78 ERA), Tyler Mahle (3.30 ERA) and Tejay Antone (3.26 ERA) are leading the rotation.  LH Seth Varner has a 2.35 ERA in 30.2 IP over 11 G with 4 GS.  RH RP Jimmy Herget has a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 IP with 6 S.  RH RP Jacob Ehret has a 3.15 ERA in 20 IP with 2 S.  LH RP Ismael Guillon has a 3.48 ERA in 20.2 IP over 12 G with 2 GS.  LH RP Greg Williams and Nolan Becker have been added to help out in the bullpen.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 10-29 record and are in 8th place in the Midwest League Eastern.

The Midwest League hitters are averaging .240/.314/.333/.647.  OF Zack Shields (.294/.357/.412/.769) is off to a good start in his first 56 PA since joining the club.  2B Shed Long (.240/.316/.413/.729) continues to swing a solid bat.  1B James Vasquez (.230/.319/.410/.729) is hitting well also.  CF Narciso Crook (.244/.311/.402/.714) is still on the DL with a shoulder injury.  C Tyler Stephenson (.456 OPS) continues to struggle at the plate.  3B/1B Gavin LaValley (.369 OPS in 17 PA) is off to a slow start since joining the club.  OF Reydel Medina (.706 OPS in 17 PA) is showing his power numbers early with a .471 SLG.

The Midwest League average ERA is 3.37.  The Dragon’s starting rotation is being led by Franderlyn Romero (3.29 ERA) and Jose Lopez (3.44 ERA).  RH Austin Orewiler has a 3.52 ERA in 30.2 IP over 9 G with 4 GS.  Relief pitchers Ariel Hernandez (0.81 ERA), Conor Krauss (0.96 ERA), Manuel Aybar (1.53 ERA), Michael Sullivan (1.84 ERA), and Juan Martinez (2.00 ERA) are all pitching well out of the bullpen.