The Reds are on a bit of a roll and have Anthony DeSclafani back in the rotation now.  The bullpen is about to get a boost as Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias are due to return from their rehab assignments next week.  We also just had Jose Peraza called up to replace an injured Jordan Pacheco.  Peraza joins Kyle Waldrop and Steve Selsky who are already on the Reds roster.

The Reds two Rookie level teams both begin play within the next week.  The Billings Mustangs, whose roster will be featuring the Reds top three picks from this year’s draft (3B Nick Senzel, OF Taylor Trammel, and C Chris Okey), begin play tomorrow 06/17/16.  The AZL Reds begin play on Monday 06/20/16.  Now it’s time to see what is going on down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 35-31 record and are in 2nd place in the International League West.

The International League hitters are averaging .255/.322/.378/.700.

OF Jesse Winker (.286/.381/.367/.748) was removed from the game Sunday with a sore wrist and has not played since.  He had a MRI on the wrist and is listed as day to day.  OF Scott Schebler (.289/.336/.531/.867) has been on a tear of late and now leads the Bats in HR and OPS.  SS Juan Perez (.275/.344/.406/.751) is quietly having a nice year at AAA.  OF Donald Lutz (.212/.263/.281/.543 at AA) was just promoted from AA despite struggling badly there with the bat.

The International League average ERA is 3.65.

SP Cody Reed (3.20 ERA) and SP Robert Stephenson (3.29 ERA) are still heading up the Bats rotation.  Keyvius Sampson is back in the rotation (12 G with 7 GS) and has a 1.83 ERA over 44.1 IP allowing 28 H and 14 BB with 46 SO.  They are now joined in the rotation by recently demoted Jon Moscot and Daniel Wright.  Jumbo Diaz (0.00 ERA) has yet to be scored on in 19 G and now has 10 S.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 37-28 record and are in 1st place in the Southern League South.

The Southern League hitters are averaging .253/.329/.370/.699.

2B Brandon Dixon (.270/.324/.508/.832) has cooled off big time (2 for his last 40) since his torrid streak at the beginning of the month.  IF/OF Tony Renda (.319/.364/.454/.818) continues to shine at AA.  OF Phil Ervin (.230/.345/.403/.748) is still having a solid season.  OF Sebastian Elizalde (.311/.342/.422/.765) and SS Calten Daal (.337/.394/.372/.766) are both back with the club after stints on the DL.  Alex Blandino (.626 OPS) and Eric Jagielo (.608 OPS) continue to be big disappointments.

The Southern League average ERA is 3.74.

SP Amir Garrett (1.64 ERA) and SP Rookie Davis (2.08 ERA) lead the rotation.  SP Jackson Stephens (3.16 ERA) is have a very good year as well.  RP Alejandro Chacin (0.99 ERA) has 10 S.  LH RP Nick Routt (1.07 ERA) has allowed just 21 H and 7 BB in 33.2 IP with 32 SO.  RP Kevin Shackelford (1.04 ERA) has pitched well in 6 G since joining the team in late May.

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 33-32 record and are in 4th place in the Florida State League North.

The Florida State League hitters are averaging .246/.316/.349/.665.

RF Aristides Aquino (.261/.323/.441/.764) leads the team’s regulars at the plate.  IF Ronald Bueno (.234/.345/.426/.771) has hit well in his first 56 PA since joining the club.  OF Angelo Gumbs (.265/.317/.384/.700) is still doing well after a hot start.  OF/1B Brian O’Grady (.194/.335/.340/.675) has an OPS just above league average despite his BA being about 50 points below league average.  3B Taylor Sparks (.215/.260/.346/.607) continues to struggle.

The Florida State League average ERA is 3.41.

SP Tyler Mahle (2.50 ERA) leads the rotation and is fresh off tossing a no hitter last week.  SP Keury Mella (3.12 ERA) continues to pitch well also.  SP Wendolyn Bautista (0.79) is pitching very well in his first two starts since joining the club.  RP Jimmy Herget (1.59 ERA) is doing a great job as the closer and now has 10 S.  RP Ariel Hernandez (2.59 ERA in 31.1 IP with Dayton) was promoted to Daytona and has two scoreless appearances to begin his stint with the club.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 18-48 record and are in 8th place in the Midwest League Eastern.

The Midwest League hitters are averaging .246/.317/.348/.664.

2B Shed Long (.265/.343/.447/.789) has been the clubs best hitter all season.  1B James Vasquez (.234/.308/.410/.718) is the team’s next best hitter and leads the club with 9 HR.  RF Reydel Medina (.261/.274/.424/.698) is hitting well in his first 95 PA.  3B Tanner Rahier is hitting .265/.280/.367/.647 in 50 PA since joining the club    .

The Midwest League average ERA is 3.50.

SP Austin Orewiler leads the starters with a 3.23.  SP Jose Lopez (3.89 ERA) has been pitching well of late.  RP Juan Martinez (1.71 ERA), Manuel Aybar (1.93 ERA), and Jesus Reyes (2.54 ERA) are the leaders in the bullpen.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

Season begins June 17th.

Rookie AZL Reds

Season begins June 20th.