The Reds are playing some pretty good baseball.  They have now won 2 of 3 in four straight series coming out of the All Star break.  Jose Peraza is a bench player throughout unfortunately.  Maybe Rip Van Jocketty will wake up long enough to pull off a deal or two before the trade deadline that will free up some playing time for Peraza, Schebler, and Winker.  Long live the Retool/Rebuild/Regurgitation!  Now it is time to see what is happening down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 53-52 record and are in 2nd place in the International League West.

The International League hitters are averaging .254/.320/.380/.700.

OF Scott Schebler (.315/.371/.570/.941) is on fire, he went 5 for 5 and hit for the cycle in a game last week.  OF Jesse Winker (.286/.374/.369/.743) is slumping a bit over the last week.  3B Jermaine Curtis (.290/.405/.437/.843) has been steady all season.  OF Steve Selsky (.274/.357/.448/.806) has fallen off a bit this week as well.

The International League average ERA is 3.62.

SP Amir Garrett (2.35 ERA) is doing quite well in 5 G with the Bats.  SP Robert Stephenson (3.69 ERA) is right about league average in ERA and it’s his 51 BB in 100 IP that are keeping his numbers down.  RP Kevin Shackelford (0.00 ERA) has not been scored on over his first 15 IP since joining the Bats.  LH RP Wandy Peralta (2.66 ERA) continues to pitch well at AAA.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 57-45 record and are in 1st place in the Southern League South.  The Blue Wahoos are the First Half South Division Champions.

The Southern League hitters are averaging .253/.326/.369/.695.

C Chad Wallach (.237/.385/.404/.788) is hitting well of late.  OF Phil Ervin (.230/.346/.395/.741) continues to get on base despite his low BA.  OF Beau Amaral (.266/.338/.398/.736) is struggling since his return from the DL.  SS Zach Vincej (278/.326/.394/.720) has been on a hot streak.

The Southern League average ERA is 3.74.

SP Rookie Davis (2.62 ERA), SP Jackson Stephens (3.34 ERA), and Tyler Mahle (3.52) are heading up the Blue Wahoos rotation.  SP Nick Travieso (4.16 ERA) has been placed on the DL.  SP Sal Romano (4.25 ERA) has been pitching well of late.  Barrett Astin (2.66 ERA) has pitched well in 64.1 IP over 29 G with 6 GS.  RP Alejandro Chacin (1.62 ERA) now has 20 S.  RH RP Abel De Los Santos (0.00) is unscored on over 5 IP since joining the club.

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 52-46 record and are in 4th place in the Florida State League North.

The Florida State League hitters are averaging .249/.320/.355/.676.

The Tortugas were involved in a bench clearing brawl last week following Gavin LaValley being HBP.  The Reds have disciplined the players involved but will not publicly announce the punishments.  So it is not certain whether any of the Tortugas player movement this week was a result of the brawl.

RF Aristides Aquino (.283/.337/.516/.853) has been on fire and now has 15 HR.  OF/1B Brian O’Grady (.236/.374/.409/.783) has been slumping a bit lately.  1B Gavin LaValley (.259 /.329/.452/.781) is still hitting well at A+.  OF Angelo Gumbs (.297/.332/.448/.780) continues to hit well for the Tortugas.  OF Juan Duran (.217/.275/.261/.535 at AA) was demoted from AA to the A+ Tortugas.  OF Reydel Medina (.235/.256/.406/.663 at A) was promoted from low A to A+ Daytona.  2B Shed Long (.281/.371/.457/.828 at A) was also promoted from low A to A+ Daytona.  2B Blake Butler was placed on the DL with a rib injury.

The Florida State League average ERA is 3.55.

SP Keury Mella (3.48 ERA) continues to put up pedestrian numbers in the low offense A+ FSL.  SP Tejay Antone (3.70 ERA) has been pitching well lately.  LH SP Seth Varner (4.12 ERA) has struggled since his rough short stint in AAA.  LH RP Ismael Guillon (2.77 ERA) has pitched well in 68.1 IP over 24 G with 9 GS.  RP Jimmy Herget (1.61 ERA) is the closer and has 17 S.  RP Ariel Hernandez (2.45 ERA) is still pitching well.  SP Wendolyn Bautista (1.94 ERA) was demoted to the AZL Reds Rookie league team.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 33-68 record and are in 8th place in the Midwest League Eastern.

The Midwest League hitters are averaging .250/.319/.357/.676.

3B Nick Senzel (.333/.443/.577/1.020) is killing it at low A in 98 PA.  C Chris Okey (.270/.343/.571/.914) is raking for Dayton as well.   C Tyler Stephenson (.233/.299/.328/.627) has returned to the DL with a sprained wrist.  OF Daniel Sweet (.333/.484/.565/1.049 at Billings) has been promoted to the Dragons.

The Midwest League average ERA is 3.61.

SP Austin Orewiler (3.34 ERA) is putting up a good season for the Dragons.  SP Jose Lopez (3.67 ERA) continues to pitch well.  RP Sarkis Ohanian (2.52 ERA) now has 10 S.  SP Antonio Santillan (3.92 ERA in 39 IP at Billings) and RP Alex Webb (0.79 ERA in 11.1 IP at Billings) have been promoted from Rookie league Billings.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs have a 23-15 record and are in 1st place in the Pioneer League North.  The Mustangs are the First Half North Division Champions.

The Pioneer League hitters are averaging .290/.358/.435/.793.

OF Jose Siri (.366/.388/.602/.989) is off to a very great start despite only 4 BB and 33 SO in 131 PA.  SS Hector Vargas (.360/.371/.541/.911) is a high contact hitter, he has 3 BB and 11 SO in 118 PA.  OF Taylor Trammell (.291/.357/.333/.690) is struggling a little, but is young for this league.

The Pioneer League average ERA is 5.11.

SP Ian Kahaloa (2.08 ERA) and SP Scott Moss (2.53 ERA) are pitching great over their first 4 GS at Billings.  SP Andrew Jordan (2.86 ERA) is also pitching very well.  RP Zac Correll (2.70 ERA) and RP Patrick Riehl (2.79 ERA) are two of the main guys in the bullpen.

Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds have a 12-17 record and are in 3rd place in the AZL Central.

The AZL hitters are averaging .258/.333/.371/.704.

OF Michael Beltre (.297/.373/.462/.834) continues to hit very well.  OF Daniel Jimenez (.358/.414/.415/.829) is hitting very well also.  2B Emmanuel Cruz (.271/.377/.407/.784) is hitting well thus far.

The AZL average ERA is 4.23.

SP Wennington Romero (1.55 ERA), SP Matt Blandino (2.84 ERA), and SP Tyler Mondile (3.60 ERA) lead the rotation.  RP Darren Shred (0.00 ERA), RP Carlos Machorro (0.84 ERA), and RP Andrew Wright (2.25 ERA) are heading up the bullpen.

Rookie DSL Reds

I don’t plan to begin full coverage of the Dominican Summer League Reds, but thought I might add a quick snippet here for a while to keep you updated on the progress of SS Alfredo Rodriguez until the Reds bring him stateside.

The DSL hitters are averaging .241/.337/.324/.661.

SS Alfredo Rodriguez is the high profile Cuban SS who the Reds recently signed for $7 M.  He is currently hitting .273/.366/.333/.699 in 41 PA over 10 G.  Bear in mind that Rodriguez is 22 years old and the average age of the DSL is 18.2.