We’ve got about 4 weeks left in the Minor League season and 3 weeks until the Major League rosters can expand for September call ups.  Hopefully service time issues won’t affect who we’ll get to see called up.  Getting to see some of these prospects we’ve been hearing and reading about is about all we have left to look forward to this season.  Let’s see what is happening down on the farm.

AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 56-62 record and are in 3rd place in the International League West.

The International League hitters are averaging .253/.319/.379/.698.

OF Jesse Winker (.296/.383/.378/.761) just keeps hitting and we just keep waiting to see him in a Reds uniform.  3B Jermaine Curtis (.291/.404/.435/.839) and OF Steve Selsky (.277/.359/.456/.815) are both still on the DL.  2B Dilson Herrera (.276/.327/.462/.790 at AAA Las Vegas) is hitting .250/.286/.417/.702 in his first 14 PA with the Bats and has been missing time this last week due to general soreness.  SS Jose Peraza (.268/.307/.343/.650) is having a pretty disappointing season at AAA this season, especially for someone considered a top prospect.  OF Kyle Waldrop (.252/.296/.376/.672) has not done well against AAA pitching this season either.

The International League average ERA is 3.61.

SP Amir Garrett (3.77 ERA) continues to try to fine tune his game at AAA.  SP Robert Stephenson (4.36 ERA) is still showing flashes of potential and lack of polish.  SP Tim Adleman (2.72 ERA) is throwing real well since his return from the DL.  SP John Lamb (5.22 ERA) has been placed on the DL.  SP Rookie Davis (2.72 ERA at AA) was promoted to Louisville and welcomed rudely as he allowed 9 R over 4 IP in his first appearance.  RP Kevin Shackelford (0.45 ERA) has now recorded 4 S with the Bats.  LH RP Wandy Peralta (2.28 ERA) may soon prove to be a LH option for the Reds in the bullpen.

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 62-53 record and are in 2nd place in the Southern League South.  The Blue Wahoos are the First Half South Division Champions.

The Southern League hitters are averaging .252/.325/.368/.694.

C Chad Wallach (.255/.405/.416/.821) is getting it done at the plate.  OF Phil Ervin (.237/.352/.401/.753) looks like he is finally getting it going again with the bat.  SS Zach Vincej (.283/.339/.394/.733) continues to hit well.  2B Alex Blandino (.221/.316/.338/.653) is hitting .361/.425/.500/.925 so far in August.  3B Taylor Sparks (.172/.224/.359/.583) is struggling at AA thus far.

The Southern League average ERA is 3.70.

SP Jackson Stephens (3.16 ERA) heads up the rotation.  Tyler Mahle (3.68) and SP Sal Romano (3.92 ERA) are both pitching well also.  SP Nick Travieso (4.00 ERA) is now back from the DL.  Barrett Astin (2.37 ERA) has pitched well in 79.2 IP over 32 G with 8 GS.  RP Alejandro Chacin (1.76 ERA) has 22 S.  RH RP Abel De Los Santos (0.00) is unscored on over 10.2 IP since joining the club.  LH RP Nick Routt (0.93 ERA) has rejoined the club after posting a 5.00 ERA in 18 IP at AAA,

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 62-49 record and are in 3rd place in the Florida State League North.

The Florida State League hitters are averaging .250/.321/.357/.678.

OF Reydel Medina (1.169 OPS) and 2B Shed Long (1.158 OPS) are both off to super hot starts in just under 50 PA at A+.  OF Juan Duran (1.171 OPS) and OF Yorman Rodriguez (1.033 OPS) are both off to really hot starts in 16 PA since joining Daytona.   RF Aristides Aquino (.286/.341/.523/.864) is putting himself into top prospect status with a great season this year.  OF Angelo Gumbs (.303/.347/.467/.814) has revived his career with the Tortugas this year.  OF/1B Brian O’Grady (.244/.386/.415/.800) is very quietly putting together a nice season at A+.  1B Gavin LaValley (.260/.320/.451/.771) continues to hit well also.

The Florida State League average ERA is 3.58.

SP Tejay Antone (3.54 ERA) is pitching well for the Tortugas.  SP Keury Mella (3.80 ERA) has allowed 128 hits in 113.2 IP this season.  LH SP Seth Varner (3.90 ERA) is back on track since returning from a stint in AAA.  SP Wendolyn Bautista (2.01 ERA) is still on the DL.  SP Jose Lopez (1.50 ERA) had a good first start since joining Daytona.  LH RP Ismael Guillon (2.50 ERA) has pitched very well in 79.1 IP over 27 G with 11 GS.  RP Jimmy Herget (1.43 ERA) is the closer and has 21 S.  RP Ariel Hernandez (2.57 ERA), LH RP Juan Martinez (2.76 ERA), and RP Alex Powers (3.04 ERA) are all pitching well out of the bullpen.

Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 35-80 record and are in 8th place in the Midwest League Eastern.

The Midwest League hitters are averaging .250/.318/.356/.674.

3B Nick Senzel (.310/.414/.556/.970) is hitting just as we all hoped he would.  I can’t help but wonder if he might get promoted to A+ Daytona (1.5 G back in 2nd half standings) or AA Pensacola (1st half division champs) soon to add some punch to their lineups in a playoff type environment.  OF Daniel Sweet (.302/.362/.491/.853) is hitting very well over his first 59 PA at A ball.  C Chris Okey (.229/.306/.458/.764) has cooled off a bit lately.

The Midwest League average ERA is 3.55.

SP Alex Webb (1.13 ERA) has thrown great in his first two A ball starts.  SP Austin Orewiler (4.05 ERA) continues his recent struggles.  SP Antonio Santillan (8.68 ERA) has allowed 10 H and 7 BB with 9 SO over 9.1 IP in his first 2 GS at Dayton.  RP Ryan Hendrix (0.68 ERA) is off to a great start in his first 13.1 IP.  RP Jesus Reyes (1.82 ERA) has pitched very well in 64.1 IP over 25 G with 5 GS.  RP Sarkis Ohanian (2.48 ERA) now has 11 S.  RP Lucas Benenati (2.13 ERA) is off to a great start at A ball.

Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs have a 29-18 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/.357/.437/.795.

OF T.J. Friedl (.550/.609/1.100/1.709) joined the Mustangs after signing as an undrafted free agent and has been just crushing the ball over his first 23 PA.  OF Jose Siri (.364/.386/.636/1.022) continues to rake at Billings.  SS Hector Vargas (.363/.373/.519/.892) is still hitting very well also.  OF Taylor Trammell (.293/.350/.361/.711) continues to get on base and leads the club with 17 SB.  OF Michael Beltre (.292/.380/.443/.824 in the AZL) has joined the Billings club.

The Pioneer League average ERA is 5.15.

SP Andrew Jordan (2.43 ERA) continues to dominate in a hitters league.  LH SP Scott Moss (1.74 ERA) is throwing very well.  SP Ian Kahaloa (3.08 ERA) is pitching great thus far at Billings.  LH SP Max Wotell (6.75 ERA), who was acquired in the Jay Bruce trade, made his first start for the Mustangs.  RP Junior Arias (1.72 ERA), RP Zac Correll (2.45 ERA), and RP Patrick Riehl (2.25 ERA) are the leaders in the bullpen.

Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds have a 20-19 record and are in 3rd place in the AZL Central.

The AZL hitters are averaging .257/.331/.366/.697.

2B Emmanuel Cruz (.277/.381/.446/.827) is leading the team at the plate.  C Pabel Manzanero (.325/.376/.429/.805) is off to a very good start.  C Derik Capitillo (.326/.370/.419/.788) is still hitting well over 46 PA.  3B Leandro Santana (.248/.346/.358/.704) leads the team with 17 BB.

The AZL average ERA is 4.06.

SP Wennington Romero (1.66 ERA), SP Matt Blandino (2.30 ERA), and SP Tyler Mondile (3.60 ERA) lead the rotation.  RP Adolfi Telleria (0.00 ERA), RP Carlos Machorro (0.59 ERA), Darren Shred (2.03 ERA), and Dauri Moreta (2.86 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/.335/.323/.658.

SS Alfredo Rodriguez is the high profile Cuban SS who the Reds recently signed for $7 M.  He is currently hitting .279/.353/.326/.679 in 51 PA over 12 G.  Bear in mind that Rodriguez is 22 years old and the average age of the DSL is 18.2.  Rodriguez has just returned from a layoff after being hit by a pitch.