The offseason is nearly two months in for the minor leaguers (it’s been more than two months for the guys who were playing for the Arizona League Reds), but that doesn’t mean that everyone is completed with baseball for 2016.
Right handed reliever Barrett Astin was named to the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game yesterday, which will take place on Saturday at 8pm ET. You can tune in on MLB Network or MLB.com if you would like to watch the game. He was the only Red to make the team, but you can get Brandon Dixon into the game by voting for him in the fan vote for the next 36 hours or so. Astin posted a 2.26 ERA this past season with Double-A Pensacola in 103.1 innings pitched.
In a bit of shameless self promotion, all week I will be unveiling my new Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospect List. If that’s your kind of thing, be sure to check it out. If it’s not, come check it out anyways and tell me how wrong I am.
While he wasn’t named to the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game, shortstop Zach Vincej has arguably been the best hitter in the league so far. He’s tied for the league lead with three home runs (and has the fewest at-bats of anyone he’s tied with), while also leading the league in runs batted in with 12. His 1.127 OPS is also tops in the league. He’s only played in nine games for Peoria, but he’s made every last bit of them count.
Left handed reliever Nick Routt is having a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League as well. He’s allowed just two runs in 7.0 innings pitched, walked just one batter and he’s struck out eight.
Down in Mexico, outfielder Sebastian Elizalde is out to another good start in the Mexican Winter League. In 17 games played he’s hitting .313/.403/.422 with 10 walks and just nine strikeouts. His 16 RBI rank third in the league and he’s ninth in walks.
If you’d like to keep track on all of the Reds players in the winter leagues around the world (Dominican, Venezuelan, Mexican and the Puerto Rican Winter Leagues are all underway. The Australian Winter League will start up in just over two weeks), you can follow along at this link.