Last night in Tennessee, Jose Lopez took the mound for Pensacola. The 23-year-old right handed pitcher tossed a complete game, 7-inning shutout in game 1 of a double header. He allowed just one baserunner, giving up a single to Ian Rice in the 2nd inning. Lopez would also strike out seven batters.

It was just another start over the last five weeks that was dominant. Going back over his last seven starts in Double-A, Jose Lopez has been downright incredible. He’s thrown 47.0 innings since then and allowed 21 hits and eight walks. That’s also come with 41 strikeouts and just two home runs. That’s come along with a 0.96 ERA in that span.

The start on Tuesday pushed his ERA down to 2.43 with the Double-A Blue Wahoos and moved him to 7-1 since being promoted. Jose Lopez began the year in Daytona and was strong there as well. For the year between his two stops he’s posted a 2.60 ERA in 124.2 innings with 41 walks and 120 strikeouts. If you’d like to read more in depth on Jose Lopez, I wrote up some background information and a scouting report on him here.

Hot bats all around

While Jose Lopez is dominating for Pensacola on the mound, Nick Senzel is dominating in the batters box for the Blue Wahoos. I’m typing this after game one of their double header, so these numbers will be different, slightly, by the time you read this, but Senzel has been on fire.

In July, across 27 games played, the third baseman hit .358/.414/.575. That came with nine doubles, a triple and four home runs. In August so far, he’s played in seven games and has hit .379/.400/.552 with two more doubles and another home run. He’s up to .338/.391/.519 in Double-A in the 42 games since arriving. Yeah. He’s good.

Jose Siri saw his hitting streak come to an end at 39 on Friday night. He’s hit in the two games since then. going back to the date in which his hit streak began, he’s hitting .344/.372/.667 with 15 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs in 207 plate appearances. He’s also one home run away (the game on Tuesday night is still going on – so, this could change) from going 20-30 on the year. He’s sitting on 19 home runs for the year and has 32 stolen bases.

12 Responses

  1. IndyRedMan

    Hunter Greene 1-4 with a 2 run triple. He’s going to be interesting to say the least!
    Tyler Mahle 5 ip/ 2hits (1 hr), 1 er, 2 bbs, 5 Ks. 98 pitches in 5ip seems high, but he should get a shot with the Reds shortly?

    Alex Blandino has been on a nice roll as well. 2-3 w/a walk last night. He’s now hitting .281 and obp is up to .397. They’ll prob wait til the rosters expand on Sept 1 but why not bring him up now?

    • The Duke

      Blandino isn’t on the 40 man roster yet. He will need to be next year so maybe, but they may want to evaluate the fringe of their 40 man roster now to see who they want to jettison after the year. A lot of guys need to be added this winter.

      • David

        Big changes coming on the 40 man after the season is over. A bunch of players will be jettisoned, or will not get a contract for 2018. Blandino is a marginal prospect at this point. If the Reds keep Cozart, where does he fit in among Peraza, Cozart, Senzel, Gennett, Suarez? Utility man? Maybe he gets a call up in September; they make space on the 40 man for him.

    • David

      I don’t know what Tyler Mahle’s innings and pitch count for the season is, but I would make a guess that he is getting close to his limit for the year. So even if he was added to the 40 man by Sept 1, he might not get called up to pitch for the Reds this year. He will be prominent in Spring Training next year, but if I were to make a guess, he will start 2018 in AAA ball, if he is physically OK. 2018 will likely be another year of the revolving door of starting pitchers and bull pen arms. I don’t see that 2017 has answer a lot of questions.
      1. Homer is sort of healthy enough to pitch
      2. Desclafani is injury prone
      3. Finnegan is hurt
      4. Castillo looks promising
      5. Everybody else (young guys) is up in the air, starting pitcher-wise.
      6. Adelman, nice guy that he is, is probably below replacement level pitching.
      7. Feldman won’t likely be back next year.

  2. cfd3000

    Thanks for some good news on the Reds today Doug. The Padres game was depressing. I know Hunter Greene was a two way stud in high school but do you think he has any real chance of advancing as a hitter? It seems to me he’s a pitcher first and the Reds should focus on developing his pitching skills (his throwing skills seem just fine). What are your thoughts on developing Hunter Greene?

    • big5ed

      I don’t see any downside to that approach. Plus, if he hurts his arm pitching, or turns into Rick Ankiel, then they at least have a reasonable hitting prospect.

    • IndyRedMan

      Rick Ingalls, a Southern California area scout for the Reds, has seen Greene play dozens of times and said he “compares favorably” to a pair of shortstops he evaluated as a national cross-checker for the Angels in 1992 and 1993: Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

      “I can’t say he’ll be the next Jeter or A-Rod — those guys are Hall of Famers,” said Ingalls, who is 65 and in his 37th year of scouting. “I’m just saying that at 17 this kid has some qualities that, if things go the right way, he could be an every-day, better-than-average shortstop, and maybe a star.”

      I read the article. I don’t know Rick Ingalls from Laura Ingalls (or half-pint) but this guy thinks he could make it if the pitching stuff doesn’t pan out.

  3. Jack

    This team will be exciting in 2 years. They have a lot of great prospects thst should hit the team in 2019. 2020 will be a great year. Patience.

    • David

      There is a lot of good news about the Reds starting lineup this year. The bullpen has been good at times. The starting pitching has largely been lousy, which is why they are in last place.
      Somewhere, sometime it will get better. Either suspects turn into prospects, or they go out and sign some free agents, or a little of both.

  4. big5ed

    Resigning Danny Darwin should be the Reds’ top off-season priority. He did a great job in Pensacola with Amir Garrett last year, and Tyler Mahle and Jose Lopez this year. Even Deck McGuire has pitched well for him.

    • Michael E

      I like your behind-the-scenes thinking here. We so seldom have pitching prospects exceeding expectations, that if one team or coach in the minors is doing wonders, they need, no must re-sign him and give him a big raise…AND pick his brain for the MLB pitching coaching and training.

  5. Michael E

    Usually to avoid an early arbitration year and thus early FA, June 1st is the general cut off date (super 2 status) that varies a few days I think each season. So if they have him on the roster in April, they lose that extra year of partial control.