This week, the View of the Reds Farm from the Old Recliner reviews the season results of the Cincinnati Reds minor league affiliates along with the personal perspective from the Old Recliner of a top performer from each affiliate for the past three weeks.

Triple-A Louisville Bats (International League – West Division)

The Triple-A Louisville Bats maintain a 16-21 record and reside in 3rd place in the 4-team International League West Division.

Injured List (IL)

Hernan Iribarren (04/03/19).
Aristides Aquino (04/23/19).

The Perspective on Nick Longhi from the Old Recliner

Over the past 3 weeks, 23-year-old Nick Longhi slashed .353/.421/.471/.892 in 58 plate appearances. Longhi ranks 38th among qualifying hitters in the Triple-A International League. The Cincinnati Reds obtained Longhi from the Boston Red Sox in July 2017 in an obscure, minor trade. Within two weeks, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos assigned Longhi to the Disabled List, where he remained for the next year. During the second half of the 2018 season, Longhi slashed .244/.299/.320/.619 in 291 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A. Nick Longhi produced a career minor league slash of .275/.334/.394/.728. A three week .892 OPS doesn’t represent too much to get excited about yet, but Longhi is 4 years younger than the average Triple-A position player.

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Triple-A International League average a 4.86 ERA; 1.449 WHIP; 9.2 SO9; 2.39 SO/W and 1.2 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Triple-A Louisville Bats pitchers average a 4.60 ERA; 1.448 WHIP; 9.2 SO9; 2.08 SO/W and 1.1 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Bats pitching ranks 8th among 14 International League teams with a 4.68 ERA.

The Louisville Bats top pitchers

Odrisamer Despaigne (SP) – 3.92 ERA; 1.355 WHIP; 8.7 SO9; 2.50 SO/W and 1.1 HR9 in 41.1 innings pitched.
Lucas Sims (SP) – 4.23 ERA; 1.383 WHIP; 13.6 SO9; 3.63 SO/W and 1.4 HR9 in 38.1 innings pitched.
Anthony Bass (RP) – 2.37 ERA; 0.895 WHIP; 8.1 SO9; 2.83 SO/W and 0.5 HR9 in 19.0 innings pitched.
Ian Krol (RP) – 2.63 ERA; 1.463 WHIP; 9.2 SO9; 2.33 SO/W and 0.7 HR9 in 13.2 innings pitched.
Jackson Stephens (RP) – 3.18 ERA; 1.147 WHIP; 9.1 SO9; 2.30 SO/W and 0.4 HR9 in 22.2 innings pitched.
Cody Reed (RP) – 3.24 ERA; 1.140 WHIP; 12.4 SO9; 3.29 SO/W and 0.5 HR9 in 16.2 innings pitched.
Matt Bowman (RP) – 3.72 ERA; 1.500 WHIP; 7.9 SO9; 1.42 SO/W and 0.5 HR9 in 19.1 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Triple-A International League average a .264/.343/.439/.781 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Triple-A Louisville Bats hitters average a .262/.338/.419/.757 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Bats hitting ranks 11th among 14 International League teams with a .753 OPS.

The Louisville Bats top hitters

Brian O’Grady (1B) – .347/.449/.632/1.081 in 119 plate appearances.
Rob Refsnyder (RF) – .289/.366/.495/.861 in 112 plate appearances.
Nick Longhi (LF) – .298/.360/.481/.840 in 115 plate appearances.
Christian Colon (3B) – .316/.395/.397/.792 in 162 plate appearances.

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League – North Division)

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts maintain a 21-16 record and reside in 2nd place in the 5-team Southern League North Division.

Roster Moves

Joe Mantiply assigned to 7-day Injured List (05/07/19).
TJ Friedl activated from the 7-day Injured List (05/07/19).
Alberti Chavez assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Billings Mustangs (05/09/19)
Tejay Antone assigned to the 7-day Injured List (05/10/19).
Rob Wooten activated from the 7-day Injured List (05/12/19).
Cory Thompson assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Daytona Tortugas (05/16/19).

Injured List (IL)

Nick Howard (04/02/19).
Cassidy Brown (04/22/19).
Ryan Hendrix (05/02/2019).
Joe Mantiply (05/07/19).
Tejay Antone (05/10/19).

The Perspective on Jose Siri from the Old Recliner

Over the past 3 weeks, 23-year-old center fielder, Jose Siri slashed .342/.380/.452/.832. Siri ranks 18th among qualified hitters in the Double-A Southern League with a .750 OPS. The three-week surge for Siri represents some of the best possible news for the Cincinnati Reds future, but that surge comes with a huge caveat, a .462 BAbip. During the 2018 Double-A season, Siri struggled with a 32% strikeout rate. Those struggles continued in the 2019 Double-A season with a 30% strikeout rate. Even during his three-week surge, Siri still maintained a 26% strikeout rate. Siri’s struggle with an excessive strikeout rate represents a significant barrier to major league success, but not an insurmountable barrier.

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Double-A Southern League average a 3.59 ERA; 1.286 WHIP; 8.9 SO9; 2.37 SO/W and 0.7 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts pitchers average a 4.18 ERA; 1.370 WHIP; 8.9 SO9; 2.04 SO/W and 0.9 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Lookouts pitching ranks 9th among 10 Southern League teams with a 4.18 ERA.

The Lookouts top pitchers

Tony Santillan (SP) – 3.34 ERA; 1.457 WHIP; 10.3 SO9; 2.00 SO/W and 0.5 HR9 in 35.0 innings pitched.
Scott Moss (SP) – 3.55 ERA; 1.485 WHIP; 12.3 SO9; 1.61 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 in 33.0 innings pitched.
Alex Powes (RP) – 1.50 ERA; 0.778 WHIP; 12.0 SO9; 4.80 SO/W and 1.0 HR9 in 18.0 innings pitched.
Joel Kuhnel (RP) – 2.29 ERA; 0.915 WHIP; 10.1 SO9; 4.40 SO/W and 1.4 HR9 in 19.2 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Double-A Southern League average a .234/.319/.351/.670 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts hitters average a .252/.337/.387/.724 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Lookouts hitting ranks 2nd among 10 Southern League teams with a .724 OPS.

The Lookouts top hitters

Ibandel Isabel (1B) – .244/.306/.496/.802 in 144 plate appearances.
Brantley Bell (2B) – .264/.355/.443/.799 in 122 plate appearances.
Jose Siri (CF) – .293/.356/.421/.777 in 150 plate appearances.
Tyler Stephenson (C) – .279/.347/.419/.766 in 98 plate appearances.
Taylor Trammell (LF) – .259/.386/.371/.757 in 145 plate appearances.
Alfredo Rodriguez (SS) – .303/.350/.358/.708 in 118 plate appearances.
TJ Friedl (RF) – .213/.356/.330/.686 in 119 plate appearances.

Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas (Florida State League – North Division)

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas maintain a 19-18 record and reside in 2nd place in the 6-team Florida State League North Division.

Roster Moves

Julio Pinto assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Dayton Dragons (05/10/19).
Andy Cox assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Dayton Dragons (05/15/19)

Injured List (IL)

Hunter Greene (04/02/2019).
Ryan Olson (05/03/2019).

The Perspective on Jonathan India from the Old Recliner

Over the past 3 weeks, 22-year-old third baseman, Jonathan India, began establishing a star by his prospect status by slashing .262/.366/.557/.924 that included 4 doubles, 1 triple and 4 home runs in 71 plate appearances. The Cincinnati Reds invested a lot of their future success in Jonathan India when they selected the third baseman in last season’s Rule 4 draft. If India can ride this recent wave of success to a mid-season promotion, he could factor into the near-term success at the major league level. He certainly has the tools and capability to produce results that would fast track his development.

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Advanced-A Florida State League average a 3.44 ERA; 1.265 WHIP; 8.9 SO9; 2.69 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas pitchers average a 3.87 ERA; 1.295 WHIP; 8.9 SO9; 3.30 SO/W and 0.9 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Tortugas pitching ranks 10th among 12 Southern League teams with a 3.87 ERA.

The Tortugas top pitchers

Packy Naughton (SP) – 2.35 ERA; 1.252 WHIP; 9.4 SO9; 5.00 SO/W and 0.0 HR9 in 38.1 innings pitched.
Cory Thompson (RP) – 1.96 ERA; 0.739 WHIP; 9.8 SO9; 6.25 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 in 23.0 innings pitched.
John Ghyzel (RP) – 2.08 ERA; 1.327 WHIP; 8.3 SO9; 2.00 SO/W and 0.0 HR9 in 17.1 innings pitched.
Wendolyn Bautista (RP) – 2.35 ERA; 0.978 WHIP; 11.2 SO9; 4.75 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 in 15.1 innings pitched.
Aneurys Zabala (RP) – 2.45 ERA; 1.227 WHIP; 9.4 SO9; 2.88 SO/W and 0.0 HR9 in 22.0 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Advanced-A Florida State League average a .240/.314/.351/.665 slash line during the 2019 season.
The Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas hitters average a .245/.314/.351/.656 slash line during the 2019 season.
The Tortugas hitting ranks 7th among 12 Florida State League teams with a .656 OPS.

The Tortugas top hitters

Jonathan India (3B) – .267/.356/.466/.821 in 149 plate appearances.
Mark Kolozsvary (C) – .230/.356/.410/.766 in 73 plate appearances.
Jose Garcia (SS) – .257/.325/.400/.725 in 77 plate appearances.
Alejo Lopez (2B) – .288/.355/.360/.715 in 156 plate appearances.
Hendrik Clementina (C) – .265/.286/.402/.688 in 105 plate appearances.

Low-A Dayton Dragons (Midwest League – Eastern Division)

The Low-A Dayton Dragons maintain an 13-24 record and reside in 8th place in the 8-team Midwest League Eastern Division.

Roster Moves

Michael Siani assigned to the 7-day injured list (05/07/2019).
Carlos Machorro assigned to Dayton Dragons from Billings Mustangs (05/10/19).
Adrian Rodriguez assigned to Dayton Dragons from Greeneville Reds (05/11/19).
Jhon De Jesus assigned to the 7-day injured list (05/11/19).
Michael Siani activated from the 7-day injured list (05/14/19).

Injured List (IL)

Ryan Campbell (04/19/2019).
Jacob Heatherly (04/24/2019).
Jhon De Jesus (05/11/2019).

Pitchers

Pitchers in the Low-A Midwest League average a 3.72 ERA; 1.343 WHIP; 9.5 SO9; 2.31 SO/W and 0.6 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Low-A Dayton Dragons pitchers maintain a 5.16 ERA; 1.557 WHIP; 10.5 SO9; 2.31 SO/W and 0.8 HR9 during the 2019 season.

The Dragons pitching ranks 16th among 16 Midwest League teams with a 5.16 ERA.

The Dragons top pitchers

Ricky Salinas (RP) – 3.63 ERA; 1.500 WHIP; 14.0 SO9; 3.86 SO/W and 1.6 HR9 in 17.1 innings pitched.

Hitters

Hitters in the Low-A Midwest League average a .235/.325/.350/.674 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Low-A Dayton Dragons hitters average a .216/.295/.331/.625 slash line during the 2019 season.

The Dragons hitting ranks 15th among 16 Midwest League teams with a .625 OPS.

The Dragons top hitters

Shard Munroe (LF) – .245/.376/.426/.802 in 117 plate appearances.
Juan Martinez (3B) – .255/.372/.373/.744 in 124 plate appearances.
Pabel Manzanero (C) – .254/.271/.456/.727 in 101 plate appearances.
Mariel Bautista (LF) – .250/.322/.430/.752 in 115 plate appearances.

11 Responses

  1. Roger Garrett

    Do you think Longhi can move up to the big club?When will Sir or India move up to the next level in your opinion.I know its early but these two guys seem to be getting it.

  2. Chris Holbert

    I would not at all be surprised if India surpassed most of the other “top” prospects. i t seems highly drafted college players are already ahead in development. It is not always the case, but major college players in a highly competitive conference, usually get it quickly.

  3. David

    Bobby Bonds, who came up to the SF Giants in 1968 at age 22, averaged about a 25% strike out rate for the first part of his career with SF.

    His career strikeout rate was around 21%.

    Bobby Bonds might be a good comp for Jose Siri. Bonds played 14 seasons and had 332 career homers, with a lifetime 0.268 BA.

    • Brian S Jolley

      If he resembles Bobby Bonds in any way in his career with the Reds I would be absolutely thrilled. These things are so hard to predict. I just looked at all the Reds first round draft picks the past 20 years and then looked below to see who they could have picked. It was not a very encouraging exercise. For example, selecting Mike Leake instead of Mike Trout. My point though is that it is so hard to tell even for people who make their livings trying to do so. The current regime seems to have a little better handle on it though.

  4. Brian S Jolley

    I really enjoy and appreciate this series of posts. Thank you.

  5. Big Ed

    Joey Gallo comes to mind. He is having a breakout year this year, too.

    I think you undersold India’s current hot streak in the “perspective” paragraph on him. In 13 games in May, he’s slashed .333/.455/.622./1.077, which is spectacular for that league. I was a little discouraged about him last year, but he is looking like he’s ready to be movin’ on up.

  6. Chris Holbert

    I think the farm system is definitely better than previously, but I still do not see too many high end guys. I see Atlanta, San Diego, Tampa , Yankees, etc…churning out productive players one after the other. The Reds have not drafted too far from the bottom feeding clubs in the past few years. I have to wonder if we are coaching them up as well as could be, especially pitchers, in the system.

    • Chris Holbert

      I would agree. It would seem to me that AA may be where most the future lies, but it seems there is a bit of a potential age issue. A lot of those guys seem to be 22 to 24. That would seem to make most of them at least 2 years away, if they become productive MLB players. At 24 and in AA, I wonder how that equates to helping anytime soon, with the “rebuild”.

  7. Chris Holbert

    In looking at the AA stats. Tyler Stephenson may be closer, than some of the others. Face it, that is a glaring weakness on he big club, unless his catching skills are really bad. Always heard C was the quickest way to the majors. The Reds could definitely use an upgrade there.

  8. Eddiek957

    A couple of questions you may provide insight for me Cossack. Do you think Alfredo Rodriguez is developing into a productive hitter? Why would a top prospect like India be played at a position that is blocked at the major league level? Nice article I’ve always appreciated your views on reds baseball. That includes when your view differed from my own

  9. Lwblogger2

    I don’t think so on that. He has way more power. I agree that the poor K-rate will not play in the Majors. He’d end up with a 35% K-rate or perhaps higher. He’d hit some HR and play good defense but would likely struggle to reach the Mendoza line and would probably carry an OBP well south of .300.