The big news on the farm yesterday was that the Cincinnati Reds assigned their 1st round draft pick, Nick Lodolo, to the Advanced-Rookie level Billings Mustangs. The now former TCU left-handed pitcher is the 5th consecutive Reds 1st round pick to spend time in Billings. The last 1st rounder taken by the Reds to not see time in Billings was Nick Howard back in 2014, who joined the Dayton Dragons for his first assignment.
While Nick Lodolo didn’t make his debut on Tuesday night for the Billings Mustangs, several draft picks did make their professional debuts on the other side of the country with the Greeneville Reds – who opened up their season at home in Tennessee. Second, third, and fourth round picks Rece Hinds, Tyler Callihan, and Ivan Johnson started around the Greeneville infield on Tuesday as they all made their debuts.
The Reds have signed 27 players so far. Below is that list, along with where each player has been assigned.
|1||Nick Lodolo||LHP||Billings Mustangs|
|2||Rece Hinds||SS||Greeneville Reds|
|3||Tyler Callihan||2B||Greeneville Reds|
|4||Ivan Johnson||2B||Greeneville Reds|
|5||Evan Kravetz||LHP||Greeneville Reds|
|6||Graham Ashcraft||RHP||Greeneville Reds|
|7||Eric Yang||C||Billings Mustangs|
|8||Quin Cotton||OF||Billings Mustangs|
|9||T.J. Hopkins||OF||Billings Mustangs|
|10||Jake Stevenson||RHP||Billings Mustangs|
|11||Wendell Marrero||OF||AZL Reds|
|14||Garrett Wolforth||C||Greeneville Reds|
|15||Matt Lloyd||OF/RHP||Not Assigned|
|16||Jason Parker||RHP||AZL Reds|
|19||Tyler Garbee||RHP||Greeneville Reds|
|21||Ashton Creal||OF||AZL Reds|
|23||J.C. Keys||RHP||Greeneville Reds|
|24||Quinten Sefcik||RHP||Greeneville Reds|
|25||Yamil Nieves||C||AZL Reds|
|26||Quincy McAfee||SS||AZL Reds|
|27||Matt Gill||RHP||Greeneville Reds|
|29||Yassel Pino||SS||AZL Reds|
|31||Justin Gomez||C||Greeneville Reds|
|32||Dan Serreino||RHP||Greeneville Reds|
|35||Tanner Cooper||RHP||Greeneville Reds|
|37||Caleb Van Blake||3B||AZL Reds|
|39||A.J. Bumpass||RF||Greeneville Reds|
Other Reds minor league notes
Taylor Trammell, one of the Cincinnati Reds top prospects, has been placed on the injured list for the Chattanooga Lookouts with a hamstring strain. Last week he was named as the #8 prospect in all of baseball by Fangraphs.
Aristides Aquino has been on fire all season in Triple-A for the Louisville Bats. But last night he extended his hitting streak to 21 games. That puts him all alone in 2nd place on the all-time Bats hitting streak list. The record is 26 games held by the immortal Brandon Larson.
Nick Travieso, the Cincinnati Reds 2012 1st round draft pick, pitched last night for the Billings Mustangs on rehab. It was the first time that the right-hander has pitched in a game since the 2016 season. He missed all of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, as well as the first half of the 2019 season as he recovered from shoulder surgery.
Scott Moss, a left-handed pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts, was a late addition to the Southern League All-Star team, but he took full advantage of his opportunity on Tuesday night. Moss threw 2.0 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Alfredo Rodriguez started the game at shortstop and went 1-5 with an RBI. Reliever Joel Kuhnel finished the game for the winning North All-Stars, recording the final two outs of the game.
In the Midwest League All-Star game the lone Dayton Dragons participant was catcher Pabel Manzanero. He went 0-1 with a walk in the game. His team, however, won the game in the best kind of way: A home run derby. Yes, you read that correctly. The game was tied at 3-3 after 9 innings and that means that each team picks one player, who got 90 seconds to hit as many home runs as possible. Chris Betts of the Bowling Green Hot Rods was selected by the East squad, and he needed just two home runs to win it. He did just that, and on his second home run he bat flipped that thing into right field.