The Cincinnati Reds have announced their two September call ups today as the Major League rosters can be expanded to 28 players. Utility player Alejo Lopez has been recalled from Triple-A Louisville and he will be joined by outfielder Delino DeShields who was acquired via trade yesterday from the Boston Red Sox. The team also added reliever R.J. Alaniz from Triple-A as their “29th player” for game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
Earlier this year when the Reds called up Alejo Lopez they didn’t give him much playing time. He went 6-19 in 11 games that saw him get two starts. Four of his six hits came in his start on July 1st. When he was called up in late June he was hitting .360/.437/.485 on the season with 24 walks and 18 strikeouts in 49 games. In the 26 games since he’s been back down he’s hit .290/.396/.419 with 17 walks and just 9 strikeouts. He has been hitting well of late – he played in 21 games in August and hit .301/.414/.425 during the month after a bit of a slump when he returned to the minors in late July. What Lopez can bring to the table is a lot of contact and an ability to play second base, third base, and left field if asked.
Delino DeShields has not played a game yet in the Reds organization. Just acquired yesterday, he was assigned to Triple-A but their game was postponed and it’s not clear that he was ever there – which would make sense if he and the club knew he was being called up.
In 84 games at the Triple-A level with two organizations this season he’s hit .252/.385/.366 with 21 steals. The right-handed hitter has plenty of speed and he can play center. He doesn’t hit for much average, and he doesn’t have any power. What he can do is get on base enough that he won’t hurt you from that perspective. Despite being a righty hitter, he’s struggled to hit left-handed pitching this season in Triple-A, posting a .206/.329/.338 line. He’s hit righties to the tune of .271/.399/.384 this season (also in Triple-A). DeShields seems to profile much like your typical 5th outfielder: Doesn’t do much with the bat, but can play center and can be a quality pinch runner.