Louisville Bats: 50-46 overall, 440 runs scored, 420 runs allowed.

Louisville has been in a bit of a tailspin for the two weeks, going from 10 games over to just 4 over in that span. The Bats have lost Zack Cozart (promotion) and Juan Francisco (knee surgery) over that time, while several others have gone into slumps. Devin Mesoraco, Danny Dorn, Todd Frazier and Dave Sappelt have all struggled over that time frame, with Sappelt having the best OPS among that group with a .708 OPS. Yonder Alonso has been hitting well over that time, with a .981 OPS over his last 10 games .

Carolina Mudcats: 11-12 (2nd half), 123 runs scored, 126 runs allowed.

The Mudcats have had a much better second half than they had in the first half. Denis Phipps has led the offense for the last two months. The outfield hit .418 in June and is currently hitting .400 in July. Quintin Berry has an OPS over 1.000 in his last 10 games. Neftali Soto is hitting .273/.400/.636 in his last 10 games and has been on a roll for all of July with an OPS over 1.050. Felix Perez has hit .311 between June and July and is starting to hit for some power as well lately. James Avery has an ERA of 1.93 over his last 6 starts.

Bakersfield Blaze: 9-15 (2nd half), 102 runs scored, 133 runs allowed.

The Blaze went through a recent offensive slump where they were barely averaging 3 runs a game for a 10 game stretch. They have recently busted out of it with 24 runs in the last two days. Dayne Read has been with the Blaze over the last two weeks and has  posted an .857 OPS since getting called up. Ryan LaMarre has been catching fire of late, hitting .375/.409/.500 in his last 10 games. JC Sulbaran has a 2.93 ERA over his last 8 starts with 50 strikeouts in 43 innings.

Dayton Dragons: 15-8 (2nd half), 130 runs scored, 97 runs allowed.

The Dayton Dragons has been the best team in the Reds system since the second half started. They are tied for first place in their division at 15-8. Ronald Torreyes has been a spark plug for the team, hitting .343/.391/.490 since being called up from extended spring training 25 games ago. David Vidal is hitting .320/.382/.531 over the last two months. Yorman Rodriguez strained his shoulder earlier in the week, but had OPS’d over 1.100 in July before the injury happened. Billy Hamilton is hitting .325 over his last 10 games. Daniel Renken has a 1.57 ERA over his last 5 starts with 42 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched.

Billings Mustangs: 14-13 overall, 162 runs scored, 148 runs allowed.

The Mustangs are 2 games back of first place in their division and in second place.  Sean Buckley has led the offense with a .342/.391/.595 line through 20 games with 5 HR’s. Drew Poulk, Devin Lohman and Nick O’Shea all have an OPS in the .870-.900 range.  Juan Silva, Cristobal Rodriguez and Kurtis Muller are all in the .800-.850 OPS range. The Billings staff ERA is 4.30, which ranks them second in the league behind only Ogden.

AZL Reds: 12-10 overall, 142 runs scored, 120 runs allowed.

The AZL Reds offense has been very strong so far, being led by a group of three players OPS’ing over .950. Brennan May has a .991 OPS on the year, while Brandon Dailey is sitting at .962 on the year. Wagner Gomez has a .952 OPS out of the catchers position. Juan Perez is hitting .316 with an .876 OPS. Julio Morillo has an .850 OPS while sharing time with Gomez at catcher (18 years old). 2011 second rounder Gabrial Rosa joined the Reds this past week and has appeared in three games. Carlos Sanchez has an .842 OPS in 18 games at first base. On the mound, I have to start off by talking about 18 year old Alejandro Chacin who has 21 strikeouts and 2 walks in 8.1 innings pitched without allowing an earned run. Christopher Joyce has also yet to allow an earned run in 7 innings with a walk and 9 strikeouts. Justice French has a 2.00 ERA with 1 walks and 25 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. Eliezer Beard has a 3.10 ERA with 6 walks and 25 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched.