Yesterday was spent working on a lot of stuff for the future of the website, so expect to see a few new features next week and soon enough a brand new look for the website (that may not happen until after I return from Pensacola the second week in August). Today, and every day moving forward will have a post similar to this where I note some things about guys who had good nights or notable performances the day before. Let me know what you think.
Notes from some performances last night
Chadwick Tromp is a 19-year-old catcher that the Reds signed out of Aruba in May of 2013. Last night he had two home runs for the Arizona League Reds. At 5′ 9″ tall, you wouldn’t expect much power, but so far this season tromp has slugged .561 while hitting .351 in 60 plate appearances. The right handed hitter has six extra-base hits (three doubles and three home runs) in his 14 games played. Behind the plate he’s thrown out 33% of attempted base stealers.
First round pick Nick Howard threw two innings last night for Dayton out of the bullpen. Things went smooth as he threw two perfect innings. It was the first multiple inning outing of his career. He worked 94-95 with his fastball and a mid-80’s curveball. He was able to throw the curveball where he wanted it. It was in the strikezone when he wanted it to be and he was able to bury it when he wanted to.
Arizona League Reds middle infielder Hector Vargas entered the game last night hitting .324 in 68 plate appearances, but he had yet to draw a walk on the season. Last night he added two more hits to push his average up to .338, but he walked three times on the night. The 19-year-old is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on. He’s spent time at second and short this season, though he has been error prone thus far (he made far fewer errors last season ni the Dominican Summer League).
Fourth round pick Gavin LaValley has kept the offensive train rolling along down in Arizona. The 19-year-old is hitting .313/.400/.475 with 14 walks and 21 strikeouts in 115 plate appearances this season. Last night he had three hits, including a double and he walked two times.
Sebastian Elizalde has barely missed a beat as he moved up to the California League. After spending most of his time in Dayton at first base, out of necessity, he’s played mostly left field in Bakersfield. In 135 plate appearances with the Blaze, his walk rate is down, but so is his strikeout rate as he has hit .308/.385/.496 since the promotion. Last night was another night that looks like a lot of nights for him this season: 2-4 with a walk. One thing that’s been difference since his promotion is his ability to successfully steal bases. In Dayton he had was just 9-for-19 in stolen base attempts. With Bakersfield he is now 8-for-11 after two successful attempts last night.
Jacob Johnson is probably having the best year in the minor leagues that no one is talking about from the Reds system. That’s probably my fault, so, my bad. The 23-year-old right hander has a 2.53 ERA in 57.0 innings out of the bullpen in Bakersfield. He’s controlled the strikezone well, walking just 13 batters and striking out 42. More than half of his outings have been two innings or longer this season, and last night was another of those as he tossed two more shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout.