Notes from some performances last night
There was a lot of 0’fers in the system last night, but Kyle Waldrop wasn’t one of them. The Blue Wahoos outfielder tripled and homered for Pensacola in a loss Saturday night. The 22-year-old has seemingly sacrificed some power in order to make more contact in 2014. The power output is down some, but his walk rate is up and the strikeout rate is down.
James Allen has split his time between the rotation and the bullpen with Bakersfield in 2014. As a starter he maned just 23 strikeouts and walked 17 batters in 49.0 innings, but after his shutout inning last night that included a strikeout, he has 26 strikeouts and just three walks in 23.0 innings out of the bullpen. The right hander has had dramatic differences in controlling the strikezone and being able to put hitters away since making the transition to reliever.
Another reliever that has been turning things around has been Dayton Dragons reliever Tony Amezcua. Through the month of May he had a 5.51 ERA with 11 walks and 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched to go along with a WHIP of 2.08. Things have turned around in a big way since as the right hander has posted a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 16.2 innings pitched. He has walked nine batters in that span to go along with 18 strikeouts and he hasn’t given up a home run.
Down in Arizona one of the big 2013 international signings for the Reds is starting to really heat up. Reydel Medina hit two home runs last night. He was signed last year for $400,000 out of Cuba and was considered to be raw, but quite toolsy. He began the year very slowly, but he has been on fire for the last 11 games. In that span the outfielder has hit .354/.352/.833. He has just one walk and two sac flies in that span, explaining the on-base percentage being lower than the average. Plate discipline has been a bit of an issue still, with just that one walk and 13 strikeouts in those 11 games, but the power is showing up big time now when he is making contact.
Playing to the right of Medina last night was center fielder Jose Siri. The just turned 19-year-old Dominican Republic native went 2-4 with a walk on the night. He boosted his line on the season to .282/.341/.397 on the season, covering 86 plate appearances and has eight steals in nine attempts. This is his first season stateside, spending last year with the DSL Reds where he hit .303/.363/.483.