There was no Prospect Watch article yesterday because there was simply too much other content on the site between the normally scheduled articles and then the Reds announcing their call ups I didn’t want to bury anything. So today we are just going to have a Prospect Watch for both Sunday and Monday.
The season started out well for Robert Stephenson with 11 strikeouts in 5.0 shutout innings in his first game of the year. He ended it on a high note as well, allowing just one run over 7.0 innings with three walks and nine strikeouts. It’s been an up-and-down season for Stephenson, but he may have ended the year with his best start of the year.
Reliever Ben Klimesh had a strong appearance as he struck out three batters in a shutout inning of work. Over the last 10 days the right hander has allowed just one run in 5.1 innings with seven strikeouts. That’s a strong rebound after a rough outing in Jacksonville on the 18th of August where he allowed four runs in an inning of work.
Infielder Brent Peterson has taken advantage of his playing time in Bakersfield over the last two weeks. While he only has seven starts in that time, he has made them count. He had three hits on Sunday and is now hitting .385 since August 17th.
Zach Vincej continued his hot run of hitting with three hits on the day and he scored two runs. Over the last eight games he has hit .414/.469/.517 with four runs scored, three doubles and three walks. After a rough month of July where he hit just .238, Vincej rebounded well to finish August with a .303 average and a .384 on-base percentage.
Neftali Soto had two doubles in the last game of the year for Louisville. The infielder finished the season with a .302 average thanks in part to him hitting .405 over his last 10 games. Unfortunately that is where his season ends as the Reds chose not to call him up for September.
What would a prospect watch be without mentioning Kyle Waldrop? The outfielder had two hits to finish out his 2014 season. The two hits pushed his average to .315 with Pensacola and to .338 on the season. Over the last 10 games of the season Waldrop hit .439 for Pensacola.
Marquez Smith. I don’t need to say much more than that if you have been following along for the season, but he capped off his 2014 season with a 3-5 effort to go with his 30th home run of the season and he drove in four runs. The four runs driven in pushed his season total to 131 which led all of the minor leagues, not just the Reds system. His season was probably the best by a Reds minor leaguer since Adam Dunn’s 2001 campaign.
In the final game of the season Nick Howard put together another strong start as he allowed one run in 5.0 innings with a walk and three strikeouts. It was the third straight start of 5.0 innings and just one run allowed. He walked just four batters and had 11 strikeouts in the span of those three starts.
Jon Matthews had two hits and a walk, including a home run in the final game of the year. He finished the season with a .317 average and a .396 on-base percentage between Bakersfield and Dayton. The outfielder also added 20 steals to go along with 32 walks and 59 strikeouts.
For the third straight time out Tyler Mahle put together a good start as he tossed 5.0 innings with just one run allowed and he struck out five batters. The run he allowed was the only one over the last three outings that span 18.2 innings pitched. Over that time he has walked just two batters and has struck out 18.