The Cincinnati Reds selected infielder Shane Mardirosian in the 7th round of the 2014 draft and sent him to the Arizona Rookie League for his debut. Things didn’t go smoothly as he struggled to find any sort of consistency at the plate, hitting .164/.261/.230 in 35 games.
Despite the slow start to his professional career the second baseman was promoted to the Billings Mustangs for the 2015 season. After starting the year by going 0-10 with five strikeouts things have really turned around. He went 2-5 to finish June.
When July rolled around he kept things going despite limited playing time early on. He played in just six games through July 17th, but went 7-23 (.304). In the second half of the month, still in somewhat limited action, he went 8-24 (.333) and finished up the month with a .319 average to go along with four doubles in 13 games and 49 plate appearances.
Things have gone even better in the month of August. So far this month Mardirosian has played in nine games, and in seven of them he’s had at least one hit and in four of them he’s had multiple hits. He began the month by going 3-4 with a home run and a walk. With 12 hits in 35 at-bats he’s hit .343/.351/.514 on the month in his nine games played.
After the slow start he’s pushed his season line to .299/.310/.402. He’s only had one walk on the season, something that’s going to have to improve moving forward, but his turnaround from 2014 to 2015 has been good to see. After his struggles in the first three games of the year, he’s struck out just 14 times in 98 plate appearances – showing a good contact rate. He’s even shown similar splits against lefties and righties with a .299 average against right handers and a .300 average against left handed pitchers.
With sparse playing time early in the year he’s been able to perform well and get into the lineup more frequently down the stretch in the second half of the year and his production has picked up and improved each month of the season so far.