The Cincinnati Reds made several roster moves today at the minor league level. Left handed pitcher Juan Martinez was promoted from Dayton to Daytona. He’s taking the roster spot of right handed pitcher Jake Ehret who was promoted from the Tortugas up to Pensacola. To make room on the Blue Wahoos roster the Reds promoted left handed reliever Nick Routt to Louisville.

Juan Martinez has been very strong out of the Dayton bullpen. He’s posted a 1.60 ERA with the Dragons in 33.2 innings pitched. In that span he’s walked just eight batters and struck out 27 and hasn’t allowed a home run. He’s generated grounders at a rate of 56% this season, a well above-average rate.

Jake Ehret was a Florida State League All-Star, pitching in the games 9th inning over the weekend. The right hander posted a 2.59 ERA in 23 appearances for the Tortugas. With six saves for Daytona in 31.1 innings he led the way in the bullpen. He walked just seven batters and struck out 32 in his time pitching out of the Tortugas bullpen.

Left handed reliever Nick Routt may be having the best season of any pitcher in the organization. In the first half for Pensacola he posted a 0.96 ERA in 37.2 innings. He walked just eight batters and had 36 strikeouts without allowing a home run. His WHIP of 0.80 is second best in the organization. He’s replacing Matt Magill on the roster, who was placed on the disabled list.

Injury Updates

The Arizona League Reds begin their play tonight, but they will be without a few players that were expected to be there to start the season. Catcher Jake Turnbull is on the disabled list with a right hand fracture. 2015 12th round pick Alexis Diaz sounds like he will miss the entire season – he’s been listed as being on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow UCL injury. The feel-good story of 2015 was seeing left handed pitcher Mason Felt return to baseball. He’s going to begin the year on the disabled list with a forearm strain.

AZL Reds Roster

The Arizona League Reds roster has been released. Here’s a first look:

Name  Pos  Bat  Thw  Ht  Wt 
Aaron Fossas P R R 6′ 2″ 200
Jarrett Freeland P L R 6′ 7″ 230
Yerry Santos P R R 6′ 4″ 194
Andrew Wright P R L 6′ 0″ 225
Miguel Aguilar P R R 6′ 0″ 180
Matt Blandino P R R 6′ 1″ 180
Gregory Reinoso P L L 6′ 1″ 170
Dauri Moreta P R R 6′ 2″ 185
Connor Bennett P R R 5′ 9″ 192
Isaac Anesty P L L 6′ 2″ 190
Luis Alecis P R R 6′ 3″ 190
Ian Kahaloa P R R 6′ 1″ 185
Darren Shred P R R 6′ 3″ 200
Wennigton Romero P L L 5′ 11″ 175
Nick Hanson P R R 6′ 6″ 205
Name  Pos  Bat  Thw  Ht  Wt 
Derik Capitillo C R R 5′ 11″ 205
Ernesto Liberatore C R R 6′ 0″ 180
Morgan Lofstrom C L R 6′ 1″ 185
Pabel Manzanero C R R 6′ 3″ 170
Name  Pos  Bat  Thw  Ht  Wt 
Francis Azcona SS S R 5′ 10″ 155
Emmanuel Cruz SS R R 5′ 11″ 170
Edgar Herrera IF L R 5′ 10″ 180
Urwin Juaquin SS R R 6′ 0″ 140
Nadir Ljatifi SS R R 5′ 10″ 170
Victor Martinez SS R R 6′ 1″ 170
Carlos Rivero SS L R 6′ 0″ 175
J.D. Salmon-Williams 2B R R 5′ 9″ 195
Leandro Santana 3B R R 6′ 2″ 175
Andy Sugilio 3B S R 6′ 2″ 170
Name  Pos  Bat  Thw  Ht  Wt 
Michael Beltre OF S R 6′ 3″ 180
Mauro Conde OF R R 6′ 0″ 20
Daniel Jimenez OF R R 5′ 11″ 175
Reshard Munroe OF L L 6′ 0″ 170
Raul Wallace RF R R 6′ 2″ 180

There are some interesting names on the roster. Let’s start with the pitchers. The first thing that jumps out is that Jarrett Freeland is now listed as a pitcher. He last played in 2014 and played 1st base, hitting just .190/.306/.202. The 2013 15th round pick was viewed by some teams as a pitcher coming out of the draft. 2016 3rd round pick Nick Hanson is the biggest prospect among the group. Left hander Wennigton Romero is making the jump to the US after dominating in the Dominican Summer League last year. The 18-year-old posted a 2.13 ERA with nine walks and 82 strikeouts in 71.2 innings last year for the DSL Rojos. Ian Kahaloa is returning to Arizona for 2016, at least to start the year. He pitched very well there in 2015, posting a 2.25 ERA in 24.0 innings with six walks and 31 strikeouts.

The infield has seven teenagers on the roster, including two 18-year-olds in shortstops Urwin Juaquin and Nadir Ljatifi. The position players on the roster are almost exclusively non-American born players. There is only one position player that was born in America, Manny Cruz. Morgan Lofstrom, a catcher, and J.D. Salmon-Williams are both Canadian. Mauro Conde was born in Puerto Rico. The rest of the roster is represented by the Bahamas, the Dominican Repbulic, Colombia, Germany, Venezuela and Curacao.