Cincinnati Reds second base prospect Shed Long was coming off of an outstanding 2016 season where he hit .293/.371/.471 with 30 doubles, five triples and 15 home runs between Daytona (94 games) and Dayton (38 games). He jumped onto the prospect scene with that season – showing off tools across the board and some of them quite impressive ones.

The Reds sent Shed Long back to Daytona to start 2017. He only spent 38 games there at the end of last year. Things got out to a slow start. In the first eight games he hit just .143/.278/143. Long did have five walks and was hit by a pitch in that stretch. However, the hits simply weren’t finding the grass.

Over the last eight games things have turned around. Shed Long has had hits in seven of those eight games, including multiple hits in four of those games. He has hit .382/.400/.735 over that time. Last night capped off that stretch with a walk-off 2-run home run at home against the St. Lucie Mets. It was the third home run he has hit in the last four games.

Slumps that would go unnoticed if they happened the first week of June are very noticeable when they start the season. After the slow start, all of a sudden Shed Long is hitting .274/.338/.468 and the stats looks much like the top second base prospect in the organization. His .806 OPS is 126 points better than the Florida State League average.

C. Trent Rosecrans and Shed Long are working together on a podcast series called Great American Dream. I listened to the first episode as I worked on writing this article and it’s outstanding so far. The series focuses on Long and his dream and journey to becoming a Major League Baseball player. You can read more information about it, and listen to, subscribe to the podcast and more here at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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