The Cincinnati Reds have promoted outfielder TJ Friedl. The 21-year-old outfielder has been moved up from the Dayton Dragons to join the Daytona Tortugas.
TJ Friedl hit .284/.378/.472 with the Dragons in the Low-A Midwest League while playing all three outfield spots. In 66 games played he had 20 doubles, six triples and five home runs. Friedl also showed off speed and plate discipline. He stole 14 bases, though he was caught eight times. He also had 29 walks with just 46 strikeouts on the season.
The timing of the promotion is an interesting one as the Tortugas are currently on their All-Star break and won’t return to the field until Monday afternoon. I would look for him to take over the every day center field duties for Daytona, which has been manned mostly by Mitch Piatnik to this point in the season. Daniel Sweet and Narciso Crook have both also seen limited action in center this season with the Tortugas.
Taking the place of TJ Friedl on the roster in Dayton will be Shane Mardirosian. He missed most of the first half of the season before joining Daytona late in May. He made eight starts in left field for the Tortugas, though he’s also played plenty of infield in the past.
Shane Mardirosian will likely find himself in a utility role with Dayton and play a little bit of everywhere with the Dragons. Last season he saw time in center, left and at second base with Dayton. Offensively in his nine games played with Daytona in 2017 he went 3-23 (.130) with six walks and nine strikeouts.
This is the first mid-season promotion that’s come through, but over the next week as the All-Star games are played at the minor league level I would imagine that we start seeing a few more come through the pipeline. The Florida State League All-Star game is being played as I type this. The Southern League All-Star game will be played in Pensacola on Tuesday.