Tyler Stephenson, the Cincinnati Reds top catching prospect, is heading to the disabled list with a thumb injury that he suffered on Friday night in Clinton while sliding into second base. The severity of the injury isn’t known at this point, but let’s hope he doesn’t miss much time.
The Dayton Dragons catcher had been swinging the bat well. Over his last 21 games, dating back to mid-June, he was hitting .316/.398/.553. That came with nine doubles, three home runs, 11 walks and 14 strikeouts in 88 plate appearances. That run pushed his season line up to .278/.374/.414 for Dayton.
Taking his place on the Dragons roster is Mitch Trees. This will be the second time in Dayton for Trees, who played with the team last season for 49 games. Things did not go well in that time, Trees hit .158/.208/.228 in 169 plate appearances before heading back to Billings.
In 2017 Mitch Trees began the year in Billings and he’s gotten out to a better start. In 11 games he’s hit .300/.333/.625 with four doubles and three home runs. The power potential he’s shown in batting practice started showing up this season with the Mustangs.
Tyler Mahle starts slow, finishes strong
Last night in Indianapolis the Louisville Bats sent Tyler Mahle to the mound. Things started out a bit slow for the right hander. He walked a batter in the 1st inning. Then he walked two of the first three batters in the second inning. Three walks over the first 1.1 innings of the day is about as opposite of what you’d expect from Mahle given everything we have seen from him in the past.
From that point forward, though, he settled in and dominated the Indians. He got a strikeout, his first of the day, and a ground out to end the 2nd inning. Over his final 4.2 innings of the day he would allow just one hit, the only one of the game he allowed, walk no one, and he struck out seven batters. He worked with his fastball in the 92-94 MPH range and his final pitch of the day came in at 96. It was the fastest one he threw all night.