The Cincinnati Reds will have three players from the Billings Mustangs representing the organization in the annual Pioneer League vs Northwest League All-Star game. The game will take place on August 1st in Oregon.

Pitchers Moises Nova and Packy Naughton will be joined on the team by outfielder Miles Gordon. Moises Nova, a reliever, has posted a 2.45 ERA this season in 25.2 innings pitched over the span of 10 appearances. The right hander has walked seven batters, struck out 27 and hasn’t allowed a home run yet this season. Packy Naughton, a lefty, has thrown 20.1 innings with a 4.43 ERA this season in four starts and one relief appearance. He’s walked six batters, struck out 23 and given up just one home run. Outfilder Miles Gordon has hit .324/.405/.543 on the season in 27 games played. In his 122 plate appearances he had seven doubles, two triples and four home runs.

The rosters are subject to change as players may be promoted or injured before the game takes place. Guys that could be looking at a spot if one opens up would be Alejo Lopez, Andy Sugilio or Stuart Fairchild. Lopez is hitting .357/.425/.551 with more walks than strikeouts. Sugilio has a .321/.364/.505 line with 12 extra-base hits this season in 28 games. Fairchild has hit .326/.396/.432 on the season and has really turned things up a notch lately.

Max Wotell has shoulder surgery

When the Cincinnati Reds acquired Max Wotell he was dealing with a shoulder injury, though he reportedly kept it to himself early on. He would eventually be shut down last year after throwing 6.0 innings across three starts. The official reasoning was some shoulder fatigue and just rest for a 19-year-old who had been pitching since March in spring training.

This season he pitched in May for Dayton, covering two starts before heading back to extended spring training after struggling in both games. When short-season began he joined the Billings Mustangs and threw 6.0 innings in his June 19th start. The next time out he didn’t make it out of the second inning. The third time out he didn’t get out of the 4th. That start, on June 29th, was the last time he’d take the mound. According to his tweet he sent out this afternoon he just had labrum surgery.

5 Responses

  1. William

    Herrera out for the year with a shoulder, and now Wotell? I wish they wouldn’t have gotten damaged goods. With all the fuss they made on physicals for the players in the original Bruce trade last deadline, you’d think they could see some of this.

    • Doug Gray

      It would seem like the answer is a resounding, no.

  2. Chris r

    I read your site almost daily and I have to say this news slipped right on by me. I can not believe that a hopeful pitcher of his potential would let a shoulder injury get to the point of “throwing grenades” and not seeking help.. it’s got me thinking a lot of different things but one being I wonder how often kids do this to themselves potentially ruining the chance they might of had anyhow. And secondly, with this potential “withholding” of info from player to med staff/coaching kinda leave med staff behind 8 ball and they often take heat for this kinda stuff.. regardless sucks all around. Hope he heals well and bucks the odds..

  3. MK

    I have heard that Wottel did not make the most positive impression while with the Dragons, blaming everyone but himself for pitfalls while he was pitching.