Hendrik Clementina has been crushing the baseball all season for the Dayton Dragons. That continued on Tuesday. The Dragons resumed a rain-suspended game that began on Monday. Getting the start at catcher, over the two days needed to complete the game, Clementina racked up three hits. He had a double for his first hit. In his third at-bat of the game he hit a go-ahead 2-run home run. That was his 9th homer of the season (video below), which is tied for the best in the Midwest League. It’s also leading the Reds farm system. In his final at-bat of the game he singled, and later scored the game-winning run on a Jeter Downs walk-off single.
For as good as his April was, May has been that much better. In 14 games played he’s hitting .354/.483/.875 with seven home runs, a triple, and two doubles. He’s also walked as many times as he’s struck out, 11. Hendrik Clementina doesn’t qualify for the league leaders categories yet as he’s a few at-bats short. However, if he did qualify, he’s currently rank 5th in average (.348), 3rd in on-base percentage (.435), and 1st in slugging (.739).
A change at the top of the draft?
Last week the consensus #1 prospect in the country was Auburn right handed pitcher Casey Mize. Yesterday Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs held a chat and had a whole lot to say about Mize and his medical concerns. He says that there’s a decent chance that the Detroit Tigers are looking at other options at the top of the draft. If that’s true, it would open up all kinds of things.
When it comes specifically to the Cincinnati Reds, McDaniel notes that he believes they have one of Brady Singer, Joey Bart, or Nick Madrigal at the top of their board, with Alex Bohm and Jonathan India behind them. What isn’t clear is if they are considering Casey Mize or not.