The Dayton Dragons had a comeback win on Friday night. At home and taking on Fort Wayne, the Dragons were trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the 7th inning. They would load the bases with one out and that brought Lorenzo Cedrola to the plate. The 5′ 8″ and 152 lb center fielder had not homered all season through 69 games. Then he did this:

He got every last bit of that pitch and hit it off of the net beyond the stands in left field. That put Dayton up 7-6. Jeter Downs would follow with a home run that made it 8-6, which was the final score.

Since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox on July 2nd, Lorenzo Cedrola has hit .320/.369/.413 for the Dayton Dragons in 20 games. That’s remarkable similar to what he hit for the Greenville Drive in the South Atlantic League. In 50 games this season before the trade he hit .318/.350/.427. The big difference has been his walks. With Greenville he had just five walks, while so far in Dayton he’s drawn four walks in significantly less playing time.

Allan Cerda turning it on for the DSL Reds

It’s not too often that I write about guys from the Dominican Summer League. There’s a lot of reasons for that. One is just that the information is tougher to come by. Two is just that they are so far away, and that performance doesn’t always translate. But sometimes the information is there and sometimes guys just go on tears. Allan Cerda is currently doing the latter.

The 18-year-old outfielder signed with the Cincinnati Reds during last years international signing period. He was one of the higher bonus signees from the class, getting a 6-figure bonus. His career began in June, and he got out to a bit of a slower start. He hit .232/.376/.348 over 20 games. His walk rate was strong, but the average and slugging percentage were a tad low. In July, the script has flipped. The walk rate remains strong, but the other numbers have also rebounded, too. In 15 games during this month he’s hitting .294/.431/.569 with 8 extra-base hits.