Josh VanMeter had an incredible month of April for the Louisville Bats. It was one of the more impressive months in memory. The Bats infielder hit .358/.446/.758 in 113 plate appearance during the month. That came along with 5 doubles, 11 home runs, 28 RBI, 4 stolen bases, 14 walks, and 21 strikeouts. All of that led to VanMeter being named the International League’s Player of the Month for April.

His 11 home runs were the most in Louisville’s history over a month dating back to 2000, tied with Juan Francisco who had 11 in July of 2010. The 11 home runs led the International League. He also led the league in hits, runs, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, and OPS. It’s probably safe to say that he won’t win the Player of the Month award in May since his April helped earn him a call up to Cincinnati.


Luis Castillo is Becoming Something Special

Sure, this is Reds MINOR Leagues, but for the most part, people are here because they are following the Reds information. Jay Jaffe has up an article at Fangraphs about how Luis Castillo has been putting up great numbers this season and how it’s not a fluke that it’s happening. Much of it revolves around his change up and just how ridiculously good that it happens to be. But some of it also talks about how his ground ball rate is up this season, and that the combination of a high ground ball rate and a high rate of strikeouts usually makes a pitcher a unicorn, and right now, Castillo’s pitched like a unicorn.

Roster Moves for Tuesday

The Cincinnati Reds have released outfielder Kyle Wren, who was playing with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. He was hitting .220/.316/.300 through 19 games played this season.

Outfielder Narciso Crook was promoted from Double-A Chattanooga to take his place on the roster. After his best season as a professional in 2018, he returned to Double-A this season. The 23-year-old has hit .228/.290/.368 on the season for the Lookouts in 20 games played.

8 Responses

  1. Hoyce

    Doug, would u rate Castillo’s changeup the best pitch in baseball? If not, it’s gotta be pretty close
    And get Vanmeter in the starting lineup. They trying to cool him off before they start him?

  2. Colorado Red

    Think you have a typo Doug. After his beat season. Think the A should have been a S.
    I have done that before myself.

    • Doug Gray

      Spellcheck is GREAT. Except when you spell a word correctly, but it’s not the word you meant to type, and then you are Doug the idiot.

  3. Richard Zelinsky

    I keep hearing about José Iglesias and how amazing he is. Marty says what a fine young man.. Are we going to extend him or what? I think Reds radio thinks he’s something very special.

  4. Jefferson Green

    Doug, thanks for the link to the Fangraphs article – great stuff. The scatter plots of GB% and SO% are revealing – and fun for us Reds fans starved for a top-tier ace.
    I had missed it.