Mariel Bautista missed a week after injuring himself on April 27th with the Dayton Dragons. Since he returned things had been a bit slow for the outfielder at the plate, going 1-11 with 5 strikeouts. But on Monday night he showed a sign that he’s getting back in the groove at the plate. He crushed a home run, hitting on top of the concessions stand beyond the fence in left field in Dayton. It came off of the bat at 105 MPH and went 411 feet.
The Cincinnati Reds #9 prospect had been hitting well prior to his injury on the 27th of April, hitting .310/.396/.524 with 5 walks and 6 strikeouts over his last 11 games.
While Mariel Bautista had an early blast, it was the one hit by Bren Spillane that would ultimately win the game for the Dragons. Down 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning, Spillane came up with a runner on and put Dayton ahead with a 2-run homer – his 3rd home run of the season.
Nick Senzel’s hot start with the Reds
The Cincinnati Reds have certainly seen the benefits of playing their best 25 players since calling up outfielder Nick Senzel. On Monday afternoon he hit two home runs – both to right field. His first home run of his career, coming on Saturday, was also to right field. Through his first 21 trips to the plate in the Major Leagues he’s posted an OPS of 1.146 despite a BABIP of .111.
Scott Moss strikes out 10 in 6.0 no-hit innings
It’s been a bit of a strange year in 2019 for Scott Moss. The left-handed pitcher moved up to Double-A and he’s been good in some areas, and he’s had some struggles in others. Last night saw that continue in Chattanooga. On the good side, he dominated the Tennessee Smokies hitters for 6.0 innings, giving up no hits and he struck out 10 batters. That lowered his ERA on the season to 3.86 for the Lookouts.
On the struggle side, he walked four batters. And it’s those walks that’s been the struggle for the lefty this season so far. He’s walked 26 batters in 28.0 innings this season. But he’s also struck out 42.The strikeouts and walks are both up significantly this season for the former Florida Gator. It’s worth keeping an eye on his rates throughout the season.