2018 was the first season in the Cincinnati Reds organization for Mitch Nay. In December of 2017 the Reds picked him up in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 draft. He began his season in Daytona and at the midseason point he moved up to Double-A Pensacola. Between his two stops he hit .262/.363/.389. There was more power in Daytona and more on-base in Pensacola. After the season he became a free agent, but re-signed with Cincinnati prior to the start of spring training.

Mitch Nay didn’t begin the season with Chattanooga, the Reds new Double-A affiliate. When he was ready to begin play, though, that’s where he was assigned – joining the Lookouts in the middle of the month. He didn’t play much in April, racking up just 17 at-bats as he played in a part-time role. That’s changed a bit in May as the infielder has gotten into 24 games. And boy has that playing time helped him as he’s gone wild on the Southern League. In those 24 games the 25-year-old has hit .344/.406/.754 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, and he’s hit 4 home runs.

On the season he’s now hitting .282/.370/.603 for the Lookouts in 34 games. His .973 OPS would EASILY lead the league if he had enough at-bats to qualify. With his late start and limited playing time in April, he’s only about half-way to qualifying – but the league leader currently had an .858 OPS and is the only player over .832 in the entire league.

Alfredo Rodriguez climbing the leaderboard

On Sunday night in Chattanooga Alfredo Rodriguez went 4-4 with a double and a walk. It was a big night at the plate for the Lookouts shortstop. The four hits pushed his average on the season up to .312, which is now the second best in the Southern League. He’s one of only two hitters in the league over the .300 mark for the season (who happen to be qualified for the batting title).

The power still isn’t there for the 24-year-old. But he’s shown big improvements in 2019 in cutting down his strikeout rate. His strikeout percentage is down to 11.5% on the season. If a player can’t, or doesn’t hit for power, then they need to make contact an awful lot. In 2019 that’s exactly what Rodriguez is doing, and it’s helped him hit .312/.354/.357 thus far through 43 games.

Brian Rey continues his run of showing off some pop

Last night in Bowling Green the Dayton Dragons lost 3-1. Their one run came on a 9th inning, 387-foot home run by Brian Rey. It was his third home run of the season. It’s May 27th, so that doesn’t sound like many home runs, but it was only Rey’s 12th game with Dayton since being added to the roster. Dating back to the final seven games of 2018 when he was with the Greeneville Reds, the 21-year-old 13th round pick (2018) has hit five home runs in his last 19 games played. In his first 42 games played as a professional after the draft last season he didn’t hit any. Over those 42 games he hit .260/.343/.308. In the 19 games since he’s hit .294/.342/.529. And he’s done so while making contact at a very high rate – he’s struck out just 7 times in those 19 games.

10 Responses

  1. kevinz

    Nay had a over looked season last year. Tough league to play in.
    His season was similar to O’grady last year in the same league last year.
    Talent has been there just the health was not.
    Love to see him turn out.
    He thought career was over from the 3 operations i believe on his Knee.

    • MK

      It wasn’t the operation repairs that hurt him so much as the infection from the operations that just about killed him, literally. I remember him when he played for Lansing against Dayton and it really looks like he has muscled up since.

      Just wonder what the future holds for Sherman Johnson on the Bats. Is he a guy holding back Alf Rodriguez from a AAA promotion? Luis Gonzalez will be back from IL soon does Johnson stand in his way as well?

  2. kevinz

    late night Cannot sleep. I wanna Thank all the teams for Passing on Dietrich.
    Glad Reds might Have Noticed that 290 road Average. Played in Huge Park in Mia.
    Plus at Mets plus Atl. Only Philly was a hitter Park.
    He is more Versatile than Scooter is. I believe his Body type could hold up better.
    The HBP skill might put risk to that statement though.
    I love how has Fun but is serious in that batters Box though.
    Just my Love Vent for DD.

    • Oldtimer

      Gennett is rated the 6th best 2B in MLB after his two seasons with the Reds. Dietrich is good but Gennett is better. Gennett was NL All-Star in 2018. Not sure Dietrich has ever been All-Star.

      • kevinz

        Gennett was not a AS until came to the Reds. Same as Dietrich. Go check the stats in first 100 AB with the reds? Same OPS Same slugging. Only difference is the average and Age.

  3. donny

    I’m ready for the draft and to see who the next Reds players are going to be.
    Also ready for the Rookie leagues to start. Just can’t seem to get here quick enough.

  4. Oldtimer

    Davey Concepcion showed almost no power in his two MiLB seasons (1 HR total in 1968 and 1969). He didn’t show much power in his 18 seasons as a Red either (101 HR total).

    But he played superb SS and was perennial All-Star and won five Gold Gloves (second only to Ozzie Smith among NL SS).

    You don’t have to hit with power to be MLB SS.

    • Stock

      To be fair to Concepcion:

      1. He was in his third season in the majors at age 24.
      2. Different era. Much less power back then.
      3. His OPS+ at age 25 was 114 (100 being league avg)
      4. At age 26 he finishes 15th in league MVP balloting.

      Concepcion was one of the better SS of his ERA and should be in the HOF. Based upon this year Rodriguez will play in the show. The question is will he play everyday in the show.

  5. RojoBenjy

    Doug-

    You said you expected a lot of contact from Rey. Did you expect so much of the contact to have power with it?

    A welcome surprise. Can he be the Reds’ Jose Altuve?