Phillip Ervin is absolutely crushing the ball right now for the Louisville Bats. After being optioned back to Triple-A from the Major Leagues earlier this week, the Cincinnati Reds outfielder has gone on a tear. It’s only been four games, but oh boy has it been four games, and last night capped off – at least for now – one heck of a stretch.  Ervin followed up a 2-4, 2-home run game on Wednesday night with a 3-5 night that included 2 more home runs and a double.


Since returning to the Bats lineup, Phillip Ervin has gone 7-15 with four home runs, a double, 9 RBI, 1 walk, and just 2 strikeouts. His OPS on the season with Louisville has jumped from .648 to .817. He’s now hitting .262/.359/.458 through 29 games in the International League with 16 walks and 24 strikeouts.

Brian O’Grady, Aristides Aquino keep on going

It’s not just Phillip Ervin that’s on a roll for the Louisville Bats. Teammates Brian O’Grady and Aristides Aquino are also hitting the ball well. And that’s something that they’ve been doing all season, with the exception of when they spent time on the injured list.

Aristides Aquino spent nearly nearly a month on the injured list. Dealing with an injured shoulder, the Reds outfield prospect didn’t play from April 22nd until May 18th when he returned to the Bats lineup. On Thursday night for the Bats, Aquino extended his hitting streak to eight games. In the month the outfielder from Santo Domnigo, Dominican Republic has hit .347/.385/.490. That’s helped push his line to .316/.364/.561 through 27 games.

Brian O’Grady didn’t miss as much time as Aristides Aquino did. He missed 10 days with a back injury in April. And he’s been hitting all season long, posting an OPS of 1.078 in April. That’s continued into May. Last night saw him rack up another multi-hit game – his 6th in his last 9 games. For as good as his April was, his May has been even better thanks to this recent stretch. In his 26 games played during the month he’s now hitting .340/.395/.738 with 20 extra-base hits.

12 Responses

  1. Wes

    So the balls are juiced ? Is that why louisville either scores or gives up 18 runs a night ??

  2. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    Doug, it has been exciting to open up your site and see so-and-so have yet another power display, but it’s becoming the norm more than the exception. So, how are we to take these “impressive” displays of multiple homers and hitting streaks? Even if the ball is juiced, yet equivalent to the major leagues, are we to be highly cautious about getting too excited about the likes of Ervin, O’Grady, VanMeter and more? My username is RedsKoolAidDrinker so it’s more fun to believe these guys have tweaked this or that, or to believe it’s just clicked for them or they’ve matured as players and therefore can be legit ML contributors (more than just a bench guy), but can you say that there is some substance to what they’re doing? Are guys on other teams in AAA having banner years or the Reds have just hit the lottery this year?

  3. SultanofSwaff

    Nice to see Ervin hit them off RHP. At worst, the Reds have a nice utility OF who can cover for a starter in stretches. A lot of value in that.

    He’s come a long way since I saw him in Beloit when he was playing for Dayton. At the time he was slumping bad and looked lost and frustrated at the plate.

  4. SteveO

    Claim Ruben Alaniz off the waiver wire from the Mariners too

    • SteveO

      Other roster moves, Wood to 60 day IL, Stevenson to 10 day IL, activated Duke from IL, Peralta called back up for Stevenson. Thinking Alaniz will be optioned to Louisville

  5. Jon Ryker

    They need to trade Deitrich and Gennett when he comes back and start playing some of these AAA guys they have in the outfield.

    The pain from the Votto contract is only beginning.

    • RojoBenjy

      Not sure the market is there for second basemen. Isn’t that why the Reds were able to get Dietrich, after all?

      Very frustrating to have this apparent excess in valuable players that no other team wants to pay for. Perhaps an injury or PED suspension will drop for a contending team that will decide they want to part with value for them.

      Sounds like a good problem to have at least. Too many good players. Been quite awhile since the Redlegs could say that.

    • Jonathan Linn

      What are you taking about John? Votto’s has been 100% worth it – it’s been a bargain. Look at what other players similar to him are making

  6. Big Will

    He is just seeing what the last year has been showing. The bat is slowing down and the power is almost nonexistent. If he can’t bounce back on the OBP side he becomes an albatross. Hoping the past week is a solid sign that he is figuring out his swing.