Last season saw Ibandel Isabel set a new Florida State League home run record that had stood for nearly 70 years. This season he’s not quite on pace to break the Southern League home run record, but he’s still doing plenty of damage. Last night saw the 24-year-old slugger hit his 23rd home run of the year for the Chattanooga Lookouts. And that has been the story a lot since he returned from the injured list  on June 20th.

In the 19 games since his return, he’s hit nine home runs. That’s helped him slug .667 over that stretch. That stretch has been interesting in that the power has been there, and he’s hit .282 over it, but he’s also walked just three times and he’s struck out 32 times in 81 plate appearances. The strikeouts still need to come down, and probably by quite a bit, but the power continues to impress. His 23 home runs lead the Southern League, and by quite a bit. Jazz Chisholm is second in the league and he has hit 17 this year.

Mitch Nay keeps on raking

While Ibandel Isabel is crushing home runs of late, teammate Mitch Nay is just crushing. And he has been since May began. Last night saw him homer – his 12th of the year and placed him 6th in the league – and hit two doubles. That helped push his line on the season to .307/.364/.573 through 73 games played.

The infielder leads the league in OPS at .937, leads the league in slugging percentage, is third in average and doubles. He’s also struck out just 43 times, and he’s walked 21 times in his 250 plate appearances.

Connor Bennett promoted to Daytona

The Dayton Dragons most reliable reliever this season, Connor Bennett, has been promoted to Advanced-A Daytona. The 22-year-old right-handed reliever has racked up 12 saves for the Dragons this season. He’s done so while posting a 2.27 ERA in 39.2 innings while allowing just one home run, walking 17 batters, and striking out 63 of the 171 batters he’s faced. He’s swapping places with Clate Schmidt, who was in Daytona and will be heading to Dayton.

Billings and the Triple-A All-Star game

The Triple-A All-Star game will be on MiLBtv tonight at 9:05pm. Aristides Aquino will be there as the lone representative for the Cincinnati Reds and Louisville Bats. The Billings Mustangs will also be playing tonight on MiLBtv. While they don’t have the tv package for their home games, multiple other teams in the league do. Billings will be available to watch for the next eight games through the service. The newest team in the league, Rocky Mountain, and Grand Junction will both play host to the Mustangs from today through the 17th.

8 Responses

  1. Doug

    How about Nick Ciuffo? It appears he’s signed a minor league deal with the Reds if you look at his Twitter page, though nothing official seems to have been announced. Also looks like he grew up a Reds fan (again, from his Twitter), and maybe that’s why he decided to sign with them vs re-upping with the Rays.

    Former 1st rd catcher, 24 years old, hovering between AAA & MLB. Currently injured and supposed to return in the next month or so. Think he’s more AAA depth than anything, or would you say he has a shot for a Casali-like impact? Seems like he got squeezed off of a deep Rays 40-man roster.

  2. Vic

    Doug do you have access to pitcher velocities in the rookie leagues? It would be interesting to se how hard red’s prospect are throwing. Also where is Yomil Maysonet?

    • Doug Gray

      I know what most of the guys are throwing, and can find out for the ones that I don’t. Not sure about Maysonet.

  3. MK

    Connor Bennett has made a tremendous improvement in one season. he went from a roster keeper in Dayton to their successful closer.

    I wonder if there is still a place for a Dave Kingman in today’s analytic climate. if so it might be Ibandel.

    Since he has been demoted maybe Van Meter can still be part of AAA All Star Game.

    • DaveCT

      Aaron Judge is Kingman-esque.

      I used to enjoy watching Kingman run. Once he got going those long legs could cover some ground. Couldn’t play defense to save his life, if I remember.

  4. Kris

    Doug, the Mets seem to be listening on Wheeler and/or Syndergaard. Do the Reds have a package that would interest the Mets and would you make that deal? Castillo, Gray, and Syndergaard next year would be awfully tough.