The breakout season for Narciso Crook continued on Sunday afternoon in Louisville. The just turned 24-year-old outfielder started off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run. It was an opposite field shot that got just over the right-center field fence and onto the patio deck at Louisville Slugger Field. In the 6th inning Crook went deep again, this time unloading on a 420-foot no-doubter into left-center field.


The game was the first for Narciso Crook with two home runs since August 31st of 2015 with the Dayton Dragons. In his 54 games with Louisville the outfielder is hitting .310/.367/.600. He’s hit eight doubles, five triples, and now has nine home runs in 54 games. He also played in 24 games this season in Double-A Chattanooga. Between his two stops he’s hitting .305/.359/.549.

Aristides Aquino does it again

Narciso Crook wasn’t the only Bat that went deep on Sunday. Aristides Aquino did so for the fourth consecutive day. The outfielder took one out of Louisville Slugger Field, literally, for his 28th homer of the year.


The home run pulled Aristides Aquino within one of league leader Adam Duvall, who has played in 18 more games than Aquino has. Currently Duvall is in the Major Leagues, giving Aquino a real chance to catch and pass him on the leaderboard. He’s hit 12 home runs in June and 10 more in July as he’s just gone on an absolute tear in the last two months.

Dauri Moreta is dominating for Daytona

Being a minor league reliever isn’t usually going to get you the accolades or recognition that being a starter or a position player will. That’s just the nature of throwing 1 or 2 innings at a time every few days. But when you’re out there dominating, someone should probably talk about it. And that brings us to Dauri Moreta.

The right-handed pitcher turned 23 in the second week of the season. He’s spent that entire season with the Daytona Tortugas and on Sunday afternoon he continued much of what he’s done all season – embarrass the opposing hitters. Against Florida, Dauri Moreta fired out 2.0 shutout innings with three strikeouts. That dropped his ERA to 1.87 on the season through 25 games. He’s thrown 43.1 innings and allowed just 34 hits – just three of which are home runs. He’s also struck out 50 batters and walked just eight. His WHIP is sitting at 0.97 on the season.

10 Responses

  1. Colorado Red

    May be time to promote Dauri Moreta 1 level.
    See what he can do there

  2. Jay Weigel

    About Aristides Aquino, it has to be unusual to have 28 homeruns and just 53 RBI’s. Isn’t it? The players in front of him have been on base a lot. Does this suggest he is not a clutch hitter?

    • MK

      Might suggest that he gets more breaking balls when there are runners in scoring position.

      • terry m

        Or the guys in front of had hit a homer before he got his ab.

  3. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    Curious after watching this video: do most, all, or very few have giant video screens at their ball parks in AAA—or other levels for that matter?

    • Doug Gray

      More and more teams are getting large, HD videoboards these days in the minors.

    • MK

      The High Def Board in Dayton was the largest in pro ball at the time it was installed, according to the owner.

  4. Pete

    Doug, watching AA’s blast the ball lands across the street from the ball park. Have you ever seen a home run go this far in Louisville? It’s amazing it has taken Aquino this long to find his power but undoubtedly he has.

  5. MK

    Josh is big in Fort Wayne as his hometown is close to there and he played there, even had a bobblehead there. If you listened to their broadcasters over the weekend while the Dragons were there his name was brought up quite often in conjunction with the Dragon’s Reds affiliations.

  6. Jim m

    Thanks Doug for all you do with giving out all the minor league team player notes. You do a great job at this.

    Can you see Aquino and O’Grady being called up if say Puig , Gennett and possibly Winker are traded? Or after the 31st of Aug?