The 2018 season for Chadwick Tromp ended in a way that all athletes would like to forget, with an injury. His last game came on August 11th when he pinch hit, and was hit by a pitch. That isn’t what ended his season, though. He was placed on the disabled list with a rotator cuff injury a few days later. That injury ultimately led to shoulder surgery that would keep him off of the field until the middle of the summer. He began to play in rehab games with the Arizona League Reds in mid-June. In mid-July he rejoined the Louisville Bats, returning to the team he was with in 2018 when he was injured.

In the first game, on the road against Pawtucket, Chadwick Tromp went 1-3 with a walk and a solo home run. The next day the Bats hit the road and took on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Tromp wasn’t in the starting lineup, but he came on to pinch hit and came through with a 3-run home run.

 

It was a great start to the year and the 24-year-old catcher from Aruba hasn’t looked back. In his nine games played with Louisville this season he’s hit six home runs. He’s got two more home runs than he’s got singles. He’s 10-26 with three walks and he’s been hit by two pitches. Small sample size applies, clearly, but he’s also hitting .385/.484/1.077 right now. That’s a 1.561 OPS. That’ll work.

Late inning dramatics in another Dayton Dragons win

On Wednesday night the Dayton Dragons picked up a walk-off win in the bottom of the 9th when Brian Rey doubled in the winning run. On Thursday night the story had different names, but the same result. With the game tied at 2-2 Mariel Bautista doubled down the right field line. That’s when speed, good base running, good coaching, and a defensive mistake all came up roses for the Dragons.

Nate Scantlin had walked in the previous plate appearance and was on first base. With good speed and the ball hit into right field he kicked things into gear and rounded second and headed to third base. The Bowling Green right fielder got to the ball in a reasonable amount of time, but Scantlin was blazing around the bases and the second that manager Luis Bolivar noticed he was throwing the ball towards second base he put turned into a windmill and sent Scantlin to the plate. There wasn’t even a play at home.

Lorenzo Cedrola is swinging a hot bat for Daytona

Last night saw Lorenzo Cedrola go 2-4 with a double for the Daytona Tortugas. It was just more of the same for the 21-year-old outfielder over the last two weeks. He’s been one of the hottest hitters in the Reds farm system, and in the Florida State League in that span. Over his last ten games, all of which have hits in them, he’s hitting .455. He’s also walked three times and been hit by a pitch, giving him a .514 on-base percentage in that stretch. His three extra-base hits help push his slugging percentage up to .606 during his hit streak.

7 Responses

  1. FreeHouse

    Hey Doug, I looking at Connor Bennett’s numbers and he looks like a nice bullpen arm who strikes out alot of batters. Since I’ve never seen him pitch, how do you evaluate his stuff?

    • MK

      I think he is a candidate for Most Improved. He was terribly overmatched in Dayton in 2018 and was demoted. Must admit I was less than enthused when I saw him back in 2019. His off speed pitches were much improved and looked like much more movement on the fastball.

  2. MK

    Chadwick has always been a hitter and typically been the back-up catcher to start a season. The Reds have typically had an island or latin country player who they have moved around alot to fill in here or there who didn’t seem o get much respect. Tromp has been one of those guys and has usually met every challenge and has hung on. Albert Chavez is another current guy like that. How many guys have the Reds brought in from the outside ahead of him. He should have gotten the spot Lavarnway got as Chad had completed his rehab assignment. Hope he starts getting some respect soon.

  3. Oldtimer

    Senzel is good leadoff hitter. Would not be good cleanup hitter. Suarez better there.

  4. Jefferson Green

    Any sense of Tromp’s defensive and game-managing abilities?

    • Doug Gray

      Is there something hotter than fire? You know, other than Chadwick Tromp.