Allan Cerda has been shut down for the season. On August 7th he was hit by a pitch and removed from the game. It was a frightening moment as the outfielder took a pitch in the face. The result was a nasal fracture that required surgery.
The 19-year-old outfielder had been doing an Adam Dunn-like impression for the Greeneville Reds in 2019. At least at the plate, that is. He was hitting .220/.360/.470 through 165 plate appearances. The walk rate was strong, as was the power – especially for his age. But he also racked up a high rate of strikeouts, which led to a lower batting average. In his last game he homered, giving him nine on the season. That’s currently tied for 4th most in the league.
Debby Santana has been out for nearly three weeks of action. He last played for the Arizona League Reds on July 29th. The Dominican Republic native is dealing with a minor strain, and while there’s less than 10 games remaining in the season for the Reds, there’s a chance that he could return before the end of the year. The 18-year-old who will celebrate a birthday next weekend, is hitting .310/.327/.410 for the AZL Reds this season.
Rylan Thomas has been dealing with health issues since spring training. After posting an .892 OPS for the Greeneville Reds in 2018, the UCF product has played in just four games this season – all coming on a rehab assignment in early July with the AZL Reds. But his back injury flared back up and he’s been out ever since. He’s making progress, but with a short amount of time left in the season we aren’t likely going to see him back on the field this year.