Randy Wynne being named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week isn’t terribly surprising. He began the week by striking out 17 batters and allowing just one hit in 8.0 shutout innings against Burlington. The Greeneville pitcher threw another 8.0 innings against Princeton, allowing three earned runs with a walk and another eight strikeouts. For the week that gave him 16.0 innings, nine hits, one walk, and 25 strikeouts to go along with 1.69 ERA. It’s tough to top those numbers and that led to Wynne taking home the hardware.
His run with the Reds since coming back after a short stint in Dayton has been incredible. He’s made three appearances in the last two weeks. They’ve spanned 23.2 innings where he allowed just 16 hits, one walk, and he’s struck out 29 batters while giving up just three runs. That’s a 1.14 ERA with a WHIP of 0.72.
Jose Acosta falls short of hitting .400
Technically this is still possible, but the Cincinnati Reds will have to promote Jose Acosta to another level to keep the chase alive. He entered Monday needing a few hits to finish the 2019 season with a .400 or better average. Unfortunately he finished 1-4 for the Arizona League Reds. That was the last game of the season for the team, and it left the 19-year-old Acosta with a .395 average. He needed one of those outs to turn into a hit. Had he gone 2-4 he would have finished exactly at .400 for the season between the Dominican Summer League and Arizona League Reds in 195 at-bats.
In an interesting situation, at some point during Monday, an at-bat disappeared for Jose Acosta in his time in the DSL. That took his average from .400 with the DSL Reds to .403 with the DSL Reds. That changed the necessary outcomes for what he needed to do on Monday to hit .400 for the year. At the end of the day, assuming his season is finished and he won’t be promoted to somewhere else in the chain, Acosta’s .395 average is the highest in the Reds organization since 1978 when Gary Redus hit .462 for the Billings Mustangs.