When you are coming off of a season in which you posted a 2.34 ERA it’s probably a great feeling, but one that you likely aren’t expecting to be able to repeat. That’s just a very high level of performance. But for Alex Powers, he laughs. Probably.
Despite the fact that he dominated in Double-A Pensacola last season with that 2.34 ERA in 42.1 innings where he had a 0.97 WHIP, 11 walks, and 55 strikeouts, the Reds sent the right-handed reliever back to Double-A to begin this season. As you would expect given his past performance, he destroyed the confidence of opposing hitters. He threw 22.0 innings with the Chattanooga Lookouts and allowed just three runs (1.23 ERA) with six walks and 33 strikeouts.
That performance earned him a long overdue promotion to Triple-A. Alex Powers has barely missed a beat for the Louisville Bats. Since moving up to the International League he’s posted a 1.85 ERA in 24.1 innings where he’s allowed just one home run in the league where every team is shattering home run records. He’s also struck out 29 batters to go with 11 walks. On the season that gives him a 1.55 ERA across his 46.1 innings.
More recognition for Aristides Aquino
It wasn’t even 24 hours ago that Aristides Aquino was named the International League Rookie of the Year and named to the league’s postseason All-Star team. Now he’s being recognized by C. Trent Rosecrans at Baseball America as the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Player of the Year.
While Aristides Aquino barely played half of a season this year with Louisville, he hit .299/.356/.636 in 78 games for the Bats. That came with 13 doubles, a triple, and an organizational best (on the farm) 28 home runs.
Billings just keeps winning, just keeps winning
The Billings Mustangs began their season much like their parent club did: 1-8. And much like the parent club that start buried their chances for the playoffs. Sort of. In the Pioneer League they play a first half and a second half. You can qualify for the playoffs in each. With a 1-8 start, and a 38 game half, the Mustangs had little shot at the playoffs and sure enough, they missed out. Billings went 14-15 the rest of the way, finishing out 15-23.
Things have been very different in the second half. The Mustangs have won 13 of their last 15 games. Last night they beat Missoula 3-1, improving to 21-7 in the second half. That’s easily the best record in the league in the second half. They are 6.0 games up on the Osprey (Missoula) with 10 games remaining. Six of those games are against Missoula, though. That means they can take care of business directly, but it also means the same thing for the Osprey.