In his first game of the Arizona Fall League season Tyler Stephenson went 0-3 with a walk. Since then he’s gone 6-11 with two doubles. Last night he and the Glendale Desert Dogs faced off against Mexicali of the Mexican Pacific Coast League, who will be playing some official league games against the AFL teams over the next month.
It was a big night for the Cincinnati Reds catching prospect. Tyler Stephenson came to the plate four times in the game and he came through with three hits. One of those hits was a double. He also scored two runs and drove in another one on the night as the Desert Dogs won 7-2. Small sample size of course, but he’s hitting .429/.467/.571 through 14 at-bats.
Jonathan India’s struggles to get going continued in the game. He’s played in five games for Glendale and he’s yet to record a hit. He’s now 0-18 with three walks, an RBI, and six strikeouts.
Nick Senzel has shoulder surgery
It was announced prior to the Reds game yesterday that Nick Senzel had successful shoulder surgery. At least to the point that it went as planned. Rehab, of course, is still ahead and you may need to see the other side of that before calling it a success. Your mileage may vary on this one.
Nick Senzel underwent surgery to repair his labrum today. Timetable remains the same. #Reds hopeful he will be ready for 2020 Opening Day.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) September 24, 2019
Sonny Gray joins Luis Castillo in the 200K club
The Cincinnati Reds are celebrating the 150th anniversary of professional baseball. While the organization hasn’t existed for all 150 of those years in continuity, we’re still talking about 150 years. And last night saw the first time something has ever happened in franchise history. Sonny Gray was making his last start of the 2019 season last night and was sitting on 199 strikeouts. He would add six strikeouts to his season total, giving him 205 for the year. With that he joined teammate Luis Castillo above the 200 strikeout mark.
With Luis Castillo sitting at 218 strikeouts and Sonny Gray at 205 strikeouts they are the first Cincinnati Reds teammates to ever record 200 or more strikeouts in the same season. Trevor Bauer has more strikeouts this season than either of them – he’s got 253. But he’s only got 68 for the Reds after being acquired at the trade deadline. That could make for an interesting “chase” for a new record next season if they all stick around.