This past week just continued to be an extension for what Alejo Lopez has done all season long. The Triple-A Louisville Bats traveled to Omaha to take on the Storm Chasers and their outfielders did a lot of chasing baseballs around the field off of the bat of Lopez. In his six games he racked up 11 hits, including three doubles, hitting .407 on the week. He also struck out just one time in 30 trips to the plate.
After hitting .362/.437/.448 in 25 games with the Chattanooga Lookouts the Reds promoted Alejo Lopez up the Triple-A. Usually players take a step backwards, even if it’s just a little bit, when they move up a level. That hasn’t happened for Lopez at all. The switch hitter has been better across the board. His average is at .388 with the Bats after this weekend. His on-base percentage is sitting at .481. And perhaps most surprising – he’s slugging .612 with 11 extra-base hits in 18 games played.
Michael Siani is heating up
When the season began this year the best defensive outfielder in the organization wasn’t playing in the field. Michael Siani was the designated hitter for the Dayton Dragons for the first two-and-a-half weeks of the season. He didn’t play in the field until May 21st, and from there he alternated between center and the designated hitter position. Dealing with a shoulder injury, he didn’t play in the field during spring training or much at all in the field during the first month of the season.
Once June began, Siani moved into the outfield and he’s played center in all of his games since then. Perhaps being in the field is what he needed to get his bat going. During May the left-handed hitting outfielder had a .177/.293/.190 line with just one extra-base hit – a double – in 22 games. But since the calendar flipped to June, things have been very different. In 12 games played so far during the month Siani has hit .324/.432/.676 with two doubles, a triple, and three home runs.
Dauri Moreta dominating in relief
In 2019 one of the best relievers in the farm system was Dauri Moreta. The then 23-year-old righty posted a 2.35 ERA for the then Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas. He threw 57.1 innings with nine walks and 64 strikeouts. With the 2020 season begin cancelled we didn’t get to see what he could do at the next level.
But we’re now back in 2021 and so is Dauri Moreta. Cincinnati assigned the now 25-year-old to Double-A Chattanooga to begin the season and he’s been doing all that he can to show that he’s ready for the next challenge. Moreta has allowed just two earned runs this season through 14 games and 21.1 innings. In that span he’s given up just 10 hits and he’s walked just five while striking out 33 of the 78 hitters that he’s faced – that’s a 43% strikeout rate if you are keeping track at home.