The month of July is upon us and the draft is now less than two weeks away (hey, you can see all of the 2021 Major League Baseball Scouting Report articles we’ve done right here – and we’re adding 1-2 per day until the draft gets here). What better time than now to check in and see which of the Cincinnati Reds prospects had a strong month of June?
We couldn’t possibly start out with someone else, could we? We wrote in more detail about his streak of 37.0 innings over his last six starts without allowing an earned run on Tuesday, so check that out if you want a bit more.
That streak stretches back into May, so let’s just talk about what happened in June. He made five starts between High-A Dayton and Double-A Chattanooga without allowing an earned run. In his 32.0 innings pitched he allowed 10 hits – all singles – and held batters to a .099/.171/.099 line with nine walks and 39 strikeouts in 113 trips to the plate.
The 5′ 8″ and 152 lb Lorenzo Cedrola was hitting so well during June that he began to bat 3rd in the lineup for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts at times. The outfielder played in 24 games with the Lookouts in June and hit .365 with five doubles, a triple, three home runs, 15 runs scored, and he drove in 14. Cedrola only struck out 10 times in 98 plate appearances. He also walked just twice in that span.
The season was not out to a strong start for TJ Friedl in 2021. Through nine games he was 2-23 with 10 strikeouts. But the outfielder turned things around from there. That slump to begin the year torpedoed his overall stats in May, but once he did get going in the second half of May he didn’t let up when the calendar flipped to June.
Over his 26 games with the Triple-A Louisville Bats the left-handed hitter posted a .301/.402/.530 line with three doubles, two triples, four home runs, four steals, 20 runs scored, 13 walks, and just 14 strikeouts in 97 plate appearances. The Reds are flush with outfielders, and Friedl isn’t on the 40-man roster, but if the need arises for someone to come up from Triple-A this season he could potentially be that guy.
New to the farm system this year, Wilson Garcia got out to a slow start in May, hitting just .208/.241/.260 in 21 games. June was quite the opposite as he began to show some power and the ball started finding the grass. In 20 games during the month he hit .342/.364/.562 for the Chattanooga Lookouts with four doubles and four home runs.
Arguably the best reliever in the farm system this season from a statistical standpoint, Dauri Moreta has been getting it done all season for the Chattanooga Lookouts bullpen. During June he held batters to a .158/.220/.237 line with three walks and 16 strikeouts in 41 trips to the plate. His ERA in his 11.0 innings that covered seven games was just 0.82.
Much like TJ Friedl, Michael Siani got out to a rough start when the season began. Dealing with a shoulder injury that allowed him to hit, but not play in the field, Siani was only the designated hitter for the first 13 games he played in and only played in the field in five games over the final 11 days of May.
After hitting .177 in the first month the outfielder turned things up to 11 by comparison in June. He only played in 17 games with the Dayton Dragons during the month but hit .273/.375/.509 with five steals, six extra-base hits, 15 runs scored, and nine walks.
College catcher turned professional reliever, Vin Timpanelli has had a strong professional debut with the Low-A Daytona Tortugas. After a quality May he had an even better month of June. Batters posted a .094/.256/.125 line against him during the month. He also allowed just two earned runs in 10.1 innings – good for a 1.74 ERA while holding opponents to just three hits, walking six, and striking out 13 of the 39 hitters he faced.