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?

Graham Ashcraft

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.

Lorenzo Cedrola

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.

TJ Friedl

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.

Wilson Garcia

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.

Dauri Moreta

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.

Michael Siani

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.

Vin Timpanelli

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.

15 Responses

  1. Michael

    Hi Doug, nice summary…may be you could provide some additional information for Edgar García (June stats: 0 runs, 11ip, 5 hits, 1bb, 19so). Thanks

    • Doug Gray

      I knew I’d miss a few guys others would put out there. It would be great if there were a place that you could look up bulk splits for an organization…. alas, there is not.

      Garcia in June held hitters to a .139/.205/.139 line. He hit two batters to go with that one walk, which is where that little extra OBP comes from in the line.

      Another guy who had a tough May (9.82 ERA, .321/.472/.500 line against him) who had a real big June.

      That said, he’s not a *prospect* by definition because he’s spent too much time in the big leagues.

  2. Tom

    Gosh, could Moreta get a call up? His overall career numbers are fantastic and he’s already 25. Time to get him up. He could not be worse than current options.

    Boddy is really big on Vincent Timpanelli and the results are coming in nicely to support it: “A short while after Reds scout Lee Seras signed Vince Timpanelli out of men’s league in Staten Island, he received an email from Kyle Boddy (
    @drivelinebases
    ): “Timpanelli. Conversion guy. Will change the game.” (Timpanelli – 12.7 K/9 & 2.04 ERA in Low A) ” – Travis Sawchik
    @Travis_Sawchik
    ·
    Jun 26

  3. Michael

    his May was horrible…I agree. He’s still just 24 though and could become a nice FA pickup.
    Thanks for the info and the clarification regarding his status.

    • Michael

      “Edgar García that is…”
      (in Chris Welsh voice)

  4. Billy

    Is there anyone in the minors who had a better June than Ashcraft? That’s an incredible line for the month.

  5. DaveCT

    Like the top of my head (and largely due to the promotions of India, Stephenson, Guerrero, Santillan, Hendrix, et al), the system is very thin of top.

  6. DaveCT

    On another topic, the pitcher taken just after Hunter Greene, MacKenzie Gore, who looked as if he was rocketing past Hunter since the 2017 draft, and IMO added some conflict over the drafting of Greene, has really stalled. I read this as one part the roads are full of peaks and valleys, and one part the importance of scouting and development. Not to mention the ‘what have you done lately,’ that’s baked in to things

  7. Michael A Smith

    Quick question Doug. With the rise of the young guys in the system and at the MlB level (Stephenson, Gutierrez, India). Does this shine a different light on the draft process and international process we had in place under the the previous scouting and draft director ( I can not remember his name but he caught a lot of flack on redlegnation for his drafts for the last 7-8 years)

    • Doug Gray

      It might for some people. It doesn’t for me – but I didn’t really think that he was doing a bad job, either. I think the problem with assessment of stuff like that is far too complicated for hot takes. People will look at 2012-2014 and exclaim that the person running the draft failed. How is someone supposed to be able to predict a guy getting the yips and having shoulder surgery? Is he also supposed to know another guy in there was going to wind up with shoulder surgery and then return throwing 83 MPH? Yet he and the Reds got killed by some because those guys had those things happen.

      Internationally, still have to wait and see on that. Those things take forever to play out because the timeline is so much longer. But it’s more complex than even the draft because you can’t just “select” someone. It’s a much more difficult process all around. And it requires more help from your ownership. And it requires more help from your coaches and staff through the system, too.

      • Michael A Smith

        Thanks for the reply Doug. Ironically in that 2012-14 range we have big contributors on the team right now with Winker, Mahle, and soon to be Lorenzen and hopefully Antone back.

      • Doug Gray

        I’ve long said that Buckley was fine at his job. The issue he ran into is that he never picked someone who turned into a star. He simply picked a lot of solid big leaguers over and over. That wasn’t good enough for some people.

      • cousy

        It is interesting to say that Chris Buckley never picked anyone that was a STAR. I can name a few off the top of my head.
        1,Josh Hamilton was taken in the Rule 5 Draft in Krivsky/Buckley Era for $100,000 traded to Texas for Edison Volquez because the Medical staff said he was going to fall apart soon. ALLSTAR career with Texas making minimum salary at the time. Small market teams dream ALL STAR player for $100,000 Rule 5 pick fee.
        2. Justin Turner early draft pick traded to Orioles for Hernandez the catcher. Became ALLSTAR with other teams.
        3. Yasmani Grandal, Brad Boxberger and Yonder Alonso all future ALLSTARS traded for Matt Latos
        4. Aroldis Chapman signed under his leadership of all amateur scouting. ALLSTAR and possible Hall of Famer.
        5.Todd Frazier future ALLSTAR whom in his time in the minor leagues was played in the OF, 1B some 3B and became an ALLSTAR at 3B. Poor development plan from the FARM people.
        6. Raisel Igelsias sets REDs record for rookie pitcher striking out 10 players in his first 3 STARTS IN THE ML gets sent to the bullpen to manage arm health.
        7. India, Stephenson are just starting there careers.
        8. TJ Antone could become a star but again put into the reliever role to manage his arm health. POOR plan.

        These are just a few off the top of my head.

        The problem is the REDS thought is was easy to produce those players and many more and it will be easy for him and his staff to do it.

        It’s not that easy as the new regime is finding out with the lack of production in the last 2 drafts.

      • Doug Gray

        There’s a difference between an All-Star and being a star.

        Relievers aren’t stars. They simply don’t play enough to fit my definition.

        Josh Hamilton was a star for a while. I guess if we want to try and give credit on a Rule 5 prayer of a drug addict you can do that if you want to.

        The book certainly isn’t closed on some of the guys you mentioned, but short of Hamilton – none of them were true stars. There were some guys that became All-Stars. Plenty of above-average players in there. Buckley was good at his job. He caught a lot of unnecessary flack from “internet people” because he didn’t draft that star player that went after some other player that wound up being drafted by the Reds. That was my point.

        Weird to show up and comment 9 days later on this one, though, my guy.