Narciso Crook had another big night in a Louisville win, Jose Barrero kept on raking since returning from the Futures Game, Graham Ashcraft threw 6.0 shutout innings in a Chattanooga win, Allan Cerda hit a baseball 467 feet in Daytona’s win, and Miguel Hernandez helped lead the Dayton Dragons to a win with a home run and a double on Sunday.

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The Louisville Bats won 4-2. Box Score

Game Notes

Narciso Crook didn’t play for just over two weeks after a hamstring injury suffered in the final week of June. But he’s been on fire this weekend. He’s gone 6-8 with a walk, 2 doubles, and 2 home runs.

Jose Barrero is swinging a white hot bat right now. Since returning from the Futures Game – where he went 1-1 with a homer and a walk – he’s hit .500/.600/.864. That’s helped push his season line with both Chattanooga and Louisville to .300/.382/.498 in 56 games played.

After a big slump during June, Alfredo Rodriguez has turned things back up a notch or three in July. The infielder his hitting .304/.316/.375 during the month. He’s not drawing many walks of hitting for much power during the month, but he’s getting hits again after a .490 OPS during June.

Michael Mariot has now made 7 starts since signing with the Reds and has a 2.61 ERA in 38.0 innings with the Bats.

Phillip Diehl lowered his ERA to 2.22 in 29 games this season with Louisville. He’s struck out 39 batters with 5 walks in 28.1 innings this year.

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 3-1. Box Score

Game Notes

Graham Ashcraft began a new streak on Sunday of scoreless innings after his last one came to an end at 44.0 innings. Facing the team for second straight start, Ashcraft got his revenge after what happened on Tuesday by firing out 6.0 shutout innings. He threw 89 pitches with 58 strikes on the day. His ERA on the season is now 2.33 in 65.2 innings with a 1.01 WHIP. He still hasn’t allowed a home run and he’s got 82 strikeouts.

Drew Mount was injured to end the 1st inning of the first game he played in all season back in May. He hurt his ankle making a catch at the wall. He would miss nearly two months before beginning a rehab assignment with the Arizona Complex League Reds on June 28th. He played in 5 games there and crushed the ball, posting an OPS of 1.737 before returning to Chattanooga. Mount has barely skipped a beat. After reaching base 3 times on Sunday – including a home run – he’s now hitting .364/.462/.682 for the Lookouts in 7 games played.

The Dayton Dragons won 8-4. Box Score

Game Notes

Miguel Hernandez homered for the first time since May 11th as he put together a big day at the plate. The shortstop has had some large home and road splits this season. In 30 games in Dayton he’s had 8 doubles and 2 home runs while hitting .356/.417/.495. On the road he’s hit just 2 doubles in 26 games with a .176/.229/.196 line.

Another day and another game in which Francisco Urbaez got on base a few times. The infielder is now hitting .335/.424/.466 on the season with 23 walks and 33 strikeouts in 49 games with the Dragons.

Since the start of June Victor Ruiz has hit .323 in 27 games played with 11 doubles and 2 triples.

Pedro Garcia lowered his ERA to 2.03 on the year. He’s pitched in 17 games and thrown 31.0 innings between his time in Daytona (4 games) and Dayton (13 games).

The Daytona Tortugas won 8-4. Box Score

Game Notes

Allan Cerda’s home run still hasn’t landed. According to the Trackman estimation the ball went 467 feet. I’m still catching up on home run distances, but I believe this is the longest home run hit in the Reds farm system this year.

19-year-old Elly De La Cruz only had one hit on the day, but it was a double. He doubled in the Daytona game on Saturday, too. Between his time with the Arizona Complex League Reds and the Tortugas he’s played in 13 games. He now has 13 extra-base hits on the season – 8 doubles, 2 triples, and 3 home runs. He’s hitting .373/.422/.729 so far this season.

Nick Hanson made his first start in three years. He lowered his ERA on the season to 2.13 with his 2.0 shutout innings. The big right-hander has allowed 6 hits in 12.2 innings this season while striking out 12 and walking 11.

The ACL Reds had the day off.

The DSL Reds had the day off.

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Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 27-37 OFF OFF Here Here Here
Chattanooga 36-27 OFF OFF Here Here Here
Dayton 36-29 OFF OFF Here Here Here
Daytona 31-35 OFF OFF Here Here N/A
ACL Reds
7-7 9:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
2-3 10:30am TBA Here N/A N/A

17 Responses

  1. Amdg

    If Austin Hendricks’s numbers were converted to a pitcher’s stats, he would have:

    0.186 opponents batting average
    1.10 WHP
    10.2 K/9

    Perhaps he is playing out of position? ;)

    • Doc

      High school to A, and to the life of a professional, is a bigger jump than most give credit for. He is now playing against teams full of players who were his equivalent level in high school and he is having to learn to do it while traveling, while playing every day, without mommy and daddy their to take care of him. I expect he will do fine, but I cut him the slack of a year of adjustment time.

  2. kevinz

    Nice Keep Controlling that zone Jose.
    Keep that up see you the show soon.

  3. Indy Red Man

    Get Barrero, Shrock, and Diehl up tonite. Whats the hold up?

    Phillip Diehl lowered his ERA to 2.22 in 29 games this season with Louisville. He’s struck out 39 batters with 5 walks in 28.1 innings this year.

    What part of that could any of our lefties match? 5 walks in 28 innings? Perez and AG couldn’t hold their walks to 10 in 28 innings.

    Osich throws 89….he can’t K anyone when we need one. Doolittle? That washed up line drive maker couldn’t pull off a 2.22 era in Single A. I guarantee it!! He SUCKS

      • BZ

        In this instance, I think it would be pretty straightforward. Barerro for Freeman. Shrock for the Lorenzen IL spot. This will get them back to the original bench number before the Gray/Lopez swap. Then Diehl for Lopez or Osich.

        I’m not saying I agree with the moves because I’m torn on whether Barrero should come up yet but it seems easy enough in this situation.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    A promotion for Urbaez is likely to come soon, I think…

    • Doc

      And whom does Urbaez replace.

      It is easy to make lists of guys whom one thinks should be called up now, if not sooner. It is much more challenging to actually sort out how those call ups are facilitated, roster moves on both 26 and 40 man rosters, service time, who goes down and what their contract status is; and then there is performance at the MLB level.

      Lopez is exhibit A. Much clamor to get him up. He comes up and has six big at bats early. Did he have another hit after that? Oh, but he needs to play more! In place of whom? What MLB player is worse than a AAA player? What MLB player got added to the 26 man on the basis of a bad set of minor league statistics?

      The Reds added BP pieces. Maybe it hasn’t worked out, but the guys added, for the most part, had successful major league track records. What makes people think that a minor leaguer is going to come up and suddenly out shine MLB pitchers with a demonstrated track record? C. Perez? M. Feliz? J. Deleon? All AAA call ups; all unsuccessful so let’s go to the next lower tier of relievers; surely they will perform.

      Of course, commenters can function in a data-free, thought-free environment and dream that Cinderella’s fairy godmother counterpart will finally show up to bless the next reliever called up. After all, they do not have to live with their decisions affecting their livelihood.

      • Old Big Ed

        I think he meant Urbaez being promoted to AA, Doc. Can we agree that Urbaez has likely earned that?

      • RedsGettingBetter

        Yes, I just are pointing the fact Urbaez deserves a promotion to AA since he is performing very well at A+… so who is the replacement of him? The coaching staff should make this technical decision based on the low-level farm teams where there are a big group of rookie players to choose from…

  5. Old Big Ed

    Doug, the video that you posted of Elly De La Cruz on Twitter is outstanding. Lightning hands. Fast. And room to add 25 pounds of muscle.

    • weigarp

      Elly De La Cruz looks like quite a good prospect. Urbaez, too. My concern, however, is that these are the types of prospects other teams would demand from the Reds in a trade for a reliever. Those are very difficult decisions for the long-term health of a ballclub, especially a small market team like the Reds.

  6. Bubba Woo

    I’ve gotta think Ashcraft is a couple more starts from getting promoted to Louisville. Take away his first start in Dayton and his start last Tuesday, and you’ve got a pitcher who’s been every bit as dominant as Greene/Lodolo. I’d even wonder at this point whether he has the potential to be a late August/early September callup for the Reds Bullpen.

  7. Redsvol

    Woohoo! The Ashcraft train is chugging along again. I was worried a bit there. He made the adjustment to better scouting – good for him and his coaches! Wishing health to him.

    Doug- any idea why the reds draft picks are so slow to sign? Another site I monitor has other teams’ picks signing left and right. We only have 1 signed?