Thursday night may have been the most exciting performance night that the farm system as a whole has seen in a long time. 30th overall selection in the 2021 draft Jay Allen hit a long home run in his pro debut out in Arizona, Jose Barrero homered twice and reached base 4 times, Lorenzo Cedrola had 4 hits, Austin Hendrick had 4 hits including a double and a home run, Elly De La Cruz added to his extra-base hit counter, and Carson Spiers continued to pitch well for Dayton as the farm system went 5-0 while scoring 44 runs on the night.

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The Louisville Bats won 13-3. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 7-3. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons won 7-2. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas won 10-7. Box Score

The ACL Reds won 7-6. Box Score

The DSL Reds were postponed.

8/13 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 34-52 7:00pm Takahashi Here Here Here
Chattanooga 42-42 8:05pm TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 47-40 7:05pm Richardson Here Here Here
Daytona 43-44 7:05pm Franco Here Here N/A
ACL Reds
16-15 8:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
11-9 10:30am TBA Here N/A N/A

19 Responses

  1. jon vera

    Wow, maybe next year…India 2b, Barrero ss,Stephenson c, lodolo,greene in the rotation.Santillian in the bp young stars, winker,senzel,mahle.

  2. Alan Horn

    Jay Allen with a HR going 2 for 3 in what I think was his debut.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Yesterday was a great day for the entire organization winning in all levels including few root outs.
    Barrero seems to be ready for reach the major team again and this time shows he can hit.
    Hendrick taking his shape and hitting well in last games…
    Kravetz rebounds,,,
    Spiers has been very solid in this season… watch him out…
    It’s very encouraging see the most of the draft picks have had a pretty good debut..
    What about Graham Ashcraft? When is he scheduled to pitch again?

    • Alan Horn

      Good to see Hendrix taking off. I think they started him off too high for a high school draftee. It might have been better to have kept him in Arizona for some instruction rather than throwing him to the Wolves at Daytona right off the bat.

      • Doug Gray

        Almost all 1st round picks from high school go to Low-A the year after they were drafted. It’s actually quite rare that they don’t do that.

  4. Doc

    I agree that Barrero looks better every day and that he should be ready for a full out opportunity next year, but I would be hesitant to call him up at present. In part, Farmer is manning the SS position well and is an experienced major league player. He is not likely to struggle amid the glitz and glitter.

    Barrero had one huge opportunity last year, but he was not ready offensively. The offense has really come around this year, but when he moved to AAA, his offense suffered for a week or so. He has since recovered nicely.

    The Reds are still in a race for the playoffs. Suppose Barrero is called up, but not for any (injury) need. And suppose it takes Barrero a week or two to make the offensive adjustment. Major league pitching is acknowledged to be better than AAA pitching, is it not? Can the Reds really afford a significant drop off in offense from SS position, without any substantial defensive impact, for up to a third of the remaining season? I’m not sure they can.

    Given Farmer’s performance, I am in the camp of letting Barrero finish the season in Louisville, and start spring training with a legitimate chance to win the job, just as India won his job in spring training. Ditto Greene and Lodolo.

    • SultanofSwaff

      I agree that unless Farmer goes stone cold you ride it out with him, but I think you’d need Barrero on the roster for insurance purposes. If Farmer gets hurt, surely you’d want other options for a stretch run or playoff series than Geno.

    • Luke J

      I agree with your premise. I do however disagree that Barrero isn’t a significant defensive upgrade to Farmer. He really is.

    • Alan Horn

      If you shift Farmer to 3B then whatever Barreo does at SS has to be a net upgrade over Suarez. Plus, you are getting a jump start on Barreo for next season. If Barreo is slow out of the box with the bat, move Farmer back to SS and either Moose or Lopez or Schrock to 3B. We have a lot of options and all are far better than Suarez at this point in the season.

    • Doug Gray

      Kyle Farmer hasn’t hit in August (.271 OBP). Sooooo, yeah, call up Barrero.

  5. Jpser05

    Keith Law, on The Athletic, has lots of good things to say about the Reds’ farm system. Says Reds are a top 10 farm system.

    • Alan Horn

      Good to hear. Other than Barreo and Lopez there aren’t many top position prospects at the higher levels. We are now well stocked with top position prospects at the lower levels.

  6. Matt O'Neal

    I will be interested to see what the Reds do with Lorenzo Cedrola in the offseason. Playing well for AA, and has spent ~ half his time roaming center field. I don’t think he hits enough for power if he’s a corner OF, but as a CF, might be fine. BUt the Reds have Winker, Senzel, Naquin, Aquino, maybe Castellanos (opt out?), Friedl (I assume will be Rule 5 protected), Akiyama.

    • Shawn

      Reds will have at least, one more year before they have to worry about where to play him. Naquin has really cooled off after a hot start. Shogo will be gone after next year, that really just leaves Senzel, who can play anywhere and Fried who hasn’t proven he can hit major league pitching.

  7. MK

    Chris Okey has begun to do some positive hitting the last few weeks. Hitting has always been a struggle for him as a pro but maybe it is starting to click. Maybe he and Mark K. can provide some in-house catching depth so they won’t have to go outside the system in next year for Major League depth.