The Cincinnati Reds have been picking up player of the week awards since the first week of the minor league baseball season and today they kept that tally moving up as starting pitcher Eduardo Salazar picked up the award for the Dayton Dragons in the High-A Central for his performance last week.

Last week saw Eduardo Salazar take the mound once. The right-handed starter took the mound against Lake County on Friday night and was dominant. He tossed a season high (and tied a career high) 7.0 shutout innings. He held the Captains to three hits, walked just one batter, and he struck out 10 batters for the third time this season (the other two times came against the Fort Wayne TinCaps – once in June and one in July). The game was a 7-inning contest, so Salazar picked up the complete game, too, and he was pumped up about it.

On the season Eduardo Salazar has now made 19 starts and thrown 98.0 innings with a 3.49 ERA, allowing 81 hits, just 6 home runs, walked 32 batters and he’s struck out 107.

In his start on July 15th against Great Lakes, Salazar allowed eight runs in 4.0 innings on eight hits and two home runs. He’s been on fire ever since. He’s made six starts over the last month, throwing 34.2 innings with just one home run allowed, nine walks, and he’s struck out 42 batters while posting a 2.08 ERA and holding hitters to a .506 OPS.

Eduardo Salazar brought home the Player of the Week award for the 13th time this season among Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers. He’s also the 10th player from the organization to bring home some hardware.

Player of the Week winners in the Cincinnati Reds Farm System in 2021

  • Eduardo Salazar – August 16-22 – Dayton
  • Allan Cerda – August 2-August 8 – Daytona
  • Jose Barrero – July 26-August 1 – Louisville
  • Elkyn Chirinos – July 26-August 1 – DSL Reds
  • Graham Ashcraft – May 31-June 6, June 21-27 – Dayton/Chattanooga
  • Carson Spiers – June 7-13, July  19-25 – Dayton
  • Nick Lodolo – May 17-May 23 – Chattanooga
  • Hunter Greene – May 10-May16 – Chattanooga
  • Brian Rey – May 4-9, May 10-16 – Dayton
  • Lyon Richardson – May 4-May 9 – Dayton

7 Responses

  1. Bred

    Is it just my imagination or do the Reds have more players of the week than in recent past? Being a person who sees a full glass and gets nervous about where more will come from, I wonder is the Reds future really this good?

  2. DaveCT

    Got a bit of fire in the belly, too.

    Any past/present reports of what he throws? He’s put together a really year.

  3. Redsvol

    love to see this from Salazar. Would like for more of the carribean guys to show up more at the higher levels of the system. Also like that we got a strong performance from a young pitcher in august. Seems like all our top pitchers have been having trouble staying strong thru August. Major league season is long – young guys need to stay strong for 6 months not just 3.

    • Doug Gray

      Everyone at every level is getting hurt. In all sports. Last year messed up so many dudes.

  4. mark

    Interesting article on the Reds Latin Program featuring Elly De La Cruz as this years rising star from the Dominican Republic. Also mentions the changes in the Dominican Academy player Development program by adding Luis Bolivar to oversee the Latin Player Development program. Player Development Director Shawn Pender has some good quotes on the changes. New International Scouting Director Trey Hendricks was also mentioned as being named to his new position in October 2018 and one would assume the the New Director signed Elly De La Cruz but the Reds 2021 media guide says he was signed on July 2, 2018 by Richard Jimenez. I heard he was signed for $65,000 during the period when the Reds where in the 2 year penalty box on not being able to sign player for over $300,00 for 2 years. I would say Elly De La Cruz was signed by former Reds International Scouting Director Tony Arias whose department also signed Aroldis Chapman, Raisel Iglesias, Didi Gregorius, Ronald Torreyes, Wandy Peralta, Vladimir Gutiérrez, Jose Barrero, Aristides Aquino. Duri Moreta will probably be the next ML from the Dominican Republic to make an impact on the ML Reds teams. Good read.

    The article gives you the impression that the Reds Latin program under Tony Arias never signed an impactful Major Leaguer. Would be a different story if the front office had given away Chapman and Iglesias for a bag of peanuts.

    https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2021/08/21/cincinnati-reds-prospect-elly-de-la-cruz-prospect-rankings/8228394002/

    • MK

      I think you are reading a little to much criticism into the article. Maybe giving a little too much credit as well. How tough is it to sign Chapman when you have the freedom to be the highest bidder? Both international teams have had successes and failures but this is highlighting the new groups successes.

      • Doug Gray

        Looking at that posters history something tells me that they have a personal connection of some sort to a former someone in the front office. 5 of the 6 comments they’ve left in the last three years are about the international scouting situation.