The headline is slightly misleading because two of the players were merely activated from rehab stints rather than promoted, but headlines can only be so long and it’s newsworthy to include all the names.Rece Hinds and Joe Boyle were technically activated from the injured list in Daytona, while Andrew Abbott was promoted to Daytona, and Allan Cerda was promoted to Dayton. Update: In a late announcement, Eduardo Salazar was also promoted today. Double Update: Mark Kolozsvary was also promoted this afternoon.
Rece Hinds began the year in Daytona, but he suffered a knee injury in early June and then spent the next two months and a week on the rehab trail before taking the field for the Arizona Complex League Reds on August 7th. He’s spent the last two weeks out in Arizona working his way back, seeing live pitching, and getting action in the field. He hit .294/.390/.676 in 11 games out in Arizona.
Joe Boyle was also activated from the injured list in Daytona, but unlike Hinds, he had never actually been in Daytona. His status as being on the roster was merely for paperwork and roster reasons. After having a strong spring training that turned heads due to his improved ability to throw strikes, he was injured near the end of April and then spent several months rehabbing his way back. He made four appearances for the Reds out in Arizona at the complex and didn’t allow a run, giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out 13 batters.
Joining those two in Daytona will be 2021’s 2nd round pick Andrew Abbott. The lefty only pitched in two games out in Arizona as he tuned up. Each outing only lasted an inning and he gave up no runs, allowed just one hit between the two games, and he struck out three.
Leaving Daytona and moving up to Dayton (though he’s joining the team in Fort Wayne to begin a road trip) is outfielder Allan Cerda. On the season he’s hitting .242/.362/.524 for Daytona with 14 doubles, 4 triples, and 14 home runs. But he’s taken things to another level over the last month plus. Since July 17th he’s hit .321/.435/.679 in 30 games, covering 131 plate appearances. He walked 16 times in that span and struck out 38 times.
Announced after the other moves, right-handed pitcher Eduardo Salazar was promoted from Dayton to Chattanooga. He’s made 19 starts for Dayton this season with a 3.49 ERA, covering 98.0 innings. He’s given up just six home runs, walked 32, and he’s struck out 107 of the 405 batters he’s faced this season. His last start earned him High-A Central Pitcher of the Week honors as he tossed a 7-inning complete game shutout that included 10 strikeouts. Over the last month he’s posted a 2.08 ERA in six starts with nine walks and 42 strikeouts in 34.2 innings pitched.
In an even later announcement, catcher Mark Kolozsvary was promoted from Chattanooga to Louisville. He only played in 40 games in Double-A this season because he spent time with Team USA in both the Olympic qualifier as well as in the Olympics where he was a silver medalist. In his time with the Lookouts he hit .233/.341/.438 with 12 doubles and 6 home runs. Known more for his defensive prowess, Kolozsvary’s power has taken a big step forward in 2021.