On Thursday the Cincinnati Reds had the day off, but the two farm system teams still playing were both on the field. The farm system entered the day at 298-292 with seven games left on the schedule. In the early afternoon the Dominican Summer League Reds won 10-0 and secured themselves a guaranteed winning season as they moved to 29-26 with two games remaining. Their win also moved the organization to 299-292 with just six games remaining on the schedule and guaranteed the farm system a winning year. Later in the day the Louisville Bats won 5-3 and pushed the farm to 300-292 on the year.
It’s the first winning season the Reds farm system has had since 2011 when they went 420-415. It was only the third winning season on the farm since 2005. I can’t go back any further to check because that’s as far back as Baseball Reference has records for the Dominican and Venezuelan Summer League teams. Here’s what the overall record of the Reds farm system has been since 2005 – with the note that 2021 still has five games remaining:
Here is how the organization did on a team-by-team basis in 2021:
*Louisville and the DSL Reds are still active*
More recognition for Elly de la Cruz
A day after Elly de la Cruz was named the top prospect in the Arizona Complex League by Baseball America, the crew over there dropped the Low-A Southeast Top 10 rankings and de la Cruz found himself on that list, too. The 19-year-old infielder came in as the 6th best prospect in the league ($$).
Narciso Crook’s big 2nd half continues
In his first 43 games this season with the Louisville Bats, Narciso Crook had plenty of struggles. On July 30th he was hitting .174/.296/.322 in Triple-A on the season. But when the calendar flipped to August something flipped on at the plate, too. The outfielder has played in 40 games in August and September with Louisville and he’s hit .325/.426/.588 with 20 walks and 32 strikeouts in that span.