The Arizona Fall League begins next week. This year we had to wait quite a bit before seeing the rosters, but they were released on Wednesday morning. The Cincinnati Reds are sending seven players total – three position players and four pitchers. Cincinnati will be affiliated with the Surprise Saguaros this season.

Ivan Johnson

The 2019 4th round pick split his season between Daytona and Dayton. Johnson, a 22-year-old shortstop, played in 79 games during the year – he missed some time on the injured list – and hit .264/.367/.451 on the season with 19 doubles, 2 triples, and 10 home runs. He also stole 11 bases, but was caught 7 times.

Drew Mount

Much like Johnson, Drew Mount spent some time on the injured list this season and missed some time on the field. Almost all of his season was spent with Double-A Chattanooga, where he played in 53 games and hit .279/.335/.492 for the Lookouts. During the season he also played in 5 rehab games with the ACL Reds and then 4 games with Triple-A Louisville during the “home stretch” playoff thing that took place at the end of the year as a substitute for having any playoffs.

Michael Siani

The 22-year-old outfielder began the year as a designated hitter despite being one of, if not the best defensive outfielder in the organization. An injury kept him from playing in the field for all of the spring and the first few weeks of the regular season, but didn’t keep him from being able to swing the bat. Siani would spend his entire season with the Dayton Dragons. In 97 games he hit .216/.321/.327 with 30 steals, 13 doubles, 4 triples, and 6 home runs.

Michael Byrne

Reliever Michael Byrne made 33 of his 34 appearances this season with Double-A Chattanooga. He would make one appearance, recording one out with the Louisville Bats in the “home stretch” late in the season. In his 50.1 innings pitched during the year he posted a 3.22 ERA where he allowed 39 hits – giving up just 2 home runs – walked 23, and he struck out 38.

Eddy Demurias

Much of the 2021 season for Eddy Demurias was spent in Double-A with the Lookouts, but he also pitched in 6 games with Dayton and 2 games with Louisville. Between the three stops the recently turned 24-year-old reliever made 38 appearances and threw 51.2 innings with a 2.26 ERA. He allowed just 30 hits – 2 home runs – while walking 28 batters and striking out 52.

James Marinan

The High-A Central Pitcher of the Month for September got some good news again this week as he’ll be heading to the Arizona Fall League. After not breaking spring training with a team and staying back in Arizona for nearly two months, Marinan joined Daytona in late June. He struggled for a bit to find consistency with the Tortugas, but found his groove in August and was promoted to Dayton for two final starts. Overall he made 12 starts and 3 relief appearances, throwing 64.2 innings with a 4.31 ERA. He gave up 49 hits – 5 home runs – while walking 41 and striking out 63.

Jacques Puchue

The 24-year-old lefty split time between the rotation and bullpen this season. He also split time at three different levels during the year. Most of his action came with High-A Dayton where he threw 60.0 innings, but he made one appearance in Triple-A Louisville and five with Double-A Chattanooga. Between his three stops he posted a 3.62 ERA in 77.0 innings where he allowed 54 hits – 10 home runs – with 37 walks and 83 strikeouts.

AFL Information

  • The season will begin a week from today on October 13th.
  • The games played at Salt River Fields will use the automated strikezone.
  • The “no shifting” rules will be in effect. All infielders much be on the dirt, and the players must be on their side of second base.
  • There will a 15-second pitch clock.
  • Larger bases – 18 inches instead of 15 inches – will be used. This was also used in Triple-A this season.
  • Pick off attempts are limited to two per plate appearance.
  • Two games will be televised on MLB Network: The Fall Stars Game (November 13) and the Championship Game (November 20).

7 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Sometimes I find the question if who wasn’t selected more interesting than the guys who end up going.

    I’ m a little surprised Alan Cerda and possibly Lawrence Cedrola were’t selected. Siani hasn’t really hit A pitching let alone AA and above that he’ll see in AZ. But he was almost certainly hindered by his injury, and is a higher profile guy, so I get that selection, sort of. Drew Mount had a nice year, and is more of a power bat. Get his selection too. Brian Rey had a nice year and fits the profile of a pretty good utility guy. Seems like Matt McClain coulda used the experience, too.

    My first take on the pitchers is that the team is looking to accelerate some guys as relievers, given the 2021 bullpen.

  2. MK

    Thought Mat Nelson might be added. He had a hand injury which ended his season early and unless he had surgery He should be healed. But must not be.

    • Doug Gray

      Nelson is participating in instructs, so I’m guessing he’s healthy, just not heading to the AFL.

  3. SultanofSwaff

    Puchue could be being groomed to fill a relief role for the big club next year. I like the idea. They certainly need more options besides Garrett and whatever free agent reclamation project their budget will afford them.