Opening day in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday only saw one Cincinnati Reds prospect take the field. Reliever Michael Byrne tossed a shutout inning and picked up two strikeouts in a 5-0 win by the Surprise Saguaros. On Thursday the Saguaros ran out a few Reds prospects and they played key roles in the 1-0 victory over the Salt River Rafters.

The Saguaros only managed three hits on the day. The biggest hit of the game came in the 3rd inning off of the bat of Ivan Johnson – a solo homer in his first trip to the plate of the fall league. That lone run held up for the rest of the game – Johnson finished 1-3 and played the game at second base. One of the other hits for Surprise was a double by Drew Mount, who also finished 1-3 and he played the entire game in left field.

On the mound the Saguaros saw Eddy Demurias continue with what he had done all year. Between his three stops in Dayton, Chattanooga, and Louisville the righty reliever posted a 2.26 ERA in 51.2 innings. On Thursday he made his AFL debut and tossed a shutout inning and picked up two strikeouts. That scoreless inning didn’t come without help, though. While it doesn’t show up in the box score, and since Minor League Baseball/Major League Baseball doesn’t broadcast the games anywhere, we miss out on some things – but Demurias made sure to share with us that Michael Siani played a huge role in the win.

If there’s one thing that jumps off of the scouting report for Michael Siani it’s that he can flat out go get the ball in center. At the plate he made his debut by going 0-2 with a walk.

James Marinan is scheduled to start for Surprise on Saturday. He will be looking to build upon his strong finish to the season that saw him win the High-A Central Pitcher of the Month award for September.

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7 Responses

  1. RedsGettingBetter

    How are the instructional league going? Any info available, Doug?

    • Stock

      I agree. I am surprised MLB does not publish instructional league stats on their website. The Reds seem to have a lot of high ceiling guys playing in the instructional league this year.

      • DaveCT

        Cool story. One fall in the early 90’s, I was thinking about going down to Fl and wanted to take in a game or two at instructs. I called the Reds. The guy who picked up said “Cincinnati Reds, Chief Bender.” He then explained that there was no real public exposure to instructional league.

  2. Matt

    Demurias is one of the two relievers I’ll be interested to see what the Reds do 40 man roster wise. He and Diomar Lopez both had really good years in AA and then got a taste of AAA towards the end of the year. I know you don’t really see a whole lot of strictly relievers get protected, but, with how the Reds bullpen went this year, it may be nice to have some potential decent arms waiting.

  3. DaveCT

    Ivan Johnson.

    Coming on even more. Seemingly always in a shadow. Tyler Callihan, 19-20; Matt McClain, 21.

    Would love to see this kid absolutely take off snd force himself into the infield conversation sooner rather later.

    As BB King one time said of a young, Irish guitarist, “Everybody keeps talking about him. Everybody can’t be wring.”