It was a heck of a week for the last two 1st round draft picks of the Cincinnati Reds. Matt McLain capped off his week by hitting for the cycle, while Austin Hendrick homered twice for Daytona.
The headline is slightly misleading. In the first three games of the season, 2020 1st round pick Austin Hendrick went 0-11 and had eight strikeouts. It was not a fast start to the season. But since then he’s gone off, going 7-14 with just three strikeouts while hitting three home runs. The first full series of the season going so well has helped him to a .280/.438/.680 line with seven walks in seven games played.
We’re dealing with a small sample size here of just seven games, it’s nice to see Hendrick out to a nice start after all of the struggles he had last season with Daytona when he hit .211 with 100 strikeouts in 63 games played.
Much like things with Hendrick, Matt McLain started the season a bit slow. He went 0-7 in the first two games with four strikeouts. But since then he’s been on fire, going 11-25 with just four strikeouts while picking up nine extra-base hits. He capped off a big series against the Birmingham Barons by hitting for the cycle on Sunday.
McLain, the Reds 2021 1st round pick, has been moved very quickly. After seeing action with Dayton in the final month of the season after the year he was pushed to Double-A to begin his first full season and he hasn’t disappointed. He’s currently hitting .344/.400/.875 through the first eight games of the year.
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Triples are always fun to see, but the one hit by Yerlin Confidan this week against Palm Beach was crazy. The shortstop thought he had a chance to catch this line drive that wound up as a triple….
— Bailey Srebnik (@xwOBAiley) April 14, 2022
Came off the bat at 101.3 MPH and then went over the shortstop and split the left-center gap. Confidan went home to third in 12.04 seconds on the play.
Not sure anyone is out to a better start in the Reds farm system this season than Siani is. And on Wednesday he picked up four hits and drove in four runs.
He’s reached base in seven of the eight games he’s played in and reached base at least twice in six of them. The center fielder has put up a .370/.514/.630 line with eight walks and just five strikeouts so far this season.
Louisville is the only team on the farm to play two full weeks this season since Triple-A got a bit of a head start this year on the other leagues. Ronnie Dawson has gotten out to a nice start for the Bats, picking up six extra-base hits in 12 games so far – including three homers.
He homered twice in the last week while in Omaha, including a 443-foot home run to center on Tuesday night right before rain came on and suspended the rest of the game until Wednesday. He would add another home run on Thursday, pulling one down the line before it bounced off of the roof of the building beyond the outfield berm.
Cincinnati’s 2nd round pick last summer, Andrew Abbott put together his best professional start this past week. Taking on Lake County on Saturday in the second game of a double header the lefty struck out 10 batters in 5.0 shutout innings.
Andrew Abbott has been electric so far today.
His 6th strikeout of the day on a nasty curveball ends the 3rd inning. pic.twitter.com/4gQa8FJ8Rl
— Nick ?? ?? (@Slam_Hilliard22) April 16, 2022