After missing the first month of the season, Christian Roa has been activated from the injured list and assigned to the High-A Dayton Dragons. He will take over the spot in the rotation that was opened up by the promotion to Double-A of Andrew Abbott. Roa’s listed as the probable starter for Saturday’s game in Lansing against the Lugnuts.
The Reds 10th rated prospect has had some struggles with staying healthy and on the mound. He was drafted in the 2nd round in 2020 and didn’t pitch as the season was cancelled. In 2021 he pitched the 1st inning of the season opener with Daytona and then missed the next two months before returning to the mound in Arizona for two rehab appearances and then re-joined the Tortugas. He made four starts there before spending the final month-and-a-half with Dayton, making eight starts with the Dragons. In his 15 games between his three stops, Roa posted a 3.53 ERA in 58.2 innings with 26 walks and 67 strikeouts.
The Dayton Dragons also made two other roster moves on the day. Ashton Creal, who has been with the Louisville Bats since May 5th, returned to the Dragons roster and was in the lineup for the 11:05am start on Tuesday. The outfielder played in two games with the Bats, going 1-5 with a walk and a stolen base. Nick Hanson was placed on Dayton’s developmental list. The big righty has struggled this season allowing six earned runs in 5.2 innings while walking eight batters.
Daytona has also made some roster moves. Outfielder Blake Dunn and infielder Braylin Minier were both called up to join the Tortugas from extended spring training.
Blake Dunn was the Reds 15th round draft pick out of Western Michigan last summer. He only played in 11 games after the draft last season, hitting .286/.333/.429 between his time with the Arizona Complex League Reds (6 games) and the Daytona Tortugas (5 games).
Braylin Minier was the top signing for the Reds in the 2019 international signing period, getting a bonus of $1.8M. Like the others from that class, he missed all of what should have been his first professional season in 2020. In 2021 the Reds sent him to join the Arizona Complex League Reds where he hit .255/.308/.393 with 11 doubles and three home runs in 39 games played as an 18-year-old. He won’t turn 19 until the middle of June this season.
Louisville also saw infielder Juniel Querecuto activated from the injured list. He, like many others in the organization this spring, had a hamate injury and hasn’t played in any games this season.