The Arizona Complex League Reds were the only team on the field on Monday from the farm system and several of the newly acquired prospects from the trades with the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners made their organizational debuts.

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The ACL Reds lost 7-4. Box Score

Game Notes

Hector Rodriguez, Edwin Arroyo, and Andrew Moore all made their organizational debuts in the game after being acquired in trades over the last few days.

Leonardo Balcazar had a nice night at the plate as he got on all four times and raised his line on the season to .318/.415/.509.

Nestor Lorant now has 35 strikeouts and 13 walks in 22.0 innings this season in Arizona.

8/2 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 41-57 7:05pm TBA Here Here Here
Chattanooga 41-55 8:05pm TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 48-46 7:05pm Medrano Here Here Here
Daytona 38-55 6:10pm TBA Here Here Here
AZL Reds 23-14 9:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
18-20 11:00am TBA Here N/A N/A

27 Responses

  1. Bdh

    Gonna be interesting to see where Mahle, Drury, and Solano end up

    I like the following package from the Twins for Mahle + Solano

    Steer
    Wallner
    Varland

    I think all 3 could make and help the Reds at some point next season starting the climb back up from this rebuild off to a nice start. The trade simulator has this as a 23.1 to 23.1 value.

    No clue where Drury will go but I’m hoping the reds can possibly get a solid backup catcher for next season out of him. Maybe something like Yainer Diaz from the Astros. That could be too much though. Something like Donny Sands + Ben Brown from the Phillies might be more realistic

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    • Hanawi

      Seems like Twins and Phillies are the two I’ve been hearing about the most for Mahle. I don’t love either system. If its the Phillies, I hope they go after O’Hoppe as the main piece, but seeing as they likely won’t give up Abel/Painter/McGarry I don’t know that I would love anything else they could add. For the Twins, Steer or Woods Richardson could serve as the main piece. I’d like to see them go after Emmanuel Rodriguez as a part of the deal as well. He’s dominating at A ball. Most of all I hope that the Dodgers are interested and willing to give up Vargas or Pages, because that would be by far my preference.

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      • Bdh

        Yea I hope the dodgers are interested too as that will only drive the price to land Mahle up. He’s the best pitcher available at this point and a few teams are still looking to make a splash!

    • Stock

      The Twins would be all over this package. I know COVID has set players back but if you are 24 and in AA you are not much of a prospect in my eyes.

      Wallner struck out 31% of the the time in AA this year and is 24. Not really a prospect in my eyes.

      Varland is a 24 year old in AA with a 1.33 WHIP and a GB% of 40.2%. Not a good fit for GABP and if he is 24 and in AA he should be dominating.

      Steer is also 24 and started the year in AA. He is the most intriguing of the three for me.

      If the Twins want Mahle then Royce Lewis needs to be part of the return. I would do Mahle and Solano for Lewis.

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      • Norwood Nate

        I really like Emmanuel Rodriguez (OF) in the Twins ranks. I hope the Reds target him. Really good power and excellent walk rate. Obviously not the only piece, but if he were the headliner along with Steer and another prospect, I’d like that deal.

    • BK

      Emmanuel Rodgriguez would be my top target from the Twins. Like some of the others, his K rate is a concern, but he’s dominating this year and was a top international prospect a couple of years ago. He’s in BA’s midseason Top 100. That said, he’s a long way away, so there’s a good bit of risk.

      Steer would be my other target. He’s excellent across the board and can play most anywhere. He’s also at the bottom of BA’s Top 100.

      Austin Martin has shown virtually no power. If the Reds thought they could unlock his power, he’d be a steal.

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  2. DaveCT

    I assume Edwin Arroyo will be heading back up to Lo-A once the dust settles?

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    • Greenfield Red

      Doug said something about several of the young guys getting their feet wet for a couple days, so yes, I think you sre correct.

      Must be a crazy time in the Reds system. They just signed all those draft picks and now have added 6 more minor leaguers and subtracted 2 from the 40 man. They will hopefully subtract 2 to 4 more from the 40 today, but add another 4 to 10 to the minors.

      I would assume they are bumping against the 180 man limit. I guess some guys will be let go.

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      • Krozley

        After the trades, I’ve got them at 156 right now. 21 drafted/undrafted players to add. If needed to free up spaces, they could probably move a few more players, like Confidan, to the 60-day/full season IL to join the 25 players currently on that list.

  3. Matt

    When Rodriguez, Arroyo, and Moore move out of Arizona, be cool if they take some of the big names the Reds already had there with them. Open some space up for playing time for draftees.
    Though a lineup with Jorge, Balcazar, Collier, Stewart, Antonia, Almonte, Asconia would be a heck of a show in Arizona.

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  4. kevinzs

    2018 could be the year things changed position player wise.
    Trades just made a part of that of course.
    Drafted India and Siani, Signed De la Cruz and Vellojin.
    Marte also from the 2018 signing period, even though traded for him.
    19-20 drafts stunk imo, glad Ashcraft has a chance be something.

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  5. Hoyce

    Doug- do u ever hear of gm’s discussing prospect for prospect swaps? Never understood why this doesn’t happen more I would be calling up nats GM and asking what it took to get wood ( no pun intended). He’s gonna be a stud and fits reds timeline. I’d over pay Williamson and McLain or possibly Hendricks if they like him much. What say u??

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    • Stev

      From what I have read it sounds like Wood was the key to the Soto deal, if that is the case, I don’t think there is any way the Nationals then move on from him for other prospects.

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  6. TJ

    Reds get (as per Athletic) the Twins
    6. Spencer Steer, 3B/2B
    12. Christian Encarnacion-Strand, 3B
    17. Steven Hajjar, LHP

    For Mahle. Good haul. Farm system in much better position.

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  7. Tom

    It’s amazing to see the concentration of talent on some of these teams. I’d say the expanded playoff field has had a positive effect on competitive behavior across the league. Teams like the Twins and Mariners and Phillies are just begging for the last seat at the table to get a shot at some magic. In years past I’d say they would’ve stayed more conservative.

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    • BK

      Agree, hopefully the next CBA will yield two more teams. It was crazy watching how hard some of the NBA teams worked to get into their play-in tourney and then have some success in the playoffs. Hopefully, the Owners and MLBPA are paying attention.

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  8. kevinzs

    Gathered all this talent reds Well done.
    Now the real work to be done.
    Devlp it or flip for the right mlb talent at some point.

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    • BK

      I agree Kevin. The Reds had a fantastic draft and they’ve brought in a load of talent at the trade deadline. Time to develop these players to their fullest potential.

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      • DaveCT

        Four top 100 picks in the draft, four more top 200 picks in the draft, lord knows how many more top 100 minor league prospects and/or top 30 team prospects via trades as well as several top international signees via trade. My head is spinning.

    • SteveO

      Great debut for Acuna! 5 IP, 4 H, 1 unearned run, 0BBs, 6 Ks 76 P
      Not sure if he’ll come out for the 6th inning, but based on how they’re handling pitchers with pitch counts, think he’s done for tonight.

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