It was a busy day of movement on the farm today as the Cincinnati Reds made a whole variety of moves throughout the system.

  • Alejo Lopez promoted to the Reds from Triple-A Louisville
  • Levi Stoudt promoted to Louisville from Double-A Chattanooga
  • Joe Boyle promoted to Chattanooga from High-A Dayton
  • Javi Rivera promoted to Dayton from Low-A Daytona
  • Michel Triana promoted to Dayton from Low-A Daytona
  • Ashton Creal promoted to Dayton from Low-A Daytona
  • Johnny Ascanio promoted to Daytona from the ACL Reds
  • Justin Boyd promoted to Daytona from the ACL Reds
  • Trey Faltine promoted to Daytona from the ACL Reds
  • Logan Tanner promoted to Daytona from the ACL Reds
  • Jack Rogers activated from the injured list in Daytona
  • Jamal O’Guinn activated from the injured list in Daytona
  • Kevin Abel activated from the injured list in Daytona
  • Austin Callahan activated from the injured list in Daytona
  • Sebastian Almonte from Daytona to the ACL Reds
  • Luis Chevalier from Daytona to the ACL Reds
  • Yerlin Confidan sent on a rehab assignment from Daytona to the ACL Reds

Let’s start out by talking about the promotion of Joe Boyle. On one hand he’s arguably been the most dominant pitcher in minor league baseball when he’s been on the mound this season. He’s made 17 starts and allowed 25 hits in 74.2 innings. That’s laughable. He’s also struck out 122 batters along the way to his 2.17 ERA. The struggles have all come with his inability to consistently find the strikezone. He’s walked 59 batters on the season. That’s a 19.7% walk rate – which is essentially how often Joey Votto was walking in his prime. His stuff is incredibly good. The key to watch for in Double-A is if the more advanced hitters will be able to better hold off on his stuff and force him to find the zone a little bit more.

Boyle is being replaced in the Dayton rotation by Javi Rivera. His ERA is a little bit higher than Boyle’s on the season, but Rivera dominated in his time down in the Florida State League with Daytona. The right-hander posted a 2.81 ERA in 73.2 innings where he walked just 18 batters and struck out 88. He’s been even better over his last 10 games, posting a 1.86 ERA in 38.2 innings.

A trio of draft picks are moving up to Daytona after playing in last night’s game out in Arizona at the complex when they made their professional debut’s. 2nd round pick Logan Tanner, 2nd round comp pick Justin Boyd, and 7th round pick Trey Faltine are all in the lineup tonight for the Tortugas. 19-year-old infielder Johnny Ascanio is also now in Daytona after hitting .344/.423/.459 in 20 games with the complex level Reds.

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13 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Javi Rivera, as a 20th round pick last year and at 22 years old is showing really great value. Without knowing much about his stuff, I’m getting a Tyler Mahle vibe with him, as having taken some years (ie age 18-21) to develop and come into his own.

  2. Redsvol

    fun stuff! lets go Joe Boyle! and good luck to everyone! We need you all!

  3. Randy in Chatt

    Nothing like playing a late game in Arizona, finishing up getting on a plane, flying to Daytona, Florida and in the starting lineup all in the span of of about 20 hours. Yikes. If they have an off game due to jet lag, we can give them a break.

  4. Randy in Chatt

    BTW: do we have any players that were released because of these moves?

    • Doug Gray

      Not today, but a few guys were released on Monday:

      Quin Cotton
      Rafael Franco
      Junior Melo
      Jonathan Willems

      • weigarp

        Is there a link you could provide that shows such players who are released?

      • Doug Gray

        No. Your best bet is going to be to sort through the transactions pages for the teams on their official websites.

      • Jonathan

        Wasn’t Jonathan Willems a promising prospect back when Greenville SC had a Rookie level team for the Reds?

      • Doug Gray

        Greeneville, Tennessee.

        And he was a prospect, yes. Made the Top 25 once upon a time.

  5. MK

    Surprised on the timing of Boyle move as his performances have started to slip lately. Don’t know if it is fatigue or what. Would have liked to see this earlier in the season.

    • Doug Gray

      I think it’s two-fold. They were looking to get him to Double-A later in the season at some point, but also the way the organization’s starting pitchers are falling apart has made it so someone absolutely had to move up.

  6. Jack Frost

    It appears the Reds are blessed with several young and talented shortstops. Can you rank the top four, including Barrera?

  7. Jack Frost

    It appears the Reds are blessed with several young and talented shortstops. Can you rank the top four, including Barrero?