It was a busy day on the transaction log for the Cincinnati Reds on the farm system. The team made one signing, picking up big league veteran Stephen Piscotty on a minor league deal. They also made nearly two dozen moves involving players that were already in the organization.

Let’s start with Stephen Piscotty. He had been with the Oakland Athletics organization this season, but he was released a week ago. In 42 games with the At’s he had picked up just 139 plate appearances and hit just .190/.252/.341. It’s been a rough few seasons for Piscotty, who last posted an on-base percentage in the .300’s back in 2019. Exactly how and where he fits in is a good question and one that I don’t really have an answer to. He’s a warm body and Louisville does need an extra outfielder.

Here’s the list for all of the roster moves that took place today beyond that one:

Let’s touch on some of these moves, starting at the top of the chain. Graham Ashcraft and Matt Reynolds both hit the big league injured list this afternoon, and Michael Papierski was optioned back to the minors and that opened up three spots taken by T.J. Zeuch – who presumably will re-join the rotation in place of Ashcraft – Chuckie Robinson, and Stuart Fairchild. For Robinson today will be his second day in the big leagues, with the other coming when he was the 27th man on the roster for the Field of Dreams game. He’ll make his big league debut whenever he steps onto the field.

Rece Hinds has been activated with Dayton. He had spent the past week with the Arizona Complex League Reds rehabbing after missing two months with a hamate injury.

TJ Hopkins gets the bump up to Triple-A. He was hitting .260/.337/.464 with 21 doubles, 2 triples, and 17 home runs in 101 games for the Chattanooga Lookouts this season. After a hot start in April he really cooled off in May, posting a .516 OPS. But since then he’s picked things up and over the last six weeks has taken it to another level, hitting .325/.360/.588 with 19 extra-base hits in 29 games.

Sam Benschoter has had some dominant stretches with Daytona this season and he’s racked up 80 strikeouts in 51.2 innings while splitting time starting and relieving for the Tortugas. He’ll move up to Dayton and see how his stuff plays against more advanced hitters.

Owen Holt will be joining Benschoter on the trip to Dayton. He’s been a pure reliever this season, but he’s dominated for the Single-A Tortugas as he’s posted a 2.41 ERA in 37.1 innings with just two home runs allowed, walked 13 batters, and he’s picked up 42 strikeouts along the way.

7 Responses

  1. Redsvol

    Good to see these promotions and activations from minor league rehab. Looks like several 2022 drafted pitchers will go to Daytona. Not much movement of the low level position players I thought we would see.

    Rece hinds better start to hurry in his progress. Dunn was playing very well in Daytona before he ran into the truck that is Ruben Ibarra. Nice to see Hopkins recognized.

    • DaveCT

      I’m thinking Hinds may be a good candidate for the AZ Fall League. Hopkins, too.

  2. DaveCT

    Let the AA speculation begin. Three OF’s now in Chattanooga, Siani, Hurturbise, and Cerda. So, there will be opportunities cities to run some of the infielders out there. McGarry and Rey, I believe, have some OF experience as pro’s. But I wonder if we’ll see some of the higher rated prospects getting a look.

    • Redsvol

      Good point Davect. I think September is the perfect time to get McClain and EDLC some time out there. If they want to make the show, that is their quickest path to do it.

      • DaveCT

        There may be some hesitation with EDLC, given his very young age and being just his first full year, i.e.’leave him alone for now.’ However, McLain has played OF in college, and it may not be such a big deal to give him some time out there.

    • EyeballsInNooga

      Quincy McAfee, who they just brought back from Dayton, played a fair amount of LF earlier this year. Unless they want to give McLain a shot out there (possibly, but I’d highly doubt De La Cruz, who’s the one of the upper-tier SS prospects most likely to stay there from what I’ve seen), they can just mix and match with McAfee and Hurtubise, with Siani and Cerda covering the other two spots. The OF was actually a little tight the last few weeks, with Hopkins/Siani/Cerda being the usual and Hurtubise squeezed out – the DH spot mostly has been used for the IF group of EDLC/McLain/CES/Quintana/McGarry.

      I don’t know why else McAfee would be back given his performance in Dayton and the fact that the infield positions he covers are pretty jammed here now, so I suspect that’s a clue. He’s a useful org guy, and that’s what that promotion looked like to me.

  3. DaveCT

    Benschoter getting the start right away for Dayton. And the lineup at least looks better with Hinds hitting in front of Marte.

    2B Hector Rodriguez starting in CF tonight for Daytona. Faltine with three doubles already.