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:
- T.J. Zeuch to Cincinnati
- Chuckie Robinson to Cincinnati
- Stuart Fairchild to Cincinnati
- Michael Papierski to Louisville (Cincinnati)
- Stephen Piscotty signed (to Louisville)
- TJ Hopkins to Louisville (Chattanooga)
- Myles Gayman to Chattanooga (Dayton)
- Quincy McAfee to Chattanooga (Dayton)
- Rece Hinds activated in Dayton
- Sam Benschoter to Dayton (Daytona)
- Owen Holt to Dayton (Daytona)
- Blake Dunn activated in Daytona
- Zach Maxwell to Daytona (ACL Reds)
- Trey Braithwaite to Daytona (ACL Reds)
- Bryce Hubbart to Daytona (ACL Reds)
- Joseph Menefee to Daytona (ACL Reds)
- Jean Correa to Daytona (Dayton)
- Luis Mey to the Development List (Daytona)
- Juan Manuel Abril to the 7-day IL in Daytona
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.