Blake Dunn didn’t join the Daytona Tortugas until early May. He had only only been with the team for three weeks when he had a collision with Ruben Ibarra on a foul ball that led to both of them exiting the game with injury. Dunn had an .837 OPS at the time, but his shoulder injury from that play kept him off of the field from June 2nd until August 23rd when he returned to join Daytona. He went 0-3 with a walk in his first two games back. But on Thursday night he went 2-2 with 3 walks and he was hit by a pitch. He followed that up be going 2-3 with another walk and another hit by pitch. In that 2-game stretch he got on base 10 consecutive times.

The injury cost Blake Dunn a lot of time on the field this season, but the outfielder has crushed the ball when he’s been on the field. He’ll enter the game on Saturday night hitting .279/.450/.525 through 81 plate appearances with 15 walk, 19 strikeouts, 4 doubles, a triple, 3 home runs, and 13 stolen bases in 13 attempts (he also went 2-for-2 on his rehab stint on steals with the ACL Reds).

Allan Cerda’s hot August

When Allan Cerda was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga in late June he didn’t skip a beat from what he was doing in Dayton. In his first 15 games he hit .226/.369/.623 with three doubles, six home runs, and 11 walks. But he then went into a nightmare 10-game slump where he went 1-36 with just three walks and 18 strikeouts. That slump ran from mid-July through the end of the month. But when August began Cerda got right back to hitting and then some. Last night he had a big doubleheader, doing 3-5 with a walk and two home runs. That’s helped him to post a .291/.443/.600 line through 17 games on the month that includes 14 walks and 20 strikeouts. Between his two stops this season he’s hit 24 home runs in 104 games.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand homers again

When it comes to home runs hit this season in the farm system the leader for the year is going to come down to Elly De La Cruz (28), Alex McGarry (27), or Allan Cerda (24). But none of those players has the most home runs this season among current players in the organization. That would go to Christian Encarnacion-Strand and his 29 home runs. He’s only hit four of them with the Reds organization, though, after hitting 25 of them in 87 games while in the Minnesota Twins organization with High-A Cedar Rapids (74 games) and Double-A Wichita (13 games). For a brief time last night he and De La Cruz both had 28 home runs, as De La Cruz homered in the 1st game of the Lookouts doubleheader. But in game two it was Encarnacion-Strand who crushed a home run to put him back on top of his teammate for the year. That home run pushed his line on the season between his three stops to .296/.367/.592 with 26 doubles, 4 triples, and 29 home runs.

2 Responses

  1. MBS

    Strand and Steer have been growing on me, I’m looking forward to seeing how they do on the Reds. I don’t watch MILB games, just a few highlights, a stats are fun, but eyeballs are better.

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    I like the kind of player could be Blake Dunn, it seems he has the features of a lead-off or 2nd hitter for the lineup…I don’t know how he is executing defensively though… Watch him out the next season so he should start in single-A again but if he continues performing like he is doing the promotion will be soon….
    Cerda and Encarnación-Strand are two very intriguing powerfull prospects, they should reach the majors sooner than later as long as they make their pending adjustments. I see Encarnación-Strand has a little bit more ready to reach the Reds first, but considering the outfield weakness in the major team, who knows if Cerda make it before..