The Cincinnati Reds assigned 1st round pick Rhett Lowder to High-A Dayton. But before you get too excited about it, pump the brakes. Lowder was assigned to the development list with the Dragons. That means that he will practice with the team and can travel with the team, but he’s not eligible to play in games while on the development list. I’ve been told not to expect him to pitch in games this season.

That shouldn’t come as a big surprise given just how long of a layoff he has had since his college season came to an end and the fact that he had a big workload in his junior campaign this year. At Wake Forest in 2023 he went 15-0 in 19 starts while posting a 1.87 ERA. He threw 120.1 innings with 143 strikeouts and 24 walks. That performance, along with his stuff, led to Cincinnati selecting him 7th overall in the 2023 draft. But it does appear that we’re all going to have to wait to see him pitch again until 2024.

Jose Barrero’s big night

After a slow start in Louisville after being optioned to Triple-A (he went 5-42 in his first 10 games with the Bats), Jose Barrero has been hitting well. In the 42 games since that initial slow start, Barrero is hitting .325/.381/.675 with 10 doubles, 4 triples, and 12 home runs. Two of those home runs and one of those doubles came last night against Toledo.

While Barrero has been hitting well and crushing the ball – he’s still in need of tightening up his swing zone. Since July 1st he’s had 9 walks to go with 56 strikeouts in 180 plate appearances. That’s both a very low walk rate and a high strikeout rate. When he’s making contact, he’s making sure that it counts, but there’s still some work to do.

Late season movement and promotions

In the last few days there’s been plenty of movement on the farm.

  • Jacob Hurtubise to Louisville
  • Miguel Hernandez to Louisville
  • Tyler Callihan to Chattanooga
  • Hector Rodriguez to Dayton
  • Jackson Miller to Daytona
  • Jack Moss to Daytona

Jacob Hurtubise had a nice return for Louisville (he was there earlier this year for a handful of days), picking up two more hits for the Bats last night. Between his time with Louisville (8 games) and Chattanooga (83 games), Hurtubise is now hitting .318/.463/.498 with 35 steals, 8 doubles, 10 triples, and 6 home runs. He’s also walked more than he’s struck out – 52 walks, 51 strikeouts in 335 plate appearances.

After missing nearly three full years, Jackson Miller returned to the field a little more than a week ago. The 2020 2nd round pick had played in just three games – all in 2021 – before he stepped on the field in Arizona on August 14th. Miller went 0-3 that night. In the five games that followed he picked up a hit in each game, including a double and a triple. He’s gone 8-17 so far this year and with the Arizona Complex League season now over, he’ll get to keep playing with a move to Daytona. The Tortugas have 16 games remaining in the year.

13 Responses

  1. Jeremy L

    Do you know of any reason Blake Dunn hasn’t been promoted? He’s had a very good season at Double A, yet seems stuck and there

    • MK

      Chattanooga will be in the playoffs as the first half winner. It might be the Reds want him to experience a post season which will also help the Lookouts.

  2. Laredo Slider

    Barrero at 25 is too young and too talented to give up on. Hopefully he can force the Reds hand to bring him up and use him in utility of trade him for a decent return.

    Moving Rodriguez to High A is significant.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Could Hurtubise make the big leagues in near future? I know Doug’s said multiple times that he has no power to hit in at the major level as average player but I think if he can hit somehow the numbers shown it would be very cool to have a hitter able to reach slash lines of .300/.380/.400 and stealing a lot of bases, despite don’t produce much homers , could hit doubles and triples in good amount…
    Miller seems to have good hitting skills, hopefully he can stay health for a long time so we could see him pan out

    • Tom

      I remember Brad Meador mentioned him in an interview with a lot of praise. This was 2-3 years ago. I do think he could be one that is tabbed this year or next.

  4. Matt

    I’ll continue to bang the Hurtubise drum until he proves me right or wrong. I think he can be successful. He doesn’t have power, but he has speed and good plate discipline. His walk rate would be 6th best in MLB and his K rate 20th best. (This is not necessarily a straight comp) but Luis Arraez has found success having BB>K, and very limited power. Hurtubise’s 7.2% XBH% would be below league average. Again though, by the same token, Arraez has a 6.8% XBH% and is worth 4.6 WAR so far this year. A player like Hurtubise can be successful.

    • Rod Andrews

      Too much attention is shown to home run power. A speedy player that can get on base and create havoc seems to be a thing of the past.

  5. Laredo Slider

    Has Ty Floyd been assigned? Don’t they have to put these guys on a roster, not necessarily playing but on a roster, by a certain date? TIA.

  6. RedsGettingBetter

    I read days ago about Paul Skenes is already pitching in the Pirates minors but I’d like more the Reds treatment of this than the Pirates’

    • Tom

      Skenes could tie that rebuild together by next year but is it wise to rush him? I don’t think so.

  7. DaveCT

    I would not have had Hurtubise as a sleeper this year, so much as a good storyline with some athletic ability. Yet here he is. It’s a bit ironic, but my comp with Hurtubise has been Brett Butler, who was in Reds camp last spring. My take is to continue investing in this kid given the direction baseball is heading, with more emphasis on speed. His ceiling may be no more than a 4th/5th OF, but there is value in that. Look at Fairchild this year.

  8. Mort

    Do we know if this would be an indicator that Lowder will be assigned to Dayton next year to start off his career?

    • Doug Gray

      No. I wouldn’t read into it at all with any regards to his future.