Blake Dunn hit two home runs to put his season total at 20 in Chattanooga’s loss, Justice Thompson had two hits for Dayton, and Cam Collier had two hits and two runs batted in for Daytona.

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The Louisville Bats lost 6-1. Box Score

Game Notes

Jacob Hurtubise picked up another hit and a walk as he continued to rack up hits in August. Between his 21 games in Chattanooga and Louisville he’s gone 20-61 (.328) with 19 walks and just 12 strikeouts.

Top Pitch Velocity: Tony Santillan – 97.0 MPH (strike)

Top Exit Velocity: Stuart Fairchild – 103.8 MPH (flyout)

Furthest Hit Baseball: Matt Reynolds – 338 feet (flyout)

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 6-5 in 10. Box Score

Game Notes

Blake Dunn extended his hitting streak to 12 games and he did so with two homers. He has five home runs, four doubles, and a triple during the streak. He’s now hitting .323/.424/.528 on the season with 17 doubles, 4 triples, 20 home runs, and 47 steals. If he can pick up three more stolen bases this season he will be just the 2nd player in Reds minor league history (full data goes back to 1960) to hit 20 home runs and steal 50 bases in the same season. Gary Redus accomplished that back in 1982 while playing for Indianapolis in Triple-A.

Tyler Callihan went 0-3 with 2 walks in his first game after being promoted to Chattanooga. He’s gone 8-15 with four doubles and four walks since.

With three more hits on Sunday, Alex McGarry raised his average to .338 in August. He hit .360 in July. He hit .324 in June. After a tough start to the year he’s been crushing the ball over the last three months.

Carson Spiers has 65 strikeouts and 20 walks since the start of July, covering 48.0 innings. He’s allowed 38 hits in that span and has posted an ERA of 3.00.

The Dayton Dragons lost 4-0. Box Score

Game Notes

After his appearance on May 9th, Braxton Roxby’s ERA was 9.00. He had allowed 11 earned runs in 11.0 innings to that point on the season. Since then he’s pitched in 27 games, thrown 40.1 innings, and allowed 7 runs (1.56 ERA).

Zach Maxwell allowed four runs in 0.2 innings on June 4th. Since then he’s thrown 36.0 innings and allowed 9 earned runs (2.25 ERA) with 22 hits allowed, 1 home run, 20 walks, and 58 strikeouts.

The Daytona Tortugas lost 6-4 in 10. Box Score

Game Notes

After taking a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th, Daytona gave up a walk-off 3-run homer without recording an out in the bottom of the 10th.

Cam Collier’s hot August had slowed down a tad over the last week, but he closed out the series against Fort Myers with two more hits. He’s hitting .341/.440/.500 in August with 25 RBI. He only had 35 RBI before August (78 games).

Ethan O’Donnell extended his hit streak to five games, with four of those games being multi-hit games. He didn’t have an extra-base hit in his first 13 professional games. He’s now had one in three straight games.

Johnathan Harmon had another quality performance in August. He’s allowed just one run in 12.0 innings (0.75 ERA) this month to go along with four walks and 13 strikeouts.

Top Pitch Velocity: Brody Jessee – 97.4 MPH (strike)

Top Exit Velocity: Cam Collier – 105.8 MPH (lineout)

Furthest Hit Baseball: Cam Collier – 378 feet (sac fly)

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

8/27 Game Preview

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18 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Is Carson Spiers a Tyler Mahle 2.0?

    I will not be surprised. He’s looked really good at AA. Quick tuneup at AAA in 2024, and who knows.

    • RedBB

      Not sure but Mahle had exception control in the Minors. Spiers currently does not.

  2. DaveCT

    M y flawed math has Maxwell at 5 bb’s per 9 IP? Is that right? If so, he’s still as advertised. If not, please send help.

  3. Michael Wilson

    Spiers had a pretty good game. Kept the ball on the ground for the most part, notable exception the 2 run homer. 81 pitches in 5 innings work. For comparison Stout’s 5 innings work for the Bats came with 93 pitches. On the offense, Dunn is doing most of the hitting in the organization at the present time.

    • Andrew

      Dunn seems like the clear winner for Affiliate Position Player of the year

  4. MBS

    “Jacob Hurtubise picked up another hit and a walk as he continued to rack up hits in August. Between his 21 games in Chattanooga and Louisville he’s gone 20-61 (.328) with 19 walks and just 12 strikeouts.”

    So just a cool .487 OBP, AAA didn’t slow him down on his 1st promotion, and it’s not slowing him down this time either. I wish his buddy Dunn was with him, but baby steps.

    Everyone is a buzz with the AAA hitting coach, but AA is full of guys who are having career years. Something is going right in this organization, and I like it.

    • Riverfront Randy

      Seems like the only level with a subpar hitting coach is MLB

    • MK

      MBS, I’ve never heard anything about the AAA hitting coach. Who is buzzing?

      • MBS

        Really, I read it often. “we should promote who ever we have down there in AAA before another team gets him” and other similar comments.

    • DaveCT

      I’d wager it’s the top to bottom hitting program, parallel to DJ’s top to bottom pitching program. That no one knows who is running this thing kind of supports that’s it’s the program vs any one indidividual

  5. RedBB

    Bring up Hurtubise. This team desperately needs baserunners when you have so many swing and miss guys in the lineup like Elly, CES, Stephenson and Marte.

    • Mike

      This. I hope both he and Blake Dunn earn starting spots in the Reds OF next year, with Benson. Fraley will rotate as the 4th OF/DH, though that does leave a logjam in the IF with CES, Elly, Steer, McLain and Noelvi.

      Trades must and will be made by the start of next season and India and Friedl are at the top of that list. People can tell me how Friedl has a 2.9 WAR all they like, but he’s been dismal at the plate since the ASB, with only a .262 OBP, which is probably a truer reflection of who he really is offensively than the first half of the season.

      If those two bring back a good, controllable SP (and maybe a good relief arm, with) than that is what we need, if Dunn and Hurtubise can earn their place up here next spring

  6. Laredo Slider

    Spiers, Roxby, Maxwell and Jessee are guys who the Reds need to closely follow, Spiers as a SP and the other 3 as BP pieces. I expect some combination of these 4 to resurface in the AFL.

  7. Patrick

    Well EDLC is hitting like I expected at the MLB level plate discipline is a thing you look at at the analytics. The walk k rate and contact % is more important at projecting a player at the mlb level. He has age on his side for improvement. But I still bet McLain has better career.

    • Doug Gray

      Your theory goes out the window a little bit when we look at the fact that he walked 24 times with 26 strikeouts in his final month in Triple-A, doesn’t it? His walk rate was 21% and his strikeout rate was 23% before he was called up.

      He’s absolutely got some work to do. I also think he’s getting screwed at the bottom of the strikezone way too frequently because he’s so tall. That’s something that wasn’t happening in Triple-A with the automated zone. The sooner it’s in the big leagues, the better.

      • Patrick

        It does not work that way you have to look at the body of work. If you are a scout or analyst. Big picture of skill. I have worked as an analytics for a mlb team. His struggles were very predictable. I even told you guys. Look at the tape and Stat cast. The end results skew things