ADAM DUVALL; CONTEST WINNER; MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT

Let’s talk about Adam Duvall.  In yesterday’s game against the Rockies at Coors Field, Duvall belted 2 home runs to give him 13 on the season (tied for 4th in the NL).  He’s having a fantastic month of May, batting .301 with 11 homers, 24 RBI, a .327 on-base pct. and .720 slugging pct.

Perhaps we could see another Red in the Home Run Derby this year?  (hint: Vote Duvall)

Duvall came to the Reds last season from San Francisco along with Giants’ top prospect RHP Keury Mella in exchange for Mike Leake.  Leake made 9 starts for the Giants before leaving as a free agent.  Mella, 22, is 4-4 this season with a 2.64 ERA in 10 starts with Class-A Daytona.

As for Duvall, my friends at Inside Edge provided a list of remarkable stats for Duvall:

He has a 1.043 SLG (24 total bases in 23 AB’s) over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 224 full-time players; League Avg: .435)

He has 11 HR on 32 Flyballs (34.4% HR/FLY) over the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: this leads MLB of 103 full-time players; League Avg: 13.1%)

He has an OPS of 1.418 (24 PA’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 4th of 228 full-time players; League Avg: .761)

He has 26 Extra-Base hits out of 42 total hits (61.9% Extra-Base Hit Pct) this season. (MLB Rank: 4th of 215 full-time players; League Avg: 34.9%)

He has homered once every 4.6 at bats over the past 7 days. (NL Rank: 1st of 67 full-time players; League Avg: 26.9)

He is hitting .355 (11-for-31) on breaking pitches over the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 12th of 125 full-time players; League Avg: .223)

His Line Drive Pct is 29.4% (15/51) against fastballs this year. (MLB Rank: 13th highest of 218 full-time players; League Avg: 21.8%)

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Congratulations to Aaron Johnson, who was randomly chosen as the winner of Thursday’s haiku contest!  He wins a BOR t-shirt (XL) and a Joey Votto Super Bobblehead!

We’ll give you more chances this week to win some cool stuff from BOR Headquarters, so stay tuned!

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Apologies for being late on this.   Juan Dorado submitted another fantastic Reds Minor League Spotlight, dated Friday, May 27:

The Cincinnati Reds affiliates had another solid week on the diamond, recording a 12-15 mark on the week. Louisville finished the week 3-3, Pensacola recorded a 3-4 mark, and Daytona won 4 of 7 while Dayton went 2-5.

Despite going under .500 on the week, the Double-A affiliate of the Reds is tied for first place in the Southern League South standings with the Biloxi Shuckers. Jackson Stephens has been brilliant for the Blue Wahoos. In his last two starts, he has gone 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 12 innings. He fanned 11 batters and he was the starting pitcher on May 20th, when three Wahoos’ hurlers combined to toss a 7-inning no-hitter at Jacksonville. Stephens tossed five scoreless while Matt Magill and Carlos Gonzalez each tossed one hitless inning in the 6-0 victory.

Although, Stephens was on top of his game last week, he was outshined by the International Pitcher of the Week Daniel Wright. The right-hander was awarded the IL weekly award on Monday after tossing a complete game, 3-hitter against Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He had his contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday and Wright made his ML debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in a losing effort.

While the pitching staff keeps dealin’ at the higher levels, Blake Trahan continues to get on base for the Daytona Tortugas. The infielder extended his on-base streak to 31 games on Wednesday afternoon. He has surpassed the 30-game mark set by Bryan Haar (Fort Myers) and Jiwan James (Lakeland) in 2015. Since 2010, there have only been 10 players in the Florida State League with longer on-base streaks than Trahan.

Robbie Grossman 42 2011 Bradenton
Elevys Gonzalez 41 2012 Bradenton
Harold Garcia 40 2010 Clearwater
Robbie Grossman 37 2011 Bradenton
Abraham Almonte 36 2011 Tampa
Logan Watkins 36 2011 Daytona (Cubs)
Kevin Nolan 36 2012 Dunedin
Cam Moran 35 2014 St. Lucie
Brain Van Kirk 36 2011 Dunedin
Alden Carrithers 32 2010 Lakeland
Alfredo Lopez 31 2013 Jupiter
Blake Trahan 31 2016 Daytona

Dayton had a tough week as they have dropped their last 5 games. However, Luis Gonzalez and Tyler Stephenson had big weeks at the plate. In the last week, Gonzalez hit .500 (10-for-20) with two doubles and four RBI. He has an active hitting streak of seven games. Stephenson had his 6-game hitting streak snapped last night with a 0-for-5 performance, but prior to that he was hitting .346 (9-for-26) with a homer 7 RBI during his streak. Since returning from the DL, Stephenson is hitting .250 (12-for-48) with eight runs scored and seven RBI in 12 games.

RED Bites: Sal Romano struck out a season-high nine batters on Thursday night… Jon Moscot tossed six scoreless frames for the Louisville Bats. He recorded his first win of the year… Former Dayton Dragon Franderlin Romero was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for two international slot picks…

With the first half ending in a few weeks, the Cincinnati Reds affiliates look to improve on their overall 85-103 mark.

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We’ll have more in a bit!

Expect good news,

Jamie

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