Reds media relations intern Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight...

We have finally reached the month of June and the first half of the season is weeks away from being over. Dayton has been eliminated from winning the first half of the Midwest League while Daytona is 10.5 games behind the Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League. Pensacola carries a two game lead in the Southern League South standings with two weeks to play. Triple-A does not have split seasons so they have cumulative record throughout the season and Louisville is 2 games out of first place.

The Blue Wahoos went 5-1 last week as the offense flexed their muscles. In six games, the offense scored 41 runs, amassed 68 hits and connected for 7 round trippers. In the last seven games, Brandon Dixon has led the league in batting average (.647), extra base hits (7), homers (5) and RBI (14). Since last Friday, Dixon has slugged 1.647 and had back-to-back two homer days on May 30 and June 1. The second baseman was acquired in the offseason in the Todd Frazier trade. He was a 3rd round pick in 2013 out of the University of Arizona. On the season, Dixon is hitting .312 (44-for-141) with eight homers and 33 RBI.

Daytona had a solid week, going 3-3 and moving into a fourth place tie in the FSL standings with the Dunedin Blue Jays. Taylor Sparks and Angelo Gumbs were big contributors to the Tortugas pace. Sparks hit .435 (10-for-23) with three homers and eight RBI. He was the first Reds farm hand to have a multi-homer game last week as he hit two dingers on May 28. Gumbs hit .409 (9-for-22) with two homers and six RBI.

Louisville was on top of its game at the beginning of the week, reeling off four straight wins, but they have lost three straight and sit two games behind the front-running Columbus Clippers. Part of their success is credited to right-hander Keyvius Sampson. In two starts, Sampson went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He has struck out 12 batters and allowed five hits in 12 innings on the mounds. Hitters are batted a paltry .128 against him last week. Louisville is 1.5 games behind Rochester in the wild card standings and start a 3-game set against the Minnesota Twins affiliate on Friday night.

RED Bites: Dayton has lost 12 straight games. It is their longest losing streak since 2010. From July 21 through August 1, the Dragons lost 11 straight games… Tony Renda had a big week for the Wahoos. The infielder hit .500 (11-for-22) with three doubles and one RBI… Rookie Davis returned from the DL on June 3. He tossed 4 innings, allowed 1 run and struck out 2 in a no decision…
The affiliates continue play this week as they look to improve from the cumulative record of 97-117.

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