That talented Juan Dorado brings you this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…

It was a big week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as eight players were announced to their respective mid-season classics.

Dayton snapped their season-high 12 game losing streak with a win last Friday and finished the week 2-4. The Dragons are enduring a rough first half, but right-hander Ariel Hernandez has been outstanding. The Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star went 0-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 18 appearances. He recorded two saves and 40 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. He was transferred to Daytona on June 6.

Daytona added a stellar arm to their bullpen while boasting three all-stars of their own. Hernandez joins Florida State League All-Stars Jimmy Herget and Jake Ehret in the bullpen. Herget has posted a 2-2 record with a 1.65 ERA. He tallied nine saves, striking out 38 batters in 27. 1 innings. Ehret is 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA and four saves.

While the bullpen has been shutting down the bats, Aristides Aquino has been making noise with his. The outfielder was selected to the FSL All-Star team after posting a .254 (55-for-218) with eight homers and 24 RBI. On Wednesday night, he went 2-for-4 with two homers and two RBI in Daytona’s 8-0 win over Palm Beach. He helped Daytona go 4-1 on the week.

Pensacola went 2-4 on the diamond, but they are still in first place and had five players on their roster named to the Southern League All-Star game. The Southern League’s top rotation in terms of ERA will have four representatives from their pitching staff at the midsummer classic. Jackson Stephens, Alejandro Chacin, Amir Garrett and Nick Routt will be throwing on behalf of the Blue Wahoos. Stephens is 5-4 with 3.36 ERA in 11 starts while Garrett is 5-3 with a 1.63 ERA. Garrett is in the top 10 in various SL categories like ERA (2nd), wins (T-5th), strikeouts (67, 5th), WHIP (1.04, 2nd) and batting average against (.191, 1st).

The rotation has been strong but Routt and Chacin have been electric. Chacin is 3-0 with a 0.70 ERA and 10 saves in 11 chances. He has fanned 31 batters in 25.2 innings. His miniscule ERA is only topped by Routt, who has posted a 0-0 mark with a 0.55 ERA in 19 games.

While the bullpen anchors the staff, Brandon Dixon is the heart beat of the offense. The infielder was named SL Player of the Week on Monday and an All-Star on Wednesday. In five games, Dixon hit .632 with seven runs, a double, six home runs, 12 RBI to win player of the week honors.  Dixon’s monster week is coupled by his strong year at the plate. In 49 games, he is batting .297 (49-for-165) with 11 homers and 39 RBI.

RED Bites: Louisville went 3-4 last week and remains 3.5 games behind the front-running Columbus Clippers in the International League West division…Jumbo Diaz continues his dominance for Triple-A Louisville, recording three saves in three chances. In 17 games, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and eight saves for the Bats.

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