Juan Dorado presents this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…

It was an exciting week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos clinched the Southern League first half title and their 2016 draft picks made their professional debuts for their respective clubs. Overall, the teams went 15-13 on the week.

Pensacola led the way, going 4-0 with crucial victories last weekend to clinch their first First-Half Southern League title. The Blue Wahoos assured themselves a berth to the Southern League playoffs for the second straight season. Pensacola is so that Phil Ervin clubbed a pinch-hit grand slam in the SL All-Star game and Barrett Astin recorded the win in the South’s 5-1 win.

Daytona had another solid week, going 3-1. The Tortugas continue their sizzling June as they are now 13-4 in the month and own the second best batting average and ERA in the month. Daytona’s Brian O’Grady and Gavin LaValley have raised their games to another level in their last three contests. O’Grady is hitting .500 with a homer and 5 RBI while LaValley is batting .467 with three runs scored and four RBI.

The Mustangs got off to a hot start, starting the week 3-0, but have suffered four straight losses. In their first three games, Billings scored over 10 runs a contest and swept Missoula by a combined score of 31-8. The pitching staff has struggled since opening week, allowing 30 runs in their last four games. Despite the struggles on the mound, Antonio Santillan has been outstanding for the Mustangs. The second rounder in the 2015 First Year Player Draft, is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA. He has 15 strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

Dayton and AZL Reds both tallied two wins in the last week. The Dragons Jesus Reyes and Jose Lopez were brilliant in their starts last week. Reyes went five scoreless on 6/17 with 4 strikeouts, collecting his third straight win. While Lopez fired 6 shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He led the Midwest league in strikeouts over the last seven days. The AZL Reds have been led by their offense and the performances of Michael Beltre. The infielder hit .500 (7-for-14) last week three extra-base hits and 2 RBI. He currently has a 3-game multi-hit game streak.

Louisville continued their slide in the month of June, going 1-5 last week. The Bats are 8-14 in the month of June. Despite the tough week for the team, Scott Schebler is scolding hot. The outfielder received Player of the Week honors by the International League on Monday after hitting .318 with two homers and nine RBI from June 13-20. The left-handed hitting Schebler has hit safely in three of his last four, including a 4-for-4 performance on Monday, June 20th.

RED BITES: Nick Senzel, the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 draft, made his professional debut on Friday, June 17, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI against Missoula. In 5 games, he is batting .231 with 2 RBI… Amir Garrett and Tony Renda were promoted to Triple-A Louisville, while Taylor Sparks and Tyler Mahle were promoted to Double-A Pensacola…

The affiliates all continue play this week as all six teams are in action and look to improve their 140-153 mark.

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