#REDS MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT
Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…
Five of the six affiliates won three or more contests last week, but they ended the week a combined 19-19. Louisville, Pensacola and Billings all tallied winning weeks and four wins each.
Louisville was led by the offensive punch of Hernan Iribarren. The infielder has hit safely in 15 straight games and helped lead the Bats to a 4-3 week. Last week, he hit .500 (13-for-26) with nine runs, 3 homers and 9 RBI. He homered in three straight games from 7/19-7/21. He led the IL in RBI, HR, runs and hits while finishing second in batting average last week. In the month of July, Iribarren is hitting .448 (26-for-58) with 3 homers and 13 RBI.
While, Iribarren has turned it on of late, Tyler Mahle’s magical season continues. The right-hander started the season with Daytona, going 8-3 with a 2.50 ERA, before being moved to Double-A Pensacola. He has been even better with the Blue Wahoos, going 5-1 with 2.41 ERA in six starts. Last week, in his only start for the Blue Wahoos, he went 6 innings, allowing zero earned runs with 5 strikeouts. Pensacola went 4-2 and within one game of first place in Southern League South division.
Billings continued their winning ways last week, as they tallied another winning week, going 4-2. Billings leads the Pioneer League North division by three games over Great Falls. The Mustangs had another big week at the plate as Daniel Sweet and John Sansone paced the attack. Sweet batted .500 (6-for-12) with three extra-base hits and 2 RBI, while Sansone hit .556 (10-for-18) with 3 doubles and 2 RBI. Sansone had a team-high six runs scored. On the mound, Alex Webb led the league with 2 victories last week. The right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA.
AZL Reds and Daytona won three games each last week.
The AZL Reds tallied an even 3-3 mark, in large part to the pitching of Luis Alecis and Wennington Romero. Alecis went 0-0 with 0.00 ERA in seven innings of work. He struck out 6, and has not allowed a run since 7/11, while Romero went five scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts.
After losing four straight to the St. Lucie Mets, the Tortugas have won 3 of their last 4 games and finished the week 3-4. Angelo Gumbs clubbed an FSL-high two homers on the week. He is one homer shy of reaching the double digits mark, and finished the week batting .259 (7-for-27) with three runs and 3 RBI. Keury Mella turned in one of his finest starts of the season on 7/18 vs Jupiter, tossing six innings, allowing one run with 5 strikeouts. He improved to 7-6 on the season and dropped his ERA to 3.18.
Dayton had another tough week to go with their tough season. Dayton went 1-5, but first rounder Nick Senzel has lived up to the billing for the Dragons. Senzel clubbed homer No.1 on 7/18 and homer No.2 on 7/20. He hit .375 with 2 homers and 9 RBI last week. On 7/18 vs Wisconsin, Senzel was a double shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, leading Dayton to their lone win of the week.
RED Bites: Tyler Stephenson is finding his groove with Dayton. Last week, he hit .471 (8-for-17) with 3 doubles and one RBI… Jesse Winker hit .423 (11-for-26) with 3 doubles for Louisville. Since returning from the DL, Winker is hitting .367… Rookie Davis went 2-0 with 1.64 ERA in 11 innings of work last week for the Blue Wahoos. He led the league with two wins…
The affiliates continue play through the week as they are inching closer to a combined .500 mark, 213-228. With 15 games to make up, the Reds will look for another big week on the diamond.