Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight

The Cincinnati Reds affiliates had a big week off the field, but found some struggles on the field as they went a combined 18-22 this week.

Scott Schebler was awarded the International League Player of the Month for his play in the month of July. In July, he hit.359 for the month with six home runs and 18 RBI. He recorded 10 multi-hit games in the month, including six two-hit games, two three-hit games and one four and five hit game. He was called up to the majors after the Reds traded outfielder Jay Bruce, and his absence showed up on the field as the Bats went 2-6 last week.

While Schebler was awarded Player of the Month honors, Zach Vincej and Sal Romano took home Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week honors for the Southern League. In the last week, Vincej hit .360 (9-for-25) with two doubles and 2 RBI. Romano has been electric for the Blue Wahoos. In his last 2 starts, Romano has allowed one earned run in 13 innings of baseball. He has struck out 12 and helped Pensacola to a 3-3 record.

The individual play of those three players has been sizzling of late, but the play of Daytona, Billings and the AZL Reds as a whole has been red hot.

Daytona went 6-2 last week and have inched to one game of first place in the FSL standings. Shed Long has paced the offense. The newly promoted second baseman hit .478 (11-for-23) with two homers and 6 RBI. He has hit safely in three straight games and is hitting .400 since his promotion. Angelo Gumbs has been really, really good too. Gumbs hit .455 last week with a homer and 3 RBI.

Speaking of first place, the AZL Reds and Billings are both in first place in their respective leagues. Billings enjoyed the All-Star break and went 3-1 last week, while the AZL Reds went 4-2. Left-hander Scott Moss has pitched brilliantly for the Mustangs. In his lone start last week, he went five innings, allowing one run and striking out 5.

The former college reliever Moss was outdone by the AZL Reds bullpen last week. Luis Alecis and Dauri Moreta had fabulous weeks for the Reds. Alecis tossed 4 scoreless innings of relief to record a victory, while Moreta hurled 6.1 innings of scoreless relief with 12 strikeouts.

Dayton ended the week 0-8. One of the lone bright spots was Jesus Reyes, who led the league with a 0.00 ERA over 2 appearances. Reyes threw 6.1 innings, allowed two hits and struck out four.

Reds Bites: The Reds signed outfielder T.J. Friedl of the University of Nevada-Reno on Thursday. The former Wolfpack player was passed over by everyone in the draft and was signed after the Reds scouting department realized he was draft eligible player, allowing him to sign as a passed over player in the summer…. The former All-Mountain West team performer was on the USA Collegiate National Team this summer.

The Reds affiliates now have a combined record of 245-264 as they look to finish the second half on a high note.

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