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

The Cincinnati Reds affiliates had a big week on the diamond as they went a combined 20-16, capturing their second winning week in the last month.

The AZL Reds led the charge as they went a perfect 5-0 and took control of first place in the AZL Central standings. The Reds have won seven straight games and lead the AZL Brewers by two games in the division. Part-time starter Pabel Manzanero had a big week, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with five RBI. The backstop is hitting .325 (25-for-77) with 13 RBI on the season. On the mound, Duari Moreta continued to dominate. The right-hander went 1-0 with three clean innings of relief. Moreta has not allowed a run since July 24 at AZL Indians.

While the AZL Reds were taking over first place in Central division, the Billings Mustangs posted another winning week in the Pioneer League as they went 4-2. The offense average 5.8 runs a game and has won three straight games. Post draft signee T.J. Friedl has led the charge, batting .500 (12-for-24) with two homers and five RBI since joining the squad. Second rounder Taylor Trammell had a big week at the plate, going 7-for-21 with five RBI in the last week.

Friedl and Trammell’s play may be overshadowed by the play of top pick Nick Senzel. Despite turning in another losing week with the Dayton Dragons, Senzel held his own at the plate. The infielder homered in three straight contest from August 5 through August 7. He finished the week hitting .333 (8-for-24) with three dingers and seven RBI. The Dragons went 2-4 and dropped to 35-81 on the season.

Senzel produced at the dish, while Shed Long took home the accolades. The infielder was awarded FSL Player of the Week honors on Monday after hitting .500 (11-for-22) with two homers and seven RBI. Long joined five other Tortuga players to receive the accolade this season. With Long clicking on all cylinders, the Tortugas went 4-3 and kept their playoff hopes alive as they remain two games back of the Dunedin Blue Jays for the second half crown.

Rounding out the group are the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and the Louisville Bats, who suffered losing weeks for the second straight. Pensacola went 2-3 and Louisville went 3-4. However, there were various bright spots for the Blue Wahoos. Jackson Stephens continued his stellar campaign. The right-hander tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the Blue Wahoos 4-1 win at Biloxi on Sunday night. Stephens is 7-10 with a team-leading 3.15 ERA.

For the Bats it was a slow start to the week as they dropped their first four games, but they have won two straight decisions. Tim Adleman has been a man on a mission. Since returning from the DL on July 9, Adleman is 1-1 with a 1.47 ERA. He has fired 18 straight innings with allowing an earned run. His last earned run allowed was in the bottom of the third inning at Toledo on August 1. Kevin Shackelford has been even better in relief. The righty has not allowed a run in the month of August, going 4.1 innings of scoreless relief without a run. In 15 games with the Bats, he is 1-1 with four saves and a 0.43 ERA.

The Reds affiliates continue their surge towards playoff positioning this week, as they look to finish the last three weeks of the minor league season on a high note.

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