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

The Cincinnati Reds have won eight of their last 10 series and the minor league affiliates responded with a 25-12 week, their best week of the 2016 campaign. 5 of the 6 teams recorded a winning mark while the Louisville Bats finished the week 3-3.

Despite ending the week 3-3, the Bats received heavy honors during the middle of the week as Beau Amaral was awarded IL Batter of the Week honors on Monday. During his award winning week, Amaral hit .387, leading the league in hits for the week. Carlos Triunfel and Jose Peraza added big weeks at the plate as Triunfel finished the week batting .471 and Peraza batted .435.

Amaral was not the only player to receive an award this week as Ismael Guillon received Pitcher of the Week accolades in the Florida State League. During the week Guillon went seven scoreless innings, yielding two hits and striking out 11 batters. He helped the Tortugas go 5-2 and pull within two games of the FSL North standings.

While both those players were receiving individual awards, the Dayton Dragons put together their best week of the season as they went 6-1. Southpaw Ty Boyles went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA for the Dragons. He struck out 10 batters in 10.2 innings. Offensively Josciel Veras paced the attack, hitting .400 (8-for-20) with two dingers and six RBI. The Dragons are currently on a 6-game winning streak and are out of last place for the first time this season.

The Dragons will need four more wins to match the AZL Reds this season, as they had their season-high 10-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday. Despite the loss, the Reds turned in an impressive 4-1 mark. Pitchers Gregory Reinoso and Luis Alecis pitched well for the Reds last week. Reinoso went 1-0, allowing one run over 5.1 innings. While Alecis tossed five innings, allowing one run and striking out eight batters. The AZL Reds enter play with a 3.5 game lead in the AZL Central standings.

With the Reds fighting for the second half crown, the Billings Mustangs and Pensacola Blue Wahoos already have a seat at the playoff table. Despite turning in winning weeks, the teams are trending in different directions with Billings leading the Pioneer League while the Blue Wahoos have fallen to third place in the second half standings.

Billings went 4-3 this past week as the offense flexed its muscle. Hector Vargas hit .571 (12-for-21) with four doubles and six RBI while Cassidy Brown hit .500 (12-for-24) with nine RBI.

Pensacola went 3-2, led by the bat of Sebastian Elizalde. The infielder batted .474 (9-for-19) with five RBI.

With a huge week on the diamond, the Reds are within two games of finishing the season above a combined .500 mark. They enter play with a 294-296 overall record.

RED Bites: Former first rounder Alex Blandino had a big week, batting .357 with a double and an RBI… Tyler Stephenson was placed on the DL for the third time this season with another wrist injury… Aristides Aquino clubbed six homers and drove in 12 runs. He led the FSL in both categories.

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