#REDS MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT
Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…
It was solid week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as they went 21-21 on the week. Only two of the affiliates had winning weeks, but the other four played solidly all week.
Daytona had the biggest week, going 5-2 and drawing within 1.5 games of the FSL North division standings. The Tortugas offense had a huge lift from Jonathan Reynoso and Blake Trahan. Reynoso finished the week, batting .450 (9-for-20) with three runs scored while Trahan led the team with 10 hits. Trahan had a career-high 4 hits on Thursday night as he helped the Tortugas fend off the Flying Tigers. Hurler Tejay Antone recorded his MiLB-leading 14tth win of the season on 8/19 in a road win against Clearwater. The southpaw is 14-6 with a 3.51 ERA in 25 starts this season.
Daytona was not the only club with a 5-win week. Pensacola went 5-3 behind the smooth swinging Brandon Dixon. The infielder led the Southern League in hitting last week, batting .500 (15-for-30) with 3 doubles and 5 RBI. Dixon has hit safely in six straight games and raised his batting average from .240 to .258 in that span. Carlos Gonzalez also led the league with two wins last week. The reliever tossed 5.1 innings with three strikeouts in 3 relief appearances.
Dixon was not the only player to lead his respective league in hitting last week, as Louisville’s Hernan Iribarren led the International League in hitting. The utility player hit .500 (15-for-30) with 5 doubles and one RBI as he helped the Bats to a 3-4 mark. Iribarren is having a banner season, hitting .328 (113-for-345) with 20 doubles, one triple, three homers and 33 RBI.
While Pensacola and Louisville stars were having big weeks, the Dayton Dragons were one win shy of making club history last week. The Dragons dropped a 7-2 contest to Lansing, snapping a 9-game home winning streak, which was one short of the club record set in 2008. Dayton finished the week 3-4. Shed Long clubbed his first homer of the season on 8/20 and went on to hit .500 (11-for-22) with three extra-base hits and six RBI to lead the Midwest League in hitting.
The AZL Reds also looked to make club history as they are one win away from clinching an AZL playoff spot for the first time since 2011. The Reds are currently in the driver seat, holding a 4-game lead over the AZL Dodgers. Luis Alecis and Gregory Reinoso led the Reds as they both recorded starts without allowing a run. Alecis went 5.1 innings with 6 strikeouts on 8/21 while Reinoso went six scoreless with five strikeouts.
Billings already has a ticket to the dance so their 2-5 record was not as bad as it looks, as they prepare for the Pioneer League playoffs. Despite their poor mark, the Mustangs had big contributions from Taylor Trammell and T.J. Friedl. Trammell hit .400 (10-for-25) with a double, two triples and a homer. Trammell swiped three bags and four walks. Friedl hit .379 (11-for-29) with four doubles and three RBI from the leadoff spot. Friedl led the team with four stolen bases.
With the minor league season ending next week, the affiliates have about 10 days to improve their 315-317 mark.
RED Bites: Former 1st rounder Tyler Stephenson had season-ending wrist surgery this week. The backstop finished the season hitting .216 (30-for-139) with three homers and 16 RBI in 39 games…