The AFL flew by this year, and saw our own (adopted) Peoria Javelinas take the league title. Here's how our boys did.
Josh Ravin - 9 G, 10.1 IP, 6.97 ERA, 10 K, 2 BB
Doesn't look too great on paper, but based on scouting reports, we may have something here. He sported a fastball in the high 90s that was rated one of the best in the league, and mixes in a curve in the high 70s to boot. Wowza. He's spent a lot of time in our system as a starter, but it's obvious that he'll be a reliever from here on out. The walk total is something to like there, too.
Curtis Partch - 12 G, 12.2 IP, 3.55 ERA, 14 K, 6 BB
Another guy who loyal FO readers will know as a mediocre starting prospect, Partch showed that a bullpen transition might do him some good as well. Another guy who has a good fastball as a reliever, he could be a candidate for a bullpen spot as early as next year. He's 25 already, so hopefully they'll put him on the 40-man, because if they don't, this could be a solid Rule 5 pickup for somebody.
Drew Hayes - 11 G (1 GS), 14 IP, 4.50 ERA, 11 K, 8 BB
Hayes had a great regular season, but was just okay here. Certainly another name to watch, but that walk number is a bit high (even with the tiny sample size).
Tim Crabbe - 6 G (6 GS), 19 IP, 4.26, 11 K, 9 BB
Judging by his starts, I think it's possible Crabbe just ran out of gas. This is his first season over 150 innings, and his last start in the AFL was his worst. He did have a notable start, where he pitched 4 no-hit innings (which is usually the limit for starters in the AFL).
Billy Hamilton - 17 G, 64 AB, .234/.306/.328, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 10 SB
He's been the talk of the Reds players, and maybe even undeservedly so, because these aren't exactly B-Ham numbers. I think you'd like to see the average a bit higher, but this is the best pitching he's faced so far. Maybe this is a reminder that it takes some time to adjust to a new level, and when he inevitably makes his debut and doesn't hit right away, that we should be patient with him?
Travis Mattair - 9 G, 32 AB, .188/.250/.219, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB
Moose seems like a terrific guy and all, but age 24 and no track record, I'm not sure exactly what he was doing here. He did have to adjust to coming off the bench, but if this was the Reds' test of his mettle, it didn't exactly go well for him.
Donald Lutz - 11 G, 43 AB, .395/.422/.581, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB
That's better. Knockwurst just raked, like he always does. I can't wait to see what he can do in AAA, he's more than ready at this point.
Didi Gregorius - 20 G, 74 AB, .284/.333/.392, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB
Solid, pretty much in line with the rest of his season. He'll definitely be a guy in the mix in ST, and it'll be interesting to see if he pushes Cozart at all for that starting spot.
The Reds have until the end of today to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Who're they keeping?