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Monday links!

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A Reposter with Farmers Only!  Kinda.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos saw their season come to an end on Saturday as the Biloxi Shuckers completed their Southern League playoff series sweep with a 7-5 victory.  The Shuckers were so confident that their 2-0 series lead would lead to a 3 game sweep that they didn't even book hotel rooms for their trip, according to Bill Vilona of the Pensacola News Journal.  Their confidence proved to be correct, of course, and the minor league seasons of top prospects Jesse Winker, Alex Blandino, and Phil Ervin are now over because of it.

Down in the Florida State League, the Daytona Tortugas saw their season end late on Sunday night, as the Charlotte Stone Crabs dropped the Dragonas 3-2 to win the best of 5 FSL Championship series 3 games to 1.  Amir Garrett threw yet another gem (6 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 H, 7 K), but the A+ offense behind him couldn't keep their season alive.  As MiLB.com's Tyler Murray noted, Garrett's outstanding postseason topped even his dominant regular season form, as he finished with a 1.38 ERA in his playoff outings.

The Billings Mustangs were actually the first of the trio of Cincinnati Reds affiliates playing in the postseason to get bounced, as the defending Pioneer League champs were ousted on Friday evening by the Missoula Osprey when their 6-3 defeat lost them their best of 3 series, 2 games to 1.  The Billings Gazette made note of the fact that the Mustangs held leads in each of their games on Thursday and Friday, yet managed to see both result in the losses that ultimately ended their season.

With that, the big league Reds and their final 20 regular season games are all the baseball we have left to watch until the Arizona Fall League kicks off...

Speaking of which, Jon Moscot appears to be on the up and up with his recovery from shoulder surgery stemming from an awkward rundown dive-fall earlier in the 2015 season, and he began a throwing program over the weekend, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.  Luckily for the rookie righty, it was his left shoulder that was injured, which means there shouldn't be any large hiccups expected in his recovery and readiness for the 2016 season.  Moscot's one of the ever-growing stable of young arms the Reds have put together, and it'll be interesting to see where he fits into the team's plans going forward.

Unfortunately, Devin Mesoraco doesn't appear to be as close to being fully returned as Moscot, but at least he's making "slow and steady" progress, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Enquirer.

Over at FanGraphs, Paul Swydan took a look at potential Comeback Player of the Year Award candidates, and the Reds own Joey Votto features prominently.

Finally, John Fay announced over the weekend that he'll be leaving The Enquirer at the end of the season as he'll be retiring from their end of the Reds beat.  Fay's been great to Red Reporter over the years, once even being nice enough to don his famous green hat for a series of interviews with us in Goodyear during RRSB2K12.

All the best in your next endeavors, John, and thanks for all the years of providing us with the kind of information that lets us do what we do.  And if your search for some other outlet doesn't turn up something worth your while, there'll always be a cozy spot on the Red Reporter Masthead with your name on it if you want it - provided you sign the unaccountability waiver, of course.