The Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans broke the Reds’ big wave of promotions tonight. The big news is the ascension of the Daytona infield and the Reds’ 2014 first round pick Alex Blandino getting within one step of the big leagues.
To Louisville: IF Alex Blandino and RHP Tyler Mahle
The Palo Alto Papi hit a rut in Pensacola, but rose his line to .259/.374/.462 playing 2b and 3b before the callup, with a smattering of shortstop. At Louisville, he’ll likely be at the hot corner and pushing Brandon Dixon (who’s a 25-year-old at .237/.313/.419) into Tony Renda’s utility spot. Blandino will be battling Dilson Herrera as the infield debutant once Zack Cozart takes his donkey to greener pastures. Dilson is well-regarded but hasn’t hit since coming over in the Jay Bruce trade.
Tyler Mahle, 22, has thrown 85 innings of 17BB/87K ball in A+ Daytona, so this is somewhat predictable. He joins a rotation with Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson, Sal Romano and Brandon Finnegan. Finny is rehabbing, of course, but Luis Castillo will probably swap with the erstwhile lefty soon enough. That’s quite the Louisville rotation.
To Pensacola: 1b Gavin LaValley, 2b Shed Long, 3b Nick Senzel, RHP Jake Ehret
The Daytona infield has been straight crushing the ball all season so it’s not a surprise to see them get the call, Cuban SS Alfredo Rodriguez excluded. Senzel is last year’s 2nd overall pick, Shed Long is a wiffle ball hero, and Gavin LaValley is an Oklahoma Sooner offensive lineman recruit who goshdang hits like it. They’re all born within 8 months of each other and freakin’ rock.
Jake Ehret is a slightly older reliever who has good numbers. He had 11 mediocre innings at Pensacola earlier this year.
All of you Eric Jagielo and Josh VanMeter fans: I’m sorry.
To Daytona: 3b Brantley Bell, SS Luis Gonzalez, 1b James Vazquez, RHP Ryan Hendrix
This is admittedly underwhelming — none of Bell, Gonzalez or Vazquez are hitting the ball particularly well this year. I suppose now you get to confuse Brantley Bell with Blake Butler, if that’s a thing you want to do.
Ryan Hendrix, a 22-year-old 5th-round pick in the 2016 draft out of Texas A&M, had 10 walks against 61 strikeouts in 34.1 Dayton innings so far, so yeah — I think he’s ready for the next step.
T.J. Friedl got called up to Daytona earlier this week.