We’re about a third of the way through the Arizona Fall League, and the Reds sent eight farmhands to participate in the fall showcase. There are some big names not participating for the Reds, obviously, such as Nick Senzel and Hunter Greene, due to injuries. Senzel was planning on playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions, but had to sit out after the Instructional League because of an elbow injury that required surgery. I don’t know if Greene would’ve been sent (probably not, yet), but he’s still rehabbing his elbow injury that costs him the latter part of the year. An injury, by the way, the Reds hope won’t cost him all of 2019.
Mark Kolozsvary, C
12 AB, .167/.167/.250, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K
Well, not much to see here. He’s only played in three games for the Scorpions, so there’s not been a lot of opportunity. Apparently, that’s by design, as he’s only eligible to play in two games a week as a member of the “taxi squad” which I don’t quite understand, I’ll admit. At the least it explains the limited playing time, and seeing him hit a double in so few chances is neat.
Kolozsvary was a 7th round draft pick by the Reds in 2017 out of the University of Florida. He hit pretty well in limited time at Billings that season, slashing .305/.362/.411 in 28 games after the draft. He spent all of 2018 with the Dayton Dragons, hitting .225/.310/.324.
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Shed Long, 2B
22 AB, .182/.357/.273, 4 H, 5 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 5 K
The Tool Shed hasn’t gotten much going in the way of power (or hits, for that matter), but he’s enjoyed long walks, collecting six of them to boost his OBP to .357.
For Long, going to the AFL was a chance to work on his consistency, which he lacked a bit this past season. He was awarded the Reds minor league award “best hitter” in 2016.
Bobby Nightengale reported on Long after his Fall League debut, with this great quote about him from Barry Larkin:
“Certainly, talent wise, he has big-league talent, no doubt about it,” Larkin said. “It’s just a matter of there’s a mental part that goes along with physical ability. I think any and every player has to go through that process of figuring out what it is that makes them who they are.”
Alfredo Rodriguez, SS
26 AB, .269/.321/.269, 7 H, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K
Alfredo actually brought a bit of bat with him to the Scorpions. I mean, the line isn’t off the charts by any means, but the seven hits and two walks in eight games isn’t nothing, especially given his track record and the competition level.
Alf Rod turned in another below average season in the Reds minor leagues this year, batting .210/.273/.312 between the Arizona Reds, Daytona, and Pensacola. He’s always gotten rave reviews about his defense, but in three seasons (give or take) in the Reds system, he’s far from lived up to the amount of money the Reds gave him in international free agency.
He also missed a lot of time this season with wrist injuries, which isn’t a great injury to have if you struggle to swing the bat healthy. So, the AFL results here show that he’s healthy and not hampered by the injuries. Spray those singles around, young man.
Taylor Trammell, CF
34 AB, .294/.333/.382, 10 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 SB
It’s not a huge surprise that Taylor Trammell, the Reds third best rated prospect, is leading Reds farmhands in offense. We’re still dealing with some really small samples, but he didn’t start out the fall season all that strongly. Of the 10 hits, four of them came on Saturday, where he scored a run, hit his only double, and batted in half of his RBIs. It was only his eighth game played and we’ve still got about 20 games left, so hopefully Trammell is just hitting his stride.
Ty Boyles, LHP
4 IP, 4.50 ERA, 2 ER, 5 K, 2 BB
Speaking of small samples, let’s talk about some pitchers.
Ty’s only allowed a .214 average against, but he’s given up some runs to righties. All of his runs and walks have come against right handed batters. The extra work here is nice, but it doesn’t really tell us anything. Boyles improved mightily after moving from the starting rotation to the bullpen in Daytona, but he still walked too many batters. The two walks in four innings here don’t show a lot of improvement in that category but, still, it’s been very few opportunities.
Austin Orewiler, RHP
5 IP, 7.20 ERA, 4 ER, 3 K, 2 BB
It’s been an even tougher road for Orewiler, who has appeared in two games and gave up a run in both of them (three on three hits Saturday). He doesn’t enjoy a split like Boyles, though; he’s given up two earned runs to both right handed hitters and left. He’s only walked two guys, and none in Saturday’s game, but he’s getting hit around a bit. He’s allowed a .300 average against, which obviously won’t work.
Alex Powers, RHP
5.1 IP, 1.69 ERA, 1 ER, 9 K, 2 BB
Alex Powers has brought it for the Reds farmhands. He’s appeared in four games for the Scorpions and has struck out nine Fall Leaguers. In his first appearance on October 10th, Powers allowed a hit in his one inning, but struck the side out regardless. He pitched two innings out of the pen on October 17th and allowed a bunch of nothing aside from a walk, striking out 2. It wasn’t until Saturday that he got knocked around a bit, allowing three hits and a walk, but only a run out of all of it.
That builds on a solid Double-A season for Powers, posting a 2.34 ERA in 42.1 IP, striking out 55 while walking 11. He’s old for the league and level (he’ll be 27 when the 2019 season rolls around), but maybe he’s found a path to the Cincinnati bullpen.
Wyatt Strahan, RHP
3.1 IP, 5.40 ERA, 2 ER, 3 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
Strahan’s struggles have continued. After posting a 6.38 ERA in 23 starts at Pensacola where he gave up a .298 average against and 15 home runs, he’s struggled in Arizona. He’s the only Reds minor league pitcher to allow a home run, and his strike to walk ratio is one. In his appearance on October 12th, he got only one out, but walked two and allowed a run.
It’s not really working right now for Strahan. He’s been better than this in every season before, so maybe he can find something that’ll work the rest of the way.