The Pensacola Blue Wahoos became the new AA affiliate of the Reds in 2012, which was also their inaugural year. The Blue Wahoos finished the season at 68-70 on the season as they went 34-35 in both halves.
Things got off to the right start as the Blue Wahoos won their first game 3-1 at home against Montgomery and four of their first five games and moved to 7-4 on the month before a four game losing streak. They ended the month at 11-14 overall as they scored 108 runs and allowed 113.
May continued where April ended as Pensacola started off the month 4-5 through 9 games that ended with a 3 game losing streak before finishing the month with 14 wins and 14 losses as they never had a winning streak of more than two games. The offense scored 99 runs on the month while the pitching staff and defense allowed 106 runs. They finished the month with a season record of 25-28.
June got off to a rough start as the squad lost 4 games in the first three days of the month. They would rebound well as they went 9-2 over the next 11 games which helped lead the team to the first winning month in the teams history as they finished June with a 15-12 record. Offensively they scored just 93 runs, which was a season low. The pitching and defense gave up a season low 85 runs. The first half ended in the month with Daniel Corcino, JC Sulbaran, Donnie Joseph, Henry Rodriguez, Joel Guzman, Josh Fellhauer, Didi Gregorius and Ryan LaMarre being named to the All Star team. Ryan LaMarre started and led off as he went 0-3. Didi Gregorius started at shortstop and went 1-4 with an RBI. Josh Fellhauer came on as a sub and went 0-1 with a walk and a steal. JC Sulbaran was the only pitcher to appear in the game where he threw a shutout inning with a strikeout.
The team was sitting at 40-39 as the calendar flipped to July, where they would keep their head above water as they pushed to a 54-52 overall record with a 14 win and 13 loss month. The offense rebounded with 103 runs scored while the pitching and defense gave up a season high 121 runs, though 40 of those runs came in just two games, a 20-4 loss to start the month and a 20-3 loss on the 8th.
August and September saw the Blue Wahoos outside of a playoff spot, but with a strong finish they may have had a chance. They were unable to do that though as they went 14-18 down the stretch to finish 68-70. The offense scored 126 runs while the pitching and defense allowed 117 runs over that time frame.
Top Position Prospect
Didi Gregorius was an easy pick (with Billy Hamilton being ineligible since he was the top prospect on the Bakersfield squad) here. The 22 year old shortstop hit .278/.344/.373 while showing off some strong tools on the defensive side of the ball and some solid ones on the offensive side of things. While the park in Pensacola saps power from lefties, Gregorius moved up to AAA and showed some of the power potential he had been teasing for a while.
Honorable Mention: Ryan LaMarre, David Vidal and Bryson Smith.
Top Pitching Prospect
Another easy choice here (especially with Tony Cingrani being ineligible since he was the Bakersfield top pitcher) as Daniel Corcino is arguably the top pitcher in the Reds farm system. He finished second in the league with a 3.01 ERA in 143.1 innings with 65 walks and 126 strikeouts. He showed off above-average stuff, though his command did seem to be in need or work. That isn’t unexpected for a 21 year old though, particularly in AA.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Lotzkar