In a series of roster moves today, the Dayton Dragons have placed shortstop Carlton Daal on the disabled list with a sprained wrist and promoted from Billings to take his place is 2014 first rounder (29th overall) Alex Blandino.

Daal hasn’t played in a few days and was hitting .296/.334/.351 on the season, all coming with Dayton. He had a .911 fielding percentage in 93 starts at shortstop as well. It isn’t known how long he will be out, though the minor league disabled list is as short as seven days.

Blandino was the 29th overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Reds and joins other first round picks Nick Travieso (2012), Phillip Ervin (2013) and Nick Howard (2014). Out of the draft the team sent Blandino to Billings where he hit .309/.412/.527 with the Mustangs. He showed off good plate discipline, walking 16 times and striking out just 18 times in 131 plate appearances. The shortstop also brought power, hitting 10 doubles, a triple and four home runs.

7 Responses

  1. Dale pearl

    I would appear that about 70% of our talent is stacked at either Dayton or Pensacola…. And im counting the majors as well. The Reds have a few great prospects but overall they are way to thin.

    • herbie

      They’re a bit thin talent-wise at Louisville; having had a few guys graduate/lose prospect status, but on the whole can’t really agree. The new crop keeps playing the way they have been the Reds might be in the top 1/3 of farm systems by year’s end.

      • DaveCT

        I look at the system and don’t see thin. The rookie leagues seem very good, with the 2014 draftees especially, but also some of the non drafted free agent kids from Latin America. Dayton now has 4 first rounders on it, plus 2nd rounders like Rahier. Bakersfield and now Pensacola have had several nice players led by Winker, Stephenson, Lorenzen, Lively, SMB, Waldrop, YRod, Moscot, and Perez. Even AAA has players with value — Barnhart, Lutz, Navarro, Holmberg. Plus coming back from injuries, Daal, Arias, BSmith, Jake Johnson, Amaral, etc.

        We do lack Kris Bryant, Miguel Sano, Joey Gallo but so do 28 other teams. On the other hand, we do not lack Winker, Stephenson, Lorenzen, etc. Just don’t think we should be jumping off bridges just yet. Boston, maybe, not the Reds.

  2. RDriesen

    Makes you wonder why Dayton isn’t winning more.

    • Doug Gray

      They are having some serious offensive problems right now. They are basically just like the Reds. They are getting the pitching, but the bats simply haven’t been consistent enough to really put a big run together.

  3. Mbushskbum

    We saw Blandino for the 3rd time Saturday night. He looks just as good in person as his stats would suggest. I am quite excited about his future.

  4. Drew

    Off topic here, but I wish I lived closer to Dayton. Louisville is coming to Columbus Wednesday-Friday this wk,. And Scott Diamond & Dylan Axelrod are throwing the 1st two games. Nothing like watching some AAAA pitchers throw. Nothing but a couple used up pitchers. Ohh well either way looking for to it.