Prospect Watch: Kyle Waldrop is absolutely on fire Doug Gray August 25, 2014 2 Comments In a blowout win for Louisville Neftali Soto had four hits, including a double and four runs batted in. After a little bit of a slump last week, Soto has caught fire lately, hitting .538 over the last three games. Jon Moscot has gotten off to a good start since his promotion to Triple-A. In the Bats win last night he tossed 7.0 innings with just two earned runs, a walk and four strikeouts. He has a 2.92 ERA over two starts with Louisville and stretching back to the three starts prior to that with Pensacola he has posted an ERA of 2.01 in 31.1 innings pitched. If you can get any hotter than Kyle Waldrop has been over the last week, I’d like to see it. The outfielder had four hits last night for Pensacola to extend his hitting streak to seven games where he has been 16-30 (.533) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, 11 runs batted in and two steals. He’s pushed his average up to .310 in Pensacola and .338 on the season between both of his stops. It is still Marquez Smith’s world and we are all just living in it. Yesterday Smith hit his 28th homer of the year and drove in his 123rd run of the season. He’s now hitting .310/.423/.600 on the year while leading the minor leagues in runs batted in. He also has 33 doubles, four triples and 81 walks for good measure. Alex Blandino didn’t hit the big home run in Dayton in the Dragons win, but he did follow that home run with one of his own as he went 2-4 with a double, that home run and two runs scored. The shortstop has slowed down some since his promotion to Dayton, but is still hitting .284/.356/.451 in 26 games with the Dragons. On the season between his two stops he’s hitting .297/.386/.491. If not for a slow start to the season Argenis Aldazoro may be making a run at the Pioneer League MVP award. Aldazoro had another four hits last night for Billings, including a double and two runs batted in. Since the sixth game of the season he has hit .355/.388/.568, but he began the year by going 1-20, which has kept his overall numbers down a bit. 2 Responses DaveCT August 25, 2014 Reds won’t have much choice but to protect Waldrop. It’ll be great to see him in big league camp next year. Chalk one up for the scouts who saw something in Aldazoro, and the development people who have stood by him during some lean summers. Dragons OF next year could see Aldazoro, Acquino, and O’Grady up from Billings, plus Reynoso and Rosa. Doug Gray August 25, 2014 Yeah, I would be downright shocked if Waldrop weren’t protected this offseason.