Prospect Watch: Nick Travieso throws a gem Doug Gray August 26, 2014 9 Comments Yorman Rodriguez has been on a tear in August, particularly over the last 11 games, all of which he has a hit in, but Monday night was the best of them all. The outfielder went 4-4 with a steal, three runs scored, two doubles and a home run. During his hit streak, Rodriguez has hit .450/.538/.900 with 10 walks and eight strikeouts. If there’s a hotter hitter in the minor leagues right now I’d like to see who it is. Last night I uploaded a few clips from my time in Pensacola earlier this month. Give them a watch. Before last night though, Kyle Waldrop may have been that player. Waldrop has a hitting streak of his own going, up to eight games after a 1-4 with a double effort on Monday for Pensacola. In fact, Waldrop may still be hotter as he has hit .500/.514/.853 during his hitting streak with just four strikeouts. In a very important game with playoff implications last night between Dayton and Great Lakes, Nick Travieso fired a gem. The right hander tossed six shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks as he lowered his season ERA to 3.10 and picked up a Midwest League best 13th win of the season. After allowing six earned runs on July 13th, Travieso has posted 1.18 ERA spanning 45.2 innings and eight starts. On the offensive side of the Dayton win last night the Reds system saw Phillip Ervin go 2-3 with a run, a run batted in and a steal. The steal was the 30th of the season for Ervin in 33 attempts, which is good for a 91% success rate. Ervin joins Juan Silva as the only other minor leaguer in the system with 30 steals this year. Ty Boyles started the first game of the Arizona League Reds double header on Monday night and while he took the loss, he pitched quite well. The big left hander allowed just one earned run in 4.0 innings with a walk and six strikeouts as he lowered his ERA to 3.35 on the season. The 18-year-old lefty has just 16 walks and 52 strikeouts in 45.2 innings this season to go along with a 1.01 WHIP. 9 Responses MK August 26, 2014 Alejandro Chacin had a nice outing after his struggles, mostly with the umpire, the night before. His save last night gives him 29 as a Dragon, 2nd on their career save list. Even more impressive when you consider he has been the closer about the last third of last year and last half of this year. Stock August 26, 2014 I was going to post this morning that the answer to yesterdays question of who is hotter than Waldrop is Yorman. You beat me too it. Most impressive about Yorman’s current run is he is finally showing some power. He is on an 8 game extra base hitting streak. Doug Gray August 26, 2014 I’ve long said that the power would come. The bat is just too quick for it to not be there. He’s got that thing where he can miss-hit a ball and it still carries. I think that ballpark has certainly hidden some of his power progression because of how tough it is to hit for power to right field and that’s where he goes a lot of the time. Jeff August 26, 2014 What happened to Soto’s power? Only 2 HR’s? Doug Gray August 26, 2014 It’s an interesting thing for a guy who has very good power potential. I still think his plate approach is holding his power back a little bit. The park in Louisville does sap some power to right field, and Soto does have some opposite field power. But still, I think it’s just the more advanced pitching has caused him to tone down things a little bit to help him in other areas and it’s cut back on the power. There is more going on, because two homers simply isn’t right for him, but I think part of it can be explained with what I had earlier. DaveCT August 26, 2014 Man, other than his adjustment to AA (my assumption), Waldrop has been locked in for nearly the whole year. All I can say about Nick is, “great for him.” He certainly has had his doubters, especially with the lack of K’s at times. But he’s another guy who is just bearing down and killing it. Peppe August 26, 2014 What do you think happened to Mesoraco ? Mustang John August 26, 2014 With a good offseason and a good camp,I could see Nick starting in Pensacola next year. Doug Gray August 26, 2014 I’ve heard rumblings from a few sources that several of the guys currently in Dayton could jump to Double-A next season to start. It will be interesting to see how that goes.