The Dayton Dragons have added two new players to their roster today. The Cincinnati Reds have called up infielder Bruce Yari and right handed pitcher Carlos Machorro from extended spring training to join the Dragons. Right handed pitcher Patrick Riehl has been placed on the disabled list. Infielder Avain Rachal was given his unconditional release from the organization.

Bruce Yari was drafted by the Reds in the 24th round last season out of the University of British Columbia. While there he hit .356, .349 and .368 in his three seasons. His slugging also improved every year, going from .480 up to .541 in his last year. In his final season he walked twice as often as he struck out. Cincinnati assigned him to the Arizona League Reds after being drafted. The lefty hitter posted a .270/.329/.350 line during his initial season of professional baseball. He’s now 22-years-old and will be making his debut in full-season ball when he enters a game.

Carlos Machorro has split the last two seasons between Billings and the Arizona League Reds. In 2016 he got out to a tough start with the Mustangs, posting a 9.00 ERA in 11.0 innings with three walks and 11 strikeouts before being sent back to Arizona. There, he turned things around and posted a 1.52 ERA with just one walk and 19 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. The right handed reliever picked up velocity as the season went along and was sitting in the 92-94 MPH range at the end of the year. He’s just 20-years-old.

Patrick Riehl last pitched in extra-innings on Saturday, allowing a run in an inning of work with two walks and a strikeout. He had been battling to find consistency through his 11 games with the Dragons where he had nine walks and 12 strikeouts in 14.0 innings to go with a 4.50 ERA on the year.

Avain Rachal was drafted by the Reds in 2012 (22nd round) and made it up to Dayton last season. He returned to Dayton this year after struggling with the Tortugas. He hit .207/.361/.328 on the season in 19 games for the Dragons before he was released.


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11 Responses

  1. MK

    Dayton’s last Canadian first baseman has proven to be worth his salt.

  2. MichaelD

    The MilB feed from the Pensacola game is brutal! It’s like they are using the radio feed and only one camera for video.

    • Doug Gray

      Almost every feed is the radio feed. Very, very few teams have actual TV broadcasts. You’re generally getting the internal game feed for the videoboard replays.

      Jackson is both good and bad. The shot from behind the pitch on the CF camera is a good angle, better than most. But the tracking of batted balls is terrible to non-existent.

      • MichaelD

        Thanks Doug. It is funny because a ball would get hit and all you would see is home plate. Funny!

      • Doug Gray

        It’s certainly interesting how they are utilizing their cameras. One of their guys just hit a home run. You saw the swing, then they switch camera angles from the CF camera and it’s just a zoomed in version of him running to first base. Just weird stuff. It’s almost like whoever was running the third camera had to go home, but they never told the person running the 1B side camera and they are still just following the runner/hitter.

  3. Hingle McCringleberry

    The reds need better hitting instructors in the system. This kids is one good hitting instructor away from being a moderate threat at the plate. He is very good at taking walks. That’s half the battle. This organization needs to get younger coaches who have plenty of patience. Pitching and hitting.

  4. Steve

    Looks like players that the FO feels will not make it in the organization are starting to get released. McGee, now Rachal. Thought Correll would have been a better candidate than Machorro as he pitched well in Billings last year whereas Machorro struggled in Billings. Hoping to see more promotions/demotions in the near future.

    • MK

      This happens every year, especially around amateur draft time, especially when extended spring training is coming to an end . New in. old out.

    • Bocephus

      Heard Correll is shut down for some reason. Flew him to Cincy to be examined.

      • Steve

        Thanks for the info. Read that Zack Shields was also released recently.