The Cincinnati Reds have promoted outfielder TJ Friedl. The 21-year-old outfielder has been moved up from the Dayton Dragons to join the Daytona Tortugas.

TJ Friedl hit .284/.378/.472 with the Dragons in the Low-A Midwest League while playing all three outfield spots. In 66 games played he had 20 doubles, six triples and five home runs. Friedl also showed off speed and plate discipline. He stole 14 bases, though he was caught eight times. He also had 29 walks with just 46 strikeouts on the season.

The timing of the promotion is an interesting one as the Tortugas are currently on their All-Star break and won’t return to the field until Monday afternoon. I would look for him to take over the every day center field duties for Daytona, which has been manned mostly by Mitch Piatnik to this point in the season. Daniel Sweet and Narciso Crook have both also seen limited action in center this season with the Tortugas.

Taking the place of TJ Friedl on the roster in Dayton will be Shane Mardirosian. He missed most of the first half of the season before joining Daytona late in May. He made eight starts in left field for the Tortugas, though he’s also played plenty of infield in the past.

Shane Mardirosian will likely find himself in a utility role with Dayton and play a little bit of everywhere with the Dragons. Last season he saw time in center, left and at second base with Dayton. Offensively in his nine games played with Daytona in 2017 he went 3-23 (.130) with six walks and nine strikeouts.

This is the first mid-season promotion that’s come through, but over the next week as the All-Star games are played at the minor league level I would imagine that we start seeing a few more come through the pipeline. The Florida State League All-Star game is being played as I type this. The Southern League All-Star game will be played in Pensacola on Tuesday.

17 Responses

  1. Wes

    I don’t get how he has a 30 power grade? Over 30 extra base hits just this season….

    • mark l

      ya, I’m sure the power grade has changed since then. 30xbh in half a minor league season is definitely not a 30 grade.

  2. simon cowell

    I still consider him the steal of the 2016 draft. Nobody was watching as Buckley made the pick.

    • DaveCT

      He was actually a non drafted free agent. So, literally everyone whiffed on him (in large part due to the great confusion of local scouts who didn’t realize he was draft eligible). As for our acumen, we had the most money to spend. Now, that said, adding Freidl most certainly is a great coup.

      • MK

        Talking to his family, they said the Marlins were first to figure it out and offered the most money. T.J. picked the Reds because he thought they offered quickest path to big leagues

  3. Bill

    Congrats to Friedl; this move also open more playing time in the outfield for Beltre, Siri, and Trammel at Dayton.

  4. Colt Holt

    Unreal. Going to the game tomorrow and wanted to see him specifically. Congrats to him despite the inconvenience!

    • greg

      Sorry about your luck there, I know how you feel. Way back when, I attended a Sarasota Reds game while on vacation wanting to see the top prospects. Jay Bruce was promoted the day before the game, and for reasons I can’t remember, I didn’t go to the game when it was Cueto’s turn in their rotation.

  5. Hunt4redsoct

    Lavalley and long taking over the all star game. Gavin two two-run homers with Toolshed on base

  6. simon cowell

    Sal Romano got hit hard. I hope he wasn’t injured again.

  7. Steve

    Great job TJ! Hopefully the first of many promotions. Trammell should take his spot in the All Star game on the 20th, if he’s not promoted as well. Moss, Santillan and Stephenson to follow Friedl soon?

    • Doug Gray

      I’d be shocked if Trammell and Stephenson were promoted this year.

    • MK

      Might be added but it is usually one of the home team players if in same division, meaning one of the Loons in this case.

  8. Brad

    I am sure Friedl was promoted today due to 1) Dayton clinching playoff berth night before 2) Get to enjoy a few days off. I can imagine it would be rough to get promoted Monday and not get an All-Star break of any kind.

    • MK

      Shows what the Reds think of All Star recognition. Not sure waiting two days would have hurt.

  9. Denis

    Stuart Fairchild will get there quick. Built like a shorter version of Trout.

  10. Steve

    Great job by Tortugas at the All Star game! Had a hand in all 5 runs scored by the North and Rainey with a shutout inning.