Earlier today we learned that Nick Senzel, Gavin LaValley and Shed Long were promoted to Double-A Pensacola. Then a few more moves began to trickle in. It seems that we are now starting to see them all come through the pipeline. The biggest from the second set of announcements is that right handed pitcher Tyler Mahle will move up to Triple-A Louisville to join the Bats rotation. Teammate Alex Blandino will be joining him in moving up to Louisville according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

To say that Tyler Mahle has been good this season would be the understatement of the year. The 22-year-old right handed pitcher has demoralized the entire Southern League while pitching for the Blue Wahoos in 2017. He has made 14 starts and thrown 85.0 innings. He’s posted a 1.59 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Mahle has given up just 57 hits and walked just 17 batters while striking out 87 opposing hitters. To put into perspective just how impressive he’s been, he’s allowed three earned runs in one start. In ever other start this season he’s given up two or fewer runs.

For Alex Blandino things haven’t gone quite as well as they have for Tyler Mahle. The infielder was back in Pensacola for the third time. He struggled there in a late season call up in 2015 and then struggled to hit while battling injuries in 2016. April was more of the same in terms of the production as he hit .182/.357/.236.

Everything changed when the calendar switched to May. The hits started to fall in and the power really started coming back. He hit .261/.383/.477 on the month in 107 plate appearances. He walked 15 times, struck out 23 times and had 13 extra-base hits.

June has been even better. In 17 games played Alex Blandino has hit .333/..379/.667 with nine more doubles and three home runs. He’s also driven in 17 runs, which is more than he had in April and May combined (14).

Also moving up will by right handed reliever Ryan Hendrix. He’s heading to Daytona, jumping up from Dayton where he dominated in the first half of the season. For the season he has a 2.36 ERA in 34.1 innings with 10 walks and 61 strikeouts.

April was rough for Ryan Hendrix. He posted a 5.40 ERA in 11.2 innings during the month, walking seven batters in 11.2 innings with 22 strikeouts. Since May began, though, the walks have disappeared and he hasn’t allowed a home run. In 22.2 innings over 15 games since the start of May, Ryan Hendrix has posted a 0.79 ERA with three walks and 39 strikeouts.

20 Responses

  1. Russ Proctor

    Louisville now has SIX players listed as second basemen (Blandino, Herrera, Renda, Dixon, Sweeney, and Perez). I know some play other positions, but it’s still hard to know how they’ll all get the playing time they need.

    • Doug Gray

      Odds are that they aren’t all going to be getting playing time. Most of those guys can play other spots, and they still use the DH often enough throughout the league (they DH if one of the teams is an AL affiliate). But yeah, it will be interesting to see how things play out.

      • Herzog

        I’ve never watched him play – only read scouting reports – do you see any chance Blandino could get some OF time to become a super utility player? Or does he look like an ‘up the middle’ lock?

      • Doug Gray

        It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he could handle the corner spots in the outfield in a utility kind of role.

  2. DaveCT

    As Mahle relies upon guile and superior command, I suspect he’ll fit right in with AAA pitchers, as a whole. Not that he doesn’t have some power with a fastball going up to 96. I’m also really curious who JJ Cooper stated he (now) had front of the rotation stuff. Anyway, kudos to Mahle

  3. Steve

    Great for Tyler! Very deserving. Great for Blandino too as he was recently hitting AA pitching well. With Castillo going to the Reds, the Wahoos will need 2 starters to replace them. The question is whether they will be promoted Tortugas or demoted Bats or a combination of both. If or when Castillo is sent back to the minors, it should be to Louisville. I’m thinking Bonilla will get sent down on Friday when Castillo is called up. Hernandez probably sent down to Louisville on Saturday when Bailey comes off the DL. That leaves Wojo, Ross, Buchanan and Bonilla when he gets sent down. I think all the other pitchers are part of the long term plan with the Reds. Wojo and Ross would solidify the Wahoos rotation, but are any Tortugas more deserving of a promotion? First, I think Wojo and Ross fill 2 starter spots in Pensacola. Bonilla or Hernandez will be sent down on Friday with the other on Saturday. Buchanan will be DFAd. Hunter will be released and Blandino takes his roster spot. For Pensacola, 2 of Weiss, Rainey or Hunter will move up with Ehret to complete the pitching staff. Chavez sent to Billings. Moss, Hendrix, Fossas move up to Daytona, Crawford moves to the bullpen. Fairchild joins Dayton.

    • Doug Gray

      Hendrix is moving up. Don’t think Moss or Fossas are.

      • Steve

        Yeah, just hoping for those promotions. Didn’t take into account any of the injured players who might be ready to come off of the DL soon.
        Don’t know the extent of any of the injuries the players have who are on the DL, with the exception of some who had TJ surgery, but we have quite a few that in the upper 2 levels that would be pushing others down. Davis, Mitchell, Routt, Perez, Daal, Sparks, O’Grady, Reynoso, Ohanian, Varner, Crook, Cox, Olsen, Webb and Benenati

      • Steve

        Sorry got a little carried away mentioning Ohanian on down

  4. Chris

    Or is there still others in Arizona that are options to go to Dayton/Daytona to fill pitching spots?

  5. Steve

    My guess after Bailey comes off DL on Saturday.
    Reds- Adleman, Bailey, Castillo, Feldman, Garrett
    Brice, Cingrani, Iglesias, Lorenzen, Peralta, Storen, Wood
    Barnhart, Mes, Turner
    Alcantara, Gennett, Peraza, Suarez Votto
    Duvall, BHam, Kivlehan, Schebler, Winker

    Bats- Mahle, Reed, Romano, Stephens, Stephenson
    Astin, Bonilla,Chacin, Guillon, Herget, Hernandez, McMyne, Shackelford
    Brantly, Wallach
    Blandino, Dixon, Herrera, Renda, Sweeney, Vincej
    Amaral, Elizalde, Ervin, Iribarren

    Wahoos- Lopez, McGuire, Mella, Ross, Wojo
    Bernardino, Broussard, Ehret, Gonzalez, Hunter, Powers, Rainey, Weiss
    Hudson, Nieto
    Jagielo, LaValley, Long, Senzel, Trahan, VanMeter
    Aquino, Goeddel, Guerrero, Gumbs

    Tortugas- Armstrong, Bautista, Gutierrez, Moss, Reyes, Strahan
    Crawford, Fossas, Hendrix,Martinez, Orewiler, Paulson, Stock
    Boulware, Okey, Tromp
    Bell, Butler, Gonzalez, AlfRod, Vasquez
    Friedl, Medina, Piatnik, Sweet

    Dragons- Blandino, Boyles, Jordan, Romero, Santillan, Sceroler
    Adams, Arias, Kuhnel, Lugo, Machorro, Riehl, Stallings
    Brown, Stephenson
    Chavez, Mardirosian, Sansone, Vargas, Wright, Yari
    Beltrae,Fairchild, Siri, Trammell

    Assuming no injured players are able to return from the DL

  6. Steve

    Doug, 8 of 10 pool signings done. If Greene takes $7M and we can get some discount on Kolozsvary, do you think we take the 4.999999% penalty of $682,919 and try to sign Mace or Lonsway? That would be right around 750-800K. Comp B slot money. Not enough?

  7. Steve

    Just looked at the Reds 40 man roster and we are now at 39. We don’t need to create a roster spot when Bailey comes off the DL on Saturday, but in 10 days when Finnegan is ready to come off the DL. Unless the FO moves Arroyo to the 60 day DL.

  8. Ukwazoo

    Blandino has one good month and they send him up. Rushing players up through the minors always works.

    • Doug Gray

      Sometimes it does. But, sometimes it’s not always about just one player. Shed needed to move up, too. Had to create some room somehow.