Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville tonight. Jeff Wallner of Reuters had it first and he notes that it may only be for two games if things go well.

Devin Mesoraco last played on July 2nd against Chicago. That’s just two weeks without playing, so his rehab assignment doesn’t likely need to be stretched out as long as things go as planned.

I am assuming that he will catch at least one of the two games that he will be with the Bats for. Robert Stephenson pitches tonight and Cody Reed will get the nod on Tuesday for Louisville.

Hitting streaks extended for Siri & Senzel

Jose Siri extended his hitting streak to 23 games on Sunday afternoon for the Dayton Dragons. He went 1-4 on the day as he added to his Dragons franchise record hitting streak. Over his hitting streak he’s posted a .353/.376/.706 line with six doubles and 10 home runs.

Sunday also saw third baseman Nick Senzel extend his hitting streak for Pensacola. He went 2-5 with a double and a walk-off single for the Blue Wahoos to get his hitting streak up to 16 games. Over that span of 16 games he’s hitting .383/.448/.550 with seven walks and just nine strikeouts.

Can Robert Stephenson keep throwing strikes?

As noted above, Robert Stephenson is making the start for Louisville tonight. Over his last four starts he has walked two batters and struck out 26 in 21.1 innings. He left his last start early with what appeared to be a blister issue that he has been dealing with.

After being used without much of a routine in the big leagues with Cincinnati out of the bullpen to begin the year, things have gone better for Robert Stephenson since joining the Bats rotation. As I wrote at the end of May, when he got somewhat regular usage in the Reds bullpen, he was successful, but when he was going long periods of time without being used he struggled. The regular and known schedule seems to be working well so far.

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  1. Greenfield Red

    I have a long post below. It is with a purpose. In an insomnia fueled late night session, I took a look at the Reds lower minor leagues and created a top 25 prospects for the Reds in the AZL and DSL. The reason is most of these guys don’t get a lot of attention from any of the prospect rating groups because they are so young and so far away from major league ready. However, there appears to be a lot of talent there.

    First a word about the farm system in its entirety. I want the Reds to become a major league power and compete for the World Series regularly. With that goal in mind and knowing the Reds will not compete on the major league free agent stage, I believe the Reds system is significantly weak when compared to their peers. Rather than two guys the talent of Senzel and Greene, I believe they need six to compete, and similar numbers of quality down the system. That said, there is a lot of talent in the system, and these guys in the lower levels often don’t get noticed.

    I used simple stats and the player’s age to formulate my rankings. Since these teams are short season, this year’s stats are small samples. Previous year were considered when possible. Here they are:

    1. Miguel Hernandez, DSL, age 18. The shortstop is hitting .300 with a .792 OPS. He was a significant signing in 2016 with a good strikeout to walk rate.

    2. Leonardo Ortiz, DSL, age 20. This catcher has a .359 average, a .960 OPS and has a good strikeout to walk rate.

    3. Jose Valenzeula, DSL, age 19. Pitcher with a 1.10 ERA and 31/15 K/BB in 41 innings.

    4. Eduardo Salazar, DSL, age 19. Pitcher with 1.74 era and 36/5 K/BB in 41 innings.

    5. Debby Santana, DSL, just 16. Second baseman hitting .346 with an OPS of .935 in first year. He will need to improve his strikeout rate that is currently 25%.

    6. Reshard Monroe, AZL, age 21. The left fielder is hitting .405 with an OPS of 1.136. He has more walks than strikeouts. He is rated below some of the others because he is older than them.

    7. Felix Abreu, 19, DSL. The left fielder is hitting .345 with a .855 OPS and a good walk to strikeout ratio.

    8. Carlos Carreno, 18, DSL. The pitcher has a 2.36 ERA and a 41/12 K/BB rate in 42 innings.

    9. Ricardo Smith, 21, AZL. The pitcher has a 2.50 ERA and a 28/4 K/BB rate in 18 innings. Again, is older than a lot of his peers.

    10. Claudio Finol, 17, DSL. The shortstop is hitting .317 and has an OPS of .830. He has more walks than strikeouts.

    11. Jose Tello, 19 DSL. A catcher with a .325 ave and .830 OPS. Good bb/k rate.

    12. Edward Escoboza, 21, DSL. The pitcher has a 0.00 ERA with a 16/5 K/BB rate in 11.2 innings.

    13. Frainger Aranguren, 20, DSL. A pitcher with a 1.50 ERA and 19/6 K/BB in 18 innings.

    14. Manuel Cachutt, 20, DSL. Pitcher with a 1.84 ERA and 23/7 k/bb rate in 29.1 innings.

    15. Mariel Bautista, 19, DSL. A CF with a .340 Ave and .830 OPS. Stikeout rate is ok, but walk rate is very low.

    16. Abel Cuevas, 20 DSL. A CF with a .301 Ave and .751 OPS. He has more walks than strikeouts.

    17. Victor Ruiz, 17 AZL. A catcher with a .292 Ave and a .613 OPS. Higher profile intenational signing, playing way up in age.

    18. Alejandro Paulina, 20 AZL. A SS with a .345 Ave and a .939 OPS. His sample size is even smaller than most on this list.

    19. Raul Wallace, 21, AZL. A RF with a .368 Ave and a .980 OPS. Ave and OPS are good, but K/BB rate is poor.

    20. Jacob Heatherly, 19, AZL. A LHP with a 0.00 ERA and a 8/3 K/BB rate. A high 2017 draft pick. A left hander in a system that is woefully short on southpaws.

    21. Jean Graterol, 18, DSL. A SS with a .321 Ave and a .822 OPS. Strikeout rate a little high.

    22. Jeison Rijo, 17, DSL. An infielder with a .321 Ave and a .851 OPS. His k/bb rate is ok.

    23. Jaccen Lenteno, 18, DSL. Pitcher with a 2.30 ERA and 26/15 K/bb rate in 31.1 innings.

    24. Marvin Mateo, 19, DSL. Pitcher with a 2.35 ERA and 24/20 K/BB rate in 30.2 innings.

    25. Darren Shred, 19, AZL. Pitcher with a 0.00 ERA and 0/6 K/BB rate in 3.2 innings.

    I don’t know if my list is worth much, but there are guys having good starts that don’t get much ink. I’m interested in anyone’s thoughts.

      • Doug Gray

        Easy to overlook given that he hasn’t played and isn’t even in the Dominican Republic right now.

      • Greenfield Red

        He hasn’t played, and he’s on the big lists. I was trying to concentrate on those not on the known lists.

    • DaveCT

      Your list is an entertaining check in on the lower levels, as you said. Enjoyed reading quite a bit. So, thanks. I’m sure you looked at some of the 2017 draftees, an had reasons for leaving Cash Case off. 2016 draftee Mauro Conde as well. Toolsy guy. These would be ond where I’d leverage the scouting reports in vs. primarily stats. Too bad about the insomnia.

      • Greenfield Red

        Thanks for the compliment. Unfortunately Cash is only hitting .160. Conde only has 8 ABs this year and only hit .169 last year. As mentioned, I did this mostly from results and considered age and what the player did in previous years.

  2. Hingle McCringleberry

    Hey Doug, what’s the odds of the reds giving Wandy peralta a look in the rotation for the rest of the year. I think he would great considering how aggressive he is on the mound. Great movement, good location. Flat out nasty. Would love to see Castillo and peralta back to back. Your thoughts??

  3. David

    So, since Stephenson hasn’t pitched in 10 days, we should expect him to struggle?

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t know – did he have a side session in there to stay on schedule? That probably wasn’t happening as a reliever in the big leagues because you don’t know when you need him to pitch out of the bullpen, which means you can’t have him throwing on the side because he’s then not available that day.

  4. Greenfield Red

    Showcasing Iggy? I know he needs some work, but to pitch him in two blowout losses in four days? Seems a bit much to me.