Sunday afternoon Reds news and notes Doug Gray September 3, 2017 13 Comments John Sickels released his updated Top 20 Prospects in baseball earlier today. The Cincinnati Reds only had one player make the list. It’s not surprising that Nick Senzel cracked the Top 20, coming in at #9 on the list. While Nick Senzel is out for the rest of the year, his 2017 season was an outstanding one. After spending the first half with the Daytona Tortugas where he hit .305/.371/.476 he was promoted in the second half to Double-A Pensacola. With the Blue Wahoos he hit .340/.413/.560 in 57 games. Between the two stops he hit 40 doubles, three triples and had 14 home runs. Tyler Mahle impresses Right handed pitcher Tyler Mahle took the mound yesterday for his second career start. Both starts have come against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the second time around went better than the first. Tyler Mahle shut down the Pirates for 6.0 innings, not allowing a run along the way and striking out three batters without a walk. He did, however, hit two batters. Still, the 22-year-old was in control throughout the game as he mixed his fastball, change up and slider – keeping Pittsburgh off-balance all evening. Despite his outstanding performance he still didn’t show his best stuff. It was a good continuation of strong starts by rookie pitchers over the last month for the Cincinnati Reds who have been seeing success from Luis Castillo, Robert Stephenson and Sal Romano. Roster moves With the Cincinnati Reds calling up Zach Vincej and Ariel Hernandez it has led to a few promotions throughout the system to replace them. RHP Rafael De Paula from Daytona to Louisville. RHP Patrick Riehl from Dayton to Daytona. OF Zeke White from Billings to Dayton. The Billings Mustangs have seven games left in the season. They will probably be getting a player from the Arizona League Reds to finish out the season, but that move has not yet been announced. Keury Mella getting a shot in September? Lance McAlister just tweeted this out: Dick Williams just told @KelchJim the #Reds could get a look at Keury Mella before season is done. — Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) September 3, 2017 This was apparently on the Cincinnati Reds pre-game show, and I wasn’t listening so I don’t know the exact context in terms of whether they were talking about using Keury Mella as a starter or out of the bullpen in September. He’s pitched much better in the second half of the season. Over 11 starts since July began he’s thrown 59.0 innings with 15 walks and 52 strikeouts to go with a 4.27 ERA for Double-A Pensacola. As a Major Leaguer in September he probably fits in better as a reliever than as a starter, though if a lot of guys are coming up on their innings limits, then getting him a start of three isn’t the worst plan. With that said, stuff wise, he’s better equipped as a reliever right now. His fastball moves well and his breaking ball could get big leaguers out when it’s at it’s best. 13 Responses Gaffer September 3, 2017 Mella is on the 40 man so no harm. I bet $$$ he never is a real player with the Reds but why not see. MK September 3, 2017 Talked to Riehl yesterday before he went on roadtrip and he didn’t know it then. Bet he would have loved to have gone straight from Dayton rather than ride the bus 4+ hours to Lansing. kap September 3, 2017 I feel like Mella could be a very good bullpen arm. Good command, live arm, and he keeps the ball in the park. Possible setup man MK September 3, 2017 Blake Butler played all nine positions for the Tortugas today. On the mound he was part of a combined shutout and earned a save. Cguy September 3, 2017 Who was that “masked man” pitching 7 innings of 1 hit, 1 walk, 10 strike -out baseball for the Bats? Amir Garrett of course. 0Wasn’t he once a part of the future Reds rotation? Bill September 3, 2017 That was one heck of a performance by Amir. Let’s hope it translates to Cincinnati! Cguy September 3, 2017 He’s capable of repeating that performance at AAA or with the Reds. Question is will he? & when? JAMES B DEHAN September 3, 2017 Reds messed with his head by demoting him after starting after having a strong start to his season. The dude is quite talented so we may not have seen the last of Amir Garrett yet. Doug Gray September 3, 2017 I don’t buy that they messed with his head by sending him down. The guy was pitching hurt for most of the first half. He was not telling the team for a while that his hip was bothering him. Very talented and it seems he’s starting to show that he’s healthy again over the last month or so – he’s throwing significantly harder than he was in the first half. JAMES B DEHAN September 3, 2017 Doug, Sorry, I did not realize Amir was hurt for over 1/2 the season. However, it definitely appears that we agree as far as Amir’s talent level – which is quite high (like the dude and wish him well). Thanks! Greenfield Red September 3, 2017 Cody Reed also pitched well for the Bats today… albeit only 3 innings. 0 walks. William Kubas September 3, 2017 In both halves of a double header, former Stanford Cardinal Alex Blandino, collects hits 50, 51 and 52 in 192 at bats including his 14th double, scoring runs 28 and 29. Blandino also collects his 32nd base on balls in 224 plate appearances. Blandino raises his on base percentage to .392 GO STANFORD CARDINAL BASEBALL MK September 4, 2017 Is he bucking to get back to northern California with Moneyball man Billy Beane?