On Sunday the Daytona Tortugas took the field for their final time in 2017. Manager Ricky Gutierrez and Blake Butler decided to have plenty of fun in the final contest of the year. Butler was chosen to play all nine positions in the game – one in each inning. He began the game at first base and moved around the infield from there, sliding to his right each time before heading into the outfield 5th inning. In the 8th inning Butler would take over behind the plate and he caught a perfect inning. With a 3-0 lead and heading to the 9th inning, Butler took the mound for the 7th time this season. He gave up two hits, but escaped the jam with a ground ball double play to end the game and pick up the save.

Shane Mardirosian finishes 2017 strong

When the 2017 season began, it began without Shane Mardirosian. He wouldn’t make his debut until May 21st. He joined Daytona, but after two-and-a-half weeks he was sent to Dayton to play with the Dragons. While there he would play sparingly at times and never seemed to really get things going offensively.

In the middle of August the Reds promoted Shane Mardirosian back to Advanced-A Daytona. He was put into the lineup almost every day moving forward and he found himself seeing beach balls (probably). In the 17 games down the stretch the 21-year-old went on a big time run. He hit .348/.400/.515 for the Tortugas to finish out the season in 66 at-bats. That came with seven walks, five doubles and two home runs.

Andy Sugilio continues to hit in Billings

On Sunday afternoon Andy Sugilio continued to hit for the Billings Mustangs. He went 4-6 with a double, triple, scored three runs and drove in three more. The 20-year-old outfielder raised his average to .350 on the season, but he’s been even better over the last five weeks. Since the start of August he’s hit .398 for the Mustangs.

7 Responses

  1. MikeinSoCal

    Doug, who is the true CF in Billings, Gordon or Fairchild? Of all the CF prospects is Siri #1?

    Ive been following Blake Wood, Cingrani. I think we gave up on Wood too soon. Also Dodgers have a glut of OF and have demoted Joc Pederson, who is struggling at the plate. Be nice to plug him in to CF.

    • Bill

      I think with Wood and Cingrani, the Reds had come to the decision that neither player brought enough value to justify likely raises that would come through the arbitration process. I also think Wood’s repertoire will play up in the relatively cavernous Angels ballpark.

      • MikeinSoCal

        Agree on the pay issue. Cingrani wasn’t earning his keep so to speak. Wood has a good arm and some pretty wicked movement on some of his pitches. Just thought there was hope for him.

    • Doug Gray

      I think that Gordon, Fairchild and Sugilio are all center field guys in BIllings. Not sure exactly how I would re-rank everyone at this point. I need to talk to people about the guys in Billings after the season is over to find out.

  2. MK

    Story I read said Butler had not caught since middle school. To bad the guy can’t hit he would be ultimate utility guy. Have never figured why they rushed him past Dayton straight to Daytona as the bat never caught up.

    • Doug Gray

      I’d guess because the only way that he and Brantley Bell were both going to find playing time was to have one go to Dayton and the other to Daytona.

  3. Mustang John

    Fairchild plays most in CF Gordanin RF and Sugillio in LF