The Baseball America staff got together and created a Minor League All-Star team. They created a “first team” and a “second team”, with both including a starting nine (including a DH for an additional hitter), a five man rotation and one closer. Out of the thirty total players that made the first and second teams, the Cincinnati Reds landed three players on the two teams. Nick Senzel and Tyler Mahle made the first team, while Jimmy Herget made the second team.

Nick Senzel was named as the starting third baseman on the team. It was a huge season for the 2016 #2 overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft. Senzel split his season between the Daytona Tortugas and Pensacola Blue Wahoos. With the two clubs he hit a combined .321/.391/.514 with 40 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. He also went 14 for 20 in stolen bases.

Tyler Mahle got the nod as one of the five starting pitchers on the first team. He split his season between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville before earning a call up to the Major Leagues in the last two weeks. In the minor leagues he posted a 2.06 ERA in 144.0 innings pitched. He allowed just 109 hits, had 30 walks and 138 strikeouts.

For Jimmy Herget he made the second team and was only one of two relievers on either team. Like Tyler Mahle, Herget split his season between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville. Between his two stops he posted a 2.90 ERA in 62.0 innings with 52 hits allowed, 21 walks and 72 strikeouts. He also picked up 25 saves on the season.

2017 Cincinnati Reds Instructional League

Instructional League will begin for the Cincinnati Reds on September 17th and run through October 14th. Like always, it will take place at the spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. The rosters aren’t finalized yet, but once they are I will be sure to share them.

One player that will be there is catcher Tyler Stephenson. He was in Dayton for the opening game of the playoffs on Wednesday night to take in the action. He said that he’s back to baseball activities and he’ll be in Goodyear for instructional league.

10 Responses

    • Doug Gray

      I’d be very surprised if he’s not out there pitching. Why wouldn’t he be?

      • wes

        No clue; I really don’t know what goes on there. Maybe a preview article and more detailed purpose of what happens there?

      • Doug Gray

        It’s fairly similar to backfield games in spring training. They have some games against other instructional league squads. Some guys do more specific individual stuff with the various coaches.

      • DaveCT

        Those backfield games can be great. Several games going on at once.

  1. Greenfield Red

    Looking at the Reds affiliates won-loss record is not impressive, although two teams are still in the playoffs. While there were a lot of guys who didn’t have great years, there were 3 or 4 on each team who did.

    It’s pretty good that the Reds had 3 of only 30 guys on the All-Star team.

  2. MK

    IN addition to Tyler Stephenson it was good to see several players either injured or promoted during the season to support the Dayton guys at opening of playoffs. I saw Tyler, Andy Cox, Malik Collymore, Patrick Riehl and Jose Duarte (who volunteered to be a bullpen catcher). I think this says a lot about the atmosphere Luis Bolivar created which probably led to some of the teams success.

    • DaveCT

      Great for the Dayton club in general after some dismal teams. Credit where credit is due for Bolivar.

      I also think we will see the benefits of leaving Trammell, Siri, Stephenson (though hurt), Beltre, as well as Santillan, Moss, etc. in one place all year in their first full seasons. It’s a big adjustment.