Taylor Trammell, Shed Long headline Reds AFL squad Doug Gray August 30, 2018 6 Comments The Arizona Fall League rosters have been announced and the Cincinnati Reds will be sending eight players, as is customary. They will be playing with the Scottsdale Scorpions and will have Derrin Ebert on the staff as the pitching coach. Here’s the list of who will be participating for the Reds: RHP Tommy Bergjans LHP Ty Boyles RHP Alex Powers RHP Wyatt Strahan C Mark Kolozsvary (taxi squad) 2B Shed Long SS Alfredo Rodriguez OF Taylor Trammell This roster is a lot stronger, prosepct wise, than the one the organization sent in 2017. Last year there wasn’t a single Top 25 Cincinnati Reds prospect that went out to the Arizona Fall League. In recent years the organization has seemed to use the AFL as more of a “get guys extra at-bats or innings because they missed time with injuries” or a “get a final look at a fringe 40-man roster add” than as a “finishing school” of sorts for higher end prospects. This season they are sending out their #3 prospect Taylor Trammell. He’ll be joined by their #7 overall prospect Shed Long. The other six players are ranked outside of the Top 25, but even so – having two top 10 guys is a big departure from what has been seen in the past few seasons. The Position Players For Taylor Trammell, he did miss a little bit of time this season – but not much. He’s played in 108 games and racked up 457 plate appearances. Shed Long hasn’t missed any time this season. The second baseman has played in 121 games and gotten 501 plate appearances. Alfredo Rodriguez has missed plenty of time this season, both times with wrist injuries. He’s only played in 43 games this season – including a rehab stint with the AZL Reds. Mark Kolozsvary hasn’t missed time due to injury, but he has been splitting time behind the plate in Dayton. He’ll get some extra time on the taxi squad – which means he’s only eligible to play in Wednesday and Saturday games. The Pitchers On the pitching side of things we see several older pitchers, and Ty Boyles. Boyles, 22, transitioned from starter to reliever in June. Since making that move he’s dominated for the Daytona Tortugas, posting a 2.41 ERA in 37.1 innings with 13 walks and 34 strikeouts. Wyatt Strahan, 25, has had a tough go of things this season in Pensacola. His ERA is 6.35 in 22 starts and four relief appearances with 49 walks and 80 strikeouts in 117.2 innings. Tommy Bergjans, 25, joined Daytona in June after being acquired from the Phillies in late May. He’s made 14 starts for Daytona with a 3.66 ERA in 78.2 innings with 16 walks and 51 strikeouts. Alex Powers, 26, has dominated out of the bullpen for Pensacola all season. He’s posted a 2.21 ERA in 40.2 innings, racking up 17 saves for the Blue Wahoos. The season will begin on October 9th. Scottsdale will be the late game, starting at 9:35pm ET. They won’t play a day game until a week later. The Bowman Hitting Challenge will take place on October 13th. The annual AFL Fall Stars Game will be on Saturday November 3rd. On November 15th the regular season will come to an end, with the championship game being played two days later. 6 Responses Grapes August 30, 2018 So does this mean no Senzel, or can be still be added later? MK August 30, 2018 Think it would take an injury by Alf Rod, infielder for infielder. MK August 30, 2018 I thought the premise of the league is top prospects from AA or AAA players. I would say Strahan, Long, Powers and marginally Alf Rod are the only ones who qualify under these guidelines. Zach August 30, 2018 Think this means that the Reds may try to push Trammell a little faster? It would be good if was ready in a year, as Hamilton’s control is up. Coop August 31, 2018 Thought for sure Friedl in AA would be top OF priority so he can see how well he can hit vs the AFL’s top pitchers which are AA-AA level. Then he can play at Spring Training with the Reds, start at CF in AAA next season and be in a position to play with the Reds second half of 2019. Billy H needs competition for CF in 2019 so he feels motivated to bat better (swing at strikes, place bunt in good spot THEN run for base hits, make the pitcher throw at least 10 pitches per his AB, choke up with 2 strikes etc) or ride the pine. RFM August 31, 2018 Can’t argue with that list, although it would’ve been nice to see TJ Friedl, Jose Siri, or Nick Senzel make it. With Senzel still technically injured was he somehow ineligible? Is there some way he can be added later, after he’s been activated? Is there some kinda procedure for guys who are injured but are expected to be back in time?