Friday morning Reds news and notes Doug Gray August 31, 2018 8 Comments Josh VanMeter had another big night at the plate for the Louisville Bats on Thursday night. He went 2-4 with a walk and a 2-run home run. It was his 12 home run on the season, but it was his 5th home run of August. He’s also hit 14 doubles and added two triples in his 28 games played during the month. After struggling quite a bit earlier this year after being promoted to Triple-A in May, VanMeter has torn up the International League during August. He’s hitting .321/.376/.632 in 106 at-bats. His 21 extra-base hits in 28 games is absurd. Here’s his home run from last night in Columbus. http://redsminorleagues.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Josh-VanMeter.mp4 Mariel Bautista, Jose Garcia extend their hitting streaks Billings Mustangs outfielder Mariel Bautista didn’t waste much time on Thursday night in extending his hitting streak. He would single in the 1st inning to push his hit streak to 20 games. In a game that wound up 17-11 in 10 innings played, Bautista would finish with three hits, including his 8th home run of the year. In his 51 games played with the Mustangs this season he’s hit .325/.374/.546 with 13 steals in 15 attempts. Earlier in the night in Dayton, Jose Garcia took a while to extend his hitting streak. He began the night 0-3 in an attempt to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. He came to the plate in the bottom of the 8th inning, likely his final trip to the plate in the game, and he came through with an opposite field single that just stayed fair. During August he’s hitting .288/.319/.477 in 25 games played. Roster moves being made On Thursday afternoon there were a few different roster moves made at the minor league levels. Miguel Hernandez moved up to join the Billings Mustangs. He had spent the entire year with the Greeneville Reds, hitting .301/.338/.406 in 60 games played. With their season over he was pushed up to join the Mustangs to help their push towards the playoffs. He takes the place on the roster of Mike Spooner. The outfielder was promoted to Dayton, along with Nate Scantlin on Thursday. Both were starting and in the Dragons lineup on Thursday night. They are taking the place of outfielders Lorenzo Cedrola and Raul Wallace on the roster after both were placed on the disabled list. Also joining the Billings roster from Greeneville was outfielder Reniel Ozuna and infielder Jonathan Willems. 8 Responses Joe August 31, 2018 Mari Bats having a great yr.. some of our international prospect signings from past 4-5yrs are starting to rise up and look promising IMHO August 31, 2018 What’s your thoughts on guys going to Instructs? IMHO August 31, 2018 Ozuna and Willems? *shocked face* Willems had 24 errors – many of those lost games for the G-Reds. Ozuna can’t track a ball when there’s sunlight in his eyes…. Interesting “promotions” MK August 31, 2018 Don’t know too many people who can track a fly ball with sunlight in their eyes. It is a skill learned to use flip down sunglasses or to angle your eyes to see the ball and not the sun. it is something he will learn. Didn’t take long for Raul Wallace to start his off season quickly. As I type this he is in an airplane on his way home to the Dominican. RedsinWashst August 31, 2018 I was hoping they would promote Thomas and Josiah Gray. Gray has pitched 50 innings for Greeneville and if I recall correctly threw 100 innings for his college team so maybe he is getting close to his limit. Doug Gray August 31, 2018 I’m still shocked they let him throw that much. He threw 20 innings last year. A handful the year before. Then 140-something this year. MK August 31, 2018 Van Meter was a much ballyhooed young hitter when he was new in the Padres organization. I had the good fortune to sit with his grandfather at a Padres/Reds minor league spring training game. He didn’t think he would get to see the Indiana native play a lot since most of organization was west. Bet he was one at least glad for the trade. RFM August 31, 2018 Earlier this year I posted something on twitter about how VanMeter was doing well. Nick Senzel replied to the tweet calling VanMeter the most underrated guy he’s played with. Might not mean much, but he’s got Senzel’s unnecessary vote of confidence!