Saturday morning Reds news and notes Doug Gray August 25, 2018 14 Comments Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel is still working his way back from having surgery on his finger out in Goodyear. Within the last week he’s gone from not being allowed to swing a bat, to swinging a bat with no contact, to swinging a bat at baseballs. Things are moving in the right direction for the 23-year-old on rehab. There was some hope that Nick Senzel could be ready to play in instructional league, and maybe the Arizona Fall League this year. Instructional league for the Reds will begin on September 16th and they will play games beginning on October 2nd. The Arizona Fall League will begin playing their games a week later on October 9th. Rosters have not been set for the Arizona Fall League. If history tells us anything, though, we should know them within the next week. Not all players are initially named. Sometimes they are – but usually there are 1-2 spots left unnamed per organization that will be filled at a later date. I would expect this to be the case for the Cincinnati Reds. The hope being that Nick Senzel will indeed be ready to join the team. Edwin Yon is on fire for the Greeneville Reds Last night in Greeneville, Edwin Yon went 2-4 with a triple and a home run. The 20-year-old has been on fire for the Reds since he was promoted from the Arizona League. He’s now played in 14 games and is hitting .310/.370/.690. That’s come with two doubles, a triple, and four home runs. All four of the home runs have come over the last week. The last time that he had homered prior to August 18th was back in 2016. Last season he played in 24 games for the AZL Reds and did not homer. In 2016 he was in the Dominican Summer League playing for the Rojos. While there he hit three home runs, with the last one coming on July 14th. So it was just over two full years between home runs. It wound up being 308 at-bats. Seasons ending for the DSL and AZL Reds This weekend will mark the end of the season for both the Dominican Summer League Reds and the Arizona League Reds. Down in the Dominican the Reds will play their last game later today. They did not qualify for the playoffs and will have their season end once the game is completed. The Arizona League Reds will play their final game of the season on Sunday night. In fact, they will actually play two. They will be completing a game that was suspended due to a power outage/haboob earlier this season before playing the regularly scheduled finale. They, like the DSL Reds, did not qualify for the playoffs. The Greeneville Reds will be the next team to have their season come to a close, with their final game being played on Wednesday. 14 Responses Alex August 25, 2018 Fidel Castro has been on fire as well since he joined the Azl. RS August 25, 2018 His nickname is “The Dictator.” Mjc August 25, 2018 Stuart Fairchild is also heating up. Looks like he’s adjusted to the league. Also Nick Howard has only given up 2 walks in his last 9 appearances ,13.2 innings that didn’t look possible not long ago.big step in the rite direction , still along way to go but encouraging. Joe August 25, 2018 Stuart Fairchild with his best wk since moving up hope keeps it up Shaen August 25, 2018 Would love to see what Senzel can do in CF Norwood Nate August 25, 2018 I wouldn’t mind this at all. It’s becoming more and more obvious that Big Bob’s love affair with Gennett will keep him around and we’ve got to find a place for Senzel to play and Gennett is (more of) a liability anywhere else on the field. With Winker and Schebler looking like a solid start to the OF, we need to find someone how play CF and hit . Especially if they’re not going to give Ervin a real shot. RedsKoolAidDrinker August 25, 2018 You’re right about Gennett but don’t you think Baffling Bob feels the same way about keeping Hamilton around, too? Norwood Nate August 25, 2018 No you’re probably right. His love affair with mediocrity, cronyism, and nepotism will probably mean that Billy, Scooter, and Harvey get rich multi year extensions well into their 30’s while the fans watch him run this team further into the ground. But at least we got that winning culture and that momentum to fall back on. Not mention Bobbleheads!!!! I-71_Exile August 25, 2018 I learned a new word today: haboob. Thanks, Doug! SteveLV August 25, 2018 I think the dog days of summer should now be called the Doug Days of Summer. We get past the trade deadline, the Reds are out of contention, front office isn’t doing much to offer hope – the enjoyment I get following the Reds is from Doug’s writing and the comments that follow. Mort August 25, 2018 I will second that. Bill August 25, 2018 Good to see Schebler back and Ervin getting a start in CF, today. EricDavisMVP80 August 25, 2018 Are there any updates on the Hunter Greene injury, surgery, or rehab? I might have missed this news in last week or two. The status of Greene IMO is much more important than Harvey/Hamilton waiver, Senzels injury, etc. Doug Gray August 25, 2018 He’s in Arizona working on rehab-related stuff. There probably won’t be an update beyond that until February/March. That’s when he’ll probably start throwing again and at that point they will see how his arm is responding to all of the treatments and rehab.