Photo: Doug GrayThe 2019 DSL Reds: Reviewing the Season Doug Gray August 30, 2019 16 Comments Yesterday afternoon saw the Dominican Summer League Reds season come to an end. They lost in the first round of the playoffs in the final game of the series, in extra innings. They stormed back from a 4-0 deficit in the 7th inning to tie things up, and eventually send the game to extras before falling 6-5. The Reds would win their division rather easily, going 47-24 and finishing 10.5 games ahead of the second place White Sox. They were good at both home and on the road. When they got to play on their field they went 26-10. On the road they went 21-14. Impressive team stats After 12 games played the DSL Reds hit their low point on the season in terms of winning percentage. They fell to 6-5 on the year, giving them a .545 winning percentage. They never had a record that was worse than that during the year. From July 5th through July 20th the Reds lost just one game. The Reds only had a losing streak of more than two games one time during the season. It came in the final three games of the season. Top Hitting Performance You’re probably not surprised by this one since he’s been written about multiple times in the last month, but this one goes to Jose Acosta. He led the league by hitting .403 in his 43 games before he was promoted to join the AZL Reds in Goodyear in mid-August. He also topped the league in on-base percentage at .503. His slugging percentage was second in the league at .611 (teammate Darlin Guzman just edged him out with a .616 mark). And you guessed it, because you’ve already done the math in your head, his 1.113 OPS led the league, too. Overall his .403/.503/.611 line with 12 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs, 24 steals without being caught, and 30 walks with just 32 strikeouts would be more than enough to say he’s got to be the league MVP, right? The league hasn’t announced their award winners yet, but let’s hope they do a better job here than they did with their All-Star votes where Acosta was hitting over .400 but somehow didn’t make the squad. Top Pitching Performance This one was a bit closer as two guys – one starter and one reliever – were both outstanding. But the edge in innings, 57.1 to 43.2 gives Jose Franco the edge over Andry Cuevas here. Franco made 14 starts and posted a 2.20 ERA. He allowed just one home run on the season, walked just 14 batters, and he struck out 59. Worth mentioning the stats for Cuevas, though, who posted a 2.27 ERA with 15 saves, 19 walks, and 56 strikeouts to go with just 19 hits allowed in his 43.2 innings. Team MVP This one is probably easier than it will be with other teams in the farm system. With all due respect to guys like Darlin Guzman (.357/.394/.616), Jose Franco, and Andry Cuevas, this has to go to Jose Acosta. When you hit .403 on the season with a .503 on-base percentage, a .611 slugging percentage, play second base, and go 24-for-24 in steals, you are getting my nod of approval for the teams Most Valuable Player. If you would like to see the entire stats for the team you can click here and head on over the team page at Baseball-Reference. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 16 Responses RedsKoolAidDrinker August 30, 2019 Thanks for writing about a team that doesn’t count, Doug! Colorado Red August 30, 2019 a long way away from the bigs, but it does count. Or do non of the minor leagues count? RedsKoolAidDrinker August 30, 2019 Not according to Wes. Billy August 30, 2019 How does Acosta’s season compare to top players from past years? Is there reason to get excited here? Doug Gray August 30, 2019 The general rule of thumb is that stats in the Dominican Summer League have next to no predictive value. Aristides Aquino, stats wise, couldn’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag in the DSL. And that’s turned out quite well. There are a lot of examples of guys who went on to be good players who both hit, or didn’t hit at all in the DSL. That said, when it comes to the foreign complex level performances, there’s only one other season I recall being close and it was the VSL season for Ronald Torreyes. I haven’t dug too far in to see how it stacks up to seasons beyond that. Nep O'Tism August 30, 2019 Any chance we get some Backsies on the Dodgers trade? Josiah Gray, 21-year-old SP (2018 draft) A, A+, & AA: 2.09 ERA, 129.1 IP (25 G, 24 GS), 0.966 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, 10.1 K/9 Jeter Downs, 20-year-old SS (2017 draft) A+ & AA: .279/.367/.535 (.902 OPS), 34 2B, 4 3B, 24 HR, 60 BB/103 K in 520 PA Have to be all-but-guaranteed to be Top-100 next year, right? Downs hitting 24 HR in AA, how many does that turn into when he gets to hit MLB balls in AAA? – – – – – – – – – Ended up giving up Gray, Downs, and Trammell for… Puig (0.8 WAR, no longer on team) Kemp (-0.9 WAR, no longer on team) Farmer (0.5 WAR, 5 years of control left, 29 next year) Wood (-0.3 WAR, FA this offseason) Bauer (-0.8 WAR, 1 year of control left) Some Cash -0.7 WAR this year, 4th place NLC. Oof RojoBenjy August 30, 2019 We need to stop driving by our ex’s house at night to see who she’s dating. It’s not healthy. RojoBenjy August 31, 2019 I was thinking, though–would Gray and Downs have done as well under the tutelage of the Reds’ development staff? Perhaps part of their rise is due to better coaching and development in the Dodger’s system. Just a thought. Especially about Downs–he didn’t really wow anyone while in Dayton. jon August 31, 2019 You didn’t show Trammels stats. Nep O'Tism August 31, 2019 No matter how bad Trammell has hit in AA for Cleveland, Bauer has been worse for the Reds in the majors. 6 GS, 30 IP, 8.40 ERA, 1.70 WHIP A prospect doing poorly in the minors is disappointing, but at least doesn’t negatively affect your major league team. Doug Gray August 31, 2019 I’m about to blow your mind: Taylor Trammell hasn’t had a single hit for Cleveland or their farm system since the trade. Nep O'Tism September 1, 2019 Fair, Doug. Lol I forgot he went to the Padres instead of the Indians. Rest of my point still stands, though. Zero MLB value and a minor league salary is better than -1.1 WAR and whatever the Reds share of $13m was. Cguy August 30, 2019 1)( I’ll start near the end)If the Reds don’t trade Puig, AA might still be in AAA until Monday. 2) You conveniently left out the Tanner trade; Rainey for Roark. Besides helping to establish the Reds as one of the better rotations in the NL, Roark was traded for Jameson Hannah.Upgrade ! 3) Also omitted was the Sonny Gray deal, Thanks yanks. Enough said. 4) Reds don’t have Bailey, nor do they owe him $5MM next year, not to pitch for them. Sorry, but off-season trades are like a portfolio. You can’t blame the account manager for a purchase of GE stock, if he bought Google & Amazon too. Oldtimer August 30, 2019 Bailey was 12-8 (last I looked) for KCR and OAK this season. He was 9-27 (cumulatively) the prior FOUR seasons with CIN. His ERA here was 6+ those 4 years. His ERA is about 5 this year. jon August 31, 2019 so he still stinks? RuthSL August 30, 2019 Thanks for writing about the DSL guys. It’s hard to find info on them and they do deserve their praise when it’s due.