The Pioneer League announced their postseason All-Star team on Monday. The Cincinnati Reds and Billings Mustangs were well represented on the team. There are only 16 spots on the team and Billings had three players make the squad.

Outfielder Quin Cotton was named as one of the four outfielders on the team. The Reds 8th round pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft out of Grand Canyon University has played in 57 games this season. He’s hitting .290/.378/.421 with 13 doubles, 2 triples, and he’s hit 4 home runs in 254 plate appearances. The Mustangs center fielder has also added 8 steals, 30 walks, and he’s struck out 49 times on the season.

Starting pitcher Miguel Medrano headlines the pitching staff. The Reds 21-year-old prospect has made 13 starts for the Mustangs this season and has posted a 2.84 ERA. Across his 57.0 innings he’s allowed 42 hits, 8 home runs, walked 14 batters, and he’s racked up 65 strikeouts. His WHIP in the hitter friendly league is just 0.98.

He’s joined on the team by another pitcher, Omar Conoropo. He’s been used mostly as a reliever, making 12 relief appearances and 3 starts this season. With that said, he’s had a starting pitchers workload. In his 15 games he’s thrown 57.2 innings – which is MORE than Medrano has pitched this season. He’s posted a 2.97 ERA along the way, giving up just 47 hits and 4 home runs. The 21-year-old from Venezuela has walked just 11 batters this season and he’s struck out 55 of the 225 he’s faced. His WHIP is just 1.01 on the year.

The Billings Mustangs Playoff Chase

It was a very tough road trip for the Billings Mustangs. After winning the first game they lost six straight games to Missoula and Great Falls. And that is rather important, too. The Mustangs are clinging to first place right now with four games left on their schedule. Billings is off today, but starting on Wednesday they open up their final series of the year against Missoula at home.

Billings is 21-13. They are up 1.5 games on Missoula and just 2.5 games on Great Falls. The Mustangs can take care of business by winning the series against the Osprey. But depending on how Missoula’s game goes tonight, and how Great Falls plays in their remaining four games things could require a lot of winning for the Mustangs to hold onto the top spot in the division.

2 Responses

  1. Jim m

    Doug, is there any of these prospects that can help turn this Reds consistant losing into winning? Any leader types that dont accept losing and make adjustments? Guys that can lead by example? Get in guys faces that mail it in? Thanks just sick of the yearly losing that doesnt look liie it will ever end with this ownership.

    • Doug Gray

      No single player can do those things enough to make a losing team into a winning one. To win you need a lot of good players. Getting in someone’s face isn’t going to make them a good player. Them being a good player will make them a good player.

      That’s really what it’s going to come down to for the Reds: Get better players. Get more good players. Stop signing guys to minor league contracts with spring training invites, then relying on them as every day players or relief options. Go out and sign actual players you aren’t hoping work out. Sign players you are confident will work out. Don’t be cheap. Pay for talent. Hoping and praying isn’t a plan.