Jonathan India has been having a rough stretch of things out in Arizona the past month. The Glendale Desert Dogs third baseman has been picking things up a little bit lately, though. He’s homered twice in his last 11 at-bats, including once on Thursday.

Overall he’s hitting just .130/.255/.283. But in the last eight games he’s hitting .250/.417/.542 with a double, two homers, and four walks.

In the game on Thursday he wasn’t the only Cincinnati Reds prospect doing damage. Shortstop Jose Garcia picked up a double in the game, his second of the AFL season.

Stuart Fairchild also added a double in the game, going 1-4 with that double, a run scored, and he drove in two runs. Tyler Stephenson also went 1-4 and scored a run.

The Reds lose Cody Atkinson to the Rangers

Last offseason the Cincinnati Reds hired Cody Atkinson to be their run production and hitting assessment coach. The job only lasted for one season. The Texas Rangers swooped in and hired the now 30-year-old to be their new minor league hitting coordinator.

Hunter Greene keeps on working his way back

It was just over six months ago that top prospect Hunter Greene underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He’s been throwing off of flat ground for nearly five weeks now, but shared another update on twitter on Thursday.

 

14 Responses

  1. SultanofSwaff

    I’m as sick of losing as anyone but I don’t want the Reds to be shortsighted and trade off these good looking prospects. Along with Senzel/Winker/Aquino, this group will make up the controllable core for years to come. It’s time to spend money instead.

    • Oldtimer

      The Reds made that mistake in early 1960s by trading away Claude Osteen, Mike Cuellar, Cookie Rojas, and Cesar Tovar (among others). All went on to good or better MLB careers of 10 to 15 years.

      In return, the Reds got Dave Sister, Jim Owens, and Gerry Arrigo. All forgettable P.

      • MK

        Curt Flood for Marty Kutyna, Ted Wieand and Willard Schmidt
        Tony Gonzalez and Lee Walls t for Wally Post, Harry Anderson and Fred Hopkens

      • Oldtimer

        Flood trade was regrettable but Reds had Pinson coming up in CF. Could have been Robinson-Flood-Pinson OF for next 10 years.

        Wally Post was key part of Reds NL pennant in 1961 and 98 W in 1962 but Gonzalez was a tough loss.

    • MK

      Sultan, I have a buddy who is a very active Pirates” fan and he has been telling me for the last 15 years what great young pitching they have in their system and that they will soon be a power house again. I am starting to feel the same way about the great young talent of the Reds and they will be the core of the organization’s rebirth. I’d keep Garcia, Stephenson, Naughton, Greene, Lodolo and everyone else can be moved for big league ready talent with controllable years.

      • SultanofSwaff

        I’m with you, but it would seem that the front office might have different ideas. You omitted India……I’m on the fence about him as well. Not sure another player who doesn’t profile as a high contact hitter is what we need.

      • DaveCT

        I’d definitely add India to the list, for now. I don’t see him as an all star, but I do think he tops out as a first division regular. One thing. He didn’t really break out in college until his third year, and that was at a major college program with good competition. He may just need a certain amount of time to make adjustments. With Stephenson at C, Garcia and India at SS and 2B, and Senzel in CF, that’s a nice core group up the middle.

  2. MBS

    It’s exciting to see Greene tossing. What’s his timeline? And can he hit with his current state. I was just thinking about Ohtani, and his 2019 season. I realize his future is not a position player but if he can’t pitch in 20, he can improve his hitting ability. It’s always a good thing to have a pitcher that can handle a bat.

    • MK

      I’ve been told by coaches they are not allowed to have him even swing a bat. That was before the injury can not imagine that has changed.

  3. terry m

    Don’t know if it’s just me but Hunter does look bigger.

    • Wes

      Sure he does! He signed at 17. Hes missing a lot of development but not everything- he’s definitely getting stronger and growing in his understanding of the game. All this time he’s missing won’t be a complete loss

      • MK

        Don’t know how he gets a better understanding of the game just rehabbing.

      • Wes

        Being a Hoosier I was required to play 2 seasons of basketball every year as a kid. Played, made, started on every team through 8th grade until I gave up sport for a different sport. To stay in shape I still play and started back up again as an adult. My understanding of how to play and team play has improved as my mind has grown and developed as an adult and also from studying the game. I play much less yet understand much more. Considering Greene is a professional, smarter, a better kid, and possibly even a better athlete than me- he’s absorbing a ton !