Former Blue Wahoos Selsky Has Perfect 5-for-5 Day

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Rookie reserve outfielder Steve Selsky led the Cincinnati Reds at the plate Monday, recording his first career five-hit game, going a perfect 5-for-5 with a solo home run and four RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The former Pensacola Blue Wahoos All-Star in 2014 became the first Reds batter to collect five hits since Jay Bruce did it on June 17, 2015 against the Detroit Tigers. And Selsky is the first Reds rookie to rack up five hits since Wade Rowdon did it on July 9, 1986 against the New York Mets.

Selsky, who was drafted in the 33rd round in 2011 by the Reds, has bounced up and down all year from the Triple-A Louisville Bats and earned a final call up to play for Cincinnati on Sept. 6.

On Monday against the Cardinals, four of Selsky’s five hits drove in runs. His five hits lifted his batting average to .378 and he now has two homers and seven RBIs in 19 games and 38 at bats with the Reds.

Selsky hit a solo dinger in the second inning, lifting a 1-0 pitch from St. Louis Cardinals Michael Wacha over the right-center wall.

His perfect day included a career-high four hits and three RBIs through the first five innings. Selsky had RBI singles in both the fourth and fifth innings. His two-out RBI single in the seventh was his fifth hit of the game.

The Reds broke the game open with seven runs in the fourth inning, sending 12 men to the plate.

Former Blue Wahoos Selsky and Tucker Barnhardt (3-5) both knocked two hits in the inning.

The breakout inning helped former Blue Wahoos pitcher Tim Adleman cruise through a career-high seven innings. He retired the first 10 hitters he faced, allowed four hits and struck out four. He improved to 3-4 in 12 starts with a 3.90 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in his rookie season with the Reds.

by Duwayne Escobedo

De Los Santos Pitches in Relief for Reds

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In July, 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Abel De Los Santos found himself on waivers. In September, the Dominican reliever pitched his first inning of relief with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Red picked up De Los Santos off of waivers from the Washington Nationals on July 19 and sent him to its Double-A affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos. There, he allowed one unearned run in his first 17 innings with the club.

On Wednesday, De Los Santos pitched one scoreless inning in relief of starter Tim Adleman. He set down the Milwaukee Brewers in order in the sixth inning, getting Chris Carter to ground out to third base, Scooter Gennett to fly out to left field and Domingo Santana to ground out to second base.

He successfully threw his four-seam fastball, curveball and changeup in his Major League appearance. Ten of his 15 pitches were for strikes.

When he entered the Sept. 14 game against the Brewers, De Los Santos set a franchise record by becoming the 31st pitcher the Reds have used this season. The previous record was 30 pitchers that played for the 2003 team. The Texas Rangers, who signed De Los Santos in 2010, hold the Major League record, inserting 38 different pitchers in 2014.

De Los Santos had a plane ticket to return to the Dominican Republic after Pensacola lost in the Southern League South Division playoffs against the Mississippi Braves when he got called up to Cincinnati.

“I felt really bad at first,” he said through an interpreter about being placed on waivers. “I thought I was doing good. I just said, ‘OK, one team is going to pick me up and I’m going to work my way back to the major leagues again.’”

De Los Santos previously made his debut July 21, 2015 with the Washington Nationals. De Los Santos made two relief appearances, pitching 1.2 innings, allowing one earned run on a home run, gave up two hits and struck out three.

With Pensacola, De Los Santos went 1-2 with a 1.54 earned-run average. He earned three saves and struck out 25 hitters in 23.1 innings over 17 games. In his first 17 innings in 12 games between July 21 and Aug. 23, De Los Santos gave up one unearned run.

In the first half of the season in the Washington farm system, De Los Santos was 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA in 29 games and 34.1 innings between the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs and Double-A Harrisburg Senators.

Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said before Monday’s opener of a three-game series against Milwaukee that he had never seen De Los Santos pitch. “The reports we’ve gotten on him are excellent. If you pitch for a playoff team, you get experience in games that matter.”

by Duwayne Escobedo

Stephenson Auditions for Reds 2017 Starting Rotation

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CINCINNATI, OH – APRIL 07: Robert Stephenson #55 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Great American Ball Park on April 7, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds have waited for the day that its 27th pick overall in the 2011 draft would join its starting rotation for good.

The perennial No. 1 prospect for the Reds is finally getting a chance to prove he’s ready for duty this fall.

In his first start Monday since being recalled Sept. 2 from the Triple-A Louisville Bats, Stephenson pitched 5.1 innings gave up two runs both on solo homers and allowed six hits total. The 23-year-old flame thrower walked one and struck out nine. He earned the loss against the New York Mets and is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA on the year, after getting two starts in April with the Reds.

“I want to go out there and have fun and make the most of the season that I can,” said Stephenson, a former Pensacola Blue Wahoos starter. “At the same time, it’s definitely an audition for next year. I’d love to be in the rotation at the beginning of the year in April. I think if I perform well, I’ll definitely give myself a shoe in.”

He looked strong in his two April starts against the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies and had Reds fans clamoring for him to remain in the big leagues.

Drafted out of Alahambra High School in Martinez, Calif., the 23-year-old was added to the 40-man roster Nov. 19 last year. In his five minor league seasons, He is 33-41 with a 3.94 ERA and has averaged 9.33 strikeouts per nine innings and averaged 4.19 walks per nine innings. Stephenson was named the 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013.

He admitted to Reds media that all of the expectations for him to one day pitch in the Major Leagues has made him put a lot of pressure on himself in the minors. Playing in Great American Ball Park relieves a lot of that stress.

“It takes a lot of the pressure off my head,” Stephenson said. “I think it makes it a lot easier to go out there and be comfortable.”

WHIP AROUND 9/2

Here’s a look around the organization at what former and potential future Wahoos did last night:

Louisville (AAA): Won 9-3

Daytona (A+): Lost 4-3

Dayton (A): Won 3-2 in 12 innings

Billings (ROK): Lost 4-2

Reds Name AFL Selections

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Photo of Pensacola Blue Wahoos right hander Barrett Astin.

The Cincinnati Reds announced its Minor League players that the club plans to send to the Arizona Fall League.

The team includes four Pensacola Blue Wahoos and one former Blue Wahoos starting pitcher who is now playing for the Louisville Bats.

The players are shortstop Zach Vincej, catcher/first baseman Chad Wallach, starter/reliever Barrett Astin, reliever Evan Mitchell and starter Daniel Wright. There remains one open spot. They will play for the Peoria Javelinas.

The 24-year-old Vincej, who was drafted in the 37th round in 2012 out of Pepperdine University, has had a breakout season for the Double-A Blue Wahoos. In 117 games, Vincej has three home runs, 44 RBIs and is hitting .272/.320/.374. He has just four errors as shortstop this season for a .990 fielding percentage and has turned 53 double plays.

Wallach, the son of former Major Leaguer Tim Wallach, is hitting .239 but has walked 38 times for a .366 on-base percentage in 65 games this season for Pensacola. In his first season in Double-A, he has seven homers and 26 RBIs. In 49 games behind the plate, the 24-year-old fifth round selection in 2013 has thrown out 14 of 43 base stealers or 32.6 percent.

Astin is tied with the most wins among Blue Wahoos pitchers at 9-3 and has a 2.39 ERA in 36 games, which includes 11 spot starts. He has a 0.97 WHIP and opponents are batting .203 against him. Astin, a third round pick out of the University of Arkansas in 2013, also has 95 strikeouts in 102.1 innings pitched this season, which is third best among Pensacola pitchers.

Mitchell, a former Mississippi State pitcher selected in the 13th round in 2013, pitched for both the High-A Daytona Tortugas and Pensacola this season. With the Blue Wahoos the righty is 3-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 32 relief appearances. Combined, the 24-year-old is 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 59.2 innings pitched.

The 25-year-old Daniel Wright started his 2016 season in Pensacola, where he posted a 0.45 ERA, and climbed the ladder to the Triple-A Louisville Bats and made his Major League Debut with the Cincinnati Reds on May 31. In his first start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wright threw 5.1 innings and allowed four runs, three earned on seven hits, one walk and struck out four.  He was 0-2 for the Reds with a 7.62 ERA and is now playing for Louisville where he is 6-5 in 17 games, including 12 starts.

The Arizona Fall League features six prospects from each Major League Baseball team and is known to showcase top talent from mid-October to mid-November since 1992. Nearly 60 percent of all AFL players make a Major League roster, with an incredible 212 All-Stars, 12 MVPs, four Cy Young Award Winners, three World Series MVPs, 66 Silver Sluggers, 58 Gloves, and 25 Rookies of the Year.

by Duwayne Escobedo

 

 

Cincinnati Farm System Whip-Around: 9/2/16

Here’s a quick look at what some former (and possible future) Blue Wahoos are doing now:

Cincinnati Reds: L vs Los Angeles Angels, 3-0

  • Ramon Cabrera smacked two of the Reds four hits in the game, going 2-3 with a double, his ninth of the season.
  • Joey Votto went 1-4 and is hitting .309 on the season.

Louisville Bats (Triple-A): L vs Indianapolis Indians in doubleheader, 4-1 and 4-1

  • Seth Mejias-Brean earned one of three hits by Louisville in the first game, going 1-2 with a walk and knocking in his 43rd RBI of the year.
  • Amir Garrett lost the first game of the doubleheader falling to 2-5 with a 3.46 ERA. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowed four runs, three earned on four hits and a walk and struck out six.
  • Kyle Waldrop went 2-3 in the second game of the doubleheader. sixth save of the season, allowing one hit and one walk in the ninth. He has a 2.30 ERA.
  • Juan Perez was 1-3 in game two.
  • Drew Hayes got the start in the second game, pitching 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. He is 4-5 with a 4.12 ERA on the year.
  • Wandy Peralta tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in relief in the second game and walked one. He has a 2.33 ERA.

Daytona Tortugas (Advanced-A): W vs. Brevard County Manatees, 10-0

  • Blake Trahan went 2-4 with his 21st double and drove in his 47th RBI of the year.
  • Reydel Medina was 2-4 with two doubles, scored once and drove in three runs for 19 RBIs this season.
  • Juan Duran clubbed his third homer of the season for Daytona, going 1-4 with three RBIs.
  • Aristides Aquino went 3-3 with a double (26) and triple (12), scored three times and drove in his 77th RBI of the year.
  • Brennan Bernardino, a lefty, pitched three scoreless innings in his 49th appearance on the season, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out two. He is 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA this season.

 Dayton Dragons (Class A): W vs Lake County Captains, 6-2

  • Mitch Piatnik went 2-3 with a double (11) and scored twice.
  • Nick Senzel was 2-3 with two doubles (20) and drove in three runs (36).
  • James Vasquez smacked a solo homer (14) and now has 65 RBIs this year.
  • Sandy Lugo pitched 3.1 hitless and scoreless innings of relief, striking out six. He earned his second save and has a 2.45 ERA.

Billings Mustangs (Rookie): L vs Great Falls Voyagers, 8-6

  • Taylor Trammell went 3-4 with a triple and run scored.
  • Hector Vargas was 2-5 with his sixth homer of the year, scored twice and drove in two runs. He is hitting .355.
  • Montrell Marshall was 2-5 with two RBIs.

 

by Duwayne Escobedo

Cincinnati Farm System Whip-Around: 8/31/16

Here’s a quick look at what some former (and possible future) Blue Wahoos are doing now:

Cincinnati Reds: L vs Los Angeles Angels, 4-2

  • Eugenio Suarez hit his 20th homer of the season and drove in two runs for 61 RBIs on the year.
  • Joey Votto went 2-4 and is hitting .310 on the season.
  • Jose Peraza had a 4-4 game with a double.
  • Tim Adleman turned in a quality start of six innings with three earned runs, seven hits, one walk and four strikeouts. He is 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA.
  • Michael Lorenzen pitched two innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits and struck out two.

Louisville Bats (Triple-A): W vs Charlotte Knights, 5-3

  • Daniel Wright improved to 6-5 with Louisville, throwing five innings and allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out eight.
  • Kevin Shackelford earned his sixth save of the season, allowing one hit and one walk in the ninth. He has a 2.30 ERA.
  • Kyle Skipworth was 1-3 with a double, run scored and two RBIs.
  • Kyle Waldrop hit his 21st double of the season and was 1-3 with a run scored.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean hit a solo home run, his sixth of the year, in four at bats for his 42nd RBI of the year.

Daytona Tortugas (Advanced-A): Rained out vs Lakeland Flying Tigers

 Dayton Dragons (Class A): Did not play

Billings Mustangs (Rookie): L vs Great Falls Voyagers, 5-1

  • J. Friedl went 3-4 with a run, including his second triple of the season. He has hit in nine of his last 10 games and is batting .362.
  • Hector Vargas was 1-3 with his 17th double of the season and is hitting .358.
  • Alfredo Mena pitched four innings of relief in his 18th appearance and allowed one run on two hits and a walk and struck out four.

  

by Duwayne Escobedo

WHIP AROUND 7/30

Lets take a look around the organization at some of last night’s highlights from former and potential future Wahoos prospects:

Cincinnati Reds (MLB): Lost 9-2 to Anaheim 

  • Billy Hamilton: Another 1-4 night for Hamilton with a run scored and a stolen base (54)… he continues to lead the MLB in stolen bases this season

Louisville Bats (AAA): Beat Charlotte 7-2

  • Tony Renda: went 2-3 with a double, 2 walks, run and an RBI
  • Seth Mejias-Brean: went 2-4 with a run and an RBI.

Daytona Tortugas (A+): Lost 3-2, 5-4 in double header against Lakeland

  • Juan Duran: Went 1-4, 2 walk
  • Shed Long: Went 1-1 with a double, walk, HBP and an RBI.

Dayton Dragons (A): Lost 5-2 to Bowling Green

  • Zack Shield: went 1-2 with a walk and a steal (20).
  • James Vasquez: went 2-4 with an RBI

Billings Mustangs (ROK): Lost 5-3 to Great Falls

  • T.J. Friedl: went 2-5 with a run.
  • Ian Kahaloa: allowed 3 earned (4 total) in 6.0 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.

Cincinnati Farm System Whip-Around: 8/29/16

Here’s a quick look at what some former (and possible future) Blue Wahoos are doing now:

Cincinnati Reds: L vs Arizona Diamonbacks, 11-2

  • Billy Hamilton batted 1-4.
  • Brandon Phillips was 1-3 with a solo homer and is batting .286.
  • Scott Schebler went 1-3 and hit a solo homer, his seventh for the Reds.
  • Josh Smith pitched four innings of relief, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out two.
  • Tony Cingrani pitched one inning of relief, allowing one hit and one walk and striking out three. He has made 56 appearances this year.

Louisville Bats (Triple-A): L vs Colorado Clippers, 4-1

  • Juan Perez was 2-4 in the leadoff spot.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean was 1-4.
  • Jesse Winker was 2-3 with a run scored and is hitting .303.
  • Ray Chang went 3-3.
  • Kyle Skipworth, in his first game after being called up from Pensacola, went 0-2, but was credited with an RBI.
  • Drew Hayes threw one scoreless inning of relief.

Daytona Tortugas (Advanced-A): L vs Clearwater Threshers, 6-5

  • Blake Trahan was 1-4 with two runs and a walk.
  • Gavin LaValley hit 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Shed Long went 1-4 with a walk and two runs scored. 

Dayton Dragons (Class A): L vs Bowling Green Hot Rods, 6-3

  • Nick Senzel was 2-4 and is hitting .314.
  • Brantley Bell hit 2-4 with two runs scored and drove in a run.

Billings Mustangs (Rookie): L vs Helena Brewers, 5-4

  • Michael Beltre went 2-5 with a double and solo homer, scored a run and knocked in two.
  • Colby Wright was 1-3 with a two-run homer and now has 29 RBIs.

 

by Duwayne Escobedo

Cincinnati Farm System Whip-Around: 8/27/16

Here’s a quick look at what some former (and possible future) Blue Wahoos are doing now:

Cincinnati Reds: L vs Arizona Diamonbacks, 4-3

  • Billy Hamilton was 1-5 with a walk. He’s batting .260 this season.
  • Scott Schebler went 2-5 with one run and one RBI.
  • Michael Lorenzen pitched one scoreless inning and hit a batter in his 22nd relief appearance for the Reds this season.

Louisville Bats (Triple-A): Rained out vs Indianapolis Indians

Daytona Tortugas (Advanced-A): W vs Clearwater Threshers, 11-4

  • Blake Trahan hit 3-4 with a double, walk and scored three times.
  • Shed Long was 4-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
  • Juan Duran went 3-5 with one run and four RBIs. He’s hitting .369.
  • Keury Mella tossed six innings allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk and struck out four. He got the win to improve to 8-9 with a 3.90 ERA.

 Dayton Dragons (Class A): W vs Bowling Green Hot Rods, 9-0

  • Daniel Sweet was 2-4 with a run, triple and two RBIs.
  • Brantley Bell hit 2-4 scored twice and drove in a run.
  • Chris Okey went 2-5 with a run scored.
  • Wendolyn Bautista threw a nine inning shutout in his thirds start for Dayton. He allowed four hits, no walks and struck out seven. He improved to 1-0 with a 3.14 ERA.

Billings Mustangs (Rookie): W vs Missoula Osprey, 3-2

  • Michael Beltre went 1-1 with a double and scored a run.
  • Jose Siri was 1-4 with a triple, his eighth of the year, scored and knocked in a run.
  • Morgan Loftstrom hit 2-4 with a double and run scored.
  • Aaron Quillen made his first start in 14 appearances and threw five scoreless innings, allowing one hit, no walks and striking out seven. His recored is 1-0 with a 4.29 ERA.

 

by Duwayne Escobedo