Sunday, September 9, 2012

MINOR details: 2012 recap edition - Rookie AZL Reds

All of the Reds minor league organizations are through with baseball for this season except for Billings (2 regular season games left) and Bakersfield (starting the playoffs on Saturday) so it's time to start recapping each team's season. Statistical leaders were chosen among those who played significant time. It's not limited to a certain number of ABs or IPs, really. I just picked who I thought played enough to warrant being mentioned as a stats leader. Melky Cabrera will not be included.

We continue with the Rookie-level AZL Reds.

AZL Reds
The AZL Reds finished 18-38, last place in the Arizona League Central and 16.5 games behind the first-place AZL Dodgers.

It was a struggle for manager Jose Nieves and the AZL Reds. They finished with the second-worst record in all of the Arizona League. I guess that maybe most people would say it's not about wins and losses in the Arizona League as much as it is about analyzing and developing the talent of recently-drafted players, but honestly I'm sure they all still want those Ws. Hopefully many of the players who appeared for the AZL Reds this year will help replenish Cincinnati's weakened farm system in the future.

The statistical leaders among the AZL Reds were as follows:

AVG: Adam Matthews (.325)
HR: Argenis Aldazoro (5)
RBI: Tanner Rahier (30)
R: Jonathan Reynoso (37)
SB: Reynoso (30)

W: Wandy Peralta, Michael Salter, Mike Saunders (3)
ERA: SP - Nick Travieso (4.71) RP - Saunders (1.47)
SV: Abel De Los Santos (4)
SO: Pedro Diaz (43)

One of the most anticipated moments for the AZL Reds was the debut of the Reds 2012 1st-round draft pick Nick Travieso. He made that debut on August 26th, pitching three innings, while allowing two earned runs on five hits and striking out two. He would go on to post four scoreless outings in the eight games in which he appeared for the AZL Reds.

Go AZL Reds!

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