Ervin Debuts at Single A

Ervin Was 1st Round Selectin out of Samford

2013 Reds first-rounder Chad Ervin made his single A debut Tuesday at Dayton. The outfielder did not need much time to master the Rookie League level and now the Dragons will work him into regular action in an outfield that contains some other top Reds prospects for the time being.

Dayton rallied for five runs in the seventh inning in a 6-2 win over visiting Bowling Green. Nick Travieso got the start but did not figure into the decision. He danced around seven hits and two walks in five-plus innings to limit the Hot Rods to one run. Jesus Adames entered in the sixth and pitched through the next inning while allowing one run but hung around to get the win. Alejandro Chacin and Joel Bender closed out the game with one scoreless frame apiece.

Sammy Diaz led the Dragons offensively with two hits including a solo homer that plated their first run in the fifth. Beau Amaral also stroked a couple of hits and both of them singled early in the game-winning rally which included four walks and a Bowling Green error. Phil Ervin made is single A debut and drew a bases-loaded walk for an RBI.

College players are candidates to be fast-tracked through the system and it appears Ervin's days in the rookie leagues are already finished. This year's top Reds draft selection hit .326/.415 OB% for Billings and eight home runs in 34 games there boosted his slugging percentage to almost .600.

It will be interesting to see how well he continues that production closer to sea level in the Midwest League. The Dayton outfield is crowded with Jesse Winker, Jeff Gelalich, and Amaral and last night he debuted at DH. Playing time will likely be found for Ervin somewhere in the Dragon outfield, preferably in center. It's getting to be promotion time of the year for many top minor leaguers and the Reds may be considering shifting the Dayton outfield around with a promotion(s) of Gelalich and/or Winker. Winker has put up a more productive stat line this season but Gelalich is older. Both were supplemental first round selections last year.

In the meantime Ervin will be working his way to join them again at a stop higher up on the ladder. The former Samford University player recently turned 21 and will probably remain at Dayton for the start of next season. However, with uncertainty in the Reds center field status with the contract uncertainty of Shin-soo Choo and growing pains of Billy Hamilton in AAA this year he could force his name into the conversation sooner than expected.

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The Reds lost their fifth game in a row in a 4-2 loss at San Diego. Mat Latos made another nice start and held the Padres to two runs on six hits/two walks over six innings while striking out six. Manny Parra and Sam LeCure combined to pitch the eighth and both allowed a run with the loss going to Parra. Jay Bruce and Zach Cozart both had two of the five Reds hits.

Louisville's home game against Syracuse was postponed by rain.

Pensacola allowed a single run in the second, third, and fourth innings and fell short of a comeback in a 3-2 loss to visiting Mobile. The offense had eight hits with Corey Wimberly contributing two of them. Travis Mattair plated a run with a solo homer in the seventh. Tim Crabbe took the loss for allowing three runs on eight hits/three walks in six innings.

Bakersfield took the lead with four runs in the fifth inning and held on for an 8-6 win over visiting Modesto. Steve Selsky and Kyle Waldrop both had two hits and a solo homer. Selsky also reached safely from a couple of walks while Waldrop walked once. Juan Duran also hit a three-run homer in the fifth. Shan Dyer got the win for allowing four runs on six hits/one walk in six innings while striking out six. Pat Doyle retired the side in order in the ninth for the save.

Billings had an off-day and will and will travel to Great Falls to continue playing Voyagers.

The AZL Reds also had the day off and will resume their schedule Wednesday against the AZL Dodgers.

The DSL Reds lost to the DSL Orioles1 by a score of 3-1. The offense combined for seven hits with two of them coming from Henderson Peralta while Miguel Mendez reached with a hit and two walks. Junior Arias took the loss for allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits/two walks in six innings pitched.

The DSL Rojos broke a fifteen game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the DSL Cardinals. Jose Monegro had two hits and two walks in the game including a solo homer in the ninth. Israel Cuevas allowed only one run on three hits/three walks while striking out four but was lifted after four innings and got no decision. Yoel DeJesus relieved him with two scoreless frames for the win and Franklin Montilla ended the game with one-plus scoreless innings for the save.

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