Though they escaped a series sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers by winning on Monday night by a final of 2-0, the Cincinnati Reds have seen some struggles this past week. But down on the farm, things are looking much brighter.
The Reds saw two of their top prospects win Player of the Month Awards while another one of the organization's young hurlers took home Pitcher of the Month honors for the month of May.
Talented shortstop Noelvi Marte, outfield prospect Hector Rodriguez, and underrated pitching prospect Julan Aguiar were all recognized from their respective leagues as the top performers from last month's accomplishment in the minor leagues.
Noelvi Marte & other Reds prospects receive national recognition.
Noelvi Marte was named the Southern League Player of the Month. Marte hit .343 with an OPS well above 1.000 during the month of May.
In a league known to favor pitching more than hitting, Marte's statistics look even more ridiculous. The infielder led the Southern League in hits, home runs, and total bases last month.
Marte is unlikely to stay in Double-A much longer, and will most likely follow in Elly De La Cruz's footsteps once the Reds top prospect makes his MLB debut.
Hector Rodriguez brought home the Florida State League Player of the Month award for May. Rodriguez recorded a hit in 21 of his 23 games last month, leading to a slash line of .357/.394/.612.
Julian Aguiar was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Month. You can't put together a resumé month much better than what Aguiar's. The right-hander struck out 23 batters in 22 innings while surrendering just a minuscule ERA of just 0.41 and an opponent's batting average of only .099.
The most hits he allowed in a single start during the entire month was two. Aguiar was also named the Cincinnati Reds Pitcher of the Month during a showing that saw true dominance from the 22-year-old hurler.
The future of the Cincinnati Reds is in good hands. These three young prospects have gained much deserved national attention, but their development is far from over. It's doubtful any of this trio makes it to The Show in 2023, but they're inching closer.