Cincinnati Reds prospects report: Christian Encarnacion-Strand is mashing at Triple-A Louisville
Christian Encarnacion-Strand made the most of his first full week at Triple-A Louisville after beginning the 2023 season on the Injured List. The first base prospect did not disappoint and pounded the opposing pitchers into submission.
Andrew Abbott also made his Triple-A debut after absolutely decimating the opposition at Double-A Chattanooga. Last year's first-round draft pick, Cam Collier, punctuated the Daytona Tortugas week with a walk-off single on Sunday. Let's recap the week that was in the Cincinnati Reds farm system.
Reds prospects at Triple-A Louisville
Christian Encarnacion-Strand had a heckuva week for the Louisville Bats. One of the Cincinnati Reds top prospects, Encarnacion-Strand went 11-for-24 with a double and four round trippers. Encarnacion-Strand's slash line last week was an unbelievable .458/.519/1.000.
Andrew Abbott's debut in Triple-A wasn't as flawless as what Reds fans had seen while at Double-A Chattanooga, but the left-hander still held his own. Abbott went five innings, struck out seven batters, and walked three. Abbott could very easily leapfrog the struggling Levi Stoudt and Brandon Williamson.
Reds prospects at Double-A Chattanooga
Noelvi Marte has had a bit of a sluggish start at Double-A Chattanooga. The former Seattle Mariners prospect is learning a new position (third base) and has an OPS of just .656 for the season. But this past week, Marte rallied going 7-for-18 and posting a respectable OPS of .873 while striking out just twice.
On the pitching side of things, Stevie Branch deserves some love. The right-hander has 16 strikeouts on the season and an ERA of 3.12 in seven appearances out of the Chattanooga Lookouts bullpen. This past week, Branch appeared in two games and struck out four batters.
Reds prospects at High-A Dayton
If you haven't yet heard of Blake Dunn, you will soon enough. Dunn may have been the most impressive Reds prospect this past week. The outfielder went 11-for-20, scored nine runs, plated 10, and hit three home runs while also stealing four bases. Pay attention to the former Western Michigan standout.
Hunter Parks had a fine outing for the Dayton Dragons this past week. While three walks is less than optimal, the right-hander allowed just one run on one hit while striking out six. Parks was an eighth-round pick in 2021 and has an ERA of 3.07 on the year.
Reds prospects at Low-A Daytona
Everyone is sure to be talking about Cam Collier's walk-off, but Carlos Jorge had a great week for the Daytona Tortugas. Jorge had an on-base percentage over .400 despite striking out 18 times this past week. If Jorge gets those swings and misses under control, his ceiling is quite high.
Chris McElvain has 20 punch outs in 17.1 innings of work and a miniscule ERA of just 1.06 in four games this season. McElvain struck out seven batters this past week while allowing just one walk in four innings. The 22-year-old was the Cincinnati Reds eighth-round draft pick a year ago and could receive a promotion to High-A Dayton very soon.