Cincinnati Reds: 2016 first-round pick headlines list of promotions this season

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Cincinnati Reds: 2016 first-round pick headlines list of promotions this season

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Nick Senzel had a great 2016 in Dayton. MARC PENDLETON / FILE

While the Cincinnati Reds have endured ups and downs at the major-league level, some good things have been going on in the minors.

Here are five potentially important players who have been promoted so far this season:

T.J. Friedl 

Dragons manager Luis Bolivar and T.J. Friedl. The Lake County Captains (Indians) defeated the Dragons 7-3 at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Friday, April 7, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF Staff Writer

Old team: Dayton Dragons

New team: Daytona Tortugas

A second-year pro signed last year out of Nevada after going undrafted, Friedl was promoted from low Single-A to advanced Single-A on June 17 after being announced as a Midwest League all-star.

He hit .284 with five homers, six triples and 20 doubles in 66 games for the Dragons. He also stole 14 bases.

The center fielder is not off to a great start in Daytona, where he struck out 11 times in his first 10 games and is batting .263.

Nick Senzel

Old team: Daytona Tortugas

New team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Reds’ No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft torched the Florida State League, hitting .305 with 26 doubles and 31 RBIs in 62 games, though he hit only four home runs. In five games at Double-A, the third baseman from Tennessee is 3-for-17 with one extra-base hit and a couple of walks.

Shed Long 

Dragons second baseman Shed Long. The Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) defeated the Dayton Dragons 6-0 at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Old team: Daytona Tortugas

New team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

In his second stint in the FSL, the infielder hit .312 with 13 homers and 16 doubles in 62 games. He also struck out 63 times before being called up to Double-A, where he is 1-for-13 with two walks in four games.

Tyler Mahle 

Dragons starting pitcher Tyler Mahle delivers. The Dragons defeated the visiting Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Thursday, July 9, 2015. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF Contributing Writer

Old team: Pensacola

New team: Louisville Bats

This 2015 Dragon made headlines all over baseball early in the season when he pitched a perfect game. The right-hander was 7-3 with a 1.59 ERA at the time of his promotion earlier this month. He struck out 87 while walking 17 in 85 innings. Mahle went six innings, allowing three unearned runs on four hits, in his Triple-A debut, but he was tagged with the loss. He struck out nine.

Alex Blandino 

The Dayton Dragons took on the South Bend Silver Hawks Friday night at Fifth Third Field. Dragon's shortstop Alex Blandino heads toward first base during the first inning. LISA POWELL / STAFF Lisa Powell

Old team: Pensacola

New team: Louisville

A first-round pick in 2014, the middle infielder from Stanford shook off a poor 2016 and a terrible start to 2017 to earn a call-up earlier this month. He was hitting .259 with six homers 31 RBis and 22 doubles in 62 games at the time of his promotion. He has a hit in six of his first 18 at-bats in Triple-A. 

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