Senzel, Stephenson among Reds prospects with big nights down on farm

Dayton Dragons Nick Senzel and Tyler Stephenson were two of a handful of Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers to post big nights Monday.

The Reds’ two most recent first-round picks combined to go 8 for 9 as the low-Single-A Dragons beat Wisconsin 8-3.

Senzel, the No. 2 overall pick in last month’s draft, went 4 for 5 with his first professional home run. The third baseman was a double shy of hitting for the cycle and snapped an 0-for-10 streak while driving in four runs.

Stephenson, the club’s top pick last season, went 4 for 4 with a double and scored a run for the Dragons.

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The high-A Daytona Tortugas topped Jupiter 11-5 with Keury Mella pitching six innings and picking up the win. Mella is rated the team’s No. 5 prospect and was acquired along with current Reds All-Star Adam Duvall from the San Francisco Giants last season for Mike Leake.

Double-A Pensacola lost 3-2 to Jacksonville, but shortstop Alex Blandino (first round pick, 2014) was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

At Triple-A Louisville, outfielder Jesse Winker went 3 for 3 with a double and a run scored as the Bats beat Columbus 4-1. Left-hander Amir Garrett started on the mound for Louisville and picked up the win. He struck out five and allowed one run on six hits in six innings.

Heading into the season, MLB.com rated Winker the team’s top prospect with Garrett at No. 4, Stephenson sixth and Blandino seventh.

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