Overview: Tyler Mahle will look to build off his best outing at the Double-A level, while Antonio Santillan gears up for a top prospect pitching match up in Billings.
Reds – off for All-Star break
Louisville – Triple-A All-Star Game
Pensacola at Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Tyler Mahle (3-1, 3.74 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 24 K, 7 BB)
Notes: Tyler Mahle will make his fifth Double-A start of the season on Wednesday night, having mastered High-A and earning a mid-June promotion after tossing a no hitter. He has seen some turbulence at the level so far, but his last outing was one of his strongest. He went seven innings, allowing five hits and just one run. He walked one and struck out five. With eight strikeouts in his first two Double-A starts, Mahle 24 in 21.2 innings coming in.
Daytona at St. Lucie, 6:30 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: TBA
Notes: While the Daytona site has not listed a starter yet for the game, but if the rotation follows, it would be Jake Paulson taking the hill. The last outing for Paulson was tied for his shortest of the season, as he allowed six hits and two unearned runs going just 2.1 innings. However, he has not given up an earned run in his past four outings (three starts), spanning 10 innings.
Beloit at Dayton, 7:00 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Jacob Constante (4-7, 4.39 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 57 K, 37 BB)
Notes: The lefty Constante makes his 17th appearance and 16th start of the season on Thursday. The numbers are not overwhelming in any directions, but issues with command has been a constant, as he has walked over four hitters per nine innings. However, that total is an improvement on his five per nine last season. Prior to walking four hitters his last time out, Constante had not walked more than two in a game since May 22.
Grand Junction at Billings, 9:05 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Antonio Santillan (0-0, 3.91 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 35 K, 13 BB)
Notes: In what appears to be the pitching match up of the night, Antonio Santillan will battle Rockies No. 4 overall pick in 2016 Riley Pint. Both pitchers were large, hyped high school pitchers at draft time. For Santillan, command has been the main issue thus far in his pro career, as he has posted BB/9 totals of five or above this and last season. However, he also has astronomical K/9 numbers as well. In his past two outings, Santillan has walked nine, but also struck out eight in 9.2 innings of work.
AZL Dodgers at AZL Reds, 9:00 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: TBD