Dayton Moves into First Place

At 20 years of age Carlton Daal might appear to be young for the Midwest League, but he doesn't appear that way at the plate. He's started off hitting over .300 and taken ownership of the Dragon's shortstop position.

Dayton exploded for seven runs in the third inning before cruising to a 10-2 win at Great Lakes to take over first place from the Loons. Sammy Diaz led off the inning with a double and scored the first run on a two-run single by Phil Ervin. The Dragons also got two-RBI hits from Sean Buckley and Joe Hudson before Diaz plated the final run in the rally with his second hit in the inning. They piled on with three more in the seventh from a two-run double by Ervin and another RBI hit from Buckley. Six Dragons had multi-hit games including Carlton Daal with three singles and all of them had at least one hit except Jeff Gelalich who walked three times.

On the mound Nick Travieso tossed five scoreless innings for the win. He allowed four hits/one walk and struck out six to raise his record to 3-0 and drop his ERA to 1.23. Pedro Diaz retired the side in order in the sixth and Zach Weiss closed the contest by doing the same in the ninth. Weiss still has a zero ERA after six appearances/twelve innings.

There aren't a lot of high-profile middle infield prospects in the Cincinnati system right now, but Daal may change that down the road. He's a few months shy of being the youngest player on the Dayton roster yet his three-hit game Friday raised his average to .313 with a .370 on-base percentage after nineteen games. At his age he certainly wasn't a candidate to start a full season especially after hitting only .200 in the Rookie Leagues last season. Now he is taking ownership of the shortstop position at Dayton.

Cincinnati signed Daal out of the Netherland Antilles and he's from the same town as recent Reds shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius. He stands 6'2"/160# and bats right-handed. In the field he has the range to stick at shortstop, though he is working through a learning curve right now with eight errors already this season.

It's still early and he only has 75 plate appearances thus far which matches the number he had all of last season while splitting time between the Arizona League and Billings. Cincinnati saw something to start him in single A and now it's materializing on the f twenty he might want to get used to competing against older players as he looks to advance in the shortstop prospect void that is above him in the Reds system.

Dayton exploded for seven runs in the third inning before cruising to a 10-2 win at Great Lakes to take over first place from the Loons. Sammy Diaz led off the inning with a double and scored the first run on a two-run single by Phil Ervin. The Dragons also got two-RBI hits from Sean Buckley and Joe Hudson before Diaz plated the final run in the rally with his second hit in the inning. They piled on with three more in the seventh from a two-run double by Ervin and another RBI hit from Buckley. Six Dragons had multi-hit games including Carlton Daal with three singles and all of them had at least one hit except Jeff Gelalich who walked three times.

On the mound Nick Travieso tossed five scoreless innings for the win. He allowed four hits/one walk and struck out six to raise his record to 3-0 and drop his ERA to 1.23. Pedro Diaz retired the side in order in the sixth and Zach Weiss closed the contest by doing the same in the ninth. Weiss still has a zero ERA after six appearances/twelve innings.

There aren't a lot of high-profile middle infield prospects in the Cincinnati system right now, but Daal may change that down the road. He's a few months shy of being the youngest player on the Dayton roster yet his three-hit game Friday raised his average to .313 with a .370 on-base percentage after nineteen games. At his age he certainly wasn't a candidate to start a full season especially after hitting only .200 in the Rookie Leagues last season. Now he is taking ownership of the shortstop position at Dayton.

Cincinnati signed Daal out of the Netherland Antilles and he's from the same town as recent Reds shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius. He stands 6'2"/160# and bats right-handed. In the field he has the range to stick at shortstop, though he is working through a learning curve right now with eight errors already this season.

It's still early and he only has 75 plate appearances thus far which matches the number he had all of last season while splitting time between the Arizona League and Billings. Cincinnati saw something to start him in single A and now it's materializing on the f twenty he might want to get used to competing against older players as he looks to advance in the shortstop prospect void that is above him in the Reds system.


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