Ervin hit a grand slam pinch-hit homer in the Double-A Southern League All-Star game. Alas, the bright spots have been infrequent for Ervin at Double-A Pensacola, where he's hitting .227/.337/.386 on the season, albeit with 21 stolen bases. His draft pedigree (a first-round pick in 2013) explains his presence in the All-Star game.
The left field fence at Double-A Pensacola has been moved back 17 feet, RedsMinorLeagues.com reports. That typically was the best place to try to go deep there prior to the move. The change in the ballpark might not make a big impact on Ervin, who hasn't slugged higher than .412 anywhere in his professional career. But keep the dimensions change in mind when reviewing both the hitters and pitchers for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos this season.
Reds outfield prospect Phillip Ervin is off to a blistering start for high Class A Daytona. He homered twice Monday, giving him six home runs through 19 games. He is just one shy of tying his season total in 132 games last season. Ervin is also batting .343 with a .420 on-base percentage, .686 slugging percentage, 1.105 OPS, six doubles, 19 runs and five stolen bases. It's a nice turnaround after he struggled at low Class A Dayton in 2014, posting a .237/.305/.376/.680 slash line. "I don't know if it's just that last year I was coming off wrist surgery and the strength wasn't there and now I'm getting it back," Ervin told MiLB.com. "I've always had power, it's just started to come back. I don't want to blame last year on the wrist surgery. It felt fine, I don't want to use that as an excuse for the year I had last year." Ervin is particularly pleased with his power numbers in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. "Everybody told me it's a pitchers' league, so the fact that I am doing well gives me confidence," Ervin said. "It feels good that I am doing good in a pitchers' league."