Bella allowed two runs over 5.2 innings for Double-A Pensacola on Thursday night, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He has a 4.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 34 innings there, with a 26:18 K:BB.
Mella was supposed to be the big addition for the Reds in the Mike Leake deal with the Giants in 2015, but instead it's Adam Duvall who has paid the biggest dividends. Mella has been a little unlucky with a 68 percent strand rate and .346 BABIP, but his lack of strikeouts has been disappointing.
Mella was added to Cincinnati's 40-man roster Friday.
Mella was hit a bit harder in 2016 than he had previously been, but it didn't stop the right-hander from posting a passable 3.90 ERA and a 0.5 HR/9. His lively fastball and power curveball could help him advance through the organization at a nice pace, but given the fact that he only has one start above High-A shows that he still has a ways to go before contributing at the major league level.
Mella was promoted to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
Mella has spent all season with High-A Dayton, producing a 3.90 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 131.2 innings. With Dayton's season over, Mella will head to Triple-A to get a few more reps in, but with only two games left on Louisville's schedule, it's unlikely to be meaningful to the 23-year-old's development. Look for Mella to open next season at the Double-A level.
Mella was one of five players for the Daytona Tortugas to serve a suspension for his part in a big brawl against Florida State League opponent Jupiter, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Mella missed one start as a result of his suspension. For the season at High-A Daytona, he has a 3.85 ERA and an unsightly 1.58 WHIP, with a 78:49 K:BB over 107.2 innings. The one positive sign is that he has only allowed seven homers, but the Reds were hoping for better when they landed him in the Mike Leake trade last summer.
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