MINOR MATTERS: The Reds on Tuesday announced their May minor-league pitcher and player of the month.
Single-A Dayton starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was recognized for the second consecutive month as the organization's top minor-league pitcher.
The right-hander went 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA and held opponents to a .152 batting average over six May starts. He also struck out 34 batters in 33 innings, had a 21 inning scoreless streak from May 13-30 streak and pitched two complete games. In 11 starts this season, Cueto is 5-1 with a 3.10 ERA.
Double-A Chattanooga outfielder Noochie Varner was named the player of the month after hitting .404 with 10 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 34 RBI in 28 games. Varner, 25, entered Tuesday batting .297 through 56 games.
Both players will receive engraved watches for winning the awards.