Found March 03, 2012 on Redlegs Review:
Cincinnati has a lot invested in the 24-year old hurler It's safe to say that there is a lot of pressure riding on Latos to perform well this season. The Reds gave up a bounty of players (SP Edinson Volquez, 1B Yonder Alonso, RP Brad Boxberger, C Yasmani Grandal) to get him from San Diego, and what they hope to receive in return is a perennial ace-caliber pitcher. The 24-year old showed flashes of dominance during the 2010 campaign (14-10, 2.92 ERA, 189 Ks, 1.083 WHIP) where he finished 8th in the NL Cy Young Award voting, but took a small step back in 2011 (9-14, 3.47 ERA, 194 IP, 1.184 WHIP). However, a change of scenery and an increase in run support from his new club may propel the right-hander to a better year in 2012. So, to help give a better idea of what this upcoming season may hold for him I've dug up projections from four different sources. They are as follows: BG: RC: ZiPS: ESPN: An...

Ludwick no stranger to backing up power

GOODYEAR, Ariz. If Ryan Ludwick ends up batting clean-up in the 2012 Cincinnati Reds lineup he won't be a Stranger in Paradise. In fact, batting fourth is as comfortable to him as an old pair of bedroom slippers before the dog chews them up. And it certainly appeals to him because he would bat behind Joey Votto, just as he batted behind Albert Pujols when he was with the St...

Madson rising to challenge in Cincinnati

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Ryan Madson doesn't fall to his knees and bow deeply in front of former Phillies manager Larry Bowa. Oh, he has thought about it. He even has thought about kissing Bowa's feet. Instead, he says thank you, "Every time I see him. I thank him," said Madson. That's because Bowa changed Madson's life, even though at the time Madson believed...

Indians 6, Reds 6 F

The first exhibition game of the spring slate is now in the books! The contest - which was played on a 67-degree day in Goodyear, Arizona - was suspended after nine innings and ended in a 6-6 draw. Here is the good, the bad and a couple notables regarding Saturday's contest: The Good: -Drew Stubbs had a solid game going 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs....

3 Reds named top 50 fantasy prospects

Cozart leads a trio of Redlegs who made the list In yet another fantasy baseball-related post, Kevin Goldstein of ESPN Insider recently ranked his "Top 50 Fantasy Prospects" for the 2012 season. The list includes only those players who still hold rookie status, and their rankings were based solely on their fantasy impact for now rather than in the future. So, without...

3 Reds on MLBN's top 100 list

MLB Network just finished unveiling the last of their Top 100 Players "Right Now" list, and three Cincinnati Reds made the cut. The criteria they used in determining these rankings are as follows: -Emphasized stats from last 3 seasons, weighting 2011 -Projected 2012 performance -Defensive position -Intangibles -Accolades Basically, if every player was available...

Will Phillips remain a Red past 2012?

It’s been widely noted for a while now that both Phillips and the Reds are interested in working out a long-term extension. However, all the talk and so little action has got me wondering, does the organization really want to keep Phillips around beyond this year? Their moves lately have me seriously doubting their intentions. Firstly, the club decided to pick up the 1yr/...

Spring Training Game 1: Indians 6, Reds 6

It’s a tie! The Cincinnati Reds started the 2012 baseball season in an inauspicious way, tying the Cleveland Indians 6-6 in a regulation 9-inning game Saturday. Mike Leake started for the Reds, and allowed 2 runs–1 earned–in his two innings of work. Ron Mahay took over for the 3rd inning and allowed 2 more, putting the Reds down 4-0 early. But after that, what is most certainly...

Reds’ playoff chances increase with Wild Card expansion

The long-talked about wild card expansion has finally been announced. Both the National League and the American League will both be getting a second wild card team. This expansion is the first since 1994 and brings the total number of playoff teams to 10, which is the largest number in major league history. The playoff series are changing in a way that actually puts the wild card...

Sunday news and notes

The Reds played their first spring training game yesterday. To a tie. Doesn’t matter though, these are glorified practices. With that said, here is how the prospects did: Zack Cozart went 0-2. Neftali Soto went 1-2 with a home run. Donald Lutz went 1-2 with a double. Denis Phipps went 0-2. Devin Mesoraco went 1-2 with an RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 0-1. Todd Frazier went 1-2 with...

Jay Bruce, same as he ever was

I think David Byrne first introduced this dance in the Once in a Lifetime video … [visit site to read more]

Most awesome Reds video ever

As I was browsing over the wonderful world of YouTube this morning I stumbled across this. It's a fantastic compilation of Reds highlights - both past and present - and a must see for any fan of the franchise. If this doesn't get you geared up for the upcoming season I have no idea what will. Enjoy.

Going Deep: Devin Mesoraco

Chicks dig the mask T... The Devin Inside Catchers are one of the most Shallow Hal positions in fantasy baseball, so owners are always trying to get a leg up by finding the young prospects that can make a splurge on their fantasy squad.  Devin Mesoraco could be one of those guys.  He tore up the minor leagues with a .300 average and hit 48 home runs in his last 2 seasons of...

Old man Rolen knows his Seinfeld

Scott Rolen shows his best impression of Elaine’s … [visit site to read more]

Indians 6, Reds 6

Scott Rolen went 2 for 2 in his return to the Reds' lineup as Cincinnati and the Cleveland Indians played to a 6-all tie Saturday. The exhibition opener for both teams was called after nine innings. Rolen was limited to 65 games last season. The All-Star third baseman did not play after having surgery on his left shoulder on Aug. 3. Todd Frazier helped his chances to earn...

Friday news and notes

It was a slow news day, so there isn’t much for today. There is a short, 2 inning scrimmage against themselves today. The real exhibition games begin this weekend. What a strange sentence that was to type… real exhibition? Baseball Prospectus began its NL Central Preview yesterday. The projection has the Reds finishing at 87-75. The article doesn’t look at the Cardinals, Brewers...
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