Originally posted on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 1/9/13
Well, that was a little uneventful. The list was supposed to go live on BaseballAmerica.com at some point this afternoon, but the NL Central Top 10 lists came out in Baseball America in print yesterday and the list was published all over the internet, including by John Fay at the Enquirer on his blog. Here is their list: Billy Hamilton, SS Robert Stephenson, RHP Tony Cingrani, LHP Daniel Corcino, RHP Nick Travieso, RHP Jesse Winker, OF JJ Hoover, RHP Ismael Guillon, LHP Jonathan Reynoso, OF Dan Langfield, RHP The one interesting part of the list is Jonathan Reynoso. I am a fan of his, ranking him 26th in the 2013 Prospect Guide. On a pure tools level, I can see him ranking that highly. His overall package of tools is among the best in the system and only Yorman Rodriguez is clearly ahead of him in a tools package at this point of the game. Still, reports on him have him as a pretty raw player who doesn’t really know how to use any of his tools yet except a little bit of his hit tool. Their scouting report from the magazine doesn’t look much different than the one I have in my book, so I think the ranking difference is that I preferred a few more guys with some certainty ahead of him. The other thing with the list is the inclusion of JJ Hoover, who I (and MLB) doesn’t consider a prospect at this point. Baseball America doesn’t consider service time when ranking prospects, but rather the counting stats, to determine prospect eligibility. Hoover hasn’t thrown enough innings or made enough appearances to be disqualified by their (or MLB) standards or for the 2013 Rookie of the Year award, but he has exhausted the amount of time spent on a 25-man roster, thus being ineligible for the award. That is why you see him here, but nowhere on my list (or perhaps other Reds prospect lists). Seven of the ten players on the list are American and they were all drafted in the first three rounds of the draft (Stephenson and Travieso in the first, Winker in the supplemental first, Hamilton in the second and Cingrani and Langfield were both third rounders) by the Reds with the exception of Hoover who was a 10th rounder by the Braves. Reynoso and Corcino are both from the Dominican Republic, while Guillon is from Venezuela. With all of that said, if you don’t subscribe to the magazine (I get the digital version along with an online subscription), the list will be out tomorrow on Baseball America’s website and perhaps the best part of it all is the chat. The chat is subscriber only though, so if you aren’t a subscriber, I am sorry to have mentioned it. I do know of a quality replacement website that talks about the Reds farm system all year long though (congratulations, you are already here) and even has a product dedicated to scouting reports on a whole bunch of Reds minor leaguers. With that said, I buy Baseball America products (as noted, I subscribe to the Digital version of the magazine and each year I also buy their Prospect Handbook with 30 scouting reports from each teams top 30 prospects to get a better grasp on other teams players when I am out at games or even watching games on Milb.com. *Despite it sounding like it, Baseball America did not pay for or ask for or grant any services for this post. I genuinely just like what they produce.* So, with the list coming out and it also being Wednesday, while I can’t answer for JJ Cooper (who made the list), I will answer questions all day long in the comments section if you are inclined to ask them.
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