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If the Reds hope to make the postseason, Jay Bruce has to have a huge 2012.The 2010 season for the Cincinnati Reds was amazing, something the city hadn’t seen in 15 years. However when dissecting 2011, I never felt disappointed that the Reds hadn’t done better. Most of you fans expected the Reds to be in the postseason hunt. I guess the pessimist in me never got my hopes up.
Bronson Arroyo did a 180 and pitched like the Bronson we remembered in years past. The Cuban Missile lost the strike zone for a few months and had to be sent to the minors. The Reds were banking on a healthy Edinson Volquez and we saw what happened.
The offense if anything improved on 2010 with a solid 2011 finishing 2nd in the National League in runs scored, 8th in average, 4th in OBP, and 5th in OPS. This was all with an unhealthy Scott Rolen for most of the year, zero production from Stubbs, Janish and Renteria. Joey Votto was Mr. Consistent and shouldered much of the load in 2011.
So what went wrong? Pitchin...
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Francisco is expected to push for more playing time
in 2012 behind veteran Scott Rolen
ESPN.com senior writer Eric Karabell recently published a post highlighting four players from the National League Central who he considers to be fantasy league "sleepers" for the upcoming season (you can read the entire piece here if you wish). Among the four relatively unknown...
Billy Hamilton may be the fastest player in baseball, but
he also ranks #2 on the list of top 20 Reds prospects
With Spring Training inching ever so closer to reality, the various preseason player rankings have been exploding lately. Wednesday brought forth another one of those aforementioned rankings as MLB.com released its "2012 Prospect Watch" for the Reds ...
Keith Law of ESPN Insider recently ranked all 30 MLB teams' farm systems based on players currently in their organization. Due to the attrition from various trades this offseason, Cincinnati's system took a bit of a slide from prior years. However, the Redlegs still came in at a modest 19th on the list. Here's the excerpt taken from the article about the Reds:
One of the things I've come to love leading into the new season is prospect rankings. There are numerous sites/experts who release their rankings, and the latest is Keith Law. His 2012 Top 100 Prospects list can be found on ESPN Insider. You must be a subscriber in order to read the full analysis on each player, but you are certainly free to view the list from 1-100. All...
Phillips leads the pack as far as
NL second basemen go
David Schoenfield of ESPN.com recently gave his thoughts on National League position rankings. In his post he ranks the team's projected starter at each position compared to other NL Central division clubs. He also gives us a list of the best starters in the division per team according to their spot in the rotation...
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was listed as the 8th top prospect in baseball according to Keith Law.Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was listed as the 8th top prospect according to ESPN Insider’s Keith Law who comprised his Top 100 prospects this week. Mesoraco looks like a lock to make the 25 man roster this spring after huge 2010 and 2011 seasons in the minors.
Here was Law’s breakdown...
I love Brandon Phillips at second base. I love the ground he covers, I love the bat and I love when he lit the fireworks against the Cardinals that caused a team brawl.
I would also love to see him stay a Red. If the Reds are unable to sign Phillips to a contract extension then he will be able to test the free agent market after the 2012 world series (which, as has already been...
Following one season with the Royals, left-hander Jeff Francis is back with a National League team. A free agent, Francis finalized a Minor League contract with the Cincinnati Reds that included an invitation to Major League Spring Training. He agreed to the deal on Jan. 25.
John Sickels has taken a look back at “Elite Prospects” from 2003-2007 over the past few days. There are some absolute stars on the list as well as a few flops. One thing that Sickels thought about why a few of the guys flopped was that at the time, he bought into guys breaking out while in the California League and those guys didn’t do much once they left the league. With...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have made a couple moves to improve their depth, signing outfielder Ryan Ludwick to a one-year contract and left-handed starter Jeff Francis to a minor league deal.
The Reds aren't shy about promoting their prospects early, and they certainly aren't reluctant to package them in blockbuster trades. Cincinnati used that latter route to acquire Mat Latos earlier in the winter, but the Reds still have a fertile farm system that should yield immediate dividends.
The Reds formally announced on Wednesday that they signed outfielder Ryan Ludwick to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2013 and left-hander Jeff Francis to a Minor League contract.
The Reds have made a couple moves to improve their depth, signing outfielder Ryan Ludwick to a one-year contract and left-handed starter Jeff Francis to a minor league deal.