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ESPN is running a series this week in which they are breaking down each MLB team's "window of contention". In other words, it's an attempt to project at which time teams look most poised to contend in the playoffs.
On Wednesday, the crew took a stab at the National League Central. And one of those teams, obviously, was Dusty Baker's Reds. No real surprises in the post. They, like others, believe Cincinnati is in a position to win now and for a few years to come.
ESPN cites the fact that the Reds have most of their best players locked up for the long haul and for the prime of their careers too. One key question concerning the Reds and ESPN is how Aroldis Chapman handles the transition to a starter.
Another potential weakness they outline is that the team doesn't have a true centerfielder at this point. Shin-Soo Choo has played all of 10 games at the position in his big league career and while Jay Bruce has expressed willingness to play center ...
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by: Jon Davis
#11 Ryan LaMarre OF
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Next on the list we have 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder, Ryan LaMarre -- who the Reds drafted out of the University of Michigan in the second round in 2010. He is what I like to call "a flip-flopper", as he bats right handed and throws left, a la Ryan Ludwick. LaMarre...
Reading an article by Matt Snyder on CBS sports, there is one quote that gets me very excited.
With Votto, Phillips, Bruce, Chapman, Latos, Cueto, Hamilton, Shin-Soo Choo, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco, Zack Cozart, Homer Bailey and more, the Reds have star power, role players, depth and potential for improvement in several areas. They are set up to contend every year for the foreseeable...
In less than a month the Reds will begin spring training. There are a ton of questions around this team but one of the most important is the health of Joey Votto’s knee.
Thinking back to early last season, Votto was on his way to an MVP type season and then injured the knee on a slide into third base. Two surgeries and a rough rehab later Votto was back for the Reds but never quite...
Via John Fay’s blog, I learned that the Reds have announced their non-roster invitees to spring training, which is just around the corner. Here’s a list for you:
RHP Nick Christiani – 25 year old who’s been in the Reds’ system all along. He had a 3.34 ERA last year in AAA Louisville.
LHP Wilkin De La Rosa – 27 year old who’s been bouncing around minor league teams...
CBS Sports has been running a series they call "Core Values", which looks to highlight the "cornerstone player", the "face of the franchise", and the "face of the future" for all 30 MLB teams. The Reds were up on Wednesday.
While other clubs had three different players represented for these titles, Cincinnati had just one: Joey Votto.
by: Jon Davis
#10 Ismael Guillon LHP
The selection of Ismael Guillon, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound lefty, here at number ten makes back-to-back prospects who were signed out of Venezuela at the age of 16. In fact, Guillon was signed just two months after Yorman Rodriguez back in 2008. After a bad 2011, where he had 6.6 BB/9 and an ERA of 6.57, Guillon...
The Reds announced their non-roster invitees to spring training yesterday. Here is the list of prospects invited (not including guys already on the 40-man roster who are invited automatically):
Tucker Barnhart – C
Billy Hamilton – OF
Ryan LaMarre – OF
Kristopher Negron – INF/OF
Denis Phipps – OF
Derrick Robinson – OF
Nick Christiani – RHP
Wilkin De La Rosa – LHP...
Bronson Arroyo isn't a guy who is normally brought up much when talking up about the Reds. No, those conversations usually revolve around Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, or Aroldis Chapman. There is certainly nothing wrong with this. The Reds do boast a roster full of guys worthy of such attention, and most of the attention does go to the younger guys.
At 35-years old, Arroyo...
I will be the first to admit, the outlook for the 2013 version of the Cincinnati Reds looks pretty rosy. The organization's recent history of success has dramatically raised expectations around the Queen City. And they appear to have the pieces in place needed to reach or exceed them.
With that being said, here are 15 expectations I have for the Redlegs in 2013. Disclaimer...
by: Jon Davis
#9 Yorman Rodriguez OF
Here at number nine we find a prospect who has all the tools and athleticism to be an impact player in the big leagues one day, Yorman Rodriguez. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right handed outfielder was signed out of Venezuela at 16-years old in August of 2008, he enters this year at age 20. Last year...
Just because you have all the money in the world doesn’t make you the smartest person in the room sometimes. Take the Dodgers, for example. Last May the Dodgers were bought by a Chicago-based consortium called Guggenheim Baseball Management for a record $2 billion. Injected with a seemingly bottomless well of cash, the [...]
My favorite things about Reds.com right now is without a doubt, the countdown to spring training. We are currently sitting at 25 days until pitchers and catchers report. Can. Not. Wait.
John Sickels will occasionally post player comments from his book. Yesterday he posted Billy Hamilton as one of his comments. Here is a peak:
I have been watching baseball for 35 years and I have...
Michael Wuertz was out of baseball in 2012. He did not play in the Majors. He did not play in the minors. He did not even play independent league ball. However, Wuertz is attempting a comeback this season. He has signed with the Miami Marlins.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Wuertz has signed a minor league contract with the Marlins. The deal includes an invite...
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MLB.com's Hot Stove crew what Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton can expect during his first big league Spring Training. Hamilton is one of 15 non-roster invites to Spring Training. He set a new professional baseball record by stealing 155 bases last year between Single-A and Double-A. The 2013 campaign will mark his first as an outfielder.