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There is a reason why the Reds gave up four players in exchange for the services of Mat Latos last offseason. The club fully expects Latos to blossom into one of the most dominant starting pitchers in the league. After 2012, he appears to be on the right track.
The right-hander posted career-highs in wins (14), innings pitched (209.1), starts (33), and complete games (2) in his first season as a Red. The 25-year old also posted a modest 3.48 ERA, 1.161 WHIP, 4.2 WAR. Obviously, fans and the organization alike expect more of the same in the coming years.
Apparently, so does ESPN.com's David Schoenfield. Schoenfield touts Latos as one of "five players ready to become big stars" in a post published on Saturday. Here is what the senior writer had to say about Latos in particular:
With Johnny Cueto having a Cy Young-caliber season and Aroldis Chapman dominating out of the pen, there weren't many headlines left for Latos in 2012. With Latos coming over from...
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Reds All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce and country music legend Garth Brooks teamed up for a good cause in Nashville over the weekend.
As part of a benefit for an organization called Teammates for Kids, the two sang a riveting rendition of Brooks' hit song "Friends in Low Places" at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night. The above photo taken by serves as proof!
Only 30 days stands between now and Feb. 12, which is the day pitchers and catchers are slated to report to spring training. There really hasn't been a whole of Reds-related news lately, and there probably won't be too much more before spring training begins either. Nonetheless, there are a few noteworthy nuggets floating around out there on the internet. Here is my attempt...
by: Jon Davis
#7 Tanner Rahier SS
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For the third straight prospect, we get a player taken in the 2012 draft, and a player who will be 19-years old at the start of the season. At number seven, we have second round pick Tanner Rahier, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound shortstop drafted out of Palm Desert High School in California...
by: Jon Davis
#5 Nick Travieso RHP
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The streak continues at number five with another pitcher in the form of 2012 first round pick Nick Travieso. For the second year in a row, the Reds selected a high school pitcher with their 1st round pick. Travieso is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound righty, who was drafted out of Archbishop...
by: Jon Davis
#6 Jesse Winker OF
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The run on pitchers is concluded for the sixth best prospect in 2012 supplemental first round pick Jesse Winker. Winker is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound left handed outfielder, who was drafted out of Olympia High School in Florida, and will be only 19-years old come next April. Last year...
by: Chase Fitzgerald
I had an idea for a stat a while ago called SP (Scores Preserved). To get on “SP” you had to A) not be the starting pitcher and B) get 3 consecutive outs without giving up a home run. With there pretty much being no stats to judge relief pitchers besides saves and holds, I felt this stat was needed so I decided to calculate it. I found it...
Does Homer Bailey have any upside? Photo by Keith Allison.
Just a few short months ago Friday Five was a weekly feature at Crackerjacks. Each week I’d share 5 fantasy baseball links that I thought were interesting or informative.
I got busy is the only excuse I have. I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to have a Friday Five ready to go each friday, but I have one today. Do I make...
Ryan Wright came into the 2012 season with some intrigue after a good showing in 2011 after being drafted in the 5th round. The Reds sent him to Dayton where he was the regular second baseman to begin the season.
Wright began the season with a 5 game hitting streak before going hitless over the next two games. He would go on to hit .277/.346/.362 during the month with good plate...