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Reds Minor Leagues:
Back in late November part one of this series came out based on some unscientific point system I came up with based on the Baseball America League Top 20 Rankings. According to those rankings, the Reds came out 10th. In this series, based on the rankings of each team by John Sickels at MinorLeagueBall.com. His grades are not final, but these were the grades he had posted and updated as of 4pm on Monday afternoon. Here is the description for the system that is a copy/paste from last years article.
I went through each system that John graded and took down the grade for both hitters and pitchers. Why did I do that? Well, hitters and pitchers have different values. The value’s that I used were the ones first identified by Victor Wang in an article at The Hardball Times. The guys at Beyond The Box Score took that and made it into a monetary value. Here is what the average prospect was worth who fell in these ranges:
Top 10 hitting prospects
Top 11-25 hitters
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Reds have been awaiting an official retirement decision from third basemen Scott Rolen all offseason. The 37-year old has been teetering on the fence of a possible return, and the team has already stated that they would be interested in allowing him to come back to serve in some form or fashion. But given Rolen's recent history of injury, coupled with his decline in productivity...
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!
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...
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...
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...
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...
by: Jon Davis
#8 Kyle Lotzkar RHP
Up next we have a very interesting prospect, a supplemental 1st round pick in the 2007 draft: Kyle Lotzkar, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound right hander drafted out of South Delta Secondary School in British Columbia. Lotzkar, just like another Canadian we all know, was drafted very high with a lot of potential from...
In a foot race, I’d place my money on Roman Quinn over any prospect not named Billy Hamilton. Heads up, it would be close — very close. 2012 was a historic year for minor league base stealers as Hamilton attempted 192 steals and was successful 155 times — breaking the record held by Vince Coleman. This feat overshadowed Astros prospect Delino Deshields Jr. as his paltry total...
After a period of great silence, the Reds have finally awaken us all from our winter slumber with some rare news on Monday.
According to MLB.com beat writer Mark Sheldon, the team has announced the signing of veteran shortstop Cesar Izturis to a minor league contract. The 32-year old owns a career batting average of .255 over 12 seasons in the big show. However, his bat certainly...
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.
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...