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by: Jon Davis
#19 Henry Rodriguez 2B
@HenryRod39 on Twitter
Here at No. 19 we find another non-drafted free agent signing out of Venezuela. In March of 2007, the Reds signed Henry Rodriguez, 5-foot-10, 170-pound switch hitting middle infielder. In 2010 and 2011, he combined to hit .312, with a .353 on base, 27 homers and 63 steals. In 2012 he took a small step back, he still hit well at Double A but struggled when he was called up to Triple A, though at least part of his struggles were due to a hand injury. Overall he hit .282 with a .310 on base last season in the minors. During his September call up he hit .214 in a handful of at bats.
Rodriguez is still only 22-years old and remains an intriguing prospect. He is a good hitter from both sides of the plate, who can spray the ball anywhere from line to line with a little bit of pop. He is a good runner that can take an extra base when the opportunity comes around and will steal some bases. He is not a great...
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No team is perfect, but Reds fans have a lot to look forward to during the 2013 season. Coming off a strong 2012 where their 97-65 record was the second best in all of baseball, the Reds look poised to win the NL Central again and return to the playoffs for the third time in four years. They virtually lost nothing, and potentially fixed their biggest problem by...
From the Louisville Bats:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. –The Louisville Bats and Cincinnati Reds have announced an extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC) through the 2016 season. This extends the previous agreement which was set to expire after the 2014 season.
“Our organization’s relationship with Louisville continues to be a very successful one,” said Reds President of...
With some guys already in Arizona and preparing for the year, it seemed like a good time to take a look back at the 2012 Reds draft.
Rounds 1-5: Nick Travieso (RHP), Jesse Winker (OF), Jeff Gelalich (OF), Tanner Rahier (3B), Daniel Langfield (RHP), Jon Moscot (RHP) and Mason Felt (LHP).
The Good: Jesse Winker has one of the best debuts of any draft pick in recent memory after finishing...
Wrong kind of pepper
Is the offseason over yet? I'm ready for some baseball. It's been a while since I posted anything as I have been busy with a few other commitments but I've found some time today to put together what I hope will become a regular thing. Today it's called Playing Pepper. Next time it could be called something else. I'm still working that...
by: Dan Howard
A few notes from my geeky alter ego. Dictionary.com defines a parallel universe as; a theory that there is a mirror universe and when one makes a decision in this universe, an alternate 'you' in the other universe makes the opposite decision. Are we Reds fans living in a parallel universe? While you’re scratching your head preparing to...
By: Jon Davis
#20 Seth Mejias-Brean 3B
At #20, we find Seth Mejias-Brean a 6-foot-2, 210-pound third baseman, drafted by the Reds in the eighth round of the 2012 draft out of Arizona. In his final year with the wildcats, he hit .355 with a .401 on base and .479 slugging, while striking out only one more time than he walked. These contributions...
by: Jon Davis
#18 Tucker Barnhart C
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Here at No. 18 we find Tucker Barnhart, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound switch-hitting catcher. The Reds drafted him in the tenth round of the 2009 draft out of Brownsburg High School in Indiana. In 2011, playing for the Dayton Dragons, he hit .273 with a .344 on-base in 372 plate appearances. Then last...
The official announcement came on Wednesday. Here's the press release....
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds have been awarded Major
League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game and will host the 86th Midsummer
Classic at Great American Ball Park, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig
announced today at a press conference. Commissioner Selig was joined by Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Billy Hamilton is ready to show the major leagues that he can steal a base anywhere.
The Reds have invited the 22-year-old outfielder with freakish speed to spring training, giving him a chance to see firsthand what it's like to take off running with a major league pitcher and catcher trying to keep him from taking the next base.
Hamilton set a professional...
Billy Hamilton is ready to show the major leagues that he can steal a base anywhere.
The Reds invited the 22-year-old outfielder to spring training, giving him a chance to see firsthand what it's like to take off running with a major league pitcher and catcher trying to keep him from taking the next base.
Hamilton set a professional record with 155 steals last season, which...
The Redlegs were really, really good in the 1970s. Heck, they won 90 or more games in every year during the decade except two (1971, 1977). They won 95 or more games in six of those years, including 100 or more thrice. Oh, and they also won back-to-back World Series titles during the middle of that stretch.
Their dominance led to the "Big Red Machine" moniker, and rightfully...
Is the 1998 New York Yankees club considered the best Major League Baseball team of all-time? I can't say for certainty, but ESPN's Buster Olney seems to think so. Amazingly, three Yankees clubs ranked in the top four of his "Top 10 Teams in MLB History" list.
However, Olney also ranked the 1975 Reds team as the 5th-best team in baseball history. Good choice...
Video from the 2012 Season
Bryson Smith came into the 2012 season as a rather unheralded prospect. He was drafted late (34th round) out of college where he was solid, but unspectacular. When he signed he went out and crushed the ball in limited time between Arizona and Billings to the tune of .368/.470/.611 over 115 plate appearances. Between the late round draft pick status and...