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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 of Mesoraco: “Mesoraco followed up his breakout 2010 season — after doing nothing in his first two years in pro ball — with an impressive year in Triple-A in which he showed patience, some power and enough defensive ability to profile as an All-Star backstop in the big leagues. At the plate, Mesoraco is strong and balanced, rotating his hips very well (despite a very faint hip drift) for future plus power that would produce 15-20 bombs right now in the big leagues. His approach is sound, surprisingly so for a player who faced a low level of competition in high school in Punxsutawney, Pa. Behind the plate, ...

Law ranks Reds farm system 19th

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: 19...

Francisco named fantasy league 'sleeper'

Francisco is expected to push for more playing time in 2012 behind veteran Scott Rolen 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... releases list of Reds' top 20 prospects

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 released its "2012 Prospect Watch" for the Reds ...

Word of the spring: ex·ten·sion

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...

Defining Success

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....

Reds have what it takes to make run in 2012

Last year Arizona was baseball's sleeper, a preseason pick to finish in last place that emerged as the NL West champion. The year before, Texas ended the Angels' run in the AL West, and wound up losing the World Series to San Francisco. Colorado was a surprise NL wild card in 2007 and 2009, and Tampa Bay stunned not only the AL East but all of baseball, advancing to the...

Free agent Francis signs with Reds

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.

Reds ink Ludwick, give Francis minor league deal

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.

Friday news and notes

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...

Reds organization preview, Top 20 Prospects

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.

Reds complete deals with Ludwick, Francis

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.

Reds ink OF Ludwick, LHP Francis to add depth

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.
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