Found November 04, 2012 on Redlegs Review:
Dominance is an appropriate term to define the bulk of Chapman's season The biggest question concerning Chapman heading into this season was whether or not he should be a starter or reliever. Although the Reds were once leaning toward sticking him in the rotation, injuries to Ryan Madson, Nick Masset and Bill Bray coupled with the fact that the team already had five qualified arms to fill the starting roles, forced their hand into using him for relief instead. That move turned out to be a rather good one as The Cuban Missile went on to become one of the most dominant closers in Major League Baseball in 2012. Here are some notables regarding the southpaw's campaign: + Set new career highs in wins (5), games (68), innings pitched (71.2), WHIP (0.809), strikeouts (122), K/BB (5.30), saves (38), and ERA (1.51), among other categories + Was named to his first career All-Star Game + Took over the closer role from Sean Marshall in mid-May + Led all MLB relievers in...

Dazzling catch highlights Billy Hamilton's appearance in AFL Rising Stars game

Saturday showcased some of the best minor league prospects in the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars Game. There were highly touted prospects all over the field, with the Reds having two players on the AFL West roster, but it was the AFL East team who emerged victorious with a 9-4 win. The two players from Cincinnati's organization did not disappoint however. Billy...

ESPN's Schoenfield suggests a move to help the Reds win it all

Who is it? ESPN Sweetspot blogger David Schoenfield recently published an article titled Five crazy free-agent ideas in which he explores five scenarios with five different teams and a number of free agents that he thinks make complete sense. I clicked on it, not necessarily expecting to find the Reds on the list, but lo and behold there they were at no. 3 on his list. Cincinnati...

Would Michael Bourn be the answer at leadoff for the Reds?

One of the biggest needs heading into the offseason for the Redlegs is a more productive leadoff hitter. Cincinnati received next to no help from the guys at the top of the batting order in 2012, and that must change in 2013. To give you an idea of just how bad it was, check out the following. The Reds ranked dead last in the majors at the No. 1 slot in average (.208), on-base...

An interview with prospect Brian Pearl

by: Chase Fitzgerald Staff Writer Chase recently had the chance to sit down for a Q & A session with Reds minor league pitching prospect Brian Pearl. Brian was tabbed by the Reds in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Washington. In 51 appearances split between Single-A and Double-A this season, he posted a 2-4 record, 3.75 ERA and 13 saves...

Daily Notes, Featuring a Question About Billy Hamilton

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Crowdsourcing: Billy Hamilton’s Whole Career 2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Arizona Fall League 3. Pretty Excellent and Recent Video of Joe Panik Crowdsourcing: Billy Hamilton’s Whole Career Reds prospect Billy Hamilton has earned considerable attention from prospect analysts for possessing what...

Monday news and notes

Usually Monday is for the Season in Review, but over the weekend my hard drive began to fail in my main computer. That leaves me stuck with an old laptop that doesn’t have access to any of my programs or data for the time being, so that is going to be pushed back a day until I get my old computer back up and running. Tony Cingrani’s 2012 Season in Review should be up tomorrow...

Andrew's Phillies Offseason Wish List Includes a Couple Former Phillies in the Bullpen

A Ryan Madson return? It's on Andrew's Wish List As you have probably noticed, the Phillies struggled in a couple different categories this season, struggles they hadn't faced in some time (bullpen, defense, intense NATITUDE). This year's free agency class is not exactly what fans want to see, but a closer look reveals a plethora of useful players that could...
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