Found February 06, 2012 on
Votto tops the list at #1
MLB.com recently ranked the entire Reds roster (and all 29 other MLB squads) as part of their "2012 Fantasy Baseball Player Previews". While there's no real surprises at the top, the order in which they ranked the remaining Reds players may make you wonder. Here's a brief look of the top ten:
1) Joey Votto 1B
2) Jay Bruce RF
3) Brandon Phillips 2B
4) Mat Latos SP
5) Drew Stubbs CF
6) Ryan Madson RP
7) Johnny Cueto SP
8) Aroldis Chapman RP
9) Mike Leake SP
10) Bronson Arroyo SP
Quick analysis: No arguments from me with having Votto, Bruce and Phillips comprise the top three. However, after that you can mix and match the rest of the top ten without much consequence. I'm a little shocked to see Stubbs that high, but than again one can't underestimate the value of stolen bases in a rotisserie (scoring-type) league -- they're hard to come by for fantasy owners, you know.
I'm also surprised to see Chapma...
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Even though right-hander Mat Latos knows most of the Reds as opponents, he practically leaped at the chance to fly almost all way across the country and meet them for the first time as teammates.
How important was it to him? He and his wife, Dallas, spent fewer than 24 hours in Cincinnati before climbing back onto a plane and heading back home to the West Coast.
Lato was invited...
Francisco is expected to push for more playing time
in 2012 behind veteran Scott Rolen
ESPN.com 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...
Phillips leads the pack as far as
NL second basemen go
David Schoenfield of ESPN.com recently gave his thoughts on National League position rankings. In his post he ranks the team's projected starter at each position compared to other NL Central division clubs. He also gives us a list of the best starters in the division per team according to their spot in the rotation...
The Reds are still trying to improve their rotation. According to MLBBuzz from YardBarker the Reds are continuing to try and make a deal with right handed pitcher Roy Oswalt.
Rumor has it that Oswalt would prefer to pitch for the Cardinals or Rangers, but that has not stopped the Reds from attempting to lure him to the Nati. This would be difficult to fit into the current payroll...
After batting at the heart of the Cincinnati lineup for much of his career with the Reds, Brandon Phillips spent most of 2010 and 2011 batting either first or second (though he did bat fourth in over 50 games last year). As a result his 2010 RBI total fell to just 59, and his end-of-season rank that year jumped up to 84. In 2011, Phillips put a halt to the yearly decline he’d been...
Key Stats: Say what you will about Great American Ballpark being a haven for power hitters (it was the number three best park for home runs in the big leagues last season according to ESPN Park Factors), but Jay Bruce was just as lethal on the road last year. He hit 16 home runs at home and 16 on the road. Bruce finished the season ranked as the 59th overall player in the Yahoo system...
Oswalt has been a dagger in the side of the Reds since
breaking into the league with the Astros in 2001
The MLB rumor mill was alive and well on Saturday. Around lunchtime reports surfaced that the Reds we're in the mix to sign veteran starting pitcher Roy Oswalt (according to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports). Here's an excerpt from that piece specific...
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Greetings! Hopefully you didn't endulge too much into chicken wings, chips and cookies during last night's Super Bowl, but if you did here are some Reds minor league links to help get you going on this Monday morning. Enjoy.
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