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It wasn't too long ago when catcher Devin Mesoraco was heralded as the undisputed top prospect in Cincinnati's system. In fact, it was less than one year ago. Now, speedster Billy Hamilton holds that title after swiping more bases in 2012 than you can shake a stick at (155 to be exact).
Expectations were high for Mesoraco entering his rookie season. Many even dubbed him as a serious contender to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award in the preseason. But the former first round pick never could quite get going in '12. He wound up playing in just 54 games and posting a .212/.288/.352 line after a suspension and struggles on the field led to a late-season demotion.
But the good news for Mesoraco is that 2013 brings the opportunity for a clean slate. And at least one baseball writer believes the 24-year-old could be primed for a big individual year. Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated's Hit and Run recently included Mez among his candidates to go "boom&...
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On Friday, MLB Network announced Joey Votto as the winner of its "Face of MLB" promotion after the Reds first basemen edged out Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp in the championship round.
The month-long competition originally began with 30 players, one for each MLB franchise, and the field was slowly whittled...
Yorman Rodriguez is one of the young guys the RR Roundtable
has its eyes on this spring for the Reds.
We come together for our second edition of the RR Roundtable
and its an expanded version this week. Must be that the start of baseball
season has the RR writers all excited. In this week’s roundtable, RR staff
members Scott Eddy (@scotte97), Jimmi Adair (@Redlegs_Review...
Broxton is making closer money, but will he hold the closer's role all season?
Today we take a look at the Cincinnati bullpen
entering the 2013 season. There's a lot of solid names here and only so many spots to go around. The 'pen is undoubtedly where the hardest decisions of the spring will come for the front office.
Key Losses: None of last year’s...
The collective baseball geniuses at ESPN published their second annual edition of MLB Future Power Rankings this week. The likes of Jim Bowden, Keith Law, and Buster Olney were each asked to rank all 30 teams based on five different categories in an attempt to measure how well each team is set up for success over the next handful of years.
The categories included majors, minors...
Latos is staring hard down the barrel of another
great season in Cincinnati
by: Matt Bollmann
Right around this time last year we were discussing the acquisition of Mat Latos and the impact that he would have on last years starting rotation. The Reds certainly gave up a lot to get Latos, so naturally as fans, we expected big things out of him. He definitely...
Shin-Soo Choo and the Cincinnati Reds are a perfect baseball marriage. Cincinnati desperately needed a leadoff hitter with a great OBP, and Choo’s career .381 mark will play nicely atop their lineup. For Choo, he’s finally liberated from a sub-par Indians lineup that finished 22nd in the league in runs scored last year and a ballpark that does more to help pitchers than hitters...
Mark Prior is making yet another pitch to return to the big leagues.
The 32-year-old Prior has signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, marking the fourth straight spring the oft-injured righty has tried a comeback.
Prior has not been in the majors since 2006. He pitched for Boston in Triple-A last season, making 19 relief appearances with a 3.96 ERA.
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Being reunited with former manager Dusty Baker, spent flamethrower Mark Prior signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 225 pound Prior, who the Chicago Cubs took out of USC with the second overall choice in the 2001 draft, hasn’t thrown in the majors since numerous right shoulder injuries forced his premature exit in 2006. “He called me...
Cincinnati's project to turn hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman into a starter got off to a strong start Thursday in the split squad Reds' 4-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Chapman has 16 starts in the minors but was derailed by injuries when he tried to make the conversion to starter last spring. He started and faced the minimum six batters in his two innings. Chapman threw...
Cincinnati boasted the top bullpen in baseball last year and come into 2013 with great depth despite losing Aroldis Chapman to the rotation. They don’t any reliever prospects knocking on the MLB door right now, but there are a lot of strong arms that could make a case in the future.