Originally written November 19, 2012 on Reds Minor Leagues:
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The Reds have one corner outfield spot locked up through at least 2016 with Jay Bruce, though they are currently in the market for another guy for left field, though they could fall back on Todd Frazier and attempt to find a third baseman. The top corner outfield prospect, who is clearly in a group all to himself, is Jesse Winker. The Reds selected Winker in the supplemental first round of the 2012 draft and despite being just 18-years-old he went to the Pioneer League and put up in most years what would probably have brought home and MVP award as he hit .338/.443/.500 with 40 walks and 50 strikeouts. Offensively, he has good tools across the board. He has a strong hit tool that plays up due to his outstanding plate discipline that helps him pick good pitches to swing at and his power is more in the potential than a current stage, but he has solid power potential that should develop as he continues to make his way through the minors. Defensively, he is limited to a corner outfielder...
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