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Today I wanted to look at the some of the biggest drops from last years Top 40 prospects list and try to figure out what happened and if there were any reasons to see it coming.
Coming into the season Junior Arias was ranked 12th and coming off of a season where he hit .287/.336/.482 for the Arizona League Reds. Arias has some tools, particularly with the bat. He moved from shortstop to third base in 2011, which may have had a little bit to do with his drop off in production as he was attempting to concentrate more on his defense at a new home. However, by looking at the stats, we can see two larger reasons for the fall in production. His average on balls in play dropped from .379 to .343 while coinciding with his already high strikeout rate of 27.4% jumping to 30.5%. Both the high BABIP and high strikeout rate should have been warning signs that there was a chance for a step backward. I noted in the 2011 Prospect Guide that his plate discipline was a concern and while his strikeou...
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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...
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 MLB.com released its "2012 Prospect Watch" for the Reds ...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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