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John Sickels at MinorLeagueBall.com posted his farm system rankings yesterday afternoon. He ranked the Reds 15th overall and had this to say about them:
Strengths: pitching at the top with Robert Stephenson, Dan Corcino, Tony Cingrani and additional arms to back them up. Weaknesses: offense, once you get past Billy Hamilton and Jesse Winker though there are some bats at the lower levels that could develop. As with Arizona, this is a solid system in a transition phase and ranking here is no insult.
Last season the Reds were ranked 21st, so they moved up despite losing these guys to eligibility issues: Didi Gregorius, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart and Devin Mesoraco. Earlier this month I posted rankings using the individual player rankings done by Sick...
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The 2012 campaign wasn't so kind to Devin Mesoraco. He was widely heralded as one of the top rookies entering the season, yet he failed to live up to the hype. Fellow rookies Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart overshadowed the young catcher, instead.
However, 2013 brings forth a clean slate for the former first round pick. While many fans have pumped the brakes on their enthusiasm...
ESPN fantasy baseball guru Eric Karabell recently took the time to tab 10 prospects he believes will pay dividends for owners this season. One of those players includes Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton at No. 4.
Although Karabell suggests to keep expectations in check on these upcoming rookies, he still believes they could have big fantasy baseball implications.
Here is what...
The Cincinnati Reds Caravan came to Indiana over the weekend, with stops both Friday and Saturday. Friday featured Jay Bruce, while Saturday featured Homer Bailey. The RHM crew decided that driving all over the state and standing in line for hours was a fun pastime and headed to both Bloomington to see Bruce and Indianapolis to see Bailey.
The event was well-attended, with the line...
Hamilton was called a "potential superstar" by Mayo
MLB.com's Jonathon Mayo has been putting in work, analzyzing the top prospects in baseball and recently has run his series on the Top 10 Prospects at each position. Several Reds have shown up on these lists in the past including Devin Mesoraco and Aroldis Chapman. Add a few more names to the list as the Reds boast...
After getting Jay Bruce’s autograph the previous night in Bloomington, the RHM crew was up bright and early to head to the Indianapolis stop at Castleton Mall. This time, our target was Homer Bailey, who had replaced Bruce as the major league player for the day.
The Castleton line was super long. When we arrived, the autograph line was already moving. The Reds had apparently showed...
There was a time when folks around the Queen City were really excited about the potential careers of both Drew Stubbs and Edinson Volquez. Each experienced flashes of brilliance during their time in Cincinnati, but both find themselves on different ball clubs entering 2013.
Volquez will be entering his second year with the San Diego Padres, while Stubbs will be joining...
Todd Frazier‘s professional baseball career has been slowly building to this moment. Throughout both the minors and his first semi-full time season with the Reds, Frazier’s power numbers have steadily improved, and Scott Rolen‘s departure has officially given Frazier Cincinnati’s starting job at third base.
Frazier has always struck out at a decent clip (around 22%) but he...
Every year before the season starts, we try to preview the rest of the division along with our own Cincinnati Reds. Part of that preview is to create the Redlegs Review Preseason All-NL Central Team and we need your help to do it. All you have to do is vote in this simple poll posted below or click this link if the embedded poll doesn't work for you for some reason. Don'...
The Cincinnati Reds organization features some high-ceiling talent at the top of the Top 15 list but the depth in the organization is lacking. There are some impact arms at the top but the up-the-middle offensive players are somewhat lacking, other than Billy Hamilton.
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John Sickels has published his 2013 farm system rankings and the Cubs are 10th. That's 10 spots better than a year ago. The Cubs system has improved quite a bit.
10) Chicago Cubs (20): Another system that has improved quickly. Strengths: hitting at the top: Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Dan Vogelbach is a very impressive quartet and there is depth beyond them. Good...
John Sickels at Minor League Ball has released his farm system rankings, and has the Pittsburgh Pirates ranked fifth. Sickels started ranking systems last year, and had the Pirates 12th in his original rankings. He noted in a disclaimer that he takes a balanced approach, considering high-end impact and overall depth. Last year the knock on the system was the lack of depth.
Jonathan Mayo released the MLB.com Top 100 Prospect List. Before getting into the list, I want to talk about how the list is compiled. This is from another article that breaks down some of the previously linked Top 100 list.
With those requirements in mind, each scout was asked to anonymously provide his own top 50. An AP poll-type format was used. If, say, a scout put Profar in...
John Sickels has the Cubs minor league system rated #10 in his latest rankings. Last year they were 20th. The Cardinals are #1, the Pirates are #5, the Reds are #15 and the Brewers are #23.
10) Chicago Cubs (20): Another system that has improved quickly. Strengths: hitting at the top: Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Dan Vogelbach is a very impressive quartet and there...
Earlier today, John Sickels released his farm system rankings and had the Pittsburgh Pirates fifth overall. He also had the St. Louis Cardinals first overall. The Cardinals seem to be the consensus top farm system this year. I haven’t received my Baseball America 2013 Prospect Handbook yet, but I’ve already seen that the Cardinals ranked first in their preliminary rankings.
The January 29th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels' farm systems ranked second worst, looking at how the farm system got so bad and much more...
The Story: John Sickels ranks the Angels' farm system as the second worst in all of baseball.
The Monkey Says: Baseball America had the Halos system dead last so........ ...