Explaining Jesse Winker’s early struggles

The Cincinnati Reds top position prospect coming into the season was universally accepted to be Jesse Winker. If you asked again today I don’t think that you’d get a different answer from just about anyone, but that’s not to say that Winker isn’t having some struggles in 2015. What makes Winker such a strong prospect is what he’s been able to do at the plate. He’s shown...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds Minor League Game Review – 5/12/15

Louisville lost 4-0. Box Score Ivan De Jesus went 1-3. Ryan LaMare went 2-4 with a double. Drew Hayes threw 2 shutout innings with a walk. Jose De La Torre threw a perfect inning. Sam LeCure threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Game Notes The Knights grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning. In the bottom of the 4th inning they put the game away with a 3-run homer to give Charlotte...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fangraphs Mock Draft: Reds draft Kyle Tucker

Fangraphs prospect guru Kiley McDaniel has released his first mock draft of the year and he has the Cincinnati Reds selecting outfielder Kyle Tucker, a high school outfielder from Florida. The Reds scouting director, Chris Buckley, lives in Tampa and has seen plenty of the local prep product Tucker, who is a superior version (as an amateur prospect) of another local prep pick Buckley...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds Minor League Game Review – 5/7/15

Louisville had the day off. Pensacola won 5-4. Box Score Ryan Wright went 3-5 with a run. Jesse Winker went 1-3 with a walk, steal, HBP, run and an RBI. Seth Mejias-Brean went 1-3 with a walk and 2 RBI. Kyle Skipworth went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Ray Chang went 1-1 as a pinch hitter. Jacob Johnson threw 3 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Game Notes The game started out in...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds Minor League Game Review – 4/29/15

Louisville lost 2-1. Box Score Hernan Iribarren went 1-3 with a walk. Steve Selsky went 1-4 with a run. Yorman Rodriguez went 2-3 with a double. Dylan Axelrod threw 7 shutout innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts. Game Notes The Bats took a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning when Ramon Cabrera walked with the bases loaded. That lead would hold up for seven innings behind a strong start...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds Minor League Game Review – 4/23/15

Louisville lost 11-1. Box Score Eugenio Suarez went 1-4 with a double and a run. Ivan De Jesus went 1-4 with a double. Donald Lutz went 1-4 with a double. Irving Falu went 1-3. Game Notes The pitching staff had a rough say as all three pitchers struggled, giving up a combined 11 runs. The offense struggled as well. They combined for just five hits and a walk, pushing one run across...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds youth in the minor leagues

There is a strong correlation between the age of a player in the Major Leagues and how good that player will eventually become. Players that reach the Major Leagues sooner tend to turn into better players over the long haul. Likewise, in the minor leagues, younger players tend to move up quicker and reach the Majors sooner. With the season now underway it seemed like a good idea...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Roster Projections: The Pensacola Blue Wahoos

For today and tomorrow I will be posting my roster projections for all of the full season teams. A few notes about the projections: These are just my guesses – I don’t have any insider information on who will wind up where. I am only projecting the starting pitchers and the starting eight position players along with a DH. Nearly every team will have something like 11 regulars...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Cincinnati Reds make John Sickels top prospects list

John Sickels has released his Top 175 prospects list and it has four Cincinnati Reds players on it. Two of the four players cracked the Top 25. Right handed pitcher Robert Stephenson topped things for the Reds, coming in as the 21st ranked prospect in the game. Jesse Winker wasn’t far behind, the outfielder was ranked as the 25th best prospect in minor league baseball. There were...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Finding Value: Jesse Winker | OF | CIN

Getty Images I’m a big believer in finding value wherever you can in fantasy baseball. Often times that value lies in players who are coming off a horrific previous season or injury, or it’s a prospect that may or may not see significant playing time in the majors. Two great examples of this are Nick Markakis and Derek Holland. Both players are being vastly undervalued, in my...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

John Sickels overall prospect rankings don’t look strong for the Reds

John Sickels finished up his team rankings and he released the full list of over 900 players with their grades on Tuesday. The grades are still not final, but there will be minimal changes moving forward from the list. With all of the grades out we can get an idea of where he would rank some of the Cincinnati Reds prospects. BElow I’ve broken down the grades and put the range...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss releases their Cincinnati Reds Top 30 prospects has slowly been working their way through the various prospect rankings that they produce each year and they finally got around to the Cincinnati Reds prospect list. They used to only go 20 prospects deep but they kicked it up a notch this year and put out a Top 30 list, which you can see here. Jonathan Mayo, one of the prospect writers who contributed to making...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Wednesday afternoon notes from the Reds farm system

Tom Nichols is back with another Dayton Dragons positional preview, this time taking a look at the catchers that could wind up on the roster for 2015. In this part of his series he looks at catcher candidates Jose Ortiz, Garrett Boulware, Chad Tromp and Shed Long. There are profiles on all four players at the link, so be sure to go give it a read. My guess would be that Jose Ortiz...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds send ten to minor league camp

The Cincinnati Reds have made their first roster cuts of the spring. Minor League camp officially begins tomorrow with everyone having to report on the minor league side. Juan Duran was optioned to Pensacola and Yorman Rodriguez was optioned to Louisville. That doesn’t necessarily mean it is where they will begin the season, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that were the case...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

3/3/15 Reds Spring Training Game Recap

The first spring training game is in the books and the Cincinnati Reds came out looking like world beaters as they prevailed over the Indians 10-0. There were plenty of minor leaguers who got into the game today and here is how they performed: Brennan Boesch went 2-2 with an RBI. Eugenio Suarez went 0-1 with a walk. Irving Falu went 1-1 with a double, run and an RBI. Kyle Skipworth...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds Raisel Iglesias looks good in first live BP session

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer talked about Cuban export Raisel Iglesias in his spring training rundown video yesterday. It was the first time hitters faced live pitching as the Reds pitchers took turns facing various Reds hitters. Rosecrans says in the video: It appeared to be really good, guys were taking checked swings. (snip)The early returns were very positive...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Wednesday Reds spring training rundown

The newest episode of the CDot Show C. Trent Rosecrans sat down with Jesse Winker to talk about life, about baseball and a few other things. You can listen to it below, subscribe to the CDot Show on iTunes or click here to subscribe using another device. Yesterday was the first full day workouts with the pitchers and position players for the Cincinnati Reds. Reports were that Joey...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Three Cincinnati Reds make the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects List

Baseball America released their Top 100 Prospects list live on MLB Network on Thursday night. You can see the full list at There were three Cincinnati Reds prospects that made the Top 100. Robert Stephenson was tops on the list among the Reds prospects. The right hander came in at #23 on the list. That was 7th among pitchers and 4th among right handed pitchers...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Ten Cincinnati Reds prospects make the Fangraphs Top 200 Prospects List

Kiley McDaniel released his Top 200 Prospects list earlier this morning at Fangraphs. The Cincinnati Reds were very well represented on the list. His list actually goes 142 players deep before simply listing a final tier of 58 players to round out the top 200. Seven Reds prospects were ranked among the Top 142 and another three players were listed in the final tier of 58. Inside...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds prospect ZiPS projections

Dan Szymborski released his ZiPS projections for the Cincinnati Reds earlier this week at Fangraphs. Like most projection systems, ZiPS is built around historical comparisons for players of similar ages and production at similar levels and how they progressed in their careers. There is a lot more that goes into it, but that’s a very, very basic explanation of what goes into projection...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Three Cincinnati Reds in the Baseball Prospectus Top 101

Baseball Prospectus released their Top 101 prospects this morning. The Cincinnati Reds landed three players on the Top 101, with Robert Stephenson leading the way among the Reds prospects. Right handed pitcher Robert Stephenson ranked 16th on the list, up from 22 last season. While his season had some struggles, his stuff remains at an elite level. Jesse Winker followed Stephenson...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Simple Rating System for BP Top 101

The BP 101 just dropped. For some reason, WordPress isn’t allowing me to link that, so go here to see it. It’s free, so there are no worries about proprietary business.  I made a simple ranking system for the prospects and organized each team by how many points they had. My system is as follows: 6 points for 1-103...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball Prospectus fantasy draft has four Reds in the top 100

Over at Baseball Prospectus there has been a fantasy baseball dynasty league draft going on for the last week and a half. They brought in prospect and fantasy writers from around the internet to conduct the draft, based on fantasy baseball purposes. While many things in fantasy baseball directly link to production on the field, and thus true prospect lists, they aren’t always...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Robert Stephenson and Jesse Winker make Top Prospect List

On Friday night on MLB Network and their prospect gurus Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo unveiled their Top 100 prospects list for the 2015 season. The Cincinnati Reds only had two prospects make the cut, but both wound up ranked quite highly. Robert Stephenson topped the list from the Reds organization, coming in at #24 overall. The right handed pitcher ranked eighth among...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Keith Law releases his Cincinnati Reds Top 10 list

At 10:30 this morning Keith Law released his Cincinnati Reds top 10 prospects list. Unfortunately it’s behind the ESPN Insider wall and it doesn’t really include any scouting reports, though there are some notes on some players. The two guys at the top are Jesse Winker and Robert Stephenson, though we already knew that since they were both inside his Top 50 prospects in the...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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