Taking a look at the 2013 season of reliever Kyle Lotzkar.
Josh Ravin was joined by Kyle Lotzkar this afternoon as the Reds designated them for assignment to clear spots on the 40-man roster.
I had actually meant to write this article for yesterday, but things got in the way of that happening so it got pushed to today.
Positional Player Breakout Predictions
When looking at guys who could potentially break out, I look at a lot of things and pick players for different reasons at times. My first pick already had a bit of a breakout season last year, but it went largely unnoticed...
Here is the roster for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Loek Van Mil
Jason Parks has up the Reds top 10 Prospects at Baseball Prospectus. That marks the final Reds prospect list that will be worth watching of the “offseason”. Parks is known to be a “ceiling” guy for the most part, and his list has the usual names. Here is his top 10.
CF Billy Hamilton
RHP Robert Stephenson
LHP Tony Cingrani
RHP Daniel Corcino
RHP Nick Travieso
The Cincinnati Reds made their first cut of spring training yesterday, removing 12 players from their roster.
Left-hander Tony Cingrani and right-hander Daniel Corcino were optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Right-handers Kyle Lotzkar and Josh Ravin were optioned to Double-A Pensacola. Right-hander Carlos Contreras and outfielder Yorman Rodriguez were optioned to Single-A Bakersfield...
The Reds made their first real cuts of the spring yesterday. Here is how it broke down:
Optioned to Louisville: Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino
Optioned to Pensacola: Kyle Lotzkar and Josh Ravin
Optioned to Bakersfield: Carlos Contreras and Yorman Rodriguez
Optioned to Dayton: Ismael Guillon
Reassigned to minor league camp: Nick Christiani, Chad Rogers, Nevin Ashley, Kristopher...
Kyle Lotzkar remains a wild card because of his inability to stay healthy.
This came out last week and I missed it somehow. Kyle Lotzkar actually tore his labrum last season in his shoulder, but it didn’t require surgery. However, as a result, he will be used as a reliever moving forward in his career. Last year was the first time he had really made it a full season without an...
Homer Bailey is looking good so far. Not no-hitter good, but you want to save those for the regular season anyway.Last Game
Homer Bailey took his turn on the mound yesterday against Kansas City and put in 2 scoreless innings. He struck out 5 and allowed only 1 hit. Unfortunately for him, the Royals are on a tirade this spring and went to town on Tony Cingrani (1 ER), Logan Ondrusek...
As of today, all players should be in Arizona for spring training on both the position and pitching side of things. The Reds are coming off of an outstanding year that ended poorly and most of that team is returning. Due to that, there probably are only a few jobs up for grabs and it is probably not even open for any current minor leaguers to even take a single one that is open....
While I don’t believe that ground ball rates are the most important, or even among the few more important things that a pitcher can control, they do help. While ground balls go for hits more often than fly balls, they go for extra-base hits less often, result in more double plays and none of them ever go over the fence for a home run.
Pure ground ball rates for minor leaguers are...
By: Jon Davis
#21 Ryan Wright 2B
@RyanWright6 on Twitter
We conclude the countdown with Ryan Wright a 6-foot-1, 195-pound second baseman, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. He attended the University of Louisville, just like our very own Jimmi Adair and Jesse Welte. In his three years at Louisville, Wright had a .349 average...
by: Jon Davis
#17 Jeff Gelalich OF
@jeffgelalich on Twitter
As we march towards Opening Day, we have gotten to No. 17 on our countdown, with Jeff Gelalich a 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder. Apparently, not as strange as I thought, and definitely more common, we have another "flip flopper" in Gelalich. He too is a left...
by: Jon Davis
#12 Amir Garrett LHP
Next on the list we have Amir Garrett, a prospect who is every bit the definition of that word. Garrett was a two-sport star in high school and ultimately agreed to join the St. John's basketball team prior to being drafted by the Reds in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft. Now, some...
by: Jon Davis
#9 Yorman Rodriguez OF
Here at number nine we find a prospect who has all the tools and athleticism to be an impact player in the big leagues one day, Yorman Rodriguez. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right handed outfielder was signed out of Venezuela at 16-years old in August of 2008, he enters this year at age 20. Last year...
Today wraps up the final position in the State of the Farm series for 2012. The Reds currently have six starting pitchers at the Major League level for five spots. In the minor leagues there is also a good amount of depth.
Coming into the season the Reds didn’t have a premiere pitching prospect to their name, but rather several quality pitching prospects. That all changed in 2012...
Tonight I finished all of the writing for the 2013 Prospect Guide. I will be ready for the printer on Monday. If you plan on purchasing a soft cover version of the book rather than the PDF version, please pre-order if before the weekend is over. Soft cover version orders have been few and far between thus far and the pre-orders are what I have used in the past to determine the amount...
Seeing prospects in person is my passion. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to visit parks in five different leagues — collecting information and video on 200 legitimate prospects or more. The lists released over the next few weeks will highlight the best prospects I’ve seen in person at each position during the 2012 season. The rankings will be adjusted based on projected position...
The Arizona Fall League regular season comes to an end today. The Reds team, the Peoria Javelinas have a half game lead over Surprise. With a win they will play on Saturday afternoon on MLB Network for the championship. If they lose they will need Surprise to also lose.
Really a slow news day, so let’s get some thought processes going here. Who is the one player you would target...
Alright guy, Here is the Top 25 list with reports. Below is rankings as a whole. I was unable to find free chat software that looked good enough to use on the site, so I am going to have an all questions answered topic. Starting at 1pm, I will begin answering anything and everything asked. No limit on the number of questions you ask, but try to be reasonable with things too.
To see the other parts of the Top 25 Prospect List, click here. Just a reminder that I will hold some sort of All Questions Answer or a Chat tomorrow afternoon to address any and all questions about the list once it is completed.
10. Yorman Rodriguez – OF – 19 Years Old – A-
Acquired: NDFA, August 2008
The Good: No player in the system has a toolset that can match that of Rodriguez...
Kyle Lotzkar has dealt with a lot since being drafted by the Reds. He has had multiple injuries, including several arm injuries. In 2011 he threw a career higher 66.2 innings. Still just 22, he would go on to throw 112.2 innings in 2012 as he split his year between Bakersfield and Pensacola.
The Reds started the Canadian right hander out in Bakersfield where he made four starts in...
Louisville 4 Charlotte 2
Bats (45-71), 3rd place International League West, 26.0 GB
-Nick Masset was listed as the starter, but was passed over due to a rain delay. Chad Reineke (W 5-7, 4.35) pitched seven innings of two-run baseball in his stead. J.J. Hoover struck out two for his 10th save.
-CF Denis Phipps blasted a solo shot (10). 3B Mike Costanzo was 3-4, with a solo...
Bats (43-69), Last place International League West, 25.0 GB
Louisville was off on Wednesday. They’ll play the Charlotte Knights at Slugger Field Thursday night at 7:05pm local time.
Tennessee 4 Pensacola 2 (conclusion from Tuesday)
-Kyle Lotzkar originally started the game and gave up two earned runs in 3.2 innings. Brian Pearl (L 1-2, 7.29) took the loss, allowing...
by: Chase Fitzgerald & Ron Driesen
This is basically the same as my last article, but only with prospects. The difference is one or a few of these guys might be traded very soon. This is not a list of which prospects are the best but a list of the value that other teams have for them. So keep that in mind before you start complaining that player A is much...