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Cincinnati Reds State of the Farm: Outfield

To view all articles from the State of the Farm Series you can click here. The Cincinnati Reds outfield has one opening in it immediately as left field seems to be up for grabs given how the position was handled in the 2014 season. Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton are both locked up for several more seasons and at the very least, both players have job security for the 2015 season. Louisville...
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reds' Phillips, Cozart, Hamilton Gold Glove finalists

CINCINNATI -€“ Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart and center fielder Billy Hamilton were all named Thursday as finalists for the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove awards in the National League. Phillips is a four-time winner of the award recognizing defensive excellence, including 2013. The Reds led all of Major League Baseball with a .988 fielding percentage and...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Retrospective: 1970-1974 Drafts

This is the second part of this series. Last week we looked at the drafts from the 1960’s. This week we will take a look at the drafts from 1970-1974. Originally I had planned to look at things by decade, but I was over 1000 words in for just the 1970-1974 drafts so I decided to stretch things out into five year ranges and basically double the length of the series to save myself...
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Nick Howard looks back on his 2014 season

Baseball America’s Bill Mitchell talked with Cincinnati Reds 1st rounder Nick Howard yesterday about his 2014 season. Howard talks about the finish to his college career, his introduction to professional baseball and what he is working on in the Arizona Fall League. “I’m really trying to focus on my breaking ball and changeup,” he said, “and trying to get lefty hitters...
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Jesse Winker hits a long homer in the AFL

Jesse Winker was the lone Cincinnati Reds position player to play in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday afternoon. He would go 1-4 but he made that one he did have really count as he hammed a 3-run homer to give Surprise the lead. The lead wouldn’t hold up as they would go on to lose the game, but the home run may still be going. It was apparently an absolute bomb. The official...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds Raisel Iglesias impressive in AFL debut

The Cincinnati Reds $27M investment in Cuban RHP Raisel Iglesias was in action for everyone to see for the first time as he took the mound on Monday afternoon for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. It was the first of two scheduled appearances for the right hander in the AFL before he is heading to Puerto Rico. The first appearance couldn’t have gone much better...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds to replace third base coach Steve Smith

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have decided to replace third base coach Steve Smith. The rest of the staff is expected to return following a rough season. Smith joined the Reds last season. He worked in the Mariners' system with Bryan Price, who was promoted to manager last season. The Reds did not announce his replacement on Monday. Bench coach Jay Bell was a candidate...
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Monday afternoon news and notes

Baseball America released their Cincinnati Reds draft report card today, and you will need to be a Baseball America subscriber to read it, but John Manuel seems to like the group quite a bit as he had plenty of good things to say about the 2014 class. I missed this one last week but it’s better late than never. Mark Sheldon had up an article at Reds.com on Pedro Villarreal making...
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Raisel Igelsias to the AFL and then Puerto Rico

C. Trent Rosecrans reported over the weekend that Cincinnati Reds Raisel Iglesias would be pitching in the Arizona Fall League this upcoming week before heading to the Puerto Rican Winter League where he will pitch. The league in Puerto Rico doesn’t open until the 30th. Iglesias is scheduled to pitch today and on Thursday for the Surprise Saguaros and then will go to Puerto Rico...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sebastian Elizalde remains on fire in winter league

Cincinnati Reds prospect Sebastian Elizalde continues to crush the ball in the Mexican Winter League. The league just wrapped up the first week of play and Elizalde leads the league in average, on-base percentage, slugging, OPS, hits, doubles, home runs and total bases. On Thursday he went 2-5 with a double, walk and a home run. On Friday night he went 2-3 with two doubles and a...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

First Look: Nick Howard in the Arizona Fall League

Yesterday saw Cincinnati Reds 2014 1st round pick Nick Howard take the mound for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. It was his second start of the season but it was his first at home where the stadium is equipped wit the Pitch F/X camera system that is used to generate all kinds of fun data that includes pitch speed, location, movement, release point, spin rate and...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Jay Bruce Be A Viable Trade Target?

The Cincinnati Reds were a very interesting team this year. Finishing with their worst record since 2008, the team failed to make the playoffs after reaching the dance in three of the last four seasons. Looking to rebound from a down year, you have to wonder if the Reds would consider shaking things up. It could start with Jay Bruce. Heading into 2015, there really isn’t much that...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds State of the Farm: Shortstop

To view all articles from the State of the Farm Series you can click here. The Cincinnati Reds shortstop position is one of the positions on the field that it would seem that the team could have an opening at if someone were ready to step in. Zack Cozart is arguably the worst hitting regular in baseball and even in his better seasons his low on-base percentage has been a big issue...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Waldrop has a big night in the AFL

Kyle Waldrop hit .338 between Bakersfield and Pensacola during the regular season as he easily led the organization in average. The five weeks off after the season ended didn’t slow things down as he is now hitting .458 through five games out in the Arizona Fall League. Last night he went out and had three more hits, falling just a home run short of the cycle. Waldrop scored three...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Retrospective: 1960’s Drafts

Today marks the start of a new series that will look back on the Cincinnati Reds drafts over each decade. It is only going to focus on players who eventually made it to the Majors. The Major League Baseball draft began in 1965, so that is where we will kick things off at. The 1965 Draft The first draft came around and the Reds hit back-to-back grand slams in terms of their success...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Hudson shines defensively and other notes for Wednesday

Jesse Winker took home the Arizona Fall League Player of the Week for his first week where he hit .455 and slugging .909 with seven RBI and four walks. Last night didn’t go so well for the Cincinnati Reds position players as they went a combined 1-12 with Seth Mejias-Brean getting the lone hit of the trio that also included Winker and Kyle Waldrop. That game was available to watch...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Season Review: 1B Robert Ramirez

The 2014 season didn’t get off to a good start for Robert Ramirez because of how the 2013 season ended. Ramirez failed a drug test and was suspended for the first 50 games of the year. He began the year with a week in Arizona where he played six games for the AZL Reds. Then he showed up in Dayton a little more than two weeks later and came out swinging a hot bat. In his first four...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitch F/X data for Ben Klimesh and Carlos Gonzalez

The Arizona Fall League has several stadiums that have the Pitch F/X system installed in them and this year the team that the Cincinnati Reds players are on plays in one of those stadiums. Today we are going to take a look at the two right handed relievers out in Arizona. Ben Klimesh Let’s take a quick look at the raw data first. Player Pitch Avg Velo Top Velo Usage Ben Klimesh...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds have three prospects make Southern League Top 20 Prospects

The Cincinnati Reds and Pensacola Blue Wahoos had three players, all pitchers, named to the Southern League Top 20 Prospects list earlier today. Robert Stephenson came in at #4 on the list and the top pitcher in the league. Stephenson was one of the youngest players in the league, which worked in his favor, but he also had his struggles as he had a high walk rate and struggled some...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Sebastian Elizalde has a huge weekend in the Mexican Winter League

Sebastian Elizalde had a strong regular season in his first year in the Cincinnati Reds system, hitting .289/.380/.461 with 29 doubles, two triples and 16 home runs between Dayton and Bakersfield in the 2014 season. Signed out of the Mexican League in the 2013 season he made a strong transition to the US. He must have been looking forward to playing in his home country though as...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jacob deGrom, Travis d’Arnaud Make Baseball America All-Rookie Team

Jacob deGrom and Travis d’Arnaud have been named to the Baseball America All-Rookie Team. Along with the Reds Billy Hamilton, they make up the only three National League players on the list. Here’s how they profiled d’Arnaud: The 25-year-old d’Arnaud lived up to offensive projections, though it took the backstop a floundering first half and return to Triple-A Las Vegas to...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball: 2014’s most disappointing players

Fantasy Baseball had its fair share of breakout players in the 2014 season, ranging from Jose Altuve and Jose Abreu to Corey Kluber and Jake Arrieta. For every steal found in the late rounds of the draft, there was a bust drafted in the early rounds. Before we get into a few of 2014’s most disappointing players, let’s go over the qualifications. To be seriously considered as...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Fall & winter league updates and other notes

Last night saw the Venezuelan Winter League open up. Only two Cincinnati Reds made it into games last night. Hernan Iribarren went 2-4 with two runs scored. Felix Perez went 0-3 with a walk in the opener. As of today there are only five Reds listed on rosters for teams in Venezuela, but that comes with an asterisk on one player. Here’s the list of the players and the teams that...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds Rumors: Ace Johnny Cueto wants to remain in Cincinnati

If Cincinnati Reds' ace, Johnny Cueto, were to have gotten any run support this season, he would have had a great shot at winning the Cy Young.  Entering a bargain option year in 2015, he is sure to be a hot commodity after at the end of next year.#456455022 / gettyimages.comWhile it will be difficult for the Reds to retain him, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com is reporting that Cueto...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds State of the Farm: Third Base

To view all articles from the State of the Farm Series you can click here. The Cincinnati Reds have a pretty good third baseman right now in Todd Frazier and he is locked up through the 2017 season. Frazier does have the ability to play left field and first base. That leaves open the third base position if someone were to truly blaze through the system at the position and push for...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss
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