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Cincinnati Reds winter league update

After two days of “slumping” for Felix Perez where he went 1-9, he came back with a vengeance last night down in Venezuela as he went 3-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. That pushed his average back up to .331 on the season and his slugging percentage to .556. Perez only trails Jesse Winker’s .338 mark among Reds players in winter ball that have more than a handful...
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Hot Stove rumors: Reds reportedly shopping Bruce, Indians likely 'out' on Headley

It's Hot Stove season in MLB and as usual, the rumors are flying. While some of the top-tier free agents have already found a home -- Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval have signed with the Red Sox, Toronto has signed Russel Martin, Billy Butler has inked a deal with the A's -- there are still plenty of big-name players on the market. While Indians GM Chris Antonetti has already said...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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Fangraphs talks about Raisel Iglesias

The guys over at Fangraphs have up an article on the Cuban players that participated in the Arizona Fall League this year. Clint Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel both put their scouting grades on all of his pitches, command and future role on Cincinnati Reds RHP Raisel Iglesias after getting a look at him while out in Arizona. I’ve covered some scouting information on Iglesias from...
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Reds prospects before they were Reds prospects

Baseball Prospectus and Perfect Game have up a rather interesting series that looks back at prospects before they came into the professional ranks. Yesterday they covered the National League Central Division and looked back on four Cincinnati Reds prospects as a part of the series. They looked back at outfielder with potential on the mound Michael Lorenzen, a raw high school fireballer...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds add two special assistants to GM

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty Tuesday announcing the hirings of longtime baseball executive Kevin Towers as Special Assistant/Player Personnel and veteran scout Jeff Schugel as Special Assistant/Pro Scout. Towers, 53, spent the last 4 years as Executive Vice President and General Manager at Arizona and led the Diamondbacks...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Felix Perez continues hitting well in Venezuela

30-year-old outfielder Felix Perez, who spent the 2014 season in Triple-A Louisville where he hit .280, is playing winter ball in Venezuela. The Cincinnati Reds prospect is hitting an impressive .331/.359/.548 on the season while playing for Leones del Caracas. The left hander has been hitting well for the entire season in Venezuela over his 32 games played where he has 11 doubles...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sebastian Elizalde, Donald Lutz and Marquez Smith crushing the ball in Mexico

Earlier today we looked all of the way around the world to Australia to talk about Jake Turnbull. This afternoon we are still looking to the south, but not nearly as much by checking in on Sebastian Elizalde, Donald Lutz and Marquez Smith who are playing winter ball in Mexico. Sebastian Elizalde is playing with Naranjeros de Hermosillo. He’s hitting .323/.371/.511 in 133 at-bats...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
4 days ago  |  Discuss

16-year-old Jake Turnbull now playing in Australia

The Reds signed Australian catcher Jake Turnbull in the middle of October. The 16-year-old is one of the youngest players in the organization and won’t be 17 until February, but despite his age he was added to the Perth Heat roster in the Australian League that started at the end of October. At his age, I didn’t expect him to get more than a few at-bats throughout the season...
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Bill Bavasi leaves openings in Reds front office

On Friday news came out that Bill Bavasi would be leaving the Cincinnati Reds front office and would be taking over as the director of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. Several front office members have now left the Reds this offseason, though they have also added Kevin Towers. Bavasi came to the Reds in August of 2008. For the Reds he served as the Vice President of Scouting...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds sign five minor league free agents

The Cincinnati Reds may not have done much in the way of big league moves, but on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday they made their first minor league moves as they signed five free agents to minor league contracts. Things were kicked off on Wednesday as the team signed catcher Kyle Skipworth and right handed pitcher Jose Cisnero. They followed that up by re-signing infielder Marquez...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds Rumors: Reds could deal Jay Bruce

The Cincinnati Reds are currently in a stage with their team that they do not know what direction to go. They are coming off a down season going 76-86. The roster isn't getting any younger and they have been contemplating what to do. One guy that may get sent packing is Jay Bruce, who had a disastrous 2014 season at the plate.#455209564 / gettyimages.comFrom last night: #Reds’...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Prospectus Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects

Earlier this week we saw the Fangraphs version of the Cincinnati Reds Top 20+ prospects. Today we get the Baseball Prospectus version of their Top 10 Reds prospects. Earlier this fall the head prospect writer and evaluator at Baseball Prospectus, Jason Parks, was hired by the Chicago Cubs, and left the site. This is my first chance to get a good look at the type of information and...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Cincinnati Reds shortstop Carlton Daal

As a part of the subscription side of the site I will be including some of the scouting reports from the 2015 Prospect Guide over the winter and leading up to the season. Today is the first of that series and will be looking at the #19 prospect in the Reds system, Carlton Daal. To continue reading this article you will be to be a subscriber to the website's premium content...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres among teams interested in Jay Bruce

Getty Images The Reds are looking to trim their payroll and while many have assumed that the team would trade away one of their starting pitchers another option to be moved is Jay Bruce. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Reds have had offers for Bruce but cautions that the team simply is listening to offers rather than soliciting them. The Reds had a payroll of $114...
Via Tireball.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds engaged in trade talks involving Jay Bruce

The Cincinnati Reds started the offseason by apparently offering four of their starters, those being Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon who will be free agents next season. However, they are now “engaging in preliminary discussions” on a deal involving right fielder Jay Bruce, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Bruce is owed $12 million in 2015 and...
Via On-Base Talk
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds add Amir Garrett and Kyle Waldrop to 40-man roster

As expected the Cincinnati Reds made just two additions to their 40-man roster today. They added left handed pitcher Amir Garrett and outfielder Kyle Waldrop to the 40-man in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Both guys took steps forward in the 2014 season. Garrett took his first full season of baseball and turned in a strong season for the Dayton Dragons as he posted...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Reds look for help in the Rule 5 draft?

We’ve covered the players that the Cincinnati Reds will need to protect from the system to keep them from being drafted in the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings. What we haven’t discussed is if the Reds should consider drafting someone to help their team for the 2015 season. Well, this afternoon we are going to talk about that. The Reds have several weaknesses on their team...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Retrospective: 1985-1989 Drafts

In this weeks retrospective we are looking back at the 1985-1989 drafts for the Cincinnati Reds as we work our way towards today to see how the drafts have helped shaped the franchise. You can see the entire series here. The 1985 Draft The 1985 draft was both great and terrible. The team would draft four players who would go on to reach the Major Leagues from the crop of players...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds must decide who to protect for the Rule 5 draft by tomorrow

The Rule 5 draft will take place on December 11th at the end of the Winter Meetings, but tomorrow is the deadline for protecting players. The current roster is sitting at 38 players, which leaves two spots available. The team could still create room to add more players (either of their own or for players removed from other teams rosters to create space to protect someone else)....
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds' Lois Hudson Named Sheldon 'Chief' Bender Award Winner

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -€” Minor League Baseball announced today that it has selected Cincinnati Reds Director of Minor League Administration Lois Hudson as the recipient of the seventh annual Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award, presented to an individual with distinguished service who has been instrumental in player development. The award has been presented annually since 2008...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mat Latos 2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

On December 8, Day 2 of the Winter Meetings, we’ll officially begin our Top 200 Countdown. (We would start on Day 1, but that’s a Sunday and, well, I’ll be watching football.) As the Countdown progresses we’ll receive comments on many of the posts. The comments typically take one of a few different forms: “Great analysis!” (Note: Thanks in advance!) “I mostly agree...
Via Baseball Professor
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fangraphs Cincinnati Reds Top 20+ Prospects

Fangraphs had a bit of an overhaul of their prospect staff before the offseason began and they were able to bring in Kiley McDaniel as their lead prospect writer. I’m a big fan of Kiley’s work, so I was happy to see him land somewhere that I also really enjoy reading every day. Today he released his Cincinnati Reds Top 20+ Prospects list. Like I have been saying all offseason...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Reds Prospects by Projected WAR

This morning, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Cincinnati Reds. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Cincinnati’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Reds system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jesse Winker makes AFL top 10 prospects list

Baseball America released their Arizona Fall League Top 10 Prospects List this afternoon and Jesse Winker found himself on the list from the prestigious league. The left fielder led the league in average and OPS while finishing second in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Winker came in at #9 on the list. It seems that Winker impressed scouts with his ability to hit...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Three minor leaguers added to Redsfest

Last week we saw the initial Redsfest appearance list and it had more minor leaguers on it, by a wide margin, than the Major League appearance list had. The list has been updated and that’s all changed now. With that said, there are three new minor league names on the list. Tucker Barnhart has been added, as have the second picks by the Reds each of the last two seasons as Michael...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss
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