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Jesse Winker and Robert Stephenson are Top 50 prospects

ESPN’s Keith Law released his farm system rankings yesterday, shoving the Reds to the back half of the league at #17. Today he released his Top 100 prospects in the game and had just two Reds on the list. Law ranked Jesse Winker at #40 in all of baseball. Law seems to love his plate approach and thinks he will be an elite on-base machine in baseball and hit 20 homers. It’s a...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Retrospective: 2005-2009 Drafts

This is going to wrap up the series that looks back on the Cincinnati Reds drafts from a historical perspective. While we could technically look at the 2010-2014 drafts, they are still so close that gaining much information from them isn’t too helpful. You can read the entire series here. The 2005 Draft Things started out well in the 2005 draft when the Reds selected Jay Bruce...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Substitution Rules

In September of 2013, Billy Hamilton made his MLB debut. As a pinch runner. It’s wonderful to see Billy Hamilton be a pinch runner. A few days before his 20th birthday, Tim Raines made his MLB debut as a pinch runner, and all six games in his September callup was as a pinch runner. He […]
Via Fangraphs
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Keith Law ranks the Reds as the 17th best farm system

Earlier today ESPN writer Keith Law released his farm system rankings. He didn’t look favorably on the Cincinnati Reds system, ranking them 17th in all of baseball, which was behind the Cubs (1st), Pirates (7th) and Cardinals (13th) within the division. They ranked only ahead of the Brewers within the division (they were 28th). I’ve not always agreed with Keith Law on prospects...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Neftali Soto helps team to Puerto Rican Winter League Championship

Tuesday night saw the Puerto Rican Winter League come to an end with Cangrejeros de Santurce taking home the title and advancing to the Caribbean Series with a 5-3 win in a dramatic Game 6. Mayaguez jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Santurce got a run back in the fifth inning, but trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. That’s when the...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
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Felix Perez has a big night in the Venezuelan Winter League Playoffs

Felix Perez has crushed the ball all winter long while playing in Venezuela. He hit .360 in the regular season for Caribes de Anzoategui. He’s carried that forward in the playoffs where he’s hit .342 and smacked six homers in 19 games. On Tuesday night the outfielder, who spent the regular season in Triple-A Louisville for the Reds, had another big night. With his team leading...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Which minor leaguer is best equipped to beat a shift?

It’s been a raging debate on the internet over the last 30 hours or so as new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said that he would look at eliminating the shift in baseball to try and inject some offense back into the game. In a Baseball Prospectus article posted this morning it’s noted that two “sabermetric friendly” General Managers think it’s a good idea to ban the shift...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marquez Smith homers, Felix Perez shines in winter league playoffs

The Mexican Winter League playoffs came to an end on Monday night as Jalisco fell to Culiacan by a 4-3 score. Cincinnati Reds prospect Marquez Smith got the start at designated hitter in the game and had one of the Charros’ four hits and he made the hit count as he smacked a solo homer to left field in the fifth inning to get his team on the board. The season comes to an end for...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco Agree To Four-Year Extension

The Cincinnati Reds have reached an agreement with 26-year-old catcher Devin Mesoraco on a four-year, $28-million contract extension. The deal was first reported by Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Source: Reds nearing a multiyear extension with catcher Devin Mesoraco. — timdierkes (@timdierkes) January 26, 2015 Mesoraco gets a four-year, $28MM deal from Reds. No options. Can...
Via Baseball Essential
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Revisiting How Devin Mesoraco Got Good

The Reds have officially given four years and at least $28 million to Devin Mesoraco. The contract buys out what would’ve been Mesoraco’s first year of free agency, and this is a contract that would’ve looked a little weird to an observer a year ago. Through 2013, in the majors, Mesoraco owned a 70 wRC+, […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds, Mesoraco reach 4-year deal

CINCINNATI -- The Reds entrusted their everyday catching duties to Devin Mesoraco last year. It worked out so well the two have decided to keep the relationship going another four seasons. The Reds and Mesoraco, 26, reached agreement on a four-year contract worth $28 million on Monday that keeps Mesoraco behind the Cincinnati plate through the 2018 season. The deal covers Mesoraco...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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Reds sign Devin Mesoraco to four-year extension

Devin Mesoraco. Photo Credit: Getty Images. The Cincinnati Reds have signed All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco to a four-year contract extension, avoiding arbitration. This was Mesoraco’s first year of arbitration eligibility. He filed for $3.6 million for 2015 and the Reds countered his offer with $2.45 million. Mesoraco made just $525,000 in 2014 and was projected to make $2.8...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Catcher Devin Mesoraco gets 4-year deal from Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds have agreed to a four-year contract with All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco, leaving them with two players in salary arbitration. Mesoraco made $525,000 last season, when he took over as the starter and led all major league catchers in homers (25) and RBIs (80) while batting .273. His 24 homers while catching were the most by a Reds player since Johnny Bench...
Via AP on Fox
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Neftali Soto has a big weekend in Puerto Rican championship

All of the winter league seasons are through the playoffs and into their specific league championships. In Puerto Rico the match up is between Santurce and Mayaguez where the winner of the series will go on to represent the island in the Caribbean Series. Entering the weekend Cangrejeros de Santurce trailed in the series two games to one. On Saturday night the team tied the series...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 6

For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a requirement on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more.  That’s usually not a problem for major-breaking trades or free agent signing news.  But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis.  Nevertheless...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Price optimistic Reds lineup improved

CINCINNATI -- Bryan Price is a pretty honest guy. If the Reds manager doesn't want to give you a direct answer to a question, he'll tell you so. Such was the case Sunday as the Reds closed out their annual caravan with a Select-a-Seat event at Great American Ball Park. Fans came to GABP to buy season tickets and get a chance to have a Q&A session with players, coaches and team...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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Breaking down the batted ball types for Reds minor leaguers

There are five types of batted balls: Fly balls, ground balls, line drives, pop ups and bunts. Generally speaking though, only the bunt is truly attempted to be the specific result on an at-bat. The others are merely a results of an attempt to hit the ball hard. Each batted ball type tends to lead to different results in terms of how often each goes for a hit. Line drives go for...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Marquez Smith homers in Game 2 of the Mexican Winter League championship

After falling in the first game of the Mexican Winter League playoffs on Wednesday to former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dave Sappelt and Culiacan, the Charros de Jalisco stormed back to win Game 2 of the series and tie things up in the best of seven series. With the game sitting at 3-0 in the seventh inning Marquez Smith came up to the plate with a runner on and put the game out...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pete Rose To Be In Attendance at All-Star Game in Cincinnati

According to Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini, Pete Rose will be showing his face this summer at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Despite being considered one of the greatest players of all-time, Rose is not in the Hall of Fame. He was banned from the game in 1989 for betting on baseball and has yet to be reinstated. There was some hope that Commissioner Bud Selig would reinstate...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds owner makes intriguing comment regarding Pete Rose and 2015 All-Star game

Despite a lifetime “ban” from baseball, it appears Major League Baseball’s all time hits king will be on the field for one of the league’s showcase games in 2015.  The All-Star game this year will be held in Cincinnati, and according to Reds majority owner Bob Castellini, their home town hero will be a part of the festivities (via Mark Sheldon on twitter, Reds beat writer...
Via Reading Between The Seams
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds' Billy Hamilton getting stronger for encore season

CINCINNATI (AP) Billy Hamilton set a Reds rookie record by stealing 56 bases last season, tied for second-most overall in the major leagues. He also wore down as the months wore on, with his hitting and stealing showing a big drop-off. So the 6-foot, 160-pound outfielder is on a weight-lifting regimen this offseason, trying to make his body ready for the extra wear-and-tear of a...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds' Hamilton ready for jump start on Year 2

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton is ready for 2015 to get started. The Reds center fielder isn't due to report to the team's Goodyear, Ariz., complex for spring training until Feb. 24 but he's headed out west next week to get a jump start on things. Jump starts and Hamilton are synonymous. What Hamilton and the Reds are really looking for this upcoming season is not just that fast start...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds sign RHP Jason Marquis to minor league deal

On Wednesday afternoon the Reds signed veteran right handed pitcher Jason Marquis to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Marquis last pitched in the big leagues in July of 2013 before going under the knife for Tommy John surgery after suffering an elbow injury. He returned to baseball in 2014 and signed a minor league deal with the Phillies where he made one rookie...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Decision Looms For Cincinnati Reds And Johnny Cueto

A year after finishing 76-86 and fourth place in the National League Central, the Cincinnati Reds enter 2015 with some uncertainty surrounding the future of their franchise. Thus far in the offseason the Reds have been rather quiet and have not pulled off any big name acquisitions either in free agency or via trades. Rather it appears that the club will rely on a mending Joey Votto...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds Sign Jason Marquis To Minor-League Deal

The Cincinnati Reds have signed right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis to a minor-league contract, the team announced. The deal includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Reds have signed RHP Jason Marquis to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp. — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) January 21, 2015 Marquis, 36, sat out the 2014 season...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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