Top Baseball Prospects for 2015 and Beyond
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Top Reds Prospects for 2015
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Selected by the Reds in the first round of the 2011 Draft (27th overall), righthander Robert Stephenson was a rare high-school choice from the usually conservative Cincinnati franchise. The tall Californian overpowered his peers in his senior high school season, posting a 1.19 ERA in 76 innings that included not one but two no-hitters. A power pitcher in the classic mould, he can already top 98mph with his fastball. As always, though, it's how well his secondary pitches develop that will determine his fate in pro baseball. So far, all signs point to a 2014 opportunity
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SB 18 BA SC BP SN ES ML 17
WIth one of the sweetest, simplest lefthanded swings in the minors, Reds prospect Jesse Winkler has nonchalantly lifted his prospect cred to the highest levels. A patient hitter despite his young age, Winkler is a bit of a throwback: an all-around ballplayer who's not afraid to take pitches where they're thrown, which means he projects to hit for a high average, if not the sort of power one expects to see from a corner bat. No matter: most scouts say Winkler is the best hitter the Reds have had in the system since Joey Votto. He should be fun to watch.
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SB 50 BA SC BP SN ES ML 40
Reds prospect Eric Campbell doesn't walk much, but his power is significant, and he projects to whiff less than 17% of the time, so that'll help the old averages. He looks like a younger Rocco Baldelli, which is not a bad similarity to have.
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SB 114 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of the best hitting prospects in the 2007 Amateur Draft, Beau Mills went to the Indians, who at the time enough had no long-term 1B or 3B solution in their system. He turned out to be pretty much as-expected, a lumbering slow slugger with so-so contact skills but plus power. The .300/.358/.522 line he posted in AA Akron in 2011 was validated by a month-long tour with the AAA Clippers in which he turned in similar numbers while homering seven times in 35 games.
While his stumbles in 2012 led the now-loaded-with-bats Indians to pawn him off to the Reds, he still deserves at least a look in MLB.
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SB 123 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Ah, Dorn. Sometimes the gods of baseball just make the names too good to be true. While he's currently buried deep in the Reds system, Cal State's Danny Dorn is a respectable offensive prospect in his own right, and now that guys like Bruce and Votto are in the bigs to stay, he should get a little more attention. The left-hander with the sweet swing is getting a little old for prospectdom, but he has legitimate power and a decent arm, which means he could find some bench work in Cincinnati sooner or later, at least.
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SB 143 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A thirteenth-round pick back in 2004, Chad Reineke is a bulldog righthander who uses his strength to pound the strike zone with low-90's fastballs and tilting sliders. He's already spent a couple of weeks each with the MLB Padres, Athletics and Reds. That last stop is where he'll try to return in 2013.
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SB 189 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A highly-prized prospect for his combination of power and speed, Rodriguez was a free-agent prize when he was stolen by the Reds as a Latin American free agent in 2008. A very young and very raw talent, he probably has the highest ceiling of any hitter in the Reds' system... but he's a long way from polished or proven. Before he can move up through the minors, he'll need to learn to hit breaking balls, and to stop swinging at everything he can reach. He's still a year or two away from the Bigs, though, so hold your horses.
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SB 212 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Puerto Rican prospect Neftali Soto is a toolsy infielder who's growing up fast in the Reds' power-packed farm system. After looking like the future of the franchise in 2011, he took a step back in 2012 at AAA Louisville with a meh .245/.313/.400 full-season line. He did manage 14 homers and 30 doubles, however, showing that he hasn't lost his power stroke. His increasing size and strength knocked him out of third base contention, as expected, but he's a useful enough 1B-RF bat, and he could be a decent DH with another ballclub. But as long as he keeps hitting, that'll be just fine.
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SB 213 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A huge pile of talent and potential, the six-foot-six Juan Duran is a scout's darling, even if he's a bit rough around the edges. Scooped out of Dominica by some calendar-savvy Reds' scouts before anyone else noticed he was eligible, Duran is a bony, gawky youngster who's all arms, legs, elbows... and big, looping home run swings. Getting a taste of American ball in late 2011, Duran's value did nothing but rise, and in 2012 he continued to live up to his massive potential with 12 homers and a .286/.370/.656 line at at high-A Bakersfield. Of course, he also struck out 151 times in only 422 at-bats, probably because he's still only twenty years old. If he pushes his way to AA in 2013, he'll be in Cincinnati soon thereafter.
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SB 214 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, strong Canadian signed by the Reds in 2007's supplemental round, righthander Kyle Lotzkar is one of the most promising arms in the Cincinnati stable. Like most of the Reds' best farm talent, he's awhile away from big-league action, but he's already showing the poise and polish necessary to succeed in pro ball. While he's still wrestling with his control, he looks like he could bring a plus change and curve to bear consistently soon, which could be devastating when combined with his existing 94mph fastball. Thanks to his control problems, his walk rate is way too high, but if he manages to start pitching within himself, look out. He looked good in high-A ball last season, less so after a promotion to AA. That's where he'll play in 2013, trying to find a stable floor.
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SB 215 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A thin, wiry righthander from the Dominican Republic, Reds prospect Daniel Corcino doesn't do anything fancy on the mound. He simply mixes a maxed-out 98mph heater with a quality breaking ball and gets hitters out. In a full year of AA-ball at Pensacola in 2012, Corcino went 3.00 / 1.23 while striking out 126 would-be hitters in 143 innings of work. His walk rate was up a bit, but AA hitters are notorious for being much more patient than lower-level players, so that's not a shock.
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SB 369 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Gabriel Rosa is a young but well-rounded infield prospect in the Reds system. A second round pick back in 2011, Rosa has played only short seasons punctuated by injury since. He'll get a full season of pro ball in 2013, we hope, and scouts remain anxious to see how his raw bat speed and baserunning talent develop. In the field, he's still pretty rough, but he's got a couple of years to master the fast feet and glove necessary for the hot corner.
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SB 495 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strong, burly righthander with a good mix of pitches, Florida native Nick Travieso looks like he could find a nice long term home in the Cincinnati rotation, or at least the bullpen: that 94mph heat with a plus slider looks mighty attractive right now. He's a few years away, but has one of the highest upsides in the system.
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SB 501 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Reds prospect Jesse Winker is a solid hitting prospect who's already showing an advanced ability to work an at-bat, with power enough to line-drive anything to any field on command. He has a little pull power, but that's probably something the Reds would rather he forgot about: he's a top-to-middle of order bat who should be an on-base threat, and he hasn't found anything to slow him down yet: he led the entire Pioneer league in OBP last year. Defensively, he's competent in the outfield or a corner infield spot, but he won't win any gold gloves.
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SB 523 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A contact hitter with college experience and decent power, Reds outfield prospect Jeff Gelalich looks like he could fit into an MLB lineup very soon. Drafted as a junior, he'll need a solid thousand at-bats or so before the Reds can really schedule his itinerary. The 127 he logged in late-season rookie ball last year is a good start, of course. If the polish he showed in his last season at UCLA sticks, he'll be ready for bench duty on an MLB ballclub by September, 2014.
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SB 531 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An infield prospect with more wood-bat experience than most high-schoolers, Reds prospect Tanner Rahier's numbers don't pop out as a result, but scouts seem impressed with his maturity and skill-set nonetheless. A nominal shortstop who may outgrow the position sooner rather than later, Rahier is a line drive hitter with gap power that could bloom into unqualified power in years to come. In the field, his range is so-so but his arm is strong, further argument for a move to third base.
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SB 552 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A college pitcher drafted by the Reds in 2012, righthander Daniel Langfield showed better than expected command and control late last season. Always a smart pitcher with a classic four-pitch repertoire, Langfield now seems to be commanding all his pitches better than he did in college. The slider, in particular, looks a lot nastier, and each pitch comes with a similar motion, making all of them more effective in combination. Assuming he keeps it up, he will almost certainly be promoted all the way to AA by the end of the year.
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SB 580 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Jon Moscot is a polished righthander in the Reds minor league system who's nearly ready for MLB action. Moscot mixes a low-90's fastball and an average changeup that already looks good enough for the bigs. He's only made a few short starts in rookie ball, so it'll be mid-2013 before we really know what he can do, but on stuff and poise, he's already as promising as any pitcher in the Big Red Pipeline. As soon as he can find an effective handle on his slider, and/or harness his loopy curve, he'll be ready for higher levels of play.
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SB 612 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A solid lefthander currently in the Reds pipeline who's been turning heads in recent months, Venezuelan pitcher Ismael Guillon is on an accelerated path to MLB thanks to his standout changeup. His fastball is a pedestrian 92 without much movement, but he hides the ball well thanks to a stuttered delivery, making that change truly devastating. If his control continues to improve, he should be pushing his way into AA by 2014, and the Reds roster soon thereafter.
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SB 718 BA SC BP SN ES ML