Cincinnati Reds Top Prospects 2015

Cincinnati Reds Top Prospects

Below are the Cincinnati Reds Top Prospects.
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Opening Day payrolls
(Major League contracts plus signing bonuses):
2014: $114,170,439
2013: $106,855,533
2012: $ 87,826,167

A Look Back… Last 5 Years Draft Picks
Year Name/Position School/Hometown Pick
2014 Nick Howard/RHP Virginia 19
2013 Phil Ervin/OF Samford 27
2012 Nick Travieso/RHP Archbishop McCarthy High School, Fort Lauderd 14
2011 Robert Stephenson/RHP Alhambra High School, Pittsburg, CA 27
2010 Yasmani Grandal/C Miami 12

2015 Reds Top Prospects

Rank/Overall Name Position
1/23 Robert Stephenson
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Top Position Prospect : RHP
One of the younger right-handed flamer-throwers in all of baseball. Armed with a 95+ fastball, he has the stuff to become a front-line starter just needs to continue to work on his command. He was hampered by too many walks and homers last year. A return trip to Double-A is to be expected for Stephenson. This makes him the Cincinnati Reds Top Prospect.

2/39 Jesse Winker
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Top Position Prospect : OF
Scouting grades: Hit: 65 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 45| Field: 45 | Overall: 60
Such a smooth left-handed swing is Winkers calling card to the bigs. He suffered a hand injury just before the Futures Game that forced him to miss time in 2014. He made up for bigtime by doing what he does; hitting. He won the Fall League batting crown as well as lead the league in OPS. He gets on base, hits for average with a little pop. Reds Nation has a lot to be excited about with Winker.
3 Michael Lorenzen
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The former Cal-State Fullerton product has all the makings of a back-end rotation starter or a high-quality reliever. Not a strikeout guy, but does feature a 93+ fastball. Lorenzen developed a new curve ball mid-season in 2014 and flourished. His ERA was below 2.30 in June and July once he got comfortable with his new breaking pitch. He is expected to begin the campaign in AAA this year. A September callup would not be out of the question for Lorenzen.

4 Nick Howard
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The 2014 first-round draft pick was the closer for his alma mater, Virgina but the Reds view him more as a starter. They limited his innings as Virginia played deep into the post-season. Featuring a 94+ fastball and average slider, command will be his focus in 2015.
5 Anthony DeSclafani
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Came over to the Reds as part of the Mat Latos deal. This dude had a cup of coffee last year and his numbers were brutal in the short sample size. He features three average pitches that need a little more polish before he is ready to be a long-term starter in the “show”.
6 Jonathon Crawford
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A first-round pick by the Tigers in 2013. He was shipped to the Reds for Alfredo Simon in December. The tall righty was their #2 prospect before the trade and profiles as a mid-to-back-end starter as he has three average offerings. Should be interesting to see how he performs in the CAL League this year.
7 Phil Ervin
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First-round draft pick out of Samford University in Birmingham was highly regarded for his bat and make-up. Small in stature, Ervin makes up for it for with his baseball IQ, at-bat approach and aggressiveness which got the better of him last year as he struggled most of the season at the plate. A rebound year this season should restore all faith in the speedy center fielder.
8 Alex Blandino
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The Reds other first-round draft pick in 2014, Blandino has an ability to hit to all fields routinely. The former Stanford Cardinal was taught any contact and low strikeouts are better than hard contact and lots of K’s and he has parlayed that into a great start to his professional career. Defensively he may move to second base but he clearly has the pedigree of a solid middle-infielder.The great “Blandino” will more than likely head to LOW-A this year.

9 Nicholas Travieso
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The big right-hander made adjustments midway through the 2014 season and excelled posting a 2.97 in July and 1.56 in August. He uses his 94+ fastball and average slider to keep hitters honest. He has a mid-rotation ceiling at this point though the rough CAL League will be a test and might make things tough for Travieso.
10 Chad Wallach
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Being a son of a former big leaguer can bring a lot of pressure and he has calmed the critics with a solid 2014 season. Chad came over to the Reds as the another piece in the Mat Latos deal, Wallach shows an impressive plate presence and ability to hit to all fields. How many .280 AVG or better catchers are there in the bigs? Not many. His defense needs to improve but he is very underrated catcher with a high ceiling.
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