Cincinnati Reds Farm System Report 2015

Cincinnati Reds Farm System

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Cincinnati Reds Farm System Review:

The Reds farm system has an abundance of hard-throwing, young right-handed pitchers highlighted by 2011 first round pick Robert StephRobert Stephenson of the Cincinnati Reds Farm Systemenson and several hitters with high-ceilings. Jesse Winker is their best pure hitting prospect and many scouts believe he will be a .300+ hitter in the bigs. Winker has a sweet left-handed stroke that delivers solid line drives and his approach is impeccable. At 6’3″, 210lbs he has shown impressive raw power. We are big fans of Chad Wallach. When you trade for an offensive minded catcher who draws more walks than strikeouts and hits for a high average you feel pretty good about yourself. His defense needs to improve but Wallach is truly an underrated catcher. Stephenson, Winker and Wallach are rank in the top 10 on our Cincinnati Reds Top Prospects list. Stephenson ranks as one of the top right-handed pitching prospects –TOP RHP Prospects LIST

 

Some fans think that the Reds swung and missed with their 2013 top pick Phil Ervin out of Samford after his tumultuous 2014 season. Coming from a relatively small Division-1 christian based school in Homewood, Alabama (a suburb of Birmingham) Ervin was a high-average hitter with great gap to gap power who is moderately aggressive. Ervin was humbled last year posting just a .237 average with 110K in 132 games.

In 2014 the Reds picked Nick Howard 19th overall and he shown three above-average offerings. The limited his workload last year after he logged a ton of innings during his college career at Virginia. Also worth noting is Alex Blandino. Blandino a Stanford product is a solid contact hitter with occasional power, defensively he may move to second base but he clearly has the pedigree of a solid middle-infielder. Michael Lorenzen is a tall, lanky right-hander with a decent control and profiles as a mid-rotation starter. Last year was his first year as a starter and he started 24 games posting a 3.13ERA. Now that he is completely committed to pitching, he could join the Reds rotation this year. He split time as a center fielder and a reliever. His junior year he tossed 22.2 innings with a 1.99 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 20/4 K/BB ratio, and 19 saves Nick Travieso and Jonathan Crawford are also both first-rounders who have high ceilings and plenty of time to develop.