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06-24-2008, 02:59 PM
PROSPECT OF THE DAY
Donít be fooled into thinking Brett Lawrie is the only prospect to come from Canada lately, Reds 2007 sixth rounder Evan Hildenbrandt (Reds) had quite an outing on Monday in the Gulf Coast League. Hidenbrandt who waited until the deadline to sign with the Reds last year, had a sparkling debut on Monday going six innings and allowing just one hit against the GCL Pirates. Hildenbrandt hails from British Columbia and has played with the Canadian National team, struck out four and walked one in his debut. The 6-foot-3 righthander can touch 93 with his fastball and is now 1-0 in professional baseball.
06-24-2008, 03:10 PM
The Reds have a nice young nucleus of talent from Canada currently in the system. Evan Hildenbrandt is just one of a handful of talented young Canadians in the Reds system. Michael Henry is an 18-year old pitcher who has yet to pitch but is also on the GCL roster. He's listed at 6'3" 205 and currently throws in the low 90's with room to add more. Somehow he fell to the 48th round last year and the Reds found a way to sign him. And we all know about Kyle Lotzkar, last years first round supplemental selection. He's got one of the best arms in the Reds system. Other fellow Canadians include 19-year old catcher Jordan Wideman and maybe Carter Morrison, a talented outfielder drafted in the 16th round who has yet to sign.
Here is an Ask BA question from last year on the Reds Canadian talent:
The Reds selected five players from Canada this year: righthanders Kyle Lotzkar (sandwich round) and Evan Hildenbrandt (sixth), Michael Henry (48th) and Cam Gray (49th), plus catcher Jordan Wideman (11th). Is Cincinnati making a more concerted effort north of the border? What's your take on the five players?
I think it was less of a case of the Reds targeting Canada as much as it was their scouting department has a very good feel for Canada. Scouting director Chris Buckley spent 17 years working with the Blue Jays and knows Canada better than his predecessors with Cincinnati. Buckley hired Bill Byckowski, who oversaw Toronto's Canadian scouting operations, to do the same for the Reds.
Cincinnati would have been very tempted has the prize of the Canadian crop this year, Quebec prep righthander Phillippe Aumont, fallen to its No. 15 pick, but the Mariners grabbed Aumont at No. 11. The Reds got the second-best Canadian prospect in Lotzkar, a projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pounder who already touches 94 mph but is still very raw on the mound.
Hildebrandt needs some polish as well, but he'll flash a plus fastball and a tight curveball. A converted catcher, Henry touches the low 90s with his fastball and still has plenty of projection remaining at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. Gray is a what-you-see, what-you-get prospect, though he repeats his delivery well and has good life on a mid-80s fastball.
Wideman's brother A.J. is a lefthander who's pitching at high Class A Dunedin in the Blue Jays system. Jordan has good catch-and-throw skills but a lot of questions about his bat at this point.
06-26-2008, 05:57 PM
Isn't there some French-Canadian kid that we also have? Left-handed pitcher drafted out of high school in 2004?
Edit: here is the kid I was talking about: Philippe Valiquette.
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