Join Date: Jul 2010
Taking a look back at the 2010 top 30
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1. Todd Frazier- After a stellar 2009 campaign in Double-A, Frazier looked to be on the fast track to the big leagues, just finding a position was the problem. However Frazier’s stock went down a bit after he only mustered a .258 batting average for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The New Jersey native did hit 17 home runs and hit .290 after the all-star game so he may be back on track. He still needs to find a position (likely left field)
2. Yonder Alonso- Word broke during camp that the Reds were testing out the former Miami Hurricanes first baseman in left field due to him being blocked by Joey Votto at first. After only 31 games in Double-A the Reds promoted Alonso to Louisville where he was mediocre, hitting .266 in his first 56 Triple-A games. However, once the Bats got hot, so did Alonso. For the second half Alonso hit .335 with six homeruns and led the Bats to the playoffs once again. Alonso received a September call up and received action in 22 games. The Reds have to make a decision to keep Yonder in left (where he played part time in Triple-A), move Votto to left, or trade the former first rounder.
3.Mike Leake- Leake was drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Reds and did not make it into a game because he signed late. The Reds invited Leake to big league camp and he ended ups taking away the number five spot from Travis Wood and Aroldis Chapman. In Leak’s first year in professional baseball, he went 8-4 with a 4.23 ERA before being shut down by the Reds in late August.
4. Chris Heisey- Heisey came out of nowhere in 2009, hitting .347 for the Mudcats in 71 games before being promoted to Louisville. Heisey began the year in Triple-A but was called up at the end of April due to an injury to outfielder Chris Dickerson. Heisey spent the rest of the year in Cincinnati, batting .254 with 8 homeruns as a fourth outfielder. Heisey will be in the mix for a starting outfield spot next year.
5. Juan Francisco- The Dominican broke camp with the Reds but was sent down a few days in to make room for Leake. Francisco spent a majority of the season with the Bats, batting .286 with 18 bombs before being recalled by Cincinnati in August. During his time with the Reds Francisco hit .273 and hit his second big league homerun.
6. Yorman Rodriguez- The 17-year-old dominated rookie ball pitchers in 2010. One of the most intriguing prospects in the system, Rodriguez batted .339 with two home runs with 12 stolen bases. His strikeouts are still a problem as he had 30 in 43 games with only 12 walks. Rodriguez could start 2011 in Low-A and will be slowly moved up the system as he’ll only be 18.
7. Travis Wood- Wood resurrected his career as he went 9-3 with a 1.21 ERA in Double-A last year before receiving a mid-season promotion to Triple-A. Wood was beat out by Leake for the final spot in the Reds rotation out of camp and struggled in his first few starts but ended up with a 5-6 record with a 3.06 ERA before being called up to the big leagues in July. Wood performed well for Dusty Baker, posting a 5-4 record with a nice 3.51 ERA in 17 starts with 86 strikeouts and only 24 walks. Wood was in a huge pitchers duel with Cy Yong candidate Roy Halladay before the all-star break, throwing nine scoreless innings of one hit baseball with 8K’s and 0 walks.
8. Matt Maloney- The former Phillies farm hand started the year in Louisville where he anchored the rotation by going 10-7 with a 3.34 ERA with 104 strikeouts and only 28 walks. Maloney did get called up to the Reds and pitched mostly out of the bullpen in September, going 2-2 with a 3.05 ERA.
9. Brad Boxberger- B-Box started the year in High-A Lynchburg where he baffled did well out of the starting rotation, going 4-6 with a 3.19 ERA. Once he was moved to Double-A , and the bullpen, the California native struggled, giving up a run in over half his 22 appearances. He’ll begin 2011 back in Carolina and hopes to fully adjust to pitching out of the pen.
10. Zack Cozart- Cozy was named the Bats MVP this year after hitting .255 with 17 home runs. Cozart is eligible for the Rule-V draft so he’ll be added to the 40-man roster and, depending what happens with Orlando Cabrera, will try to earn the starting shortstop role in 2011.
11. Billy Hamilton- The Mississippi native played in rookie ball in 2010 and performed extremely well. Hamilton hit .318 with 2 home runs in 69 games. The most impressive stat on Hamilton’s season is his 48 stolen bases. Hamilton will likely begin 2011 in Low-A Dayton and continue to move up the system.
12. Chris Valaika- One of the best defenders in the system, Valaika looked to put his miserable 2009 season behind him and he did just that. Valaika hit .304 with 4 home runs in 118 games for Lousiville and received a big league call up in August and hit .263 in 19 games. Valaika will fight out Cozart for a role with the big league club next season.
13. Neftali Soto- Soto was one of the bright spots in Lynchburg this year. He hit .268 with 21 home runs for the Hillcats. He will advance to Double-A next year but his position is still in question.
14 Logan Ondrusek- The 6’7’’ righty surprisingly broke camp with the Reds out of spring training and spent a majority of the season there. In 60 big league relief appearances Ondrusek accumulated a 5-0 record with a respectable 3.68 ERA. Expect Logan to be a fixture in the Reds bullpen for the next few years.
15. Didi Gregorius- The Netherlands native began the year in Low-A and hit .273 in 120 games with 11 triples before earning a late promotion to Lynchburg. Expect Didi to start 2011 in High-A.
16. Jordan Smith- Smith began the 2010 season as David Bell’s closer in Double-A and struggled to begin with. In 27 games in Carolina, Smith was 1-3 with a 5.08 ERA with only 9 saves before earning a big league call up in May. Smith figured it out though as he became one of Baker’s better options, posting a 3.86 ERA in 37 games. Smith will fight for a bullpen spot next season.
17. Miguel Rojas- Known for his great defense, Rojas’ 2010 season was a big of a disappointment. He only hit .230 in 70 Lynchburg games but did steal 12 bases before earning a late season call up to Double-A. Expect Rojas to being 2011 as the Mudcats starting short stop.
18. Juan Duran- The Dominican played his 2010 season in rookie ball. In 54 games, Duran hit only .244 with only 6 home runs. Duran could be moved to full-season Low-A next year in hope to get things back together.
19. Enerio Del Rosario- Rosario split the 2010 season between Louisville and Cincinnati giving mixed results. In Triple-A, he had a nice 3.09 ERA in 50 games out of Rick Sweet’s bullpen but struggled in his time in the big leagues. To make room for recently acquired Willie Bloomquist, Del Rosario was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros and is no longer with the organization.
20. Kyle Lotzkar- Lotzkar’s 2010 season began still recovering from his elbow injury, which forced him to miss the entire 2009 season. Lotzkar finally returned in August and dazzled. Between the AZL Reds and Low-A Billings, Lotzkar went 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA, including a .45 ERA for the Mustangs with a 33/2 strikeout/walk ratio. Expect Lotzkar, who’s finally healthy, to being 2011 in Low-A.
21. Donnie Joseph- Joseph lived up to expectations, the former Houston Cougar spent a majority of the season in High-A after starting the year in Low-A. For Lynchburg, Joseph posted a 2.31 ERA before finally getting his first shot at Double-A in late August. Expect Joseph to being the 2011 in Double-A and could be in a big league uniform soon.
22. Pedro Viola- Viola was designated for assignment at the beginning of the season and was claimed by Baltimore. He is no longer in the organization.
23. Phillippe Valiquette-The hard-throwing lefty began the 2010 season in Double-A and did pretty well, posting a. 3.99 ERA in 25 Southern League games before being promoted to the International League. Control is a tad bit concerning for Valiquette, who can hit 96 on the gun but the Canadian will play in the AFL with hopes to crack the Reds bullpen out of spring training. A mid-season call up is more likely though.
24. Mark Serrano- The 6’1’’ righty had a decent season for a struggling Lynchburg team. Serrano, a sixth rounder out of Oral Roberts only started 15 games for the Hillcats but posted a OK 4.54 ERA and threw less than 80 innings in High-A. Look for Serrano to make his Double-A debut at the start of the 2011 season.
25. JC Sulbaran- The Florida native spent the entire year in Dayton’s rotation but only managed 15 starts before being shut down in mid-July. For the Dragons, Sulbaran went 4-6 with a 4.99 ERA. It is possible the 20-year-old could repeat Low-A but depending on where players go he could be rushed to High-A. Expect the former.
26. Josh Fellhauer- The former 7th rounder had a disappointing season as he only mustered a .240 batting average with 6 home runs in High-A. With Perez, Day,and Phipps likely lined up for Carolina, Fellhauer could return for his second stint in High-A.
27. Daniel Tuttle- The North Carolina native started 13 games for short season Billings, going 5-3 with a 4.32 ERA. The right-hander could be promoted to Low-A Dayton to begin 2011.
28. Cody Puckett-Puckett was one of the bright spots in Lynchburg’s lineup in 2010. He hit .277 with 18 home runs for the Hillcats and earned a late promotion to Double-A. A second baseman by trade, Puckett may get some time in the outfield or possibly third base in 2011 in Double-A.
29. Byron Wiley-Wiley was released by the Reds.
30. Devin Mesoraco- Mes was being called out as a bust way too soon as the 15th overall pick in the 2007 draft hit whever he went. He began the year in High-A Lynchburg and dominated Carolina League pitchers, hitting .335 with 10 home runs before being promoted to Double-A where he continued to hit, adding another 13 bombs while posting a .294 clip before earning another promotion to Triple-A. Mes blasted onto the scene, hitting back-to-back grand slams in two games, one ending the game and then his second in his first at bat the following day. In all, Mes posted a .302 batting average with 26 combined homeruns and 75 RBI. Mes will go to the Arizona Fall League and should be in Cincinnati at some point in 2011.
Last edited by cinreds21; 10-04-2010 at 10:19 PM.