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Thread: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

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    2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    I'm antsy to get started with threads like these, and thought we should have one before ST games start to make the picks have more meaning. I mean anyone can pick player A that is hitting .600 is 30 Spring PA's.

    No poll, just your thoughts..

    I'm picking the guy recently removed from the 40 man roster, but signed to a minor league deal: Aristides Aquino. A former top ten prospect in the organization. Has a bunch of power, and is likely in the AAA OF. I think removal from the 40 man will be the kick in the pants he needs. In fact, I think it is possible he wins the 4th OF job out of ST. He's certainly got the power off the bench part. I'd prefer he go to AAA though, and do the last bit of developing he needs. He's as dark horse as it gets though. .340+ OBP with his power would absolutely put him in the category of "breakout".

    Also, Fidel Castro. Kid just hits it seems.

    On the pitching side, well I had high hopes for Josiah Gray, but he'll be sporting Dodger Blue soon. So I'll go with Jared Solomon. Had a rough go in Dayton, where I assume he'll start this year. I think we'll see an innings bump to about 120 this year. 8.5 K/9 and a WHIP under 1.20.

    I've never seen either guy play, so it's all based on numbers for me.
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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    Jose Garcia, Miguel Hernandez, and hopefully someone like Witt, Abrams or Stott at #7 overall will give the Reds good SS talent in the system for the first time since 1986.
    Go BLUE!!!

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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    I'm making three picks because of a special exception I'm creating.

    1. Connor Joe. Proves a solid major league bat and forces the reds to find PT.

    Now on to the minors.

    2. Not sure you can call this a break-out, but I think TJ Friedl shoots into the top 5 on the Reds prospect list. Seems to be a guy with little power, but really no glaring weakness in his game.

    3. On the pitching side, Wennington Romero is my pick. He just turned 21 and probably spends much time in AA with a pretty solid inning base under him. He's struggled because he's young for his league. He probably starts out in A+ again, but I have a hunch he's ready to step forward. The Reds have invested an awful lot of innings in him and have to see something there IMO.
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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    Keeping an eye out for Nick Hanson. Big arm before he underwent TJ in spring of 2017.
    99% of all numbers only tell 33% of the story so when looking at the numbers remember that numbers is plural...

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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    I like Aquino and Hanson as well, but to be different I'll say Mariel Bautista kicks it up a notch to be in consideration for top 5 status after the current top prospects graduate. Bounce-back seasons from Beltre & Suguilio would be nice as well. As for pitcher? I'm gonna go with Michael Byrne as one who hops on the fast track to the Reds pen.

    It's about this time of year I start getting almost as excited for the minor league forum/seasons almost as much as the Reds themselves. Can't wait for baseball & Spring.
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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    I'll try to stay away from guys who were already picked just to add more names to the list.

    Hitter: Claudio Finol. To go to Greeneville at the age of 18 and hit like he did, albeit with minimal power, is very impressive. I'm really intrigued by how he can progress.

    Pitcher: Jacob Heatherly. He'll probably start the year in Dayton, and though he was kinda erratic last year, I think he has the stuff to move up lists pretty quickly if he can find the strike zone.

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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Vander View Post
    I'll try to stay away from guys who were already picked just to add more names to the list.

    Hitter: Claudio Finol. To go to Greeneville at the age of 18 and hit like he did, albeit with minimal power, is very impressive. I'm really intrigued by how he can progress.

    Pitcher: Jacob Heatherly. He'll probably start the year in Dayton, and though he was kinda erratic last year, I think he has the stuff to move up lists pretty quickly if he can find the strike zone.
    Nice with Finol. He weighs 150 ! As Steve Miller Band once said..."Somebody buy me a cheeseburger".
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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    It appears through the prospect polls that I am higher than most on Keury Mella and Michael Beltre.

    I think Mella could be a MOR starter next year for the Reds and I think Beltre could easily be a top 10 Reds prospect, borderline top 100 in all of baseball prospect, if he can work on his launch angle.

    I think Mella gets a better feel for the change-up, which allows both his fastball to play up and his curveball to be even better.

    Beltre has the physicality to play a great defensive CF and also to be a plus hitter. It is all about loosening up the stiffness in his hands and launching the ball on a much more frequent basis.

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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    Rylan Thomas, could be Votto's potential successor.
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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    Pitcher... Michael Byrne. Was a college closer, but rumors last year were that he might be stretched out this year. Likely starts out in Daytona.

    Position player... Andy Sugillo

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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Spanky View Post
    Rylan Thomas, could be Votto's potential successor.
    He would be my pick as well. His K rate has declined every year since his freshman year at college. Last year he showed good plate discipline for a young power hitter walking almost as often as he struck out. I noticed that he has pitched a little in college, so I am guessing his arm is at least adequate. Questionable if his speed is sufficient for LF. He could crack the Reds top ten next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    Nice with Finol. He weighs 150 ! As Steve Miller Band once said..."Somebody buy me a cheeseburger".
    Fry him a coupla pork chops.

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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Edd Roush View Post
    Beltre has the physicality to play a great defensive CF and also to be a plus hitter. It is all about loosening up the stiffness in his hands and launching the ball on a much more frequent basis.
    It's amazing I couldn't talk this guy into the RZ top 50 last year. It'll be interesting to see where he falls this year as it appears only a handful of posters are sticking with him while most others are bouncing around to some of the younger guys. Doug had him at #25 in his rankings from December.

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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    I'll go Scott Moss and Lyon Richardson along with Beltre as guys I think can really move up the lists this summer.

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    Re: 2019 Reds Minor League Sleeper/Breakout Thread

    I prefer my Aurora's in REM cycle. Some deep cuts:

    Drew Mount had a solid debut in Billings as a 115 wRC+ bat. Capable of playing all three OF positions and has some speed too. Mount should start in Dayton, with Siani and Bautista. (It'll be interesting to see who plays CF.) That's two pretty solid table-setters ahead of him who can run. That'll mean distracted pitchers (inexperienced with pitching from the stretch and holding runners). Rylan Thomas will hit in that lineup as well, and his prodigious power (and patience) should mean quite a few opportunities to play with runners on. Bren Spillane might complicate matters, but there's always 3B, C (my preferred position for Thomas), and DH.

    On the pitching side, I'll go with Cory Thompson. The former middle infielder took to pitching pretty well, threw a ton of innings out of the Dayton bullpen and moves to a pitcher's league. He's old for the level and is under a limited number of years of control, so the Reds will probably be aggressive with him. I could see Thompson and John Ghyzel (another solid choice) trading saves and fireman holds throughout the first half, then Thompson moving up to AA with a sparkling ERA and some prospect panache.

    If we're going with guys who may slip into the top 10 of Red prospects, the easy call is Hendrick Clementina. Big-time power, decent patience, and he plays a position in high demand. If he dedicates himself to working hard and getting in shape, I think he can be a big-time find. He's already a 130-ish wRC+ bat who we know can carry an offense for six weeks stretches. (See his early season Dayton numbers-- they were ridiculous.) If he finds more consistency, look out. He's an impact bat.
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