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    Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects

    Cincinnati Reds

    By J.J. Cooper
    November 18, 2009

    1. Todd Frazier, of/2b/3b
    2. Yonder Alonso, 1b
    3. Mike Leake, rhp
    4. Chris Heisey, of
    5. Juan Francisco, 3b
    6. Yorman Rodriguez, of
    7. Travis Wood, lhp
    8. Matt Maloney, lhp
    9. Brad Boxberger, rhp
    10. Zack Cozart, ss

    Best Hitter for Average Yonder Alonso
    Best Power Hitter Juan Francisco
    Best Strike-Zone Discipline Yonder Alonso
    Fastest Baserunner Theodis Bowe
    Best Athlete Yorman Rodriguez
    Best Fastball Brad Boxberger
    Best Curveball Mike Leake
    Best Slider Mark Serrano
    Best Changeup Travis Wood
    Best Control Matt Maloney
    Best Defensive Catcher Chris McMurray
    Best Defensive Infielder Miguel Rojas
    Best Infield Arm Juan Francisco
    Best Defensive Outfielder David Sappelt
    Best Outfield Arm Yorman Rodriguez

    PROJECTED 2013
    Catcher Ryan Hannigan
    First Base Yonder Alonso
    Second Base Brandon Phillips
    Third Base Todd Frazier
    Shortstop Zack Cozart
    Left Field Joey Votto
    Center Field Drew Stubbs
    Right Field Jay Bruce
    No. 1 Starter Johnny Cueto
    No. 2 Starter Homer Bailey
    No. 3 Starter Mike Leake
    No. 4 Starter Aaron Harang
    No. 5 Starter Bronson Arroyo
    Closer Brad Boxberger

    Year Player, Position 2009
    2000 Gookie Dawkins, ss Marlins
    2001 Austin Kearns, of Nationals
    2002 Austin Kearns, of Nationals
    2003 Chris Gruler, rhp Out of baseball
    2004 Ryan Wagner, rhp Nationals
    2005 Homer Bailey, rhp Reds
    2006 Homer Bailey, rhp Reds
    2007 Homer Bailey, rhp Reds
    2008 Jay Bruce, of Reds
    2009 Yonder Alonso, 1b Reds

    Year Player, Position 2009
    2000 David Espinosa, ss Mariners
    2001 *Jeremy Sowers, lhp Indians
    2002 Chris Gruler, rhp Out of baseball
    2003 Ryan Wagner, rhp Nationals
    2004 Homer Bailey, rhp Reds
    2005 Jay Bruce, of Reds
    2006 Drew Stubbs, of Reds
    2007 Devin Mesoraco, c Reds
    2008 Yonder Alonso, 1b Reds
    2009 Mike Leake, rhp Reds

    Chris Gruler, 2002 $2,500,000
    Yorman Rodriguez, 2008 $2,500,000
    Homer Bailey, 2004 $2,300,000
    Mike Leake, 2009 $2,270,000
    Drew Stubbs, 2006 $2,000,000
    Juan Duran, 2008 $2,000,000
    Yonder Alonso, 2008 $2,000,000

    The Reds have been in rebuilding mode for a decade, even if they didn't always realize it.

    Cincinnati hasn't finished with a winning record since 2000, though it's hard to pinpoint a time at which the club truly cashed in and planned for tomorrow. A fallow farm system in the first half of the decade made it almost impossible to build from within. Even now that the system has started to produce players, the Reds have continued to teeter in the no-man's land between being competitive and building for the future.

    It was much the same story in 2009. On July 4, the Reds sat a game above .500 and two games out of first place in the National League Central. For a moment, it appeared the Reds would be a part of a pennant race for the first time since Barry Larkin was their shortstop.

    But it was just a mirage. Edinson Volquez went down in early July with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Jay Bruce broke his wrist in the middle of the month, and Chris Dickerson was lost soon afterward with back spasms. The team quickly fell apart, going 8-19 in July to drop to 10 games out of first place.

    Owner Bob Castellini wants to see a winner sooner than later, so instead of being sellers at the trade deadline, Cincinnati decided to buy. The Reds traded their top pitching prospect (Zach Stewart) and their best relief pitching prospect (Josh Roenicke) to upgrade from 26-year-old Edwin Encarnacion to 34-year-old Scott Rolen at third base. The move was intended to bring a veteran bat and leadership, but it required a steep price in prospects to bring in Rolen and get the Blue Jays to pay the remainder of his 2009 salary.

    Predictably, the trade did nothing to turn around Cincinnati's season. The Reds finished 13 games behind the Cardinals, something they could have done without Rolen.

    But more importantly, the addition of the veteran third baseman strained the team's already tight budget. Cincinnati has $59.25 million committed to seven players (including Rolen's $11 million) for 2010—even though the team was expected to cut up to $5 million from its $71 million payroll.

    That means that there is little choice but to look to the farm system to fill several glaring holes.

    While they weren't rebuilding, the Reds did try out 17 rookies in 2009 thanks to injuries and necessity. Veterans Ramon Hernandez and Willy Tavares were expensive busts, so Ryan Hanigan and Drew Stubbs had displaced them by season's end. Paul Janish and Adam Rosales got most of the playing time on the left side of the infield, with less success. Despite that, Janish headed into the offseason as the favorite to be the team's 2010 shortstop because of his steady glove.

    The most important development was the apparent breakthrough of Homer Bailey, who ranked No. 1 on this list in 2005-07 but had trouble making the jump to the majors. He went 4-1, 2.08 over his final seven big league starts to secure a spot in the Reds' 2010 rotation.

    With Bruce, Stubbs and Joey Votto forming the core of the lineup, and Bailey and Johnny Cueto headlining the pitching staff, Cincinnati has a good nucleus to build around. But with an owner and a fan base itching to move past a decade of losing and a surplus of prospects at already-occupied positions, the Reds seemed poised to dispense their prospects in trades to make a push in 2010 rather than build a long-term foundation from within.

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    Re: Baseball America: Reds Top 10 Prospects

    Been up on the Minor League board for a few days.

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    Re: Baseball America: Reds Top 10 Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    Been up on the Minor League board for a few days.

    I guess I need to frequent this site more often to be up to date. My bad.
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