Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati Reds’

Saturday Feburary 16th, 2013

Aroldis Chapman

The 24-year-old Cuban defect Aroldis Chapman has become a sensation with his electric fastball that has been clocked as high as 106 mph in his young MLB career. Since signing with the Cincinnati Reds, Chapman has exclusively worked out of the bullpen, and became the clubs closer in 2012. Pitching coach Bryan Price, and  general manager Walt Jocketty have welcomed the team’s decision to transition Chapman to a starting pitcher.

Red’s manager Dusty Baker, however is not the biggest supporter of the club’s decision to transition Chapman to the rotation. The Red’s manager is going to miss having the luxury of being able to hand the ball to a lefty with 106 mph heat.

Cincinnati has decided that Chapman is more valuable as a starter getting 200 innings, versus 70 inning’s as a closer. Of course Chapman likely wouldn’t exceed 150 inning’s in 2013, his first season as a starter.

Chapman finished 2012 with 38 saves, struck out 15.3 hitter’s per nine innings, with an impressive a 1.51 ERA. The decision to transition Chapman to the ‘pen is a little easier knowing the 2012 pick-up Jonathan Broxton is capable of being a succesful replacement to the young fire baller Chapman.

Only time will tell, but it will be interesting to see if Chapman’s transition goes smoother than Joba Chamberlin, Neftali Feliz, and Daniel Bard experiments went with the respective clubs.

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Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers.

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Monday August 13th, 2012

Codey Harrison:  This is the second installment of the weekly prospect hot/cold sheet. We will feature 3 prospects that are on fire, and 3 prospects that are ice-cold. Our list of players will only include those who are still prospect eligible (less than 130 MLB at bats, less than 50 innings pitched at the MLB level). Featured players are generally players who are highly regarded amongst the minors and are regarded as legit prospects. This week’s hottest player goes to Arizona Diamondbacks LHP Tyler Skaggs who has posted a 1.70 ERA in 8 AAA starts.

HOT PROSPECTS:

Tyler Skaggs LHP Diamondbacks – The prize prospect in the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Angels, Tyler Skaggs has been dominant in his 2 season in the Diamondbacks organization, especially of late with AAA Reno. Skaggs has the kind of stuff scouts drool over, 3 pitches that grade out from above average to plus, to compliment his above average command. In Skaggs’ last 3 starts, he has gone 20 innings, allowing 2 runs on 11 hits, with a very impressive 25 strikeouts to only 7 walks. Tyler Skaggs is considered the best southpaw of the loaded Dbacks pitching prospects entering 2012 (Trevor Bauer, Archie Bradley, Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley).

Billy Hamilton SS Reds – Unless you have been living under a rock the entire 2012 baseball season, you probably know reds prized prospect Billy Hamilton is really good, and really, really fast. Over his last 10 games the speedster Hamilton has been stealing so many stolen bases that it should almost be against the law. All kidding aside, Hamilton has batted .317,.444 OBP, .415 SLG, with 2 triples, and 20 stolen bases over an amazing 10-game stretch. Might not be too much longer before Billy Hamilton is playing at the MLB level, but right now he is busy trying to break the single season record for stolen bases. He currently sits only 6 stolen bases away from the record.

Jameson Taillon RHP Pirates – One of the 2 prized pitching prospects in the Pirates organization, Right Jameson Taillon appears to be putting it all together. Over his last 3 starts, the 20-year-old Taillon has gone 17 innings, while allowing 1 earned run on 9 hits, while posting a very respectable 11/5 K/BB ratio. Jameson Taillon who stands at a towering 6 feet, 6 inches, has the type of body scouts dream about, and it makes it easy to see why the Pirates drafted him 2nd overall out of high school in the 2010 draft. While Taillon is currently down in High-A, it shouldn’t be too much longer before Jameson Taillon, and Gerrit Cole are atop the Pirates MLB rotation.

COLD PROSPECTS:

Brett Jackson Outfielder Cubs – Chicago Cubs fans finally received what they had been asking for, and well so far Brett Jackson hasn’t preformed at the majors the way Cubs fans thought he would have. Although it’s probably to soon to panic, Jackson has gone 3-20, with 12 strikeouts, and 0 extra base hits. The strikeouts are to be expected though as Jackson has holes in his swing, which has led to high strikeout totals throughout his pro career. It is too early to be down on Jackson, as he has 2 plus tools, power, and speed. Cubs fans should still be excited about a line-up that includes Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Brett Jackson.

Hak-Ju Lee SS Rays – The very promising Korean shortstop prospect has been less than stellar in his last 10-games. The former Cubs/ current Rays prospect Hak-Ju Lee has shown his stellar speed with 37 stolen bases on the season. But with a higher than expected strikeout rate and cold 10-game stretch, Lee has found himself on the cold section of our weekly 6-Pack. Lee is batting a lowly .100, with a .206 OBP, and 14 strikeouts in his last 10 games.

Javier Baez SS Cubs – The standout shortstop prospect who raked all year in Low-A Peoria, has yet to find his stroke at the plate in High-A Daytona. The Toolsy shortstop who some project out as a third baseman a .091 batting average, .167 OBP, and .136 SLG so far in Daytona. Baez is a bigger version of current Cubs star shortstop Starlin Castro, and by that I mean he is a free swinger- having walked only 11 times in 63 games this season.

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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August 1st, 2012

Standings from 7/31 2012

1.) Cincinati Reds (62-41) – Joey Votto who? The Red have really turned it on since slugger and former MVP Joey Votto landed on the disabled list. With the recent surgance of Mat Latos on the mound the Reds have 2 Aces on their team that have led them to the best record in the MLB. The only Major League team with a win percentage over .600 overall on the season is the Reds, and they have done it with below average production from the leadoff spot.

2.) New York Yankees (60-43) – Yankees continue to expand their lead on the AL East, and have shown no signs of letting up. With Derek Jeter, and Mark Tiexera on hot streaks don’t count on the Yankees slowing down anytime soon.

3.) Washington Nationals (61-41) – With most of the Nationals talk being on whether or not they should shutdown Ace Stephan Strasburg at 170 innings, the Nationals quietly continue to rack up the wins.

4.) Texas Rangers (59-43) – With Josh Hamilton, and Yu Darvish in slumps the Texas Rangers are beginning to drop down the rankings. although with 2 of their key players struggling they are still in very good position to make another world series runs as they bolster one of the deepest line ups in all of baseball. In fact the Rangers are so deep that star rookie prospect Mike Olt has been batting 9th in the line-up.

5.) Atlanta Braves (59-44)- With Jason Heyward having a terrific rebound season the Braves have themselves primed for a decent playoff run.

6.) Pittsburgh Pirates (59-44)- NL MVP candidate Andrew Mccutchen continues to own National League pitching. With the call-up of outfielder Starling Marte, and the addition of LHP Wandy Rodriguez are ready to end their 20 season losing streak.

7.) Los Angeles Angels (57-47)- What else could the Angels ask for? Mike Trout is putting up an all time great rookie season, and Albert Pujols has been white-hot since his horrid start to the season.

8.) San Francisco Giants (56-47)- Will acquiring Hunter Pence put the Giants enough ahead of the NLW to make the playoffs?

9.) Los Angeles Dodgers (56-49)- Hanley Ramierez, Shane Victorino, and Joe Blanton, the Dodgers fans have got to like their teams chances.

10.) Chicago White Sox (56-47)- The pick-up of Kevin Youkilis may be the best pick-up of any MLB team.

11.) Detroit Tigers (54-50)- They have Justin Verlander, and Max Scherzer, can the rest of their rotation contribute?

12.) Oakland Athletics (56-47)- The amazing story of the Oakland A’s continues to fascinate. But can it continue?

13.) St. Louis Cardinals (55-48)- The Cardinals are interested in giving Kyle Loshe a contract extension, he’s a big reason the Cardinal’s are contending this year.

14.) Tampa Bay Rays (54-50)- With Evan Longoria back in the Rays line up at less than 100% the Rays have a chance to catch the Yankees.

15.) Baltimore Orioles (55-49)- Like the A’s the Orioles have continued to prove doubters wrong as they stay strong in the wild card race.

16.) Arizona Diamondbacks (53-51)- What more could the Diamondbacks ask for? Rookie starter Wade Miley, and Patrick Corbin have been nothing short of stellar. But where has Justin Upton been?

17.) Boston Red Sox (53-51)- The sage continues, Should Bobby V stay, or should he go?

18.) Toronto Blue Jays (51-52)- Is there a team with worse luck than the Blue Jays? They continue to get annihilated with starting pitching injuries.

19.) New York Mets (50-54)- Remember when the Mets discussed going on 3 days rest the remainder of the season so they could contend? Well that seems unlikely now with the Mets falling off the grid since the break.

20.) Cleveland Indians (50-53)- How long can the Indians free fall continue? Its brutal right now in C-Town.

21.) Seattle Mariners (49-57)- Could anyone of guessed that all the Mariners needed was to get rid of their former star Ichiro Suzuki?

22.) Philadelphia Phillies (46-57)- Despite their sellout streak ending, and being all but eliminated from the playoffs, the Phillies refuse to trade anyone of their big 3 starting pitchers.

23.) Miami Marlins (47-56)- The Marlins are starting to show their off-season spending spree was short lived as they are now in fire sale mode.

24.) Milwaukee Brewers (47-56)- 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun is having a better season than his MVP season, but the Brewers don’t have the weapons to contend.

25.) Minnesota Twins (44-59)- The Twins are surprising many with how good they are, despite being 15 games under .500.

26.) Kansas City Royals (42-60)- No one could have predicted Eric Hosmer would have fallen of the cliff as much as he has this season.

27.) Chicago Cubs (43-59)- The Cubs have turned it on of late, but it maybe short-lived as they traded away Ryan Dempster.

28.) San Diego Pardres (44-61)- Despite being 17 games under .500 the Padres were reluctant to sell, in fact they even locked up some of their potential free agents.

29.) Colorado Rockies (37-64)- Well the 4-man rotation idea could not go any worse.

30.) Houston Astros (35-70)- The Astros are putting up impressive losing streaks as they virtually sold all of their talented big leaguers.

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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Sunday August 12th, 2012

Codey Harrison: In Major League Baseball, middle of the field players (catcher,shortstop, centerfield) are a premium position. So much so that most teams are reluctant to trade away elite level prospects from those positions. Shortstop is arguably the most important position in baseball. Every once in a while, shortstops like Troy Tulowitzki, and Derek Jeter come along and can propel a team to great success. The top prospects in baseball this year is fairly deep at shortstop with potential superstars in the making. Lets take a look at some of the best shortstops who are still prospect eligible.

1.) Jurickson Profar (Rangers AA) – Texas Rangers shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar is the best shortstop prospect in all of baseball. Profar is so highly thought of by scouts, that some believe the Rangers may end up trading 23-year-old 2-time All-star shortstop Elvis Andrus or moving him to second base, with Ian Kinsler going to the outfield. Profar has all five tools (hit, power, speed, glove, and arm) and he’s proven he knows how to use all five. He’s currently raking in AA Frisco at only 19 years of age, posting monstrous numbers of .279 AVG, .356 OBP, .458 SLG, 23 doubles, 7 triples, 13 home runs, and 53 walks to 69 strikeouts. Some scouts believe Profar has a chance to be a gold glove caliber top, or middle of the order run producing machine, that is a perennial All-Star. No prospect is a guarantee, but Profar looks to be legit as far as prospects go.

2.) Manny Machado (Orioles MLB) – Baltimore Orioles prospect Manny Machado who was the 3rd overall pick in the 2010 draft, Since being scouted for the draft Machado has drawn comparisons to slugger Alex Rodriguez. It’s easy to see why as Machado set the world on fire in his second MLB game, blasting 2 home runs. Some belive Machado was rushed to the big leagues as he is only 20-years old (playing third base for the first time). At the time of his call, Machado was posting less than great stats for someone summoned to the bigs at such a young age. With the AA Bowie Baysox this season, Machado posted a .266 AVG, .352 OBP, .438 SLG, with 26 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs, and 13 stolen bases. Machado showed very good plate discipline for his age, walking 48 times to 70 strikeouts.

3.) Billy Hamilton (Reds AA) – Cincinnati Reds one man show/prospect Billy Hamilton was a second round draft pick of the 2009 draft. Name any major league speedster, and Billy Hamilton is easily faster. While Hamilton is a shortstop currently, many believe his calling card is in center field. Hamilton has a chance to be an excellent leadoff hitter as long as his bat continues to progress. Between A+ Bakersfield and AA Pensacola, Billy Hamilton has been a one man show as he steals more bases by himself than most minor league teams combined. So far, Hamilton has a .311 AVG, .409 OBP, .425 SLG, 20 Doubles, 12 Triples, 2 Home Runs, with a 71/94 walks/strikeouts. However the most impressive stat is Hamilton’s 135 stolen bases. With a month left, Billy Hamilton only needs 15 more stolen bases to break the MiLB record. Watch out baseball world. Hamilton is on the loose!

4.) Francisco Lindor (Indians A) – Cleveland Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor was a part of the great 2011 draft, as Lindor was the 8th overall selection. Lindor is the total package, a switch hitting, fast, very good defensive shortstop. To the conventional baseball fan Lindor’s numbers don’t look very impressive, but when you consider he is only 18 years old in Low-A baseball, make his numbers very impressive. With the Lake County Capitals, Lindor is batting .263, .357 OBP, .371, 20 Doubles, 3 Triples, 6 Home Runs, 25 stolen bases, with a very impressive 52 walks/ 60 strikeouts. With Francisco Lindor, the Indians have a little bit easier decision when it comes to re-signing Asdrubal Cabrera, as Lindor appears to be the Indians shortstop of the future.

5.) Jean Segura (Brewers MLB) – The former Angels, current Milwaukee Brewers shortstop prospect was the main prospect in the Zack Greinke trade. They say “Good things come in small packages”. Well, that’s the case with the 5’10, 165 lbs Segura, as he reached the majors shortly after being traded to the Brewers (after playing in 1 major league game for the Angels). The 22-year-old Segura was very impressive in AA this season, batting .304, with a .358 OBP, .413 SLG, 13 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs, and 37 stolen bases. With Jean Segura it makes it easy to see why the Brewers were willing to give up Ace Zack Greinke.

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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