With the draft over and it being nearly midseason, I thought it would be the perfect time to bring out an updated Top 10 Prospect list with the new draft picks added.
1. Daniel Corcino – RHP – AA Pensacola
Corcino was the highest rated prospect coming into the season who is still prospect eligible and he has not done anything to change that. He is a 21 year old in AA with a 3.77 ERA and while he had a bit of a slow start in the strikeout department, he has made the adjustment and has 37 strikeouts and 13 walks in his last 31 innings (6 starts). He has two above-average pitches right now and a solid third pitch that he can throw for strikes.
2. Billy Hamilton – SS – A+ Bakersfield
Hamilton has had the best season of anyone in the Reds system from the position players. He is hitting .320/.405/.445 with 71 steals, 34 walks and 47 strikeouts. On top of that, he has also improved his error rate so far this season. He has some plus tools to his game and his numbers have been nothing short of outstanding this year.
3. Robert Stephenson - RHP – RK+ Billings
2011′s first round draft pick has yet to make his debut as the Reds held him back in extended spring training to work on learning a circle change and plan to send him to Billings when their season begins on June 20th. Armed with an above-average to plus fastball and an above-average breaking ball he has all of the tools to project as a top end starting pitcher.
4. Nick Travieso – RHP – Yet to be determined
While Travieso has yet to sign his contract, it is expected he will sign rather quickly. Much like Stephenson, Travieso has yet to make his debut, but also features an above-average to plus fastball and an above-average breaking ball. Like Stephenson he also needs to work on his change up, but has what you want to see from a guy who could project as a front end starting pitcher.
5. Tanner Rahier – SS – Yet to be determined
The Reds second round pick from the 2012 draft has already signed his contract and is getting ready to begin his season on June 20th, likely with the AZL Reds. While Rahier isn’t expected to stick at shortstop long term, he should be able to slide over to third base just fine if he outgrows the position. He has a whole lot of power potential and there is still a chance he can remain up the middle.
6. Didi Gregorius – SS – AA Pensacola
Gregorius has had a bit of an up and down season so far, hitting .333 in both April and so far in June, but slumped in May where he hit just .220. He has all of the defensive tools you want to see for a player to be considered strong up the middle. At the plate he is a high contact hitter who has some power potential but hasn’t quite figured out how to use it consistently in games yet.
7. Henry Rodriguez – 3B – AA Pensacola
While Rodriguez is currently on the disabled list with a broken thumb, he has had himself a really strong season with the time he has played. Before the injury the switch hitter was batting .348 and playing a solid third base. He has always been a strong hitter for average and moving to third base makes him an unconventional guy at the position, but I think he could be valuable there with a high average, solid on-base skills and solid defense.
8. Jesse Winker – OF – Yet to be determined
Winker, like Rahier, has already signed his contract and will begin his professional career on June 20th, likely with the AZL Reds. The supplemental first rounder projects as a corner outfield or perhaps a first baseman if he fills out enough and loses too much speed. Despite being limited to a corner position, his bat projects well. He is said to have a very advanced approach and good future power potential who can hit to all fields.
9. Kyle Lotzkar – RHP – AA Pensacola
Lotzkar has been through a whole lot since being drafted by the Reds back in 2007. There have been several injuries and a whole lot of missed time, rehabbing and even re-learning new mechanics. If he can manage to throw three innings in his next start he will set a new career high for innings in a season. Despite all of that, he is performing very well this season with a combined ERA of 2.53 between Bakersfield and Pensacola. Like Corcino he had an adjustment period in AA, but in his last three starts he has 23 strikeouts and just 3 walks over 18 innings. With two above-average pitches and a solid third one he could become a solid middle of the rotation pitcher in the future if he can stay healthy and continue to build up his innings.
10. Gabriel Rosa – 3B – Yet to be determined
The Reds 2nd rounder from 2011 is just 18 years old and has a professional season under his belt. He may return to the AZL or could head to Billings on June 20th. Rosa has some big power potential in his bat, but he does need to hone in his plate approach some if last year is an indication of where he is at in that regard. He was solid defensively at third base after being a shortstop in high school. He is a raw player, but he has some impressive tools to work with.