RedsMinorLeagues.com 2013 Top Prospect List #1-5

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5. Jesse Winker – OF – 18 Years Old – RK+

Acquired: 1st Round, 2012 Draft

The Good: Winker showed off a plus hit tools in his debut against much older competition. He has some power projection as well.

Needs to work on: Defense isn’t a big issue for Winker, but it is probably the biggest question on his resume at this point. How much his power grows could also be a small question at this point.

2012 Stats

Tm PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
Billings 275 16 3 5 35 1 3 40 50 .338 .443 .500

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4. Nick Travieso – RHP – 18 Years Old – RK-

Acquired: 1st Round, 2012 Draft

The Good: Travieso has been clocked as high as 99 MPH with his fastball, a potentially plus slider and a change up that has made quick progress.

Needs to work on: Improving his change up and just building up his innings given that he had a limited role as a starting pitcher in high school.

2012 Stats

Tm W L ERA G IP H HR BB SO BF WHIP K/BB BB% K%
AZL 0 2 4.71 8 21.0 20 3 5 14 87 1.19 2.8 5.7% 16.1%

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3. Daniel Corcino – RHP – 21 Years Old – AA

Acquired: NDFA, January 2008

The Good: Corcino has an above-average fastball, a good slider and change up that he trusts to throw at any point. He has swing and miss stuff when he is on top of his game.

Needs to work on: 2012 saw his walk rate jump up from previous levels, though he did skip High-A. His control is likely the difference between reaching his ceiling and being a back end starter.

2012 Stats

Tm W L ERA G SV IP H HR BB SO WHIP K/BB BB% K%
Pensacola 8 8 3.01 26 0 143.1 111 9 65 126 1.23 1.94 11.0% 21.3%

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2. Robert Stephenson – RHP – 19 Years Old – A-

Acquired: 1st Round, 2011 Draft

The Good: Stephenson ran over competition in Billings with a mid-to-upper 90′s fastball that touches 100 to go along with a potentially plus curveball and potentially plus change up.

Needs to work on: Control was a small issue in Low-A for Stephenson, though it wasn’t on the bad side of things. To reach his ultimate potential as an ACE he will need to improve that aspect of his game as he continues to make his way up the ladder.

2012 Stats

Tm W L ERA G SV IP H HR BB SO BF WHIP K/BB BB% K%
Billings 1 0 2.05 7 0 30.2 22 2 8 37 123 0.98 4.6 6.5% 30.1%
Dayton 2 4 4.19 8 0 34.1 32 4 15 35 150 1.37 2.3 10.0% 23.3%
Total 3 4 3.18 15 0 65.0 54 6 23 72 273 1.19 3.1 8.4% 26.4%

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1. Billy Hamilton – CF – 21 Years Old – AA

Acquired: 2nd Round, 2009 Draft

The Good: Hamilton has some of the best speed that baseball has seen in decades to go along with a good understanding of how to use it. He boosted his walk rate and plate discipline in 2012 while also becoming a much stronger hitter thanks to improved mechanics in his swing.

Needs to work on: He is making the transition defensively to center field where he needs to learn the nuances of the position. There are some scouts who still wonder just how good he can be offensively due to his lack of home run power, but it is more along the lines of will he be a regular or can he be a star rather than will he hit enough to stay in the line up?

2012 Stats

Tm PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
Bakersfield 392 18 9 1 30 104 21 50 70 .323 .413 .439
Pensacola 213 4 5 1 15 51 16 36 43 .286 .406 .383
Totals 605 22 14 2 45 155 37 86 113 .311 .410 .420

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