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In case you missed the post yesterday afternoon, I looked at potential Rule 5 players who the Reds will need to protect or risk losing. If you only saw the original post when it went live in the afternoon, check it out again as I added two players that I missed to the list. I could see up to 7 players being protected and as few as 5. Update: Here is who was protected:
- Daniel Corcino – RHP
- Josh Ravin – RHP
- Curtis Partch – RHP
- Carlos Contreras – RHP
- Ismael Guillon – LHP
- Yorman Rodriguez – OF
That leaves a few rather interesting guys who could be taken. At the top of that list, if I were running another team, would be Josh Fellhauer. While he is likely only a platoon outfielder, he is the majority partner in that platoon who can play both corners well and can also cover you in center. He make a lot of contact and will draw walks. He is a very ideal guy as a 4th outfielder right now. A guy like Mark Serrano could potentially help out someone. He has an average fastball, perhaps slightly above-average and an above-average to plus slider to go along with solid control. Tim Crabbe has thrown harder in the past than he did this season, at times getting up to 95. He also has a solid slider/cutter to work with. I could see a team trying him in the bullpen in the spring as a look/see to see if he can find that velocity again. I am not sure anyone else would be looked at strongly this season, though I think some guys who were eligible for the first time this year may wind up needing to be protected next year if they continue to develop on the paths they are on.
Over the weekend the Reds Arizona Fall League team played for the championship. Billy Hamilton left the game after crashing into the center field wall, but he is fine. Hamilton went 2-5 with a triple in the game. Didi Gregorius went 1-4 and made a nice defensive play. Tim Crabbe started and got the win. Josh Ravin threw two perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Curtis Partch threw a shutout inning of work.
Here is an update on the guys playing winter ball:
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