The Reds announced their non-roster invitees to spring training yesterday. Here is the list of prospects invited (not including guys already on the 40-man roster who are invited automatically):
- Tucker Barnhart – C
- Billy Hamilton – OF
- Ryan LaMarre – OF
- Kristopher Negron – INF/OF
- Denis Phipps – OF
- Derrick Robinson – OF
- Nick Christiani – RHP
- Wilkin De La Rosa – LHP
- Justin Freeman – RHP
- Drew Hayes – RHP
- Chad Rogers – RHP
No real surprises here other than a guy like Josh Fellhauer being left off. He is in the upper minors, polished and hit over .300 in a full AA season last year. Thought he would get a chance to at least stick around for two weeks getting clean up time. He fits well for a backup outfielder role and in my opinion, just as good or better than any of the outfielders on this list except Hamilton.
Despite me posting the Farm System Rankings based on his system, I don’t believe that I posted a link to John Sickels Reds Top 20 prospects, which came out on Sunday. That leaves just Baseball Prospectus left as the major publication who hasn’t covered their Reds top prospect list.
Here is a quick update on some guys playing winter ball:
- Henry Rodriguez is hitting .302 in the VWL playoffs.
- Felix Perez is hitting .306 in the VWL playoffs.
- Neftali Soto is hitting .167 in the PWL playoffs.
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