The Reds made their first real cuts of the spring yesterday. Here is how it broke down:
- Optioned to Louisville: Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino
- Optioned to Pensacola: Kyle Lotzkar and Josh Ravin
- Optioned to Bakersfield: Carlos Contreras and Yorman Rodriguez
- Optioned to Dayton: Ismael Guillon
- Reassigned to minor league camp: Nick Christiani, Chad Rogers, Nevin Ashley, Kristopher Negron and Ryan LaMarre.
No real surprises in there as far as who got sent down. None of these players were truly competing for a roster spot and while some of them had performed well, they were keyed in for the minors unless there were injuries. The one non-move that surprised me was Billy Hamilton. First, he is hitting just .111/.200/.111 with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks in 20 plate appearances. Secondly, he simply isn’t competing for a job and we all know that. I guess that they may want to see him a little more, or perhaps work more directly on a day-to-day basis with the guys in to help with big league camp in terms of defense in center field.
John Sickels released his Top 150 Prospects this morning at MinorLeagueBall.com. Here are the Reds that made the list:
- 14. Billy Hamilton – OF
- 55. Robert Stephenson – RHP
- 65. Tony Cingrani – LHP
- 81. Daniel Corcino – RHP
- 125. Jesse Winker – OF
Sickels made notes on both Stephenson and Winker.
Fried and Stephenson both have Top 20 potential, if not Top 10, for 2014.
Coulter, Roache, and Winker are 2012 drafts who could all rank much higher a year from now.
While Mark Prior is going to wind up in the bullpen, he made a start in an intrasquad game yesterday for the Reds against the “Double-A” team, facing 4 batters. He performed well. From what I saw from watching him pitch last year, if he can throw strikes, I believe he can get Major League hitters out. Control was a serious issue for him though last year as he walked 23 batters in 25 innings (with 38 strikeouts).
My last note for the day and it isn’t really minor league related: Joe Posnanski shows us that the entire idea of a closer just doesn’t matter. Teams are winning the same amount of games as they always have regardless of the lead heading into the 9th inning.