A little late on this, but the weather didn’t cooperate at all earlier today so I couldn’t start until 3:50 this afternoon. The Billings Mustangs roster is out and here is what it looks like:

# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB
36 Jesus Adames P R R 6′ 4″ 195 1/25/1991
27 Tzu-Kai Chiu P L L 6′ 0″ 220 9/14/1987
49 Tyler Cline P R R 6′ 2″ 205 6/24/1990
47 Daniel Corcino P R R 5′ 11″ 165 8/26/1990
56 Patrick Doyle P R R 6′ 2″ 205 5/12/1988
26 Starlin Gerson P R R 6′ 4″ 175 8/26/1988
54 Daniel Guerrero P R R 6′ 1″ 190 7/21/1985
35 Blaine Howell P L L 5′ 11″ 210 10/2/1988
45 Porfirio Martinez P R R 5′ 10″ 175 11/29/1989
28 Tanner Robles P L L 6′ 4″ 205 2/24/1989
23 Clayton Shunick P R R 6′ 1″ 175 9/10/1986
34 Joshua Smith P R R 6′ 2″ 220 8/7/1987
41 Daniel Tuttle P R R 6′ 1″ 175 8/21/1990
22 James Walczak P R R 6′ 2″ 195 5/4/1987
19 Daniel Wolford P R R 6′ 2″ 210 8/19/1988
24 Chris Berset C S R 6′ 0″ 190 1/27/1988
6 Trey Manz C L R 6′ 1″ 185 9/1/1987
8 Tucker Barnhart DH S R 5′ 8″ 175 1/7/1991
4 Billy Hamilton SS R R 6′ 1″ 160 9/9/1990
29 Jonathan Kaskow 1B S R 6′ 4″ 220 10/6/1988
13 Devin Lohman SS R R 6′ 1″ 185 4/14/1989
48 Donald Lutz 1B L R 6′ 4″ 230 2/6/1989
17 Oliver Santos 3B R R 6′ 0″ 190 2/5/1987
11 Jefry Sierra 2B R R 5′ 10″ 165 4/16/1990
15 David Vidal 3B R R 5′ 11″ 185 10/23/1989
5 Theo Bowe LF L R 5′ 9″ 160 8/5/1990
53 Juan Duran LF R R 6′ 5″ 190 9/2/1991
9 Dayne Read OF R R 5′ 11″ 190 12/31/1988
40 Yorman Rodriguez CF R R 6′ 3″ 180 8/15/1992


This group certainly has potential. Four guys begin the season at 19 years old, though Tyler Cline will turn 20 by the end of the week. Jesus Adames is the youngest player in the pitching staff, having been born in January of 1991. Daniel Corcino returns to Billings at 19 to likely close again. Opening night starter Daniel Tuttle is a member of the 19 years old club and in my view, the best prospect on the pitching staff. 2010 draftees Tanner Robles, Daniel Wolford, Patrick Doyle and Josh Smith all find themselves heading for Billings.


The 2009 draft is represented on this infield with Billy Hamilton, Oliver Santos,  Tucker Barnhart and Trey Manz, the latter two who will be spending time at catcher. Joining them are several guys from this years draft – Devin Lohman, David Vidal, Jonathan Kaskow and Chris Berset. International guys Jefry Sierra and Donald Lutz also find themselves on the infield. Billy Hamilton is the best prospect on the infield, though he likely won’t be the best player. That honor is likely to go to the college guys Vidal or Lohman.


This is a really young group, headlined by 17 year old Yorman Rodriguez who will make his return to Billings after spending half a season with the Mustangs. Juan Duran finds himself in Billings despite struggling big time in the GCL last season. Theo Bowe is the third oldest of the group at age 19 who has a ton of speed. Dayne Read is the old man on the block as he comes in at age 21. Yorman Rodriguez is the best prospect on the team, but in the outfield I would expect Read to be the best overall performer simply because of his age advantage over the other players.

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20 Responses

  1. TJ

    Interested to see what Tyler Cline does…thought they might have him at Billings at the end of last year but it never happend

  2. Kyle

    Do you know much about Bowe? It seems like he gets lost in the shuffle but he had a good season last year and has some footspeed.

    • Doug Gray

      Outside of the kid being an absolute blazer, I have no idea about him.

  3. The Duke

    I wonder if we will see Duran play RF at all with YRod in CF and Bowe in LF.

  4. wanderinredsfan

    Billings is probably the most intriguing team within the system this season.

    I can’t wait to see Duran in the Pioneer League. All the parks are at high elevation and if he merely makes contact, he’s gonna be making a lot of round-trippers. Dude is uber-strong. He probably hits the ball harder than anyone in the Reds’ system, and that includes the guys on the big league club.

    It’s nice to have Y.Rod, Bowe, and Hamilton bringing elite speed down the middle and on the basepaths. And it’s great to finally have a good-hitting 3rd baseman come through Billings. It will be an interesting line-up, night in and night out.

  5. Beard

    Doug will you be coming out with a mid-season prospect report? If not could you maybe give us a run down of your top 5 prospects in AA and AAA and your top 5 in high A and below (or some breakdown like that).

    • Doug Gray

      I began working on my midseason depth chart a few days ago. Should be out this week at some point.

      • Rich


        Friday – Monday this week the Bats are coming to Norfolk. Since they are only an hour away from where I live, I am planning to catch a couple games. Do you have an educated guess on what will be the pitching rotation for the Bats over those four days?

  6. Michael Bush

    I won’t be able to get to the Mustangs game tonight but looking forward to going Tuesday. This crop of prospects really has be excited to be able to go to a few games and get a feel for them. Really looking forward to watching Barnhart, Duran, Hamilton, and Rodriguez in particular.

  7. william

    reds signed gary mathews junior for some insane reason…

      • Kyle

        I’m sure Sean Henry is thrilled. You’ve got to feel for the guy.

      • william

        What’s the difference? When Dickerson comes back Heisey needs Playing time anyway. We’ve got enough outfielders in the system.

      • william

        not to mention terrero, dorn, and sappelt. I would just rather see younger players get the PT thats all. I dont see matthews as a contributer at the majors, I’d rather see Balentien called up if it comes to that.

  8. darryl sanchez

    doug, do you know anything about whats up with Hildebrant?

    • Doug Gray

      He is coming back from surgery. Looks like for now he is in Arizona.

  9. Kyle

    It is really nice to see Yorman, Barnhart, Tuttle, and Lutz get off to a fast start.
    Daniel Guerrero has to be the oldest guy in that league. A real blast from the past.
    What do we know about Jefry Sierra? He had an impressive game tonight, isn’t too old, and handled the bat well in the GCL last season.

    • Doug Gray

      Sierra had a nice average last year in the GCL, but it was boosted by a BABIP around .400. He also showed hardly any power. I don’t know much about him other than the stats though, a relative unknown at this point.

  10. Mark Young

    I am pretty excited about the prospects on this Billings team. Starting with the young position players like Yorman,Duran,Hamilton, Sierra, Barnhardt and Bowe whom I saw in the GCL last year. Plus the pitching of Tuttle, Adames, Corcino, Martinez, Cline and Gerson this club has a group of the highest ceiling prospects in all of the lower levels of minor league baseball in my opinion. Watching some of these guys play last year in the GCL gave me hope the Reds have turned the corner poistively in there Scouting and player development. Miss the team here in Sarasota but listened to Billings game last night and heard commentator comment on Juan Duran’s rifle arm throw to home. Go Reds