Looking at the Top 10 Prospects For the Cincinnati Reds in 2013
Top 10 Cincinnati Reds Prospects For 2013
Prior to the 2012 postseason, the Cincinnati Reds looked like the team to beat as many people expected them to be favorites for the World Series. Even after they won the first two games of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants on the road, the Reds seemed like they were the team to beat.
Unfortunately, everything went down hill for Cincinnati after Game 2 considering San Francisco overcame an 0-2 deficit to win the series before going on to win the World Series. Despite their early exit from the playoffs, the Reds have to like their chances of competing for the title once again in 2013.
On paper, Cincinnati has some of the best players in the league in Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. What’s even better—they recently acquired Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians—which should have an immediate impact.
The Reds finished one game behind the Washington Nationals for best record in the league last season and with their current lineup along with the handful of prospects that could make a splash—2013 could finally be the year for Cincinnati.
Of course, when it comes to prospects, everybody knows nothing is guaranteed as there’s no telling what to expect when certain players finally make it to the big leagues. Still, the Reds have plenty of potential when it comes to their farm system and it should be interesting to see which players will earn the chance to make an impact next season.
Here’s a look at the top 10 prospects for the Reds heading into 2013 as they look to earn their third NL Central title over the last four years.
10. David Vidal
Vidal was selected in the eighth round of the 2010 Amateur Draft and spent last year with Bakersfield and Pensacola in which he batted .243 with 18 home runs and 60 RBIs.
9. Tanner Rahier
After being selected in the second round of last year's Amateur Draft, Rahier was some what of a disappointment in the minors last year considering he batted just .192 to go along with four home runs and 30 RBIs.
8. Ismael Guillon
Guillon was impressive in 2012 during stints with Billings and Dayton as the pitcher went 6-1 with a 2.38 ERA.
7. Henry Rodriguez
The potential is certainly there for Rodriguez after appearing in 12 games last season for the Reds in which he appeared in 12 games, but only posted a .214 average.
6. Jesse Winker
Winker put up some impressive numbers last year in 62 games with the Billings as he recorded a .338 batting average to go along with five home runs and 35 RBIs.
5. Nick Travieso
Another former first-round pick of the Amateur Draft in 2012, Travieso still has plenty of work before he can ever make an impact in the big leagues. He went 0-2 last year in the minors with a 4.71 ERA.
4. Daniel Corcino
His numbers may not be as impressive from 2012 with Pensacola considering he only recorded an 8-8 record, but the potenail is certainly there for Corcino heading into 2013.
3. Robert Stephenson
Another former first-round pick in the Amateur Draft, Stephenson showed potential at times in 2012, but a 15-15 record is nothing to brag about during stints with Billings and Dayton.
2. Tony Cingrani
Cingrani appeared in three games for the Reds in 2012 while recording a 1.80 ERA.
1. Billy Hamilton
Hamilton is one of the top Reds prospects heading into 2013 after stints with Bakersfield and Pensacola last season in which he batted .311 with 45 RBIs.