Ranking the Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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Ranking the Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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It must be the ultimate dream of a Major League Baseball team to be able to let a high priced free agent go because they have someone just as good coming through their own minor league pipeline. That is the case for at least one position for the 2014 Cincinnati Reds and possibly more than that. Most know the top prospect for the Reds but there are a few others in addition to him that could make a splash for the first time in 2014.

Times change around baseball teams and that is what the case is for the 2014 Reds. They are losing center fielder Shin-Soo Choo to free agency and their manager, Dusty Baker was fired days after the end of their season. As things change, there is excitement and fear in the air at the same time. For the Reds, it could be the beginning of the next level for them and years of continuing to compete for the World Series.

Of course the people filling roles could do a terrible job and the new manager could flop. It is possible that they keep second baseman Brandon Phillips and he turns his career and attitude back around or becomes a bad seed for the entire team. Into the mix of craziness of 2014 for the Reds will enter a few of the young men on this list. This is the Reds top 10 prospects heading into the 2014 season. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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10 – Sean Buckley

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Though staying healthy could present a problem at least temporarily, Buckey is a decent third baseman who could see a move to a corner outfield spot in the future as well. He has to work on getting a full season in before we really know where he is in his development.

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9 – Ryan Wright

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Wright is a fairly well gifted infielder defensively and will be a very good utility man in the worst case scenario. If his offense comes along in the year to come, don’t be surprised if a starting role appears in his future.

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8 – David Holmberg

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Holmberg is a lefty that could very well be bound for the 2014 starting rotation of the Reds. His fastball, curve, slider and changeup combination should work out well for him at the MLB level as long as he continues to control most of them.

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7 – Daniel Corcino

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Corcino is a right-hander that could see a bullpen role in his future because of a tough 2013 season. That however wouldn’t be so bad in that he has a chance to break onto the opening day roster in the relief pitcher position.

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6 – Michael Lorenzen

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Lorenzen has a good fastball and curveball combination that could work extremely well in the late innings. In addition to being a promising pitcher, Lorenzen also provides the rare ability to play the outfield on occasion as well. That is certainly not something we see every day.

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5 – Jesse Winker

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Winker is an outfielder with okay defense. His offensive upside lies along the role of a high average, run producing player which is something every team needs every season. It won’t be long before he is manning an outfield position somewhere.

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4 – Phil Ervin

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Ervin has a great arm with awesome offensive potential. He blew up the first season in pro baseball and is looking to improve further upon his résumé as one of the Reds best outfield prospects.

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3 – Nicholas Travieso

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Travieso is a right hander with a great potential fastball. The other stuff, including a very good and deceptive changeup is still coming along as he tries to keep it down in the zone. A good fastball with a good deceptive changeup could make Travieso a force on the rotation very soon.

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2 – Robert Stephenson

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His most recent season ended up in Double-A with combined ERA of 2.99 and WHIP of 1.11 along with 136 strikeouts in 114 innings. I think that about says it all. Stephenson is the real deal and he’s well on his way towards the big leagues in the next year or two.

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1 – Billy Hamilton

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At this point Hamilton is probably the best known prospect in all of baseball. He is without a doubt the fastest man in the game today. The only question that remains is how often he can get on base and how healthy he can stay over the length of the season. During his 13 game debut in 2013, he posted 13 steals and also a .429 on-base percentage. That would tend to suggest he will be just fine as a replacement of Shin-Soo Choo.

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