By Brian Devine on March 18, 2014
Even though the Cincinnati Reds optioned many young players to minor league camp last week, several Reds’ prospects have made a strong impression. The Reds also have some prospects who are close to the majors who are having standout springs.
Check out the following slideshow to find out the Reds' most impressive prospects this spring.
Tucker Barnhart is not known for his offense, but he’s shown nice results this spring. He is hitting .286 with a .762 OPS in 14 spring at bats. He could evolve into an intriguing prospect for Cincinnati if he can continue to show more promise offensively.
Carlos Contreras only pitched four games for the Reds during Spring Training, but showed a lot of potential. He yielded just one run, struck out three, and picked up a save in 3.1 innings pitched. Contreras will likely start the season in AAA, and he could develop into a solid piece for the Reds.
While Neftali Soto is not a top prospect, he has been extremely impressive this spring. He has already hit two home runs, five RBI, and owns a .424 batting average in 33 at bats. If he can continue his hot spring, he will quickly start gaining more recognition.
Even though his numbers are unimpressive this spring, Robert Stephenson is the Reds' best pitching prospect. He has posted a 6.75 ERA, but it is easy to see why he is such a highly regarded player. His fastball is explosive, and his off-speed pitches can be above average with more polish.
Billy Hamilton is expected to start in center field for the Reds this season, and he is off to a fast start this spring. Hamilton is hitting .303 with nine steals, and has a .410 OBP in 33 at bats. This performance should be giving the Reds a lot of confidence in him, and fans should expect a standout rookie season for Hamilton.
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