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Stock Up, Down For Cincinnati Reds’ Top 5 Prospects

Stock is Rising for Some of the Cincinnati Reds' Top 5 Prospects

Cincinnati Reds: Robert Stephenson Tops Next Wave of Prospects after Billy Hamilton
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The Cincinnati Reds won't need a prospect to leadoff and man center field now that Billy Hamilton has arrived, but other top prospects in the organization continue to push for their day to come.

5. Top Prospect Robert Stephenson RHP - Stock Is Up

Robert Stephenson: Top Cincinnati Reds Prospect
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5. Top Prospect Robert Stephenson RHP - Stock Is Up

Robert Stephenson: Top Cincinnati Reds Prospect
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Robert Stephenson and his upper-90s fastball finished last year at Triple A Louisville. He started this year at Double A Pensacola, where he has started three games this year. Stephenson's stock is rising, but he won't be needed by the Reds until 2016.

4. The Readiest Positional Prospect Donald Lutz LF/1B - Stock Is Rising

Donald Lutz: Cincinnati Reds Prospect Stock Steady
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4. The Readiest Positional Prospect Donald Lutz LF/1B - Stock Is Rising

Donald Lutz: Cincinnati Reds Prospect Stock Steady
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Left-handed hitting slugger Donald Lutz was called up by the Cincinnati Reds early in the 2013 season after injuries forced a move. Lutz is killing the ball at Double A (1.067 OPS after 17 games), and is just too athletic and powerful to be bypassed by much rawer and younger outfield prospects like Phil Ervin, Jesse Winker and Yorman Rodriguez for a roster spot in 2015.

3. Former Top Pitching Prospect Daniel Corcino RHP - Stock Crashing

Daniel Corcino: Stock crashing for former top prospect Daniel Corcino
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3. Former Top Pitching Prospect Daniel Corcino RHP - Stock Crashing

Daniel Corcino: Stock crashing for former top prospect Daniel Corcino
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Once hailed as the next Johnny Cueto, Daniel Corcino is in freefall as a Cincinnati Reds prospect. He is currently struggling at the Double A level, and suffered a terrible Spring Training. Corcino had a 5.86 ERA over the course of a full Triple A season last year. He's just 23 years old, but his days may be numbered in the Reds' organization.

2. Catching Depth Prospect Tucker Barnhart C - Stock Rising

Tucker Barnhart: Future backup catcher for the Cincinnati Reds
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2. Catching Depth Prospect Tucker Barnhart C - Stock Rising

Tucker Barnhart: Future backup catcher for the Cincinnati Reds
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Tucker Barnhart won't be an everyday catcher for the Cincinnati Reds as long as Devin Mesoraco is with the team. Barnhart won't be a backup either as long as the Reds have Brayan Pena. But should injury arise, like it did when Mesoraco started the 2014 season on the disabled list, Barnhart is ready and able to plug in. His stock is rising because of his value as a reliable backup catcher with some contact hitting ability.

1. Starting Pitcher Prospect David Holmberg LHP

David Holmberg: Stock dropping like a rock for Cincinnati Reds' pitching prospect David Holmberg
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1. Starting Pitcher Prospect David Holmberg LHP

David Holmberg: Stock dropping like a rock for Cincinnati Reds' pitching prospect David Holmberg
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The Cincinnati Reds traded platoon catcher Ryan Hanigan in a three-team deal and received left-handed starting pitcher prospect David Holmberg in return. Holmberg is getting bombed in Triple A. In three starts this year, Holmberg has given up 20 hits and has a 14.48 ERA in just over nine innings. Unless Holmberg can turn things around, he may not be long for the Reds' organization.