5 Untouchable Cincinnati Reds Players As Trade Deadline Approaches

5 Untouchable Cincinnati Reds Players

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With the MLB trading deadline a little over a month away, many names within the Cincinnati Reds' organization have been mentioned as possible trade targets. In an effort to clarify that list, let's take a look at five players the Reds should deem untouchable in trade talks.

5. Michael Lorenzen - P

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5. Michael Lorenzen - P

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Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft (38th overall), Michael Lorenzen had potential as a position player and as a pitcher. Selected by the Reds with the intentions to develop into strictly a pitcher, Lorenzen has been a force to be reckoned with this season. Just one year out of the draft, Lorenzen shot through the Reds' system. Currently with a 4-4 record, Lorenzen boasts a 2.41 ERA in AA Pensacola.

4. Todd Frazier - 3B

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4. Todd Frazier - 3B

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It has been well-documented how important Todd Frazier has been to the Cincinnati Reds in terms of offense in 2014. However, Frazier is one of the few players willing to take a leadership role on the roster. With the Reds struggling mightily, Frazier would be an integral cornerstone to build the team around going forward. Not to mention he also owns a very team-friendly contract for the foreseeable future.

3. Jesse Winker - LF

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3. Jesse Winker - LF

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Since being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft (49th overall), Jesse Winker has been turning heads around the league. Showing the ability to hit for average (career .302 minors batting average) and reach base (career .404 on base percentage), Winker also can drive in runs for his team (152 RBIs in three seasons).

2. Devin Mesoraco - C

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2. Devin Mesoraco - C

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Devin Mesoraco has risen to the occasion in 2014. Emerging as one of the young stars in the game (especially at the catching position), Mesoraco has excelled behind the plate and offensively. Like Frazier, Mesoraco has provided the team with much-needed leadership and could prove to be a valuable asset in molding the next generation of Reds players.

1. Robert Stephenson - P

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1. Robert Stephenson - P

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The top prospect in the Cincinnati Reds' organization, Robert Stephenson has been stellar since being drafted 27th overall in the 2011 MLB Draft. Boasting a 3.18 career ERA in the minors, Stephenson has hit a bit of a bump in AA Pensacola this season (3.49 ERA in 67 innings). However, Stephenson maintains some of the most impressive potential in all of the majors.

Grant Doepel is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrantDoepel, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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