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Cinncinnati Reds Top Prospects 2014: Stock Update For 5 Best Players

Cinncinnati Reds Top Prospects 2014: Stock Update For 5 Best Players

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The 2014 MLB Amateur Draft and an international signing threw the top-five Cincinnati Reds' prospects into chaos. Let's give a shout out to a few "Honorable Mention" names: SP/RP Nick Howard, OF Phil Ervin, SP Ben Lively and OF Aristides Aquino, who leads the Pioneer League (rookie league) in both homers (13) and RBI (47). Those guys were close, but here are the top five whose stock has risen the most.

5. Alex Blandino, Shortstop

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5. Alex Blandino, Shortstop

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See that guy playing shortstop? That's Reds 2014 No. 1 draft pick Alex Blandino. He started the season in the Billings and was promoted to single-A a couple of weeks ago. During his stint in rookie ball, he slashed .309/.412/.527 with four homers in 110 at-bats. His transition to single-A pitching has been effortless, batting .309/.397/.473 with one bomb in 55 at-bats. His home run came in his first single-A at-bat for Dayton.

4. Raisel Iglesias, SP/RP

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4. Raisel Iglesias, SP/RP

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Iglesias is so new to the system they still haven't figured out his first name, Raisel or Raciel. He is now in the United States after sorting out visa problems and has yet to throw a pitch in the Reds organization. The Reds inked him to a seven-year deal in late-June. He throws mid-90s heat and a sweeping breaking ball. Other than that, he's a wait-and-see guy. The Reds are trying to fast track him as a starter.

3. Robert Stephenson, SP

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3. Robert Stephenson, SP

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Robert Stephenson's first full season in double-A has been a disappointment. He's walking five batters per nine innings, owns a 4.59 ERA with 14 home runs allowed in 115.2 innings pitched. While his fastball and curve both grade as plus-pitches, Stephenson has yet to develop an effective third pitch. He's still a thrower not a pitcher. His GO/AO ratio of 0.77 wont cut it -- especially pitching half his games in Cincy's homer-friendly stadium.

2. Michael Lorenzen, SP

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2. Michael Lorenzen, SP

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Lorenzen is pitching in the same double-A rotation as Stephenson. Entering the season, it was unknown whether or not he'd be more efficient in a starting or relief role. He has proven to be the best starting pitching prospect in the Reds' system. Unlike Stephenson, he has learned to pitch by taking a little off his high-90s cheese and working hard to develop a sweet change-up. His breaking ball will be good enough to work against big leaguers.

1. Jesse Winker, OF

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1. Jesse Winker, OF

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Winker tore up high-A Bakersfield before trying to play through a wrist injury after a promotion to double-A. If he has a hot spring next season, he may be a cure for the Reds' left field woes. Before his promotion, he hit .317/.426/.580 with 13 bombs. Fangraphs project him as about a .270 hitter with 25-30 home runs per season.