Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Reds' Minor League/MiLB.com All-Stars

C- Yasmani Grandal
1B - Neftal Soto
2B - Henry Rodruiguez
3B - David Vidal
SS - Billy Hamilton
OF - Jeremy Hermida
OF - Yonder Alonso
OF - Ryan LaMarre
DH - Devin Mesoraco
RH SP - Josh Smith
LH SP - Tony Cingrani
RP - Drew Hayes

The preceding list is the Reds' Organization All-Stars according to MiLB.com. It's is a great look at the best players at each position, regardless of age, prospect status or level, for the Reds' farm system in 2011. I suggest you to read the full article by Danny Wild on MiLB.com when you get a chance, as it gives deserving credit to the Reds' minor leaguers who had the best seasons. In the near future, we here at Redlegs Review plan to break down the depth chart, if you will, at each position from the Cincinnati Reds all the way down to the AZL Reds, just to give you a sense of what is waiting in the wings. Till then, here are my quick take-aways from the article by Wild.
-The Reds are on a collision course for another Votto/Alonso situation, with both Yasmani Grandal and Devin Mesoraco looking like legitimate catchers. Although, neither Mesoraco nor Grandal has won the NL MVP award, they both look like studs and give the Reds one of those "problems that's good to have." Depth at catcher is enviable by any team. Too bad they can't use one of them as a DH. I wouldn't be opposed to trading Grandal in a package this coming year, if it could bring good starting pitching to help in 2012.

-As mentioned by Wild and Jeff Graupe, of the Reds' Player Development Department, Neftali Soto is often overlooked or forgotten about at 1B because of Votto and Alonso. We're talking about a player who missed a whole month and still came away with 80 RBIs. Perhaps more trade bait or even a backup plan if say Alonso, or even Votto was traded?

-Billy Hamilton is a freak. Excuse the pun, but if he can keep running like he does (103 steals in 2011), he'll find himself in Cincinnati one of these days. Should he come around defensively as well, then Reds' fans certainly have something to look forward at short, and if he can't figure out how to corral ground balls and throw them to first, well then he'll still have a shot as a converted center fielder. Speed like that certainly can't hurt.

-Hopefully guys like Josh Smith and Tony Cingrani pan out, and continue to give the Reds' pitching depth in their organization. To add to that list, Daniel Corcino (11-7, 3.42) is probably expected to be better than both of them. He was ranked the 16th best prospect in the Midwest League by Baseball America after the 2011 season. I like it.

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