Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Revised Reds 2012 Top 10 Prospects

2012 should be Mesoraco's last round on a prospect list.
It's no secret that the Reds paid a hefty price tag in order to bring Mat Latos to the Queen City. In doing so they gave up three of their top 10 prospects in 1B Yonder Alonso, C Yasmani Grandal, and P Brad Boxberger. If the Reds can make a deep postseason run, it will certainly ease the pain, but in any event, it's evident that the Reds' farm club has taken a major hit. Baseball Instinct has put out the first revised list of the 2012 Top 10 Prospects for Cincinnati which I've seen and from the little bit I've picked up from actually paying attention to minor league baseball for the first time last year, it seems to be a very good representation of what's left at the top for the Reds for now. Speaking on the Latos trade, Baseball Instinct said, "With all that in mind, the Reds did what they felt they must do to win.  In the process, it depleted them and left them with really only one upper level prospect."

Remember that the following list is only for 2012 and can be replenished in the coming years whether it be through the draft or a trade of which we shall not speak at this moment, but which could be inevitable in a couple of years. For the full in-depth analysis from Baseball Instinct on each player click the link above.

Reds 2012 Top 10 Prospects
1. C Devin Mesoraco
2. SS Billy Hamilton
3. SP Robert Stephenson
4. SP Daniel Corcino
5. 1B Neftali Soto
6. SS Zack Cozart
7. 2B Ronald Torreyes
8. SS Didi Gregorius
9. SP Tony Cingrani
10. IF Juan Perez
Just missed the top 10: OF Yorman Roriguez, IF/OF Todd Frazier

My Take(s)
-There are some great players on that list, however, next year Mesoraco, Cozart, and Frazier will no longer be considered prospects if they contribute to the big league club the way they are expected to in 2012.

-Hamilton is a guy whose success is going to be hinged upon getting on base so that he can use his speed as a true weapon. To me that's an awfully volatile scenario that could go either way. Defensively, he probably projects as an average 2B or an above average CF, rather than a SS.

-Corcino is Johnny Cueto 2.0, or at least that what some are saying. They're both about 5'10/11" pitchers from the Dominican Republic. Cueto's a little heavier, but Corcino will surely put on weight as he gets older and his body matures, considering he's just 21 (hopefully not as much as I did when I was 21). For now he is striking out lots of people and not walking very many, thus making batters "earn their way on base" as Baseball Instinct says. You've got to love that in a pitcher.

-Soto certainly made it easier to trade Yonder Alonso I'm sure. The average fan probably didn't know what the Reds had or probably didn't look past Alonso at first, but Walt Jocketty knows his organization through and through, and if Soto continues on his current progression he should be willing and able to step in at first should he be needed when he'll be needed. There's almost 0% chance that transition is seamless in the stat book, so do yourself a favor now and don't expect it to be.

-Go Reds

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