Wednesday, February 8, 2012 releases list of Reds' top 20 prospects

Billy Hamilton may be the fastest player in baseball, but
 he also ranks #2 on the list of top 20 Reds prospects

With Spring Training inching ever so closer to reality, the various preseason player rankings have been exploding lately. Wednesday brought forth another one of those aforementioned rankings as released its "2012 Prospect Watch" for the Reds -- otherwise known as a list of the organization's top 20 prospects for the upcoming season.

Here's the criteria for eligibility as taken directly from MLB's website:

To be eligible for a list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.

Not surprisingly, catcher Devin Mesoraco tops the list at numero uno. He's followed by speedster Billy Hamilton, last year's first round pick Robert Stephenson, right-hander Daniel Corcino and projected starting shortstop Zack Cozart, to round out the top five.

To view spots 6-20 I encourage you to follow this link. And to view the article breaking down the rankings in further detail read here.

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