The future is bright for not only the Reds, but the following list of prospects as well. These minor leaguers have come out of the gate like gangbusters this season and show no signs of letting up. Their ultimate goal? To eventually thwart the minor league life in favor of living out their dreams as big leaguers. It appears they're well on their way.
Here are the Redlegs Review Minor League Players of the Month for April:
SS Paul Janish - Janish led the squad in average (.315), hits (23), total bases (38) and OPS (.911). He ranked second on the team in doubles (7) and OBP (.390). Unfortunately, the sure-handed infielder was placed on the 7-day DL on Monday due to a fractured left wrist.
Honorable Mentions: Dioner Navarro, Neftali Soto
RHP J.J. Hoover - The right-hander made eight appearances in which he totalled 17 strikeouts in just nine innings pitched. He converted all four of his save opportunities while posting an ERA of 2.00. His WHIP was an even 1.00 and hitters batted just .103 against him. He's now with the big club where he's yet to allow a run (or hit) in two outings.
Honorable Mentions: Josh Judy, Carlos Fisher
3B Henry Rodriguez - The third basemen led the Blue Wahoos in hits (33), runs scored (18) and total bases with 44. He's currently tied for the team lead in RBIs (14) and games played (25), and is second in SLG (.436) and doubles (5).
Honorable Mentions: Cody Puckett, Didi Gregorius, Joel Guzman and Josh Fellhauer
LHP Donnie Joseph - The southpaw went 2-0 with 15 punchouts over 10 appearances (10 IP). He's allowed just five hits and issued only three walks. The closer is a perfect 4-for-4 in save chances.
Honorable Mentions: Daniel Corcino, Pedro Villarreal
SS Billy Hamilton - The highly-touted speedster led the world in stolen bases last month with 29. He's pacing the Blaze in average (.398), OBP (.481), OPS (1.072), runs (24), triples (4) and base on balls (14). He's the biggest reason for their recent 11-game winning streak. If there was a Redlegs Review Player of the Month for the whole organization, that distinction would go to Hamilton without hesitation.
Honorable Mentions: Donald Lutz, Bryson Smith and David Vidal
LHP Tony Cingrani - The former 3rd round draft pick sported a 2-1 record and 0.39 ERA for the month. He started four games and allowed just ONE earned run off nine hits spanning 23 total innings of work. He's racked up 28 strikeouts and opponents are hitting just .117 against him.
Honorable Mentions: Wilkin De La Rosa, Kyle Lotzkar, Daniel Wolford, and Brian Pearl
2B Ryan Wright - The second basemen paced the Dragons in games played (24), hits (26) and total bases (34). He's second on the team in average (.276) and RBIs (9) and third in OBP (.346).
Honorable Mentions: Yovan Rodriguez, Kyle Waldrop
RHP Justice French - The right-hander led the club in wins (3) and strikeouts (26) while accumulating the second-most innings pitched (27.2). He edged out a host of worthy candidates for the honor.
Honorable Mentions: Kyle McMyne, Tanner Robles and Daniel Tuttle
Congrats to all these guys on a great start to the 2012 season.
And in case you missed it, here's our picks for POTM for the big club.