Thursday, August 9, 2012

Latos, Rolen make a move in latest Reds player power rankings

It’s the second edition of the player power rankings. The Reds are 3-4 since last week, including all four losses in a row going into tonight’s game with the Cubs. Almost everyone seems to have cooled off, which should have been expected, leaving most Reds fans yearning for the return of Joey Votto. Who can blame them? We’ve been without him long enough. Hopefully, he’ll be back by next week. Until then, here’s how the roster has stacked up thus far.

It should be noted that Mat Latos and Scott Rolen took the biggest leaps. Latos moved from 10th to 7th, while Rolen moved from 19th to a tie for 12th. The newest Red, Jonathan Broxton also makes his first appearance this week.

1. Joey Votto
Last week: 1; How we voted: High-1 Low-4
The Reds have done astoundingly well in his absence, but after the Milwaukee series, one has to wonder how much longer they can keep afloat without Votto’s presence in the lineup. -Scott

2. Johnny Cueto
Last week: 2; High-1 Low-3
Despite losing a three-run, seven-inning outing against Milwaukee, Cueto is still the best pitcher on the staff and the best in the National League. -Josh

T-3. Brandon Phillips
Last week: 2; High-2 Low-5
Although the Reds and Brandon haven't performed well since his return (BP has only had one hit in three games), he's still batting .290, and I think he finishes with another .300 season and another Gold Glove. -Josh

T-3. Aroldis Chapman
Last week: 4; High-3 Low-4
The Cuban Missile is 1-0 with two saves in three appearances (3 IP) this past week. Yeah, he's pretty good. -Jimmi

T-5. Todd Frazier
Last week: 5; High-6 Low-7
There are rumors buzzing over where Frazier plays when Votto returns. I’m not really sure about where he plays everyday, but I’m sure that he needs to be playing. -Scott

T-5. Ryan Ludwick
Last week: 5; High-5 Low-8
Ludwick has 12 hits and four home runs in the last 10 games and a .313 batting average in the last 30 days. Ludwick has become the best off-season pick up in baseball. -Josh

7. Mat Latos
Last week: 10; High-6 Low-8
Latos just keeps getting better and better. Best of all, he is pitching some of his best ball against divisional rivals – see his eight-strikeout, three-hit performance on Wednesday at Milwaukee. -Scott

8. Jay Bruce
Last week: 7; High-5 Low-15
The Reds could sure use his full potential. -Josh

9. Ryan Hanigan
Last week: 11; High-4 Low-14
I’m giving Hanny his due this time around. The Reds are where they are because of the consistency of their rotation – and much of that comes from this guy. -Scott

10. Homer Bailey
Last week: 8; High-9 Low-11
Bailey made one start during this last week and it wasn't pretty. He hit the showers early after coughing up nine hits and four runs in 4.2 innings. -Jimmi

11. Bronson Arroyo
Last week: 9; High-10 Low-11
Most of the starters were due for a letdown. Arroyo proved he was no different over the past week. -Scott

T-12. Drew Stubbs
Last week: 12; High-9 Low-18
Stubbs is hitting .208 (5-24) over the last week and hasn’t scored over the last three games. No surprise, but the Reds have lost all three. -Jesse

T-12. Sean Marshall
Last week: 14; High-9 Low-16
I'm still holding some rough outings earlier in the season against him, but numbers don't lie: 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 SO in the last 7.2 innings he's pitched. That's the definition of a dominant reliever. -Josh

T-12. Scott Rolen
Last week: 19; High-9 Low-17
Don't look now but the scrappy veteran currently leads the club in hitting and OBP this month at .389 (7-18) and .522, respectively. -Jimmi

15. Zack Cozart
Last week: 13; High-12 Low-16
Cozart continues to play a pretty shortstop, and his offensive numbers are decent all things considered. I can’t help but believe that his numbers would be much better if he could just bat sixth or seventh every day. -Scott

16. Mike Leake
Last week: 15; High-12 Low-19
After an awful outing against the Padres, Leake trended back in the right direction against the Pirates, allowing four earned runs in six innings. -Jesse

17. Alfredo Simon
Last week: 16; High-12 Low-20
Simon’s three-inning, five-strikeout outing against the Pirates definitely impressed me. -Josh

T-18. Chris Heisey
Last week: 17; High-17 Low-19
Heisey didn’t get much playing time over the last week, but he made it exciting as his only hit was an inside-the-park homer against Pittsburgh. -Jesse

T-18. Jose Arredondo
Last week: 18; High-13 Low-22
The pickup of Jonathan Broxton allows Arredondo to pitch in some less high-leverage situations. It could be the type of role that gets him going again. -Scott

20. Sam LeCure
Last week: 22; High-13 Low-23
LeCure has only allowed one earned run in the last 11.1 innings he's pitched. And that mustache... -Josh

21. Logan Ondrusek
Last week: 21; High-17 Low-22
Ondrusek has a 3.02 ERA in 41.2 IP, and he's only given up 3 ER in the last ten games he's pitched in. -Josh

22. Devin Mesoraco
Last week: 20; High-20 Low-24
The rookie backstop was pretty much missing-in-action over the last seven days due to suspension talk and concussion-like symptoms. -Jimmi

T-23. Xavier Paul
Last week: 24; High-22 Low-25
Paul's hot start with Cincy seems to be cooling off as he has just two hits in his last 15 at-bats. -Jimmi

T-23. Wilson Valdez
Last week: 23; High-23 Low-25
He’s ohfer in his last 10 at-bats. He has more career pitching wins over the last two seasons than anyone else though. -Jesse

25. Jonathan Broxton
Last week: NR; High-14 Low-NR
Some may have not liked the trade, but its clear – he’s a key figure in the run to the playoffs. This ranking is more indicative of what he's done prior to the trade, and where he fits into the future plans. -Scott

Also receiving votes (number of votes): Miguel Cairo (1), Dioner Navarro (1)

*This week’s rankings were comprised with input from Jimmi, Josh, Scott and me. You can take out your frustrations with us on Twitter or in the comments if you like.

1 comment:

Jimmi Adair said...

I still think Cairo has added more to the team during the course of the season than Broxton has in his three games. But other than that, I really have no real gripes with the rankings. Fair and accurate.