Thursday, September 20, 2012

Votto, Cueto projected as top 10 players in 2013 by Perry

I know we are currently in the midst of tightly-contested playoff races around MLB, but it's never too early to look to the future, specifically 2013. CBS Sports' Dayn Perry does just that in his latest piece where he projects the top 10 hitters and pitchers for next season. Among the muddled list of 20 players is a couple of studs from the Redlegs -- Joey Votto and Johnny Cueto.

Here's what Perry had to say about the two:

Joey Votto (No. 2 hitter)

Power to the gaps, power over the fences, walks, high batting average -- Votto has it all at the plate. He's still in what should be his prime seasons, so expect him to be in the MVP discussion yet again in 2013.

2012 stats: 331 AB, 14 HR, .338 AVG, 49 RBI, 56 R, 38 2B

Johnny Cueto (No. 6 pitcher)

The 26-year-old Cueto (presently neck-and-neck with Dickey for the NL Cy) is at the right age, and he's been outstanding over the last two seasons (2.31 ERA in 2011, 2.92 in 2012). As well, his command indicators have taken a big leap this year. Expect more excellence in the seasons to come.

2012 stats: 197.0 IP, 17-9 W-L, 0 SV, 2.92 ERA, 157 Ks, 44 BB

I'm a little perplexed as to why Aroldis Chapman didn't make the top 10, but than again who knows who he will handle the anticipated transition from reliever to starter next year.

Wondering who earned the top spots? Check out his article by following this link.

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