Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Billy Hamilton heads Baseball America's top 10 Reds prospects list

Baseball America released its list of the "Top 10 Reds Prospects" on Wednesday. This coming only a month after BA recognized Cincinnati as its Organization of the Year. Although author J.J. Cooper notes that the organziation doesn't boast the depth of minor league talent that it used to, due to various trades and promotions, he calls top prospect Billy Hamilton an "elite talent" and "perhaps the biggest story of the 2012 minor league season."

Here is a look at the rankings:

1. Billy Hamilton - OF
2. Robert Stephenson - RHP
3. Tony Cingrani - LHP
4. Daniel Corcino - RHP
5. Nick Travieso - RHP
6. Jesse Winker - OF
7. J.J. Hoover - RHP
8. Ismael Guillon - LHP
9. Jonathan Reynoso - OF
10. Dan Langfield - RHP

A quick note about the rankings: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.

Cooper's post also includes several other good nuggets including awards for the prospects he deems with the best tools, a projected 2016 lineup, top prospects of the decade, and more.

Catcher Devin Mesoraco headed this list last year. Hamilton ranked second, Zack Cozart was fifth, and Todd Frazier was ninth. So, these rankings aren't always exact indicators of future success. However, they are good references to go by, and the serve as good springboards for debate.

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