Sunday, January 20, 2013

Highlighting top Reds prospects in 2013: David Vidal

by: Jon Davis
Staff Writer

#14 David Vidal 3B

Checking in at No. 14 is David Vidal, a native of Puerto Rico, who was the Reds' eighth round Draft pick in 2010 out of Miami Dade CC South. He will enter the 2013 season at 23-years old. At 5-foot-11, 190-pounds, he is not a big guy, but despite of his size he has shown a good amount of pop. In 2011, playing exclusively in Low A Dayton, he had a very good year to the tune of a .280 average, .350 on base, .498 slugging, 20 homers and 85 RBI's. In 2012, his numbers were not a good he had a .243 average, .311 on base & .428 slugging. This was possibly due to only playing 35 games at High A before his promotion and subsequent struggles at the Double A level.

David Vidal is a very good defensive third baseman and in time he could develop into a perennial gold glover. He has a solid approach at the plate, but as with a lot of young players, he needs to cut down the strikeouts and walk more. Despite being "undersized" he has good power and looks like he has the makings of the ideal hot corner/middle of the order bat. All he has to do going forward is work on his plate discipline. The ceiling on Vidal appears to be an All-Star quality third baseman, hitting .280-.300 with 20-30 homers a year.

Given the less than stellar numbers put up at Double A last year, I expect him to begin the year there as a member of the Blue Wahoos. It is conceivable that he makes it onto the big league radar this year, but the more likely situation is 2014 at the earliest.

A look back on the previous prospect posts...
No. 1 - Billy Hamilton
No. 2 - Robert Stephenson
No. 3 - Tony Cingrani
No. 4 - Daniel Corcino
No. 5 - Nick Travieso
No. 6 - Jesse Winker
No. 7 - Tanner Rahier
No. 8 - Kyle Lotzkar
No. 9 - Yorman Rodriguez
No. 10 - Ismael Guillon
No.  11 - Ryan LaMarre
No. 12 - Amir Garrett
No. 13 - Dan Langfield

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