Friday, January 11, 2013

Highlighting top Reds prospect in 2013: Jesse Winker

by: Jon Davis
Staff Writer

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The run on pitchers is concluded for the sixth best prospect in 2012 supplemental first round pick Jesse Winker. Winker is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound left handed outfielder, who was drafted out of Olympia High School in Florida, and will be only 19-years old come next April. Last year, in his professional baseball debut playing for Billings, he had a slash line of .338/.430/.500 in 275 plate appearances, showing off his offensive tools against much older competition.

Winker can hit the ball hard to all fields and his power potential is expected to develop as he gets more experience. He has a very good approach at the plate, as seen by his 17.5 percent walk rate, and his 78 percent contact rate in his time in the Pioneer League. Now the negative; he lacks the ideal speed or athleticism to play center and is all but certainly destined for a corner outfield spot. He has an above average arm and should hit plenty for either position.

Winker projects as the type of left-handed hitter that could be a middle of the order run-producer in the future. My guess is that he will start this year in Dayton or possibly Bakersfield, given the way he hit in Billings last year. Either way, we are looking at a few more years for him to develop before we hear his name being associated with the big club, so we are looking at 2015 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

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