Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Reds Billy Hamilton and others among MLB.com's top positional prospects

Hamilton was called a "potential superstar" by Mayo
MLB.com's Jonathon Mayo has been putting in work, analzyzing the top prospects in baseball and recently has run his series on the Top 10 Prospects at each position. Several Reds have shown up on these lists in the past including Devin Mesoraco and Aroldis Chapman. Add a few more names to the list as the Reds boast a Top 10 outfielder, a Top 10 second baseman, and a Top 10 left-handed pitcher.

Billy Hamilton recently made the switch from shortstop to center field and it landed him at number three on the list of the Top 10 outfield prospects:
3. Billy Hamilton, Reds: Hamilton was a shortstop until last fall, when he made the long-expected move to center field in the Arizona Fall League. The 2009 second-round pick was settling in nicely to his new environment, with his plus-plus speed allowing him to outrun any mistakes as he learned how to read the ball off the bat and get better jumps. That outstanding speed makes him perhaps the most exciting player at any level, and the one who broke the professional single-season stolen-base record last season with 155. He'll become a better and better leadoff hitter as he continues to hone his on-base skills.
Ryan Wright, a local University of Louisville product, came in as the ninth-best second base prospect:
9. Ryan Wright, Reds: Cincinnati took this Louisville product in the fifth round of the 2011 Draft, and while he played both middle-infield positions in college, he’s been exclusively a second baseman as a professional. He's an interesting offensive-minded infielder, one who has shown a knack for making contact. He has some extra-base pop and the ability to swipe a few bases.
Tony Cingrani dominated the minor leagues last year and got his first taste of the majors as well. He was ranked at number six among left-handed pitching prospects:
6. Tony Cingrani, Reds: Taken in the third round by the Reds in 2011, Cingrani was a senior reliever when he signed out of Rice. He has pitched extremely well as a starter in pro ball, topping the Minors in ERA and finishing second in strikeouts during his first full season. That earned him a brief callup to the big leagues. Cingrani’s fastball and changeup are both above average and are good enough for him to excel out of the bullpen. If his slider can improve, the 2012 California League All-Star will have the chance to be a very good starter.
It is also worth noting that shortstop Didi Gregorius, who was sent to Arizona as part of the three team that brought Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, was listed as the 10th best prospect at his position.

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