Saturday, January 12, 2013

Reds notebook: Latos, Phillips, Chapman, and more

Only 30 days stands between now and Feb. 12, which is the day pitchers and catchers are slated to report to spring training. There really hasn't been a whole of Reds-related news lately, and there probably won't be too much more before spring training begins either. Nonetheless, there are a few noteworthy nuggets floating around out there on the internet. Here is my attempt to round up some of the better ones:

+ Tim Dierkes of recently reported that the Reds have signed utility player Nate Samson to a minor league contract. The 25-year old has since spent his entire 7-year pro career in the Chicago Cubs organization. Has a career batting average of .264 and an on-base percentage of .331 in 619 career games.

+ On Thursday, Brandon Phillips hinted at the possibility of receiving an invite to play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Formal roster announcements are likely to be announced in the coming weeks.

+ In case you missed it, or you just live under a rock, the Baseball Writers' Association of America released their Hall of Fame voting results on Wednesday. No player was elected for the first time since 1996. Former Houston Astros second basemen Craig Biggio topped the ballot after receiving 68.2 percent of the vote.

+ One Bleacher Report writer gives five reasons why he believes Cincinnati can win 100 or more games during the 2013 regular season. Well, having 20 guys return from an Opening Day roster that went on to win 97 in 2012 probably doesn't hurt.

+ Every year Baseball America releases a list of top 10 prospects for each MLB franchise. They finally got around to unveiling Cincinnati's on Wednesday. Billy Hamilton topped the list, of course, but click here to see the rest of the rankings.

+ Mark Sheldon of checks in on Daniel Corcino, Henry Rodriguez, and Neftali Soto regarding their winter ball performances.

+ The 2013 Reds Caravan will take place between Jan. 24 and Jan. 27. The team recently released an informative schedule highlighting when and where the stops will take place, who will be there, and what you can expect.

+ Mat Latos was tabbed as one of five players on the cusp of stardom by ESPN's David Schoenfield. Schoenfield believes Latos is on the brink of greatness and considers him a darkhorse candidate for the Cy Young Award next season.

+ Keith Law of ESPN recently pegged Aroldis Chapman as one of the 25 best MLB players under the age of 25. Surprisingly, Law ranked 12 players ahead of Chapman at No. 13.

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