Friday, January 31, 2014

Keith Law ranks Cincinnati's top 10 prospects


In yet another batch of prospect rankings, Keith Law of ESPN Insider joined in on the fun Friday, by unveiling rankings for every club in the National League, including the Reds.

It's one of those subscriber-only type pieces, so folks without paid subscriptions to ESPN Insider won't have access, but here's a brief glimpse at what Law had to say about Cincinnati.

To no surprise, budding hurler Robert Stephenson took Law's top spot, as he continues to be the unanimous pick for best prospect in the Reds' system.

Meanwhile, the lightning quick Billy Hamilton wasn't too far behind, followed by, in no particular order, 2013 first round pick Phillip Ervin, outfielders Jesse Winker and Yorman Rodriguez, and right-handed pitchers Michael Lorenzen, Nick Travieso and Chad Rogers, among others.

Law identified 19-year-old right-hander Jackson Stephens as the "sleeper" of the group while he noted that pitchers Daniel Corcino and Ismael Guillon had disappointing 2013 campaigns.

Earlier this week, Law pegged Cincinnati's farm system as the 16th-best in baseball, ranking them behind the Pirates (No. 3), Cubs (No. 4), and Cardinals (No. 12) in the division, but well ahead of the Brewers, who finished dead last among all MLB teams.

Photo: Jackson Stephens, a former high school quarterback in Alabama, who is extremely raw but possesses a fastball hovering in the 94-98 MPH range. (Twitter)

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