Monday, January 27, 2014

Three Reds crack latest list of top prospects rankings

On Monday, Baseball Prospectus published its list of Top 101 Prospects for 2014 and the rankings included a trio of Reds farmhands.

Right-handed pitcher Robert Stephenson (No. 22), switch-hitting outfielder Billy Hamilton (No. 49), and 2013 first round pick Phillip Ervin (No. 63) each made an appearance on the list.

Stephenson significantly improved his ranking over last year (No. 78) and has quickly become the consensus top prospect in Cincinnati's minor league system.

Meanwhile, Hamilton experienced a relatively steep slide on the list, falling 35 spots to No. 49.

Ervin was not eligible for the Baseball Prospectus list last season as he played out his final year for the University of Samford.

In case you are curious, the Cubs and Pirates led all National League Central Division teams with seven prospects each making the cut. Additionally, the Cardinals had four prospects make the list and the Brewers had, gulp, none.

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