Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Two Reds among Baseball America's top 50 prospects

The 2014 Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list is out and two Reds are among the top 50.

Robert Stephenson leads the way for Cincinnati by grabbing the 19th overall spot in the rankings. Meanwhile, speedy Billy Hamilton was given the nod for the 43rd slot on the list.

Here's what the publication had to say about each:

Aside from gaining experience, staying healthy and learning to the nuances of the craft, Stephenson just needs to stay ready. He’s already acclimated to the major leagues and is likely an injury away from a Cincinnati callup.

Like Nick Castellanos or Jose Abreu, Hamilton is expected to win a big league job. As Cincinnati’s center fielder, he doesn’t have to replace Shin-Soo Choo’s production; he just needs to make good use of his transformational speed.

For what it's worth, Hamilton was ranked 20th on last year's list, while Stephenson was 56th. 

Daniel Corcino was the third Reds prospect to make the cut a season ago with a ranking of 93. However, a sub-par showing in 2013 ultimately led to his exclusion from the rankings in 2014.

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