Reds Send Hamilton To Bats
The Reds extended their affiliation agreement with Triple-A Louisville through 2016 at the end of January. A couple of days later, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty gave the Bats a signing bonus. Jocketty said Billy Hamilton, the Reds' top prospect and arguably the most exciting prospect in the game, will start the 2013 season as the Bats' center fielder.
Corcino Follows In Cueto’s Footsteps
In 2008, the Reds put Johnny Cueto in the rotation out of spring training, even though he'd made just 14 starts above high Class A.<br/>Fellow righthander Daniel Corcino has similar stuff to Cueto and put up similar numbers in the minors. But Corcino has no shot at making the club this spring.
Reds’ Stephenson Has Electric Fastball
Robert Stephenson, like everyone else in the park, took notice. Stephenson's fastball registered an even 100 mph on the scoreboard readout at Fifth Third Park in Dayton.
Reds Have Depth Behind The Plate
Everyone knows who the No. 1 catching prospect in the Reds organization is. Devin Mesoraco is the catcher of the future. But Tucker Barnhart gives the Reds good depth at the position. Barnhart, a 21-year-old switch-hitter, won the 2011 Gold Glove for the entire minor leagues. That's quite an honor, considering Barnhart spent the year at low Class A Dayton. He committed two errors in 97 games and threw out 47 percent of basestealers.
Reds Send Four Arms To Arizona Fall League
None of the four pitchers the Reds sent to the Arizona Fall League ranks among the organization's top prospects. But righthanders Tim Crabbe, Josh Ravin, Drew Hayes and Curtis Partch all give the Reds upper-level pitching depth, something they were short on in 2012. And all four pitched well in the AFL.
Donald Lutz Continues To Improve For Reds
After Donald Lutz's season in the Arizona Fall League ended prematurely with a broken fingertip, he headed to the offseason training hot spot of Regensburg, Germany.
Billy Hamilton Adapting Well To Center Field
Billy Hamilton's transition to center field officially got under way with the beginning of the Arizona Fall League. The move was fairly inevitable, given the Reds' depth at shortstop and the club's never-ending search for a leadoff man. Hamilton, the club's No. 1 prospect, projects as the leadoff man of the future. The question is, how soon can he get there?
Henry Rodriguez Shows Versatility For Reds
Henry Rodriguez has a well-earned reputation as one of the best bats in the Reds system. He was impressive enough in spring training that Cincinnati considered using him as a bench bat. But Rodriguez's future will be tied to his glove. Rodriguez plays second and third base. He's blocked at second by Brandon Phillips. Third baseman Scott Rolen is in the last year of his contract, but Todd Frazier is the leading candidate to take that spot for 2013.
Cingrani Zips To Big Leagues For Reds
Lefthander Tony Cingrani's first full season in professional baseball began in Class A and ended in the major leagues in the middle of a pennant race.
Tony Cingrani Jumps On Fast Track With Excellent ’12
Tony Cingrani, a 23-year-old lefthander, got a September callup at the end of his first year in professional ball. That indicates what kind of fast track he is on.
Reds Have Depth At Shortstop
Billy Hamilton is the shortstop in the Reds organization that gets all the attention. Hamilton, after all, recently broke the single-season minor league stolen base record. But the Reds are also pleased with the progress of another shortstop in the system. Didi Gregorius is actually ahead of Hamilton on the depth chart. It was his promotion to Triple-A Louisville from Double-A Pensacola opened a spot for Hamilton.
Hamilton Improving At Shortstop For Reds
Billy Hamilton's basestealing gets plenty of attention. That's understandable, considering he is on a collision course with Vince Coleman's all-time steals record of 145. But Hamilton is not going to get to the big leagues on his speed alone. The other parts of his game must develop as well. The Reds are pleased with the way his defense at shortstop and his hitting have improved.
New Draft Rules Help Get Reds Picks On The Field
The first year under the new draft rules, including the July 13 signing deadline, went swimmingly for the Reds.
Reds’ Hamilton Shows He Can Swing The Bat Too
Correspondent John Fay files a midseason report for the Reds, highlighting a Best Player, a Biggest Leap Forward and a Biggest Disappointment for the first half.
Reds Enjoy Home Cooking With Travieso
The Reds got a good look at righthander Nick Travieso before selecting him with the 14th overall pick.
Reds Have Plan For Billy Hamilton
The Reds may push Billy Hamilton faster than some may have expected.
Gregorius Draws Attention In Reds Camp
Didi Gregorius was the player who turned heads early in Reds camp.<br/>
Lutz Takes Unusual Path To Join Reds
Donald Lutz's story is unique among the 58 players in the Reds' major league spring training camp.
Hand Injury Gives Reds’ Hamilton Winter Break
Billy Hamilton's winter ball season lasted all of 10 games, when he broke his left hand sliding into second base.