2013 Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects

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Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.

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1. Billy Hamilton, ss/of
2. Robert Stephenson, rhp
3. Tony Cingrani, lhp
4. Daniel Corcino, rhp
5. Nick Travieso, rhp
6. Jesse Winker, of
7. J.J. Hoover, rhp
8. Ismael Guillon, lhp
9. Jonathan Reynoso, of
10. Dan Langfield, rhp
Best Hitter for Average Jesse Winker
Best Power Hitter Donald Lutz
Best Strike Zone Discipline Josh Fellhauer
Fastest Baserunner Billy Hamilton
Best Athlete Billy Hamilton
Best Fastball Robert Stephenson
Best Curveball Robert Stephenson
Best Slider Daniel Corcino
Best Changeup Ismael Guillon
Best Control Drew Cisco
Best Defensive Catcher Tucker Barnhart
Best Defensive Infielder Devin Lohman
Best Infield Arm Gabriel Rosa
Best Defensive OF Ryan LaMarre
Best Outfield Arm Yorman Rodriguez
Catcher Devin Mesoraco
First Base Joey Votto
Second Base Brandon Phillips
Third Base Todd Frazier
Shortstop Zack Cozart
Left Field Shin-Soo Choo
Center Field Billy Hamilton
Right Field Jay Bruce
No. 1 Starter Johnny Cueto
No. 2 Starter Aroldis Chapman
No. 3 Starter Mat Latos
No. 4 Starter Robert Stephenson
No. 5 Starter Homer Bailey
Closer Daniel Corcino
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Chris Gruler, rhp Out of baseball
2004 Ryan Wagner, rhp Out of baseball
2005 Homer Bailey, rhp Reds
2006 Homer Bailey, rhp Reds
2007 Homer Bailey, rhp Reds
2008 Jay Bruce, of Reds
2009 Yonder Alonso, 1b Padres
2010 Todd Frazier, of/2b/3b Reds
2011 Aroldis Chapman, lhp Reds
2012 Devin Mesoraco, c Reds
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Ryan Wagner, RHP Out of baseball
2004 Homer Bailey, RHP Reds
2005 Jay Bruce, OF Reds
2006 Drew Stubbs, OF Reds
2007 Devin Mesoraco, C Reds
2008 Yonder Alonso, 1B Padres
2009 Mike Leake, RHP Reds
2010 Yasmani Grandal, C Padres
2011 Robert Stephenson, RHP Reds
2012 Nick Travieso, RHP Reds
Aroldis Chapman, 2010
Chris Gruler, 2002
Yorman Rodriguez, 2008
Homer Bailey, 2004
Mike Leake, 2009
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Cincinnati Reds

For a team on a budget, this is how you're supposed to get things done.

With a largely homegrown lineup and pitching staff, the Reds rolled to 97 wins and a National League Central title in 2012, the second-best record in the majors and the club's most wins since the Big Red Machine won 102 games and a World Series in 1976.

Cincinnati didn't have the money to make a big splash on the free-agent market, and it didn't need to. At $2 million, Ryan Ludwick was the most expensive free-agent acquisition to make the 25-man roster.

After cultivating a talented farm system, the Reds are reaping the dividends, with homegrown players like Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto and Joey Votto serving as franchise cornerstones. Before the season, they traded prospects Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger to the Padres to acquire Mat Latos, adding another frontline starter to pair with Cueto. Rookies played key roles in Cincinnati as well, with Zack Cozart holding down the everyday shortstop job and Todd Frazier hitting 19 homers while playing first base, third base and left field.

It all culminated in the Reds' second division title in three years, after what had been a 15-year playoff drought. While the NL Division Series against the Giants ended in disappointment, as Cincinnati won the first two games in San Francisco before losing the last three, the team is positioned for long-term success and was recognized as Baseball America's Organization of the Year.

The revitalization has been slow and steady. The Reds had one of the least-talented systems in baseball for most of the late 1990s and much of the early 2000s, largely because of poor drafts. From 1992-2003, outfielder Austin Kearns was their only first-round pick who became a multiyear regular in Cincinnati.
Since then, the Reds have rarely missed on their top picks. In fact, every first-rounder from 2004-10 has become a big league regular, with the exception of Devin Mesoraco, who's still expected to after ranking No. 1 on this list a year ago. Former scouting director Terry Reynolds (2004-05) and successor Chris Buckley (2006-present) have produced a series of productive drafts while rarely stretching the budget.

A franchise that had also been unable to develop starting pitchers for more than a decade had three homegrown arms who made 30 or more starts in 2012 in Cueto and former first-round picks Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. Cincinnati's $30.25 million investment in Aroldis Chapman has paid off, as he earned all-star recognition while saving 38 games. He'll get an opportunity to join the rotation in 2013.

Through trades and promotions, 12 members of last year's Reds Top 30 Prospects list no longer qualify, so the system's depth has understandably taken a hit. There's still elite talent at the top with outfielder/shortstop Billy Hamilton, who created perhaps the biggest story of the 2012 minor league season by stealing a professional-record 155 bases.

Cincinnati won't be counting on many prospects to make the jump to the majors in the next couple of years, but it also doesn't have many holes at the big league level. Among the Reds' projected regulars, all but Bronson Arroyo, Bailey and Shin-Soo Choo are under team control through the 2015 season.

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