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Updated: 2017-01-24T08:54:26-05:00

 



JPEG of the Year: match 7

2017-01-24T08:54:26-05:00

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The Scream vs The Golem is Falling Apart

We are into the second round of this earnest effort to pass the time. Today we have The Scream vs The Golem is Falling Apart.

The Golem piece breezed easily through the first round, but can it survive a tilt with The Scream? Who knows? Also, who cares? Both of these pieces are pretty dang bleak, which, well ... 2016, I suppose.

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2017 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Antonio Santillan is #11!

2017-01-24T08:00:03-05:00

The hard throwing Texan remains high on the CPR, ranking as one of the higher ranked pitchers in the system. In what was a little bit of a surprise, Antonio Santillan will jump over pitching prospect Sal Romano for #11 on our Community Prospect Rankings list.  This is not a knock on Santillan as the kid looks to have tons of potential.  But, his 2016 season quickly unraveled when he got to Dayton, and there are some very serious concerns about his control.  Good thing he's young and his career is just starting.  He has plenty of time to impress, and this just shows how much you value a prospects potential.  Tyler Mahle has been added to the list. Sal Romano, 23, RHP Highest 2016 Level: AA (Pensacola) Eye-Poppingest Fact: 8.2 K/9, 2 BB/9 in 2016 was a career best. Most Worrisome Fact: Still lacks a 3rd pitch, the bullpen looms Aliases: Sloppy Sal, Mad Man, The Real Salvatore BB-Ref Page Romano reached Pensacola late in 2015 and got crushed, and it looks like because of that we left him off of our rankings last season. Sal took note, because he came back with a vengeance in 2016, limiting AA batters to a 3.52 ERA through 156 IP, leading to a career best K and BB rate. Romano’s a big dude that throws a good mid-90s fastball, and compliments it with a hard breaking slider. Sal’s started nearly every professional game in his career, and he’s done well, once he adjusted to each level. Problem is, he lacks a sufficient third pitch needed to be a top level starter, despite having a bulldog work ethic. Perhaps he’ll find a good changeup in Louisville. Perhaps not. Scouts believe he has the capability of being a shutdown late inning reliever, when he’s able to run the fastball up into the triple digits. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Alfredo Rodriguez, SS, 22 Highest 2016 Level: DSL Reds Eye-Poppingest Fact: Defense! Cuba's Rookie of the Year in 2014-2015 Most Worrisome Fact: The hit tool is, uh, lacking Alias(es): Alf-Rod, Pasta-Rod, BB-Ref Page The Reds spent a long time to make this deal official, but finally got this signing done in early July 2016. The Reds gave him upwards of $7 million to sign, the largest in the class, but will actually cost around $9 million since the Reds exceeded their pool money to pull it off. Rodriguez is raw with a flashy glove. He was honored with the Cuban League's Rookie of the Year award in 2015, and the Reds value him as a future everyday SS in MLB. The bat is still a major question, however. Rodriguez spent all of his time in the DSL after having visa issues last season, and he didn't exactly light up the scoreboard despite playing against less-experienced talent. The Reds did a lot of scouting here and are very confident in Rodriguez's ability, but he's very much a question mark in the organization. His glove is going to give him a leg up, but he still has a lot to prove once he comes stateside. Phil Ervin, OF, 24 Highest 2016 Level: AA (Pensacola) Eye-Poppingest Fact: .362 OBP in 2016 Most Worrisome Fact: .399 SLG; has lacked the power stroke since his debut Alias(es): Uncle Phil, Phlervin, Mr. Magic BB-Ref Page It seems like one hundred million years since Phillip Ervin was 1) a first round pick and 2) a fringe top 50 prospect, according to some prognosticators. A wrist injury tanked his first full season in as a pro, and it’s questionable whether he’s ever fully recovered from it. After slugging over .500 in 2013 (albeit against much inferior competition), Phlervin hasn’t cracked .400+ in any full season sense. Ervin’s background as a small school, one plus season standout makes it questionable whether he ever had the ability to mash at this level, but one thing he has consistently done since becoming a professional is get on base. His .362 OBP comes in spite of his good speed only netting him a .271 BABIP. That speed did allow him to steal 36 bases last season, however. Ervin plays a decent outfield, but he’s better in the corner than up the middle. However, if he’s going to ultimately [...]



MLB draft order set, Reds with three early picks

2017-01-23T13:53:35-05:00

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The Rebuild continues on course.

When Mark Trumbo re-upped with the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend, the final free agent with potential draft pick compensation attached to him came off the board. That effectively cemented the order for the 2017 MLB Draft, which Baseball America detailed earlier this morning.

And - if you ignore all the losing that has provided the platform for it - that solidified some good news for the Cincinnati Reds, who own the #2 overall selection.

You’ll remember that the Reds also drafted second overall in 2016, using their selection to take University of Tennesee 3B Nick Senzel. You also might remember that despite not drafting first overall, the Reds had the largest pool of draft money to spend on their picks, largely due to having won the Competitive Balance lottery. Well, this year the Reds didn’t ‘win’ that lottery - that honor and the #31 overall pick goes to the Tampa Bay Rays - but the Reds did finish as runners up, and as a result own the #32 overall pick. And since their 2nd round selection sits at #38 overall, it’s likely the Reds’ overall bonus pool allotment will again be within sniffing distance of the largest in the game.

The Minnesota Twins, for instance, will select 1st overall, 35th overall, and 37th overall, meaning the difference between their likely largest bonus pool and the Reds’ will be the difference between the slot value of the 1st & 2nd picks minus the difference in slot value of the 32nd and 35th picks - theirs will likely be larger, but not by much at all. That means the same kind of strategy the Reds employed last year should be on the table, one where they drafted a guy who was willing to sign below slot value at #2 only to use that savings to overpay for a high school draftee with their next pick to convince him to bypass attending college. That, of course, was Taylor Trammell, who is fresh off a solid first professional campaign and rapidly climbing up prospect rankings.

Pitchers and catchers report in just over three weeks, by the way. It's almost that basebally time again.




2017 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Luis Castillo is your #7 Prospect!

2017-01-23T08:00:03-05:00

The newcomer makes his debut in the top 10. With the new additions to the Reds’ farm system, we had to hold a special vote to determine where Luis Castillo would end up in our prospect rankings. After much deliberation and discussion you, the great people of Red Reporter, determined that Castillo is the 7th best prospect in our system. With that vote, the top 10 is finished. Who is #11? A baseball-mashing second baseman joins the list today. Sal Romano, 23, RHP Highest 2016 Level: AA (Pensacola) Eye-Poppingest Fact: 8.2 K/9, 2 BB/9 in 2016 was a career best. Most Worrisome Fact: Still lacks a 3rd pitch, the bullpen looms Aliases: Sloppy Sal, Mad Man, The Real Salvatore BB-Ref Page Romano reached Pensacola late in 2015 and got crushed, and it looks like because of that we left him off of our rankings last season. Sal took note, because he came back with a vengeance in 2016, limiting AA batters to a 3.52 ERA through 156 IP, leading to a career best K and BB rate. Romano’s a big dude that throws a good mid-90s fastball, and compliments it with a hard breaking slider. Sal’s started nearly every professional game in his career, and he’s done well, once he adjusted to each level. Problem is, he lacks a sufficient third pitch needed to be a top level starter, despite having a bulldog work ethic. Perhaps he’ll find a good changeup in Louisville. Perhaps not. Scouts believe he has the capability of being a shutdown late inning reliever, when he’s able to run the fastball up into the triple digits. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Alfredo Rodriguez, SS, 22 Highest 2016 Level: DSL Reds Eye-Poppingest Fact: Defense! Cuba's Rookie of the Year in 2014-2015 Most Worrisome Fact: The hit tool is, uh, lacking Alias(es): Alf-Rod, Pasta-Rod, BB-Ref Page The Reds spent a long time to make this deal official, but finally got this signing done in early July 2016. The Reds gave him upwards of $7 million to sign, the largest in the class, but will actually cost around $9 million since the Reds exceeded their pool money to pull it off. Rodriguez is raw with a flashy glove. He was honored with the Cuban League's Rookie of the Year award in 2015, and the Reds value him as a future everyday SS in MLB. The bat is still a major question, however. Rodriguez spent all of his time in the DSL after having visa issues last season, and he didn't exactly light up the scoreboard despite playing against less-experienced talent. The Reds did a lot of scouting here and are very confident in Rodriguez's ability, but he's very much a question mark in the organization. His glove is going to give him a leg up, but he still has a lot to prove once he comes stateside. Phil Ervin, OF, 24 Highest 2016 Level: AA (Pensacola) Eye-Poppingest Fact: .362 OBP in 2016 Most Worrisome Fact: .399 SLG; has lacked the power stroke since his debut Alias(es): Uncle Phil, Phlervin, Mr. Magic BB-Ref Page It seems like one hundred million years since Phillip Ervin was 1) a first round pick and 2) a fringe top 50 prospect, according to some prognosticators. A wrist injury tanked his first full season in as a pro, and it’s questionable whether he’s ever fully recovered from it. After slugging over .500 in 2013 (albeit against much inferior competition), Phlervin hasn’t cracked .400+ in any full season sense. Ervin’s background as a small school, one plus season standout makes it questionable whether he ever had the ability to mash at this level, but one thing he has consistently done since becoming a professional is get on base. His .362 OBP comes in spite of his good speed only netting him a .271 BABIP. That speed did allow him to steal 36 bases last season, however. Ervin plays a decent outfield, but he’s better in the corner than up the middle. However, if he’s going to ultimately stick in right field, he’s going to have to figure out how to raise the .160 ISO. Antonio Santillan, RHP, 19 Highest 2016 Level: A (Dayton) Eye-Poppingest Fact: 11 K/9, Tony blows peopl[...]



RR Podcast - Our first episode of the 2017 season

2017-01-21T15:40:01-05:00

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We’re back with a rebooted version of the Red Reporter Podcast for 2017. This was just Wick, Eric, and I, and we talked about the Reds offseason so far (this was recorded before the Straily trade).

Check it out, and stay tuned for more podcasts as we approach the season.

(If you’re usually an iTunes subscriber, sit tight, we haven’t figured out how to get our new hosting service on that feed yet. Stay tuned.)

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Reds looking for veteran rotation help

2017-01-20T10:30:02-05:00

Who out there is interesting? As you have probably heard by now, yesterday the Reds traded Dan Straily to the Marlins for what I think is an impressive haul. It added yet another talented young pitcher to an already impressive bunch, but it also created a pretty big hole in the current rotation. GM Dick Williams has said this increases the likelihood of them adding a veteran starter to try to cover the lost innings. “I think we will definitely continue to monitor that market,” Williams said. “I would feel better about having someone else in the mix from an innings perspective. We’re still very hopeful those young pitchers will get a chance to pitch in the big leagues this year and make an impact but I do think there’s a chance we’ll add someone else just to make sure we have options.” So it’s probably a good idea to run through just whom exactly the Reds are probably / should be looking at. Let’s do it. Doug Fister A number of factors are converging here that make Fister both a logical and desirable choice. Fister signed with the Astros last offseason for just $7 million and he was largely unspectacular. He probably signed just for one year with the intention of bouncing back to his previous form (his 2015 walk-year was decent but injury-shortened) and scoring a multi-year deal this offseason, but it didn’t quite work out like that. He did throw 180.1 innings, proving his health, but his walk rate ticked up and he got hit a bit more. However, his 2012-2014 seasons were solidly above-average, and there is a chance he could return to that form. So there is some upside here. He’s probably looking for another bounceback opportunity and the Reds can definitely provide that. Worst case, he gets injured and does nothing. But there’s a decent chance he can provide the innings the Reds need and even a slight chance he throws really well and they can flip him at the trade deadline. Jason Hammel Hammel has been decent for the Cubs the last two years, but they have a disgusting embarrassment of wealth in the rotation and decided not to pick up his option in order to give him the opportunity to maybe make more money and pitch more elsewhere. Jerks. He might be able to get a multi-year deal elsewhere, which is something the Reds probably do not want to match. Also, he is 34 and polishing a World Series ring, so he might be more interested in signing with a contender. Bud Norris Norris is another bounchback kinda guy. He signed with the Braves under such circumstances last offseason and pitched well enough for them to interest the Dodgers. After getting traded to the Dodgers in July, he got cuffed around and was DFA’d before the playoffs. Norris used to be a perfectly cromulent pitcher, but he has had some trouble of late. He has thrown 196 innings the last two seasons to the tune of a ghastly 5.79 ERA and has been DFA’d twice. His 4.63 FIP doesn’t look quite as bad, but still. I wouldn’t mind throwing a million or two dollars at him to see if he can be of any service. But I wouldn’t be pinning any hopes on it. Jake Peavy Jake Peavy won the NL Cy Young in 2007. He’ll be 36 next season. The old bull still has a bit of fight in him, though. He has been with the Giants for the last 2.5 years and he has been effective when healthy. He hasn’t always been healthy, though. He’s kinda in the same sitch as Jason Hammel. He probably isn’t looking to build value in hopes of signing a long-term deal and he would probably rather pitch for a contending team. Travis Wood Wick has been over this one before. I think it still makes a lot of sense. Bronson Arroyo He last pitched in 2014 for the Diamondbacks before falling apart. Tommy John Surgery and shoulder problems have completely shut him down. But he is giving it one last go and I think he’d be a real fun invite to Spring Training. I don’t expect anything out of him, as he is likely finished. But why th[...]



JPEG of the Year: match 6

2017-01-20T09:15:01-05:00

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Jake Scarrieta vs Ol' Hoss saddles up

Today's match will wrap up our first round of this here thing. That's right: we aren't even close to the end. This offseason feels like a really long one, so this is how I have chosen to pass the time. Many apologies for subjecting you to my feckless self-aggrandizement.

We have Jake Scarrieta against Ol' Hoss saddles up. It was kind of a long time ago and we had every reason to completely forget about it, but Jake Arrieta no-hit these Reds back in April. The season kinda got better from there, but hoo wee that was a low point.

Speaking of hoo wee, Ol' Hoss saddles up's western pastiche and fun cowboy write-up won your hearts the week before. It beat out Bryan Price was handcuffed, which was a favorite of mine among the non-winners.

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2017 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Tyler Stephenson is your #9 Prospect!

2017-01-20T08:00:03-05:00

For the time being, at least... After an injury-riddled season, Tyler Stephenson slides into the top-10 at the #9 spot. After a successful 2015 in Billings, wrist injuries and a concussion derailed his sophomore season in the minors. The former 11th overall pick slashed only .216/.278/.324 in Dayton last year and showed very little power. Thankfully, he is still young and will have plenty of chances to show why the Reds were so high on him coming out of high school. This edition of the CPR will be a little different. If you didn’t know, the Reds made some moves today and were able to add three more prospects to the system. Since we are already 9 prospects deep into our rankings, the addition of Luis Castillo leaves us in sort of a pickle. We originally thought we’d just add him to the next round of votes, but that wouldn’t be fair because some of us might believe he is better than the 10th best prospect in the Reds’ system. Since we are the most accurate prospect ranking system of them all, and since they are the Community Prospect Rankings, we decided to let you guys decide where to slot Mr. Castillo. I will have a write-up below followed by a normal poll to determine where in the top-10 he belongs. So vote early, vote often, and don’t believe anything negative about our newly acquired prospects because it’s all fake news. Luis Castillo, RHP, 24 Highest 2016 Level: AA (Jacksonville) Eye-Poppingest Fact: Fastball that can reach triple digits, 4.12 BB/K in 2016, allowed just 14 home runs in 380 career innings. Most Worrisome Fact: 24 years old and has barely pitched in AA, 7.0 K/9 in 2016. Alias(es): "The Other Luis Castillo", "El Castillo", "Blanco Castillo" BB-Ref Page Luis Castillo has had an interesting 6 months. He was traded at the deadline to the San Diego Padres in the Andrew Cashner deal but was sent back to Miami when Colin Rea, another prospect in the deal, was injured just days after the trade. After finishing the season in AA-Jacksonville, he was brought to the Reds in the 4-player deal that sent Dan Straily to the Marlins. Castillo originally started his minor league career in the bullpen and then made the switch to the rotation in July 2015. His breakout season came in 2016 where he posted a 4.12 BB/K and 1.00 WHIP in 131.2 innings. He has a high power arm with a fastball that sits at 96-97 and has reached as high as 101. He also shows great control, posting a 1.7 BB/9 in 2016. To go along with his high-powered fastball he throws a curveball and is said to be working on a change-up. He should look to start the 2017 season in AA-Pensacola. UP-TO-DATE COMMUNITY PROSPECT RANKINGS FOR 2017: 1. Nick Senzel 2. Jesse Winker 3. Cody Reed 4. Amir Garrett 5. Robert Stephenson 6. Taylor Trammell 7. Aristides Aquino 8. Vladimir Gutierrez 9. Tyler Stephenson 10. ?????????????? Poll Where does the Red Reporter Community rank Luis Castillo? First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth Ninth Tenth Higher than tenth boobs   157 votes | Results [...]