Before the season started, I compiled the top 20 prospects lists published from Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and MinorLeagueBall.com into a single top 20 prospect list. Below is the order of that offseason prospect list ranking with a mid-season update on how the prospects are progressing.
1. Devin Mesoraco – C (.214/.295/.393)
Devin Mesoraco has been with the Reds since opening day as the back-up catcher to Ryan Hanigan, typically catching 2 out of every 5 games. Mesoraco had a hot start to the season with a .300 AVG and .822 OPS at the end of April, but has struggled the past couple of months. Devin will start the second half of the season in the midst of a modest 5 game hitting streak.
2. Billy Hamilton – SS (.323/.411/.443)
Hamilton was promoted to AA this week after his appearance in the Futures game. He has already stolen 105 bases in 83 games. The bat is there. The speed is there. The question is whether his defense will improve at shortstop or will he eventually be moved to another position.
3. Zack Cozart – SS (.252/.298/.409)
In his first full half season, Cozart has a league average OPS for a shortstop and has more than held his own defensively. A poor May has sunk his overall line. Since May 31, Cozart has hit .273/.320/.420, and starts the 2nd half having hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games.
4. Daniel Corcino – SP (6-4, 3.16 ERA, 1.255 WHIP)
Corcino has taken all 17 of his starts for AA Pensacola, and at this pace could find himself in the Reds sometime in the 2013 season.
5. Robert Stephenson – SP (0-0, 2.18 ERA, 1.161 WHIP)
Stephenson made his professional debut with Billings in June. Through his first 5 starts, Stephenson has thrown 20.2 innings, allowed 16 hits, 8 walks, and struck out 24 batters.
6. DiDi Gregorius – SS (.278/.344/..373)
Gregorius is the third shortstop prospect in Cincinnati’s top 6, and the best of the trio defensively. With his and Hamilton’s promotions this week, all three of these Reds pre-season SS prospects are at the AA level or higher.
7. Todd Frazier – 3B/LF (.278/.345/.556)
It doesn’t seem like it, but Todd Frazier had the majority of the Reds starts at 3B in the first half, putting up a better first half slash line than super hyped prospect Bryce Harper.
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