Baseball America released their top ten list of Reds prospects today. Here they are:

1. Devin Mesoraco, c
2. Billy Hamilton, ss
3. Yonder Alonso, 1b/of
4. Yasmani Grandal, c
5. Zack Cozart, ss
6. Daniel Corcino, rhp
7. Robert Stephenson, rhp
8. DiDi Gregorius, ss
9. Todd Frazier, 3b/1b/of
10. Brad Boxberger, rhp

It’s an interesting list. I agree with most of it, but I’ll admit I’m not as up on the Reds’ minor league system as I should be right now. Still, at a glance, I think Hamilton is too high (he’s fast, but hasn’t shown much of a bat yet). I’m also not sure I’d keep Frazier on the list at this point. The Reds, frankly, don’t seem high on him at all and he’s getting old for a prospect. Beyond that, I don’t have a ton of issues with the list.

What do you all think?

Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.

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  1. i think it’s pretty outrageous to rank billy hamilton, a guy with a .700 OPS and 39 errors (!) at low A ball, above alonso, who looks like a polished above average major league 1b.

    do i think billy hamilton can be successful in the big leagues? sure, he CAN, but will he? that’s still a pretty big question. he certainly seems like a unique talent though.

    as for omissions, i’m a little surprised that neftali soto isn’t on there. he’s got massive power, and hit well at AA and a few games at AAA at 22. seems like a guy that could put up jay bruce type numbers in the bigs in 2-3 years, though at a less premium defensive position.

    overall, if i did a list like this, i think i would weight closeness to the majors more than BA does. Corcino seems good, but he put up a 3.50 ERA at low A. that’s a long way from anchoring a staff in the bigs. Boxy looks like he could be a setup man for the Reds next year. That seems more valuable to me.

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  3. I think you underestimate Frazier. Think Brandon Phillip’s bat that you can plug in at 5 positions without worry.

  4. Not enough pitchers on our list. Moves will need to be made.

  5. I think Hamilton should be on the list, but 2 is way too high. He went from horrible to pretty darn good (offensively) over the course of his first full season. I don’t see him as a SS in the bigs, so while I harped on the errors in my DOTF reports, I’m not as concerned about them.

    I think Grandal’s too high and that’s based on his defensive shortcomings.

    Boxberger seems too low and I don’t understand the love for Gregorious.

    I like Frazier, but I agree, the Reds don’t seem to put much value in him. I think (right or wrong) that you’ll see Francisco at 3B when Rolen’s on the DL.

  6. @Bill Lack: What’s not to love about Gregorius? He’s a better hitter and better fielder than Hamilton. And based on a couple of quotes I’ve seen from teammates, he’s highly respected and a leader in the clubhouse.

  7. @RiverCity Redleg:

    He’s also a year older and Hamilton just completed his first full season. I don’t think that’s apples to apples. I don’t see Hamilton as a SS(maybe a CF)and his hitting improved dramatically as the season went along. I’m not sold on Hamilton either, but based on what I saw of them both at Dayton, I’ll take Hamilton.

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Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.

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