From the Enquirer:
1. CF Billy Hamilton: No surprise here. 155 steals. Hit .323/.413/.439 at high A Bakersfield and .286/.406/.383 at Double-A Pensacola. Hamilton was No. 2 on the list last year to Devin Mesoraco.
2. RHP Robert Stephenson: The No. 1 pick in 2011. Touched 100 mph in Dayton last year.
3. LHP Tony Cingrani: Led the minors overall with a 1.73 ERA last year.
4. RHP Daniel Corcino: Johnny Cueto’s look-alike, throw-alike – was 8-8 with a 3.01 ERA in Double-A last year.
5. RHP Nick Travieso: Last year’s No. 1 pick.
6. OF Jesse Winker: He was one of the supplemental picks in last year’s draft. He hit .338/.443/.500 in 228 at-bats at Rookie Billings — very good numbers for a high schooler.
7. J.J. Hoover: Was very impressive in his two stints with the Reds. Went 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA and struck out 31 in 31 innings.
8. LHP Ismael Guillon: 19-year-old from Venezuela. Struck out 100 in 86 innings last year.
9. OF Jonathan Reynosa: Turned 19 yesterday. From the Dominican. Hit .311 and stole league-high 30 bases in the Arizona Summer League.
10. RHP Dan Langfield: Third-rounder last year. Went 3-0 with a 2.68 ERA at Billings.
The accompaning article notes that the Reds are a little thinner as far overall minor league talent. Because of trades and promotions, 12 of the players on last year’s top 30 list don’t qualify for this year’s list.
The only name on this list that I’d expect to see in Cincinnati this season is Hoover, possibly Cingrani (but not if our starters are healthy). But I think there are some good prospects on this list..
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.