Let’s take a breather from the current product and check in with some notable 2014 Reds that aren’t with the organization anymore, including prospects that were seemingly part of the club’s future.

Players listed in alphabetical order.

Jonathan Broxton, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

Transaction: Traded to the Brewers on August 31 for Kevin Shackelford and Barrett Astin. Broxton was owed $9 million this year and has a $9 million mutual option for 2016 with a $2 million buyout.

Key 2015 numbers: 12.2 innings, 20 hits, 17 strikeouts, 2 walks, 4.01 FIP, 1.78 WHIP.

Rundown: Like many other Brewers, Broxton has struggled this season and is a potential trade candidate. The Reds made the right move shedding Broxton’s salary when they could last August, even if Shackelford — a 26-year-old righty pitching at Double-A — and Astin — a 23-year-old righty throwing for High-A Daytona — are nowhere close to the majors.

 

Daniel Corcino, RP, Advanced Rookie Ogden (Dodgers)

Transactions: Claimed off waivers by the Dodgers in April. Designated by the Dodgers five days later, then outrighted to Double-A Tulsa.

Key 2015 numbers: 1.2 innings, 0 hits, 1 (earned) run, 5 walks, 3 strikeouts between Double-A Pensacola (Reds) and Double-A Tulsa (Dodgers).

Rundown: It was a bit shocking to see the Reds simply let Corcino — a former top prospect who was once ranked as the organization’s fourth-best farmhand by Baseball America — walk at age 24, but with their decision the Reds made it clear they had lost all faith in the right-hander. Corcino spent most of 2012-14 between Double-A and Triple-A, although he enjoyed a cup of coffee with Cincinnati last season. Corcino, who hasn’t pitched since April 21, is presently listed on the roster of the Ogden Raptors, the Dodgers’ Advanced Rookie affiliate in the Pioneer League. The Raptors begin their season on June 18.

 

Ryan Dennick, RP, Double-A Tulsa (Dodgers)

Transactions: Claimed off waivers by the Dodgers in April, who promptly designated him. After he went unclaimed, the Dodgers outrighted Dennick to Double-A Tulsa.

Key 2015 numbers: 14.2 innings, 16 hits, 16 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1.23 WHIP between Triple-A Louisville and Double-A Tulsa.

Rundown: Dennick, 28, is a career minor leaguer who received a brief shot with the Reds last season, allowing seven hits and six earned runs in 4.2 innings.

 

Jack Hannahan, INF/DH, LG Twins (South Korea)

Transactions: Granted free agency and signed in December with LG Twins of the KBO League in South Korea.

Key 2015 numbers: 19 plate appearances, 5 hits, 3 walks, 2 runs, 1 RBI.

Rundown: The 35-year-old Hannahan passed on potential minor-league deals with MLB teams to sign with the LG Twins after two injury-marred years with the Reds. Hannahan missed LG Twins’ first 30 games of the season because of injury.

 

Chris Heisey, OF, Triple-A Oklahoma City (Dodgers)

Transaction: Traded to the Dodgers in December for minor-league pitcher Matt Magill.

Key 2015 numbers: 10 plate appearances, 1 hit, 2 runs, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts (MLB); 73 plate appearances, .246/.356/.607 slash, 16 runs, 7 home runs, .963 OPS (AAA).

Rundown: After another short stint in Los Angeles, Heisey was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday night. The Dodgers still have Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford on the disabled list, but still have four very capable outfielders in Joc Pederson, Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, and Alex Guerrero sucking up most of the playing time, so even a banged-up Los Angeles outfield is a tough one for Heisey to crack. As for the Reds, Magill underwent Tommy John surgery on Friday.

 

Mat Latos, SP, Miami Marlins

Transaction: Traded to Marlins in December for starter Anthony DeSclafani and minor-league catcher Chad Wallach.

Key 2015 numbers: 34.1 innings, 37 hits, 28 strikeouts, 14 walks, 3.49 FIP, 1.49 WHIP.

Rundown: Latos, 27, had a really tough Marlins debut after burning bridges with the Reds, recording just two outs and allowing seven earned runs on six hits and two walks on April 7. Since his nightmare start with Miami, Latos has steadily increased his inning load, with his last start — seven innings, seven hits, one (earned run), no walks, and five strikeouts — being his best start of the season. Latos’ walk rate has jumped considerably so far in Miami, but he should benefit from a regressed BABIP in the coming months. Latos’ average fastball velocity (90.6 mph) is the lowest of his career, however.

On the Reds’ end, though Latos will likely outperform DeSclafani in 2015, having Disco — who seems capable of being a solid No. 4 or No. 5 starter — under team control through 2020 will be worth it considering Latos’ impending free agency and his injury history. Wallach, 23, is slashing .284/.281/.383 with an OPS of .664 at High-A Daytona.

 

Ben Lively, SP, Double-A Reading (Phillies)

Transaction: Traded to Phillies in December for outfielder Marlon Byrd.

Key numbers: 28.1 innings, 29 hits, 26 strikeouts, 9 walks, 4.46 FIP, 1.34 WHIP.

Rundown: Lively, named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week earlier this month, is off to a strong start for Philadelphia’s Double-A affiliate. Per MLB.com, Lively is the No. 7 prospect in the organization. It’s worth noting that while Lively’s walk rate is down this season, his strikeout rate and home run rate have increased.

 

Ryan Ludwick, OF, Free Agent

Transaction: Reds exercised $4.5 million contract buyout in late October.

Key 2015 numbers: None.

Rundown: Ludwick agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers in February. He was released by Texas on March 29 after hitting .200 in 30 spring at-bats.

 

Logan Ondrusek, RP, Tokyo Yakult Swallows (Japan)

Transactions: Granted free agency, and eventually signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League for a reported $1.2 million in January.

Key 2015 numbers: 16.1 innings, 13 hits, 16 strikeouts, 5 walks, 2.20 ERA.

Rundown: After five seasons with the Reds, Ondrusek decided to pitch in Japan this year, and so far the results have been promising. Cincinnati non-tendered Ondrusek — who was drafted by the Reds in the 13th round of the 2005 draft — last offseason following a year in which the big right-hander posted a 3.91 FIP and 1.61 WHIP in 41 innings.

 

Curtis Partch, RP, Triple-A Sacramento (Giants)

Transactions: Granted free agency in December, and signed with the Giants shortly thereafter.

Key 2015 numbers: 19.1 innings, 17 hits, 27 strikeouts, 5 walks, 2.34 FIP, 1.14 WHIP.

Rundown: Partch spent most of 2013 and 2014 with Triple-A Louisville, but 2007 Reds draftee logged 30.1 innings with the Cincinnati over those same two seasons, with 23.1 of those major-league innings coming in 2013. During his time in the majors, Partch walked 24 batters.

 

Ramon Santiago, INF, Triple-A Buffalo (Blue Jays)

Transactions: Santiago elected free agency in late October and signed with the Blue Jays in January.

Key 2015 numbers: None.

Rundown: Santiago, a prime candidate for bench duty with the Blue Jays entering spring training, broke his collarbone on March 15. The Blue Jays released him on March 30, then re-signed him to a minor league deal on April 6. He’s presently on Triple-A Buffalo’s disabled list and is expected to be out at least through the early part of June. Santiago hit .417 in 12 at-bats during spring training.

 

Alfredo Simon, SP, Detroit Tigers

Transaction: Traded to Tigers in December for minor-league infielder Eugenio Suarez and minor-league pitcher Jonathon Crawford.

Key 2015 numbers: 44.1 innings, 42 hits, 29 strikeouts, 11 walks, 3.53 FIP, 1.20 WHIP.

Rundown: Aside from one disastrous start (4.1 innings, 9 hits, 6 earned runs) vs. the Royals, the 34-year-old Simon has been a sturdy addition to a Tiger rotation whose depth took a hit with the voids left by Max Scherzer (free agency) and Justin Verlander (injury). Simon’s strikeout, walk and home run rates are mostly stable from 2014. Don’t go calling this trade a victory for Detroit just yet, as Simon’s ground ball-to-fly ball ratio and fastball velocity are both down.

As for the Reds’ return, Suarez is slashing .238/.344/.410 in 123 plate appearances at Triple-A Louisville. And for Crawford, Doug Gray reported in late April that the right-hander was throwing in extended spring training out at the Reds facility in Goodyear, Arizona, after being out with an undisclosed injury in spring training. Officially, Crawford is listed on the Dayton Dragons’ disabled list, but when he’s ready to pitch outside of Goodyear, it’s safe to assume Crawford won’t head to Dayton since he pitched relatively well in the Midwest League in 2014.

 

Neftali Soto, INF/DH, Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox)

Transactions: Granted free agency in November and signed with the White Sox.

Key 2015 numbers: 134 plate appearances, .273/.331/.372 slash, 15 runs, 2 home runs, .803 OPS.

Rundown: Soto, 26, logged 44 combined plate appearances for the Reds in 2013 and 2014, slashing .071/.091/.095. Soto was a third-round pick of the Reds in 2007, but it looks like his destiny is to be a Quad-A player.

26 Responses

  1. msanmoore

    Very nice rundown. I think sometimes we who watch our MLB teams forget the vastness of the minor league machine necessary to support it. Reminds me that I need to go see my local High-A team or AAA team a couple times this year.

  2. Big56dog

    So is anything lost in the “We got Jack for that” translation to Korean? The LG Twins will know this soon enough.

  3. Jeremy Conley

    That was rough.

    Most of the guys that the Reds wanted (Hannahan, Ludwick, Santiago, Ondrusek) are basically out of baseball.

    Some of the guys that we sent out I wish we had back (Heisey, Corcino), and others would be great on this team (Latos, Simon) but I understand trading for the future (even if that’s not what the Reds said they were doing).

    Basically the Byrd trad and the Broxton trade are the only things on their that you can say look totally solid from the Reds stand point.

    • Gaffer

      Agree that reds play and pay too many guys no one else wanted.

      Since money was the limiting factor, we were getting rid of Latos, Simon and Heisey no matter what. So, it’s not like there was a choice after signing Homer.

    • Greg Dafler

      Except if the Reds end up being no better than .500 this year, then I think they’re going to be kicking themselves in a couple of years for trading Lively for a year of Byrd.

      • Kyle Farmer

        I agree. That was the one move this off season that might haunt the Reds for years to come.

      • jessecuster44

        Disagree. I don’t think Lively will be that special, at least not specialer than Lorenzen, Moscot, Igleasias…

      • Grant Freking

        Considering that young right-handed pitching — Iglesias and Lorenzen are already up, with Moscot and Stephenson not that that far behind — is by far the biggest strength of the system, I think they can live with letting Lively go.

      • Big56dog

        Stephenson is very far behind, he cannot get AA hitters out he better figure it out quick 22 walks in 28 innings does not forebode well to ML success, most people hear some snippet from a scouting report and think he is the next ace since he had a great year at A ball in 2013. Young pitching is great for all the potential if you got 5 MLB caliber guys- you are lucky if 2 develop into a number Mike Leake- someone is going to get hurt, some one is going to be a bust, maybe a few hang on as relievers. Hopefully Stephenson is not a bust, but Moscot is putting up great numbers and so the hope is Lively is the worst of the 5, as there are a few others that will generate some buzz in a few years.

    • docmike

      I don’t think you can say the Byrd trade looks solid for the Reds. Even though Byrd has turned it around lately, and the Reds were trading from strength, that trade could still look bad in a few years if Lively becomes a solid member of the Phillies’ rotation.

      The Heisey trade is one I would like to have back. For as little money as he was due to make, he would’ve been a much better backup OF than Skip or Boesch.

      I still don’t understand cutting Corcino, either. he was still young enough to get it figured out, and they just let him go for nothing. They could’ve dumped Kevin Gregg instead to free up the needed roster spot.

      The Broxton trade was great, even as just a salary dump. I think the Latos and Simon trades were both good too, to replenish the farm system for guys who would not be here in 2016.

      • Jeremy Conley

        I don’t have high hopes for Lively, but your point is valid, that trade clearly needs more time.

    • Big56dog

      Do not see how the Broxton trade is considered solid, he would be the best righty out of the pen- Do I have this correct of 29 balls hit in play only 9 have been for outs?
      Just because they corrected the mistake of giving him a ridiculous contract with basically getting nothing in return to dump the salary should not be seen as an accomplishment. If they signed him to a reasonable contract probably could have gotten much more or at least could have afforded Heisey.

      • jessecuster44

        It depends if you consider Broxton’s contract as part of the trade. Dumping that salary? Great. Giving him that salary, then dumping it? A wash.

    • Big56dog

      I think I figured it out that 40% of the players that made the 2014 opening day roster did not make a MLB opening day roster this season.

  4. Gaffer

    No one I wish we had back, but not sure we did much other than dumped so much guaranteed salary! While Byrd has been mediocre as expected, the reason we had to give them Lively was the 4 million they kicked in. The real problem is this team is so mediocre that these trades had no effect either way. Logan stunk but worse than Gregg?

      • gomerpyle

        They were not going to have a 130 million payroll. Schumaker has guaranteed money and in the end neither will be the difference in playoffs or not this year.

    • earmbrister

      While Byrd was ripped by most here (not merely expected to be mediocre) he’s is loudly becoming one of the best hitters in the lineup. 2 for 2 tonite, with another HR (8), 3 RBIs, and a couple of walks for good measure.

      I’m not too excited about Lively’s performance in AA: 28.1 innings, 29 hits, 26 strikeouts, 9 walks, 4.46 FIP, 1.34 WHIP. It is AA after all. I’ll take a starting LFr in MLB, thank you very much.

      I’d also rather have 6 years of control of DeSclafani than a fading expensive Latos.

      Likewise, I’ll take the prospects instead of an Alfredo Simon that we couldn’t afford to re-sign.

      Heisey’s best days are well behind him, though I appreciated his efforts while he was here.

      • Janet

        No, he’s not in limbo. The Reds released him, so he is free to sign with anyone who will take him.

  5. docmike

    Never thought I’d say this before this season, but Kevin Gregg made wish we still had Ondrusek instead of him.

    • Seattle-Red

      Glad we don’t have either one. Both made me yell “NOooo!” when they were announced as warming up in the pen.

  6. desertred

    Who’d have ever thought the Reds would be a farm team for Japanese baseball? Is this what big Walt’s getting paid for?

  7. wdwrolen2713

    As of right now there is a funny typo on the front page of reds.com that shows Pena at 2B and Schumaker catching. (At least let’s hope it’s a typo and Price isn’t losing it.)

    • brmreturns

      Schu listed ANYWHERE on a starting line-up card is a definitive sign of “losing it”