2017 Reds

Reds Player Power Rankings, Episode 2

When we last checked in, two weeks into the season, the Reds were in first place and flying high. The last six weeks have been a bit more up and down; Cincinnati stands at 26-30, good for 4th place in the National League Central division.

Surprisingly, there’s still plenty of good news. The rest of the division has been nearly as bad as the Reds over the last couple of months, so Cincinnati is just 4 games out of first place (this time last year, the Reds were already 19 games out and fading fast). The fact that the Reds are still hanging around is a testament to this widespread mediocrity, but also the outstanding production from almost everyone who isn’t a pitcher. The offense, in fact, has been the second-most valuable unit in all of baseball, behind only the Nationals in accumulated WAR after the first two months.

The pitching, on the other hand…well, the pitching is why the Reds are four games back instead of four games up on the rest of the division. It can only get better from here, right? (If not, Lord, beer me strength.)

But after an eventful two months, it seemed like a good time to update our comprehensive Reds Player Power Rankings. We have a few new names this month, and some of them have even made a positive contribution to the Reds. Let’s count ‘em down! And remember: This is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Please, no wagering.

Check out the full rankings over at Cincinnati Magazine.

4 thoughts on “Reds Player Power Rankings, Episode 2

  1. Starting pitching is terrible, The Pen is 3rd in the league.
    If we can get Brandon and Homer back, next year we might have a chance for the WC.
    (With the Cubs talent and payroll, it might be hard to ever compete for the division)

  2. I can’t wait til we get Finnegan back! A lot of people seem to think he’s destined for the pen with his high-effort delivery but he might be as good as anyone they have! He’s only 24 and his change-up really improved last year. I think being 5’11” has limited the expectations for him compared to others (I’m as guilty as anyone) but he has great stuff! His career era so far is 3.76 and Cueto had a 3.64 era at age 24. Cueto is short for a pitcher as well. Homer is lost $ that could be found $ since there are next to zero expectations with him at this point? Personally I’d try to make him a Bud Norris type late inning guy to replace Lorenzen in the pen. Call me crazy but give me Lorenzen, Finnegan, Disco, and Peralta in the rotation and I think you’d have at worst one #2 starter and three #3 starters and be able to compete for the playoffs!

  3. “Is it possible that Gennett isn’t going to be a Reds legend after all?”

    Great timing, haha.

  4. The Reds offense is good. Really good. And that’s with an inconsistent Billy Hamilton, a mediocre (but learning?) Jose Peraza, and a still returning to form Devin Mesoraco. Yes, they’ve been injury free (ish) but waiting in AAA is the league (not team, league) leader in AVG and OBP, Jesse Winker. So it’s possible this offense will get BETTER as the year goes on. And the Reds defense is good. Really good. Arguably the best in the league. And the Reds bullpen is good. Top third of the league at least, which is ridonculous given that it was historically bad last year. That’s the makings of a competitive team if only you can find some quality starters. Here’s your list – Bailey, DeSclafani, Finnegan, Adleman, Garrett, Reed, Stephenson, Romano, Davis, Lorenzen and a host of guys from deeper in the system. Surely five of those guys can be healthy and productive. Right? Hope springs eternal… In the meantime I’m enjoying watching the 2017 Cincinnati Reds.

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