The Reds organization is stacked with pitching prospects as seven take up the top 10 in our consensus power rankings. Right-hander Robert Stephenson and outfielder Jesse Winkler are consensus top 50 Major League prospects according to many services.
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10. ALEX BLANDINO, SS
Taken in the first round last year, Blandino has potential at short but he can also play second and third. He has a solid bat but needs to improve on his power. Likely to begin the season in Dayton and if he continues to improve could make a quick trip up the organization.
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9. AMIR GARRETT, P
The left-hander went 7-8 with a 3.65 ERA in Dayton last season but over the second half he was 5-4 with a 2.86 ERA. Inconsistent in his delivery and control but does have a fastball that averages between 92-95. Could start the season back in Dayton or move up High-A Daytona.
8. YORMAN RODRIGUEZ, OF
Thought to have the best outfield arm in the organization and can play all three spots. He was limited early due to an oblique injury but turned it on late in the year and earned a September promotion to the Reds. Expected to begin the season with Louisville but must begin to show better plate discipline.
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7. RASIEL IGLESIAS, P
Is the right hander the next Aroldis Chapman? Possibly except in this case the Reds are adamant that they want Iglesias to be a starter after signing him to a seven-year, $27 million deal. He pitched mainly in relief in the Arizona Fall League and allowed no runs and a hit in seven innings. Considering the state of the Reds’ bullpen last year, he could start the year as a setup guy to build innings. Has a solid four-pitch repertoire.
6. NICK TRAVIESO, P
The right-hander went 14-5 last season at Dayton, which tied for the organization lead in wins and he led the organization in ERA (3.03). He has one of the best sliders in the system and a fastball that averages 92-95. Could begin the season in Daytona or Pensacola.
5. ANTHONY DESCLAFANI, P
The right-hander was acquired from the Marlins in the Mat Latos trade. Mainly a ground ball pitcher whose fastball averages 92-94, DeSclafani tried to work on his curveball during the Arizona Fall League with some success. Could compete for a spot at the bottom of the Reds’ rotation during spring training but likely to begin the year in Louisville.
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4. NICK HOWARD, P
The right-hander, who was selected in the first round last year, is similar to Lorenzen in that he was mainly a reliever in college. With Single-A Dayton, Howard’s last five outings were starts and he went 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA. His fastball averages 92-95 and he is expected to be in Pensacola at some point this season.
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3. MICHAEL LORENZEN, P
The right-hander was mainly a reliever in college but has developed into a solid starter with the Reds. Even though Lorenzen was 4-6 with Pensacola, he was third in the Southern League with a 3.13 ERA. He didn’t produce a lot of strikeouts last year but has a two-seamer that can get in the upper 90’s and has plenty of sink that handcuffs hitters. Could start the season in Louisville.
2. JESSE WINKER, OF
Led the Arizona Fall League with a .338 average. After starting the season in Single-A he was promoted to Double-A Pensacola but played in only 21 games due to a partially torn tendon in his right wrist after an auto accident. Has great plate discipline and has drawn comparisons to Jay Bruce because of his ability to hit for average.
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1. ROBERT STEPHENSON, P
The right-hander (left) has a great fastball/curveball combination and is improving on his changeup. With Double-A Pensacola, Stephenson led the Southern League last season in strikeouts (140) while opposing hitters to a .114 average, but he also allowed 18 home runs en route to going 7-10 with a 4.74 ERA. Expected to be in Louisville sometime this upcoming season and could be in the Reds’ rotation by 2016.