Yesterday I ran through the guys in the 31-40 range on the list. Today we will look at the next 10 guys on the list as we work our way to the top.
21. Danny Dorn – Outfield/First Base
Background: Dorn was drafted by the Reds in the 32nd round in the 2006 draft.
The Good: Dorn has absolutely beat up on right handed pitchers in his minor league career to the tune of .312/.394/.558. After another slow start to the season, Dorn tore through the International League the final three months of the year. Dorn has always showed good plate discipline and also showed he can play both LF and 1B this season.
Needs to work on: Despite Dorn beating up right handers, he has always struggled to hit lefties and profiles as a platoon type of player. Scouts don’t believe he is all that good of a fielder in left, although I think he can be just fine out there.
22. Logan Ondrusek – Right Handed Reliever
Background: Drafted by the Reds in the 13th round of the 2005 draft.
The Good: Ondrusek has size that makes him look more like a pro in the NBA than a pro baseball player as he comes in at 6’7″ tall. With such a downhill plane to throw on, Ondrusek induces a high rate of groundballs with a fastball that has hit 97 MPH and a cutter that he throws in the 92-94 MPH range. The righty also posted outstanding numbers this season.
Needs to work on: Using his offspeed stuff more. Ondrusek is quite reliant on his #1 and could likely benefit from throwing a offspeed pitch more often than he has.
23. D.D. Gregorius – Shortstop
Background: Signed as an international free agent by the Reds in August of 2007.
The Good: Gregorius should stick at shortstop. Scouts like his hands and arm strength at short. Very good plate approach which can also be seen by his 5.3% walk rate and 12% strikeout rate this year at Billings.
Needs to work on: Gaining some strength. Gregorius is described as wiry strong right now, but he could add a little more power if he could add some muscle over the next few years.
24. Juan Silva – Outfielder
Background: Drafted by the Reds in the 8th round of the 2009 draft out of Puerto Rico.
The Good: Silva has above average speed and an above average arm. He performed quite well in the GCL this year where he had a high walk rate and showed very good power. For now, Silva also can play centerfield.
Needs to work on: Silva could benefit from lowering his strikeout rate which was at 27.1% this season in the GCL. Its going to be tough to succeed while striking out at such a high rate, so improvement is likely needed in that area.
25. Sam Lecure – Right Handed Pitcher
Background: Drafted by the Reds in the 4th round of the 2005 draft out of Texas.
The Good: Lecure is advanced having completed a season at AAA. Lecure showed a good walk rate and a strong strikeout rate with an 88-91 MPH fastball, solid slider and solid change up. Lecure won’t wow with his stuff, but he can throw strikes and has three average pitches and has put up good numbers through the minors.
Needs to work on: Lecure is a flyball pitcher, having only gotten 39% groundballs last year in Louisville. If he could get some more grounders it certainly couldn’t hurt.
26. Mark Serrano – Right Handed Pitcher
Background: Drafted by the Reds in the 6th round of the 2009 draft.
The Good: Serrano is an advanced pitcher who has already turned 24 years old so he should move quickly through the system. While he has an average fastball in the 88-91 range it has good movement to it. Also has an above average slider and change up in his arsenal. Serrano also has a good ability to throw strikes.
Needs to work on: Given his age, Serrano just needs to be able to move quickly up the ladder as most prospects his age are in AA by now. He got a late start by staying in college and was not drafted until he was 23.5 years old.
27. Jeremy Horst – Left Handed Pitcher
Background: Drafted by the Reds in the 21st round of the 2007 draft.
The Good: Horst is a big left hander who has posted ERA’s of 2.38 and 3.25 each of the last two seasons. Horst has an average fastball with an above average change up who has gotten results. Can throw strikes and doesn’t walk too many hitters.
Needs to work on: In 2008 Horst was a big groundball pitcher but saw his groundball rate drop to 42% in 2009. He also saw his strikeout rate drop quite a bit as well, although its still in a solid range. Improving in those area’s would go a long way to making the transition to AA a bit easier next season.
28. Philippe Valiquette – Left Handed Reliever
Background: Drafted by the Reds in the 7th round of the 2004 draft.
The Good: Valiquette has the best arm of any lefty in the system with a fastball that can sit in the 93-95 MPH range out of the bullpen. Gets plenty of groundballs as well. Posted strong numbers at both A+ and AA this year.
Needs to work on: Valiquette had a very high walk rate in 2009, much higher than in 2007 or 2008. Improving that rate to his previous range will help quite a bit.
29. Alex Oliveras – Outfield
Background: Drafted by the Reds in the 9th round of the 2007 draft out of Puerto Rico.
The Good: Oliveras is a good athlete who can play centerfield. He has a good swing from the left side of the plate. Showed solid improvements each of the last two seasons.
Needs to work on: Finding the plate discipline he showed in Billings. Oliveras had 10 walks and 27 strikeouts in Billings, but was more aggressive in Dayton with 2 walks and 31 strikeouts. Being more selective will allow his bat to play up some more.
30. Kevin Coddington – Catcher
Background: Drafted in the 44th round of the 2008 draft by the Reds.
The Good: Coddington has an above average arm behind the plate and is considered a good defensive catcher. He threw out 30% of the runners who tried to steal on him at Dayton. Has a solid plate approach and doesn’t strike out much.
Needs to work on: Coddington had 2 home runs this year, both hit in the last week of the season. While catcher isn’t a position where the bat is all that important if Coddington could add a little more power to his game he could turn himself into a real solid prospect.
Tomorrow will get into the next group of guys, but just like yesterday…. discuss the list. I will have a chat on Friday for everyone, but I also will try and answer the questions left in the comments.