The Reds and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos signed a 4 year extension to their player development contract, meaning the Reds will be with the Blue Wahoos through at least 2016. I am a fan of this move by the Reds. It keeps them on the East Coast and for me at least, means a trip to Florida each year.
Jim Callis listed his Reds Top 10 prospects over at Baseball America earlier this week. It should be noted that Callis is not the writer who does the Reds for their year end list or their Top 30 list, but is the editor for the lists.
- Billy Hamilton
- Robert Stephenson
- Tony Cingrani
- Daniel Corcino
- Nick Travieso
- Didi Gregorius
- Kyle Lotzkar
- Jesse Winker
- Tanner Rahier
- Jeff Gelalich
While I would have a different looking list at this point, most of the same names are there. What is interesting are the other 5 names he said he considered, which didn’t include Henry Rodriguez but did include a pair of teenage pitchers.
Tony Cingrani was bound to eventually have a rough game and after 13 months as a professional, it finally happened. There were several issues in the game last night, as I noted in the game notes, he struggled to keep his fastball down and when he began to consistently leave it up in the zone, guys really began to punish it. Jim Riggleman also had this to add (as well as noting the fastball being left up) after the game:
“He has been outstanding, but he couldn’t get the ball down today and didn’t have his breaking ball,” Riggleman said. “The breaking ball has been an issue throughout, but he had a couple games where he made progress.“We were hoping with the 10 days off, and a couple bullpen sessions, he would be sharper with his breaking ball, but it wasn’t to be.”
Going back to the above prospect list, that quote above is why I don’t have Cingrani just that high yet. While his fastball is a plus pitch with plus command (this is the first time I have seen him struggle to locate that pitch all year), it is the lack of consistent secondary stuff that leaves me still unsure where his future lies.
Sports Illustrated did a piece on Billy Hamilton and you can check it out online. Ken Griffey and Delino DeShields both rave about Hamilton in the article, as does his former high school coach.