Today we are looking at the prospects ranked 11-15 on the 2014 Top 25 Cincinnati Reds prospects list. On Friday there will also be a chat to discuss the list, though I will also answer some questions each day in the comments section. All listed ages are the official age during the season, which is calculated by their age as of June 30th of the playing year. Subscribers will get to see the best tool for each player.
15. Jeremy Kivel | Right Handed Pitcher | 2013 Teams: Arizona League Reds
Acquired: 10th Round, 2012 Draft | Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 200 lbs. | Age: 19
Kivel made his professional debut in 2013 for the Arizona League Reds with a 3.91 ERA in 50.2 innings. He struck out 56 batters and walked 23 while allowing four home runs. He struggled against lefties, posting a 6.62 ERA in 17.2 innings with 12 walks, 4 home runs allowed and 19 strikeouts. Against righties he dominated with a 2.45 ERA in 33 innings with 11 walks and 37 strikeouts.
14. Amir Garett | Left Handed Pitcher | 2013 Teams: Billings Mustangs & Dayton Dragons
Acquired: 22nd Round, 2011 Draft | Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 210 lbs. | Age: 21
The left hander split his time between Billings and Dayton in 2013. He showed success in Billings with a 2.66 ERA in 23.2 innings with 10 walks and 17 strikeouts. He did struggle with Dayton though as he posted a 6.88 ERA in 34 innings with 16 walks and 15 strikeouts. He struggled against lefties who hit .321/.438/.396 with 10 walks and 6 strikeouts in 64 plate appearances.
13. Tucker Barnhart | Catcher | 2013 Teams: Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Acquired: 10th Round, 2009 Draft | Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 195 lbs. | Age: 22
Barnhart rebounded well from his time in Pensacola during 2012 as he posted a .260/.348/.348 line at the plate with 45 walks and 57 strikeouts. Behind the plate he continued to show good skills catching and throwing, where he gunned down 37% of attempted base runners. The switch hitter struggled from the right side of the plate as he hit just .172/.194/.234 in 69 plate appearances. He hit .280/.380/.375 from the left side with 43 walks and 45 strikeouts.
12. KJ Franklin | Third Baseman | 2013 Teams: Arizona League Reds
Acquired: 2nd Round, 2013 Draft | Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 220 lbs. | Age: 18
Franklin had an up and down season in his initial exposure to professional baseball but turned out a solid .260/.326/.364 line overall on the season. After struggling in July he turned it around in August with a .333/.393/.440 line to go with 6 walks and 19 strikeouts. He struggled defensively in 2013 as he made 20 errors in 37 games.
11. Daniel Corcino | Right Handed Pitcher | 2013 Teams: Louisville Bats
Acquired: International Free Agent: 2008 | Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 205 lbs.
Corcino really struggled to find consistency in 2013 from start to start and even inning to inning on some occasions. He posted a career worst 5.86 ERA in 129 innings with 73 walks and 90 strikeouts. He battled control problems throughout the year, walking four or more batters eight times on the season.
15. Jeremy Kivel
Best tool: Fastball. Kivel was clocked as high as 99 MPH this summer and sits in the mid 90’s.
14. Amir Garrett
Best tool: Fastball. Garrett topped out 97 MPH over the summer. When at his best he sat 91-95 MPH.
13. Tucker Barnhart
Best tool: Throwing. Barnhart has gunned down 42% of opposing runners in his career with his above-average arm.
12. KJ Franklin
Best tool: Power. Franklin shows off plus power potential with a quick bat and plenty of leverage in his swing.
11. Daniel Corcino
Best tool: Slider. His slider stands out among his pitches as an above-average pitch when it is at its best.