Billy Hamilton is the only prospect from the Cincinnati Reds system that has graduated from the ranks, so nearly everyone else in the system still qualifies to be eligible for the Midseason Top 10 Prospect List that was on the list to begin the season. There are some guys that have moved up, a few that moved down and one quick riser that has really jumped up from his preseason ranking.

1. Robert Stephenson | RHP

Stephenson has had some struggles this year, but he has also had plenty of success. From a stuff point he is unrivaled in the system. He came into the year ranked #1 and nothing from him or anyone else has changed that.

Year Age Lev W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2014 21 AA 3 5 3.99 70.0 54 7 38 73 1.31

2. Jesse Winker | OF

The guy I called the best bat in the system coming into the year has done nothing at all to change that and no one has stepped up to challenge him. While he has spent his time playing in the hitter friendly California League, he has done everything you could ask from. He has hit for average, he has hit for power, showed outstanding plate discipline and played good defense.

Year Age Lev PA H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2014 20 A+ 249 65 15 0 13 49 5 40 46 .317 .426 .580

3. Nick Travieso | RHP

When the Reds drafted Travieso out of high school, he had very little experience as a starter, starting only in his senior year. Last year he wasn’t always consistent, but showed his upside at times. In 2014 he has found a lot more consistency, both in terms of stuff and in carrying that same stuff from game to game and improved his numbers across the board.

Year Age Lev W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2014 20 A 6 2 3.29 65.2 57 3 12 50 1.05

4. Michael Lorenzen | RHP

The supplemental first round pick from 2013 has been nothing short of outstanding in his transition to starting pitcher. Where he struggled last year has not been much of an issue this year as he has cut his walk rate in half and despite his rawness on the mound, he has posted a 2.41 ERA in Double-A. His stuff is elite in the system and can only be rivaled by one or two other pitchers.

Year Age Lev W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2014 22 AA 4 4 2.41 71.0 61 3 21 47 1.16

5. Phillip Ervin | OF

Offseason wrist surgery set things back for Ervin to begin the year and he really struggled for the first two months of the year, but he has begun to turn things around. All of the tools that he showed last year still show up, but he has seemed a bit less advanced this year overall compared to last year.

Year Age Lev PA H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2014 21 A 281 57 15 4 1 28 17 22 60 .227 .295 .331

6. Yorman Rodriguez | OF

Yorman Rodriguez has essentially had two halves of the 2014 season. Before he had an oblique injury he was hitting .325 with a little bit of power. After returning from the oblique injury he has hit .160 with no power at all. He still has a strong toolset that hardly anyone can match in the system and is among the youngest players in the Southern League, but he may have come back from his injury a week or two early.

Year Age Lev PA H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2014 21 AA 209 44 4 3 2 14 5 11 56 .224 .264 .306

7. Jon Moscot |  RHP

The right hander is probably one of the more underrated players in the system. He is back in Pensacola after six starts there last season and has been rather strong, posting a 2.56 ERA in 14 starts. The stuff is good and he knows how to use what he has, mixing pitches well.

Year Age Lev W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2014 22 AA 4 5 2.56 84.1 70 5 24 67 1.12

8. Ben Lively | RHP

Not many players have gotten off to a better start in their careers than Ben Lively has. Despite pitching in a very hitter friendly league and a very hitter friendly park he posted a 2.28 ERA with a low walk rate and a high strikeout rate. His pure stuff doesn’t match the numbers, but he uses four pitches very well, has some deception and on most nights, very good control.

Year Age Lev W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2014 22 A+ 10 1 2.28 79.0 57 6 16 95 0.92

9. Carlos Contreras | RHP

After spending over a month on the disabled list with back problems he has returned and been moved to the bullpen where the team thinks his future will be. He has closer quality stuff to work with, where the key to his overall success will be linked to his control.

Year Age Lev W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2014 23 AA 2 1 2.84 19.0 15 0 11 26 1.39

10. Sal Romano | RHP

The fastest riser to crack the top 10 and one of the fastest risers in the system overall, Romano has increased velocity this year and found consistency with his stuff in 2014 after just flashing it during the past seasons. His walk rate is nearly cut in half and his strikeouts are way up.

Year Age Lev W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2014 20 A 4 6 3.77 76.1 83 4 19 68 1.34

Where do the 2014 Draft Picks fit in?

Once the College World Series is over and the Reds get the first three pick signed and into the system they will be eligible for prospects lists. Without getting a chance to see them play, or having them playing at all against other professionals, I have to rely on secondary scouting reports from around the draft. Based on that information, first rounder Nick Howard seems to be the only guy from this years crop that looks like he would currently crack the top 10 list. I could make an argument for placing him anywhere between fifth in the system and seventh in the system and feel pretty comfortable with that placement.

Guys to watch for in the second half that could rise

Carlton Daal | SS

As I wrote last week, he is probably the highest riser in the system so far this season, having broken out offensively for Dayton in 2014. The highest rated shortstop in the system right now could continue his rise with a strong second half.

Amir Garret | LHP

The left hander has battled with some consistency this year, but he has really turned things around over the last few weeks. A lefty with quality stuff, if he finds more consistency he could push himself further up the lists.

Aristides Aquino | OF

A very toolsy outfielder had a breakout year last season, he is just beginning his 2014 campaign with Billings this week. If he continues with good performances, the combination of tools and performance could move him up.

Jose Ortiz | C

I wrote back in January that with time to reflect on it, I may have underrated Ortiz on my end of the season prospect list. He will begin his 2014 season with Dayton tonight after spending the first half of the year in extended spring training. If he can perform in full season ball and continue to show off his offensive tools while holding his own defensively, he could find himself fighting for a spot in the top 10.

Jeremy Kivel | RHP

A right hander who can touch 99 MPH and sit in the mid 90’s with his fastball is always someone to keep an eye on. He made his first start of the year earlier this week with Billings. If his secondary offerings can show improvements and he has success in the Pioneer League, he too could find himself on the move upward in the prospect rankings.

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