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Day three brings us the next five guys on the Top 25 prospects list for the Cincinnati Reds. If you missed the top 10 from earlier this week you can see them at the link above for the entire list.

Subscribers will get to see the top tool for each player as well as a new thing for this season where I will list the upside role for the player. All ages are listed as of June 30 of this past season and is the official “age” of a player during the season. Each day this week will have five players listed to complete the Top 25 and on Friday afternoon there will be a free chat (or All Questions Answered) post to address any remaining questions everyone has about the rankings or players.

*To be eligible for the list a player must have 2015 Rookie of the Year eligibility (Fewer than 130 at bats in the big leagues, fewer than 50 innings pitches or more than 45 days on the active MLB roster that doesn’t include September)*

11. Phillip Ervin | OF

2014 Teams: Dayton Dragons | Acquired: 1st round, 2013 Draft | Height: 5’10″| Weight: 205 | Age: 21

The 2014 season didn’t start out well for the 2013 1st rounder. He had wrist surgery after the 2013 season and wasn’t able to begin baseball activities until spring training began in March and he seemed to struggle to get going. After a sub .600 OPS through May he put together a big month of June but didn’t carry it forward for the final two months. The production was well down from the previous year but he would still show flashes of all of the tools that made him a 1st round pick and did improve in several non-hitting aspects of his game.

561 34 7 7 68 30 46 110 .237 .305 .376

12. Aristides Aquino | OF

2014 Teams: Billings Mustangs | Acquired: Free Agent, 2011 | Height: 6′ 4″| Weight: 190 | Age: 20

Aristides Aquino was one of the biggest risers from the 2013 season and it was more of the same for 2014. He returned to Billings after spending a few weeks there last season and hit .292/.342/.577 while showing off plenty of tools along the way. He finished among the league leaders in nearly all offensive categories, including finishing second in home runs with 16.

307 23 5 16 64 21 15 66 .292 .342 .577

13. Kyle Waldrop | OF

2014 Teams: Bakersfield Blaze, Pensacola Blue Wahoos | Acquired: 12th round, 2010 draft | Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 216 | Age: 22

The 2014 seasson was a breakout for Waldrop. For the first time in his career he had to repeat a level and he showed no mercy on California League while hitting .359 before earning a midseason promotion to Double-A Pensacola. The outfielder didn’t slow down much as he hit .315 there, all while showing more power despite a tougher environment to hit in. He is now playing in the Arizona Fall League.

540 37 4 14 67 14 39 100 .338 .385 .516

14. Alex Blandino | SS

2014 Teams: Billings Mustangs, Dayton Dragons | Acquired: 1st round, 2014 draft | Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 190 | Age: 21

When the year began Blandino was still in college but after being selected in the 1st round by the Reds as compensation for Shin-Soo Choo he headed off to Billings. With the Mustangs he hit an impressive .309/.412/.527 before spending the second half with the Dayton Dragons. His bat slowed down some as he hit .261/.329/.440 in Dayton. He will remain at shortstop for now but is likely to move to second or third base in the future.

283 20 2 8 32 7 29 60 .283 .367 .480

15. Jon Moscot | RHP

2014 Teams: Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Louisville Bats | Acquired: 4th round, 2012 draft | Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 205 | Age: 22

Last year saw Moscot rank as the Reds 7th best prospect. This year he is ranked 15th and didn’t take a step backwards, others just took steps forward. The right hander would throw 166.2 innings with a 3.40 ERA with 25 starts in Pensacola and another three in Louisville to end his season. He lowered his walk rate in 2014 but also saw his strikeout rate drop as he struck out 120 batters with 50 walks on the season.

8 11 166.2 160 16 50 120 3.40 1.26

Top Tools and Upside Grade

Upside Grade Explanation

Grade Explanation
80 MVP Caliber/Cy Young Caliber
70 All-Star caliber/#2 starter
60 Above-average starting position player/ #3 starters/Elite closers
50 Average Starting Position Player/#4-5 Starter/Elite set up men and good closers
40 Quality bench player/swingman starter/good middle reliever
30 Fringe big-leaguer who is often moved between AAA and MLB
20 Career minor leaguer

It must be noted that this is for their pure upside and how far they are from reaching that is not factored in. This grade is simply in a world where their pure raw talents all come to fruition. It’s a perfect world grade for what a guy could become not a grade based on what they are necessarily likely to become.

11. Phillip Ervin | OF

Grade: 65

If everything goes right for Ervin he will be an above-average hitter who can play center field well enough to remain at the position and contend for All-Star selections on the strength of his bat.

Top tool: Power

With a very quick bat and good strength Ervin has above-average power potential to tap into in the future.


12. Aristides Aquino | OF

Grade: 70

In a perfect world scenario Aristides Aquino is a stud corner outfielder with 30 home runs, a good average and strong defense that has the skills to be a multiple All-Star selection.

Top tool: Power

Aquino has really begun to show the power and slugged .577 this year. Bat speed, leverage and strength provide 30 HR power potential for the outfielder.

13. Kyle Waldrop | OF

Grade: 60

In a perfect world Waldrop improves against lefties and develops his power into the 25-30 HR guy he could be with a solid average and on-base percentage while being able to provide solid defense in left field.

Top tool: Power

Another power hitting corner outfielder with 25-30 HR power potential to tap into.

14. Alex Blandino | SS

Grade: 55

In a perfect world Blandino can play just enough defense to remain at shortstop, though he will be below-average there. His bat will play well at the position where he will be an above-average hitter and overall an above-average shortstop that relies more on his bat than his glove.

Top tool: Hitting

Blandino has the ability to hit for a good average thanks to good bat speed and a line drive stroke.

15. Jon Moscot | RHP

Grade: 55

In a perfect world Moscot develops into a solid #3 starting pitcher who mixes his pitches very well, limits the walks and misses his fair share of bats.

Top tool: Slider

Moscot doesn’t have any plus pitches to work with, but his slider is an above-average offering that is his best pitch.