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Ways Kroger could sponsor the Cincinnati Reds for $5 million

Ways Kroger could sponsor the Cincinnati Reds for $5 million

Katie Goodale / USA TODAY NETWORK A Friday List We knew long ago that the 2023 Major League Baseball season would be one of change. We knew the shift was going to be severely restricted from its go-go days, and that the bases would be enlarged, too. We also knew that teams would, for the first time, be able to wear patches on their uniforms from sponsors. Yesterday, we learned that the Cincinnati Reds would be partnering with logal übercompany Kroger, sporting a season-long patch in exchange for $5 million of Kroger’s überbucks. We know that $5 million will likely...
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Lyon Richardson is the #19 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

Lyon Richardson is the #19 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/MLB Photos via Is this the year we finally see the best of him? Lyon Richardson has thrown a grand total of 76.0 IP as a member of the Cincinnati Reds organization since the end of the 2019 season. I don’t need to tell you how long that span is, nor do I need to tell you how little work that is, either. That he allowed 43 ER in those 76.0 IP - good for a 5.09 ERA - is certainly not why he’s included here on the 2023 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings. He’s here because the hope is that the Tommy John surgery that shut him down for...
Feb 2, 2023
They love Cincinnati Reds prospects! They hate Cincinnati Reds prospects!

They love Cincinnati Reds prospects! They hate Cincinnati Reds prospects!

Photo by Emilee Chinn/Cincinnati Reds/ Thursday prospect links, sans exclamation point. There you are, sitting on your couch enjoying coffee, spending the painfully long Major League Baseball offseason dreaming of the best-case scenarios for your favorite team. We have reached February, and this upcoming Monday will mark three full months since the Houston Astros clinched their World Series title. It has been 138 days since Elly De La Cruz played his last professional game in the states. Matt McLain hit behind him that day for Chattanooga, too. 138 days is an awful long...
Feb 1, 2023
Carlos Jorge is the #18 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system!

Carlos Jorge is the #18 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system!

Photo by Emilee Chinn/Cincinnati Reds/ An overlooked middle-infielder of the future? After wrecking Dominican Summer League play with a 1.015 OPS as a 17 year old, Carlos Jorge came to the states for the 2022 season and promptly wrecked the Arizona Complex League with a .935 OPS for the Cincinnati Reds club in Goodyear at age 18. Through 342 PA since being signed as an international free agent, he owns a .422 OBP, and the sweet-swinging lefty will enter the 2023 season as a 19 year old - likely in the Florida State League with the Daytona Tortugas. He’s reportedly the...
Jan 31, 2023
Red Reposter - Chad Pinder signs a minor league deal

Red Reposter - Chad Pinder signs a minor league deal

Another faceless Oakland A. | Photo by Brandon Vallance/ Tuesday links! Back in early October, I sought Twitter’s opinion on which move this winter would be the most ‘Reds’ move - meaning, I think, a move that a) only the Reds would make or that b) would be a move that, for most teams, would be a fine 6th or 7th most important move of an offseason but, since it’s the Reds, would be their biggest. Friend of the blog Mo Egger replied with this: Chad Pinder— Mo Egger (@MoEgger) October 6, 2022 By late November, after the Reds had petered around out of the...
Jan 31, 2023
Jay Allen II is the #17 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system!

Jay Allen II is the #17 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system!

The tools are there...can he put them together in-game this season? The talent was on full display for Jay Allen II during his final season at John Carroll Catholic High School in 2021, and it propelled him to being the 30th player selected in the 2021 MLB Draft. He promptly backed that up by posting a .997 OPS in small-sample Arizona Complex League play, in which time he swiped 14 bags in 19 games. That paired with plus CF defense pushed him all the way up to #6 in last year’s Community Prospect Rankings. Things didn’t go quite as well for him in 2022, of course, as the...
Jan 30, 2023
Cincinnati Reds spring training position battles - SS/3B

Cincinnati Reds spring training position battles - SS/3B

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The infield’s left side is in a state of flux. Exactly one year and eleven days ago, we detailed how Baseball America - perhaps the most esteemed ranker of top prospects in the entire industry - rated Jose Barrero as the single best prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system. Most of their peers had already considered Barrero a graduated prospect due to the discrepancy over service time during the pandemic-shortened season, but the fact remained that there was enough that Barrero had shown in his minor league days to push him all the way to the 33rd...
Jan 30, 2023
Rece Hinds is the #16 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system!

Rece Hinds is the #16 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system!

Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via If it’s power you want, it’s power you’ll get! With an arm that touched 96 mph on a throw from right field and a bat that crushed a 117 mph rocket in Arizona Fall League play, it’s undeniable that Cincinnati Reds prospect Rece Hinds has some truly elite aspects of his game. There’s glorious upside, really, and it’s that optimism that fueled you to vote him as the #16 prospect in the team’s system in this, the 2023 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings. Of course, it’s the strikeouts that saw him slide to...
Jan 27, 2023
Ricardo Cabrera is the #15 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

Ricardo Cabrera is the #15 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

Photo by Andy Lyons/ Can the Reds finally turn a top-flight international prospect into a big league success story? The track record, lately, of the Cincinnati Reds developing international prospects into star-caliber big leaguers is not good. Aside from adding established stars out of the top league in Cuba, the Reds have struggled to see their invested dollars overseas turn into WAR at the big league level - and not all of those signings have panned out, either. The hope around these parts is that Ricardo Cabrera, signed out of Venezuela with impressive gap to gap...
Jan 25, 2023
Joe Boyle is the #14 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

Joe Boyle is the #14 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

You want heat? You got heat! Way back in 2006, Aaron Harang demonstrated just how much being 6’7” can help one keep opposing hitters off-keel when he led the National League with 216 strikeouts. That came with a fastball that barely averaged 90 mph, for the record, but when you land that close to home plate, any sort of stuff tends to play up. Now imagine a guy standing 6’7” who can routinely pump fastballs up to 102 mph. That’s what the Cincinnati Reds have now in former Notre Dame closer Joe Boyle, the prospect you voted as #14 in the Reds system in this year’s...
Jan 25, 2023
Cincinnati Reds spring training position battles - Outfield

Cincinnati Reds spring training position battles - Outfield

Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via A look at which Reds will be fighting their way into the lineup in Goodyear. I don’t always turn anything related to the Cincinnati Reds into a story about Joey Votto, but I damn sure do whenever I see a golden opportunity. This, a deeper dive into how the Reds outfield might shake out in spring training over the coming months, is what I consider a golden opportunity. While Votto did spend 51 innings in LF back in 2007, that’s not what I’m getting at here. Right now, the Reds and all parties interested are merely...
Jan 24, 2023
Scott Rolen elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Scott Rolen elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Photo by Andy Lyons/ Congrats to the former Cincinnati Reds 3B! After six turns on the ballot, former Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen is officially headed to Cooperstown. By one of the slimmest margins in voting history - just 5 votes over the threshold needed - Rolen became the lone member elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America this go-around, with former Colorado Rockies legend Todd Helton coming up just 11 votes shy. Welcome to Cooperstown, Scott Rolen! https://t.co/k7LAJV961a pic.twitter.com/9OiDUw0gFG— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum...
Jan 24, 2023
Michael Siani is the #13 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

Michael Siani is the #13 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

Photo by Dylan Buell/ And he might be the Cincinnati Reds CF on Opening Day... Nick Senzel is currently recovering from a November toe surgery that had him still in a boot during RedsFest. Nick Senzel, mind you, is supposed to be the CF for the Cincinnati Reds, something that’s officially in-doubt with Opening Day inching ever closer. Mike Siani is undoubtedly the most talented defensive CF the Reds have at any level, and after developing a bit more pop during the 2022 season, he made his big league debut. With the kind of speed capable of changing games on the bases...
Jan 24, 2023
Red Reposter - That’s it, these are your Reds

Red Reposter - That’s it, these are your Reds

Photo by Emilee Chinn/Cincinnati Reds/ Tuesday links! Connor Overton will turn 30 this summer, and he’s thrown a grand total of 48.1 IP at the big league level in his entire career. Nicks Senzel and Solak combined for 8 homers and nary a triple during the 2022 MLB season. Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims combined for 6.2 total IP at the big league level during the 2022 season, a number far smaller than the combined amount of sutures they’ve had removed in the last 12 months. Despite that, despite all of that, it appears the Cincinnati Reds roster is mostly “set.”...
Jan 23, 2023
Cincinnati Reds re-sign RHP Derek Law to minor league deal

Cincinnati Reds re-sign RHP Derek Law to minor league deal

Photo by Quinn Harris/ The veteran right-hander will join the bullpen mix in Goodyear. The Cincinnati Reds designated right-hander Derek Law for assignment back on November 15th of last year, doing so as part of a series of procedural moves that put some of their top young prospects on the 40-man roster to protect them from the pending Rule 5 Draft. As it turns out, the Reds still think Law might have something left in the tank. Today, they reunited with the veteran pitcher on a minor league deal that includes an invite to spring training in Goodyear. The #Reds have...