1:13 AM EST, Fri January 18, 2019
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Updating the Top 100: Joey Votto

Updating the Top 100: Joey Votto

The saddest of all mythical tales are when gods become mortal. Joey Votto, routinely in four digit OPS territory, experienced a calamitous power outage en route to a nearly 200 point year over year decrease in OPS. To wit, coming into 2018, Votto had a career HR/FB rate of 11.4%. In 2018, that number was only 4.8%. We’ve seen this before, namely in 2014 when Votto played a truncated season on one healthy leg. To the best of my knowledge, there were no analogous injuries in 2018, which makes the drop-off season a bit more curious. Joey Votto’s slugging percentage in 2018 was only three...
17 hours ago
2019 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Shed Long is #8!

2019 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Shed Long is #8!

The 2B again cracks the Top 10. Shed Long has owned the Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby previously in his career, even taking home the title when swinging with just one good arm. That, his rather advanced walk rate, his ability to swipe bags, and his solid pop for a guy listed at just 5’8” has managed to keep him among the Reds top prospects for the last few years. He destroyed Florida State League pitching to begin the 2017 season, and while he has struggled to repeat that in his AA outings to date - a .253/.345/.400 line in 682 PA across two seasons - there’s still enough promise in his...
Jan 16, 2019
Marty Brennaman announces he will retire following 2019 season

Marty Brennaman announces he will retire following 2019 season

This will be the play-by-play announcer’s 46th season calling Reds games. Longtime Cincinnati Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman took some time on Wednesday to announce that he will be retiring following the 2019 Major League Baseball season. A message from Marty Brennaman: pic.twitter.com/c66DFmyjQS— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) January 16, 2019 Brennaman, 76, first joined the Reds’ radio team alongside Joe Nuxhall in 1974, and has been the voice of the team’s broadcasts ever since. He is a Ford C. Frick Award winner, a 17-time Ohio Sportscaster of the Year, and a member of the...
Jan 16, 2019
Updating the Top 100: Eugenio Suarez

Updating the Top 100: Eugenio Suarez

In a bloodless coup, Eugenio Suarez ascended to the throne of Alpha Ballplayer on the Reds in 2018 and he had the decency and grace to miss nearly three weeks with a broken thumb so as to not make the takeover appear non-competitive. Sometimes when I scratch my head about why the front office signals that they are Going For It in 2019, I like to remember that Suarez will be entering his age-27 season in 2019. There are no guarantees that he will peak next year, but it seems well within the bounds of probability that there will be a breakout season in the near future and the team should be...
Jan 16, 2019
2019 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Jose Siri Is #7!

2019 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Jose Siri Is #7!

The toolsy center fielder jumps the likes of Shed Long and Vladimir Gutierrez. In what is one of the closer votes we’ve had in a while, Jose Siri edged out Shed Long by a total of four votes. Obviously elections are important (hint, hint) and it’s important for everyone to turn out. Remember, you can’t complain if you don’t vote. Ok, well, that’s not really true but whatever. Jose Siri will probably start the year in AA to see if he can get on to a hot start before moving on to AAA Louisville. Well, that’s what I would do anyway. On to number #8. Shed Long, 23,...
Jan 15, 2019
Red Reposter - Hunter Greene among MLB.com’s Top 10 RHP prospects

Red Reposter - Hunter Greene among MLB.com’s Top 10 RHP prospects

As well he should be. Tuesday links! Hunter Greene had a roller coaster of a 2018 season. He started quite slow out of the gate during a brutally cold month of April, allowing opponents to tag him for a 1.245 OPS during his first 5 games, in which he was shelled for 2 dingers and 15 ER in just 9.2 IP. His next 10 games, however, began to reveal his incredible upside, as the still 18 year old posted a 2.31 ERA over 50.2 IP, holding opponents to just a .612 OPS while logging a stellar 59/9 K/BB. That, paired with his lofty status as a former #2 overall pick, landed him in MLB’s Futures Game...
Jan 15, 2019
Updating the Top 100: Billy Hamilton

Updating the Top 100: Billy Hamilton

Let’s forget about eye tests and advanced metrics for a minute and focus on back-of-the-baseball-card stats only. Billy Hamilton appeared in more games in 2018 than he had in any previous season. He didn’t max out in plate appearances, because he had a few handfuls of games where he was a late-inning replacement, but he batted a healthy amount nonetheless. He drew more walks in 2018 than ever before. He hit fewer doubles than average. That’s a weird accumulation of numbers, meant to lead up to the fact that Billy Hamilton, after stealing between 55 and 60 bases each of the last four...
Jan 15, 2019
2019 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Tyler Stephenson Is #6!

2019 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Tyler Stephenson Is #6!

The former first round pick, a giant of a catcher, takes the #6 spot in Monday’s vote. When Tyler Stephenson has been healthy he has shown everything the Reds hoped he could be behind the dish. Stephenson looks to build on a good 2018 as he’ll likely get pushed to AA, and possibly AAA by the end of the year, where hopefully plenty of maturation will happen. If we’re lucky, Stephenson could be knocking on the door to be the Reds pitching staff’s battery mate come 2020. Let’s keep dreaming big dreams because that’s what these lists are really all about. Also, they’re to...
Jan 14, 2019
Padres looking to Reds for 3B help in potential three-team deal involving Cleveland’s Corey Kluber

Padres looking to Reds for 3B help in potential three-team deal involving Cleveland’s Corey Kluber

Could Cincinnati’s 3B depth help them land them an ace? The Cincinnati Reds have been on a thorough search for pitching for years, it feels like. Decades, even, if you care to consider that they’ve never once had a Cy Young Award winner. Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres have been in rebuild mode for as long or longer than the Reds, and while they haven’t exactly entered ‘win-now’ territory, they have been looking for their long-term answer at 3B for awhile now, especially since their experiment with Wil Myers fizzled out last year. Up in Cleveland, the Indians have managed to sit...
Jan 14, 2019
Updating the Top 100: Devin Mesoraco

Updating the Top 100: Devin Mesoraco

The concept of a one-hit wonder in popular music is both culturally pervasive and more or less objectively defined. How many times did a band release a song that reached the Billboard Top 40 (or whatever is determined to be a relevant criterion)? You probably have your favorite example that is incorrect unless it’s Spacehog’s In The Meantime. We don’t talk much about the concept of one-hit wonders in sports, perhaps because they’re not as plentiful or as easily identified. Maybe it’s because a song is able to be consumed over and over again without degradation of its elements...
Jan 14, 2019
2019 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Jonathan India Is #5!

2019 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Jonathan India Is #5!

Jonny Bollywood finalizing the top five. Cincinnati’s 2018 First Round pick, Jonathan India, rounds out the Top Five of our Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings. India has an interesting future ahead of him that should be rife with positional speculation as he looks to be either a SS or a 3B. As long as he continues to hit, I don’t think most will care either way. His power is totally legit, but he’ll need to continue working on lower the strikeouts as he advances. All indicators point to him probably starting the year in Class A+ Daytona but returning to Dayton to start the...
Jan 11, 2019
Reds avoid arbitration with Scooter, Peraza, Lorenzen, Casali

Reds avoid arbitration with Scooter, Peraza, Lorenzen, Casali

Their All Star 2B settled for just a hair shy of $10 million for 2019. Today, which is Friday, marked the deadline for MLB teams and arbitration-eligible players to come together for a secret handshake, a hot cup of joe, and to reach an agreement on a salary for the 2019 season. Failure to do so by 1 PM ET today would mean that each player’s case would land in front of an arbiter, who would then decide whether the player’s demands or the team’s demands for their 2019 salary request was most correct, and every single thing about that just sounds awkward in an employer/employee...
Jan 11, 2019
Updating the Top 100: Adam Duvall

Updating the Top 100: Adam Duvall

I don’t think it would be unfair to categorize Adam Duvall as a free swinger. In his two full-time seasons with the Reds, he finished in the NL’s top ten for home runs and strikeouts. He was swinging hard, pretty much all the time. I have a pretty simple theory on Duvall, or players like him. From a baseball skill perspective, compared to other MLB players, Duvall does one thing well on offense: he can hit the ball hard. He’s not fast, he doesn’t have a particularly good eye at the plate, his hit tool (ability to make consistent contact, perhaps) isn’t advanced. Anyways, my...
Jan 11, 2019
2019 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Tony Santillan Is #4!

2019 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Tony Santillan Is #4!

Santigold for the Santiwin! Tony Santillan took over the #4 spot in what was expected to be a very close vote. But, you fools didn’t tie the vote so you got that going for you. Santillan looks to bring that big fastball probably back to AA to begin the season and with a good start (while kicking some serious tail in AAA) could find himself knocking on the door to Porkopolis come September. Because I’m a gracious host, I added two players to the polls for this go around. You should thank me for working twice as hard. Jonathan India, 3B/SS, 22 Highest 2018 Level: Class A...
Jan 10, 2019
Cincinnati Reds rumors - Still in mix for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto?

Cincinnati Reds rumors - Still in mix for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto?

The catching rumors persist. Late last night, the Milwaukee Brewers inked free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a 1-year contract that will pay him just a few thousand bucks more than the $17.9 million qualifying offer he declined from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of the 2018 season. There is quite a bit to unpack there, all told. For one, that Grandal - easily the best free agent catcher on the market - only landed a 1-year guarantee is noteworthy, particularly given the rumors of the 4-year contract he was discussing late last month with the New York Mets. Instead, he’ll settle...