The Cincinnati Reds’ top 10 prospects list headed into the 2013 season actually looks similar to how it did one year ago, with the exception of the team’s 2012 draft picks. While that may seem like a knock on their system, it’s actually a testament to the progress made by their top prospects last season.
After stealing 103 bases in 2011, the organization’s top prospect, shortstop-turned-center fielder Billy Hamilton, exploded for a record-setting 155 steals in 132 games while making substantial strides in his plate discipline and on-base skills.
Beyond Hamilton, the organization has two other prospects in Prospect Pipeline’s top 100 in right-hander Robert Stephenson and southpaw Tony Cingrani, the latter having reached the major leagues as a September call-up last season. Meanwhile, Stephenson—the Reds’ first-round draft pick in 2011—was exceptional in his professional debut in the Pioneer League and has the potential to shoot up the rankings with a strong follow-up campaign.
The organization also landed four of its current top 10 prospects in the 2012 draft: right-hander Nick Travieso, outfielder Jesse Winker, infielder Tanner Rahier and right-hander Dan Langfield.
Although they have a solid crop of young players both on the mound and at premium positions, the Reds' system still lacks overall depth. But at the same time, with only a few holes to fill at the major league level, it’s more or less a non-issue headed into the 2013 season.
Here’s a look at the Cincinnati Reds’ top prospects headed into the 2013 season.