The Cincinnati Reds closed out the month of April with a 2-1 loss at the hands of the rival St. Louis Cardinals. Currently, the Reds' record sits at 15-13 and they currently find themselves one game back of both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cardinals for the NL Central lead.
The Reds offensive charge has been led by center fielder Shin-Soo Choo, first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips. Mat Latos has anchored the team's starting rotation, while Sam LeCure and closer Aroldis Chapman have led Cincinnati's bullpen toward the top of the National League.
The aforementioned players are helping the Reds toward their third divisional title in four years.
Other players have not been so fortunate during the first month of the season and are struggling to get going early on.
Let's see what kind of grades players on Cincinnati's 25-man roster mustered up in April.
Generally, there are no A+ grades for an article like this, but you'll see why one was given out this month. Additionally, starting position players, bench bats, starters and relievers are all judged by their role with the team, so their grades reflect that.
All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com (unless otherwise noted) and are current through 4/30/13.
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