Tracking Down the Signings of Cincinnati Reds' 2010 Draft Class

Alexander YorkContributor IJuly 18, 2013

Tracking Down the Signings of Cincinnati Reds' 2010 Draft Class

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    As the trade deadline approaches, the Cincinnati Reds are likely going to be in the buyer’s market.

    The two main issues with that are adding major contracts to an already enormous payroll and owning a mediocre farm system that is ranked 15th overall in the majors per Baseball America.

    However, the Reds' farm system has been on a steady increase since the early-'00s. Specifically, the 2010 Reds draft class has some possible hidden gems.

    Catcher Yasmani Grandal, who was selected 12th overall by the Reds in the first round, was a major piece to acquire Mat Latos from the San Diego Padres in 2012.

    The most famous name from 2010 was a non-draftee signing from Cuba. That year, the Reds won the bidding contest for the eventual two-time All-Star Aroldis Chapman.

    Although every Reds fan knows of the Cuban Missile, who are some of the prospects from 2010 we might've forgotten about?

    Starting from the deepest-round notable pick, let’s track some of the prospects from the 2010 Cincinnati Reds draft class.

     

    All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted

    *Note: Trade value is predicted through the Reds minor league system only.

     

Round 28: Chad Rogers

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    Position

    RHP

    League

    Triple-A

    2013 Stats

    16 GS, 4-4, 3.23 ERA, 33 BB, 66 K, 86.1.1 IP

    Overview

    Reds fans might be wondering why the name Chad Rogers sounds so familiar. Go back to 2010 when Rogers was bitten by a shark just three weeks after the Reds drafted him, per MLB.com.

    Rogers was surfing in Galveston, Texas when suddenly he noticed a shark gnawing on his foot. No big deal, right? Rogers was able to get away with a mere 60 stitches and signed with the Reds shortly after.

    His time in the minors hasn't been stunted at all from the shark attack nearly three years ago. Rogers has swiftly made it through the minor leagues and was promoted to Triple-A Louisville a couple of weeks ago.

    However, Triple-A hitting hasn't been as kind to the young righty. Since joining Louisville, Rogers has a 1-2 record with a 7.56 ERA and 11 strikeouts. Rogers' biggest struggle has been allowing hits (22 in three starts).

    As a 28th-round draft pick, Rogers has had some success. He’ll have plenty of time to increase his value this year in Triple-A.

    Trade Value

    High

Round 21: Josh Smith

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    Position

    RHP

    League

    Double-A

    2013 Stats

    19 GS, 7-8, 3.72 ERA, 33 BB, 89 K, 104.0 IP

    Overview

    Josh Smith has been productive as a 21st-round pick for the Reds. He currently leads his Double-A club in strikeouts, games started, earned runs and is tied for most innings pitched.

    He’s becoming quite the workhorse for his minor league teams. Smith has pitched over 140 innings in his last two years with impressive strikeout numbers—166 and 140 respectively—per Baseball-Reference.com.

    Smith will likely see time in Triple-A next year if he continues to keep his ERA down and his strikeouts up.

    Trade Value

    Medium

Round 6: Drew Cisco

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    Position

    RHP

    League

    Low-A

    2013 Stats

    17 GS, 3-5, 3.61 ERA, 12 BB, 78 K, 97.1. IP

    Overview

    Even though Drew Cisco is still in Low-A ball, the young righty still brings plenty of potential to the Reds organization.

    Cisco—the grandson of major league pitcher Galen Cisco—was setback in 2011 with Tommy John surgery, but has recovered well.

    Cisco currently leads his Low-A team rotation with only 12 walks on the season. Tommy John surgery normally creates a lot of worry on control, but Cisco is accomplishing a tremendous feat with his low walk total.

    Although his progress was delayed by a major surgery, Cisco should still excel through the minor leagues and into the majors.

    Trade Value

    Low

Round 3: Devin Lohman

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    Position

    SS

    League

    Double-A

    2013 Stats

    .225/.297/.327, 14 2B, 6 HR, 35 RBI, 24 R

    Overview

    Devin Lohman is working through his first full year in Double-A and is hitting a rough period as of late. Lohman currently has a .105 AVG over his last 10 games with only four hits.

    Along with Lohman’s disappointing offensive season, he’s struggling defensively. Lohman already has 22 errors on the season, which is 16 more than the next player on his team.

    Lohman will surely have to straighten his season out to move up to Triple-A. High-A shortstop Juan Perez is currently having an above-average season and could replace him next year.

    Trade Value

    Low

     

Round 2: Ryan LaMarre

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    Position

    CF

    League

    Double-A

    2013 Stats

    .225/.297/.327, 14 2B, 6 HR, 35 RBI, 24 R, 15 SB

    Overview

    Ryan LaMarre has never had flashy statistics in his minor league career. However, this year, LaMarre is producing some unattractive numbers.

    LaMarre is known for his speed and defense. He’s stolen over 30 bases each year in the minors and had 55 in 2011.

    This year, LaMarre is having trouble at the plate. His 69 strikeouts are second-most on the team, and LaMarre already has four errors on the season in center field.

    The young Dominican Yorman Rodriguez was promoted to Double-A this year and also plays center field. I’m not sure if the organization is trying to get LaMarre going, but he could certainly use the motivation, as he is seen as a high-ceiling prospect.

    Trade Value

    Low

     

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