Stock Up, Stock Down for Cincinnati Reds' Top 10 Prospects for Week 17

Alexander YorkContributor IJuly 29, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for Cincinnati Reds' Top 10 Prospects for Week 17

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    With the trade deadline only a few days away, some of the Cincinnati Reds' top prospects could be on their way to a new city.

    The Reds’ farm system isn’t as lustrous as it once was. However, Redleg Nation might be unfamiliar with some of the new names in the organization.

    The Reds’ top 10 prospects list has shifted a lot recently and there are some new draft picks—such as Michael Lorenzen—the Reds fans should know.

    Focusing on the Reds’ top prospects according to their official site, here are the stock reports for the top 10 prospects.

     

    All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted.

10. Sal Romano

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    2013 Stats

    19 GS, 6-8, 5.02 ERA, 43 BB, 75 K, 89.2 IP

     

    Overview

    Sal Romano has been slipping as of late. Romano had one of his worst games this past week—allowing eight earned runs over 1.2 IP.

    Romano continues to struggle with walks and has the second-most on his team. His ERA has been mounting each week and opposing batters are hitting .285 against Romano.

    Romano did bounce back later in the week allowing only two earned runs with six strikeouts.

     

    Last Week’s Stats

    2 GS, 0-0, 14.06 ERA, 6 BB, 7 K, 6.4 IP

     

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9. Sean Buckley

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    2013 Stats

    .053/.174/.053, 0 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R 19 AB

     

    Overview

    Sean Buckley has been on the disabled list since early April this year and it’s uncertain when he’ll return.

    Buckley was was taken the sixth round of the 2011 draft and is seen as a possible third baseman for the future. The injury is certainly a setback, but there’s still plenty of potential for Buckley.

     

    Last Week’s Stats

    Disabled List

     

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8. Ryan Wright

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    2013 Stats

    .274/.314/.406, 20 2B, 8 HR, 44 RBI, 47 R

     

    Overview

    Ryan Wright continues to tear up High-A ball in Bakersfield. Wright is collecting a ton of hits and driving up his average.

    If Wright's offense continues, he will likely battle with Henry Rodriguez at Triple-A for second base. Rodriguez took a slide down in the prospect rankings and Wright is doing all the right things (no pun intended) to move up.

    Wright is still having a bit of trouble with away games. However, he has increased his away game slash line to .216/.261/.275.

     

    Last Week’s Stats

    5-for-18, 0 2B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

     

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7. Daniel Corcino

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    2013 Stats

    20 GS, 5-11, 6.21 ERA, 54 BB, 63 K, 100 IP

     

    Overview

    Daniel Corcino is still having trouble at Triple-A Louisville. He leads his team with 54 walks, 69 earned runs and 78 runs.

    Corcino is viewed as a top-level prospect for the Reds, but his value is dropping. It might take him a little more time at the Triple-A level to find his bearings.

    The Reds hope the young Dominican can turn it around since the club isn’t very deep in young pitching prospects.

     

    Last Week’s Stats

    1 GS, 0-0, 8.31 ERA, 4 BB, 0 K, 4.1 IP

     

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6. Michael Lorenzen

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    2013 Stats

    9 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 2 BB, 7 K, 8.1 IP

     

    Overview

    Michael Lorenzen is one of the more interesting first-round draft picks the Reds have ever acquired in the amateur draft.

    Lorenzen was scouted as both a center fielder and a relief pitcher. Lorenzen was mainly sought as a closer, which is also an unusual first-round target for MLB teams.

    However, Lorenzen has looked great in the small sample size of work. After being signed last month, he’s already in Low-A Dayton with a save under his belt.

    This should be one of the more interesting prospects to follow. He’s yet to give up a run in his professional appearances.

     

    Last Week’s Stats

    2 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 IP

     

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5. Jessie Winker

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    2013 Stats

    .273/.371/.463, 15 2B, 14 HR, 66 RBI, 58 R

     

    Overview

    Jessie Winker was off to a very hot start in Low-A Dayton. He has cooled down a bit, but the young left fielder is still swinging a great bat.

    Winker is definitely showing off his power with his team-high 14 home runs. While he has struck out 65 times this year, Winker has also collected 52 walks, which leads his team.

    Winker is showing great improvement lately and it’s not surprising to see him move up to No. 5 on the Reds' top prospect list.

     

    Last Week’s Stats

    5-for-22, 0 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

     

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4. Phil Ervin

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    2013 Stats

    .317/.407/.571, 9 2B, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 25 R

     

    Overview

    Phil Ervin was the Reds’ 2013 first overall draft pick, and it came as a bit of a surprise. However, the young outfielder shows a lot of power and plate discipline.

    Ervin will likely move up toward the end of this season or next year as he continues to shine in the Rookie Pioneer League.

    Ervin has played nine games in center, 18 in right and six as the DH. It’s not certain what the Reds plan to do with Ervin, but they’ll find room wherever as long as he continues this offensive streak.

     

    Last Week’s Stats

    11-for-25, 2 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R

     

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3. Nick Travieso

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    2013 Stats

    10 GS, 5-3, 5.24 ERA, 16 BB, 36 K, 46.1 IP

     

    Overview

    Nick Travieso had an outstanding performance this past week in Low-A Dayton. He allowed only three hits over six innings of work.

    Travieso has certainly had a few up and down starts this season, but the 19-year-old is continuing to pitch well.

    His ERA has continued to rise, but the young righty is showing control with only 16 walks on the season.

     

    Last Week’s Stats

    1 GS, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 5 K, 6.0 IP

     

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2. Robert Stephenson

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    2013 Stats

    16 GS, 6-4, 2.52 ERA, 20 BB, 96 K, 89.1 IP

     

    Overview

    Robert Stephenson is finally back after spending a few weeks on DL with a strained left hamstring. However, Stephenson continued exactly where he left off.

    The Reds would be smart to promote Stephenson before the season ends. He’s completely dominating Low-A hitting. With nearly 90 innings under his belt, Stephenson could be moving through the Reds' minor league system at a fast pace.

    As the trade deadline approaches, it’s extremely unlikely Stephenson will be on the move. He’s easily the Reds' most exciting young pitcher. But who wouldn’t get excited about 107 strikeouts and only 20 walks through 89.1 innings?

     

    Last Week’s Stats

    1 GS, 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 0 BB, 5 K, 6.1 IP

     

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1. Billy Hamilton

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    2013 Stats

    .245/.306/.333, 14 2B, 5 HR, 34 RBI, 58 R, 60 SB

     

    Overview

    One of the bigger disappointments this year has been with Billy Hamilton’s batting average. It certainly doesn’t scream the statistics of a leadoff hitter, but Hamilton is still having a successful year.

    Hamilton has 60 stolen bases so far, and that’s impressive with his .306 OBP. Even though he isn’t hitting as much as he did in the other leagues—Hamilton is still finding the base pads.

    The Reds will likely call up the speedster this September, but the Reds front office will be observing closely as the season ends.

    The club will have to make a big decision whether or not to promote Hamilton next year if the Reds cannot re-sign Shin-Soo Choo.

     

    Last Week’s Stats

    6-for-29, 2 2B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 4 SB

     

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