Stock Up, Stock Down for Cincinnati Reds' Top 10 Prospects for Week 19

Alexander YorkContributor IAugust 12, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for Cincinnati Reds' Top 10 Prospects for Week 19

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    The MLB non-waiver trade deadline has disappeared in the blink of an eye for the Cincinnati Reds and still no major moves have been made.

    Now, with the return of Ryan Ludwick, Ryan Hanigan and Jonathan Broxton, the Reds are likely to stay completely silent heading into a hopeful postseason run.

    Their returns will give the Reds' farm system room to grow. A midseason trade would’ve sent the franchise's most exciting and promising prospects to other cities.

    With that in mind, there have been plenty of Reds' prospects like Jesse Winker and Robert Stephenson who are posting a great 2013 minor league season.

    Here are the stock reports for the Reds' top 10 prospects, according to their official site.

     

    All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted.

10. Sal Romano

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    2013 Stats

    21 GS, 6-8, 4.65 ERA, 47 BB, 80 K, 100.2 IP

    Overview

    After allowing eight earned runs in a single game back in July, Sal Ramano has turned things around. Ramano is coming off one of his better games where the only earned run he allowed came off a home run.

    Ramano is still having a difficult time keeping runners off the basepaths. His average number of hits allowed per game are relatively high, but Ramano is finding a way to get out of innings.

    His ERA is slowly descending and his average number of walks per game are decreasing too, as Ramano is putting together a solid end to his first season in Low-A Dayton.

    Last Week’s Stats

    1 GS, 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 1 BB, 3 K, 6.0 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 and it’s uncertain if he will return this season.

    Buckley was envisioned as the Reds’ next third baseman, but his season-long injury has certainly set him back.

    He was ranked higher in the Reds' system before his injury, but the organization will have to wait until next season to see any further improvement.

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8. Ryan Wright

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    2013 Stats

    .275/.322/.402, 22 2B, 8 HR, 48 RBI, 51 R

    Overview

    Ryan Wright is continuing to hit the ball and get on base. His batting average is now hovering around .275 and although his power numbers aren’t through the roof, he is seeing minor league pitching a little better.

    There’s no rush to promote Wright since Brandon Phillips is ultimately blocking him at second base in Cincinnati. However, if Wright continues to hit like has the past few weeks, he might give Henry Rodriguez a run for his money at Triple-A Louisville.

    Wright is still showing a drastic difference at the plate in home and away games. His average at home is .323, but only .226 on the road.

    Last Week’s Stats

    5-for-15, 0 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

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7. Daniel Corcino

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    2013 Stats

    21 GS, 6-12, 5.62 ERA, 59 BB, 76 K, 117.0 IP

    Overview

    Daniel Corcino was having an extremely tough transition to Triple-A competition this season. However, it seems he is having a bit of success at the end of his first season in Louisville.

    Corcino is coming off a great week where he only gave up three earned runs in 12 innings on the mound.

    If he can keep pitching like this, Corcino will find himself closer to the big leagues. However, with his difficulties at Triple-A, he will likely have to spend a good portion of next season just trying to get back on track.

    Last Week’s Stats

    2 GS, 1-1, 2.25 ERA, 5 BB, 9 K, 12.0 IP

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6. Michael Lorenzen

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    2013 Stats

    14 G, 1-0, 0.64 ERA, 4 SV, 6 BB, 12 K, 14.0 IP

    Overview

    Michael Lorenzen is quickly being promoted through the Reds minor league system.

    Lorenzen is a 2013 first-round draft pick who was projected as both a center fielder and relief pitcher. The Reds are using him primarily as a closer and he’s adjusting very well.

    Lorenzen is already with the Bakersfield Blaze in High-A and has earned two saves in four games.

    He didn’t allow a single earned run in nine games while in Low-A ball. He’s only given up one earned run so far with the Blaze and his last week was impressive. He pitched two innings of relief in his last start and only surrendered two hits with two walks.

    Lorenzen is quickly becoming a minor leaguer to follow closely.

    Last Week’s Stats

    2 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 2 BB, 3 K, 3.0 IP

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5. Jesse Winker

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    2013 Stats

    .281/.377/.470, 18 2B, 16 HR, 75 RBI, 68 R

    Overview

    Jessie Winker started his Low-A ball season with a bang when his consistent hitting and power were noticed in the Reds’ farm system.

    Winker did cool off, but he’s starting to get hot again and is coming off a productive week.

    While he didn’t get many hits, Winker was able to get some important ones with six RBI and two home runs. He’s finding ways to get on base, Winker currently leads his team with 59 walks.

    Winker has raised his average to over .280 and is becoming a young, bright star in the Reds' organization.

    Last Week’s Stats

    7-for-27, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 9 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 is wasting no time in displaying why the Reds had faith in him as a first-round pick.

    Although Ervin is 5’11” and 190 pounds, he’s showing great speed on the field and is putting up ridiculous on-base percentage numbers.

    Since his promotion to Low-A Dayton, Ervin has spent the majority of his defensive time in center field, per Baseball-Reference.com.

    His numbers weren’t off the charts last week, but Ervin is showing that he can hit Low-A pitchers with ease.

    Last Week’s Stats

    8-for-23, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R

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3. Nick Travieso

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    2013 Stats

    13 GS, 6-3, 5.19 ERA, 21 BB, 48 K, 60.2 IP

    Overview

    Nick Travieso is still watching his first full season in Low-A Dayton move up and down. There’s a ton of potential in the 19-year-old, who could advance through the minors sooner rather than later.

    However, Travieso is having a tough time with his collective ERA. It seems that when Travieso finds himself in trouble, he can’t get out of it.

    In his last 10 games, he’s had three starts where he couldn’t make it past the third inning. This can be troubling for young arms moving through farm systems, but Travieso still has plenty of upside.

    He’s continuing to show great command with his pitches and has only walked 21 batters this season.

    Last Week’s Stats

    1 GS, 1-0, 6.00 ERA, 1 BB, 6 K, 6.0 IP

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2. Robert Stephenson

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    2013 Stats

    18 GS, 7-5, 2.67 ERA, 22 BB, 118 K, 97.2 IP

    Overview

    It’s no wonder why Robert Stephenson has already been promoted to High-A ball in Bakersfield. He’s possibly the most exciting pitcher in the Reds organization.

    Stephenson had a lot to prove last week since he recently had one of his worst starts of the season. He only went 2.1 innings with five runs, gave up two home runs and had only two strikeouts. It was certainly one of his more forgettable performances.

    However, Stephenson came back strong this week with an outstanding performance. He gave up one hit over six innings and struck out nine.

    Stephenson is certainly challenging Reds' top prospect Billy Hamilton as the best overall player in the system. The kid simply has electrifying stuff.

    Last Week’s Stats

    1 GS, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 9 K, 6.0 IP

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1. Billy Hamilton

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    2013 Stats

    .256/.309/.343, 16 2B, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 66 R, 69 SB

    Overview

    Billy Hamilton is starting to improve on his 2013 season in Triple-A. Since his all-star game, Hamilton has a .302/.343/.385 slash line.

    Billy Hamilton is beginning to see the ball better and is scaling down a bit on his strikeouts.

    He has to be able to keep up his average and on-base percentage if the Reds plan to use him as a leadoff hitter.

    Hamilton is still only 22 years old and Reds fans have to be patient with his process through the minors.

    Hamilton was recently named the fastest baserunner, best baserunner and most exciting player in the International Triple-A League by Baseball America.

    While his 2013 season hasn't been nearly as flashy as his record-breaking 2012 performance, Hamilton still has the huge potential to help the club for years to come. 

    Last Week’s Stats

    9-for-25, 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 4 SB

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