The Cincinnati Reds already have a strong roster, but here's a look at how some of their top prospects are doing in the Arizona Fall League.
Prospects like outfielder Billy Hamilton and pitcher Robert Stephenson have impressed in each of the past few seasons in the minors. They will be in the majors for good in the near future, but some of the team's other prospects are still years away.
It's still extremely early in the season out in Arizona. Players have played in only a handful of games so far, so each of their respective numbers can fluctuate with ease.
Here are the players who are playing on the Glendale Desert Dogs and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos:
Let's check out how some of these players are doing so far.
C Tucker Barnhart
2013 minor league stats (Double-A Pensacola): .260/.348/.348, 3 HR, 19 2B, 1 3B, 44 RBI, 57 K/45 BB
2013 AFL stats: 6 G, 6-for-18, 0 HR, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K/4 BB
Tucker Barnhart has been a prospect to watch given the Reds' catcher situation. Ryan Hanigan is 33 years old, so the team needs someone to be able to come up and replace him at some point.
Barnhart had a solid season in Pensacola, and he is off to a good start out in Arizona, and he has a good idea of the strike zone. The catcher hasn't shown much pop in his bat, but he has done a decent job of getting on base.
As long as Devin Mesoraco continues to improve, the Reds can wait on Barnhart to develop as a hitter.
OF Ryan LaMarre
2013 minor league stats (Double-A Pensacola):.246/.326/.373, 10 HR, 19 2B, 4 3B, 39 RBI, 22 SB
2013 minor league stats (Triple-A Louisville): 3 G, .182/.357/.182, 1 SB
2013 AFL stats: 2 G, 2-for-5, 0 HR, 0 2B, 0 RBI, 1 K/1 BB
Ryan LaMarre came into the 2013 season as the Reds' No. 13 prospect, according to MLB.com. The 24-year-old has shown the ability to do a little bit of everything at the plate early on.
He hasn't seen much action in the Arizona Fall League this year, so it's tough to see how he has developed. LaMarre is a strong defensive player and can run. Those tools are going to keep him moving up through the organization, so now he just needs to show that he can get on base.
1B Travis Mattair
2013 minor league stats (Double-A Pensacola): .242/.315/.364, 13 HR, 15 2B, 2 3B, 57 RBI
2013 AFL stats: 6 G, 4-for-21, 1 HR, 0 2B, 1 RBI, 7 K/4 BB
Travis Mattair doesn't get much attention. The 24-year-old hasn't put up big numbers, but he has a chance to show what he can do right now.
The first baseman has some power; there's no denying that. However, he strikes out quite a bit, and that trend has continued in the early goings in Arizona.
He will be one of the more interesting players to watch as we begin to find out what type of potential he has. For now, he will have to take advantage of the at-bats that he gets.
OF Yorman Rodriguez
2013 minor league stats (Single-A Bakersfield): .251/.319/.470, 9 HR, 20 2B, 4 3B, 35 RBI, 6 SB
2013 minor league stats (Double-A Pensacola): .267/.329/.385, 4 HR, 15 2B, 2 3B, 31 RBI, 4 SB
2013 AFL stats: 8 G, 11-for-35, 1 HR, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 9 K/1 BB
The player in the organization that has impressed the most in Arizona is Yorman Rodriguez. The 20-year-old had a strong year in the minors, and he has gotten off to a fast start in Arizona, as C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer noted:
Rodriguez has the talent to be a five-tool player. There's a reason that he is ranked No. 15 among the Reds' top prospects, but he needs to put it all together to reach his potential.
He looks like he has good power and good wheels, but hitting consistently hasn't come along yet. Rodriguez is still extremely young, but if he continues to hit this way, he's going to be a prospect to keep an eye on.
RHP Drew Hayes
2013 minor league stats (Double-A Pensacola): 51 G, 63 IP, 4-3, 2 SV, 5.43 ERA, 73 H, 7 HR, 61 K/33 BB
2013 AFL stats: 4 G, 4.1 IP, 1-0, 2.08 ERA, 2 H, 1 R, 6 K/4 BB
Drew Hayes got off to a great start this month. He struck out two batters in each of his first three outings, all of which were scoreless.
However, he started having control issues, as he has walked four batters in his last two appearances. In his last outing, he allowed one run on one hit with two walks, and he failed to strike out a batter.
The right-hander has not allowed a hit or a walk to a left-handed batter, but right-handers have had a little more success against him.
The good news is that he struck out over a batter per inning this year and kept that rate going in Arizona. He was hit pretty hard in Pensacola, but this AFL season will give him a chance to show that he can make adjustments.
RHP Michael Lorenzen
2013 minor league stats (Single-A Dayton): 9 G, 8.1 IP, 1-0, 2 SV, 0.00 ERA, 7 K/2 BB
2013 minor league stats (Single-A Bakersfield): 5 G, 5.2 IP, 0-1, 2 SV, 6.35 ERA, 6 H, 4 R, 1 HR, 6 K/5 BB
2013 minor league stats (Double-A Pensacola): 7 G, 6 IP, 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 6 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 5 K/6 BB
2013 AFL stats: 3 GS, 9.2 IP, 0-2, 13.03 ERA, 19 H, 15 R (14 ER), 4 HR, 3 K/5 BB
Michael Lorenzen is currently the No. 6 prospect in the organization, but 2013 was a rough year for the youngster. Unfortunately, things have been no different for him in Arizona so far this fall.
Here are his game logs so far:
He hasn't done so hot through three starts. The right-hander has allowed the most hits, runs and home runs of any pitcher in the league. There are a few pitchers who have pitched more innings than Lorenzen as well, so those high totals are not solely due to his time on the mound.
The 21-year-old made his way through a few different levels this season, but he still has some work to do. He's got a good fastball, as Josh Orenstein spotted, and a solid curve, but his command has to get better.
Lorenzen was a 2013 compensatory pick, and he is trying to show that he can both hit and pitch. This fall will provide a great chance for him to focus solely on his pitching.
RHP Chad Rogers
2013 minor league stats (Double-A Pensacola):13 GS, 69.2 IP, 3-2, 2.20 ERA, 47 H, 55 K/26 BB
2013 minor league stats (Triple-A Louisville): 12 GS, 70.1 IP, 5-5, 4.22 ERA, 66 H, 48 K/19 BB
2013 AFL stats: 3 G, 4.2 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 5 K/2 BB
Chad Rogers has been one of the most impressive pitchers in the early part of the Arizona Fall League. He spent the 2013 season as a starter, but he has been used for only an inning or two per game as a reliever so far in October.
The right-hander has gotten 10 of his 14 outs against right-handed hitters, and he has yet to allow a left-hander to reach base
Rogers isn't going to record a lot of strikeouts. He struck out more than one per inning back in 2011, but he hasn't been able to get back to that point.
It's still early, but let's see how long he can go without allowing a run in Arizona.
RHP Jamie Walczak
2013 minor league stats (Single-A Bakersfield): 8 G, 9.2 IP, 0-0, 4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 3 H, 11 K/1 BB
2013 minor league stats (Double-A Pensacola): 24 G, 33 IP, 0-1, 3.82 ERA, 29 H, 43 K/17 BB
2013 AFL stats: 3 G, 3.1 IP, 0-0, 10.80 ERA, 6 H, 4 R, 6 K/4 BB
Jamie Walczak's numbers are skewed, to an extent. He had an absolutely dreadful first outing in which he allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while recording only four outs. Since then, he has allowed no hits and only one walk over two innings.
Walczak has a lot to prove. He has shown great control this year, and teams haven't had much luck scoring against him. The Reds are loaded with arms, so he will have to find a way to stand out.
The 26-year-old has struggled to get right-handers out this month, as he has allowed six to reach base and has retired only five.
Walczak has been able to bounce back after a shaky start, but there is still a lot of ball to be played.
*All information is from MLB.com