Here are this week's power rankings.
1. Johnny Cueto (last week No.1)
Johnny Cueto continues to be the most impressive player in a Reds uniform. In 17 innings pitched last week, Cueto allowed one earned run and struck out 15 batters. His ERA (1.15) is the second-best in all of baseball, just behind Aaron Harang's.
Cueto’s biggest issue this season is a lack of run support, which is why his record sits at 2-2.
2. Alfredo Simon (last week No. 3)
Cueto occupies the No. 2 ERA in baseball. Just two spots beneath him is teammate Alfredo Simon, who has been stellar since starting the year for the rehabbing Mat Latos. Simon’s ERA is 1.30 and he’s 3-1 thus far. The Reds currently own two of MLB’s four pitchers with the best ERA.
Of course, the Reds will be monitoring the report by USA Today's Rachel Axon concerning an alleged rape by Simon.
3. Devin Mesoraco (last week No. 2)
The Reds endured their biggest injury yet during the actual season when Mesoraco pulled a hamstring last Friday against the Braves. There may not have been a hotter Red than Mesoraco. Last week alone, he hit .357.
The Reds have already missed him dearly. Since his injury, the Reds have scored just one run in two games.
4.Ryan Ludwick (last week No. 6)
Ryan Ludwick isn’t knocking the cover off the ball, but he’s been very servicable for the Reds. Last week, Ludwick hit .250, three doubles and drove in three runs, two of which proved to be the difference in a big series against Pittsburgh.
In the last seven days, only Todd Frazier and Joey Votto posted higher OBPs in that span.
5. Joey Votto (last week No. 4)
Joey didn’t have a great week. He didn’t have a bad one either. Sure, he only hit for .208, but he did turn in an OBP of .406, meaning tons of opportunities for the guys behind him.
The seven walks he amassed last week were much higher than any other player's total. The closest to Votto in walks was Jay Bruce, who had three.
6. Sam LeCure (last week No. 10)
At the beginning of last week, the Reds had the worst bullpen ERA in all of baseball with a 5.77 ERA. LeCure did his part to rectify the hideous trend. He pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in three different games. He allowed just one hit in that span.
For a bullpen that has cost the Reds dearly early this season, LeCure’s progress is promising.
7. Jay Bruce (last week No. 7)
Jay Bruce led the team in RBI last week with four, but he’s still trying to raise the average. He hit .231 last week in seven games. He only recorded one extra-base hit in that span.
Bruce maintains his spot on the power rankings because he led the team in RBI, but he’ll need to up his consistency and OBP. With only three walks last week, Bruce turned in an OBP of just .310.
8. Jonathan Broxton (last week No. 9)
Jonathan Broxton wasn't instilling much confidence for Reds fans, though now he's amassing saves. Walks were a problem for the burly right-hander in the last edition of these player power rankings.
Last week, however, he walked no one and surrendered just two hits en route to nailing down two saves. That's another promising trend for a bullpen desperate for it.
9. Todd Frazier (last week unranked)
Frazier had the best week of any healthy regular position starter. He hit .316 last week, including three doubles and an RBI. Frazier also turned in a healthy OBP of .436, which was the highest of any regular healthy position player last week.
He’s had 18 plate appearances batting cleanup, and in this minute sample size, Frazier is hitting .313 with an OBP of .389.
10. Tony Cingrani (last week No.8)
Cingrani didn’t have a great outing last week. He pitched just six innings and surrendered six hits in his last game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but managed to allow just one run.
He recorded seven strikouts in that start, which was only topped by teammate Johnny Cueto.
Dropped from Power Rankings: Mike Leake (last week No. 5)
Biggest Jump: Sam LeCure (from No. 10 to No. 6)
Biggest Drop: Mike Leake (from No. 5 to unranked)
On the Cusp: Sean Marshall, Brandon Phillips, Billy Hamilton
All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.
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