Cincinnati Reds: Week 11 Player Power Rankings
In the past week, the Reds played nothing but winning NL teams, which meant for a great opportunity to see how the now healthy Reds measure up. The week began with a necessary split against the high-profile Dodgers at home before an enormous three-game series with first place Milwaukee, in Milwaukee. The Brewers were 5-0-2 in their last seven series, making the Reds' series victory even more impressive.
For a change of pace in Reds Country, it wasn't the pitching that pushed the Reds to 4-3 on the week. It was an offense that averaged 5.3 runs per game.
Some names have finally returned to this list, and one bat in particular is getting very comfortable atop the throne.
No. 10: Devin Mesoraco (No.10 last week)
For the second consecutive week, Devin Mesoraco clings to the end of the Reds' power rankings. The catcher is currently enduring a "mini-slump" of sorts, hitting just .210 in his last 30 days of baseball.
But last week, Mesoraco hit .313 with five hits and an RBI. He's still batting a team-high .305 on the season with an OBP of .348.
No. 9: Aroldis Chapman (No. 7 last week)
Aroldis Chapman slips to No. 9 this week, which doesn't necessarily indicate a slip in performance. The flame-throwing closer was only used in three games last week, while the Saturday game against the Brewers was begging for his appearance.
Chapman pitched three innings last week, struck out seven batters, walked one and recorded two saves.
Hopefully, Bryan Price will free himself of the dreaded bullpen roles, like closer, and start using this prized weapon at the most pivotal points. Otherwise, he remains just a fun sideshow and will be unable to contribute in the greater capacity that he is capable of.
No. 8: Ryan Ludwick (unranked last week)
It's been a couple of weeks since last we saw Ryan Ludwick grace the power rankings. But the slugger turned in an impressive week and has returned as a primary contributor of late.
Ludwick hit .500 last week, which included eight hits, one home run and two RBI. His OBP in five games was .500.
No. 7: Jonathan Broxton (No. 6 last week)
Jonathan Broxton has become a beacon of consistency for a Reds bullpen that has struggled with the concept. The bullpen was to blame in a shin-kicking loss last Saturday night, a game that could have possibly led to a sweep of the first-place Brewers, in Milwaukee.
Sadly, the bullpen would waste the efforts of returning starter Mat Latos, but this man had nothing to do with that.
Broxton worked longer than normal in a 29-pitch outing against the Dodgers and was therefore unavailable when the Reds needed him most. Still, in the 2.2 innings he pitched last week, he allowed no earned runs and walked two batters while striking out one.
Broxton holds at just one earned run on the year.
No. 6: Joey Votto (unranked last week)
Week seven was the last time we witnessed Joey Votto make the Reds power rankings, and his return couldn't have come soon enough. While the Reds would go quietly in Votto's first game back, they are currently 4-2 since his return.
Votto wasted little time contributing.
Last week, Votto hit .348, which included eight hits, three doubles, four RBI and three walks. His OBP was .423, bringing it to .412 on the year, the highest of any other Red.
No. 5: Johnny Cueto (unranked last week)
Johnny Cueto, despite going just six innings, may have posted his most notable outing yet. In just six innings against the Dodgers, Cueto struck out 12 batters, allowed no earned runs and no walks.
The only reason he couldn't continue was because his pitch count was so alarmingly high by inning six, thanks in large part to all the long at-bats ending in strikeouts.
Cueto currently has the second-best ERA in all of baseball, behind the Giants' Tim Hudson, but it's worth noting that Hudson has nearly 13 innings fewer.
No. 4: Alfredo Simon (No. 9 last week)
Alfredo "Big Pasta" Simon pitched in one enormous spot for the Reds last week. In the final game of a four-game series with the Dodgers, Alfredo Simon kept the Dodgers quiet in what would eventually be a decisive victory for the Reds.
He pitched eight innings and allowed just one earned run. He walked no one while recording five strikeouts.
Simon now boasts a 9-3 record, making him tied with Adam Wainwright for the NL-leader in wins, and probably putting him in All-Star Game conversations. Nine wins is good for No. 4 in all of baseball and his ERA is good for No. 25, making him a huge asset to this Reds team.
No. 3: Billy Hamilton (No. 4 last week)
Billy "Bats" Hamilton is taking the OBP discussion and trying to make it moot. At No.3, this is the highest Hamilton has ever been ranked on this list, but he's been pivotal to the Reds offensive success of late.
Last week, Hamilton hit .346, including nine hits, a double, two home runs, and five RBI. He also had two walks and two stolen bases. His 25 stolen bases on the year is good for No.2 in all of baseball, trailing Dee Gordon by 11.
With nine hits on the week, no Red recorded more. Hamilton on the year is batting .264 and his OBP has eclipsed the .300 mark. The Reds could not have asked for more from its rookie leadoff hitter, especially one being asked to replace the services of Shin-Soo Choo, who owns the No.11 OBP in baseball.
No. 2: Brandon Phillips (No. 5 last week)
Brandon Phillips may have been the most important bat in the imperative three-games series with the Brewers. Six of Phillips' seven RBI last week came over the weekend in Milwaukee. On the week, Phillips finished batting .346 with an OBP of .345, which included nine hits, a home run, seven RBI and a walk.
Brandon Phillips hasn't struck out since June 6 against the Phillies. The second baseman is making himself a tough out, which is helping this Reds offense exponentially.
At 29 RBI for the year, only three NL second basemen have produced more, and with 72 hits, only two NL second basemen have more.
No.1: Todd Frazier (No. 1 last week)
Todd Frazier wears the crown for his third consecutive week after he was instrumental in helping the Reds tally the necessary runs to defeat teams like the Brewers and Dodgers.
He didn't kill it in the batting average department—Frazier hit just .222 last week. But that's about the only thing Frazier didn't do well, because the balls he hit mattered a lot more, and his OBP was a very useful .344. Frazier tallied six hits, which included a double, two home runs and a team-high seven RBI.
He also added five walks, which tied him with Joey Votto for the most amount of walks recorded by any Reds hitter last week.
Todd Frazier sits at 39 RBI, which officially makes him No. 2 in RBI for NL third basemen. His 15 home runs make him third in the NL on that list, between sluggers Troy Tulowitzki and Giancarlo Stanton. As of right now, this guy has to be seriously considered for the All-Star Game.
Dropped from Reds Player Power Rankings
Homer Bailey (last week No. 2)
Jay Bruce (last week No. 3)
Logan Ondrusek (last week No. 8)
Joey Votto (last week unranked)
Homer Bailey (last week No. 2)
On the Cusp
Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey, Zack Cozart