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Stock Up, Stock Down for Cincinnati Reds' Top 10 Prospects for Week 12

Tyler GroteCorrespondent IIJune 24, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for Cincinnati Reds' Top 10 Prospects for Week 12

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    Cincinnati Reds fans will have now seen 30 percent of this list in live action following the debut of Carlos Contreras last Saturday. The young right-hander had a great outing in a low-stress situation.

    Billy Hamilton has been scorching hot, and Tucker Barnhart continues to climb his way back up in batting average, in case he's ever needed again.

    The rest have had mixed results. 

10. Tucker Barnhart, C

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    Stock: Up

    Tucker Barnhart turned in a good week and a much-needed one at that. The right-handed catcher was batting just .219 entering the week; however, he ended up hitting .400 for the week, which brought his average to .234.

    He also turned in four RBI from his six hits.

    Week 12 Stats: .375, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO

9. Ben Lively, RHP

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    Stock: Down

    Ben Lively just made his Double-A debut on June 23, and it wasn't pretty. While the right-hander was 10-1 in High-A ball, he has been struggling since June. On Monday night, he managed just three innings pitched, surrendered a run in each one and walked five batters. He did strike out eight.

    This is troubling after a bumpy June where he surrendered four home runs in two starts, despite striking out 16 in that span. 

    Week 12 Stats: N/A (did not pitch)

8. Nick Travieso, RHP

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    Stock: Down

    Nick Travieso had a decent start his last outing. He pitched five innings and allowed just two earned runs, including a home run. He only struck out four, but his effort was not good enough as he picked up the loss.

    He has been decent this year. His ERA stands at 3.31 but has been on the rise steadily since May when he started the month with a 1.55 ERA.

    Week 12 Stats: 0-1, 5 IP, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

7. Carlos Contreras, RHP

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    Stock: Up 

    Fans were introduced to Carlos Contreras on Saturday when he came in to pitch the final inning of an 11-1 blowout of the Toronto Blue Jays. He came a long way, going straight from Double-A to the majors because of a depleted Reds bullpen.

    The young right-hander has been on fire recently. He hasn't allowed an earned run at any level since April. And although the Reds had a 10-run lead, he came in and handled MLB's No. 3 offense with relative ease in a performance that included a strikeout.

    Week 12 Stats: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO 

6. Michael Lorenzen, RHP

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    Stock: Up

    Michael Lorenzen struggled in his last outing. He only pitched five innings and surrendered three earned runs. He gave up five hits and walked four batters on top of that; however, he did strike out seven batters. But of the 91 pitches he threw, just 51 were for strikes. 

    Still, those three runs were the only runs he has surrendered this month.

    Week 12 Stats: 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 7 SO

5. Yorman Rodriguez, CF

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    Stock: Up 

    Yorman Rodriguez has had a productive week. He entered the week hitting just .225 but has since raised it to .235. In the last four games, he has six hits and is currently riding a four-game hitting streak. He has two RBI in that stretch. 

    Week 12 Stats: .373. 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO

4. Jesse Winker, LF

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    Stock: Up 

    After being promoted to Double-A to begin the week, Jesse Winker hasn't missed a beat. He was batting .317 when he got the promotion and is hitting .231 since. But he is riding a three-game hit streak and has an OBP of .444.

    He has five walks compared to just four strikeouts, which is a promising trend. The young outfielder has reached base in every Double-A game he's played in so far.

    Stats for Week 12: .231 0 HR 1 RBI 5 BB 4 SO

3. Phillip Ervin, RF/CF

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    Stock: Up

    Phillip Ervin has been struggling for consistency, sporting a batting average on the year of .229. But he's been playing well of late. He's riding a four=game hitting streak that includes two home runs. 

    For the month of June, he is hitting .298 with 17 hits and four RBI.

    Week 12 Stats: .266, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SO

2. Billy Hamilton, CF

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    Stock: Up 

    Billy Hamilton is on fire. Last week alone, the young center fielder recorded nine hits. He is riding an eight-game hitting streak. He also stole six bases last week and crossed the plate five times.

    He is batting .273 on the year and .324 for the month of June. His production has helped revitalize one of the NL's worst offensive teams.

    Week 12 Stats: .360, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, 6 SB

1. Robert Stephenson, RHP

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    Stock: Down 

    Robert Stephenson is having a rough June, but last week wasn't so bad. In one start, he went seven innings and allowed just three earned runs. He walked just one batter and struck out seven. He earned a no-decision.

    But his ERA is at 6.15 for the month of June. He's given up 17 hits in 19 innings pitched. Despite a solid outing, he still has those ugly numbers for the month following him.

    Week 12 Stats: 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 SO 

     

    All stats courtesy of BaseballAmerica.com.

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