RedsMinorLeagues.com posted the Cincinnati Reds new Top 25 Prospect List and I am still very pleased with what they have in the farm system for the future. Doug Gray, @dougdirt24 says, “With the Reds trading away [Yonder] Alonso, [Yasmani] Grandal, [Brad] Boxberger, [Ronald] Torreyes and [Dave] Sappelt the Reds lost 5 of their Top 25 prospects in my rankings.” Even with trading away these players I still think the Reds have a great batch of young talented players ready for the future and I am very confident that Walt Jocketty will get more great prospects when they are needed by trade or draft.
Cincinnati Reds new Top 25 Prospect List includes:
Devin Mesoraco, Daniel Corcino, Yorman Rodriguez, Robert Stephenson, Billy Hamilton, Zack Cozart, Neftali Soto, Didi Gregorius, Henry Rodriguez, Todd Frazier, Gabriel Rosa, Kyle Lotzkar, David Vidal, Tony Cingrani, J.C. Sulbaran, Ryan LaMarre, Donald Lutz, Tucker Barnhart, Sean Buckley, Amir Garrett, Donnie Joseph, Junior Arias, Juan Duran, Pedro Villarreal and Nick Christiani.
After a fun and exciting day yesterday with the trade of Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes from the Reds for Sean Marshall from Chicago Cubs and the Reds selecting Josh Judy off waivers from Cleveland Indians I have just found out that we might have missed a deal. I am reading that the “Cincinnati Reds signed [catcher] Brian Esposito as a free agent.”
Esposito was drafted in the 5th round of the 2000 amateur draft by Boston Red Sox and has been on six MLB teams, only two of which he actually played in the big leagues. St. Louis Cardinals for one game and Houston Astros for two. (3 AB, 0 hits, 1 SO) He is a minor league catcher who has played 12 seasons. (234 games in AAA and 238 games in AA) He is not much of a hitter (.216 BA in 12 seasons in minors) but his fielding is not to bad with 87 PB, 534 SB, 195 CS, 27% CS% in 655 games. This would mean they would have Corky Miller (35 years old) and Brian Esposito (32 years old) ready to come up if there are any injuries to Reds catchers Ryan Hanigan or Devin Mesoraco. I think having two veteran catchers like this in the farm system is a good move by the Reds.
This move has not been confirmed by Cincinnati Reds on mlb.com but it could be a move to help with the loss of catching prospect Yasmani Grandal to San Diego Padres in the Mat Latos trade. If this is a move that they did make it shows that they are very comfortable with playing Hanigan and Mesoraco in 2012. And it also shows that all of those arm-chair General Managers still wishing for Mesoraco in a trade to their team this offseason will have to wait even longer.
Wow, what a day for Cincinnati Reds. First they finally published the Sean Marshall trade with the names of the two ‘minor leaguers.’ Chicago Cubs traded LHP Sean Marshall to Cincinnati Reds for LHP Travis Wood, OF Dave Sappelt and minor league IF Ronald Torreyes. Many fans were very upset all day about the news and most Cubs fans were sad to see Marshall go because of the type of player he is on and off the field. I am one of those that think this is a good move for both clubs, even if it is division rivals.
Many of us thought the Reds were done for the day after that news but no, they then announced that they claimed right-handed reliever Josh Judy off waivers from the Indians. Many people were not to excited about this move because they don’t know who Josh is, but once they get to see this kid pitch they should start to come around. He has a lot of promise and should work out for the Reds very nicely, either in AAA at the start of the season or in the Reds bullpen after spring training. Either way, it is a very nice move by the Reds to help fill up their 40 man roster again, which dipped down to 36 after the two big trades. I just had the pleasure of meeting @XS_Sports, (Excess Sports) they represent Josh Judy and we are all very excited to see how well Josh does in a Reds jersey.
Walt Jocketty told reporters that they are done until the New Year. Once 2012 is here though, they should get busy on trying to find a closer, they are still trying to re-sign Francisco Cordero and a right-handed power hitting left fielder along with other players for the bench. Of course Walt did not say how he was going to get those players but many think they will look at free agents for it. I think he is going to keep trading for what they need.
I had a blast today reading all of the fans comments about the trade and some of the messages on twitter by some of the Cincinnati Reds insiders were very positive and motivating. Jamie Ramsey said on twitter today;
“I’ve been with the Reds since ’97 and man, we had to put on a happy face during some really really tough years….” [Source]
“….this stuff we’re doing now under Bob C. and Walt is not only exciting, but it’s fun. Very encouraging and puts a pep in our step.” [Source]
Of course some upset fans had to jump on these comments and ruin the mood but it was still a very nice day to be a Reds fan. Walt will never make every fan happy, and he knows that but if this team wins the World Series, I am sure those very upset fans right now will find it in their hearts to forgive him.
Jamie Ramsey from Better Off Red reports that Cincinnati Reds get “LHP Sean Marshall from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for LHP Travis Wood, OF Dave Sappelt and minor league IF Ronald Torreyes.” [Source] Mark Sheldon from Mark My Word also writes about the trade here.
I am amazed that Dave Sappelt was one of the guys to go. The Reds 40 man roster is now at 36. They have some work ahead of them now to get at least two more outfielders and a SS/INF along with a closer which should be first on the list still. Walt Jocketty must have a plan in store for this. I really can’t see him not having something set up soon in order to help with the lack of position players now.
Here is the link to the direct source.
Cincinnati Reds fans are still waiting to find out who the minor league players are in the Sean Marshall trade today. While we wait I thought I would look into something I read from a fan’s comments earlier today. The fan said that this trade will help the Reds out more then they think because the Reds players had a very tough time against Sean Marshall when he was playing for Chicago Cubs. After looking at the stats I have to agree. Marshall has been said to be one of the best relief pitchers in Major League Baseball right now. Having a setup man like this on the team will really help out with signing or trading for a new closer.
Sean Marshall vs. Cincinnati Reds
AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Joey Votto 13 3 1 2 4 4 .231 .412 .538 .950 Edgar Renteria 12 3 0 0 3 4 .250 .400 .250 .650 Brandon Phillips 12 1 1 2 2 2 .083 .214 .333 .548 Jay Bruce 11 2 0 0 1 6 .182 .308 .182 .490 Scott Rolen 8 3 1 2 1 1 .375 .444 .750 1.194 Drew Stubbs 5 0 0 1 1 3 .000 .167 .000 .167 Ramon Hernandez 5 3 0 0 0 1 .600 .600 .600 1.200 Paul Janish 3 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 Ryan Hanigan 2 1 0 1 2 0 .500 .750 .500 1.250 Miguel Cairo 2 1 0 1 1 1 .500 .667 .500 1.167 Chris Heisey 2 1 0 0 1 1 .500 .667 .500 1.167 Todd Frazier 2 2 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.500 2.500 Dontrelle Willis 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Yonder Alonso 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Juan Francisco 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Devin Mesoraco 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Edinson Volquez 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Dave Sappelt 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 83 21 3 10 16 26 .253 .380 .386 .766
Sean Marshall career vs. National League Central teams.
Split W L ERA G IP H HR SO WHIP SO/9 SO/BB Cincinnati Reds 1 3 2.61 23 31.0 26 2 30 1.387 8.7 1.76 Houston Astros 2 5 2.70 27 46.2 44 5 36 1.307 6.9 2.12 Milwaukee Brewers 2 2 4.13 27 32.2 35 2 29 1.531 8.0 1.93 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 2 3.27 26 41.1 31 2 33 1.113 7.2 2.20 St. Louis Cardinals 3 3 2.71 31 63.0 63 7 45 1.302 6.4 2.37
I have to take my words back and say I am sorry to Walt Jocketty right now. I really did not think he would pull the trigger and make a deal for a starting pitcher this offseason.
Today the Reds traded Edinson Volquez and three of the club’s top prospects, Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger and Yasmani Grandal to San Diego Padres for right-handed Mat Latos. This trade gives the Reds their top of the rotation starter they were looking for and it gives San Diego a bunch of top prospects in the game today. At first, I really thought the Reds overpaid but now that I look more into it, I see that there really was no other way Walt Jocketty was going to get the starter they really needed.
The question that comes up now is, who will play in left field in 2012? Yonder Alonso was prepping all offseason for the chance to play in left field and now the Reds have only Chris Heisey and Dave Sappelt. This move also puts the Reds 40 man roster down to 37 players. After looking at the Cincinnati Reds Depth Chart I see that they have their starting rotation set as;
1. J. Cueto 2. M. Latos 3. B. Arroyo 4. H. Bailey 5. M. Leake 6. A. Chapman
Does this mean the Reds will go shopping now for a closer and other position players through free agency? Or do they have more trading up their sleeves? I guess once again we just have to wait and see what happens. I am very happy to see that they did something at least this offseason and this move will help the club. Some people already think they gave up way to much but with deals like this, you never really know what will happen.
Cincinnati Reds Depth Chart
What if we all woke up tomorrow and found out that Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty went off his meds and started cutting the payroll. Players like Scott Rolen, Bronson Arroyo, Brandon Phillips, and maybe even Joey Votto traded for cheap young prospects or worse, cheap older players looking for one last good season. Of course the “We have no money” excuse would not be used anymore but what kind of team would they have? Jay Bruce and Johnny Cueto would be the stars and players like Juan Francisco, Yonder Alonso, Dave Sappelt, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart and Aroldis Chapman would get a lot more playing time. And with one season of not paying big money to players would they then have enough to go shopping next offseason or would they have to? Is there a strange possibility that these young players would get it done? With many years as a fan I have noticed that teams with the right blend of older and younger players usually do the best so could the Reds find cheaper veterans than Bronson Arroyo and Scott Rolen? Would any of the younger players produce like Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips?
We all know this will never happen but what would the team look like if it did? And would Walt Jocketty still have a job the next day? I for one would like to see something happen this offseason but dumping salaries will not help the team win the World Series in 2012. I really believe a healthy Scott Rolen and Bronson Arroyo is a must this season in order for this team to succeed along with the younger players getting the playing time they deserve.
The team will also need Dusty Baker to be at the top of his game, which means don’t let players like Drew Stubbs bat 1st if he is striking out like crazy. I hope this season with Sappelt on the roster Dusty will be able to help Stubbs get playing the way he should but I also think trading Stubbs would be good for both sides. Being in Great American Ball Park has given Stubbs the notion he is a home run hitter so he is swinging for the fences every time. I know for a fact that if he is traded he will most likely turn into another Ryan Freel if he is not careful. These guys get paid good money to play ball and even in the offseason they should be working hard to get into shape for next season. Drew Stubbs doesn’t look like he has that drive to be better. I blame guys like Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. for this. They poisoned some of these younger guys with the idea that you don’t have to try hard to keep your job. I thought that when the Reds got rid of those two players that attitude would go away but I can still see it in some players and it really gets me upset. What these young guys don’t understand is, Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. were not always like that. They had to work their butts off to get the salary they were getting. If Drew Stubbs wants a big pay-day ever in his career he is going to have to do something big next season.
Another thing Dusty Baker will have to work on is not pushing the young guys till they break. The Reds really don’t need any injuries in 2012. Pushing starters that extra inning just to give the bullpen a rest is ok but do they really want guys like Johnny Cueto or Aroldis Chapman out with injury for two months or more. And hopefully he does not push the young catchers too much either. They really don’t need to be shopping for catchers midseason because two or three of them are out with injuries. Giving guys like Scott Rolen, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce rest is very important too. Can you imagine if those three players went out at the same time with injuries? The Reds would be in big trouble.
Dusty Baker needs to stop chewing so hard on those toothpicks and start paying more attention to the game and his players. Any other managers would have picked up on Stubbs a long time ago and did something to correct it and just maybe the Reds would have done better in the standings. Of course we can’t blame last year just on Dusty Baker there are others who need to be pointed at too. Walt Jocketty could have made some deals to help the team push forward at the trade deadline and of course some of the players could have done a little more to get better. I can even point that finger at myself, I as a fan could have tried harder to cheer louder and maybe they would have won the whole thing. But, what is done is done. Now we must move on and hopefully Walt Jocketty keeps taking his medication and doesn’t trade too much away for the players they need. The Reds also need Santa Claus to give Dusty Baker a bad batch of toothpicks this Christmas so then he will pay more attention in 2012 and some players need to call up Yonder Alonso and ask if they can train with him this offseason.
*** Have fun at Redsfest this year guys. ***