Tagged: Pioneer League

LHP Tony Cingrani


Baseball America’s 2011 Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects had 4 Cincinnati Reds prospects in it. Tony Cingrani, Ryan Wright, Sean Buckley and Kyle Waldrop.

Coming in at number 8 on the list was LHP Tony Cingrani who was drafted by the Reds in the 3rd round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft. This 22-year-old played his first season with Billings Mustangs. Getting a 3-2 record and a 1.75 ERA in 51.1 innings. (13 games started) He got 80 strike outs and only allowed 6 walks and 1 home run. He also got a 14.0 SO/9 which was “the highest rate for pitchers with at least 50 innings in the Pioneer League since Sid Fernandez in 1981.” [Source]
“He has two very good pitches with a fastball that works 92-95 MPH and touches 98 as a lefty and a strong slider in the low to mid 80’s.” [Source] I can’t wait to see what this kid does in 2012.

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Why Cincinnati Reds should not trade away Yonder Alonso


I did some research today and thought I would share why I think Yonder Alonso should not be traded this offseason. I will show his minor league stats and also compare him to Joey Votto and see what Votto got in the minors also.

First off, Yonder Alonso was drafted by the Reds in the 1st round (7th) in the 2005 Amateur Draft. Joey Votto was drafted in the 2nd round (44th) of the 2002 Amateur Draft. Alonso was rated #35 prospect pre-2009, #45 pre-2010 and #73 pre-2011. Votto was rated #43 pre-2007 and #44 pre-2008.

In four seasons in the Minors Alonso had a .293 BA, .370 OBP, .466 SLG, and .837 OPS with 36 HR, 179 RBIs, 148 BB, 203 SO in 1340 PA.


4 Seasons                             1340 .293 .370 .466 .837
AA (2 seasons)                     AA  242 .282 .380 .432 .812
AAA (2 seasons)                   AAA  854 .296 .364 .478 .842
A+ (2 seasons)                     A+  226 .304 .389 .485 .874
Rk (1 season)                      Rk   18 .133 .278 .133 .411

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/27/2011.


Joey Votto on the other hand played 7 seasons in the minors and got a .289 BA, .386 OBP, .477 SLG and .862 OPS with 97 HR, 438 RBIs, 404 BB, 665 SO in 3016 PA.


7 Seasons                          3016 .289 .386 .477  .862
A (3 seasons)                    A  715 .280 .397 .425  .822
A+ (3 seasons)                  A+  628 .262 .338 .444  .782
Rk (2 seasons)                  Rk  503 .296 .408 .506  .914
AA (1 season)                   AA  590 .319 .408 .547  .956
AAA (1 season)                 AAA  580 .294 .381 .478  .859

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/27/2011.


It was said that Yonder Alonso would be training to play LF for the Reds in 2012 which would bring even more value for him later on after he gets one full season. And as we all know, it has already been reported that Joey Votto will not be returning to the Reds after his contract runs out. Keeping Yonder Alonso so then he can play 1B when Votto does leave is the best bet. And it gives the Reds the oppurtunity to shop Votto away at the trade deadline either bringing in young prospects or important pieces to the puzzle to help them get an extra push into the playoffs. I think they would be able to get their top of the rotation starter and then some if they offered someone like Joey Votto.

I heard a rumor at the trade deadline in 2011 that Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds were talking about a deal that would involve Joey Votto and Jose Bautista but it never happened because the Blue Jays were asking for more. One thing I am hoping is that scouts and front offices have not hurt Joey Votto’s value by saying, “he is only hitting that good because of Great American Ball Park.” Sure any average player can become a better hitter by playing in that park but that should not bring his value down to the point where teams are wanting a top prospect with him in order to trade their best player. In my mind, the Reds made the right decision by not trading him with another player for Bautista. And this also means they should not trade away Yonder Alonso until they get at least one full season out of him to see what he can do. Many will say that if he does not do well then his value will drop a lot but I would rather take that chance than trade him and watch him become an All-Star in his first season for some other team. (All of our luck a National League team.)

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see Joey Votto stay with the Reds for the rest of his career but if he has not intention of re-signing I am all for trading him away before he becomes a free agent. At least this way the Reds would have a choice to where he would play or influence him to sign with the team they trade with and I hope that would be in the American League. I really would hate to see him sign in the offseason with a National League Central team.

Future Star: David Nick


I got a chance to watch the Arizona Fall League Championship game to see the future of Major League Baseball. One player that really caught my attention was David Nick who played for the Salt River Rafters representing Arizona Diamonbacks.

David went 2 for 5 in the game with one triple, 3 RBIs and one run to help the Rafters win the game 9 – 3 over Surprise Saguaros.

David Nick was drafted by the Arizona Diamonbacks in the 4th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. At age 19 in his first season he played 66 games for Missoula Osprey in the Pioneer League. He got a .286 average with a .350 OBP scoring 46 runs. 2010 he played for South Bend Silver Hawks in the Midwest League getting a .251 batting average in 128 games. In 2011 at 21 years old he played for Visalia Rawhide in the California League. He played in 132 games and finished with .300 BA, .342 OBP and .449 SLG scoring 99 runs and getting 13 homeruns. And of course in the Arizona Fall League for Salt River Rafters he finished with .298 BA, .352 OBP, .405 SLG and a .756 OPS scoring 13 runs and getting 25 hits with 84 at bats.

Of course many will say it is still way to early to tell how well this kid will do in Major League Baseball but I think he will do very well if he keeps doing what he did in 2011. After watching him play in the League Championship for the Arizona Fall League I will keep my eye on his future to see how well he does in 2012 and hopefully many more years to come.

David Nick’s AFL stats