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.