1/23/13

John Sickels - Cincinnati Reds Top 20 Prospects for 2013

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1) Billy Hamilton, OF, Grade A-: His speed is nothing short of incredible and he knows how to use it, with fearlessness and aggression. I think he'll be a decent enough hitter for it to matter, and he fits better in the outfield than at shortstop.

2) Robert Stephenson, RHP; Grade B+: Looks like a future number two starter to me, with plus fastball, good changeup and curveball. Command slipped some at Dayton but not a big flaw at this stage in his career. It will be interesting to see how he handles a larger workload.

3) Tony Cingrani, LHP, Grade B+: He was sure effective for a guy with a mediocre breaking ball, relying on fastball/changeup combination. Given the improvements he's made over the last three years, I think the breaking ball can become at least average, which would make him a number three starter, maybe more.

4) Daniel Corcino, RHP, Grade B+: 
The Johnny Cueto comp is obvious though I don't know if Corcino will be quite that good. Needs to get the walk rate down, but fastball/slider/changeup combo is enough for him to be a good solid number three.

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