RR Community Prospect Rankings: The AA Pitcher of the Year is our 7th best prospect. Is that good?

As he throws the ball across the plate, his expression is... contemplative?

The people have spoken, and Travis Wood is #7 on our list.  Wood had a spectacular year last year, dominating AA before moving up to AAA at the end of the season and pitching well there too.  His stuff might not be at the level of other prospects in the system, but the results have been and his changeup is one of the best in the minors.  Don't be fooled by his #7 ranking.  He's got major league potential, but it really speaks to the depth of this system that he's ranked so low on our list.

We're adding a few new names to the list today, including two high draft picks who had down years last year and a local boy who's starting to turn heads after excelling at 3 levels last year.  Vote now!

 

 

Zachary Cozart, SS:


Baseball America rank: 10
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
Age: 24
Draft/Acquisition Details: 2nd round (pick 79), Reds, 2007
Highest Level Played: AA (Carolina)

2009 Statistics: 
Carolina (AA): 131 G, 462 AB, 10 HR, 59 RBI, 10 SB, .262/.360/.398/.758
Peoria (AFL): 13 G, 50 AB, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB, .340/.393/.560/.953

 

Yorman Rodriguez, CF:


Baseball America rank: 6
2009 RR CPR rank: 13
Age: 17
Draft/Acquisition Details: Signed in 2008 out of Venezuela
Highest Level Played: Rookie (Billings)

2009 Statistics: 

GCL Reds (Rookie): 21 G, 82 AB, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 5 SB, .280/.348/.329/.677
Billings (Rookie): 46 G, 183 AB, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 5 SB, .219/.259/.344/.603

 

Brad Boxberger, RHP:


Baseball America rank: 9
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
Age: 21
Draft/Acquisition Details: 1st round (pick 43), Reds, 2009
Highest Level Played: College (USC)

2009 Statistics: 

USC (Pac-10): 14 GS, 6-3, 3.16 ERA, 94 IP, 99 K, 50 BB, 1.27 WHIP

 

Chris Valaika, 2B/SS:


Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: 5
Age: 24
Draft/Acquisition Details: 3rd round, (84th pick), Reds, 2006
Highest Level Played: AAA (Louisville)

2009 Statistics:

Louisville, (AAA): 95 G, 366 AB, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 1 SB, .235/.271/.344/.615

 

Matt Maloney, LHSP:


Baseball America rank: 8
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
Age: 26 (on January 16)
Draft/Acquisition Details: 3rd round (97th pick), Phillies, 2005
Highest Level Played: MLB (Reds)

2009 Statistics: 

Carolina (AA): 1 GS, 0-0, 1.29 ERA, 7 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, .71 WHIP
Louisville (AAA): 22 GS, 9-9, 3.08 ERA, 143 IP, 105 K, 24 BB, 1.17 WHIP
Cincinnati (MLB): 7 GS, 2-4, 4.87 ERA, 40.2 IP, 28 K, 8 BB, 1.25 WHIP

 

Devin Mesoraco, C:


Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: 11
Age: 22
Draft/Acquisition Details: 1st round (15th pick), Reds, 2007
Highest Level Played: A+ (Sarasota)

2009 Statistics:

Sarasota (A+): 92 G, 312 AB, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 0 SB, .228/.311/.381/.692

 

Neftali Soto, 3B:


Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: 2
Age: 21
Draft/Acquisition Details: 3rd round (109th pick), Reds, 2007
Highest Level Played: A+ (Sarasota)

2009 Statistics: 

Sarasota (A+): 131 G, 505 AB, 11 HR, 57 RBI, 1 SB, .248/.282/.362/.644
Caguas (PR): 1 G, 3 AB, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, .667/.667/1.333/2.000

 

Matt Klinker, RHSP:


Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
Age: 25
Draft/Acquisition Details: 15th round (469th pick), Reds, 2007
Highest Level Played: AAA (Louisville)

2009 Statistics: 

Sarasota (A+): 9 GS, 2-2, 4.89 ERA, 42.1 IP, 42 K, 8 BB, 1.44 WHIP
Carolina (AA): 6 GS, 3-2, 2.95 ERA, 36.2 IP, 40 K, 13 BB, 1.09 WHIP
Louisville (AAA): 5 GS, 2-2, 2.48 ERA, 29 IP, 30 K, 13 BB, 1.21 WHIP

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