RR Community Prospect Rankings: Hometown hero Matt Klinker secures #18

That's right...we at Lakota West are gangstas

Matt Klinker, a graduate of my alma mater, is your #18 prospect.  Klinker possesses solid stuff and good mound presence.  He may be in the conversation for 5th starter in the spring, but even if not a solid year in AAA will put him in the mix for the future.

Your compelling minors related link of the day is a Baseball Prospectus interview with Reds Director of Player Development, Terry Reynolds.  The interview gives some great insight into the thought processes of the organization and also what they think of some of these prospects.  I have to say, I feel better about the people in charge after having read it.

Ok, now on to #19.  In addition to the remaining candidates we've added a toolsy but raw recent international signing (seems like there have been a LOT of those lately) and a promising HS pitcher from this year's draft.  Vote!

Logan Ondrusek, RHRP:

Tall.  Converted from a starter to setup man after 2007.  Was old for his level in Sarasota, but pitched lights out there and had success at 3 levels last season.  Doesn't strike out a lot of guys, but keeps the ball on the ground and in the ballpark.  Walks weren't a huge concern last year, but that was a drastic outlier.  He throws a 4-seam fastball in the low-mid 90s, and a change in the low 80s, along with a slider and cutter.  Had a rough AFL campaign, giving up 4 HR in 10 innings after giving up 1 in 72 during the season.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: NR
Age: 25 (on February 13)
Draft/Acquisition Details: 13rd round (392nd pick), Reds, 2005
Highest Level Played: AAA (Louisville)

2009 Statistics:

Sarasota (A+): 13 G, 2-0, 0.96 ERA, 18.2 IP, 12 K, 7 BB, .75 WHIP 
Carolina (AA): 24 G, 2-1, 1.65 ERA, 32.2 IP, 24 K, 12 BB, 1.01 WHIP
Louisville (AAA): 19 G, 0-0, 1.74 ERA, 20.2 IP, 11 K, 2 BB, .87 WHIP
Peoria Saguaros (AFL): 10 G, 2-1, 13.50 ERA, 10 IP, 8 K, 2 BB, 2.4 WHIP 

 

Donnie Joseph, LHRP:

Very effective in Billings and Dayton last season.  Lots of strikeouts (11.34K/9), control may be an issue.  Held hitters to a .165 average, and didn't give up any long balls in 33.1 IP.  Downright nasty against lefties, and could move up the system quickly.  Two pitch pitcher, with a fastball in the low 90s up to around 94, and an above average slider with plenty of break.  Also known as a high-character guy.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: 11
Age: 22
Draft/Acquisition Details: 3rd round (88th pick), Reds, 2009
Highest Level Played: A (Dayton)

2009 Statistics: 

Houston (NCAA): 31 G, 3-1, 2.16 ERA, 50 IP, 75 K, 22 BB, 1.10 WHIP
Billings (Rookie): 8 G, 2-0, 0.77 ERA, 11.2 IP, 11 K, 4 BB, .86 WHIP
Dayton (A): 16 G, 2-2, 4.35 ERA, 20.2 IP, 31 K, 10 BB, 1.11 WHIP

 

Josh Fellhauer, CF:

Cal St. Fullerton product displayed good plate discipline (7.5% BB rate) and solid contact skills (14.4% K rate) in Dayton this season.  Has compact swing that doesn’t produce much power.  Good runner, but not excellent.  Somewhat like Chris Heisey, has solid tools but no outstanding ones.  If he can stick in CF could be a solid prospect.  If he needs to move to a corner spot probably lacks the power to progress.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank:
 NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: 13
Age: 22
Draft/Acquisition Details: 7th round (209th pick), Reds, 2009
Highest Level Played: A (Dayton)

2009 Statistics: 

Cal State Fullerton (NCAA): 60 G, 227 AB, 6 HR, 55 RBI, 18 SB, .396/.478/.529/1.007
Dayton (A): 57 G, 236 AB, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 7 SB, .280/.351/.453/.804

 

Mariekson (D.D.) Gregorius, SS:

Has the arm and range to stick at SS.  (DD at SS?)  Good plate discipline at a young age, makes excellent contact (13% K rate).  Has very little power, even for a SS, but that could develop as he gets older. Currently only listed at 6’-1", 152 lbs, so frame has room to fill out a bit.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank:
 NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: NR
Age: 20
Draft/Acquisition Details: Signed in 2008 out of the Netherlands
Highest Level Played: A+ (Sarasota)

2009 Statistics: 

Billings (Rookie): 50 G, 204 AB, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 8 SB, .314/.363/.387/.750
Sarasota (A+): 22 G, 71 AB, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB, .254/.274/.310/.584

 

Miguel Rojas, SS:

Rated by Baseball America as the best infield defender in the organization.  Plays a plus-plus SS with good range, soft hands, and a strong arm.  All of his value comes defensively, though, as his only real offensive weapon is the ability to make contact. Hits mostly groundballs and has very little power.  Small frame that could grow, but right now projects as a defensive specialist, unless he can develop more plate patience and/or power.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank:
 NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: NR
Age: 21
Draft/Acquisition Details: Signed in 2008 out of Venezuela
Highest Level Played: A (Dayton)

2009 Statistics: 

Dayton (A): 130 G, 469 AB, 3 HR, 49 RBI, 14 SB, .273/.326/.339/.665


Sam LeCure, RHSP:

Formerly of the University of Texas, exhibits good command with a high pitching IQ.  Throws a fastball in the low 90s that gets up to 93, and a changeup and slider.  Nothing spectacular, but can locate all three pitches and is very consistent overall.  K and BB rates are decent, and the walk rate is improved from last year.  Gave up lots of dingers last year, but with his pitching acumen, could be a back of the rotation starter in the big leagues.  May be a candidate for the bullpen, as he has some trouble with lefties.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: NR
Age: 26
Draft/Acquisition Details: 4th round (122nd pick), Reds, 2005
Highest Level Played: AAA (Louisville)

2009 Statistics:

Louisville (AAA): 25 GS, 10-8, 4.46 ERA, 142.1 IP, 125 K, 44 BB, 1.30 WHIP
Cibaenas (DWL): 4 G (2 GS), 0-2, 8.59 ERA, 7.1 IP, 6 K, 5 BB, 2.32 WHIP


Juan Silva, CF:

Last year's 8th round pick was considered the best prospect to come out of the Puerto Rican baseball academy.  Has above average speed and an above average arm, so may be able to stick in CF.  Hit .279/.373/.464 as an 18 year old in the GCL this season.  Has very solid tools all the way around, but still has a ways to go on the developmental curve.  Definitely one to watch going forward.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank:
 NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: 17
Age: 19
Draft/Acquisition Details: 8th round (239th pick), Reds, 2009
Highest Level Played: Rookie (GCL Reds)

2009 Statistics: 

GCL Reds (Rookie): 42 G, 140 AB, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 7 SB, .279/.373/.464/.837

 

Mark Serrano, RHSP:

2nd team All-American and Summit League Player of the Year in 2009.  Put up gaudy numbers in college last year, but faced weak competition at Oral Roberts for most of those starts.  Worth noting that he did face a few good teams in Rice, ASU and Arkansas, and his 13.77K/9 was ranked 2nd in the nation.  Showed some good signs last year, still racking up lots of strikeouts in Dayton and kept K and BB ratios similar.  Will move up the system quickly, but if he can keep up these numbers, he could develop into a solid back-end starter or shut-down reliever.  Needs to watch walk numbers against lefties, but keeps the ball in the ballpark.  Fastball in the upper 80s up to around 94, with an average changeup and curve.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: NR
Age: 24
Draft/Acquisition Details: 6th round (179th pick), Reds, 2009
Highest Level Played: A (Dayton)

2009 Statistics:

Oral Roberts (NCAA): 20 G (9 GS), 9-1, 2.50 ERA, 86.1 IP, 132 K, 25 BB, 1.01 WHIP
Billings (Rookie): 3 G (0 GS), 0-0, 1.42 ERA, 6.1 IP, 8 K, 3 BB, 0.95 WHIP
Dayton (A): 11 G (8 GS), 3-1, 2.20 ERA, 49 IP, 57 K, 12 BB, 1.00 WHIP


Juan Duran, CF:

Major international signing from 2008 had a very, very rough season in the GCL.  Listed at 6'5", 190, but reportedly grew to 6'7" this year.  An excellent athlete who currently has plus speed, he may slow down as he fills out.  Still, projects to have an above average arm, good bat speed, and the potential for plus-plus power.  Very young and raw, needs to develop more baseball-specific skills as he gets used to his frame.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank:
 15
2010 John Sickels Rank: 18
Age: 18
Draft/Acquisition Details: Signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic (2008)
Highest Level Played: Rookie (GCL Reds)

2009 Statistics: 

GCL Reds (Rookie): 44 G, 163 AB, 0 HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, .172/.214/.264/.478

 

Daniel Tuttle, RHSP:

One of the top HS pitchers from last year's draft, hails from Mudcats country (Randleman, NC).  Fastball works around 90-93 but can touch 95-97 with sinking action.  Plus slider, and a sweeping curve and changeup that have potential.  An unorthodox delivery means inconsistent command, but is still a raw talent.  Got a lot of hitters out in his 7 GCL starts after being drafted, but walks need to improve. Known as a high character prospect, seems to work well in high pressure situations.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: NR
Age: 19
Draft/Acquisition Details: 5th round (149th pick), Reds, 2009
Highest Level Played: Rookie (GCL)

2009 Statistics:

GCL Reds (Rookie): 9 G (7 GS), 1-2, 1.67 ERA, 32.1 IP, 30 K, 10 BB, 1.30 WHIP

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