RR Community Prospect Rankings: This kid is a Hellflower

Hellflower-y Havoc!!!

Josh "Hellflower" Fellhauer (hat tip to BK for the nickname) is #24.  I'm glad he finally made the list, because I think he's going to be legit.  He should start the year in Lynchburg at the Reds new A+ affiliate team.  Why am I telling you this?  Because I'm super excited that Reds prospects will be out of the offensive abyss that is Sarasota, Florida.  Hopefully he can have a positive year and move his way up this list.

Ok, kids, this is our last prospect of 2010!  Surely there's someone left that you feel deserves to be on this list, so vote for them.  But more importantly, tell us why we should vote for them too!  

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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


Alexander Smit, LHSP:

The Dutch Dot-Com put up decent numbers again this year in Carolina, earning a spring training invite for this year.  Still has control problems, walking almost 5 hitters every 9 innings, but got hitters out via fly balls and strikeouts.  Unfortunately, that means he doesn't give up many grounders, which may not fly in GABP.  He split hit appearances basically in half from the bullpen and rotation, and there wasn't too much difference between the two roles for him.  His future probably lies in the bullpen since his stuff isn't great, but since he's a lefty, he has big league bullpen potential.  He was a quite highly regarded prospect with the Twins coming out of the Netherlands, but since being picked up by the Reds off of waivers in 2007, has fallen off a bit with injury problems and needs a solid season between AA and AAA to keep his dream alive.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: NR
Age: 24
Draft/Acquisition Details: Signed in 2002 out of the Netherlands (Twins), selected off waivers by Reds in 2007
Highest Level Played: AA (Carolina)

2009 Statistics:

GCL Reds (Rookie): 2 GS, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 K, 0 BB, 0.00 WHIP
Sarasota (A+): 3 G (2 GS), 0-0, 4.26 ERA, 12.2 IP, 12 K, 7 BB, 1.50 WHIP
Carolina (AA): 21 G (10 GS), 4-3, 3.04 ERA, 71 IP, 73 K, 42 BB, 1.35 WHIP



Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette, LHRP:

Lefty bullpen arm out of Canada had another very solid season last year between Sarasota and Carolina.  There are definitely good signs here, with a decent strikeout percentage and an excellent ground-ball percentage (50% on the season).  The downside from his game last year was his walks, which ended up at almost 5 walks per 9 innings last year.  Phil-Alex has decent stuff, and can get his fastball into the mid 90s.  With a little luck, he could sniff the major leagues as early as this year.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank: NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: NR
Age: 23
Draft/Acquisition Details: 7th round (198th pick), Reds, 2004
Highest Level Played: AA (Carolina)

2009 Statistics:

Sarasota (A+): 17 G, 1-1, 2.29 ERA, 19.2 IP, 19 K, 9 BB, 1.50 WHIP
Carolina (AA): 27 G, 1-1, 2.76 ERA, 32.2 IP, 27 K, 20 BB, 1.38 WHIP


Dave Sappelt, OF:

Excellent range in CF, enough so that Baseball America ranked him the organization's best defensive outfielder. (Drew Stubbs was ineligible)  Unfortunately doesn't have a great arm, so a move to a corner may eventually be necessary.  Has good plate approach, good contact skills, and good on-base skills but little power.  Did flash some power in college but has yet to show it two pro seasons.  Has very good speed and is an aggressive baserunner, but currently gets caught stealing too much. (68% success rate so far as a pro)  If he can stick in CF he might hit enough to play everyday, but a more likely ceiling is as a 4th-5th outfielder.

Baseball America rank: NR
2009 RR CPR rank:
 NR
2010 John Sickels Rank: NR
Age: 23
Draft/Acquisition Details: 9th round (268th pick), Reds, 2008
Highest Level Played: A+ (Sarasota)

2009 Statistics: 

Dayton (A): 74 G, 301 AB, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 26 SB, .269/.322/.392/.714
Sarasota (A+): 62 G, 251 AB, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 21 SB, .295/.333/.406/.739
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