Baseball America doesn't think highly of the Arizona Rookie League Reds, ranking just one of the team's prospects -- third baseman and 2011 second round pick Gabriel Rosa - in the circuit's top 20 players from 2011.
BA ranked Rosa, Cincinnati's second round draft choice out of a Puerto Rican high school, 15th after the youngster put up a line of 2-10-.245/.314/.406. Rosa struggled until mid-August, boosting his average from .156 down the stretch. BA writer Bill Mitchell wrote that Rosa has a quick bat and strength, but needs to stop trying to pull the ball so much. Mitchell also pointed out Rosa's strong arm, considerable power potential and center field speed, along with a need to improve his footwork.
In 106 at bats, Rosa had 26 hits, five doubles, three triples and 28 strike outs. He walked five times and stole four bases. Mitchell wrote that Rosa has the tools to be a solid player at the hot corner. No other Reds were mentioned even in the chat that Mitchell did.
Cleveland led the way with five prospects in the top 20 during what Mitchell considered a down year for the AZL. San Diego had three top 20 prospects, including No. 1 Yoan Alcantara, an outfielder who draws Vladimir Guerrero comparisons. Seattle, San Francisco, the Cubs, Kansas City and Texas placed two prospects apiece in the top 20. The Reds and Dodgers received one. Anaheim, Oakland and Milwaukee were shut out.