David Vidal is the 15th ranked prospect on the list. Some say this is probably a little later than most expected, but for me it's right on the money. There are still a lot of questions surrounding him, but as long as he can shore up his plate discipline, I think there's a solid major leaguer there. Maybe working with Rolen a bit will help out that process? I also think he's poised for a huge breakout year with the bat in the Bako bandbox and will be ending the year in Pensacola if all goes well.
Same choices as yesterday.
Tucker Barnhart, C, 21, BA-UR, Sickels-#18
(Dayton) .273/.344/.387/.731, 3 HR, 43 RBI
Pros: Disciplined hitter (only 59 K in 326 AB), and was voted the best defensive catcher in the minors last year. Switch hitter.
Cons: Not a power threat, still questions as to if he'll hit in higher levels.
Tim Crabbe, RHP, 24, BA-UR, Sickels-#14
(Dayton) 3.65 ERA, 24.2 IP, 25 K, 7 BB, 1.17 WHIP
(Bakersfield) 3.41 ERA, 111.0 IP, 123 K, 46 BB, 1.29 WHIP
Pros: Two above average pitches, profiles as a solid reliever. Put up good numbers in the Cally League, which is a pitcher's nightmare.
Cons: Needs a 3rd pitch if he wants to be a starter. Kind of old for his level, so needs to go to AA and pitch well.
Juan Duran, OF, 20, BA-UR, Sickels-#16
(Dayton) .264/.329/.463/.792, 16 HR, 71 RBI
Pros: Has tools like an Ed Hardy catalog. Finally started showing power potential this year, on his lanky 6'7" frame.
Cons: Struck out a lot last year. Plate discipline needs to improve drastically in higher levels.
Amir Garrett, RHP, 19, BA-UR, Sickels-UR
No pro stats yet
Pros: Throws 96. Athletic doesn't even begin to describe him. Chapman-esque delivery.
Cons: Is a basketball player. Very, very raw talent. Needs secondary pitches.
Donald Lutz, 1B, 23, BA-UR, Sickels-UR
(Dayton) .301/.358/.492/.850, 20 HR, 75 RBI
Pros: Lots of power, and had a breakout season this year where he started hitting for average too. German fella.
Cons: Strikeouts a major issue, and doesn't walk enough. A little old for his level after 3 years of rookie ball.
Gabriel Rosa, 3B, 18, BA-UR, Sickels-#17
(AZL Reds) .245/.314/.406/.719, 2 HR, 10 RBI
Pros: Good speed on the basepaths, and scouts love his plate approach.
Cons: Rookie debut wasn't spectacular, still a very raw talent.
Josh Smith, RHP, 24, BA-UR, Sickels-UR
(Dayton) 2.97 ERA, 142.1 IP, 166 K, 33 BB, 1.09 WHIP
Pros: Struck out a lot of hitters last year, was the ace for a playoff team.
Cons: According to most scouting reports, doesn't really project as anything other than a back-of-the-rotation starter at best. Low 90s fastball, and his out pitch is a breaking ball that could get exploited by better hitters at higher levels.
Who is the Reds #16 prospect for 2012?
Tucker Barnhart (42 votes)
Tim Crabbe (4 votes)
Juan Duran (58 votes)
Amir Garrett (13 votes)
Donald Lutz (18 votes)
Gabriel Rosa (13 votes)
Josh Smith (22 votes)
170 total votes