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2013 Community Prospect Rankings: J.J. Hoover's the #6 Spot

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After weeks of "necessary internal discussion and referendums," J.J. "Edgar" Hoover was ranked the #6 prospect in the Reds' system.

....yeah, that's what I THOUGHT
....yeah, that's what I THOUGHT
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J.J. Hoover sucked up the #6 spot on this year's CPR, beating out Krampus, fondue, Howard the Duck, and John Stamos for the award. Hopefully the 30+ innings of big league relief he tossed last season are indicative of his future, because he was pretty doggone solid. Couple new names today as we start to get into the meat-n-p'tatoes of the rankings. Tools! Upside! Inevitable disappointment! Hooray!

ISMAEL GUILLON, LHP, 20
Highest 2012 Level:
Low-A (Dayton Dragons)
Eye-Poppingest Fact:
2 Potentially plus pitches (change, fastball) and a solid curve
Most Worrisome Fact:
BB% over 10 at all levels (except his 4 games in Dayton)
Aliases:
"Call Me" Ismael; The Guillon-tine; ??
Best Case Scenario:
These are getting much harder.

YORMAN RODRIGUEZ, OF, 19
Highest 2012 Level:
A+ (Bakersfield Blaze)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Those 5 tools...hiding in there somewhere
Most Worrisome Fact: No sign of several tools in game action
Aliases: Our Man; Toolshed; Michaelangelo; Blue Balls
Best Case Scenario: Best case? With that potential? Perennial All Star. Dream big.

DAN LANGFIELD, RHP, 21
Highest 2012 Level:
Rookie League (Billings Mustangs)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Starter's arsenal (4 potential average or better pitches); 33.8 K%
Most Worrisome Fact: TNSTAASPP; Volatility
Aliases: The Blogger; Boomerang
Best Case Scenario: Good mid-rotation starter

NICK TRAVIESO, RHP, 18
Highest 2012 Level: Rookie League (AZL Reds)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Has hit 97-99 on the gun as a teenager
Most Worrisome Fact: TNSTAASPP, very raw pitcher, will take a long time to develop
Aliases: Krampus, Naughty Nick
Best Case Scenario: Solid number two starter.

HENRY RODRIGUEZ, 2B/3B, 22
Highest 2012 Level: MLB
Eye-Poppingest Fact:
.824 OPS before getting hurt in 2012
Most Worrisome Fact: Career high walk rate of 8%; usually hovers between 5 and 6.5%
Aliases: Hank-Rod; H-Rod; Hank the Tank; Sugar Man
Best Case Scenario: Martin Prado with a tick less defense, perhaps?

KYLE LOTZKAR, RHP, 23
Highest 2012 Level:
AA (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Career LOW K/9 of 9.8
Most Worrisome Fact: Injury-prone; walked 13.5% of batters faced in AA
Aliases: Lotzkar of the Hill People; That Other Canadian
Best Case Scenario: Man, this one is tough. Let's dream on health and command and say solid 2/3 starter.