Two position players in a row! Alex "The Great" Blandino takes home the #12 spot in our rankings. Let's hope Weird Al can stick in the middle infield. A diminutive catcher is added to the list today.
Jonathon Crawford, 23, SP
Daniel Corcino, 24, SP
Jon Moscot, 23, SP
Kyle Waldrop, 23, OF
Seth Mejias-Brean, 23, 3B/INF
Tucker Barnhart, 24, C
Highest 2014 Level: AAA (Louisville)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: .341 career MiLB OBP
Most Worrisome Fact: SLG (.316) lower than his OBP (.319) in AAA
Alias(es): Friar Tucker, Tucker? I hardly knew her!, Marshall, Drive By Tucker
Tucker Barnhart got his first taste of Major League ball this season, filling in twice for an injured Devin Mesoraco and getting a couple starts in September after rosters expanded. Two things seemed clear in the limited sample size Tucker spent with the Reds: his defense is major league ready, but the bat is not. Barnhart had his worst season at the plate in 2014, slashing .246/.319/.316 (all career lows) in Louisville. Prospects struggling in their first taste of AAA is nothing new, and nothing to worry about yet. Barnhart doesn't have a ton of distance between his floor and his ceiling, which is why he'll never be a sexy prospect, but a slick fielding catcher that can get on base is a valuable thing. Let's hope he can figure out how to get back on base his second go-'round in AAA.