After taking home the top spot in last year's poll, Bob Steve falls to number two. Everything about Stephenson's season was right around the same as his excellent 2013 season with the exception of his walk rate which jumped from 2.8 to 4.3 BB/9. If he can regain his command, we will likely see Stephenson in AAA with an outside shot to get a September call-up.
A former first round pick is added to the list today.
Michael Lorenzen, SP, 23
Anthony DeSclafani, SP, 24
Raisel Iglesias, SP/RP, 24
Yorman Rodriguez, OF, 22
Phillip Ervin, OF, 22
Nick Travieso, SP, 20
Highest 2014 Level: A (Dayton)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 3.03 ERA in 142 innings
Most Worrisome Fact: 3.93 FIP
Alias(es): Naughty Nick, Krampus
Nick Travieso was a bit of a surprise pick when the Reds selected him 14th overall in the 2012 draft. His first full season in 2013 where he threw 81 innings of 4.63 ERA ball had people questioning the selection. 2014 saw Travieso break out in a big way in his second year in Dayton. He increased his innings to 142, dropped his ERA to 3.03, lowered his walk rate and increased his K rate. He finished off the season strong, posting a 1.22 ERA in his final 9 starts, holding the opposition to a.164/.280/.232 line. Travieso should start the 2015 season in Daytona.