Not quite enough hell was raised by the Raisel Iglesias contingent, as Michael Lorenzen slides into the #3 spot in this year's rankings with 42% of the vote, to Iglesias' 39%, a margin of just six votes. There's no denying Lorenzen's excellent 2014, in which he made mincemeat of the Southern League, posting a 3.13 ERA despite striking out just over 6 per 9 over 120 innings. That was along with low but not crazy low BABIP of .285. I feel pretty confident we'll see him in a wishbone-C at some point this season. Potentially before September if he continues to pitch well.
Alriiiiiight, one new name today that may cause some dissension in the ranks. Oh, and I filled in a few nicknames from last season as well.
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.
Aristides Aquino, OF, 20
Highest 2014 Level: Rookie (Billings)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: .285 ISO in 307 AB
Most Worrisome Fact: 4.9% walk-rate
Alias(es): Aristides a Little Bit Taller, Aristides a Baller; Skee-Lo; Heiress Titties
I'm a fan. Guys like this might be my favorite type of prospect to follow. Tantalizingly gifted, raw, flashes of brilliance, lots of refining needed. This 6'4/190 Dominican power-speed threat put together a really nice 2014 season in Billings: .292/.347/.577 with 16 HR and 21 SB in a mere 71 games, facing mostly college pitchers. Fangraphs' Kiley McDaniel hears from a Reds exec that Aquino is the "most advanced Latin hitter the organization has had in a long time." There are potential contact issues, evidenced by a 21.5% K-rate, and a puny 4.9% walk-rate is far from ideal, although his solid defensive track record suggests he'll likely end up a RF. Scouts are raving about him, and with another big season he could have some serious helium in future top 100ish lists. He'll start in Dayton.