Other Prospects

You can never have too much pitching and nine of the top 30 Reds prospects list at this site have projections for a MLB rotation. No one has all of their prospects turn into successful major leaguers, but organization depth improves their chances that they will get a sufficient amount to fulfill their needs. Here is a list of pitchers that are candidates to enter future top prospect lists.

This site just completed a top 30 countdown of prospects in the Cincinnati system. Of course 30 is just a round number and does not really indicate organizational depth. As with any other franchise there are candidates to crash lists in the near future already in the system. Below is a synopsis of other starting pitchers that will work to improve their status in 2013:

In top 30: Tony Cingrani, Daniel Corcino, Robert Stephenson, Nick Travieso, Ismael Guillon, Andrew Cisco, Chad Rogers, Amir Garrett, Sal Romano.

Dan Langfield was a third round selection in last year's draft out of the University of Memphis. The right-hander has run his fastball up as high as 97 m.p.h. and he mixes it with a hard breaking ball. He's also working on a changeup and will likely benefit with instruction from specialist Mario Soto eventually. He worked out of the Billings bullpen to start last season before they moved him into the rotation for his last five appearances and he finished with a 2.68 ERA over 37 innings. He's got the makeup of a starter, but since he is 22 years old the Reds may consider moving his power stuff into the bullpen to fast-track him up the system.

Tim Crabbe has a mid-90's fastball and a polished slider and was a candidate for a list-crasher last season. The right-hander had a fair start at Pensacola last season and then got knocked around before a mid-season demotion to Bakersfield. He finished with a solid 3.24 ERA in ten high-A starts and continued pitching in the Arizona Fall League. Now at the age of 25 he should be able to write a different story in the Southern League in 2013.

Pedro Villarreal has lasted in the Cincinnati organization since they picked him in the seventh round in 2008 and last season made his MLB debut. The 25 year-old right-hander kept a sub-four ERA at Louisville last season before he got hit hard in his last couple of starts to inflate it. He figures to begin 2013 at the back end of the Bats rotation.

24 year-old southpaw Tanner Robles made it to Bakersfield in the second half of last season and had a 2.50 ERA over seven starts, two runs lower than what he'd done at Dayton prior to the promotion. His fastball hits the radar around 90 and he mixes it with off-speed pitches in the high 70's. He finished 2013 on an uptick and should be primed to start out strong in a return to the California League.

Radhames Quezada has worked his way up from the Dominican Leagues since signing as a free agent when he was a teenager. He put up a solid 3.35 ERA at Dayton last season and will be ready for high-A at the age of 22. He brings a low-90's fastball and allowed two runs or less in his final eight low-A starts.

Right-hander Jon Moscot was drafted in the fourth round last year out of Pepperdine and kept a sub-three ERA over ten starts at Billings. The 21 year-old is now ready for a full professional season, starting at Dayton.

Franderlin Romero has dominated in the Venezuelan and Dominican Leagues over the last three years including a 1.67 ERA/0.897 WHIP in 14 starts last season. The 6'2" right-hander is now 22 and ready for a trip stateside.

Josh Smith kept a sub-four ERA in his first full professional season which is more impressive when considering he did it in the California League. The right-hander out of Lipscomb University was late leaving college after going through Tommy John surgery and the Reds got him with a 21st round selection. He's a control pitcher with a 3.67 K/BB ratio while striking out more than one per inning. Now at the age of 25 he's ready to join his Bakersfield teammates at Pensacola.

One particularly interesting prospect is Venezuelan Jonathan Perez who the Reds signed with a $825,000 bonus in 2011 when he was sixteen years old. The 6'4" right-hander's fastball already touches the low 90's and he should be ready for his professional debut in 2013.

Perhaps his year's version of Perez is Jacob Constante who the Reds inked out of the Dominican Republic for $730,000. At the age of 19 the 6'3" southpaw can run his fastball up to the low-90's and had a surprisingly polished slider. It's a little puzzling how a Dominican receiving that kind of bonus waited until the age of nineteen and it looks like the Reds may have found one that slipped through the cracks.

Another candidate to move stateside is Jose Rosario who has a 3.15 ERA over three seasons in the Dominican League. The 22 year-old is 6'4" and throws from the left side of his body and that alone will gain him some extra attention.

The Reds picked up high-schooler Mason Felt in the fifth round of last year's draft, but unfortunately his professional debut is in question due to serious injuries from a tragic automobile accident this offseason when he lost his father who played in the Dodgers organization.

Stalin Gerson kept a sub-four ernie at Dayton before getting knocked around in four appearances at Bakersfield after a promotion. The slender 6'4" right-hander is another veteran of the Domincan Leagues where he started pitching in 2008. Now 24 years old, he is ready to return to the Blaze for the start of the 2013 season.

The Reds probably expected something better from Daniel Renken than six ERA in high-A last year after coming off an impressive 2011 campaign at Dayton. The 6'3" right-hander out of Cal St. Fullerton is now 23 and will look to bet back on track this season.

Right-hander Pedro Damien kept a 3.27 ERA in the Dominican League and the right-hander will probably return there to work on control. He's completed his second professional season and at the age of twenty there's still time for him to make a case for advancement in the future.

Justice French started off well at Dayton and got an early promotion to Bakersfield where he split time between the bullpen and the rotation. The 23 year-old right-hander was a late-round selection in 2011 after going through surgery to remove malignant melanoma from his head. He's a ground ball pitcher with good control and has kept a sub-four ERA and 3/1 K/BB ratio at the lower levels.

The above list is extensive, but not exhaustive when considering the number of prospects contained in a major league development system. Obviously not all of them will turn out, but some could end up with noticeable careers at the major league level. In the meantime these young men will continue chasing their dreams and it will be interesting to see which ones turn out to be climbers in the upcoming season.

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