The Cincinnati Reds traded away a lot of prospects in the off-season to make a run at making it to the world series in 2012. There isn’t a lot of top pitching talent in this organization, however names like Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino are very promising pitching prospects. Let’s get right to the report and see how Reds pitchers are doing up and down the system.
J.J. Hoover RHP Louisville Bats – Age 24 – The days of being a starter ended for the Hoover last season. Converted to a very effective reliever, Hoover was 0-0 with a 2.00 ERA and had a 17/6 K/BB ratio over 9 innings before making his major league debut on April 23rd of this season. He’s been every bit as effective in the majors. He’s 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA and has a 11/5 K/BB ratio over 12 innings with the Reds. It doesn’t seem like he will return to the minors and looks like a strong arm out of the Reds bullpen.
Andrew Brackman RHP Louisville Bats – Age 26 – The Yankees 2007 1st round pick was cut before the season after an ineffective 2011 season. The Reds picked him up and sent him to AAA where his struggles continue. He’s 1-3 with a 9.87 ERA and has a 13/16 K/BB ratio over 17.1 innings out of the bullpen. It really looks like the end is near for Brackman.
Daniel Corcino RHP Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Age 21 – Corcino arrived with authority in 2011, going 11-7 with a 3.42 ERA and a 156/34 K/BB ratio over 139.1 innings in the Midwest League. He’s 2-2 with a 3.50 ERA and a 53/23 K/BB ratio over 54 innings in 2012. He’s handling AA very well and you can be sure that he will move up our Baseball Instinct 360 rankings in the upcoming update.
J.C. Sulbaran RHP Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Age 22 – The knock on Sulbaran is that he gives up the big hits. He’s given up 40 HRs in his minor career and despite pitching rather effectively with no one in scoring position, when opponents get into scoring position he seems afraid to work the plate and leaves pitches fat in the zone. He’s 3-3 with a 4.41 ERA and a 53/25 K/BB ratio over 49 innings on the season. He has decent stuff and if he can gain some confidence to get out of a jam, he could find a job in the back-end of a rotation.
Tim Crabbe RHP Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Age 24 – The 2009 14th round pick pitched strong in the hitter friendly Cal League in 2011. Despite a lack of a 3rd pitch he’s 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA and a 46/29 K/BB ratio over 46 innings. He has a 94 mph fastball and a pretty good slider. If he can develop an off speed pitch, he could remain a starter. Otherwise, he could turn into a decent arm out of the Reds pen rather quickly.
Donnie Joseph LHP Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Age 24 – After a pretty disappointing 2011 season in the Southern League, The 2009 3rd round pick returns with an excellent 2012 to date. He’s 4-1 with a 0.69 ERA, 11 saves and a killer 38/5 K/BB ratio over 26 innings. We’re not sure if he’s a major league closer in the making, but if he keeps rolling he’s going to be in the Reds bullpen this summer.
Kyle Lotzkar RHP Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Age 22 – Since discussing Lotzkar in our Cal League report he’s been promoted to the AA Southern League after going 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA and a 27/10 K/BB ratio over 26 innings. He’s 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA and has a shaky 20/18 K/BB ratio over 19.2 innings with Pensacola. Still, he’s progressing nicely and could reach the majors in 2013.
Tony Cingrani LHP Bakersfield Blaze – Age 22 – Cingrani continues to dominate. He’s 4-1 with a 1.05 ERA and has a 69/12 K/BB ratio over 51.1 innings. For a strikeout pitcher his BABIP of .285 is pretty low. Once that stabilizes a bit and we get to see Cingrani tested with some adversity, the Reds will likely move him up to Double-A. He’s going to move up our Baseball Instinct 360 rankings in a big way at the next update. He’s a definitely a guy to keep an eye on.
Daniel Renken RHP Bakersfield Blaze – Age 22 – The 2010 25th round pick had a good 2011 season posting an 8-8 with a 3.52 ERA and a 165/52 K/BB ratio over 143.1 innings between the Midwest League and the Cal League. Renken is a tall junk ball pitcher, who has a great change up and a 90 mph fastball. He’s 3-2 with a 4.68 ERA and a 54/21 K/BB ratio over 50 innings. Despite the lack of stuff, his pitching ability should help him last as a starter for a while.
Chad Rogers RHP Bakersfield Blaze – Age 22 – Rogers isn’t going to dominate hitters like Cingrani, but he does a nice job spotting his pitches. He’s 2-2 with a 1.69 ERA and a 37/12 K/BB ratio. Let’s see how things look for Rogers once his BABIP of .245 goes up.
Justice French RHP Bakersfield Blaze – Age 22 – The 2011 25th round pick was 3-2 with a 3.21 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio over 32.2 innings in the Midwest League this season before being promoted to the Cal League. He’s 0-0 with a 2.14 ERA and has a 14/6 K/BB ratio over 21 innings since joining the Blaze.
Radhames Quezada RHP Dayton Dragons – Age 21 – After spending three seasons in the Dominican Summer League, Quezada made a fairly impressive debut in the Pioneer League in 2011. His 2012 season in the Midwest League hasn’t gone nearly as well. He’s 1-6 with a 4.56 ERA and a 33/27 K/BB ratio over 47.1 innings. He simply is allowing too many base runners right now to be effective.
Daniel Tuttle RHP Dayton Dragons – Age – 21 – In his second go with the Dragons, the 2009 5th round pick is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and has a 12/7 K/BB ratio. He’s trying to get his career back on track after receiving a 50 game suspension in 2011 for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s been on the minor league DL since May 12th.
Jacob Johnson RHP Dayton Dragons – Age 21 – Johnson spent extra time in the Reds extended spring training. He joined the Dragons on May 17th and is 0-0 with a 0.90 ERA and a 4/3 K/BB ratio over 10 innings. The 2009 11th round pick doesn’t have any above average pitches and will have to spot his pitches if he is to continue in a starting role.
That’s our report on the Cincinnati Reds organization’s pitching crop. We will be back soon with a report on the Reds hitters as well as our coverage leading up the major league 2012 first-year player draft.
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