It’s been a while, but it looks like the Reds have three legitimate prospects.
Joey Votto is ranked #3 on Kevin Goldstein’s ranking of first base prospects.
“The Reds worked with him in the offseason on shortening his swing and improving his approach against lefthanders. The results have been phenomenal, as Votto leads the Southern League in batting and home runs (17), while sitting just two behind Jacksonville’s Craig Brazell for the RBI lead. Drafted as a catcher, Votto has good hands at first base but isn’t especially athletic.”
Says Votto could be in line for a look as soon as next season.
Homer Bailey is #1 and Jay Bruce is #7 on Baseball America’s “Hot Sheet.”
This isn’t a rewrite of the top prospect list, but “simply a snapshot of which prospects are currently riding the biggest hot streaks.”
The reports on Bailey over his first three starts–all wins–in the Southern League have been as impressive as his numbers there. In 17 innings, the 20-year-old righthander has yet to allow an earned run, given up seven hits, struck out 22 and walked just four. His fastball has been in the 96-97 mph range, topping out at 98, and his 12-to-6 curveball has been a major asset. The big news concerns his changeup, which has developed into an average to above-average offering this season.
The Boss is back and there are a list of numbers that prove he belongs. Was it is his .520 average last week? His .404 average in June? Maybe it is the fact that he leads the Midwest League in slugging, extra-base hits and slugging? You choose.
Gotta love that nickname for Jay Bruce.Ã‚Â Also, this might be the year I finally make it over to Arizona for the Fall League.Ã‚Â I doubt Homer pitches there, but the hitters might make an appearance.