Two weeks ago I was able to finally open up and look at the 2015 Reds Prospect Guide (Now available to purchase) after receiving the printed version from the publisher that I use. Inside are 105 scouting reports on the players that I have deemed as the Top 105 prospects in the system. If you’ve never checked it out before then today is a good day to get a sneak peak as I am sharing the full report on Cincinnati Reds top position prospect Jesse Winker.
Jesse Winker may have been the best pure hitter in the Reds organization from the day that he was drafted. His ability to use the entire field along with his pitch recognition skills make him a very strong hitter for average now and project quite well for the future as well. Winker is a career .297 hitter in three minor league seasons and it likely would have been higher had he not tried to play through a wrist injury following a car accident that eventually led to him missing the final seven weeks of the season. His plate discipline stands out as he walks nearly as often as he strikes out, but he’s also an aggressive swinger if he gets a pitch that he likes. The left handed hitter also shows above-average power potential and can hit the ball over the fence from foul line to foul line. His bat is his calling card and it’s a pretty good one. Defensively he has been able to make improvements in left field, improving his routes and his reads. With teams shifting towards defense, with plenty of former center fielders moving to left, Winker won’t stand out defensively, but he isn’t going to hurt a team in the corner. His arm plays in left field and while not very strong, may even work in right field if needed. While his overall profile is limited because of his defensive abilities he projects to be a very strong hitter who should hit for a good average, get on base often and hit for plenty of power.
If you enjoyed this kind of thing, then maybe you would enjoy the 2015 Prospect Guide. If not, well, I hope you at least enjoyed the freebie report. Spring training is closing in on us quickly, but it still can’t get here soon enough.