Baseball America releases top 10 prospects lists

Wednesday, Baseball America released its Top 10 Prospects lists for every organization and likely-Bat center fielder Billy Hamilton tops the Reds list. BA also projects Hamilton to be the Reds’ starting center fielder in 2016. Eight former Louisville Bats are also listed as 2016 projected starters: Devin Mesoraco, Joey Votto, Zack Cozart and Jay Bruce in the field; Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and Homer Bailey on the hill. There will also likely be a few more future stars rolling through the Derby City in 2013.

Expect to see a lot of this at Louisville Slugger Field this summer. Billy Hamilton set the professional baseball record with 155 stolen bases last year, splitting time in High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola.

After Hamilton, the rest of the Reds’ Top 10 Prospects list shakes down like this:

2. Robert Stephenson, RHP
3. Tony Cingrani, LHP
4. Daniel Corcino, RHP
5. Nick Travieso, RHP
6. Jesse Winker, OF
7. J.J. Hoover, RHP
8. Ismael Guillon, LHP
9. Jonathan Reynoso, OF
10. Dan Langfield, RHP

The chances are good that Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino could see time in Louisville in 2013. Cingrani went 5-3 in 15 starts in Double-A before his September call-up. With the Reds, he allowed just one run in five innings of work over three games. Corcino was 8-8 in 26 starts with Pensacola with a 3.01 ERA while striking out 7.9 hitters per nine innings.

J.J. Hoover proved to be MLB-ready in his 30.2 IP with the Reds last year after coming over from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Juan Francisco just before the season started. He averaged better than a strikeout an inning and finished with a 2.05 ERA. Although he is technically still a “prospect,” don’t be surprised if he starts the season on the Big League roster.

J.J. Hoover showcased his abilities in limited innings with the Reds in 2012.

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Goodyear, Ariz. on February 11. We are just outside one month from the start of baseball season.

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