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Top 10 Prospects (2017): Cincinnati Reds: An Unimpressive System, Despite The Rebuild

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For a team that is clearly rebuilding, the Reds’ system is not as impressive as you would hope. While there are some intriguing prospects near the top of the system, their trades of Aroldis Chapman and Todd Frazier (among others) have not stocked their minor league rosters with high-level prospects.  Who do they have that should intrigue us?  Who could soon make an impact?  Let’s take a look:


1) Nick Senzel – Third Baseman
Grade – A-
ETA – 2018

He may have been the second overall selection, but currently Senzel is the best prospect of the class.  Seeing a lot of time at Single-A (210 AB) he hit .329 with 7 HR and 15 SB, showing even more power potential by adding 23 doubles and 3 triples (.567 SLG).  The stolen base total is deceiving, as he’s not likely going to be a big-time contributor (though he should be able to chip in 10+ per season), and he also saw his numbers buoyed by a bit of luck (.392 BABIP).  Those two things should not take away from the performance, especially as he showed a strong command of the strike zone: Read more

Is Rhys Hoskins The Phillies Future At First Base?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Phillies are clearly a team in transition and while Tommy Joseph is currently getting an opportunity at first base in the Majors it’s possible that he’s not really the answer. Down at Double-A they have a 23-year old slugger, Rhys Hoskins, who is slugging and grabbing attention (through Saturday):

335 AB, .287, 25 HR, 83 RBI, 64 R, 2 SB

Obviously the big tool is his power, which he showed promise with last season (36 doubles, 6 triples, 17 HR) across two levels of Single-A. This year, however, he’s fully seems to have tapped into it. According to in regards to his power:

“A leg kick that he added to his right-handed swing helped him reach that power more consistently, and he continued to be a run-producer during his stint in the Australian Baseball League over the winter. His feel to hit should allow him to continue to produce as he reaches the upper levels.” Read more

Top 10 Second Base Prospects (Preseason 2016 Edition)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While second base doesn’t necessarily have the “gaudy” prospects as other spots, there is one truly elite name sitting atop the rankings and a few other intriguing ones behind him.  Who has the highest upside?  Who could emerge as stars?  Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:

1) Yoan Moncada – Boston Red Sox
#1 ranked prospect for Red Sox
Grade – A

One of the most hyped imports ever, it took Moncada a bit of time to adjust to the minor leagues. Once he did, though, he took it by storm. The 20-year old spent the season at Single-A (306 AB) hitting .278 with 8 HR, 38 RBI, 61 R and 49 SB. The switch hitter had 45 SB in his final 56 games and should also add power as he gets older and matures (as it is he had 19 doubles and 3 triples). A few other impressive tidbits: Read more

2016 NFL Draft Prospects: Are Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon & Jeff Driskel Viable NFL Prospects?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

On Saturday night Louisiana Tech defeated Arkansas State 47-28 in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. It was a game that was likely overlooked by most, but featured a pair of potential NFL Draft prospects (both of which played for Louisiana Tech). How high is the upside? Let’s take a look:

RB Kenneth Dixon
He had a monster game, showing off both his running and pass catching skills:

  • Rushing – 21 carries for 102 yards and 2 TD
  • Receiving – 6 receptions for 113 yards and 2 TD

He finishes his college career with 87 TD, leaving him as the FBS career leader with 87 TD (a title he could give up before long, as Navy’s Keenan Reynolds has one game remaining and could retake the lead). He’s posted 30+ receptions in back-to-back seasons while averaging 5.1 yards per carry or better in all four of his college seasons. Read more