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In September of 2013, Billy Hamilton made his MLB debut. As a pinch runner. It’s wonderful to see Billy Hamilton be a pinch runner. A few days before his 20th birthday, Tim Raines made his MLB debut as a pinch runner, and all six games in his September callup was as a pinch runner. He […]
Via Fangraphs
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Keith Law ranks the Reds as the 17th best farm system

Earlier today ESPN writer Keith Law released his farm system rankings. He didn’t look favorably on the Cincinnati Reds system, ranking them 17th in all of baseball, which was behind the Cubs (1st), Pirates (7th) and Cardinals (13th) within the division. They ranked only ahead of the Brewers within the division (they were 28th). I’ve not always agreed with Keith Law on prospects...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Neftali Soto helps team to Puerto Rican Winter League Championship

Tuesday night saw the Puerto Rican Winter League come to an end with Cangrejeros de Santurce taking home the title and advancing to the Caribbean Series with a 5-3 win in a dramatic Game 6. Mayaguez jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Santurce got a run back in the fifth inning, but trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. That’s when the...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Felix Perez has a big night in the Venezuelan Winter League Playoffs

Felix Perez has crushed the ball all winter long while playing in Venezuela. He hit .360 in the regular season for Caribes de Anzoategui. He’s carried that forward in the playoffs where he’s hit .342 and smacked six homers in 19 games. On Tuesday night the outfielder, who spent the regular season in Triple-A Louisville for the Reds, had another big night. With his team leading...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco Agree To Four-Year Extension

The Cincinnati Reds have reached an agreement with 26-year-old catcher Devin Mesoraco on a four-year, $28-million contract extension. The deal was first reported by Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Source: Reds nearing a multiyear extension with catcher Devin Mesoraco. — timdierkes (@timdierkes) January 26, 2015 Mesoraco gets a four-year, $28MM deal from Reds. No options. Can...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Revisiting How Devin Mesoraco Got Good

The Reds have officially given four years and at least $28 million to Devin Mesoraco. The contract buys out what would’ve been Mesoraco’s first year of free agency, and this is a contract that would’ve looked a little weird to an observer a year ago. Through 2013, in the majors, Mesoraco owned a 70 wRC+, […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds, Mesoraco reach 4-year deal

CINCINNATI -- The Reds entrusted their everyday catching duties to Devin Mesoraco last year. It worked out so well the two have decided to keep the relationship going another four seasons. The Reds and Mesoraco, 26, reached agreement on a four-year contract worth $28 million on Monday that keeps Mesoraco behind the Cincinnati plate through the 2018 season. The deal covers Mesoraco...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds sign Devin Mesoraco to four-year extension

Devin Mesoraco. Photo Credit: Getty Images. The Cincinnati Reds have signed All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco to a four-year contract extension, avoiding arbitration. This was Mesoraco’s first year of arbitration eligibility. He filed for $3.6 million for 2015 and the Reds countered his offer with $2.45 million. Mesoraco made just $525,000 in 2014 and was projected to make $2.8...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 6

For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a requirement on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more.  That’s usually not a problem for major-breaking trades or free agent signing news.  But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis.  Nevertheless...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Price optimistic Reds lineup improved

CINCINNATI -- Bryan Price is a pretty honest guy. If the Reds manager doesn't want to give you a direct answer to a question, he'll tell you so. Such was the case Sunday as the Reds closed out their annual caravan with a Select-a-Seat event at Great American Ball Park. Fans came to GABP to buy season tickets and get a chance to have a Q&A session with players, coaches and team...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pete Rose To Be In Attendance at All-Star Game in Cincinnati

According to Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini, Pete Rose will be showing his face this summer at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Despite being considered one of the greatest players of all-time, Rose is not in the Hall of Fame. He was banned from the game in 1989 for betting on baseball and has yet to be reinstated. There was some hope that Commissioner Bud Selig would reinstate...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds owner makes intriguing comment regarding Pete Rose and 2015 All-Star game

Despite a lifetime “ban” from baseball, it appears Major League Baseball’s all time hits king will be on the field for one of the league’s showcase games in 2015.  The All-Star game this year will be held in Cincinnati, and according to Reds majority owner Bob Castellini, their home town hero will be a part of the festivities (via Mark Sheldon on twitter, Reds beat writer...
Via Reading Between The Seams
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds' Billy Hamilton getting stronger for encore season

CINCINNATI (AP) Billy Hamilton set a Reds rookie record by stealing 56 bases last season, tied for second-most overall in the major leagues. He also wore down as the months wore on, with his hitting and stealing showing a big drop-off. So the 6-foot, 160-pound outfielder is on a weight-lifting regimen this offseason, trying to make his body ready for the extra wear-and-tear of a...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds' Hamilton ready for jump start on Year 2

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton is ready for 2015 to get started. The Reds center fielder isn't due to report to the team's Goodyear, Ariz., complex for spring training until Feb. 24 but he's headed out west next week to get a jump start on things. Jump starts and Hamilton are synonymous. What Hamilton and the Reds are really looking for this upcoming season is not just that fast start...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Decision Looms For Cincinnati Reds And Johnny Cueto

A year after finishing 76-86 and fourth place in the National League Central, the Cincinnati Reds enter 2015 with some uncertainty surrounding the future of their franchise. Thus far in the offseason the Reds have been rather quiet and have not pulled off any big name acquisitions either in free agency or via trades. Rather it appears that the club will rely on a mending Joey Votto...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds agree to minor league deal with righty Jason Marquis

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds and right-hander Jason Marquis have reached agreement on a minor league contract that includes an invite to spring training. The 36-year-old Marquis had elbow-reconstruction surgery in July 2013. He pitched briefly for the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate last year, going 3-1 with a 4.63 ERA in eight starts before being released. Marquis...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What Happens When Billy Hamilton is on Third Base?

When I first dreamt this post up, I figured the title would somehow include the phrase, “Billy Hamilton Effect.” That was before I discovered Eno already wrote a post called “Todd Frazier and the Billy Hamilton Effect” back in July. Point is, there are a lot of unusual ways in which Billy Hamilton affects the […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cincinnati Reds’ Nasty Boys will be featured on MLB Network Presents

MLB Network Presents is the network’s newest original feature series, spotlighting a variety of stories throughout the game of baseball. The second edition of MLB Network Presents will air Tuesday, January 20th at 9 PM, and will feature the 1990 Cincinnati Reds and their famous Nasty Boys bullpen trio. Plenty of interviews from people close to the 1990 Reds will be aired, including...
Via Awful Announcing
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #130: Homer Bailey | SP | CIN

Because I find charts and images to be more digestible, below I present to you a pair of charts that show the tumultuous 2014 season Homer Bailey endured: Chart 1: ERA and xFIP by Month Bailey’s xFIP remained stable but his ERA consistently improved Chart 2: K% and BB% by Month Bailey’s K% alternated between good and bad months On the first chart we see Bailey started...
Via Baseball Professor
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Cincinnati Reds Should Trade Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds is one of the most dominant closers in baseball, yet trade rumors continue to circulate around him. (Mandatory Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Aroldis Chapman creates fear every time he steps on the mound. As a left-handed closer standing at 6-4 and commonly featuring 100 mph heaters, it’s fair to suggest most at-bats against him are, in...
Via The Sports Journal
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds are going nowhere fast

What’s going nowhere fast and red all over? The Cincinnati Reds, of course! After a 76-win season, the Reds have seemingly adopted the bold strategy of maintaining the status quo. Their offseason thus far has consisted of just three moves of any note: trading away Mat Latos, trading away Aldredo Simon and trading for Marlon Byrd. That’s two moves with an eye on rebuilding...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds acquire Marlon Byrd, for some reason

Fresh off of selling off two-fifths of their rotation and making no other offseason moves of note, the Cincinnati Reds have chosen to trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Phillies. Sources: #Phillies and #Reds have a deal involving Marlon Byrd. RHP Ben Lively one of players headed to PHI. Announcement coming today. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 31, 2014 ...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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