Cincinnati Reds 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 91-71

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: Ramon Hernandez, Ryan Hanigan
  • Infielders: Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Scott Rolen, Paul Janish, Edgar Renteria, Miguel Cairo
  • Outfielders: Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Jonny Gomes, Chris Heisey, Fred Lewis
  • Starters: Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto(Mike Leake,) Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo, Travis Wood
  • Bullpen: Francisco Cordero, Aroldis Chapman, Nick Masset, Bill Bray, Logan Ondrusek, Dontrelle Willis, Jared Burton

Notable Signings

  1. Edgar Renteria: 1 year, $2.1MM
  2. Fred Lewis: 1 year, $900K

Notable Losses

  1. Orlando Cabrera
  2. Aaron Harang
  3. Arthur Rhodes
  4. Jim Edmonds

Top Prospects

  1. Aroldis Chapman: LHP
  2. Devin Mesoraco: C
  3. Billy Hamilton: SS
  4. Yasmani Grandal: C
  5. Yander Alonso: 1B

Key Position Battles

  • Left Field: Jonny Gomes vs. Fred Lewis – The Reds brought in Fred Lewis this offseason to bring a dimension of speed that lacks in their lineup outside of Drew Stubbs. They may end up in a straight platoon but stock on Lewis is down as his OBP has declined every year since his career began. Gomes’ stock is on the rise as he broke out last season blasting 18 home runs and driving in 86 home runs. Those power numbers can improve even more in a full time role. Manager Dusty Baker has said that he believes Gomes deserves the most at bats. Leftfield Pick: Jonny Gomes
  • 5th Starter: Mike Leake vs. Travis Wood – Both of these young arms were impressive in limited time last season. Considering the Reds will need a lefty in the rotation Wood should have a leg up in this battle. It is really a coin flip and will come down to how they do in camp. Leake has struggled to this point while Wood has been very impressive in spring training games. Note: Both will start in the rotation until Johnny Cueto returns from injury but one will lose their spot upon his return so they will have an extended audition. 5th Starter Pick: Travis Wood

The Cincinnati Reds are a great young team on the rise. Joey Votto exploded last season and flirted with the triple crown en route to his first MVP award; it will likely not be his last. He is complimented nicely by veteran Brandon Phillips, as well as rising stars Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs. All three bring a tremendous power component to the lineup

8 Days until Opening Day 2011

and Stubbs brings enough speed to be a successful lead off man. The rest of the line up is unimpressive, consisting mostly of veterans in the twilight of their careers and role players. Scott Rolen will likely take a step back this season but still bring great defense at the hot corner. However, Jonny Gomes and Fred Lewis give a nice right-left and power-speed punch in left field for Cincy. The rotation is extremely deep and impressive. Ace Edinson Volquez will need to stay healthy and find some control this season; his velocity is still nasty though. Bronson Arroyo is coming off a nice 2010 campaign and will bring veteran consistency to the rotation. This veteran presence will be much needed in a rotation made up of Volquez and no other pitchers under 25 years old(Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake and Travis Wood.) The back end of the bullpen should be able to absolutely lock down games. Aroldis Chapman should see full time action in the bigs this season and the 100 MPH(or should I say 105 MPH) phenom will likely dominate all foes. He will then be handing the ball off to Francisco Cordero who is still good for 35-40 saves each and every season. The best part about the Reds closer situation is that is Cordero were to falter or hit a wall for whatever reason they could plug Chapman right in there and watch him make batters look silly. The Reds really surprised a lot of people last season and should be a contender year in and year out as long as this core team is together but they may come back to Earth a little bit this season. Expect them to contend but probably fall short.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 87-75


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