Cincinnati Reds Stock Watch – Pitchers and Catchers Edition

Merry Pitchers and Catchers Eve, Reds fans! While some clubs opened up camp today, we all know that it’s not baseball season until our Redlegs are reporting to camp.

And, with the incoming new season, I’d like to introduce another season-long column I’ll be writing on a monthly basis. I did an off-season three up, three down a couple of weeks ago to test the waters. I will be posting these three-up, three-down articles at the end of every series, keeping real-time tabs on how our Reds are doing throughout the season.

These rankings won’t be merely statistics. While most of a player’s stock will be based on how he’s playing on the field, there will also be slight changes based on off the field and intangible characteristics for each player. For example, Todd Frazier would have seen a huge boost last year after rescuing that guy in that restaurant. Likewise, Brandon Phillips would have seen a slight decrease after his feuding with the Cardinals. Although, since they’re the Cardinals, he might have seen a slight increase…

At the end of each month, I will be posting a stock recap article, ranking the members of the 25 man roster in the order of their current “stock”. The first article (after this one, of course) will be posted just before Opening Day. After that, they will be posted on the first of each month.

Below is the list for the start of Spring Training. Instead of trying to arbitrarily judge each player’s off-season moral victories (Todd Frazier would have seen a lot of points, again, with his work in post-Sandy New Jersey), I’ve decided instead to list the top 25 players by their WAR in 2012:

Aug. 29, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Cincinnati Reds shortstop Brandon Phillips celebrates a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

  1. Johnny Cueto
  2. Joey Votto
  3. Mat Latos
  4. Aroldis Chapman
  5. Brandon Phillips
  6. Bronson Arroyo
  7. Shin-Soo Choo
  8. Homer Bailey
  9. Zack Cozart
  10. Todd Frazier
  11. Ryan Ludwick
  12. Sean Marshall
  13. Jay Bruce
  14. J.J. Hoover
  15. Alfredo Simon
  16. Sam LeCure
  17. Jose Arredondo
  18. Jack Hannahan
  19. Jonathan Broxton
  20. Logan Ondrusek
  21. Mike Leake
  22. Xavier Paul
  23. Chris Heisey
  24. Jason Donald
  25. Devin Mesoraco

Again, this shouldn’t be viewed as a list of who I think should make the 25 man roster. This is merely the 25 top WAR rankings for players who played more than 15 games last season.

Of course, I’m expecting quite a bit of fluctuation in this list throughout the season. Be sure to check back in at the beginning of each month, as well as after each series, to see how your favorite player’s stock is doing!

Topics: Baseball, Cincinnati Reds, NL Central

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  • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

    Hey Jordan,

    Looking forward to your 3-up 3-down articles. That is a cool feature. I am just as excited for a season to start as I have ever been and that goes back to when rainbows were still black and white. Lol

    • http://twitter.com/JordanBarhorst Jordan Barhorst

      Thanks Cliff. I’m very excited too!

  • felix614

    Where’s Ryan Hanigan?

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Logical question. While the listing Jordan provided was based on 2012 bWAR, almost every projection system for 2013 has Mesoraco with a higher WAR for 2013.

  • Josh Bresser

    Cueto over Votto? Hmm

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      The listing order is based on 2012 bWAR. Cueto’s was 5.8 while Votto’s was 5.6.

      • Josh Bresser

        Oh whoops, I read that as 2013, thinking that these were a prediction.

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