2013 Season Preview: Cincinnati Reds

The Reds will hopefully be seeing more of this in 2013

PROJECTED LINEUP:

  1. CF Shin Jew Shoe
  2. 2B Brain Down Flips
  3. 1B Joy Eve Lotto
  4. LF Rain Loud Wick
  5. RF Jabe Ruce
  6. 3B Toad Frizzer
  7. SS Sack O’Zart
  8. C Rain Again

PROJECTED ROTATION:

  1. John Equator
  2. Mate Laid Dos
  3. Bronze On A Royal
  4. Home Herb Hayley
  5. My Clique

CLOSER: Harold Is Champion

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OFF-SEASON HAIKU:

Aroldis drama.

Shin-Soo gonna play center?

Er, could be ugly.

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INNARDS

Player Who Makes Your Innards Awkwardly Uncomfortable: Bronson Arroyo

  • Bronson Arroyo might be on the Mount Rushmore of baseball’s weird dudes. Crazy leg kick? Check. White dude with corn rows? Yup. Weird album with poor baseball pun? Bases covered. It’s just reassuring to know that he’s a good guy.

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State of the Farm:

  • It starts with the fastest dude to ever grace a baseball diamond, Billy Hamilton. After stealing ALL the bases in 2012, Hamilton will move to center field finally where his unfathomable speed can play up even more. He should reach Cincinnati by the end of the season, maybe in a pinch running role exclusively. The other elite prospect in this farm is right-hander Robert Stephenson. Drafted outta high school in 2011, Stephenson has always shown plus-plus velocity but has recently impressed many sources with his ability to command the fastball and the improvement of his curveball. The change-up is way behind, but the FB/CB combo is gonna miss a lotta bats at the lower levels, and should propel Stephenson to the top tier of pitching prospects by the end of the year. The rest of this system is a lot of future 4/5 starters like lefty Tony Cingrani, and right-handers Daniel Corcino and Kyle Lotzkar. The most intriguing young arm is Nick Travieso, who boasts a much broader, albeit more raw arsenal that any of the aforementioned pitchers. 

His Name Is WHAT !? (Prospects with hilariously awesome names)

  • RHP Fabian Bohorquez
  • RHP Soid Marquez
  • RHP Lorgi Pineda
  • RHP Werleen Taveras
  • RHP Radhames Quezada
  • RHP Justice French
  • RHP El’Hajj Muhammad
  • RHP Kanekoa Texeira
  • C Fray Sosa
  • 1B Jhimmy Lopez
  • 3B Rusbel Farinez
  • OF Aristides Aquino
  • OF Argenis Aldazoro

Prospect .gif to Watch Over and Over:

Billy Hamilton Running to Third Base in 10.7 Seconds

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Predictions:

  • Canada trades Joey Votto to the Dominican Republic for 200 pounds of raw banana plant
  • Aroldis plays football at Cuban Thanksgiving and accidentally mortally injures 8 monkeys
  • The Reds and the St. Louis Blues mate and make purple.
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