MLB Team News NL Central — 04 April 2010

2009 regular season record: 78-84, Fourth place, NL Central

Major Offseason Season Acquisitions: Aroldis Chapman (Cuba), Orlando Cabrera (MIN), Aaron Miles (CHC)

Major Offseason Losses: Willy Taveras (WAS)

Projected Lineup (2009 stats):

  1. CF-Drew Stubbs (.267 BA, .323 OBP, 8 HR, 17 RBI)
  2. SS-Orlando Cabrera (.284 BA, .316 OBP, 9 HR, 77 RBI)
  3. 1B-Joey Votto (.322 BA, .414 OBP, 25 HR, 84 RBI)
  4. 2B-Brandon Phillips (.276 BA, .329 OBP, 20 HR, 98 RBI, 25 SB)
  5. 3B-Scott Rolen (.305 BA, .368 OBP, 11 HR, 67 RBI)
  6. RF-Jay Bruce (.223 BA, .303 OBP, 22 HR, 58 RBI)
  7. LF-Jonny Gomes (.267 BA, .338 OBP, 20 HR, 51 RBI)
  8. C-Ramon Hernandez (.258 BA, .336 OBP, 5 HR, 37 RBI)

Projected Starting Rotation/Closer (2009 stats):

  1. RHP Aaron Harang (6-14, 4.21 ERA, 162.1 IP)
  2. RHP Johnny Cueto (11-11, 4.41 ERA, 171.1 IP)
  3. RHP Bronson Arroyo (15-13, 3.84 ERA, 220.1 IP)
  4. RHP Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.53 ERA, 113.1 IP)
  5. RHP Mike Leake
  6. Closer: RHP Francisco Cordero (2.16 ERA, 39 saves)

2010 outlook: The Reds were respectable in 2009, and they’re hoping to be a team on the rise.

First baseman Joey Votto emerged as a bona-fide slugger last season, hitting .322 with 25 homers and 84 runs driven in.

Former top prospect Jay Bruce’s power numbers were decent, but he hit just .223 in 101 games last season.

The Reds already have a solid group 1-8, and if he can find his stroke they’ll be all that much more formidable in 2010.

The winter’s biggest acquisition, Cuban fireballer Aroldis Chapman, will start the year in the minors despite a very impressive spring.

The fifth slot in the rotation went to young Mike Leake, the Reds’ first-round pick in last summer’s draft.

Leake will become the first players since 2000 (Xaiver Nady) to completely skip the minors and play in the majors.

If he’s able to do anything close to what he did in spring training this season, Cincinnati may have one of the deeper rotations in all of baseball.

Homer Bailey, who struggled through the middle of last season, appeared to have found something down the stretch, and may have been Cincinnati’s most consistent pitcher down the stretch.

He’ll begin the year in the fourth spot in the rotation, but could move up if he picks up where he left off last season.

2010 prediction: 87-75, Second place, NL Central

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