Even if you are just a casual fan of baseball, you have probably heard of Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto, second baseman Brandon Phillips and starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. Votto, Phillips and Cueto are major league superstars, and they deserve the notoriety they have garnered. However as on any team, the Cincinnati Reds have outstanding players that fly under the radar of recognition. If you are a fan of the Reds, you no doubt know the value of these four, but if you are just a casual fan of the game, here are a few Cincinnati Reds’ players worth giving a second look.
Mike Leake – Starting Pitcher
When it comes to the Reds starting pitcher rotation, Mike Leake probably ranks fourth out of five (behind Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and Homer Bailey) in terms of recognition, but his success on the mound is worthy of much more. Though Leake’s win-loss ratio isn’t impressive, he has often fallen victim to circumstance and his 2.91 ERA tells the story. Having gone right from college to MLB, Leake is uniquely an all-around strong player and is often called on to pinch run or pinch hit.
Devin Mesoraco – Catcher
This is Devin Mesoraco’s first year as the Reds starting catching, having played second fiddle to Ryan Hannigan in 2013, and Mesoraco has proven he is more than up to the role. Though he has spent some time on the disabled list, Mesoraco mends quickly and makes the Reds significantly stronger when is in the game. Not only is he top notch defensively, but Mesoraco has a current batting average of .450 with 17 RBI’s – pretty impressive considering he has played in only 16 games this year. Cincinnati Reds fans should toss a wish to a lucky star that Devin Mesoraco stays healthy.
Sam LeCure – Relief Pitcher
There are many word that could be used to describe the Cincinnati Reds bullpen so far this year – abysmal, depressing and gut-wrenching are just a few. Fortunately there is always a light in even the darkest tunnel, and in this case that light is Sam LeCure. With an ERA of 1.50, LeCure can be counted on not only to get the job done, but also get the pitcher he is replacing out of a tough situation. If the Cincinnati Reds bullpen was full of Sam LeCure clones, the team would be in much better standing.
Billy Hamilton – Center Field
In his rookie season Billy Hamilton is hitting .260 – not overly impressive but not too shabby either. However if you are familiar with Billy Hamilton you know that he isn’t known for the strength of his bat. Billy Hamilton is considered by many to be the fastest man in baseball, making him a truly unique asset. Currently Hamilton has 16 stolen bases, which is second in all of Major League Baseball. Opposing defenses are at a disadvantage when faced with Hamilton at the plate or on base, as his speed allows him to achieve success other players can barely fathom.