Jesse Winker

#33 RF / Cincinnati Reds / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-3 Weight: 215 lb Age: 23 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    Although Jesse Winker's prospect luster has faded a bit, his advanced approach gives him a relatively high floor, and he's now knocking at the door for the rebuilding Reds. Scott Schebler represents the only real obstacle to playing time in right field. Winker was promoted to Triple-A Louisville in 2016 and finished seventh in the International League with a .397 OBP, walking as many times as he struck out in 448 plate appearances. Now the bad news. Winker totaled just three homers with Louisville as a wrist injury hindered his power stroke, and he hit .260 with a .346 SLG against left-handed pitching. While he was never much of a runner, Winker didn't even attempt a stolen base all year. The International League is tough on power and Winker should see the power tick up some with improved health and especially when he gets to Great American Ball Park, but it will need to tick up considerably for him to maintain 2017 relevance outside of NL-only leagues.

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    • Reds' Jesse Winker: Back-to-back multi-hit games
      By RotoWire Staff

      Winker followed a three-hit game Saturday with two more hits Sunday in a spring training win over the Angels. All five hits over the weekend were singles, which is representative of what happened at Triple-A Louisville last season. He has a good hit tool that hasn't translated into hitting for power. Winker also has one walk against six strikeouts so far in spring play. He's still a good bet to begin the season back at Louisville.

    • Winker faces an uphill battle to make the Reds' Opening Day roster, though manager Bryan Price didn't rule out the possibility. "I'd like Jesse and anyone that is close to or ready for the big leagues to press us to make a tough decision late in camp, to keep themselves in camp as late as they can," Price said. "Things happen. You can't ignore performance sometimes." This is nearly boilerplate spring training talk from the manager - Winker currently is slated to go back to Triple-A Louisville, where he can play every day. It's unlikely that he would stick with the big club unless he wins a starting job over Scott Schebler.

    • Reds' Jesse Winker: Added to 40-man roster
      By RotoWire Staff

      Winker was added to the Reds' 40-man roster on Friday. The Reds protected Winker from the Rule 5 draft, as expected. No longer the top prospect in the organization, following the drafting of Nick Senzel in June, Winker failed to hit for power last year at Triple-A, but still displayed a plus hit tool and phenomenal approach (59:59 K:BB in 448 plate appearances). He has shown the ability to hit double-digit homers in a season on three previous occasions, so owners should not overreact to him hitting just three over the fence in 2016. Winker should reach the majors early on in in 2017 and should quickly earn a spot near the top of the big league lineup.

    • Reds' Jesse Winker: Likely September callup
      By RotoWire Staff

      Winker is one of a handful of Reds prospects expected to get the call when rosters expand on September 1. Winker has been a good on-base threat at Triple-A Louisville, but he still hasn't found the ability to hit for power, slugging just .380 on the season.

    • Winker (wrist) went 0-for-4 in his first game back with Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. After four games with the team's rookie-level affiliate, Winker was thrust back up atop the minor league ladder. Winker, who missed a month due to a wrist injury, has managed just two home runs in 56 games with Louisville this season and hasn't even attempted a stolen base, but he has more walks (33) than strikeouts (32) and that plate discipline could earn him a September promotion.

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