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Top 30 Reds Prospects: No. 18

Contreras Coming off Breakout Season

While many of the Reds' Caribbean signees have received a lot of attention Carlos Contreras did not make a much noise before 2012. Last year he went from an off-the-radar to a spot on the Cincinnati 40-man roster. The 22 year-old with a mid-90's fastball and good change-up has emerged as one of the top relievers in the Cincinnati system and is primed to break into the upper levels in 2013.

One year ago Dominican Carlos Contreras had neither thrown a pitch above the rookie league level nor had a season with an ERA below five. He had progressed up the lower levels of the Cincinnati organization for four years without returning any stats to justify promotions. In 2012 he had a breakout season at Dayton and now he's on the 40-man roster. The Reds signed him as a free agent in 200... Recommended Stories

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