The Cincinnati Reds feel like they are turning the corner as a franchise. Cincinnati has not made it to the playoffs since the 2013 season as the second wild card team in the National League. They have not won the World Series since the 1990 season against the Oakland Athletics.
The Reds have improved under Manager David Bell. Cincinnati could be a playoff team this season if the season ever begins due to the coronavirus.
The Cincinnati Reds have made some solid offseason moves like signing outfielder Nick Castellanos and third baseman Mike Moustakas. They also have a solid starting rotation now that includes Trevor Bauer, Sonny Gray, and Luis Castillo. With that in mind, who are some of the top prospects in Cincinnati’s farm system?
The top-ranked prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system is left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo. He was drafted seventh overall in the 2019 MLB Draft. Lodolo is projected to reach the majors in 2021.
He was drafted 41st overall in 2016 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016. Nick Lodolo made the right move by going to college at TCU. Pittsburgh is an awful organization when it comes to developing pitchers.
In the long run, he is going to realize he made the right move. Lodolo is currently in Single-A with the Dayton Dragons. He reaches the low 90s with his four-seam fastball and the fastest his fastball reached was 96. His curveball reaches the low 80s as well.
In eight games with two different teams last season, his record was 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA. In 18.1 innings pitched, he gave up 18 hits and seven runs. Nick Lodolo walked zero batters and struck out 30.
He has the potential to be an ace in the near future or maybe the Cincinnati Reds could put him in the bullpen.
The second-ranked prospect in Cincinnati’s farm system is right-handed pitcher Hunter Greene. He was the second overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. Greene was a pitching phenom in high school.
He is projected to reach the majors in 2022. Cincinnati has done a tremendous job taking their time with his development, but he has dealt with setbacks due to injury. Hunter Greene needed Tommy John Surgery. He missed basically the entire 2019 season and also had some problems in 2017 as well.
Greene is currently pitching in High-A with the Daytona Tortugas. He is the flamethrower that reaches 97-102 mph. Will Hunter Greene be a starter at the next level or would Cincinnati be willing to move him to the bullpen?
In 18 games pitched and started in 2018 with Daytona, his record was 3-7 with a 4.48 ERA. In 68.1 innings pitched, Greene gave up 66 hits and 35 runs. He also walked 23 batters and struck out 89.
The third-ranked prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system is catcher Tyler Stephenson. He is projected to be the everyday catcher in the big leagues one day. Stephenson is projected to reach the majors in 2020. He is currently in Double-A with the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Tyler Stephenson was drafted 11th overall (first-round selection) in the 2015 MLB Draft. He bats from the right side of the plate.
Stephenson is very good defensively and he hopes his injury history is past him. In 89 games last season with Chattanooga, his batting average was .285 with six home runs and 44 RBI’s, along with zero stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .372.
The fourth-ranked prospects in the Reds farm system is third baseman Jonathan India.
India was the fifth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Because of the Cincinnati Reds stockpiling draft picks over the years, their scouting department has done a tremendous job finding that talent.
Jonathan India has the offensive tools to be effective in the majors one day. He also has some tools to be a solid defensive player at the major leagues one day as well.
India also saw some time at second base as well during an Arizona Fall League. Other than that, Cincinnati has their plans for him to start at the third base position.
He played his college baseball at the University of Florida. Jonathan India is currently in Double-A with the Chattanooga Lookouts. He is projected to reach the majors in 2021.
India has been the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this minor league system none the less. He is going to be a factor at the next level. Jonathan India also bats from the right side of the plate.
In 121 games in the minors with two different teams last season, his batting average was .259 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI’s, along with 11 stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .365.
The fifth thru eighth ranked prospects in the Cincinnati Reds farm system is shortstop Jose Garcia (#5 ranked prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, according to MLB.com), outfielder Michael Siani (#6 ranked prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, according to MLB.com), second baseman/third baseman Tyler Callihan (#7 ranked prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, according to MLB.com), and third baseman Rece Hinds (#8 ranked prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, according to MLB.com).
The Reds can get to the playoffs this season, but it will depend on how good the St. Louis Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Chicago Cubs are. The Pittsburgh Pirates won’t be a threat in the National League Central.
For more information on these prospects, visit MLB.com and click the players tab and then click on the top prospects tab.
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