Below is an evaluation of the prospects within the farm system of the Cincinnati Reds. Scouting reviews had been compiled with info offered by trade sources in addition to my very own observations. This is the third 12 months we’re delineating between two anticipated reduction roles, the abbreviations for which you may see within the “place” column under: MIRP for multi-inning reduction pitchers, and SIRP for single-inning reduction pitchers. The ETAs listed usually correspond to the 12 months a participant must be added to the 40-man roster to keep away from being made eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Manual changes are made the place they appear acceptable, however I take advantage of that as a rule of thumb.
A fast overview of what FV (Future Value) means might be discovered right here. A a lot deeper overview might be discovered right here.
All of the ranked prospects under additionally seem on The Board, a useful resource the positioning provides that includes sortable scouting info for each group. It has extra particulars (and up to date TrackMan knowledge from numerous sources) than this text and integrates each workforce’s record so readers can examine prospects throughout farm programs. It might be discovered right here.
Other Prospects of Note
Grouped by kind and listed so as of choice inside every class.
High-Risk Hit Tools
Rece Hinds, RF
Ariel Almonte, RF
Justice Thompson, CF
Antonia Donovan, LF
Braylin Minier, 3B
Hinds, 22, has 70-grade energy and a plus arm. He took to the outfield like a hen to the sky when he was moved off of third base, and he has plus make-up, however his contact potential and plate self-discipline are each 30-grade expertise. It’s robust to profile in proper subject when that is the case, particularly as a right-handed hitter. Almonte has a plus body and plus bat velocity, however his fingers are tremendous noisy throughout his set-up and his swing path will not play on the higher ranges because it’s at present constituted. Thompson had a breakout draft 12 months at North Carolina and was price a choose to see if he might proceed that trajectory, however he hasn’t discovered an offensive groove in professional ball. Antonia had a white-hot begin to his 2022 complex-level marketing campaign, however it was lower brief by one thing (there is not any IL stint listed, he simply stops taking part in in August) and his 2022 pattern is much less strong than it was in ’21, when Antonia punched out 40% of the time. I’m skeptical the floor stats are actual despite the fact that I’ve seen him hit some baseballs fairly far. Minier was a high-profile worldwide signee who stuffed out in a short time. Despite his bat velocity, he lacks the on-base talent to suit at a nook infield spot.
Shortstop Depth, Bench Infield Hopefuls
Leonardo (*46*), SS
Trey Faltine, SS
Jose Torres, SS
(*46*) hit on the complicated, however I’m skeptical that his hit device will maintain up in opposition to superior weapons. He is fairly bodily for an 18-year-old, although. Faltine was a two-way excessive schooler who had a pleasant profession as a shortstop at Texas, together with an influence breakout in his junior 12 months, however it’s uncommon for school hitters who punch out 30% of the time to succeed in the bigs. Scouts are placing late-bloomer candidate Torres in an org man bucket principally as a consequence of his method; he has tantalized along with his energy and protection at occasions.
Luxury Depth Types
Francisco Urbaez, 2B
Jacob Hurtubise, OF
Nick Quintana, 2B
Ruben Ibarra, 1B
Ivan Johnson, 2B
Urbaez (contact), Quintana (energy), and Johnson (switch-hitting mistake energy) all have a core competency, however they lack the offensive punch to be on a regular basis second baseman and the defensive versatility to be bench guys. Hurtubise can actually run and makes a whole lot of contact, however there’s virtually no impression as a result of every part is on the bottom. Ibarra is a husky, power-hitting 1B/DH with enormous bat velocity and a really excessive offensive bar to clear on the backside of the defensive spectrum.
Relief Pitchers on the Fringe
Jared Solomon, RHP
Stevie Branch, RHP
Jacques Pucheu, LHP
Jayvien Sandridge, LHP
Solomon appeared nice coming off of TJ a pair years in the past, however despite the fact that he throws very laborious, his fastball’s motion and angle simply appear hittable and he was taken off the 40-man. Branche, a Division-III undrafted free agent, hits 94-96 mph with little or no really feel for location. Pucheu (pronounced such as you’re taking pictures lasers out of your finger gun) is an older lefty with 30-grade athleticism and a Bugs Bunny changeup that may allow him to pitch within the large leagues. Originally drafted by the Orioles, the 6-foot-5 Sandridge was launched by Baltimore and used a loophole in faculty eligibility created across the pandemic to return to a non-DI college, Lynn University. He had a velo spike there and ended up signing with the Reds, returning to professional ball with a 92-95 mph fastball, and a slider that’s aided by his misleading arm swing. He’s additionally excellent at killing spin on his splitter, however struggles to throw strikes. He’s a lefty reduction sleeper.
Hunter Parks, SP
Reynardo Cruz, SP
Jake Wong, SP
Christian Roa, SP
Jose Acuna, RHP
Parks hits 93-95 mph as a starter and can present you a plus slider. He barely throws his different two pitches and might be destined for the bullpen ultimately, the place he’ll be a main-lister if he throws more durable in reduction. Cruz and Wong each sit about 93-94 mph with sink and have fringe secondary stuff. Roa has by no means been fairly nearly as good as his pre-draft spring at A&M as a consequence of strike-throwing points, however he’s nonetheless a four-pitch starter with common stuff. Acuna, who came to visit from the Mets as a part of the Tyler Naquin deal, is a complicated 20-year-old with no ton of bodily projection, so his fastball is prone to settle in its present 90-94 vary.
For the final handful of years, this technique has been filled with sluggers with a poor method, a lot of whom had been somewhat previous for his or her draft or worldwide beginner class once they initially signed. Jose Siri, Aristides Aquino, Jose Barrero, Rece Hinds, Austin Hendrick, Allan Cerda, Alfredo Rodriguez, and plenty of fitter into this bucket. You can form of see the speed at which a majority of these guys truly pan out during the last half decade or so, and it is fairly low. The chickens are coming residence to roost for a few of the current high-profile examples of this class of hitter. They all have enormous perceived ceilings due to their energy, however they not often get there due to contact and method points, with many busting altogether. If even one in all them hits in the best way it appears like Elly De La Cruz goes to hit, although, it can all have paid off. In the occasion that one in all these gamers turns into so proficient that they will transcend their very own deadly flaw, they make pumping first spherical picks and worldwide pool house into low-probability, high-variance gamers really feel price it, like they are a switch- hitting, all-world scratch off ticket.
The 2022 hearth sale that despatched Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker, Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Tyler Mahle, and others packing has had a major impression on the depth and high quality of the expertise on this system. Roughly 1 / 4 of the prospects in the primary part of the record had been initially drafted or signed by one other group, and that is very true in direction of the highest of the system, the place seven of the highest 11 (!) had been. The variety of prospects within the 40+ FV tier and above has practically doubled over the past couple of seasons, though followers ought to anticipate the speed at which they actualize, particularly the free-swinging Yerlin Confidans of the world, to imitate that of current years . Cincinnati completed the 2022 slate as our eighth ranked farm system. Even with Noelvi Marte’s re-evaluation throughout this offseason cycle, sufficient of the opposite higher crust prospects have moved into the 50 FV tier to counterbalance Marte’s fall. This system remains to be prone to be within the high 10 as soon as all 30 have been written up.
The Reds are inclined to do a radical job scouting junior faculty expertise, with six JUCO draftees within the system (out of their 26 home draft prospects who completed highschool) and three extra (Thomas Farr, Brandon Williamson, and Christian Encarnacion-Strand) who handed by way of a junior faculty on their strategy to a DI program. That’s roughly a 3rd of their prospects who weren’t signed proper out of highschool, and the quantity could be even greater if just a few of the Honorable Mention guys had made the primary part of the record (Ivan Johnson, Jared Solomon).