Our next prospect rankings list comes from a very young team in the NL Central. Here is our Cincinnati Reds’ top prospect list.

 

Name Position Grade ETA Risk Notes
1 Nick Senzel 3B B+ late-2018 Relatively Low Overall, Senzel looks like a very solid No. 3 hitter by the end of the season. He is the guy who the Reds need to build around. Certainly a good bet to be an All-Star.
2 Taylor Trammell OF B+ late-2019 Medium Trammell is special. He has solid power and elite speed to go along with an above average glove and an above average hit tool.
3 Tony Santillan RHP B+ late-2019 Relatively High Right here, we have a player with one of the highest ceilings in the game, however the floor is very low. Santillan can hit triple digits regularly and his slider is another plus pitch. The control isn’t bad, however it’s not great either. How he adjusts to upper level hitters will determine where he falls on the spectrum. His ceiling is an ace, his floor is a high octane taxi guy. A career as a closer is the 50 percent.
4 Jose Siri OF B+ Late-2018 Medium He looks like a 20/20 No. 3 hitter. The biggest issue with Siri is his lack of plate discipline which could come back to bite him. He has plenty of time to work on it, however, and should break into the major leagues in 2019. He’s a personal favorite.
5 Hunter Greene RHP B 2021 High He’s a kid. The ceiling is higher than any pitcher in the minor leagues, but there is a ton of risk seeing as how he is 18 years old. Give the kid some time. He could reach his ceiling, however he’s by no means a guarantee.
6 Shed Long 2B B 2018 Medium He’s a borderline All-Star. He hit exceptionally well in Double-A in 2017 and has become an exceptionally well-rounded hitter. He looks like a No. 2 or a No. 6 hitter who can give you a .275/.360/.430 line with 10-15 homers and 10-15 stolen bases.
7 Jeter Downs SS B 2020 High Downs is a hard nosed competitor exactly like the man who he had been named after. Overall, an All-Star career is certainly possible, as his glove is a plus, his hit tool is average, he walks a lot, he has solid power and average speed. He might be the most well-rounded player in the system behind Siri.
8 Tyler Mahle RHP B 2018 Relatively Low Mahle is an overall solid starter with plus control and an above average fastball. He’s not an overpowering arm, but he has a solid four-pitch arsenal which will allow him to wind up as a No. 3 starter.
9 Stuart Fairchild OF B- 2020 Relatively High Fairchild is still slightly far away, however the speed and glove are solid enough to stay in center field. His hit tool is good, however he’s still in rookie ball. We can revisit this one a bit further down the line.
10 Tyler Stephenson C B 2018 Medium Stephenson isn’t very impressive, however he’s without a doubt the best catching prospect in the system and looks like he could turn out to be a solid platoon catcher. That is if he can stay healthy.
11 Jesse Winker OF B 2018 Relatively Low Winker isn’t very toolsy, but his glove is decent enough and he’ll be able to post at least league average numbers, which would place him at the bottom of the order.
12 Vladimir Gutierrez RHP C+ 2020 Relatively Low He could stay in the rotation as a fifth starter, however his stuff could play way up in the bullpen and with his control, he’s a top 20 reliever in the league. He can hit about 96.
13 Nick Travieso RHP C+ 2018 Medium There is absolutely no reason to give up on Travieso just yet. He missed 2017 due to injury, however his numbers have never been bad. With the volatility of the Reds’ rotation, Travieso should get his first shot around June.
14 Scott Moss LHP C+ 2020 Medium It looks like we have a back-end starter here. His control is very solid and he is not very hittable. The fastball is about average, but he piles up strikeouts. It’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts to the upper minors. After we see him in High-A and Double-A we will revisit this.
15 Rosell Herrera UTIL C+ 2018 Relatively Low Herrera looked like a rookie ball release player in 2014, however year after year he as continued to make adjustments. Overall, Herrera has plus to plus plus speed with the versatility that will allow him to play all over the diamond. We could see him in 2018 in Cincy as a utility player, however his role could expand by 2019, He’s definitely a name to keep an eye on and a personal favorite.
16 Alfredo Rodriguez SS C+ 2019 Medium He’s a bit older, and has struggled since coming to America. Overall, he looks like he would be better as a glove first utility guy.
17 Aristides Aquino OF C+ 2019 Medium I’ve never been a fan of Aquino. He looks to me like a toolsy fourth outfielder who shows flashes but won’t be able to hit enough in the major leagues.
18 Rookie Davis RHP C+ 2018 Low Davis’ ceiling hasn’t changed. His upside is a solid number 4, however he could very well wind up as a swing. There’s a lot to like about the control, and the fastball, but the secondaries and durability are concerning.
19 Jose Israel Garcia SS C+ 2022 Extremely High Garcia is exceptionally far away and while he has as high of a ceiling as any of the July 2 kids, there’s a lot of risk. Any reports will be more accurate after watching him play in affiliated ball.
20 Gavin LaValley 1B C+ 2018 Medium LaValley looks like a power bench bat. He doesn’t have much of a glove, nor can he really hit for average, however when he makes contact, watch out.
21 Jacob Heatherly LHP C+/C 2021 Relatively High He has all of the tools to be a mid-rotation starter. He has a mid-90’s fastball, with an average curveball, slider and control. He’s far away from the majors, but he’s a name to keep an eye on.
22 Rafael De Paula RHP C+/C 2018 Medium Rafael De Paula looked great as the season went on last season. You may remember him as the Yankees/Padres prospect who never made it to the majors, however now 27 years old, he has moved to full-time relief and looks like he could be a mainstay middle reliever or more.
23 Jimmy Herget RHP C/C+ 2018 Low Herget looks like a middle reliever. He has a solid fastball and his control and slider are about average, however he’s not very impressive.
24 Joe Mantiply LHP C/C+ 2018 Low Mantiply had been a solid C+ relief prospect, got hurt and fell off nearly all lists, came back in 2017, killed it and nobody noticed. He should see time in the bigs in 2018 and could wind up in a setup role.
25 Phil Ervin OF C/C+ 2018 Low Ervin seems like a replacement level fourth outfielder who is slightly below average. His speed is very solid, however he may not hit above .240/.280/.400 with 10 stolen bases per season.
26 Keury Mella RHP C/C+ 2018 Low Mella is still young, and has a solid fastball and slider combo, however the control is certainly suspect and gets hit a lot. He looks like a spot starter, however it might be interesting to see him come out of the bullpen.
27 Kevin Canelon LHP C/C+ 2019 Medium Canelon took a while to get through rookie ball, however he has been great over the past few seasons exhibiting very strong control while maintaining high strikeout rates. He is a very interesting pick-up who could play himself into a mainstay middle relief role with a high leverage ceiling. It helps that he’s a lefty as well.
28 Chris Okey C C/C+ 2019 Medium Okey looked very safe coming out of the draft, however he has not hit at all since being drafted in the second round. He has a polished enough glove to make it to the major leagues and his club house presence is notable, however he’s probably a defense first back-up.
29 Victor Payano LHP C/C+ 2018 Medium Payano pitched rather well last season for Triple-A New Orleans, however he certainly struggled mightily with his control. The heater is tempting enough to believe that he could receive a call-up as a LOOGY at some point in the season, but he’s going to need to make some real strides in terms of control
30 T.J. Friedl OF C/C+ 2019 Medium The hit tool is solid and his glove is above average and the speed is elite. He looks like a fourth outfielder long-term, however if his hit tool can keep up, he could be a leadoff hitter.
31 Nick Longhi 1B/OF C/C+ late-2018 Medium Longhi has a great arm, and his overall hit tool is ok however he doesn’t have the power for his position which could justify a position change. Nevertheless, he’s a platoon or bench guy at best.
32 D.J. Peterson 3B C/C+ 2018 Low Peterson can be a solid bench bat. He has very solid power and his hit tool, while solid, isn’t amazing. His ceiling is a No. 7 hitter and his floor is a power bench bat.
33 Ariel Hernandez RHP C 2018 Low Nobody is ever going to hit this kid. He hits triple digits on the regular and his curve is another plus pitch. The thing with him, however, is that his control is brutal which makes him too more like a taxi-squad reliever.
34 Gabby Guerrero OF C 2018 High Guerrero is very toolsy and has skills to make himself a solid No. 3, however he is exceptionally undisciplined. While you can still have hope hope for the kid, he needs to turn it on, as he’s running out of time.
35 Blake Trahan SS C 2019 Medium Trahan makes it to the bigs at some point in 2018, however it will be almost completely based on his glove and speed. He looks like a solid glove first utility infielder.
36 Josh VanMeter 3B C 2019 Medium First things first, VanMeter should move to second full-time, as his bat profiles better for a second baseman considering his speed, lack of power and ability to hit for average. He’s probably not a major league regular, however a bench guy is certainly possible.
37 Alex Blandino INF C 2018 Low Blandino is a low-ceiling high floor bench infielder. He has a good arm, however don’t expect too much from the bat. He looks like he will hit .220/.330/.390 with 5-10 homers a year.
38 Tanner Rainey RHP C Late-2018 Medium Rainey has a huge fastball, however his control is certainly an issue which could haunt him. He could become a nice bullpen piece, however he could also wind up as a taxi guy.
39 Barrett Astin RHP C 2018 Low Astin rose quickly through the pipeline, however has a very low ceiling. We’ll probably only see him as an emergency call-up reliever who gets a cameo here or there,
40 Jared Mitchell OF C 2018 Low Mitchell still has the tools, however he hasn’t played professionally since 2016 and has long been a major disappointment. There’s still the potential for a decent bench bat, but it’s one thing to have tools, it’s another to use them right.
41 Michael Reed OF C 2018 Low Reed was a fifth round selection by the Brewers in 2011 who really hasn’t worked out very well. He struggled last season in Double-A Biloxi and while there is good speed and a decent glove in center, he’s probably not used unless it’s in an emergency situation.
42 Michael Beltre OF C 2021 High Beltre’s speed will get him to the major leagues, however his bat may not play in the upper levels. His glove is only average, so he probably can’t rely on it. His ceiling is a pinch runner.
43 Eric Jagielo 1B C 2018 Medium Jagielo was one of the players the Reds got back in the Chapman deal, and while there is power and he walks a good amount, he probably won’t make enough contact to stick in the major leagues.

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