2018 Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects
|Reds Top 10 Prospects|
|1. Nick Senzel, 3B|
|2. Hunter Greene, RHP|
|3. Taylor Trammell, OF|
|4. Tyler Mahle, RHP|
|5. Jesse Winker, OF|
|6. Tony Santillan, RHP|
|7. Jose Siri, OF|
|8. Shed Long, 2B|
|9. Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP|
|10. Tyler Stephenson, C|
For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.
To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.
Notable Graduations: RHP Luis Castillo (10) showed swing-and-miss stuff, while RHPs Sal Romano (8) and Robert Stephenson (4) and LHPs Cody Reed (2) and Amir Garrett (3) all exceeded 50 career innings.
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SYSTEM OVERVIEWStrengths: With Nick Senzel, Taylor Trammell and Jesse Winker, the Reds have a trio of pure hitters near the top of their prospect rankings. With a ballpark that helps everyone hit home runs, that trio could produce high averages and on-base percentages to go with solid power production. Overall the Reds system is deep in likely future big leaguers, though scouts see the majority of them as decent secondary pieces rather than future impact players.
Weaknesses: The Reds have spent significantly on catching prospects in recent years, but with 2015 first-round Tyler Stephenson struggling to stay healthy and 2016 second-rounder Chris Okey and defensive wizzes Stuart Turner and Joe Hudson not hitting, the Reds don’t have a logical replacement for Tucker Barnhart and Devin Mesoraco on the near-term horizon.
BEST TOOLS🔸Best Hitter for Average: Nick Senzel. 🔸Best Power Hitter: Jose Siri. 🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Jesse Winker. 🔸Fastest Baserunner: Jose Siri. 🔸Best Athlete: Jose Siri. 🔸Best Fastball: Hunter Greene. 🔸Best Curveball: Ariel Hernandez. 🔸Best Slider: Jimmy Herget. 🔸Best Changeup: Tony Santillan. 🔸Best Control: Tyler Mahle. 🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Chris Okey. 🔸Best Defensive INF: Alfredo Rodriguez. 🔸Best INF Arm: Nick Senzel. 🔸Best Defensive OF: Stuart Fairchild. 🔸Best OF Arm: Jose Siri.
PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP
(Listed with 2021 season age)🔸C Tucker Barnhart (30) 🔸1B Joey Votto (37) 🔸2B Eugenio Suarez (29) 🔸3B Nick Senzel (26) 🔸SS Jose Peraza (27) 🔸LF Taylor Trammell (23) 🔸CF Billy Hamilton (30) 🔸RF Jesse Winker (27) 🔸SP Hunter Greene (21) 🔸SP Luis Castillo(28) 🔸SP Tyler Mahle (26) 🔸SP Robert Stephenson (28) 🔸SP Amir Garrett (29) 🔸CL Raisel Iglesias (31)
TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE(Listed with 2017 organization)
🔸2008: OF Jay Bruce (Indians) | WAR: 18.9 🔸2009: 1B Yonder Alonso (Mariners) | WAR: 7.9 🔸2010: 3B Todd Frazier (Yankees) | WAR: 22.0 🔸2011: LHP Aroldis Chapman (Yankees) | WAR: 14.7 🔸2012: C Devin Mesoraco (Reds) | WAR: 3.7 🔸2013: OF Billy Hamilton (Reds) | WAR: 8.0 🔸2014: RHP Robert Stephenson (Reds) | WAR: -0.9 🔸2015: RHP Robert Stephenson (Reds) | WAR: ** 🔸2016: RHP Robert Stephenson (Reds) | WAR: ** 🔸2017: 3B Nick Senzel (Reds) | Top 10
TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE(Listed with 2017 organization)
🔸2008: 1B Yonder Alonso (Mariners) | WAR: 7.9 🔸2009: RHP Mike Leake (Mariners) | WAR: 15.0 🔸2010: C Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers) | WAR: 10.9 🔸2011: RHP Robert Stephenson (Reds) | WAR: -0.9 🔸2012: RHP Nick Travieso (Reds) | WAR: N/A 🔸2013: OF Phillip Ervin (Reds) | WAR: N/A 🔸2014: RHP Nick Howard (Reds) | WAR: N/A 🔸2015: C Tyler Stephenson (Reds) | Top 10 🔸2016: 3B Nick Senzel (Reds) | Top 10 🔸2017: RHP Hunter Greene (Reds) | Top 10
|1. Nick Senzel, 3B 📹|
|BORN: June 29, 1995.|
|B-T: R-R | HT: 6-1| WT: 205|
|DRAFTED: Tennessee, 2016 (1st round).|
|SIGNED BY: Brad Meador.|
|MINORS: .321/.391/.514 | 14 HR | 14 SB | 455 AB|
Scouting Report: Scouts see plenty to like about Senzel from a tools standpoint, but those who have seen him time and again like the intangibles just as much. He runs hard, grinds out at-bats, takes extra bases, plays smart in the field and leads his team. He’s not only the best player on the field but plays the hardest. That mentality is coupled with a good approach at the plate and a short, compact swing with good balance and bat speed, leading to high exit velocity off the bat. Opponents say they rarely see him get fooled, and he constantly barrels balls. While many questioned his power coming out of college, he has shown the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Among his 10 Double-A homers were multiple shots to center field and the opposite field. Though not a prototypical burner, he still shows above-average speed to go with good instincts on the bases. Defensively, Senzel has shown the potential to be a plus defender at third with a strong, accurate arm that he has shown he can use on the run. He played shortstop and second base in addition to third base in college, but he has proven to be a quick study at third, working on his footwork with Pensacola bench coach Dick Schofield.
🔸Projected Future Grades On 20-80 Scouting Scale Hit: 70. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Field: 55. Arm: 60.The Future: With the emergence of Eugenio Suarez at third base in Cincinnati, the Reds don’t feel rushed to promote Senzel to the big leagues. Still, they expect to have to make tough decisions in 2018, when Senzel will likely reach the big leagues. Both he and Suarez have shown defensive ability at third, but barring a trade, one of them could move to either second or a corner outfield spot. Senzel will likely start 2018 at Triple-A Louisville, but he shouldn’t be there too long.
|2. Hunter Greene, RHP 📹|
|BORN: Aug. 6, 1999.|
|B-T: R-R | HT: 6-4| WT: 197|
|DRAFTED: HS—Sherman Oaks, Calif., 2017 (1st round).|
|SIGNED BY: Rick Ingalls.|
|MINORS: 0-1, 12.46 ERA | 6 SO | 1 BB | 8 IP|
Scouting Report: Greene pitches at 98-100 mph and touches 102 with a top-of-the-scale fastball. What’s most notable is how easy he gets to triple-digit velocity. His slider flashes plus and his changeup has been more consistently plus, but he still is inconsistent with both of them. He commands his fastball well, even when nearing the century mark, although scouts looking for nits to pick note that hitters seem to see the ball well coming out of Greene’s hand. At the plate he’s shown raw power, but scouts worried about his hit tool. A steady glove at shortstop, he also has an obvious plus-plus arm.
The Future: The Reds will ease Greene into his first full year of pro ball, likely starting out at low Class A Dayton on tight pitch counts.
|3. Taylor Trammell, OF 📹|
|BORN: Sept. 13, 1997.|
|B-T: L-L| HT: 6-2| WT: 195|
|DRAFTED: HS—Kennesaw, Ga., 2016 (1st round supplemental).|
|SIGNED BY: Jon Poloni.|
|MINORS: .281/.368/.450 | 13 HR | 41 SB | 491 AB|
Scouting Report: A gifted athlete, Trammell showed improved plate discipline. He has a feel to hit that should help him be an above-average hitter. His bat has untapped power that should come as his body fills out. Trammell’s plus-plus speed helps cover poor jumps in the field. He projects as an average defender in center field, but his well below-average arm could limit him to left field. His speed also helps him on the bases where he has shown good instincts, although as he fills out he may trade some of that speed for increased power.
The Future: Trammell turned 20 after the season and should start 2018 at high Class A Daytona. He has the potential to develop into a first-division corner outfielder, particularly if his power continues to grow.
|4. Tyler Mahle, RHP 📹|
|BORN: Sept. 29, 1994.|
|B-T: R-R | HT: 6-4| WT: 200|
|DRAFTED: HS—Westminster, Calif., 2013 (7th round).|
|SIGNED BY: Mike Musuraca.|
|MINORS: 10-7, 2.06 ERA | 138 SO | 30 BB | 144 IP|
Scouting Report: Mahle has a skinny build and lacks the frontline stuff of some of the Reds’ other pitching prospects, but his plus command and control allows him to succeed. While command will always be Mahle’s calling card, he’s hardly a soft-tosser. He sits in the low 90s but runs his fastball up to the mid-90s, and the final pitch of his April perfecto read 99 mph. His slider and changeup are both potentially average offerings, with his slider flashing above-average. His curveball is a get-over pitch.
The Future: Mahle finished the season in Cincinnati by making four starts, and he will enter spring training with a chance to join the Opening Day rotation. Ultimately, he profiles as a No. 4 starter.
|5. Jesse Winker, OF|
|BORN: Aug. 17, 1993.|
|B-T: L-L | HT: 6-3 | WT: 210|
|DRAFTED:HS—Orlando, 2012 (1st round supplemental).|
|SIGNED BY: Greg Zunino.|
|MINORS:.314/.395/.408 | 2 HR | 2 SB | 299 AB|
Scouting Report: Scouts don’t question Winker’s ability to hit, but as a corner outfielder, his power potential has come into question. He can put on a batting practice show, but his game power was lacking until he reached the big leagues. Winker hit seven home runs in 121 at-bats—or as many as he hit in the minors in 2016-17 combined. Opinions on his fielding ability range from below-average to average in either corner outfield spot. Few players benefit from Great American Ball Park and its small outfield dimensions as much as Winker. It helps boost his potentially average power and aid his defense.
The Future: General manager Dick Williams has already said Winker has nothing left to prove at Triple-A. At the very least, he will be a member of a big league outfield rotation in 2018.
|6. Tony Santillan, RHP|
|BORN: April 15, 1997.|
|B-T: R-R | HT: 6-3 | WT: 240|
|DRAFTED: HS—Arlington, Texas, 2015 (2nd round).|
|SIGNED BY: Byron Ewing.|
|MINORS: 9-8, 3.38 ERA | 128 SO | 56 BB | 128 IP|
Scouting Report: Santillan has long had a near-top-of-the-scale fastball, but he refined his 88-91 mph changeup a potentially plus offering in 2017. His 90-91 mph slider is a work in process that flashes plus with good tilt and depth, though he has shown little consistency with any of his pitches. His delivery has little deception, but he throws 96-98 mph with movement. His ability to start depends on developing even fringe-average control. Right now Santillan’s control and stuff varies widly from start to start, but at his best, he can dominate.
The Future: With his talent, Santillan could move quickly. He will begin 2018 at high Class A Daytona, but he could continue climbing and reach Double-A Pensacola.
|7. Jose Siri, OF|
|BORN: July 22, 1995.|
|B-T: R-R| HT: 6-2| WT: 175|
|SIGNED: Dominican Republic, 2012.|
|SIGNED BY: Richard Jimenez.|
|MINORS:.293/.341/.530 | 24 HR | 46 SB | 498 AB|
Scouting Report: Siri’s tools can make any scout drool—he is an 80 runner with plus raw power, arm strength and range in center field—but there is still a genuine concern about his hitting approach and makeup. Siri swings and misses frequently but impacts the ball when he connects. The Reds left him in low Class A all year despite his age (he’s the same age as Senzel) because they wanted him to have success to build on. His aggressiveness at the plate will be tested as he climbs the minor league ladder. Regardless, Siri has genuine power-speed potential and is true center fielder, which makes him a high-risk, but high-reward prospect.
The Future: Siri turns 23 during the 2018 season, which he should begin at high Class A Daytona and conclude at Double-A Pensacola or higher.
|8. Shed Long, 2B 📹|
|BORN: Aug. 22, 1995.|
|B-T: L-R| HT: 5-8| WT: 180|
|DRAFTED: HS—Jacksonville, Ala., 2013 (12th round).|
|SIGNED BY: Ben Jones.|
|MINORS: .281/.358/.477 | 16 HR | 9 SB | 388 AB|
Scouting Report: Long’s 5-foot-8 stature belies his power. He has quick, strong wrists that produce thunder in his bat. He has a solid approach, even if he’s not looking to walk. Defensively, Long has improved at second base to become fringe-average, though his bat will always be his calling card. While not a burner, Long has the savvy to steal bases. Long’s background behind the plate is a plus that can add flexibility as an emergency catcher, and that skill could be a tiebreaker as the Reds fill out their bench.
The Future: Long will get another chance at Double-A in 2018 after struggling there in 2017. Though the Reds have plenty of options at second base, Long could work his way into the big league picture soon.
|9. Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP 📹|
|BORN: Sept. 18, 1995.|
|B-T: R-R | HT: 6-1 | WT: 172|
|SIGNED: Cuba, 2016.|
|SIGNED BY: Tony Arias/Chris Buckley.|
|MINORS: 7-8, 4.46 ERA | 94 SO | 19 BB | 103 IP|
Scouting Report: Like Iglesias, Gutierrez worked as a reliever in Cuba, and because he’s less athletic than Iglesias, he could be destined for the bullpen. He has flashed a plus fastball, changeup and pair of breaking balls–his slider is generally better than his curve. On some nights the two end up blending together. His fastball ranges from 90-97 mph depending on the night. Gutierrez attended instructional league and participated in drills but did not compete in games.
The Future: Gutierrez should start 2018 at Double-A Pensacola, where the Reds hope he can pitch a full season. He was in big league camp in 2017, often paired in throwing groups with Iglesias, and he could do the same again in 2018.
|10. Tyler Stephenson, C 📹|
|BORN: Oct. 16, 1996.|
|B-T: R-R | HT: 6-4 | WT: 225|
|DRAFTED: HS—Kennesaw, Ga., 2015 (1st round).|
|SIGNED BY: John Poloni.|
|MINORS: .278/.374/.414 | 6 HR | 2 SB | 295 AB|
Scouting Report: While Stephenson struggled in his first full year, he showed a better eye at the plate in his return to Dayton. His plus power potential is real, even if he hasn’t put up eye-popping home run totals so far. His large frame oozes power potential that could only be bolstered once he reaches Great American Ball Park. The development timetable for catchers takes longer, and Stephenson’s injuries have slowed him even more. He threw out just 21 percent of basestealers in 2017. As a long-limbed catcher, he has to work to maintain the flexibility to be an adequate receiver.
The Future: The most important thing Stephenson has to show is that he can stay on the field as he advances to high Class A Daytona in 2018.
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