Cincinnati Reds 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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|Jose De Leon||RHP|
|Josh D. Smith||LHP|
Lefthander Nick Lodolo, the team’s first-round pick in 2019 out of Texas Christian, made the Reds’ Alternate Training Site roster. Lodolo, while advanced, has just 18 pro innings under his belt, none at a level higher than low Class A. Even so, he was expected to be a fast-mover, so his timetable could get accelerated during a shortened season. Brandon Finnegan, the Royals’ 2014 first-rounder, also out of TCU, pitched just 27 innings in the minors before making his big league debut, so there is recent precedent for Lodolo zooming to the big leagues.
Seeing Aristides Aquino, who socked 19 home runs in his first 205 big league at-bats in 2019, being sent to the team’s Alternate Training Site is a bit of a stunner. That’s about as big of a surprise as can be found on the Reds’ rosters. The team might also have considered righty Vladimir Gutierrez, the team’s No. 13 prospect, but he was suspended on Sunday for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
As far as prospects go, the Reds took most of their highest priority prospects from the upper levels while leaving their lower-level prospects (including No. 1 RHP Hunter Greene and 2020 first-round pick Austin Hendrick) out of the mix. Given how competitive the Reds hope to be, this seems to be a sound strategy.