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Track Record: From the day he arrived at Tennessee, Senzel showed he was special. He batted cleanup for the Volunteers from his first game as a freshman, starred for three years there and in the Cape Cod League and became the highest drafted player in school history. Senzel’s fast track to the big leagues has been slowed by position switches and ailments. Vertigo ended his 2017 season early. With Eugenio Suarez signed to an extension, the Reds tried Senzel at shortstop and second base in spring training 2018 before junking the shortstop plan when he reported to Triple-A Louisville. A further bout of vertigo cost Senzel much of May. A torn ligament in his throwing hand ended his season in late June. Elbow surgery for bone spurs ruined plans to send him to the Arizona Fall League. Scouting Report: The Reds have moved Senzel around the field because they know his bat should play anywhere and he has the kind of easy athleticism that allows him to handle various defensive challenges. He features quick hands and a disciplined knowledge of the strike zone. A plus hitter, Senzel stays balanced with ease and stays short to the ball, allowing him to get the barrel on pitches in all areas of the strike zone. He makes consistent contact and has plus power that would profile at his natural position of third base. Senzel’s approach is aimed toward making hard contact to all fields. He is an above-average runner who runs the bases well. His good instincts and plus arm will be suited to play third base long term, but with that position manned by Suarez in Cincinnati, Senzel could pursue second base, center field or left field in the big leagues. He showed he can be at least an above-average defensive second baseman. Senzel tried both outfield spots at instructional league. His athleticism and understanding of the game should help him grow to be a solid defender at multiple positions. The Future: While the Reds will play it safe with Senzel and his injury-riddled past, he should be playing in Cincinnati before long. His maturity and advanced approach both offensively and defensively should allow him to have an immediate impact on the big league club. When the Reds non-tendered Billy Hamilton, Senzel’s path to an outfield job in 2019 cleared, but second base is a logical landing spot once Scooter Gennett’s contract expires after the 2019 season.
Track Record: The second pick in the 2017 draft, Greene had a rough introduction to low Class A Dayton. He posted a 14.63 ERA in four April starts but turned around his season by throwing more strikes and getting better luck on balls in play. He had to be shut down in late July because of a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He resumed throwing off a mound in mid-December and is expected to be full speed for spring training. Scouting Report: Greene topped out at 103 mph in the Futures Game and regularly sat 97-100 in 2018. The righthander throws both a heavy two-seam fastball as well as a four-seamer. Evaluators have worried that Greene’s clean delivery and straight fastball make it too easy for opponents to pick up the ball out of his hand. His mid-80s slider has three-quarters break that features good plane and downward bite. It projects as a plus pitch. Greene has the arm action to be able to throw a future average changeup, but it’s generally his worst pitch and explains in part why lefties hit .298/.397/.567. The Future: The Reds will be cautious with Greene, but if he shows he’s fully healthy in spring training, he’s ready for high Class A.
Track Record: A star running back in high school, Trammell has made a smooth transition to pro ball. He has hit at every level and he starred on the big stage in 2018, earning MVP honors at the Futures Game with a 2-for-2 game with a triple and a 438-foot home run. He ranked among the Florida State League leaders in on-base percentage and stolen bases. Scouting Report: Trammell’s athleticism has helped him become an impact player on both sides of the ball. He is a plus hitter. There will always be swing-and-miss to his game, but he gets to his power even with a simple setup that allows him to stay balanced at the plate. Trammell doesn’t try to do too much, making the most of his skill set while understanding game situations. A strong upper body and quick hands will develop into above-average power. Trammell is a plus runner who is aggressive on the basepaths while also showing plus range in center field. He has improved his defensive play but has a below-average arm. The Future: Trammell’s bat and athleticism should help him become an offensive-minded, first-division outfielder before too long. He fits best in center field, but his bat could profile in left field.
Track Record: India was part of one the best high school infields ever. At American Heritage High in Delray Beach, Fla., he played with Tyler Frank (a Rays second-round pick) and $6 million signee Lucius Fox. Drafted fifth overall in 2018, India blasted 21 home runs as a junior at Florida after hitting 10 home runs in his first two years combined. Scouting Report: Coming from a top college program, India has a advanced hitting skills and a polished defensive approach. The game doesn’t speed up on him, and he controls his at-bats like a veteran. He has a sound setup at the plate, allowing him to sync his lower and upper halves. His above-average power and above-average hit tool are excellent fits at third base. His footwork and average arm are stretched at shortstop, where he played some in his pro debut, but he can be an above-average defender at second or third. India has average speed but isn’t considered much of a stolen base threat. The Future: Nick Senzel jumped straight to high Class A in his first full pro season, and it makes sense for India to be on a similar timetable. The Reds will have to determine India’s ultimate position with Eugenio Suarez, Senzel and him all sharing similar defensive profiles. India’s bat should play regardless of position.
Track Record: Santillan geared down his fastball in 2018 and the decision yielded excellent results. He nearly halved his walk rate to 2.3 per nine innings in 2018, showing significantly improved control with little degradation in the quality of his stuff. Santillan has also proved durable. After throwing 128 innings in 2017, he tossed 149 more in 2018. Scouting Report: Santillan has a big, athletic body and attacks hitters with an approach that is all about power--even his changeup is hard. There’s some effort to his delivery, but Santillan maintains his stuff for six to seven innings and throws strikes, projecting to have average control if not average command. His plus-plus fastball sits 94-98 mph with late life. It can be a heavy fastball that is difficult for hitters to square. He works off his fastball with a future plus slider that has good plane and tight break, though it morphs into a cutter at times. While his firm 85-88 mph changeup lags behind the other two offerings, he does show some feel for it and throws it with deception and fade. The Future: Santillan has put in the work to better control his front side. That improved control is important for him to reach his ceiling as a mid-rotation starter.
Track Record: The most important statistic for Stephenson in 2018 was his total of 97 games caught. His 2016 season was derailed by a concussion and sore left wrist, which ultimately required surgery. He missed much of the second half of 2017 with a sprained thumb. So he and the Reds were thrilled to see Stephenson lead the high Class A Florida State League in games caught, putouts and fielding percentage (.996). Scouting Report: Stephenson’s big frame works behind the plate because of his strength and athleticism, though his size means he’s less nimble than a smaller backstop. He still has work to do with his game-calling. His arm grades out as plus, even though his footwork and release can hinder his throwing from time to time--he threw out 24 percent of basestealers in 2018. At the plate, Stephenson has the potential to be an average hitter with average power. His swing starts with a minor leg kick leading into a modest load of the hands before driving the barrel through the zone. The Future: With a big arm and enough athleticism to play every day at catcher, Stephenson is one of the rare prospects who can contribute both offensively and defensively as a catcher.
Track Record: Cincinnati signed Gutierrez for $4.7 million in September 2016. Since then, he has developed a little slower than expected for a pitcher with experience in Cuba’s top league, Serie Nacional. At the time of his signing, Gutierrez was seen as a potential power reliever, but he has proven to have more feel and a little less stuff than expected. Scouting Report: Gutierrez isn’t overpowering but gets hitters out using an effective three-pitch mix that he throws from a three-quarters arm slot with future above-average control. His delivery adds some deception with a slight turn of his back before exploding toward the plate. His average fastball sits comfortably in the low 90s while touching 96 mph. He flashes a future above-average 12-to-6 curveball that ranges from 78-83 mph. It has very good break and he can land it for strikes while also bending it out of the strike zone. His low-80s changeup is also a solid-average pitch. It has deception and fade. The Future: Gutierrez is ready for Triple-A Louisville. With his stuff and control, he has shown that he can reach the big leagues as a back-of-the-rotation starter in late 2019 or 2020.
Track Record: The Reds went over slot to ink Siani in 2018, signing him for $2 million--a full $1 million more than any other fourth-round pick. He highlighted his 2017 amateur season by helping USA Baseball win gold at the 18U World Cup. He showed a well-rounded game in his pro debut at Rookie-level Greeneville, hitting .288/.351/.386. Scouting Report: For a recent high school pick, Siani shows an advanced understanding of the game, especially when he roams center field. He stays under control and shows poise. He gets a good first step on his reads and takes solid routes. He is very athletic, and it shows on both sides of the ball. Siani’s plus arm and speed make him a safe bet to remain in center field. He uses a small leg kick with minimal loading to stay short to the ball, though his contact ability suffers from a tendency to get big and swing for the fences. Siani’s bat is relatively well refined for a young hitter and he projects to have average productive power to go with an average bat. The Future: Siani will head to low Class A Dayton in 2019. Center field is one of the thinnest positions in the Reds’ system, so the path is clear for his advancement. He’s more solid than spectacular, but he has few glaring flaws.
Track Record: Siri has long flashed exceptional tools that have been hindered by poor plate discipline. His 2018 season was more of the same. He started the season on the disabled list with a thumb injury after crashing into a wall during a spring training game, which affected his power early in his return. Siri earned a promotion to Double-A Pensacola, where he showed the plus tools that have long enticed scouts and the below-average approach that leads to too many empty at-bats. Scouting Report: Siri is unlikely to ever be better than a below-average hitter as he tends to swing and miss outside of the strike zone–his 32.2 percent strikeout rate was among the worst in the Southern League. When he does make contact, he does drive the ball, which is why there is still reason for hope. Siri is an excellent defender and has a plus arm that will help him in center field. He is also a plus runner, which helps him to have good range in the outfield. His mentality is aggressive, as he is always looking to push the envelope and take the extra base when possible. The Future: Siri saw his batting average and on-base percentage take a dip at Double-A, so it’s likely he returns there to get some more at-bats. But he should make it to Triple-A Louisville this year. Siri has the tools to be an everyday outfielder, but unless his selectivity improves he’s unlikely to live up to those hopes.
Track Record: After a productive career at Wake Forest, Fairchild has acquitted himself nicely in his first two pro seasons. He's shown he can get on base while playing a solid center field, but the righthanded hitter has yet to show as much pop as he demonstrated with the Demon Deacons. Scouting Report: Although he has solid-average tools, Fairchild is known for performing above them. He takes an advanced approach to hitting, showing both patience and the ability to drive the ball. He has a strong build and clean swing, which should lead to roughly average power. Fairchild is a plus runner and plays center field well. He has good feel for roaming the outfield, although his arm is considered below-average. The Future: Fairchild will likely begin the season at high Class A Daytona, but will end up playing most of the season in Double-A. His offensive adjustments and ability to play quality defense in the outfield give him a chance to be a big league regular, but he'll have to hit for more power or average to avoid a fourth outfielder tag.
Track Record: The Reds went over their international spending limit to sign Garcia in June of 2017, shelling out $5 million. The organization challenged Garcia immediately, assigning him to play with low Class A Dayton. He took a while to get settled in and had plenty of rust to shake off, but once the weather warmed up, he hit .277/.322/.398 in the second half. Garcia played both shortstop and second base in 2018 for Dayton, sharing the positions with Jeter Downs. Scouting Report: While scouts are comfortable that Garcia will be a solid fielder, there's much less confidence in his bat. He is a gap-to-gap hitter who could develop average power as he matures. He stays balanced with his swing but needs to refine his understanding of the strike zone to make the most of his fringe-average hit tool. Garcia has gotten significantly bigger and stronger since arriving from Cuba, which adds hope that he'll start driving the ball. Primarily a second baseman in Cuba, Garcia showed that he can be above-average defender at shortstop with plus speed, a plus arm and the range scouts look for in a shortstop. Garcia has good hands, but with Dayton he committed 28 errors, almost equally divided between fielding and throwing. He has to figure out how to slow the game down at shortstop. The Future: The Reds have a lot of middle infielders in the system, but Garcia has one of the clearest paths to being a big league shortstop because he has a better glove than Downs and a better bat than Alfredo Rodriguez.
Track Record: After most teams failed to notice that Friedl was a draft-eligible sophomore, he went out and starred for Team USA's Collegiate National Team that summer, which set off a bidding war when teams realized he eligible to sign. Cincinnati signed Friedl for $735,000, the largest signing bonus ever given to an undrafted free agent. Friedl missed time in 2017 with a thumb injury, but he was fully healthy in 2018 as he bounced between left and center field. Scouting Report: Freidl has a feel for making contact with a high-contact, low-power approach. He has transitioned from using a slightly open stance with a leg-kick stride to using no stride. This change has allowed him to wait and not commit so early on pitches, which has helped his on-base percentage and his contract rate. He projects as an above-average hitter. He's an above-average defender in center field and plus in the corners with an average arm. He is also a plus runner who can handle all three outfield positions effectively. Friedl is a high-energy player who plays with plenty of intensity. The Future: Friedl doesn't have enough bat or power to be a big league regular, but he's a good fit as a backup outfielder thanks to his speed, defense, contact ability and hustle.
Track Record: The Reds have moved Bautista conservatively since signing him in 2014, but he's hit everywhere he's played. Bautista's .330 average led all Reds minor leaguers and marked the third straight season he's hit .320 or better. Even more encouragingly, Bautista started to drive the ball in 2018 with eight home runs in the power-friendly Pioneer League. Scouting Report: Bautista is a toolsy outfielder who has a loose body and above-average bat speed. He has a wiry body and a frame that should be able to add strength, with some scouts projecting future plus power once he fills out. For now, the 20-year-old struggles to maintain his weight during the season. He doesn't walk much and has a tendency to expand the strike zone with a pull-heavy approach he will need to adjust as he climbs the ladder. His bat speed and hand-eye coordination give him the tools to make those adjustments. Bautista is a plus runner and has an average arm. He'll likely slow down a little as he fills out, which leads to healthy debates about whether he can stay in center field. The Future: After a surge in power during his time in the Pioneer League, Bautista is ready for full-season ball. He'll need to make adjustments, but he has the tools to be a regular in the outfield.
Track Record: Richardson was one of the fastest risers in the 2018 draft class after some electric outings helped him rise out of sleeper status. Richardson was slated to head to Florida as a righthander and outfielder before he blew up last spring. He flashed a 97-98 mph fastball at his best, but his velocity and the quality of his stuff varied significantly. In his pro debut, the Reds rarely saw the dominating stuff he showed in the spring. Scouts said he looked raw and worn down in the Appalachian League. Scouting Report: Richardson is athletic and has plenty of arm strength with a projectable frame that is built for innings. He showed little ability to locate his fastball gloveside in his pro debut and his curveball flashed average, rather than the plus breaker he would land occasionally in high school. Richardson has a very fast, live arm and gets downhill plane on his 92-94 mph fastball that touches 97. Richardson's delivery is a little stiff, but he has the athleticism and strength to develop average control. Like many young pitchers, Richardson's changeup needs development, but he throws it with similar arm speed and it grades as future average. The Future: Richardson is still very raw and may not be ready for the jump to the Midwest League. His frame, athleticism and fast arm give him a chance to develop into a back-end starter.
Track Record: Mella was acquired in 2015 from the Giants alongside outfielder Adam Duvall in exchange for righthander Mike Leake. The Reds added him to the 40-man roster before the 2017 season and have been patient. They have continued to work Mella as a starter in the minors, but when they called him up to the majors he moved to the bullpen, which has long been his expected big league role. He has struggled in two brief big league stints and he finished the season on the 60-day disabled list with an oblique strain. Scouting Report: Mella's main weapon is his plus fastball, which sits 94-96 mph and can touch 97 mph. He generates velocity from a fairly compact, explosive delivery. His fastball is a solid pitch, but he has yet to figure out a true offspeed weapon. His average, low-80s slider had late downward movement but it's not a true bat-missing pitch and his changeup has never rounded into form as a pitch he can trust. When he reached the majors last year, Mella relied much too heavily on his fastball. While he scattered pitches all around the zone in the majors, he's shown average control in the minors. The Future: Even after seven pro seasons, Mella's ultimate role is still unclear. He doesn't miss enough bats to be a high-leverage reliever and his secondary offerings aren't good enough to turn over the lineup a couple of times. Mella has only one option remaining, so 2019 will be a make-or-break year.
Track Record: Marinan went from being an interesting two-way prospect to a much harder throwing pitching prospect as a high school senior. The Dodgers spent big to land Marinan, and signed him for $822,500, which was more than double the slot amount for the fourth-round pick. Los Angeles then turned him quickly into a big leaguer by trading him in a package that landed reliever Dylan Floro. Scouting Report: Marinan throws from a three quarter arm slot, which helps him get some sink on his low-90s fastball. He also showed he can get some arm-side run on his above-average. He gets some swing and miss with his promising curveball which has good spin, although it needs more refining. His third pitch is a changeup which he shows some feel for and has a chance to be at least average down the road. Like many tall pitchers, he struggles to consistently repeat his delivery, which leads to control problems. The Future: As a pitcher who is still figuring out how to pitch with premium velocity, Marinan will be on a slower developmental track. He's ready to jump to low Class A Dayton. His frame and stuff makes him a promising starting pitcher, but one who has a long way to go.
Track Record: Herget brings the funk as much as George Clinton. He is never a comfortable at-bat, especially for righthanded hitters, but after making it to the Futures Game in 2017, he struggled more in 2018 as too often Triple-A hitters found him catching too much of the plate with his fastball and slider. Scouting Report: Herget mixes arm slots, but he generally throws from a true sidearm slot with an almost whippy arm action. Few sidearmers throw as hard as Herget, as he'll sit 92-94 and touch 96. His arm slot means his fastball generaly runs in on righthanded hitters and away from lefthanded hitters, but he's shown that he can also work in on lefties' hands at times. He mixes in a plus slider that sits in the low 80s with good tilt. His third pitch is a below-average changeup that is only a change of pace for lefties. Herget's control wasn't as good as it has been in 2018, but he projects to have average control and command. The Future: Herget should be a bullpen option in 2019 for Cincinnati. His two-pitch mix and deception against righthanders should help him get work as a middle reliever.
Track Record: Aquino has long had prototypical right field tools, but he's struggled to fully take advantage. He did get his first big league at-bat in October. But the Reds then non-tendered him to drop him from the 40-man roster. He then returned to the Reds on a minor league contract. Over-aggressiveness has long been Aquino's biggest issue. Scouting Report: Aquino is a sturdy, athletic outfielder who has plus raw power to all fields. His power in games will be above-average in the future. He doesn't make a lot of quality contact, mostly because he has a tendency to chase and expand the strike zone. He has a very good arm, but his below-average speed limits him to a corner spot. His outfield defense is average, and fits well in the corner. The Future: In need of strike zone refinement, Aquino will play quite a lot of right field for Triple-A Louisville. Aquino most likely ends up as a long-time Triple-A outfielder with occasional stints in the big leagues, but he's still young enough to have a hope for a larger role.
Track Record: It took Martinez three seasons to hit his first professional home run, but once he'd done so, he went on a power tear. Playing in the power-friendly Pioneer League, Martinez ended up hitting eight home runs. Martinez hit his first professional home run on July 6 and tallied seven more on the season. He did so while also showing better contact ability. Scouting Report: Martinez will have to make steady improvement at the plate. He puts together good at-bats, but his swing has an arm bar to it and emphasizes power over feel for hitting. He has to work on his barrel awareness. Martinez has the defense to stick at third base as he has soft hands and an average arm. His footwork will need to improve. The Future: Martinez is still young and has plenty of potential, but he also has a lot of work to do. Martinez is ready to jump to low Class A Dayton. If he can improve his swing and continue to refine his defense, Martinez has a chance to develop a big league third baseman.
Track Record: When the Reds drafted Heatherly in the third round and paid him an above-slot $1.047 million, they knew they were acquiring a high-ceiling project. After a solid pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League, Heatherly reminded everyone how far he has to go with a very difficult start to the 2018 season. He walked 11 batters in just 3.2 innings over his first two starts with Rookie-level Greeneville. He settled down afterward but still battled significant control issues all season. Scouting Report: Heatherly is physical and has a relatively clean delivery, but that hasn't helped him throw strikes so far. Heathlerly sits 92-93 mph and touches 95 with a heavy fastball that he can command to both sides of the plate at his best. His best secondary offering is his future plus curveball, which has good spin and works against both lefties and righties. He also throws a slider that tends to blend from time to time with his curveball. He has worked on a low-80s changeup that he doesn't yet show much confidence in. The Future: Heatherly is learning how to pitch more aggressively and how to throw strikes. Much like last year, he'll compete for a spot in low Class A Dayton, but he'll have to show significant improvement to survive in the Midwest League.
Track Record: Acquired in the 2017 trade that sent lefthander Tony Cingrani to the Dodgers, Clementina has performed well in the Reds' system. After spending all of last season in rookie ball, he adjusted well to full-season competition. Scouting Report: Clementina shows plus-plus raw power that should translate into 16-20 home runs a year eventually. His hit tool is below-average but he still manages to grind out quality at-bats. Defensively he has to work on pitch calling and staying focused from pitch to pitch, but there are the tools and desire to catch. Clementina is a big-bodied catcher who is a little limited by his size. He's raw defensively, but he's shown steady improvement. His body works behind the plate and his arm grades as average. Good hands allow him to be an above-average pitch framer. The Future: Clementina is big for a catcher, so he'll have to work hard to stay on top of his body. He has the ability to be a future backup catcher with power potential.
Track Record: The Reds shelled out $7 million to sign Rodriguez in July of 2016. While many scouts believed that Rodriguez's bat would be too light in pro ball, the Reds believed he would develop at the plate. So far, other team's scouts have been right. Rodriguez struggles to hit the ball over outfielders' heads. His 2018 season was also derailed by a hamate injury. Scouting Report: Rodriguez is a gifted defensive player who is polished at shortstop. He has a good internal clock and feel for the position. While he has below-average speed, that doesn't hurt him in the field. His arm is plus and has the footwork to be an above-average defender. At the plate, Rodriguez has much further to go. While he controls the barrel well, he lacks bat speed and his bottom-of-the-scale power allows teams to position the outfield to cut off bloopers. The Future: After dealing with some injuries, Rodriguez will get more at-bats in the lower minors to work on his offensive tools. The skills are there to be a superb defender up the middle, but his bat will make it hard for him to even handle a bench role.
Track Record: After going homer-less in 2017, Lantigua proved to be one of the better power hitters in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2018, when he finished with a league-best 26 extra-base hits and was third in the league with eight home runs. Scouting Report: Lantigua is an athletic switch-hitter who has plus raw power. The raw power should translate to above-average productive power from both sides of the plate. His swing gets long from time to time, making it difficult to generate consistent contact. His above-average speed gives him a chance to stay in center field. His plus arm would also fit in right, with some scouts believing he'll end up outgrowing center field and sliding over. The Future: Playing more games at the rookie level would be beneficial, as more consistent contact is needed before making the next jump. His defensive tools and intriguing power give him a chance to be an everyday corner outfielder on a second-division team.
Track Record: Isabel was dealt to Cincinnati from the Dodgers as a part of a package for reliever Ariel Hernandez. Originally signed at age 17, Ibandel has spent time in the outfield as well as first base. Isabel has some of the best power in the minors. He set a Florida State League record with 35 homers in 2018 and with 36 overall tied the Mets' Peter Alonso for the overall minor league lead. Scouting Report: Isabel is well known for having top-shelf raw power. He generates excellent loft and can hit it out of the park to any field. He slots his hands into a lower position before taking a big stride, which has caused him to swing and miss with frightening frequency. When he connects, he can clear the wall in any park. Ibandel is athletic enough and has a solid arm. His footwork around the bag is passable and works well enough to stick there defensively. The Future: Double-A is going to be a big test for Isabel. He was left unprotected and unpicked in the Rule 5 draft, and teams are skeptical that his approach will allow him to make enough contact.
Track Record: After sitting out his first two years at Florida recovering from Tommy John surgery, Moss was dominating in his only year on the mound for the Gators. After posting a 1.57 ERA with only two extra-base hits allowed in 23 innings, Moss was nearly as effective with low Class A Dayton in 2017. The crafty lefty was still effective and durable but not nearly as dominating in the Florida State League. Scouting Report: Moss relies on feel for pitching, locating and messing with hitters' timing because he lacks a plus pitch. His 88-92 mph fastball is effective because he spots it well to the four corners of the strike zone. His slider flashes above-average and he mixes in a fringe-average changeup. Moss repeats his delivery well and throws consistent strikes, showing future average control and above-average command. The Future: After starting 25 games in the high Class A Florida State league, Moss will be ticketed Double-A Chattanooga in 2019. With more seasoning of his changeup, Moss could fit as a swingman.
Track Record: The Pirates drafted Joe 39th overall in 2014 and signed him for $1.25 million, but injuries and constant position changes kept him from getting settled. The Pirates traded him to the Braves in August 2017, and Atlanta flipped him to the Dodgers a month later for international bonus money. Scouting Report: Joe had an open stance in college at San Diego but was told to shelve it by the Pirates. He re-opened his stance with the Dodgers and found himself in a more athletic position to hit, resulting in consistently better swings and harder contact. With advanced strike zone discipline, Joe's re-tooled setup allowed him to realize his initial projection of a solid-average hitter with average power. Joe is an average defender at first base and below-average at third base. During instructional league the Dodgers mixed him in at catcher, a position he briefly played in college. The Future: Joe may be the Dodgers' next late-career success story brought about by a swing change, although that success may come in Cincinnati. As a Rule 5 pick, he'll battle for a spot on the Reds' bench.
Track Record: Spillane was the 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year with Illinois, where he slugged a .903 his final season. His 23 home runs were a career high, besting his previous career high of five. He was promptly selected by Cincinnati and signed an under-slot deal. Scouting Report: Spillane has plus raw power and has the ability to drive the ball to all fields, but his swing is a bit unorthodox due to the setup of his hands and elbows. He starts with his hands well separated from his body, which makes it hard to get the bat on plane. Spillane He has an average arm and projects to be an average defender in right field and has a chance to be an above-average defender at first base. The Future: Spillane will jump to low Class A Dayton. His power is rare and could put him among the Midwest League's home run leaders, but he's also likely to rank among the league's strikeout leaders.
Track Record: Hendrix was expected to be Texas A&M's closer in his junior season, but control troubles led to him losing the job over to Mark Ecker. The Reds still drafted him in the fifth round because his fastball and curveball are exceptional at their best. Hendrix has combined dominance and struggles since, as his wavering control determines his effectiveness. Hendrix had a much better stint in the Florida State League during his second go around in 2018. The righthander was particularly stingy on the road, holding batters to a .193 batting average against across 23.2 innings. Hendrix walked 5.9 batters per nine innings in the first half, but improved to 3.1 BB/9 in the second half. Scouting Report: Hendrix is a power arm out of the bullpen, showing the ability to run his plus fastball up to 97 mph in short stints–and he has touched 100 mph or better in the past. He throws a power curveball that can flash plus-plus and is one of the best in the entire system. It has a high spin rate with good shape, although he can struggle to land it for strikes consistently. A violent head snap during his delivery causes him to lose control of the strike zone. His third offering is a hard changeup that needs more polish to be effective, and is something he uses sporadically. The Future: Hendrix profiles as a middle reliever with the stuff to work in some high-leverage situations if he is able to improve upon his below-average command. He should be ticketed for bullpen work with Double-A Chattanooga in 2019.
Track Record: Willems, a Curacao native, has played at four different levels in three seasons with the Reds, but he is still looking for his first game above Rookie ball. He's yet to post an on-base percentage above .300. However, Willems has shown potential as a middle infielder with some power potential and solid hand-eye coordination. Willems did see a jump in power by hitting eight home runs in 2018. Scouting Report: Willems is a bat-first infielder with good bat speed. He has a clean swing that gets started with a small leg kick. His barrel control has helped his raw power to translate more into games. An aggressive approach at the plate causes him to have difficulty getting on-base consistently, but he does do a solid job of putting bat to ball. In the field, he grades as tick below average at second base. He can fill in at third base, but is below average there at best. Willems is an average runner and shows a solid average arm. The Future: An improvement in offensive approach will be the next step for Willems before he gets any at-bats in full season ball. He should be able to stick at second base, but his bat will have to carry him to a backup infielder profile.
Track Record: Kuhnel was an effective starter at Texas-Arlington, but the Reds immediately moved the hard-throwing, big-bodied righthander to the bullpen after drafting him. Kuhnel pitched well in the Florida State League, registering 17 saves in 20 attempts for the Daytona Tortugas. His control has always been a positive attribute, as he's walked less than 1.5 batters per nine innings for his young pro career and he walked less than two per nine in his two years at Texas-Arlington. Scouting Report: Kuhnel attacks hitters with a plus fastball that can touch 99 mph. His average fastball velocity spiked from 92 mph in 2017 to 95 mph in 2018. It plays up in the zone and has a good spin rate as well, creating some late life on the pitch. He couples his fastball with a fringy slider that has average depth. It's a harder slider that he throws in the upper 80's, but it's not a true bat-misser. His changeup grades as future average and he flashes solid average command due to a relatively compact pitching motion. The Future: A stint with Double-A Chattanooga should be in the cards for Kuhnel after having successful season in the lower minors. With his ability to throw strikes and dial up his fastball, Kuhnel has the potential to be a lower-leverage setup reliever.
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