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BA Grade: 65. Risk: Extreme Tool Grades: Fastball: 80. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 50. Track Record: The Reds drafted Greene second overall in 2017 and inked him to a $7.23 million bonus, a draft record for an amateur at the time. Cincinnati opted to develop him as a pitcher rather than a shortstop or two-way player, which was at least a possibility given the power he showed in high school. His hitting ability raised some questions among evaluators, while his arm strength, pure stuff and athleticism on the mound were too enticing to put on the back burner. Greene saw 30 at-bats as a DH and tossed just 4.1 innings for Rookie-level Billings after signing in 2017. He didn’t dominate in 2018 for low Class A Dayton, but he posted an impressive 11.72 strikeouts per nine innings thanks to his power stuff. He didn’t throw a single fastball under 100 mph at the 2018 Futures Game. A sprained ulnar collateral ligament, however, cut his season short in late July. After attempting to rehab his elbow in the offseason, Greene suffered a setback in spring training and had Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss the entire 2019 season. Scouting Report: Greene’s easy delivery and plus-plus fastball are his main calling cards. His delivery is clean and easy for him to repeat from his three-quarters arm slot. It allows him to be in and around the strike zone with sound command of his fastball. Greene’s arm strength is premium. His fastball has touched 103 mph, most notably with in the 2018 Futures Game, and sits comfortably in the 98-100 mph range. While his fastball is electric, evaluators have noted batters see the ball well out of his hand and are able to square it up more frequently than is optimal. In addition to his high-octane fastball, Greene has enough arm speed to snap off a slider with good angle and downward biting action. Greene’s slider is his best secondary offering and projects as plus while showing the ability to miss bats. His changeup lags behind his other offerings but projects average with his ability to maintain a consistent arm speed during his delivery. The Future: Greene is slated to begin building up innings on the mound in 2020 barring any setbacks. Besides proving a clean bill of health, Greene needs to improve his changeup in order to have a true off-speed weapon and a stronger chance at staying in the rotation. The righthander’s pure stuff and delivery should give him a chance to pitch at the front of a rotation, but the Reds will rightfully continue to exercise caution.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60. Track Record: 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. He hit eight home runs in the high Class A Florida State League during the first half of his first full season and received a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga in late July. He posted a .414 on-base percentage in his first taste of the upper minors. Scouting Report: India brings a polished game on both offense and defense. He controls the strike zone and flashes an above-average hit tool, although he will go through spells where he swings and misses too much. India shows plus raw power, but evaluators are split whether it will translate into games as he gets more experience. India has average range and plus arm strength at third base, and he has the hands and glove necessary for the position long-term. India is an average runner who will try to steal a bag on occasion. The Future: India’s athleticism, polish and well-rounded game give him a chance to grow into a solid everyday player. A shortstop in college, India has the tools to move to second base in deference to Eugenio Suarez if needed. Wherever he plays, his natural feel to hit should keep him in the lineup.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 60. Track Record: Lodolo decided not to sign with the Pirates out of high school after they drafted him 41st overall in 2016. He made his way to Texas Christian and struck out 11.4 batters per nine innings as a junior to emerge as the consensus top pitcher in the 2019 draft. The Reds took him No. 7 overall and signed him for the full slot amount of $5,432,200. Lodolo struck out 30 batters and didn’t issue a single walk in 18.1 innings after signing and reached low Class A Dayton. Scouting Report: Highly competitive, Lodolo comes right after hitters with his three-pitch mix. He attacks with a fastball that sits 92-93 mph and tops out at 96 with life. He works off his fastball with a plus curveball that has good depth and late snap to it with occasional sweeping action, and he has especially good feel to command it. Lodolo’s third offering is an upper-80s changeup that currently lacks separation from his fastball but could end up an average pitch over time. For a taller pitcher at 6-foot-6, Lodolo projects to have plus command and control with the ability to fill up the strike zone. The Future: Lodolo has the stuff and aggressiveness to be a mid-rotation starter and has a chance to move quickly. He’ll head to high Class A Daytona in 2020.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Run: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. Track Record: Stephenson was derailed by injuries for much of his first two seasons, including a concussion, wrist surgery and a sprained thumb. He stayed healthy in 2018 and showed defensive chops in the high Class A Florida State League, then took a step forward offensively in 2019. Stephenson’s .372 on-base percentage ranked sixth among batters who had at least 300 plate appearances in the Double-A Southern League. Scouting Report: Stephenson has good feel for the strike zone with an average hit tool and an excellent approach. He starts his swing with a small leg kick and modest load before firing his hands through the zone to produce loud contact and average power. He rarely chases out of the strike zone and works his walks. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Stephenson has a large frame behind the dish. He has solid hands but will have to continue to work on his receiving and framing skills. He has plus arm strength but doesn’t always get a good release—he threw out just 26 percent of basestealers in 2019. The Future: Stephenson’s arm and offensive potential will be enticing if he can stick behind the plate. Some are concerned a lack of mobility may push him to first base or left field.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 45. Track Record: The 49th overall pick in 2015, Santillan experienced a breakthrough 2018 but fought shoulder issues and a strained triceps tendon throughout 2019, landing on the injured list three times. When he was healthy, Santillan walked nearly a batter every other inning in the first half of the season with Double-A Chattanooga and struggled to find the strike zone consistently even during an improved second half. Scouting Report: Santillan works from a delivery that has some effort. He can run his fastball up to 96 mph, but he works more effectively in the low 90s. While his command has shown improvement at times, he lacks the ability to land his secondary offerings with any consistency, which has contributed to high walk totals throughout his career. Santillan’s slider is a future plus pitch in terms of pure quality in the low-to-mid 80s with a good spin rate. His changeup is developing and grades as potential average pitch, although it is a touch firm. He has also played around with a curveball, which helped him process and better develop the break on his slider. The Future: Santillan’s stuff is that of a mid-to-back of the rotation starter, but his control may ultimately push him to the bullpen. He may need a third straight season at Double-A in 2020.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Very High Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Run: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. Track Record: The Reds tracked Garcia closely during his years on Cuba’s junior national team and went over their international spending limit to sign him for $5 million in 2017. He struggled with an aggressive assignment to low Class A Dayton in his first season but, like many Cuban players, he made great strides in his second year in the U.S. in 2019. Garcia hit .278/.340/.432 in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League and led the circuit with 37 doubles. Scouting Report: Primarily a second baseman in Cuba, Garcia has proven he can handle shortstop. His soft, quick hands give him a plus glove, and he has the footwork and quickness to cover the requisite ground. Garcia’s arm strength is plus and has become better as his internal clock has improved. The game doesn’t speed up on him anymore after previously being a problem. Garcia’s swing is repeatable and he shows some ability to drive the ball, but he’s a contact hitter who uses the whole field more than a home run threat. His footspeed is average and won’t hurt his ability to stick up the middle. The Future: Garcia’s defense is an asset and should help him get to the big leagues. If he continues to progress as a hitter, he can be an everyday regular.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: Very High Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 55. Track Record: Richardson quickly rose in the 2018 draft class after he showed premium velocity on the mound. He was ticketed to go to Florida as a pitcher/outfielder, but his upper-90s fastball and projectable frame helped him go in the second round and land a nearly $2 million signing bonus. After an inconsistent pro debut, Richardson took the ball every fifth day for low Class A Dayton and tied for the Midwest League lead with 26 starts. Scouting Report: Richardson can run his fastball up to 95 mph but generally sits in the low 90s with the ability to throw it for strikes. He consistently attacks hitters and doesn’t back down regardless of the situation. His low-to-mid-70s curveball has good spin with late depth, and he has shown the ability to land it in the lower part of the strike zone as an above-average pitch. As with many other prep draftees, Richardson’s changeup is his third pitch, but it could develop into an average offering with improved arm speed. He is highly athletic and throws strikes with above-average control. Richardson has a frame built to log innings, although evaluators are split how much projection is left. The Future: Richardson is set to open 2020 at high Class A Daytona. His arm strength, athleticism and control give him a shot at developing into a mid-to-back of the rotation starter.
BA Grade: 45. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Run: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50. Track Record: Fairchild continued to adapt offensively in his third season of pro ball. While he hasn’t shown the power he did at Wake Forest that made him a second-round pick in 2017, Fairchild managed to cut down on his strikeouts and hit .300 in May and June at high Class A Daytona to earn a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga in July. Scouting Report: Fairchild isn’t overly physical or toolsy, but he plays above his supposed limitations. He is known for being a grinder and a solid all-around contributor. Fairchild made the effort to simplify his swing and start it earlier, which has enabled him to put the barrel on the ball more consistently and show average or better hitting ability. With improvements to the timing of his lower and upper half, Fairchild has a chance to develop above-average power down the road. His plus instincts and plus speed give him the ability to play center field, and he has the average arm to man all three outfield positions as needed. The Future: Fairchild should get plenty of at-bats in the upper minors in 2020. His continued offensive development will determine whether he becomes a solid everyday player or a useful fourth outfielder.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: Extreme Tool Grades: 50. Power: 50. Run: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50. Track Record: The Reds signed Siani for $2 million in 2018, a full $1 million more than any other fourth-round pick. After helping USA Baseball win the gold medal at the 18U World Cup, Siani showed a well-rounded game in the Rookie-level Appalachian League the following season. His first taste of full-season ball was a learning experience. The 19-year-old struck out 20 percent of the time but also led the Midwest League with 45 stolen bases. Scouting Report: Siani is a pure center fielder with near top-of-the-scale defensive ability. He is athletic with excellent body control and gets good jumps into both gaps. Siani’s arm is plus with natural carry, and his footspeed is also plus. For a teenager, he shows the ability to take proper routes and closes well on fly balls. While Siani’s bat path stays direct to the ball, he tends to overswing, which causes his contact ability to suffer. As he matures, his bat should develop to make more consistent contact and take advantage of his average raw power. The Future: Siani will start the 2020 season with high Class A Daytona. While he has flaws to his game, he’s young and is a solid all-around outfielder in a Reds system that lacks depth in center field.
BA Grade: 45. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 40. Run: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45. Track Record: The Athletics made Hannah the 50th overall pick in the 2018 draft, the second-highest player ever taken from Dallas Baptist. Hannah started his first full season strong at high Class A Stockton and made the California League all-star game, and the Reds acquired him at the trade deadline for Tanner Roark. Hannah hit just .224 in 18 games after the trade for high Class A Daytona before suffering a season-ending wrist sprain. Scouting Report: Hannah is highly athletic and shows it on both sides of the ball. A plus athlete with good bat-to-ball skills and a nice lefthanded swing, Hannah grinds out at-bats and has a solid approach. He works counts and seldom chases out of the zone or swings and misses. He mostly hits grounders or low liners and racks up extra bases with his plus speed. His swing and size are not conducive to home runs, but he has the strength to drive the ball. Hannah’s speed and plus range play in center field, but his fringy arm needs to improve. The Future: Hannah’s athleticism and on-base skills should help him get to the big leagues. Whether he becomes an everyday player or fourth outfielder will be determined by how much his bat continues to develop.
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