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  1. 1. Elly De La Cruz | SS
    Elly De La Cruz
    Born: Jan 11, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Richard Jimenez.
    Minors: .304/.359/.586 | 28 HR | 47 SB | 471 AB

    BA Grade: 60/Extreme

    Track Record: Few prospects have come as quickly out of nowhere into prominence as de la Cruz. Signed for just $65,000, de la Cruz made his Dominican Summer League debut in 2019 and then had to wait until 2021 to get into another game—he wasn't part of the Reds alternate site or instructional league in 2020. He played his way out of the Arizona Complex League by having 11 extra-base hits in just 11 games.

    Scouting Report: No Reds prospect has a higher ceiling than de la Cruz. There are few players in the majors or minors with three 70s on their scouting report. De la Cruz is a plus-plus runner with a plus-plus arm and plus-plus raw power. Coaches and scouts rave that his understanding of the game may be as impressive as his tools and he embraces working to get better. De la Cruz split his time between shortstop and third base. He has a legitimate shot to stick at short thanks to excellent hands and his railgun of an arm, but he would fit at third or in center field as well. The biggest concern with de la Cruz is his extremely aggressive at-bats. He approaches every at-bat as if he can hit everything. More advanced pitchers will force him to adjust.

    The Future: De la Cruz looked like a future star in his U.S. debut. He has a lot of work ahead of him and his approach will have to improve, but he has a shot to hit in the middle of the lineup while also playing a premium defensive position. He should be ready for High-A Dayton.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 70. Fielding: 55. Arm: 70.

  2. 2. Nick Lodolo | LHP
    Nick Lodolo
    Born: Feb 5, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Christian, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Paul Scott.
    Minors: 0-0 | 2.84 ERA | 18 SO | 3 BB | 13 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Medium

    Track Record: One of the best high school arms in the 2016 draft class, Lodolo was picked 41st overall by the Pirates, but opted to head to Texas Christian. Lodolo's decision paid off when he became the top pitcher in the 2019 draft class. Picked seventh overall by the Reds, Lodolo worked on improving his changeup and adding a slider at the alternate site in 2020. Lodolo's innings were limited in 2021. He had a blister problem that cost him a month early in the season and he was shut down with a minor shoulder strain late in the season.

    Scouting Report: While there's nothing spectacular about Lodolo's pitch assortment, he has the rare ability to locate everything he throws and confidence to throw offspeed pitches in fastball counts. His 86-88 mph slider is his lone plus pitch. It's effective against lefties and righties, as it has tight, late break. His average 93-96 mph fastball works because he can run it in and out—he mainly throws a sinker, but also mixes in a four-seamer and he throws a cutter as well. His fringy, sweepy curveball became much less of a factor as he gained confidence in his slider. His average changeup has improved as a pro, and he's shown confidence to spot it against lefties and righties. Lodolo already has plus control and with his repeatable delivery, and he projects to have future plus command.

    The Future: Lodolo is unlikely to develop into an ace, but he is one of the safer bets in the minors to develop into a solid MLB starter. His confidence facing righthanded hitters and his command make everything play up, giving him a shot to be a reliable No. 3 or No. 4 starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 60. Cutter: 50. Curveball: 40. Changeup: 50. Control: 60.

  3. 3. Noelvi Marte | SS/3B
    Noelvi Marte
    Born: Oct 16, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 187
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Eddy Toledo/Tim Kissner.
    Minors: .279/.371/.458 | 19 HR | 23 SB | 448 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Marte set himself apart with his athleticism, tools and performance as an amateur and signed with the Mariners for $1.55 million in 2018. He lived up to his pedigree with a standout debut in the Dominican Summer League and was invited to the Mariners alternate training site in 2020, where he understandably struggled as the youngest player in camp. Marte made his full-season debut in 2021 and finished among the league leaders in hits, runs, doubles, home runs, walks, RBIs and stolen bases at Low-A Modesto, earning a late promotion to High-A Everett.

    Scouting Report: A skinny, projectable teenager when he signed, Marte has grown into a broad-shouldered, physical specimen with explosive power. He generates borderline plus-plus power out of a smooth, easy swing and hits rockets that leave any part of the stadium. He uses his lower half well and has a mechanically sound swing that allows him to project as an above-average hitter who gets to his power in games. Marte occasionally gives away at-bats and gets out of his approach, but at his best he recognizes pitches, stays in the strike zone and adjusts quickly. Marte moves well for his size on the basepaths and is a good athlete at shortstop with twitchy actions, a quick first step and soft hands. He has above-average arm strength but is often careless with his footwork and arm slot, leading to frequent throwing errors.

    The Future: Marte has the potential to be a power-hitting, all-star shortstop if he cleans up his defense. Even if he moves to third base, he still projects to be a middle-of-the-order cornerstone.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 65. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  4. 4. Edwin Arroyo | SS
    Edwin Arroyo
    Born: Aug 25, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: B
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Rob Mummau.
    Minors: .293/.366/.480 | 14 HR | 27 SB | 467 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Arroyo was Puerto Rico's top player in the 2021 draft class and raised his stock with an impressive showing at the Perfect Game All-America Classic. He transferred to Central Pointe Christian Academy in Kissimmee, Fla. for his senior year and performed well enough for the Mariners to draft him in the second round and sign him for $1.65 million. Arroyo became famous on social media in his pro debut for his enormous bat flips in the Arizona Complex League, but he hit just .211 with four extra-base hits in 21 games.

    Scouting Report: Arroyo is a rare athlete who is both a switch-hitter and switch-thrower. That athleticism translates to his defense at shortstop, where his fluid actions, quick reads, reliable hands and plus arm strength give him the potential to be a plus-plus defender. He has advanced defensive instincts for his age and gets the ball out of his glove remarkably quickly. Arroyo faces more questions offensively. He has solid hand-eye coordination and surprising power, especially from the left side, but his swing frequently gets too big and doesn't stay in the zone very long. He plays with a lot of flash and flair but at times crosses the line into empty showboating.

    The Future: Arroyo's defense will buy him time to figure out his bat. He'll see Low-A Modesto in 2022. Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 65: Arm: 60.

  5. 5. Cam Collier | 3B
    Cam Collier
    Born: Nov 20, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 210
    Minors: .370/.514/.630 | 2 HR | 0 SB | 27 AB

    BA Grade: 60/Extreme

    August Update: The youngest hitter in the 2022 draft class, Collier was 17 years old on draft day and doesn't turn 18 until November. The son of former big leaguer Lou Collier, Cam was originally a top-ranked member of the 2023 high school class, but he opted to first reclassify for the 2022 draft class and then move from Georgia high school baseball to one of the top junior college programs in the country at Chipola. Those aggressive moves have paid off for the 6-foot-1, 219-pound third baseman, who was second on the team in hitting and posted a .333/.419/.537 slash line with eight home runs, 12 doubles and 25 walks to 33 strikeouts. As you likely guessed given Collier's age and performance, he's an advanced hitter who has long shown a savvy approach at the plate. He has quick hands and a clean bat path paired with excellent pitch recognition and an ability to let the ball travel, trust his hands and use the entire field. Collier has a wide, crouched and open setup with a low handset. He'll occasionally let those hands completely take over in his swing and slap the ball the other way without fully incorporating his lower half or being fully grounded. He has plenty of strength in the tank as a physically mature player for his age with plus raw power, but it's an approach that is more geared for balls sprayed into the gaps than homers to the pull side. Collier has an easy plus arm from the hot corner, with solid hands and defensive instincts as well, though he'll need to maintain his body and lateral mobility to stick at the position. Scouts skeptical of his defense think he'll eventually move to first base primarily because of mobility concerns at his physical peak.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60 Power: 55 Run: 40. Field: 50. Arm: 65.

  6. 6. Spencer Steer | 2B/3B
    Spencer Steer
    Born: Dec 7, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Kyle Blackwell
    Minors: .274/.364/.515 | 23 HR | 4 SB | 427 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Medium

    Track Record: Steer was a standout performer throughout his collegiate career with Oregon and also stood out on the Cape Cod League. After an impressive 2019 pro debut, Steer began tapping into more power in 2021, advancing to Double-A Wichita and drawing positive reviews from scouts both inside and outside the org for his all-around game.

    Scouting Report: While Steer doesn't have massive top-end exit velocity numbers, he makes hard contact consistently and hit 24 home runs and 18 doubles between High-A and Double-A in 2021. That's a great sign for a contact-oriented bat like Steer, who only struck out at a combined 21.5% rate this season. He's a versatile defender who can handle several positions—including shortstop in a pinch—with good hands, adequate arm strength and enough arm for whatever position he's at. His best defensive position is second, but he should be able to move around the defensive spectrum depending on team need. Steer is an average runner, but he's opportunistic and savvy on the base paths and generally draws positive reviews for his baseball instincts in general, and for his competitiveness and intensity on the field.

    The Future: Steer needs more at-bats against upper-level minor league pitching, but his power increase makes him one of the risers of the system and his defensive versatility gives him multiple avenues to a big league role.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

  7. 7. Matt McLain | SS
    Matt McLain
    Born: Aug 6, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Jimmy Moran.
    Minors: .232/.363/.453 | 17 HR | 27 SB | 371 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: A two-time first-round pick, McLain spurned the D-backs as the 25th pick in the 2018 draft—he was the fast riser in a high school shortstop class that also included Brice Turang and Nick Allen. McLain's father was a college football player at UCLA, his mother was a college softball and volleyball player and his brothers Sean and Nick play baseball at Arizona State and UCLA, respectively.

    Scouting Report: McLain's pro debut matched what he did at UCLA. He put together consistent at-bats and rarely swung and missed, but he didn't hit the ball particularly hard. He will have to rework his swing if he wants to hit for more power. His approach is contact-oriented, and his swing doesn't generate much of a load, but it does leave him able to control the barrel of the bat. He rarely fails to make contact, but he also posts modest exit velocities. Defensively, McLain makes all the plays at shortstop, he just doesn't always look like he does it easily. There's effort and a lack of fluidity to McLain's actions, but he has soft hands and an above-average arm that's enough to stay at the position. He also played center field as a freshman at UCLA and would fit there or at second base if needed.

    The Future: Much like fellow Reds prospect Nick Lodolo, McLain is the kind of steady, solid contributor who is viewed as a relatively safe first-round pick. He's unlikely to ever be a regular all-star, but he should be a solid big leaguer. A return to High-A Dayton is possible to start the season, but he should spend much of 2022 at Double-A.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 40. Run: 60. Field: 50. Arm: 55.

  8. 8. Brandon Williamson | LHP
    Brandon Williamson
    Born: Apr 2, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Christian, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jordan Bley (Mariners).
    Minors: 6-7 | 4.26 ERA | 118 SO | 73 BB | 119 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Williamson spent two seasons at Northern Iowa JC and was drafted by the Brewers in the 36th round in 2018, but he transferred to Texas Christian rather than sign. He won a spot in the Horned Frogs rotation and pitched well enough for the Mariners to draft him in the second round, No. 59 overall, one year later. Williamson spent 2020 at the alternate training site and made his full-season debut in 2021. He led the Mariners system with 153 strikeouts and rose from High-A to Double-A.

    Scouting Report: Williamson's stuff keeps improving and now ranks among the best in the Mariners' pitching-rich system. A long-limbed, 6-foot-6 lefthander, Williamson sits 90-94 mph and reaches 97 mph on his fastball. The pitch plays up with late life and deception from his delivery and gets on batters faster than they expect with his long extension. Williamson's best pitch is a high-arching, top-to-bottom curveball in the mid 70s with tight spin and sharp, late bite. It gets under the barrels of both lefthanded and righthanded batters and is a borderline plus-plus pitch with his feel for locating it. He also shows feel for an average changeup in the mid 80s and an average slider in the low 80s with tight, horizontal break. Williamson keeps his long limbs in sync and throws plenty of strikes with average control, although he occasionally gets too much of the plate. He threw two immaculate innings last summer.

    The Future: Williamson's build, stuff and control give him a chance to be a No. 3 or 4 starter. He is in line to make his major league debut in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Curveball: 65. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

  9. 9. Chase Petty | RHP
    Chase Petty
    Born: Apr 4, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: John Wilson (Twins).
    Minors: 1-6 | 3.48 ERA | 96 SO | 31 BB | 99 IP

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Petty was the hardest-throwing high school arm in the 2021 class, and after touching 102 mph he joined an exclusive group of prep flamethrowers you can count on one hand. With that velocity comes plenty of risk, as many hard-throwing high school righthanders have struggled to reach their lofty expectations, but the Twins were excited enough with Petty to make him their first prep righthander in the first round since Kohl Stewart (2013).

    Scouting Report: With Petty's fastball and slider, he has a pair of pitches that have legitimate 70-grade potential. The fastball velocity speaks for itself, but scouts also loved the immense life on the pitch. Petty gets tremendous arm-side run and sink on his fastball which should make it tough for opposing hitters to barrel up, even if it's not the four-seam riding life that's currently popular in front offices. Petty didn't use his changeup much in high school, so it's a heavy projection pitch that he'll need to develop more feel with, but some scouts with Minnesota think it can become a plus offering as well. Petty is short but strong, and he's a plus athlete with impressive arm speed, although he gets erratic at times and there's plenty of effort in his delivery. The Twins have been working to keep Petty's arm slot up in the three-quarter range, where he's able to get bowling ball life on his fastball and two-plane, snapdragon bite on the slider. When his slot drops, his fastball runs too much and his slider gets sweepy.

    The Future: Petty's upside is significant, but his specific player demographic is inherently risky and he'll need plenty of time to develop.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 70. Changeup: 55. Control: 50.

  10. 10. Andrew Abbott | LHP
    Andrew Abbott
    Born: Jun 1, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Jeff Brookens.
    Minors: 10-7 | 3.81 ERA | 159 SO | 48 BB | 118 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record:: A little lefty, Abbott was coached in high school by an even smaller lefty in seven-time all-star Billy Wagner. Abbott doesn't throw nearly as hard as Wagner, but like Wagner, he was an excellent reliever. Abbott spent three years as a multi-inning, high-leverage reliever at Virginia. He was passed over in the shortened 2020 draft, which gave him a chance to start in 2021. After going 9-6, 2.87 for the Cavaliers, he vaulted into the second round.

    Scouting Report: Abbott doesn't have a clear plus pitch, but three average to above-average offerings and plus control give him plenty of chances to compete. Working as a starter gave Abbott a chance to further refine and improve his average changeup, which pairs well with his above-average, high-70s, 12-to-6 curveball. Abbott's fastball has ticked up a little bit to sit 92-93 mph and he will touch 96-97 sporadically. His fastball has solid carry up in the strike zone. All three pitches work well together because he mixes them well. Coaches have long raved about Abbott's competitiveness and he has excellent durability.

    The Future: Virginia has had 10 pitchers taken in the top 100 picks this century. Just two—Sean Doolittle and Daniel Lynch—have put down significant roots in the big leagues. Abbott has a chance to be the third, although more likely as a No. 5 starter or multi-inning reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 55. Changeup: 60. Slider: 50. Control: 60.

  11. 11. Ricardo Cabrera | SS
    Ricardo Cabrera
    Born: Oct 31, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 184

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Cabrera stood out early on in the international scouting process, when as a 2021 prospect he was performing at a high level against 2020 and 2019 players. He developed into one of the elite players in Latin America for his class, joining the Reds when the signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022.

    Scouting Report: For some scouts, Cabrera was the best Venezuelan prospect in his class. He' s a well-rounded, relatively complete player for his age with a chance for five average or better tools. He' s an advanced hitter with an all-fields approach and an innate knack for barreling the ball in games from a swing that' s short, quick and direct to the ball. As he' s gotten stronger, his power has started to emerge as well, with Cabrera getting to it naturally rather than having to get pull-happy and sell out for power. It' s still mostly gap shots now, but with a chance to develop average or better power at maturity. Cabrera is athletic and a plus runner now, though that tool might back up as he fills out. He has a chance to stick at shortstop, but he has the plus arm and offensive profile to handle third base as well if necessary.

    The Future: Cabrera is the best player the Reds have signed out of Venezuela in several years, with similarities at the same age as Gleyber Torres. He will likely start his career in the Dominican Summer League.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 50.Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. Run: 50.

  12. 12. Levi Stoudt | RHP
    Levi Stoudt
    Born: Dec 4, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Lehigh, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Patrick O’Grady.
    Minors: 7-8 | 4.70 ERA | 103 SO | 32 BB | 111 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Stoudt finished third in Lehigh history with a career 2.69 ERA and showed his stuff played against top competition with a solid summer in the Cape Cod League prior to his junior season. The Mariners drafted him in the third round in 2019 and signed him for $339,000. Stoudt had Tommy John surgery shortly after being drafted and didn't make his pro debut until 2021, but he made up for lost time with a quick ascent. He went 7-3, 3.31 in 15 starts and averaged more than a strikeout per inning while rising from High-A to Double-A.

    Scouting Report: Stoudt got stronger during his rehab and came back throwing harder after surgery. His previously 91-95 mph fastball now ranges from 94-98 mph with good downhill plane. His best pitch is a split-changeup in the low 80s with late dive and run, and the added separation between his fastball and changeup has helped both pitches play up. Both are now consistently above-average pitches and flash plus at their best. Stoudt's slurvy, mid-80s slider is an average pitch that flashes higher, and he has gotten better at separating it from his fringy, mid-70s curveball. Stoudt battled his control at times in his pro debut, but his simple, clean delivery and fluid arm action should yield average control as he moves farther away from surgery. He does have some effort in his delivery and needs to prove his durability after pitching only 81.2 innings last season.

    The Future: Stoudt projects to be a solid, consistent No. 4 starter who isn't flashy but gets the job done. He'll start at Triple-A Tacoma in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Curveball: 45. Changeup: 55. Control: 50.

  13. 13. Sal Stewart | 3B
    Sal Stewart
    Born: Dec 7, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 215
    Minors: .292/.393/.458 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 24 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    August Update: Stewart made a case as one of the premium bats of the 2022 high school group, with an impressive track record of performance and big-time raw power out of a large, 6-foot-1, 225-pound frame. Stewart pairs power with impressive bat-to-ball ability and scouts were particularly impressed with how he tracked and did damage against breaking stuff. He controls the zone at an impressive rate and should have power that plays to all fields. This spring in South Florida, Stewart hit .506 with nine home runs and 13 doubles, while walking 30 times and striking out just six times. While Stewart's frame and strength afford him plenty of power, he'll need to maintain his body moving forward to stick at third base. He has solid hands, instincts and arm strength for the position, but he's a well below-average runner who will need to improve his footwork and get as much lateral mobility as he can to stick at the hot corner. He could easily wind up moving to first base, where he should have the bat and power to still profile nicely.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power 60. Run: 30. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

  14. 14. Steven Hajjar | LHP
    Steven Hajjar
    Born: Aug 7, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Jeff Pohl
    Minors: 2-3 | 3.61 ERA | 83 SO | 32 BB | 53 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record:: Hajjar was a talented draft prospect dating back to his prep days, and a bump in fastball velocity during the summer prior to his draft year at Michigan helped raise his draft stock significantly. That stuff didn't hold during the spring, but Hajjar still showed a solid pitch mix and control—enough for the Twins to sign him for $1,129,700 in the second round.

    Scouting Report: Where Hajjar's velocity settles into is probably one of the bigger questions for the big lefthander now. He pitched in the low 90s for the most part with Michigan, and while he didn't get into an official pro game this summer, he reportedly touched 97 and was sitting comfortably above 93 mph in bullpens with the Twins. Hajjar threw a curveball, slider and changeup in college, though he will likely use the slider and changeup the most at the pro level. His slider has been up to 87 and flashes hard, biting action at its best, while he's made tremendous progress over the last three years with a low-80s changeup that has impressive tumble. There's a bit of funk in Hajjar's delivery that could add some deception to his overall operation, and for the most part he's done a good job throwing strikes.

    The Future: Hajjar has starter traits and back-end stuff now, though the quality of his fastball could tick his ceiling up.

  15. 15. Connor Phillips | RHP
    Connor Phillips
    Born: May 4, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: McLennan (Texas) JC, 2020 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Derek Miller.
    Minors: 5-8 | 3.78 ERA | 150 SO | 66 BB | 110 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    May Update: Acquired as the player to be named later in the Mariners' Jesse Winker trade, Phillips has been even better than expected so far. He has some of the best stuff in the organization. He' s sitting in the mid 90s and touching 99 mph with his fastball and his slider has been just as effective.

    Track Record: A 35th-round pick by the Blue Jays out of high school, Phillips was committed to Louisiana State but instead rerouted to McLennan (Texas) JC, where he made six starts before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 season. The Mariners saw enough to draft him in the second round, No. 64 overall, and sign him for a $1,050,300 bonus. Phillips made his pro debut in 2021 and struck out more than 13 batters per nine innings while moving from Low-A to High-A, but he also walked more than five per nine. The Reds acquired him as the player to be named in the Jesse Winker trade.

    Scouting Report: Phillips has big stuff but is still learning to harness it. His fastball sits 94-96 mph with late zip and gets swings and misses up in the zone. His mid-80s slider is a second plus pitch with hard, late break away from righthanded batters. His firm, 86-90 mph changeup is a well below-average pitch and leaves him vulnerable against lefties. Phillips dominates with his fastball and slider when he' s on, but his control and command vary wildly from game to game. His effortful delivery leads to scattered, below-average control despite his solid athleticism.

    The Future: Phillips' delivery and two plus pitches make him a likely reliever, but the Reds will keep starting him for now. He's beginning at High-A Dayton but could reach Double-A this year.

  16. 16. Christian Encarnacion-Strand | 3B
    Christian Encarnacion-Strand
    Born: Dec 1, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 224
    Minors: .304/.368/.587 | 32 HR | 8 SB | 484 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme.

    August Update: Encarnacion-Strand was traded to the Reds in the deal that sent Tyler Mahle to Minnesota. He's continued to demonstrate plus power, and has handled the jump to Double-A without any issues. He's among the minors most productive sluggers in 2022.

    May Update: Encarnacion-Strand was one of the better power hitters in college baseball in 2021. He's shown the same combination of plate discipline and power in the Midwest League this year.

  17. 17. Jay Allen | OF
    Jay Allen
    Born: Nov 22, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Andrew Fabian.
    Minors: .225/.347/.324 | 3 HR | 43 SB | 315 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: A Florida recruit in baseball, Allen also had college options in football and participated in the Elite 11 quarterback camp finals. Allen may have more development room ahead of him than most prep stars because he played three sports throughout high school. He hasn't focused as much on baseball as many of his peers, but that hasn't slowed him down so far and he homered in his first official pro at-bat.

    Scouting Report: Allen showed both power and the ability to hit for average in his pro debut. He has a straightforward swing with a quick trigger. Last spring he showed a solid all-fields approach, although he was more pull-heavy in his pro debut. Allen turns in plus run times at his best, but those moments are rare. He accelerates quickly and has shown a solid understanding of how to read pitchers, which paid off with 14 stolen bases in 15 tries. The Reds had him play center field exclusively in his debut, but some scouts see him eventually ending up in left field. He should hit enough to fit at either spot.

    The Future: Allen has a wide range of options ahead. In an ideal scenario, he'll be a center fielder with plus power and a plus hit tool. Even if he ends up in an outfield corner and doesn't develop as much power as expected, he still has a shot to be a future MLB regular.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

  18. 18. Logan Tanner | C
    Logan Tanner
    Born: Nov 10, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 215
    Minors: .200/.329/.300 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 60 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Tanner was a talented two-way prospect in high school who showed impressive catching skills and a big arm on the mound that could get up to 95 mph. He focused on catching and hitting at Mississippi State, where he has shown some on-base ability and power, but mostly has stood out as one of the better catch-and-throw backstops in the country. In a class where the top catching prospects are bat-first, Tanner is a no-doubt catcher at the next level who receives at a high level and has 70-grade arm strength. He threw out 26% of basestealers during the 2021 season and 24% during the 2022 season. He's a hard worker behind the plate and has shown an ability to handle power arms with ease and should develop into an above-average defender at the game's most premium defensive position. Offensively, Tanner is a power-over-hit righthanded bat who managed 15 home runs as a sophomore in 2021 but has never hit over .300 in a full season. He has a solid approach at the plate but struggles against 93-plus mph velocity and his swing gets long and sweepy. He projects as a below-average hitter who will provide defensive value.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 50. Run: 40. Fielding: 55. Arm: 70.

  19. 19. Joe Boyle | RHP
    Joe Boyle
    Born: Aug 14, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: Notre Dame, 2020 (5th round).
    Signed By: Tyler Gibbons.
    Minors: 3-6 | 2.86 ERA | 153 SO | 84 BB | 101 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record:: Boyle's combination of alluring stuff and inconsistent control and command saw him tantilize scouts (especially in the Cape Cod League), but also struggle to carve out a role at Notre Dame. He threw just 36 innings for the Fighting Irish, thanks to 48 walks. The Reds took a chance on his arm, and he immediately showed them one of the organization's best fastballs, but also the shaky control.

    Scouting Report: Boyle has touched 101-102 mph in the past, but he's settled into the upper 90s this year, topping out at 99. His fastball has proven unhittable for High-A hitters--after five starts they are hitting .046 against him. But his control remains a 20 on the 20-to-80 scale. He's thrown strikes on only 55% of his pitches (MiLB average is 63%) and he walked 19 in his first 21 innings pitched. Boyle's fastball gets swings and misses up in the zone and his slider will play as a power reliever. But as the Reds expected, they will need to get him to throw more strikes.

    The Future: Boyle has the stuff to at least be a power reliever, but only if his control improves by at least two grades. There are wild but effective relievers who walk a batter every other inning, but not ones who average a walk per inning.

  20. 20. Bryce Bonnin | RHP
    Bryce Bonnin
    Born: Oct 11, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Tech, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Paul Scott.
    Minors: 1-1 | 2.52 ERA | 28 SO | 12 BB | 25 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: A hitter who sporadically pitched for the first three years of his high school career, Bonnin established himself as one of the best prep arms in Texas in his senior season. He headed to Arkansas, but shoulder surgery meant he never pitched for the Razorbacks. He transferred to Texas Tech because the Red Raiders gave him the opportunity to start while Arkansas saw him as a future closer. In his second pro start, Bonnin struck out 11 of the 15 batters he faced in five perfect innings. His final three starts of the season after a promotion to High-A Dayton didn't go nearly as well.

    Scouting Report: Hunter Greene throws harder, but Bonnin's fastball is harder to hit than Greene's because of its combination of 94-99 mph velocity, a low release point which leads to a low vertical approach angle which hitters aren't used to seeing and the pitch's exceptional carry through the top of the zone. The Reds worked with Bonnin to get him to stop cutting his fastball and to help him finish a little less closed off in his delivery. The result was better vertical movement on his fastball as well as improved velocity. His slider is a plus pitch as well, but his cutter and changeup are still unrefined because he hasn't been able to use them much in games.

    The Future: Bonnin carries plenty of reliever risk, but he also has some of the best stuff in the organization. His improved delivery buys him time to prove that he can start, and even if he can't his stuff is the type that can get saves.

  21. 21. Bryce Hubbart | LHP
    Bryce Hubbart
    Born: Jun 28, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 181
    Minors: 1-0 | 1.23 ERA | 12 SO | 6 BB | 8 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: A small and thin lefthander listed at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Hubbart turned in a strong 2021 campaign as a starter with Florida State (3.80 ERA, 71 innings, 94 strikeouts, 29 walks) before heading to the Cape and looking like the best pitcher in the league. In six starts and 31 innings of work, Hubbart posted a 0.87 ERA while striking out 45 batters and walking just eight. He continued to find results this spring as Florida State's Saturday starter—behind fellow lefthander Parker Messick—and posted a 3.32 ERA over 15 starts and 76 innings. Hubbart won't light up a radar gun, but his fastball has plenty of traits that allow it to play up. He pitches in the 88-92 mph range, but has around 20 inches of induced vertical break, good extension and an over-the-top slot that make the pitch play like an invisiball at times. He throws a high-spin curveball in the mid 70s, and recently developed a slider around 80 mph that also has big spin rates. Hubbart has thrown a low-80s changeup but largely shelved the pitch this spring in favor of his two breaking balls. He works quickly on the mound and has shown solid-average control.

  22. 22. Victor Acosta | SS
    Victor Acosta
    Born: Jun 10, 2004
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 170
    Minors: .237/.348/.360 | 2 HR | 5 SB | 139 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Acosta ranked as one of the top shortstops in the 2020-21 international signing class and signed with the Padres for $1.8 million, the highest bonus the club awarded that year. Acosta made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League and made a strong first impression, finishing in the top 10 in the league in runs (45), triples (5), stolen bases (26) and on-base percentage (.431).

    Scouting Report: Acosta has a loud mix of tools and athleticism to dream on. Though he's 5-foot-11, he has plenty of twitch and strength in his compact build. The switch-hitter has fastball bat speed and natural loft in his lefthanded swing that produces surprising power for a player his size. His slashing, righthanded slashing swing is beginning to catch up to his lefthanded swing, giving him the potential to be an above-average hitter with above-average power. Acosta is a plus runner and plays with energy. He has a nose for the ball and is both quick and graceful at shortstop. His plus arm plays anywhere on the infield.

    The Future: Acosta is a projectable offensive talent who the Padres believe can stay at shortstop. He will make his stateside debut in the Arizona Complex League in 2022.

  23. 23. Ariel Almonte | OF
    Ariel Almonte
    Born: Dec 1, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.
    Minors: .286/.390/.493 | 6 HR | 1 SB | 140 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The biggest name in the Reds' 2020-2021 international signing class, Almonte impressed as an amateur by showing power and an advanced ability to recognize spin. His Dominican Summer League debut lived up to those expectations.

    Scouting Report: Almonte showed a little bit of everything in his pro debut. He was second on the DSL Reds in home runs (five) and third in steals (25) while blistering line drive after line drive. He has already started to show plus power potential, with more likely to come as he fills out his still somewhat skinny frame. He shows excellent swing decisions for his age and squares up the ball consistently. In addition to hitting the ball hard, he shows the skills to post solid on-base percentages as well. He is a fringe-average runner who will likely slow down, but he should be fine in right field with a plus arm.

    The Future: Almonte was one of the highest-priced outfielders in the 2021 international class. It looks to be money well spent. He has the foundational skills to be a fast-moving corner outfielder. He'll make his U.S. debut in 2022 while still a teenager.

  24. 24. Leonardo Balcazar | SS
    Leonardo Balcazar
    Born: Jun 17, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 167
    Signed By: Aguido Gonzalez/Ricardo Quintero/Richard Castro.
    Minors: .322/.411/.476 | 4 HR | 13 SB | 143 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Ariel Almonte and Malvin Valdez were considered the top players in the Reds' 2021 signing class and both are very good prospects. But shortstops Carlos Jorge and Balcazar have been at least as impressive if not more. Balcazar was the youngest player the Reds brought to their instructional league after the season.

    Scouting Report: Balcazar has a chance to make an impact both at the plate and in the field. He showed advanced understanding of pitch selection and he has plus power potential as well. Unlike most teenagers, Balcazar showed he could clear the fence to all fields—he homered to center and right field in 2021. His athleticism is even more apparent in the field. He's a potentially above-average defender with a plus arm and shared the shortstop job with Jorge in the DSL. As is true with most 17-year-old shortstops, Balcazar will have to work on his consistency and reliability. Seven of his 11 errors were fielding errors.

    The Future: Balcazar is an exciting blend of athleticism, potential and present skills. He's ready to come to the U.S. to play in the Arizona Complex League in 2022.

  25. 25. Carlos Jorge | SS
    Carlos Jorge
    Born: Sep 22, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Edgard Melo/Enmanuel Cartagena/Richard Jimenez.
    Minors: .261/.405/.529 | 7 HR | 27 SB | 119 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The DSL Reds were loaded with talent, but of all the intriguing prospects on the team, Jorge is the one who had the loudest debut. In a league with 46 teams, Jorge ranked in the top 10 in batting average (.346), OBP (.436), slugging (.579), stolen bases (27) and total bases (92). He also led the league with 10 triples.

    Scouting Report: Jorge impressed as an amateur, but he's proven to be even better than expected. He has a very simple, short swing that leads to tons of quality contact. While his frame doesn't portend a lot of strength gains, he made solid contact for a teenager in the DSL. He's short but not small. He's a plus-plus runner who is a real threat on the basepaths. Defensively, he has the skills to stay in the middle infield with an average arm and above-average range. His twitchy athleticism gives him an excellent first step.

    The Future: It's hard not to think of Ozzie Albies or Vidal Brujan when watching Jorge. Like them, he is speedy, short but strong, and has plenty of offensive potential to go with defensive value.

  26. 26. Allan Cerda | OF
    Allan Cerda
    Born: Nov 24, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Felix Romero.
    Minors: .208/.360/.444 | 24 HR | 7 SB | 408 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Cerda was part of a Reds 2017-18 international signing class that was limited to low-cost signings because of the team's spending spree in 2016. He's proven to be quite the find so far, and has posted a .360 or better on-base percentage at every stop. His 14 home runs were fifth best in the Low-A Southeast league.

    Scouting Report: Cerda's hand-eye coordination and bat-to-ball skills are only adequate at best, but he makes up for that by having an excellent understanding of the strike zone. Hitting from a wide-open setup, Cerda will swing and miss at pitches in the zone, but he knows how to take a walk when pitchers nibble. He has above-average power to go with his average hit tool. When he was promoted to Dayton, Cerda largely transitioned to right field, which is his most likely eventual home because of his plus arm. Although he's still relatively skinny, he has slowed and is an above-average runner who is now average in center.

    The Future: The Reds adding Cerda to their 40-man roster is a clear sign of how highly they value his well-rounded offensive game. He'll head back to High-A Dayton to start 2022.

  27. 27. Daniel Vellojin | C
    Daniel Vellojin
    Born: Mar 15, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Jose Valdelamar.
    Minors: .199/.327/.358 | 10 HR | 3 SB | 226 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The decision to use an automated ball-strike system makes it tough to fully evaluate hitters and pitchers from the Low-A Southeast, as the league saw low batting averages but high on-base percentages due to plenty of walks. Vellojin was the epitome of the trend. His .401 on-base percentage led all minor league catchers in full-season ball, even though he hit only .247.

    Scouting Report: Vellojin drew raves from scouts and coaches for his well-rounded combination of a discerning batting eye and a solid, well-rounded game behind the plate. He has a plus arm and is an above-average receiver. Vellojin shuts down the running game—he threw out 41% of basestealers in 2021. Vellojin does struggle significantly with his blocking. He led all full-season catchers with 102 wild pitches allowed (25 more than anyone else) and 11 passed balls. Offensively, Vellojin doesn't hit the ball very hard, but he makes extremely good swing decisions. It's very hard to get him to chase.

    The Future: Vellojin has a lot of work ahead of him, but he has the foundational skills to be an everyday MLB catcher, although his on-base-heavy approach doesn't exactly fit the normal profile. When he heads to High-A Dayton next year, he needs to focus on improving his blocking.

  28. 28. Andrew Moore | RHP
    Andrew Moore
    Born: Aug 11, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 205
    Minors: 2-1 | 4.29 ERA | 73 SO | 29 BB | 42 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Moore was traded to the Reds in the deal that sent Luis Castillo to Seattle. He stands out as a reliever with a fastball and a pair of breaking balls that give him the weapons to be a useful MLB reliever. His lack of a changeup and his approach will likely keep the Reds from toying with the idea of moving him to the rotation. He's best as a fast-moving reliever.

    Midseason Update: Moore has emerged as a potential steal out of the 2021 draft with a lively 95-97 mph fastball and a breaking ball that gets swings and misses both in and out of the zone. He struck out 50 batters in his first 28 innings of relief.

  29. 29. Justin Boyd | OF
    Justin Boyd
    Born: Mar 30, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 201
    Minors: .203/.277/.270 | 0 HR | 6 SB | 74 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Boyd has been an excellent performer for the Beavers. Boyd led Oregon State with a .373 batting average to go with his team-best .490 on-base percentage and .577 slugging percentage (second best on the team). As productive as he is, Boyd faces profile questions in pro ball. He is an above-average runner, but he was primarily a right fielder this year. He does have an above-average arm, but with his below-average productive power, he will likely need to slide to center field. He has played all around the infield in the past, and his best position could end up being second base if a team is willing to work for a while on his defense. With his productivity, some above-average tools and defensive versatility, he has some value to teams who bet on the bat.

  30. 30. Carson Spiers | RHP
    Carson Spiers
    Born: Nov 11, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Charlie Aliano.
    Minors: 4-6 | 5.33 ERA | 105 SO | 45 BB | 122 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: When the 2020 draft was cut to five rounds, the Reds spent plenty of effort finding nondrafted pitchers who had the attributes to succeed in pro ball. Spiers looks like the best of an impressive bunch. The nephew of longtime MLB infielder Bill Spiers and the son of Clemson baseball star Michael Spiers, Carson was a reliable closer at Clemson, but he's become a useful starter in pro ball.

    Scouting Report: Even though Spiers has moved from relieving in college to starting in pro ball, he's managed to add several ticks to his fastball, going from a 90-91 mph reliever to a starter who sits 92 mph and touches 96. He's also adjusted his pitch selection, switching from being a sinkerballer to a pitcher who thrives by throwing an average four-seam fastball with enough carry to stay above hitters' bats. His plus changeup is still his best pitch thanks to separation and deception, but he's also developed an average cutter and an average curve. All of Spiers' pitches work in part because he has plus control.

    The Future: There's not much sexy about Spiers' assortment of pitches, but he's a durable, reliable starter who should pitch in the big leagues because of his multiple pitches and control.

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