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  1. 1. Jose Barrero | SS
    Jose Barrero
    Born: Apr 5, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2017.
    Signed By: Chris Buckley/Tony Arias/Miguel Machado/Jim Stockel/Bob Engle/Hector Otero.
    Minors: .303/.380/.539 | 19 HR | 16 SB | 330 AB

    Track Record: For a team that rarely spends big on free agents, the Reds were always willing to spend on Cuban international free agents under the old format, where bonuses weren’t strictly limited. The signings of Aroldis Chapman and Raisel Iglesias gave a big payoff. Vladimir Gutierrez and Barrero should give the Reds a couple more potentially valuable additions. Barrero signed for $5 million in 2017. A second baseman in Cuba, Barrero quickly took to shortstop in the U.S. A shoulder injury slowed his U.S. debut in 2018, but he had an excellent 2019 season at High-A. On the heels of that, the Reds aggressively promoted him to the majors late in 2020. Barrero showed he wasn’t ready, but he responded by making improvements at the plate in the minors in 2021. He was called up to Cincinnati in September when Kyle Farmer went on the paternity list. When Farmer returned, Barrero got to branch out, playing some second base and center field. He hadn’t played second base in a pro game since 2017 and his first game in center field was in the majors, but he showed his adaptability by picking up the new position quickly. Barrero changed his name (from Jose Garcia) to remember and honor his late mother Tania Barrero. She died in May 2021 because of a coronavirus-related illness.

    Scouting Report: Barrero has developed into a solid offensive contributor with above-average power potential and average hitting ability. He is fully capable of crushing fastballs, but his success in the majors will be determined largely by his ability to either better hit or better lay off sliders out of the strike zone. He was regularly victimized by his tendency to chase in his first MLB stint in 2020. In 2021, he did a better job of laying off of sliders well out of the zone that he’d pulled off of in the past, but he’s still vulnerable to good sliders just in or out of the strike zone low and away. Barrero is a plus runner who wisely picks out spots to steal. Defensively, Barrero is an above-average defender at shortstop thanks to a plus arm and solid body control. He is at his best coming in on choppers, which he can confidently barehand and fluidly throw to first. He’s also excellent when he’s fielding balls to his left, but he is less comfortable making plays deep in the hole to his right. He showed his defensive versatility in Cincinnati last September.

    The Future: Barrero has used only one of his three options, so there’s still plenty of time for him to settle into his role with the Reds, even if it may not be on Opening Day in 2022. He has some defensive versatility, but the Reds have a long-term answer at second base and Barrero’s bat fits better at shortstop than in center field. Kyle Farmer’s surprising 2021 season means the Reds have another option, but Barrero should be a better defender with a better bat long term.

  2. 2. Hunter Greene | RHP
    Hunter Greene
    Born: Aug 6, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Sherman Oaks, Calif., 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Rick Ingalls.
    Minors: 10-8 | 3.30 ERA | 139 SO | 39 BB | 107 IP

    Track Record: After developing the hardest-throwing pitcher of the 21st century in Aroldis Chapman, the Reds now have the hardest-throwing starting pitcher in baseball. Fully recovered from his 2019 Tommy John surgery, Greene touched 105 mph during Reds spring training, 104 mph during the season and had three different starts where he had 30-plus pitches of 100 mph or harder. He earned a quick promotion to Triple-A Louisville but struggled at times against more experienced hitters. He missed one August start with an irritated AC joint in his right shoulder, but returned to make five more starts.

    Scouting Report: For as hard as Greene throws, his plus-plus fastball is hittable because it has relatively modest life and carry. If a hitter can time it, he can square it up. Nine of the 11 home runs Greene gave up after his promotion to Triple-A came against his fastball, usually when he pitched up in the zone. Greene’s combination of a very smooth, fluid delivery and easy-to-pick-up release point means his fastball often doesn’t play to its velocity. When Greene is throwing his plus slider for strikes, the combination of it and his fastball can be diabolical. Hitters have to be looking for his fastball, so even if they recognize his slider, all they can do is watch it go by. His improved slider is still inconsistent. Greene doesn’t show much confidence in his high-80s changeup, but thanks to his fastball velocity it’s an effective chase pitch against lefties. He has above-average control to go with his plus stuff.

    The Future: There’s every reason to develop Greene as a starter, although his fallback option is as the hardest-throwing closer in the game.

  3. 3. 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: 2-2 | 2.31 ERA | 78 SO | 11 BB | 51 IP

    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 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 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.

  4. 4. Elly De La Cruz | SS/3B
    Elly De La Cruz
    Born: Jan 11, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Richard Jimenez.
    Minors: .296/.336/.538 | 8 HR | 10 SB | 247 AB

    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. Since signing he’s grown three inches and added 35 pounds.

    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. His tool set and his frame draw comparisons to Pirates shortstop prospect Oneil Cruz. Coaches and scouts rave that de la Cruz’s 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, but he has the bat-to-ball skills to eventually do so.

    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.

  5. 5. Matt McLain | SS
    Matt McLain
    Born: Aug 6, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Jimmy Moran.
    Minors: .283/.389/.462 | 3 HR | 10 SB | 106 AB

    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 Xavier Edwards. 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 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.

  6. 6. Austin Hendrick | OF
    Austin Hendrick
    Born: Jun 15, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Imperial, Pa., 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Jeff Brookens.
    Minors: .211/.380/.388 | 7 HR | 4 SB | 209 AB

    Track Record: When the Reds picked Hendrick 12th overall in 2020, it was just the third time in draft history that Cincinnati had picked a prep outfielder in the top 15 picks of a draft. The previous two—Jay Bruce and Austin Kearns—both worked out. Hendrick’s pro debut in 2021 didn’t go as planned. A groin strain sidelined him for a month, and when he did play his power production was less than expected while his strikeout rate soared.

    Scouting Report: Hendrick’s first full pro season was a rather mixed bag. He struck out in 38% of his plate appearances and his exceptional bat speed did not lead to many home runs. He walked 19% of the time, however, and showed an advanced batting eye. Unlike many Class A hitters with strikeout issues, Hendrick doesn’t really struggle with pitch recognition. His problem is he too often fouls off pitches he should drive. Hendrick’s swing is quite steep. When he does connect it leads to plenty of long fly balls, but the loft in his swing means his barrel is not in the strike zone for very long. If he can fix that, Hendrick has the components to be a very productive hitter. His bat speed, batting eye and power give him the makings of at least an average hitter with plus power if he can fix his issues. His plus arm and fringe-average speed should work in right field, but as with most right fielders, it will depend on him being a very productive hitter.

    The Future: Hendrick’s 2021 season was disappointing, but the pieces are still there for him to be a potential middle-of-the-order hitter. He’ll head to High-A Dayton with a healthy to-do list, but his top priority will be to make more quality contact.

  7. 7. Jay Allen | OF
    Jay Allen
    Born: Nov 22, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Andrew Fabian.
    Minors: .328/.440/.557 | 3 HR | 14 SB | 61 AB

    Track Record: A Florida recruit in baseball, Allen also had college options in football and participated in the Elite 11 quarterback camp finals—a camp for prep quarterbacks considered among the best in the nation. Allen may have more development room ahead of him than most prep stars because he played three sports throughout high school—football bled into basketball season which bled into baseball season. 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, and his swing means he’s often turning in average or slower times thanks to the time it takes for him to get underway. 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.

  8. 8. Rece Hinds | 3B
    Rece Hinds
    Born: Sep 5, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Bradenton, Fla., 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Sean Buckley.
    Minors: .259/.332/.542 | 12 HR | 7 SB | 201 AB

    Track Record: Hinds was viewed as one of the best power hitters in the 2019 draft class, but some teams shied away because of the strikeout issues that came with his power. A knee injury forced Hinds to miss two months from early June until early August. Upon his return to the Low-A Southeast league, he celebrated with four home runs and five consecutive two-hit games in his first five games back. Hinds’ .515 slugging percentage was fourth best among Low-A Southeast hitters with 150 or more plate appearances and his .286 isolated power was the best among all Reds hitters with 100 or more plate appearances.

    Scouting Report: Hinds has some of the best raw power and one of the stronger arms in the minors. Other than the Polo Grounds, there may not be a ballpark big enough to contain Hinds when he solidly connects. He has true all-fields power and drives the ball out to center field as often as he yanks it down the line. He has plenty of holes, but so far his hands and adjustability in his swing have proven better than expected, which has allowed him to make enough contact for his power to play. Hinds’ range is limited at third base, but his plus-plus arm can turn anything he gets to into an out. He moves well enough to fit in right field if he doesn’t stick at third base. He’s an average runner now, but is likely to slow down as he matures.

    The Future: Hinds’ profile is somewhat reminiscent of J.D. Davis as a minor league third baseman with massive power and a big arm. He has made solid strides as far as making contact, but he’ll have to steadily continue to improve to allow his power to play to its potential.

  9. 9. Graham Ashcraft | RHP
    Graham Ashcraft
    Born: Feb 11, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: AlabamaBirmingham, 2019 (6th round).
    Signed By: Jonathan Reynolds.
    Minors: 11-4 | 3.00 ERA | 129 SO | 37 BB | 111 IP

    Track Record: After a college career marred by injuries to both of his hips and a modest 2019 pro debut, Ashcraft was a revelation in 2021. He was the minors’ hottest pitcher for much of the first half of the season and had a seven-start, 43-inning stretch when his only run was allowed via catcher’s interference.

    Scouting Report: Ashcraft’s dominance and his struggles both stem from his all-power, all-the-time approach. At his best, Ashcraft can dominate a lineup with a 65-grade fastball, an above-average cutter and a plus slider. Everything is hard, but when he’s throwing mid-90s fastballs with plenty of cut, knowing what’s coming may not be enough for a hitter. But when Ashcraft is missing his spots, his simple approach allows hitters to simply look for a pitch to drive. Ashcraft is able to throw to the strike zone and let the movement of his fastball take care of the rest. He’s unlikely to ever be a pitcher with the command to hit his spots, but he can throw strikes. His changeup is more a concept than a pitch right now, and he’ll also flip over an early-count, well below-average curve.

    The Future: Ashcraft reached Double-A, but he has plenty of development of his secondaries left if he’s going to be a starter. He’d have a quicker path as a reliever, where he could ride his pure power approach for one-inning stints. The dominance he demonstrates at his best is impressive, but he has to show he can sustain success. He also has to continue to demonstrate durability. It’s been better as a pro, but it was an issue for him during his college career.

  10. 10. 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: 4-2 | 2.87 ERA | 71 SO | 17 BB | 47 IP

    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.

  11. 11. Mat Nelson | C
    Mat Nelson
    Born: Jan 14, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Sean Buckley.
    Minors: .179/.343/.321 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 28 AB

    Track Record: Nelson was a star at Calvary Christian High in Clearwater, Fla., on a team that won 60 straight games and had Hall of Famer Roy Halladay on the coaching staff. He was an immediate starter as a freshman at Florida State. After going undrafted in 2020, he blossomed in 2021. His power improved, and his 23 home runs led all Division I hitters and vaulted him into the supplemental first round.

    Scouting Report: Nelson took a pitch off his wrist in his 10th game as a Red and missed the rest of the season, although he returned to action at instructional league. He has a chance to be an extremely well-rounded catcher with an ability to get on base, hit for power and play solid defense behind the plate. He’s good at blocking pitches in the dirt, and is an average receiver with a plus arm. Offensively, he uses the whole field, although he’ll swing and miss enough to be a fringe-average hitter. He likes to get his arms extended. A pitcher who can work inside consistently can neutralize him, but he’ll do enough damage on pitches on the middle or outer third of the plate to have above-average power.

    The Future: Nelson was one of the older players in the 2021 draft class. That’s mildly concerning, but otherwise he has the look of a valuable everyday catcher. With Tyler Stephenson just settling into the everyday job, Nelson has time to develop.

  12. 12. Jose Torres | SS
    Jose Torres
    Born: Sep 28, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 171
    Signed By: Charlie Aliano.
    Minors: .333/.387/.590 | 5 HR | 7 SB | 105 AB

    Track Record: Torres was born in the Dominican Republic, but his family moved to the United States when he was a child. As a second-year freshman in 2021 thanks to the canceled 2020 season, he helped lead the Wolfpack to the College World Series.

    Scouting Report: Torres was one of the best defensive shortstops in the 2021 draft class. He’s only an average runner, but his hands, first step, body control and internal clock make him an extremely reliable, plus defender. He was bothered by an oblique injury early in 2021, but he has a plus arm when healthy. Offensively, he’s steadily eliminated some of the concerns that have surrounded him. In 2020, he was an easy mark for any pitcher who could spin a breaking ball, but in 2021 both in college and pro ball he showed better pitch recognition against sliders and curves while continuing to punish fastballs. He has sneaky power, giving him a chance to get to 10-12 home runs a year.

    The Future: Torres has been projected as a utiltyman whose glove will get him to the majors. He’s showing signs that might be selling him short. He has a chance to be a regular if his bat continues to improve.

  13. 13. Carson Spiers | RHP
    Carson Spiers
    Born: Nov 11, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Charlie Aliano.
    Minors: 8-4 | 3.55 ERA | 130 SO | 34 BB | 112 IP

    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.

  14. 14. 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: .250/.361/.523 | 17 HR | 2 SB | 304 AB

    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.

  15. 15. Dauri Moreta | RHP
    Dauri Moreta
    Born: Apr 15, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Richard Jimenez.
    Minors: 6-0 | 1.02 ERA | 58 SO | 9 BB | 53 IP

    Track Record: Sometimes it takes a while for everything to click, and Moreta didn’t establish himself in full-season ball until his fifth season. After being left available and unpicked in the 2019 and 2020 Rule 5 drafts, Moreta took a massive step forward in 2021. He made it to Double-A for the first time, dominated there and in Triple-A and made it to Cincinnati at the end of the season.

    Scouting Report: While it took a while for Moreta to get to Cincinnati, he should stay for quite a while. Moreta is the rare reliever with plus control. He fills the strike zone with his fastball, slider and a hard changeup. His mid-90s plus fastball can get above hitters’ bats at the top of the strike zone thanks to its flat plane and above-average carry. He can reach back for 97-98 if he needs to as well. His mid-80s plus slider doesn’t have a ton of movement but it pairs very well with his fastball. Those two pitches and his 87-89 mph, above-average changeup all can miss bats.

    The Future: Moreta was better in almost every way in 2021 than he was pre-pandemic, but his step forward seems sustainable. Relievers with pinpoint control are rare, but Moreta has it to go with excellent stuff. The combination should make him a key part of the Reds bullpen for 2022 and beyond.

  16. 16. Christian Roa | RHP
    Christian Roa
    Born: Apr 2, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Texas A&M, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Mike Partida.
    Minors: 4-3 | 3.53 ERA | 67 SO | 26 BB | 59 IP

    Track Record: Ideally, Roa will be a big and durable starter, but so far he hasn’t shown he can eat innings. He’s yet to throw 60 innings in any official season stretching back to his high school career. His chance to do that at Texas A&M was torpedoed by the pandemic. He then missed instructional league in 2020 because of a sports hernia. In 2021, he missed time with an elbow flexor strain that limited him to 58.2 innings.

    Scouting Report: Roa has the makings of four average or better pitches with average control. He’s more of a sum-of-the-parts pitcher than one who depends on any one plus offering. His four-seam 91-94 mph fastball is a solid-average offering and he’s shown he can bump it up to 96-97 when he reaches back. His low-80s changeup has developed into his best pitch, an above-average offering with solid deception and fade. It’s his best two-strike pitch, as he can get swings and misses from hitters who chase it. His low-80s slider and high-70s curveball are both average as well. His ability to throw strikes with both breaking balls and his fastball keeps hitters guessing.

    The Future: What Roa needs more than anything is a season when he can make 20-plus starts and get to 100 or more innings. He has the arsenal to be a No. 4 starter, but durability is a key component of filling that role.

  17. 17. Tyler Callihan | 2B
    Tyler Callihan
    Born: Jun 22, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS-- Jacksonville, Fla., 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Sean Buckley.
    Minors: .299/.351/.437 | 2 HR | 5 SB | 87 AB

    Track Record: Heading into the 2019 draft, Callihan was viewed as a very promising prep hitter with significant defensive questions. Three years later, he’s still waiting to show what he can do. After losing the 2020 season like everyone else, he played just 29 games in 2021 before an elbow injury necessitated Tommy John surgery.

    Scouting Report: Callihan showed up in better shape in 2021 and was reaping the benefits before his elbow injury. He has above-average bat speed and excellent hand-eye coordination. He was putting together plenty of quality at-bats before his injury, and his average speed made him a minor threat on the bases. Callihan should be an above-average hitter with average power, even if that power has yet to show up much in games. After playing second and third base in 2019, the Reds had Callihan focus on second base in 2021. He looked a little more agile and relatively sure-handed fielding balls he reached. The hope is he can be a fringe-average defender at second, which is playable thanks to his bat and good positioning. Callihan’s arm was above-average before the surgery. Now, he’ll have to show that it can bounce back.

    The Future: Callihan should be back by the end of spring training. After getting less than 350 plate appearances in the past three seasons, he needs 120 games between Low-A and High-A in 2022. Optimistically, he could develop into a bat-first second baseman with a reliable enough glove.

  18. 18. Ivan Johnson | 2B
    Ivan Johnson
    Born: Oct 11, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Chipola (Fla.) JC, 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: John Poloni.
    Minors: .264/.367/.451 | 10 HR | 11 SB | 284 AB

    Track Record: After spending his freshman year at Georgia, Johnson transferred to Chipola (Fla.) JC for more playing time. He responded by hitting .389/.500/.606 and playing his way into the fourth round at a time when junior college hitters struggled to get drafted. After earning a promotion to High-A Dayton during the season, he finished the year by hitting six home runs in 17 games in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Because of the lack of a clear alternative, the Reds have had Johnson play more at shortstop than second base early in his career. That’s likely to change now that he’s paired with Matt McLain and Elly de la Cruz. Johnson is better suited for second—or third, although he hasn’t played there yet. His hands and consistency need some work, but his plus arm and body control give him a shot to be above-average at second, where he has a little more time to make the play. His righthanded swing can get a little bit big at times when it should be more contact-oriented, but both swings work and he has plus power when swinging lefty. He’s a fringe-average runner.

    The Future: Johnson is unlikely to stay at shortstop, but his hitting ability and athleticism should fit at second base. He’s been productive so far, but there are evaluators who think Johnson has further upside.

  19. 19. Daniel Vellojin | C
    Daniel Vellojin
    Born: Mar 15, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Jose Valdelamar.
    Minors: .247/.401/.403 | 7 HR | 5 SB | 283 AB

    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.

  20. 20. T.J. Friedl | OF
    T.J. Friedl
    Born: Aug 4, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Nevada, 2016 (NDFA).
    Signed By: Rich Bordi/Sam Grossman.
    Minors: .264/.357/.422 | 12 HR | 13 SB | 386 AB

    Track Record: Friedl came to fame when he went undrafted as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2016. He then stood out for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, which helped him land a $735,000 bonus, which is the largest ever for a nondrafted free agent. Friedl’s 2019 season was delayed because of a shoulder injury and ended in early July because of an ankle injury, which meant his return to action in 2021 marked the end of a 21-month layoff. He made the most of it and made his MLB debut in September.

    Scouting Report: Friedl didn’t get a chance to play a full game until his sixth MLB appearance. That sums up Friedl’s likely role. He does a lot of things well, but probably not well enough to ever be a regular. He’s a lefthanded hitter who works counts, knows how to draw a walk and has gotten stronger to the point where he has below-average power. He can play all three outfield spots, pinch-hit or serve as a defensive replacement. His above-average speed, average arm and above-average defense in the outfield are all useful.

    The Future: Freidl went unpicked in two straight Rule 5 drafts before he made it to the majors. Even now, he’ll be a player who lives on the edge of the MLB roster, as backup outfielders are luxuries when the bullpen or rotation needs help. He’ll compete for a spot on Cincinnati’s bench.

  21. 21. Ariel Almonte | OF
    Ariel Almonte
    Born: Dec 1, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.

    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.

  22. 22. Andrew Abbott | LHP
    Andrew Abbott
    Born: Jun 1, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Jeff Brookens.
    Minors: 0-0 | 4.15 ERA | 22 SO | 4 BB | 13 IP

    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.

  23. 23. Alexis Diaz | RHP
    Alexis Diaz
    Born: Sep 28, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 224
    Signed By: Will Harford.
    Minors: 3-1 | 3.83 ERA | 70 SO | 20 BB | 43 IP

    Track Record: The younger brother of Mets closer Edwin Diaz, Alexis has proven to be a very useful developmental project. He sat 88-92 mph when the Reds drafted him in 2015. Now his slider can touch 88. He had Tommy John surgery in 2016 but has bounced back nicely. He earned a spot on the Reds’ 40-man roster after an impressive season at Double-A Chattanooga.

    Scouting Report: Because of his low three-quarters slot, Diaz has an exceptionally low release point. He has a very low approach angle on his 93-97 mph fastball. Diaz’s above-average fastball has enough velocity to keep hitters looking for it, but really it’s just the appetizer for his plus slider that he throws every bit as much as his fastball. It’s thrown at 83-88 mph and looks like his fastball coming out of his hand. Diaz can throw it in the zone or out depending on the situation, flipping between a short, cutterish version as well as a bigger one that runs away from hitters’ bats. His command is average, but he has below-average control thanks to his slider-heavy approach.

    The Future: The best thing a pitcher can be is unusual. If you can throw hard and still be unlike anyone else hitters normally see, all the better. Diaz is a fireballer who has an unusual release point and a nice two-pitch mix. He could help Cincinnati at some point in 2022.

  24. 24. Alejo Lopez | 2B/3B
    Alejo Lopez
    Born: May 5, 1996
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Dan Cholowsky
    Minors: .320/.401/.447 | 6 HR | 9 SB | 356 AB

    Track Record: Of the 22 players who signed after being drafted in the 27th round in 2015, only Lopez has reached the majors. Six years after signing out of high school, he was called up to Cincinnati in late June. Lopez’s grandfather and father played baseball in the Mexican League, and his father Alfonso is a vice president of the Mexican League’s Puebla franchise.

    Scouting Report: Lopez is a plus hitter who has hit wherever he’s played. A career .303 hitter in the minors, Lopez has exceptional contact skills. He swings a lot, but he rarely swings and misses with a slap-heavy approach. Lopez has bottom-of-the-scale power. He is an extreme ground ball hitter who sprays the ball around the field. He’s an average runner who isn’t a basestealing threat. Defensively, Lopez is versatile, but his inability to really play shortstop limits him. He’s best at second base, where his heady play, above-average arm and body control help him be average. He’s fine in left field, but his bat is stretched there. The ball gets on him a little quickly at third.

    The Future: Lopez is a big league-ready hitter but his lack of impact makes him better as a fill-in. He has survival skills, but he’s most likely headed back to Triple-A Louisville to be ready whenever he is needed.

  25. 25. Carlos Jorge | SS/2B
    Carlos Jorge
    Born: Sep 22, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Edgard Melo/Enmanuel Cartagena/Richard Jimenez.

    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. Mark Kolozsvary | C
    Mark Kolozsvary
    Born: Sep 4, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Sean Buckley.
    Minors: .221/.329/.402 | 7 HR | 0 SB | 204 AB

    Track Record: After barely playing in his first two years at Florida, Kolozsvary was supposed to be a backup as a junior. But Mike Rivera got hurt, Kolozsvary stepped in and impressed enough to get drafted by the Reds. Similarly, he emerged from obscurity—and a .188 batting average in 2019—to become Team USA’s everyday catcher at the Olympics.

    Scouting Report: After reworking his swing to try to hit for more power, Kolozsvary had an excellent start but struggled to sustain it. He hit .349 in May but .186 from June 1 until the end of the season. He’s a solid defensive catcher who blocks and frames. Defensively, he’s capable of serving as a solid backup, but his hitting will have to improve. Kolozsvary does have surprising above-average raw power, but his all-power approach led to significant contact issues. His swing-and-miss rate of 39% has to improve.

    The Future: Added to the 40-man roster, Kolozsvary’s defensive ability gives him a shot to become Tyler Stephenson’s backup, but only if he gets much better at the plate. Without that improvement, he’ll be stuck as a catcher on call at Triple-A in case of injuries.

  27. 27. 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.

    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.

  28. 28. Reiver Sanmartin | LHP
    Reiver Sanmartin
    Born: Apr 15, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 160
    Minors: 10-2 | 3.32 ERA | 112 SO | 28 BB | 101 IP

    Track Record: A $10,000 signing as a 19-year-old, Sanmartin was a regular participant on Colombia’s international teams, including the team that played in the 2021 Olympics qualifier. Sanmartin was traded twice in two years. The first time he was swapped from the Rangers to the Yankees for righty Ronald Herrera. Two years later, he came to the Reds along with Sonny Gray in a deal that sent second baseman Shed Long to the Yankees. Sanmartin reached the majors in September and made two excellent starts for the Reds.

    Scouting Report: Sanmartin is a testament to the value of plus-plus command and control. Sanmartin’s plus changeup is not only his only plus pitch, it’s really his only average pitch. His 87-91 mph two-seam and four-seam fastballs don’t really scare hitters. They both feature below-average velocity and are relatively straight, but Sanmartin locates them precisely where he wants them. He is especially effective at dotting his two-seamer in on lefthanded hitters’ hands. His 78-81 mph slider has decent tilt, but most of its effectiveness is because he rarely makes a mistake with its location.

    The Future: Sanmartin has to have precise command because his mistakes will get punished. His low strikeout rate and also microscopic walk rate make him a useful No. 5 or No. 6 starter.

  29. 29. Yerlin Confidan | OF
    Yerlin Confidan
    Born: Dec 16, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Minors: .315/.359/.573 | 11 HR | 7 SB | 178 AB

    Track Record: When Confidan signed with the Reds for $200,000 in 2019, his plus-plus arm was apparent, but there was a reasonable expectation that he would need time. Instead, he led the Arizona Complex League with 11 home runs and a .573 slugging percentage.

    Scouting Report: Confidan has all the makings of a right fielder’s tool set. He has big power and a big arm. When Confidan gets his long arms extended, he can hit tape-measure home runs. His peak exit velocity of 112 mph was among the best in the ACL and he consistently hits the ball hard. Scouts do worry that his batting average may plummet as he moves up the ladder if he doesn’t become more selective. His aggressive approach leaves him vulnerable to chasing pitches out of the strike zone and his swing has some unavoidable length because of his long levers. Confidan is currently a below-average defender. He committed seven errors in just 43 games in the outfield, five of which were fielding errors.

    The Future: Confidan’s power, arm and defensive issues are reminiscent of the skill set of Juan Duran, a prominent international signee of the Reds 15 years ago. He had an excellent debut, but there are fears that Low-A Daytona may be a tougher test.

  30. 30. Mike Siani | OF
    Mike Siani
    Born: Jul 16, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 188
    Drafted/Signed: HS-- Philadelphia, 2018 (4th round).
    Signed By: Jeff Brookens.
    Minors: .216/.321/.327 | 6 HR | 30 SB | 352 AB

    Track Record: Mike is the oldest of a trio of baseball-playing brothers. An elbow injury meant Mike couldn’t play in the outfield until late May. He struggled to hit all season, but hit .300/.451/.450 with 10 steals in 14 games in the Arizona Fall League after the regular season.

    Scouting Report: Siani is an exceptional center fielder defensively. He is fearless and has the mentality that any ball hit anywhere near center field should end up in his glove. His plus-plus defense would make him the Reds best defensive center fielder since Billy Hamilton was in his prime. He’s also a plus runner and has a plus arm. But he hits for neither average nor power. Siani tries to drive the ball with a pull-heavy approach that relies on getting balls he can drive on the inner third of the plate. He doesn’t really do much when he gets those pitches thanks to below-average power and the length to his swing. He was surprisingly bad against righthanders in 2021.

    The Future: Siani’s glove will buy him extra time to work through his offensive issues, but no center fielder gets to play if they don’t hit at all. Siani has to make more and better contact in 2022.

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