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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/Risk: 70/Very High

    Track Record: In 2008, the Reds signed outfielder Juan Duran as one of their top targets on the international market. Duran was 6-foot-3 when he signed, but he quickly grew to 6-foot-7 in the next year. His body struggled to handle the sudden growth spurt, and he became a hulking, strikeout-prone slugger rather than the well-rounded outfielder the Reds thought they were signing. Like Duran, De La Cruz gained four inches soon after he signed. But unlike Duran, De La Cruz transformed from a skinny, overlooked Dominican teenager into a potential star following his the growth spurt. As De La Cruz grew to 6-foot-5--or taller, as some officials suggest--he's gotten stronger and faster, thanks to his growth spurt and plenty of training. He went from a $65,000 signee in 2018 to a player who needed just 11 games in the Arizona Complex League in 2021 to prove he was too advanced for the level. Sent to High-A Dayton to start the 2022 season, De La Cruz finished second in the league with 20 home runs despite being promoted to Double-A Chattanooga in mid July.

    Scouting Report: De La Cruz has the best raw power in the Reds organization. He's also one of the fastest players. And he has the strongest arm. Add it all up and he's the best athlete the Reds have had since the days of Eric Davis and Deion Sanders. De La Cruz has long levers and a big strike zone. His strikeout rate of nearly 31% in 2022 ranked in the bottom 15% of all minor league hitters with at least 300 plate appearances. He was the only batting title qualifier to strike out at least 30% of the time while also hitting .300. While De La Cruz isn't just a hacker at the plate, his strikeout rate is the major hurdle standing in the way of stardom. De La Cruz's lefthanded swing is smoother and more powerful than his more contact-oriented righthanded one. His intelligence, focus and determination draw nearly as many raves as his tools. He has quickly picked up English, which has helped him become a team leader despite always being one of the youngest players on his teams. De La Cruz has made it clear that he wants to be the Reds' shortstop of the future. His length and arm strength allow him to make highlight-reel plays, and he's comfortable making plays on the move. He could be an above-average shortstop, but evaluators see him as a potential plus-plus defender at third base with exceptional range to his left.

    The Future: De La Cruz is the highest-ceiling prospect the Reds have had in years. His combination of athleticism, power and speed gives him a chance to be a big league star, but his strikeout rate could keep him from reaching that ceiling. Up through Double-A, his chase rates and swing-and-miss issues haven't slowed him down, but he will have to improve them to be a consistent hitter in the major leagues. He'll head to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2023 season. De La Cruz is typically a slow starter when it's cold, but by June or July he could be pushing for a callup to Cincinnati.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 70. Speed: 70. Fielding: 55. Arm: 70

  2. 2. Noelvi Marte | SS
    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/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Marte was considered one of the best prospects in the 2018 international class and signed with the Mariners for $1.55 million. After a strong 2019 season in the Dominican Summer League, the coronavirus pandemic meant Marte's first U.S. action came at the alternate training site in 2020 against mostly big leaguers. It was a tough transition, but it helped him when he went to Low-A in 2021. He struggled in the first half of the 2022 season and came into July hitting under .240. But a strong second half came during a time when he was traded to the Reds in the Luis Castillo deal. Marte went to the Arizona Fall League to work on playing third base.

    Scouting Report: When Marte signed, he had a narrow base and a big leg kick. Now he hits from a much simpler, wider stance with a compact swing and toned-down mechanics. Marte combines big power potential with excellent bat-to-ball skills. When he's locked in, he's powerful enough to drive the ball up the middle for damage. He doesn't always make the best swing decisions, and pitchers in 2022 found they could frustrate him with a breaking ball-heavy approach. He also rolls over too many down-and-away breaking balls. Marte rarely misses hittable pitches in the strike zone. His top-end exit velocities are near the top of the scale, but he doesn't barrel the ball often enough. Defensively, Marte's move to third base in the Arizona Fall League likely foreshadows his future home. He has a thickening lower half and chest, and his short-range quickness is below-average. He has an average arm, but needs to improve his throwing accuracy. Marte is an above-average runner now, but projects to slow down.

    The Future: Marte's combination of power and contact ability gives him a high ceiling, but he's going to have to stay on top of his conditioning to reach his potential. He's ready for Double-A Chattanooga.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 65. Run: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50

  3. 3. 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/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Arroyo was considered one of the smoothest-fielding shortstops in a loaded 2021 high school shortstop class, but there were concerns about how much he would hit. That's why he fell to the Mariners in the second round as the 11th prep shortstop picked. In 2022, Arroyo exceeded expectations at the plate while continuing to impress defensively. He's not a slugger, but he showed surprising pop with Low-A Modesto and finished third in the California League in batting average (.316) and slugging percentage (.514). He struggled at Low-A Daytona after being traded to the Reds with Noelvi Marte for Luis Castillo. After the season, Arroyo went to the Puerto Rican League and played second and third base.

    Scouting Report: In an organization filled with shortstop prospects, Arroyo has the best glove. He has an excellent internal clock, soft hands and above-average range. He slows the game down, has a plus arm and makes accurate throws. He should stick at the position. Offensively, Arroyo cut his strikeout rate significantly in 2022 by making better swing decisions. The switch-hitter was remarkably consistent with his pair of swings. He had an .853 OPS hitting righthanded and an .854 OPS hitting lefthanded, and scouts think his lefty swing is a little more fluid. His emerging power was a surprise in 2022, but he profiles more as an above-average hitter with fringe-average power than as a slugger.

    The Future: Arroyo took a clear step forward as a prospect in 2022. He was one of the youngest players in the 2021 draft class, and part of his improvement can be attributed to physical maturation. He's also shown a steadily improving approach and an advanced understanding of the game. He's ready for High-A Dayton to start 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Run: 55. Fielding: 65. Arm: 60

  4. 4. 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/Risk: 60/Extreme

    Track Record: Collier was set to be one of the best high school hitters in the 2023 draft class, but he sped up his timetable dramatically by passing the GED after his sophomore year at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga. Much like Bryce Harper a decade before, Collier jumped to junior college in 2022 during what would have been his junior year of high school. He hit .333/.419/.537 for juco power Chipola in Florida, then spent a couple of weeks in the Cape Cod League before the draft. Collier fell to the Reds at pick No. 18, but his $5 million bonus was 10th-largest in the draft class. He impressed in a brief stint in the Florida Complex League. He is the son of former big league shortstop Lou Collier.

    Scouting Report: Collier has always been an advanced hitter, which explains how he handled the big jump to facing junior college pitchers as a 17-year-old. He has a smooth swing with plenty of adjustability thanks to excellent hands. He uses the whole field, with a hit-over-power approach, but he has above-average power potential as well. He knows how to work counts and draw walks. Collier showed improvement in his footwork and reactions at third base, but there remains some skepticism about whether he will have the range to remain there based on how his body is expected to fill out. He has a 65 arm on the 20-to-80 scouting scale, which fits at third.

    The Future: Scouts who like Collier the most see a middle-of-the-order bat with enough athleticism to stick at third. More skeptical evaluators see a teenager who is already getting big. They fear he'll have to slide to first base eventually and don't know if his bat will be enough to handle the slide down the defensive spectrum. His 65-grade arm could also be an asset in right field.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Run: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 65

  5. 5. Christian Encarnacion-Strand | 1B/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/Risk: 55/Very High

    Track Record: Encarnacion-Strand's 2022 season was a wild ride. He was one of the hottest hitters in the minors in April, batting .410/.459/.679, but he slumped to post a lower OPS in May (.659) than his April slugging mark. He then returned to being one of the best bats in the minors in June and July, made the jump to Double-A and was traded to the Reds with Spencer Steer for righthander Tyler Mahle. Encarnacion-Strand finished second in the minors in RBIs (114) and top 10 in home runs (32), slugging (.587), extra-base hits (68) and total bases (284).

    Scouting Report: Wherever Encarnacion-Strand has ever played, he's hit. Dating back to 2019, he has hit over .300 and slugged over .500 at every stop, including two seasons at Yavapai (Ariz.) JC, a season at Oklahoma State and his first two years of pro ball. He manages to do so despite an extremely aggressive approach that leads to plenty of swings and misses out of the zone. He's a streaky hitter, but if he's on time, he has the bat control to do damage. He also has plus-plus raw power that projects to be at least plus productive power, and he can drive the ball to the opposite field. Encarnacion-Strand's plus-plus arm gives him more time than the average third baseman to make plays on balls to his backhand or ones he knocks down. He has a quick first step despite below-average speed. Despite his impressive tools, the game often gets too fast for him at third, and he too often then rushes plays and commits errors.

    The Future: Encarnacion-Strand's range of outcomes span from that of an all-star third baseman to a first baseman with contact issues. With the Reds' surplus of shortstops and third base prospects, he is going to have to sharpen his defense quickly to avoid a move down the defensive spectrum. Few Reds hitting prospects can match his hitting upside.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 70. Run: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 70

  6. 6. 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/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: As a New Jersey prep product, Petty got plenty of attention heading into his senior year at Mainland Regional High by popping a 102 mph fastball in a preseason workout. He flashed 100 mph heat in his draft year, albeit with a high-effort, funky delivery. After the Twins selected him 26th overall, they helped him tone down his effort and focus on becoming a sinker/slider pitcher. Petty's velocity dipped, but his feel and control improved significantly. Traded to the Reds for righthander Sonny Gray in March 2022, Petty showed durability, consistency and feel to pitch as he logged 98.1 innings between Low-A and High-A in the Reds' system.

    Scouting Report: For all his gaudy fastball readings in high school, Petty is more of a pitcher than a thrower. He proved to be a much more polished pitcher in 2022 than he had appeared to be in high school. Petty has focused on working down in the zone with a two-seam fastball, a hard, potentially above-average slider and a quickly improving changeup. Petty topped at 95-97 mph in 2022 and generally sat in the 92-94 range, but he filled the zone with above-average control and command. Petty was limited to 50-70 pitches per outing, but he managed to still get through four to five innings on those limited pitch counts because he worked efficiently. The Reds have worked on helping him add a four-seamer that changes hitters' eye levels, but it's not as consistent as his two-seamer. His split-changeup has given him a pitch to keep lefthanded hitter from getting comfortable and has potential to be above-average.

    The Future: Petty aced the test of his first full pro season, handling a jump to High-A and getting better as the season progressed. He projects as a solid No. 3 or No. 4 starter with multiple ways to attack hitters and above-average control.

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

  7. 7. Spencer Steer | 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/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: In his MLB debut on Sept. 2, Steer homered. In the penultimate game of the season, his walk-off RBI double against the Cubs staved off 100 losses until the next day. In between, there weren't many highlights in Steer's month in Cincinnati. Those moments were a fitting footnote on a season in which Steer made the Futures Game and was traded to the Reds along with Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Steven Hajjar for righthander Tyler Mahle.

    Scouting Report: Steer has long been equally praised and criticized for being a well-rounded player without any exceptional tools. He's not going to be the best player on any pro team, but he's been a useful player everywhere he's played. Because Joey Votto was injured, Steer ended up playing nine games at first base with the Reds. For someone who has played second base, third base, shortstop and right field, it was just another position to pick up. Steer fits as a second or third baseman who can fill in at shortstop. He has excellent hands and a slow heartbeat. His average arm is just enough because of a quick release and accuracy. He's an average runner who isn't a basestealer but is a solid baserunner. Despite back-to-back season of 20-plus home runs, Steer is more of a solid hitter with sneaky, below-average pop. The friendly confines of Great American Ballpark should boost his home run numbers. He uses the entire field and should be able to hit .260 to .270 while posting solid on-base percentages.

    The Future: Steer will compete for the Reds' third base job to start 2023, but he'll likely end up playing there and everywhere as the need arises. He's similar to fellow Reds infielder Matt McLain as a smaller but savvy infielder who relies on feel for the game and a hit-first approach.

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

  8. 8. 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/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: A couple of years ago, the Reds went all-in on high school hitters with big power. In back-to-back drafts, the Reds selected Rece Hinds and Austin Hendrick. Both have massive power, but both have struck out more than 35% of the time so far, leaving in doubt their ability to get to that power. This year, the Reds seemed to course-correct by going all-in on young hitters with advanced hit tools in the first round. They started with 17-year-old junior college third baseman Cam Collier at No. 18 overall, followed by Stewart, a polished high school hitter with below-average defense and speed at No. 32. After signing for $2.1 million, Stewart showed his polished bat in an eight-game debut in the Arizona Complex League.

    Scouting Report: Stewart hits both velocity and spin. Perhaps as importantly, he spits on pitches outside the zone while punishing hittable pitches in the zone. Amateur scouts loved his ability to consistently make loud contact. Stewart should hit for plus power and should be an above-average hitter as well. If he develops as expected, he could be a power hitter who avoids piling up strikeouts. Defensively, there are a lot more questions. Stewart made two throwing errors in just six games at third with the ACL Reds, but his range is the bigger long-term concern. He's a well-below average runner who will have to work to avoid slowing down even further. He has an above-average arm.

    The Future: Stewart and Collier should both be ready for Low-A Daytona in 2023, which means they'll likely split time at third base. Collier is the better defender, so Stewart could end up getting experience at first base as well, which is his most likely long-term role. If his bat is as good as expected, he'll profile fine at first base.

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

  9. 9. 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/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: The Mariners organization has a Gas Camp each offseason to help its pitchers add velocity. Phillips didn't need to go camping. He arrived as a 2020 second-round pick already gassed up and ready to go. He featured a big fastball at McLennan (Texas) JC, but his heater has gotten more and more ferocious as a pro. He topped out at 99 mph as a starter in 2022, and could eventually reach triple-digits. He misses bats, too, and already has a pair of 13-strikeout starts on his pro résumé. The Reds picked up Phillips along with Brandon Williamson in the March 2022 deal in which they sent Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker to Seattle.

    Scouting Report: Phillips' combination of top-end velocity, carry at the top of the zone and a flat plane on his fastball helps him generate a well above-average number of swings and misses with his heater. He will sit 95-97 mph pitch after pitch, with a little more available when necessary. His mid-80s slider gives him a second plus pitch, and it has plenty of sweep and some tilt. He can start it in the zone and leave hitters flailing at it after it ends up well out of the zone. He also throws a big-breaking, high-70s curveball that can lock up hitters who are geared up for his fastball. It has helped him survive against lefthanded hitters with only a below-average changeup. Phillips walks too many batters, but it's more of an approach and sequencing issue than an utter inability to throw strikes. He repeats his delivery relatively well and should eventually get to at least fringe-average control.

    The Future: The easy projection is to look at Phillips' power stuff and walk rate and suggest a move to the bullpen, but the Reds have no reason to be so hasty. He has made strides as a starter and should be in the Double-A Chattanooga rotation for much of 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 55. Slider: 60. Changeup: 40. Control: 45.

  10. 10. 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 | 4.11 ERA | 123 SO | 77 BB | 123 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: After two years at Northern Iowa JC, Williamson transferred to Texas Christian, where he joined Nick Lodolo in the Horned Frogs' weekend rotation. The Reds picked Lodolo as the first lefthander off the board in the 2019 draft, and the Mariners selected Williamson in the second round, making him the sixth lefty picked. After Williamson's standout 2021 season at Double-A Arkansas, the Reds reunited him with Lodolo by acquiring him in a trade that sent Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez to Seattle.

    Scouting Report: Williamson's stuff and control all took a step backward in 2022. He nibbled more than he needed and saw his overall strike percentage drop from 64% in 2021 to 61% in 2022. After he was promoted to Triple-A, Williamson's strike percentage dipped to 59%. Behind in counts, his above-average curveball and fringe-average changeup didn't fool hitters as often. His above-average, big-breaking mid-70s curveball has been a weapon, but he didn't land it enough for it to be effective in his first year with the Reds. Similarly, his 82-84 mph changeup is better when he's ahead in counts. His average 82-85 mph slider showed improvement. It has gone from a barely-used pitch to one he showed the most feel for on many nights. Williamson's 90-93 mph fastball lost a tick in 2022, but it's effective even at a slightly reduced velocity thanks to its carry and precision.

    The Future: Williamson looked more like a back-of-the-rotation arm in 2022 because of reduced stuff and more scattered control, but he's shown midrotation potential in the past. He was added to the Reds' 40-man roster in November. With a strong start at Triple-A Louisville, he could push for a spot in Cincinnati by midseason.

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

  11. 11. 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/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: The Reds plan with Abbott was to let him settle in and pitch at High-A Dayton for quite a while. Abbott blew up that plan by allowing just two runs in five starts while striking out 40 in 27 innings. He was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga in mid-May and struck out 12 in five innings in his debut, but that level ended up proving to be a tougher test. He struggled until September when he rattled off three straight scoreless starts to end the season.

    Scouting Report: Abbott's fastball was good enough to dominate in Class A because of how well he located it, but once Double-A hitters saw Abbott a few times, they realized he didn't have confidence in his changeup and he would rarely come inside with his fastball. Abbott has an average 91-94 mph fastball and low-80s slider, and the slider is more effective now that he's made it a little sweepier. But he is going to need to improve the feel for his below-average mid-80s changeup to give righthanded batters an additional look. Abbott is a strike-thrower with plus control.

    The Future: Abbott finished the season strong. He will likely return to Chattanooga to prove he's conquered the level, but if he does, Louisville should be calling before long. He's a back-of-the-rotation starter with a smart, cerebral and even-keeled approach.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 40. Control: 60.

  12. 12. 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/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: McLain was a two-time first-round pick. He turned down the D-backs as the 25th overall pick out of high school. After a productive career at UCLA he moved up to be picked 17th overall in 2021. After an excellent 2021 debut, the longer full pro season seemed to wear McLain down in 2022. He hit .248/.364/.544 in the first two months of the season, but only .221/.364/.392 from June 1 until the end of the season.

    Scouting Report: McLain was Double-A Chattanooga's everyday shortstop in the first half of the season, but once Elly De La Cruz arrived, he played as much second base as shortstop. That is likely a hint of his future role. He's fully capable of playing shortstop, with the feet and hands for the position. But if he's asked to make those throws regularly, his average arm begins to wear down to fringe-average. He doesn't have the kind of arm that can make the difficult play if he doesn't set his feet. Scouts loved McLain's competitiveness and all-out style of play, but that high-energy style also makes it harder for him to hold up, as he's a smaller framed player without a lot of functional strength. He makes excellent swing decisions and has 10-15 home run power.

    The Future: Even when he struggled at Chattanooga, McLain still strung together solid at-bats, drew walks and could punish pitchers who made mistakes. The offseason should give McLain a chance to work on gaining strength to help him hold up over the much longer pro seasons. He projects as a super-utility player who can play a variety of positions including shortstop in a pinch.

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

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

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Back before the pandemic virtually shut down international scouting for a time, Cabrera was already gaining notice as a youngster who didn't look out of place in games and workouts against players one and two years older than him. That made Cabrera's initial pro struggles so surprising. In his first month in the Dominican Summer League, Cabrera didn't hit at all (.120/.274/.200) and he committed 13 errors in 16 games. But in the final two months he hit .320/.410/.420 with 10 errors in 28 games.

    Scouting Report: Cabrera didn't show as much selectivity and contact skills as he had demonstrated on the amateur circuit. He was one of the younger players in the league and his short, direct swing should serve him well as he matures. He projects to have five average or better tools with a chance to stay at shortstop, depending on how he grows and fills out as he heads into his 20s. Cabrera's power is well below average right now, but projects to get to average. He should be an above-average hitter with an all-fields approach. He has plus speed, a plus arm and the hands/feet to be an average defender at shortstop.

    The Future: Cabrera is the most talented player the Reds have signed out of Venezuela in several years. As he comes to the U.S. he sits at the back of a log jam of shortstop prospects, but that shouldn't affect him in 2023, as the Reds' other shortstop prospects should all be in full season ball.

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

  14. 14. Alfredo Duno | C
    Alfredo Duno
    Born: Jan 7, 2006
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Duno is one of the most promising players in the 2023 international class as a well-rounded catcher who has a shot to produce both offensively and defensively. Unlike most 16-year-olds, there's not a lot of projection with Duno. He's already built like a big league catcher, as a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder.

    Scouting Report: Duno's array of future outcomes spans the gamut from becoming a glove-first catcher to other paths where he becomes a plus-plus power slugger who eventually also plays other positions. Duno has a plus arm already and it could end up as a plus-plus arm, and he has worked on his mechanics to have a quick exchange. He also has soft hands and moves well behind the plate despite his size. He's big for a catcher, but he shows the lateral movement to stick behind the plate. Offensively, he's got plenty of bat speed and plus present raw power that could end up being plus-plus as he matures. His ability to get to that power potential will be dependent on how quickly he can refine his swing, as sometimes his lower half and upper half aren't always in sync, but he shows solid barrel control as well and good hand-eye coordination. Duno is an average runner for now, but like most catchers, he can be expected to slow down as the wear and tear of catching takes its toll.

    The Future: Duno is yet another example of the Reds' recent shift to international signees with excellent present baseball skills to go with solid tools. Duno is a relatively polished player for his age, but in his case, he's also one with rare athleticism for his size. He'll get to make his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League later in 2023. It would not be a surprise if he was one ofthe Reds top 10 prospects before too long.

    Scouting Grades Hit: 45. Power: 55. Field: 50. Run: 45. Arm: 60.

  15. 15. 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/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: A three-sport star in high school who has scholarship offers as a quarterback, Allen was the Reds' second first round pick in 2021. He had an excellent debut in the Arizona Complex League. His performance took a step back in 2022, but he still impressed with his high-intensity style of play.

    Scouting Report: Everything hasn't clicked yet for Allen, but scouts see a path to a productive big leaguer. He's a plus center fielder with 65 speed on the 20-to-80 scouting scale. He can be a truly merciless basestealer when he finds a pitcher/catcher combination who can't control the running game. In one of his best games of the season, Allen had four hits, and stole second all four times. He added a steal of third to finish the game with five stolen bases. Allen's swing is geared for line drives, not home runs. He has solid bat control, but his inability to lay off pitches out of the zone is hamstringing his ability to hit for average. He's a plus defender in center with an average arm.

    The Future: Allen is going to have to make strides in his pitch recognition and selectivity, but he has the tools to be a well-rounded outfielder who can help a team in multiple ways. He's ticketed to return to High-A Dayton.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 40. Field: 60. Run: 65. Arm: 50.

  16. 16. 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/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Stoudt was a durable and effective starter at Lehigh, but wear and tear meant his right elbow ligament was torn when the Mariners picked him in the third round in 2019. He opted for Tommy John surgery and had to wait until 2021 to make his pro debut. A revelation in 2021, he struggled more in 2022, but after the Reds acquired him in the Luis Castillo trade, he finished the season on a roll after a jump to Triple-A Louisville.

    Scouting Report: Stoudt has plus control, a mid-90s above-average fastball that can touch 98 mph and a low-80s plus split-changeup that has been a diabolical weapon at its best. His changeup wasn't as consistent in 2022, but his now average mid-80s slider has improved. He also flips over a mid-70s curveball. Both the curve and changeup aren't in-zone offerings, but Stoudt controls his fastball well enough to get ahead in counts.

    The Future: The Reds added Stoudt to their 40-man roster. He has a year or two more to help the Reds figure out if he's going to be a power reliever or back-of-the-rotation starter. He needs to gain consistency if he's going to avoid a future move to the pen, but his varied pitch mix and control seem to point to him being able to handle the challenge.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 40. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 60.

  17. 17. Carlos Jorge | 2B
    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/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: It's easy to underestimate Jorge. He's somewhat undersized, and he doesn't have the twitchiness to be a big league shortstop. But everywhere he goes, Jorge is one of the best players in the league. In two seasons, he's posted a better than .400 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage twice.

    Scouting Report: Jorge has a short and direct lefthanded stroke and the bat speed to give him excellent plate coverage. He has a tendency to roll over with his top hand on pitches inside, which limits his ability to drive those pitches, but even then, he still makes contact. And if the pitch is in the middle or outer third of the strike zone, he punishes it. He combines contact ability with an advanced knowledge of the strike zone. Defensively, he's not going to beat out the Reds' bevy of shortstop prospects, but he's fine as an average defender at second with a fringe-average arm. He has a quick first step and is an excellent basestealer despite only above-average speed.

    The Future: Jorge has a shot to be an offensive-oriented second baseman who hits for average, posts high on-base percentages and does damage when a pitcher makes mistakes. It's a nice, well-rounded package that should get a bigger test at Low-A Daytona.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 40. Field: 50. Run: 55. Arm: 45.

  18. 18. Victor Acosta | SS
    Victor Acosta
    Born: Jun 10, 2004
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Alvin Duran/Trevor Schumm/Chris Kemp.
    Minors: .237/.348/.360 | 2 HR | 5 SB | 139 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: As they traded away plenty of prospects in trades to build up the big league roster, the Padres signed Acosta for $1.8 million in 2021 to help restock the system. A year later, he was part of the next wave of prospects San Diego dealt, as he was sent to Cincinnati in the trade that brought Brandon Drury to the Padres. Acosta got into a few games with the Reds' Arizona Complex League before the season shut down.

    Scouting Report: Acosta's first season in the U.S. wasn't as dominating as his exceptional Dominican Summer League debut in 2021, but his impressive extended spring bled into a solid season in the Arizona Complex League. Acosta's compact frame does limit his projection, but he already has plenty of plus tools with plus speed, a plus arm and a potentially above-average bat. His lefthanded swing is a little ahead of his righthanded swing. He has the bat speed to hit for both average and power. Defensively, he has the feet and hands to stick at shortstop, but he could also be a plus defender at second base.

    The Future: Acosta is yet another in the Reds' overflowing bevy of young shortstop prospects. Whether he sticks at shortstop is partly dependent on his development, but it also will be affected by the Reds' limited number of innings at shortstop available in Class A as Cincinnati tries to get numerous players playing time.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Field: 50. Run: 60. Arm: 60.

  19. 19. 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: .252/.345/.404 | 14 HR | 52 SB | 492 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: After a lost 2021 season that saw miss time in the outfield because of an elbow injury and lost at times at the plate, Siani had a much better 2022. He raised his batting average and on-base percentage and actually hit for more power as well. He hit a career high 14 home runs, stole an organization best 52 bases and made his MLB debut.

    Scouting Report: Siani took a step forward in 2022 because he tried to do less. He toned down his swing, aiming less to lift the ball for home runs and focusing more on making contact. That helped him dramatically reduce his strikeout rate, but he actually found the gaps more as well, making his below-average power get into play more regularly. That's important because Siani is a truly exceptional defender in center. He's a plus-plus center fielder who flags down balls in the gap and is fearless going back to the wall. He also has a plus arm.

    The Future: Siani's improved approach helps put him back into the Reds' long-term plans. He may not have the bat to be a regular, but his defense and speed make him a viable No. 4 outfielder who could play his way into a larger role.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 30. Field: 70. Run: 60. Arm: 60.

  20. 20. 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/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: The Reds have gone from signing high-ceiling international amateurs with modest baseball skills but massive baseball tools. The new approach is best exemplified by players like Balcazar. He's not physically imposing, but he's been one of the better players in the Dominican Summer League in 2021 and the Arizona Complex League in 2022. He finished in the top 10 in the ACL in batting average (.322), on-base percentage (.411) and stolen bases (13).

    Scouting Report: Balcazar is more pesky than intimidating, but he puts together quality at-bat after quality at-bat. He has enough power to yank an inside fastball over the wall, but he's most comfortable covering most of the plate with a contact-oriented approach. He needs to continue to improve his pitch recognition, but he's showing steady development there. Defensively, he's an above-average shortstop as far as range and hands, but the accuracy of his plus arm needs work. He committed 8 throwing errors in 31 games at shortstop. He's only an average runner, but an opportunistic one who swiped 13 bags in 14 tries.

    The Future: Balcazar may end up as an excellent utility infielder with contact skills, modest power and defensive versatility, but for now, he should get plenty of opportunity to show he can be a regular. So far, he's earning plenty of playing time.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 30. Field: 55. Run: 50. Arm: 60.

  21. 21. 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/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Few pitchers have better stuff than Boyle, but even fewer have pitched as sparingly as he has. He threw just 36 innings in three years at Notre Dame because he walked 48 batters and hit five more. The Reds main focus was to get Boyle innings and get him comfortable finding the strike zone enough to let his exceptional stuff play. It worked in 2022. His 100 innings was more than he'd thrown in the previous four years combined. His .137 opponent batting average was easily the best in the minors among pitchers with 100 or more innings. He allowed 10 extra-base hits all year.

    Scouting Report: Boyle only sat 95-97 mph and touched 99 after touching 102 in the past which paid off in improved control. His fastball is a plus-plus pitch that can dominate, but it's his slider that should be his best pitch. Its success is dependent on its power. It has cutter-ish movement, but it sits in the high-80s and has been as hard as 92-93 mph. He also has a bigger high-70s fringe-average curve that he likes to flip over in early counts to steal a strike against hitters geared up for his fastball. Almost no one hit Boyle in Class A, but after his promotion to Double-A, he learned he had to mix his pitchers better.

    The Future: Boyle's control remains a 20 on the scouting scale, but it's actually taken massive strides forward. The trend is in the right direction, and it now seems feasible that he will eventually get to 30 or even 40 control. This would be enough for him to be a high-leverage reliever since he gives up so few hits.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 70. Curveball: 45. Control: 30.

  22. 22. 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/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Almonte was one of a pair of high-ceiling outfielders the Reds targeted in the 2021 international signing class. While the toolsier Malvin Valdez has struggled, Almonte has shown the polish the Reds anticipated when they signed him. He's added 20 pounds of good weight since signing and now has some of the best power among Reds lower-level hitters.

    Scouting Report: Almonte needs a lot of refinement, but he fits the profile of a slugging right fielder who hits for enough average to make it work. His average exit velocities (90 mph) are already among the best in the Reds organization. He shows a mature whole field approach, but he needs to do a better job of recognizing breaking balls and he's going to need a lot more at-bats against lefties to get more comfortable against them. Almonte needs to improve his reads off the bat, as he sometimes takes false steps and then has to rush to make up for his misread. As he gets bigger, he's slowing down as well. He runs well underway but turns in below-average times from home to first. He has an above-average arm that fits in right.

    The Future: Almonte's calm demeanor and grinder mentality helps the Reds feel comfortable he will get the most out of his impressive toolset. He should make the jump to Low-A Daytona in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 60. Field: 45. Run: 40. Arm: 55.

  23. 23. Ricky Karcher | RHP
    Ricky Karcher
    Born: Sep 18, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 195
    Minors: 5-5 | 3.65 ERA | 88 SO | 40 BB | 57 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: In his third year as a pro, Karcher walked 30 batters in just 19 innings in Class A. Once again, his lack of control was derailing his promising career. His control is still far from even average, but Karcher figured out how to stay around the zone in 2022. It resulted in him climbing to Triple-A to serve as Louisville's closer, and he earned a spot on the 40-man roster during the offseason.

    Scouting Report: Karcher's a slider-first pitcher who just happens to also throw a 97-99 mph plus fastball. That's how he attacks hitters at his best. The fastball is the change of pace pitch after he's lulled them to sleep with a steady attack of 87-89 mph sliders in the strike zone. Karcher's delivery is pure high-effort reliever, and his control is below-average, but as he's realized he needs to rely on his slider, he's discovered he can control it better than his fastball and he learned that a high-80s slider will get swings and misses even if it doesn't have massive movement. Even then, he still piles up more walks than are ideal, but few hitters ever square him up. He didn't allow a home run in his final 24 outings.

    The Future: Karcher has come a long way in a short amount of time. He'll most likely head back to Triple-A Louisville, but he should make his MLB debut in 2023. His stuff is as good as pretty much anyone in major league bullpens, but only if he throws enough strikes to make it matter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 70. Changeup: 50. Control: 30.

  24. 24. 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/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Tanner is already a star in Starkville, Miss., as he was the catcher for Mississippi State's first-ever national title. He hit 15 home runs that year, but his offensive production tailed off in 2022, which led to him sliding to the second round.

    Scouting Report: Tanner is the epitome of a glove-only catcher, but one whose glove is good enough to be worth carrying on a roster even if he hits under .200. His swing can get long and he struggles against top-notch velocity. He never hit .300 in three years at Mississippi State, and he projects as a nearly bottom-of-the-scale hitter with below-average power. For a player with that resume to get regular at-bats, the receiving has to be pretty special, and Tanner's is. He's an above-average receiver with a plus-plus arm.

    The Future: Tanner is the catcher his team's pitchers will love to throw to, but he needs to ensure he's not also the catcher other team's pitchers love to face. If he can shorten his swing or tap more into his power, his glove will handle the rest.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 30. Power: 40. Field: 55. Run: 30. Arm: 70.

  25. 25. Hector Rodriguez | OF
    Hector Rodriguez
    Born: Mar 11, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 186
    Minors: .333/.372/.536 | 3 HR | 16 SB | 183 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: With rules tweaks, MLB is trying to bring speed back into the game. The larger bases, limited number of pickoff throws and pitch clocks all combined to boost stolen bases around the minors in 2022, and those rules are coming to MLB in 2023. That's great news for speedsters like Rodriguez. The Reds acquired him and RHP Jose Acuna from the Mets for Tyler Naquin.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez was battling for the Florida Complex League batting title before the trade. He is a pesky top-of-the-order hitter who sprays line drives, but also can turn ground balls to shortstop or third base into infield hits. With a level swing from both sides of the plate, he feasts on high fastballs. He plays all-out seemingly all the time. There's very little home run power potential, but that's not Rodriguez's game, he chases out of the zone too much, but he makes contact both in and out of the zone. Defensively, the Reds are going to give him every opportunity to acclimate to center field. He's quite raw out there right now, as he played second and third base in 2021. Some evaluators say he will most likely end up in left field.

    The Future: Rodriguez has the makings of a fourth outfielder. But with his extreme contact ability, he could end up exceeding those expectations and clear a path to a role as a regular.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 30. Field: 50. Run: 70. Arm: 45.

  26. 26. Will Benson | OF
    Will Benson
    Born: Jun 16, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: C.T. Bradford.
    Minors: .278/.426/.522 | 17 HR | 16 SB | 316 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: A heralded player coming out of the Atlanta prep ranks, Benson has long stood out for his athleticism and power. A first-round pick in 2016, he completed a long climb through the minor leagues in 2022 to make his major league debut as a 24-year-old.

    Scouting Report: Benson produces exceptional bat speed thanks to his strength and quick hands. He turns that bat speed into big lefthanded raw power, and has consistently ranked among the organization's home run leaders. He significantly cut his strikeout rate in 2022, dropping it to 22.7% after it had been 30.8% in the three previous full seasons. That newfound discipline didn't come at the expense of his ability to take walks, as his patience has always been a defining part of his approach. He has solid speed and is a threat on the bases. Benson primarily has played right field in the minor leagues but is capable of playing all three outfield positions and did so in Cleveland. His arm strength and speed make him a solid defender.

    The Future: Benson's combination of power and athleticism is exciting and he's worked hard to get to the major leagues. Whether he can turn that promise into a regular big league role will depend on his ability to make more consistent contact. Even if he ends up in a reserve role, he'll have value as a lefthanded hitter with power who can play all three outfield positions.

    Scouting Grades Hit: 45 Power: 60 Speed: 55 Fielding: 50 Arm: 50

  27. 27. Cade Hunter | C
    Cade Hunter
    Born: Nov 29, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .341/.449/.683 | 3 HR | 3 SB | 41 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: The Reds' catching situation was a disaster in 2022. After Tyler Stephenson was sidelined with an injury, Cincinnati ran through catcher after catcher at the big league level. None of the replacements stuck, and when the season ended, they dumped all of them off the 40-man roster. Not coincidentally, the Reds drafted two catchers, Logan Tanner and Hunter, in the top five rounds in 2022. Hunter is the son of Mariners amateur scouting director Scott Hunter.

    Scouting Report: While Tanner is a glove-first catcher who faces questions about his bat, Hunter is a bat-first catcher who hears concerns about his glove. He mashed at Virginia Tech in 2022, hitting 17 home runs in 2022 before adding three in 14 games as a pro. Hunter will sacrifice some batting average to get to that above-average power, but it's a useful trade. He's improved as a receiver, as he's starting to better handle pitches on the edge of the strike zone. He has a plus arm and quick transfer to help slow down basestealers. With average speed, Hunter runs very well for a catcher.

    The Future: Lefthanded-hitting catchers who can hit for power are hard to find. Hunter's impressive debut raises hopes that he can develop into Tyler Stephenson's heir apparent in a few years.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 55. Field: 45. Run: 50. Arm: 60.

  28. 28. Lyon Richardson | RHP
    Lyon Richardson
    Born: Jan 18, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 192
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Jensen Beach, Fla., 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Stephen Hunt.

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Richardson looked to be one of the Reds more promising and athletic young pitchers after a solid 2019 season. He didn't seem the same after the coronavirus pandemic, as he struggled at High-A Dayton before going down with an elbow injury that needed Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2022 season, but returned in time for instructional league, where he showed better stuff than he had demonstrated in 2021.

    Scouting Report: Richardson touched 99 mph in high school, but he generally sat 91-95 as a pro. In his shorter stints in instructional league, he was once again showing the high-90s velocity that seemed to have disappeared. It's too soon to say for sure that he can carry that stuff into longer outings, but his improved arm speed will help his average slider and curveball and above-average change be more effective. Richardson's control had backed up in 2021, but before the pandemic, he showed average control.

    The Future: The Reds were enamored enough with Richardson's impressive return that they added him to the 40-man roster rather than risk exposing him to the Rule 5 draft. That's a pretty significant vote of confidence in a pitcher who has yet to pitch above Class A. He should head to Chattanooga in 2023. With a strong season, he could vault back into the top-tier of Reds' starting pitching prospects.

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

  29. 29. Yerlin Confidan | OF
    Yerlin Confidan
    Born: Dec 16, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 170
    Minors: .241/.359/.391 | 2 HR | 1 SB | 87 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: A $200,000 signee in 2019, Confidan was one of the stars of the Arizona Complex League in 2021 where he hit 11 home runs. A quad strain derailed his attempt at a follow-up in 2022. He injured the quad in early May, tried to come back in July, but then missed another month before finally returning in mid-August for a rehab assignment. He finally made it back to low-A Daytona on Aug. 30, but finished the year with just 103 plate appearances.

    Scouting Report: Confidan is a prototypical power-hitting right fielder with all fields power. He already can top 110 mph on his best drives, and his 90th-percentile exit velocity of 105.6 mph is among the best in the system. He is an average runner for now, but he will likely slow further as he keeps getting bigger and stronger. The Reds moved him to left and right field in 2022. His plus arm fits in either.

    The Future: The Reds sped up Confidan's development in 2021 by having him skip the Dominican Summer League. That paid off as he handled the jump, but it also means that even a lost 2022 season has him on a reasonable development pace. He may need more time at Low-A Daytona, but should get to High-A Dayton in 2023. He is still a high-risk, high-reward player, but he has the potential to be an everyday regular thanks to his power.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 60. Field: 45. Run: 40. Arm: 60.

  30. 30. Casey Legumina | RHP
    Casey Legumina
    Born: Jun 19, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Minors: 2-6 | 4.80 ERA | 92 SO | 36 BB | 87 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Getting injured unfortunately seems to be part of being a pitcher, since the wear and tear of the pitching motion stresses the shoulder, elbow and arm muscles. A forearm injury somewhat derailed Legumina's draft year at Gonzaga, which led him to slide to the eighth round. As a pro, Legumina has handled staying healthy on the mound. He's had a bigger issue when he's been in the dugout. He was clipped by a line drive in 2021, which forced him to miss a month with a bruised pitching arm. He was traded to the Reds for shortstop Kyle Farmer in November 2022.

    Scouting Report: Legumina has split time between starting and relieving as a pro, but he most likely will end up as a power reliever. His fastball sits at 93-95 mph and touches 97 already, and it has the flat plane to be effective in the top of the zone, but it also has made him home run prone. He fills the zone with it. It could get even better with a full-time move to shorter stints. His plus slider pairs well with it and his changeup is a fringe-average pitch as well. He needs to improve his below-average control of his slider and changeup or develop a secondary offering he can more consistently throw in the zone.

    The Future: Legumina has been added to the 40-man roster in advance of the 2023 season. That means he'll spend the year at Triple-A Louisville, but could be on call to serve as a reinforcement for the big league team, where he should fit as a useful single or multi-inning reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 40.

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