The Cincinnati Reds have a good system
The Cincinnati Reds have improved over the past couple seasons. They have benefitted from hitting in the draft, as well as in the international market. Also, the rebuilding club has a dearth of prospects close to the major leagues. The club has done a nice job of bringing in the right talent and grooming them.
With the Reds rebuild almost over, they are at the point where the club needs to assess what they have moving forward. Furthermore, the team should have auditions for the next competitive Reds team. With that said, this team has a season or two and see who is ready. Cincinnati can then build around their young core via free agency or trades. Easier said than done.
The top 3 prospects in the Reds system could become very good in Nick Senzel, Hunter Greene, and Taylor Trammell. Also, Cincinnati has a plenty of young arms that are close to contributing in the MLB such as Tyler Mahle. Guys like Luis Castillo, Sal Romano, Brandon Finnegan, and Jackson Stephens are already there.
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The Reds have a top 10 farm system, and that has been due to shrewd moves in the draft room and signing guys internationally. They have built up a steady foundation for success that should be imminent.
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The Cincinnati Reds prospect rising
Outfielder Jose Siri is a guy that came out of nowhere to get added to the forty man roster. After a dismal first year, he broke out with a .293 BA and 24 homers in A-ball. He is an aggressive swinger, but when contact is made the ball is hit hard. Siri should look to cut down on the strikeouts(23.6%), but that’s almost any hitter. If the outfielder can improve his tiny walk percentage(6%), he should be a bigger threat at the plate.
Siri is a player that has opted to cut his teeth in the winter leagues. The right-handed slugger has hit .321 since his ten-game hot streak. He was the Reds Minor League hitter of the year for a reason. Over that time, his slash line is .412/.417/.588 for the Gigantes del Cibao. The outfielder has been tearing it up, which is good for his stock to skyrocket.
This is a great sign for a guy who was ranked number 22 in the Reds farm system in 2017. That will definitely change heading into 2018 and beyond. The Reds already have a crowded outfield, and people should count Jose Siri among those coming to spring training. The club will have plenty of options heading into the year.