The Cincinnati Reds have a stockpile of great prospects in the minors.
Following a few bad years the Reds have talent up and down their minor leagues. They have had several high picks and are due one more this summer. Those picks are now getting ready for their big league debuts.
The closest pick to the majors is top prospect Nick Senzel. The Reds selected him second overall out of the University of Tennessee. He will likely start out the season in Triple-A, but could be in Cincinnati by mid-season.
The next best prospect is last year’s second overall pick in the MLB draft, Hunter Greene. He tried out pitching and batting in rookie ball, but will pitch here on out. The Reds see him as a start similar to Dwight Gooden.
The next best prospect is outfielder Taylor Trammell. He is seen as the center fielder of the future. He may end up in left field in the long-term.
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The Reds also have yet another young starting pitcher in Vladimir Gutierrez. He is a Cuban like Aroldis Chapman and Raisel Iglesias before him. He may also end up as a closer.
The Reds top catching prospect is Tyler Stephenson. He is a defensive specialist. He will likely challenge last year’s Rule 5 pick Stuart Turner for the starting role in Louisville.
The Cincinnati Reds also have a good amount of young talent that just reached the majors.
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Starting pitcher Tyler Mahle came up at the end of the season to Cincinnati. He had an ERA of 2.70 and looked ready to take on more. He will face an uphill battle for a spot in the rotation if all of the veterans are truly healthy to start spring training.
Former top prospect Jesse Winker made his debut as well last season. The left-handed hitting outfielder hopes to see some starting time in right field. The presence of center fielder Billy Hamilton could keep Winker from getting as much playing time as the Reds would like.
The best player, though, to make a debut last year was the potential ace of the Reds, Luis Castillo. After coming over in the Dan Straily deal, the Reds didn’t expect him in the majors until at least 2019. Now he is the best pitcher on the staff a full year or more early.
This is just the tip of the talent iceberg. The Reds have other prospects that will produce throughout their minor league system. With a little patience the Reds will have a talented big club in no time at all.