Cincinnati Reds: Nick Senzel and three others among Top 100 prospects

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Nick Senzel #79 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a portrait at the Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex on February 20, 2018 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Nick Senzel #79 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a portrait at the Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex on February 20, 2018 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images) /
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Nick Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds No. 1 prospect, made is No. 6 among the Top 100 MLB prospects. The Reds also had three others make the list as well.

MLB.com has come out with their Top 100 prospects for 2019. The Cincinnati Reds had four players, including top prospect Nick Senzel, among the top 100. Cincinnati has the most highly rated prospects amongst the NL Central with all 4 of the players recognized in the Top 60. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the only other team in the division with at least four players on the list.

Nick Senzel, the team’s first pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, is the unquestioned No. 1 prospect in the Reds farm system and No. 7 in all of Major League Baseball according to MLB.com. Senzel has rocketed up through the minor leagues and is on the doorstep of making his Major League debut this coming season.

Some fans and pundits will argue that Senzel should start the season at Triple-A Louisville so as to preserve another year of team control. That’s a very likely scenario, and the Chicago Cubs used a similar mindset with All-Star Kris Bryant. Senzel is not currently slated to play a position next season that would necessitate him starting the season on the Opening Day roster, though the possibility of playing centerfield could land him on the 25-man roster.

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Next up on the list is Taylor Trammell, the No. 2 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system and No. 17 in all of Major League Baseball. Trammell is an outfield prospect that a lot of scouts peg to be the Reds centerfielder of the future, although others think his lack of arm strength makes him a better fit in left field.

Trammell will likely start the season in Double-A Chattanooga after spending last season at Advanced-A Daytona. He was the Player of the Game during last year’s MLB Futures Game in Washington D.C. with a home run and a triple in the game. Trammell also played well during the Arizona Fall League with a slash line of .277/.375/.406, 8 home runs, and 41 RBIs.

Right-hander Hunter Greene makes an appearance on the list at No. 31. Greene is the Cincinnati Reds No. 3 prospect and is currently rehabbing from an elbow injury he suffered last season. Greene’s fastball routinely hits triple digits and the team is hopeful that his rehab allows him to get back on the mound this year. Greene is expected to make his Major League debut in 2021.

Rounding out the list for the Reds at No. 53 is last year’s first-round pick Jonathan India. The former Florida Gator is a Top 10 third base prospect in all of baseball and will likely start the season in Class-A Dayton or Advanced-A Daytona. India, like Senzel before him, is viewed as an advanced hitter and could move up through the Reds farm system very quickly.

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The Cincinnati Reds have a lot of talented prospects in their farm system. While not as deep as Atlanta or San Diego, the Reds still have some of the top minor league talent in the National League. Senzel, if healthy, will likely make his Major League debut in 2019, as will pitcher Jimmy Herget and maybe outfielder Jose Siri.