Cincinnati Reds: 3 under-the-radar prospects who’ll turn heads in 2021

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A pair of Franklin batting gloves and a Cincinnati Reds batting helmet before the start of a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 7, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A pair of Franklin batting gloves and a Cincinnati Reds batting helmet before the start of a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 7, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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2. Allan Cerda, Reds 2017 international signing

We just talked about the hard-hitting Bren Spillane, but few hitters in the Cincinnati Reds farm system possess the power that lies in Allan Cerda’s bat. A 2017 international signing, Cerda has the kind of plus-power that could rival that of former first-round pick Austin Hendrick and 2019 second-round selection Rece Hinds.

While Cerda hasn’t played above Rookie Ball, the 21-year-old has shown that he’s ready for the next stage of his young career. Cerda will begin the 2021 season with the Daytona Tortugas who were recently re-assigned to Low-A.

While playing for Rookie Level Greenville in 2019, Cerda hit six doubles and nine home runs in 39 games with a very impressive .470 slugging percentage. Unfortunately, Cerda struck out 56 times in 132 at-bats (42.2% strikeout-rate). He did, however, post a 13.2% walk-rate, so the right-handed slugger can take a pitch.

Cerda will be on a team with the aforementioned Austin Hendrick. Those two could light up the night’s sky in Daytona with the power they possess. Rece Hinds and Tyler Callihan, two other highly-touted power hitters will join the outfield duo as well.

Allan Cerda should start the season for the Daytona Tortugas in center field. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Cerda doesn’t have blazing speed like top outfield prospect Michael Siani, but Cerda has enough athleticism to be a serviceable centerfielder.