3 prospects the Reds should rush to the majors in 2022

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Could the Reds promote Thomas Farr quicker than expected?
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2. Thomas Farr, Reds RHP prospect

I don't know that we should expect to see Thomas Farr make his major league debut in 2022, but there's a good chance the right-hander could rocket through the Reds farm system next season. Farr was taken in the fifth-round of last year's draft and has an outside chance to make the team toward the tail end of next season if he's viewed as a reliever.

The former South Carolina Gamecock signed for nearly $300K after being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds last summer. Farr was arguably the ace of the South Carolina pitching staff, posting a 3.87 ERA in 15 starts and striking out 90 batters over 83.2 innings.

Farr works his fastball in the mid-90s, though he can approach 96-97 MPH. The right-hander also has a curveball that can be effective and he'll work in a changeup as well. Farr's development will depend on whether or not he can use the changeup as an effective third pitch.

Thomas Farr already saw time in both Low-A and High-A last season, going 10 innings and posting a 0.90 ERA. Will the team start Farr at High-A Dayton to begin the 2022 season, or will we see the 22-year-old debut with the Chattanooga Lookouts next season.

Farr has a nice repertoire, and is already a bit advanced in age. Will the Reds be patient enough with Farr to allow him to develop as a starter, or will Cincinnati's front office push the young man along to become part of the relief corps in the future? We'll have to wait and see.