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3 under-the-radar Reds prospects no one is talking about

Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) holds a catchers mask.
Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) holds a catchers mask. / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cincinnati Reds farm system has been receiving quite a lot of attention lately. After seeing the success of Jonathan India, Tyler Stephenson, and Vladimir Gutierrez in 2021, the bar will certainly be raised for the likes of Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo heading into next season.

Both pitching prospects are assumed to begin their major league careers in 2022, and we'll surely see a handful of other rookies join the big league club as well. But the Reds have some under-the-radar prospects who really excelled in 2021 and have their sights set on wowing fans and scouts alike in 2022.

1. Daniel Vellojin, Reds C prospect

While much of the focus in the Cincinnati Reds farm system had been focused on the development of Tyler Stephenson over the last couple of years, the organization has a handful of talented backstops still playing ball at the lower minor league levels.

One name that every Reds fan should keep a close watch on heading into next season is Daniel Vellojin. The left-handed hitting catcher could be the perfect compliment to Stephenson if he reaches his potential.

Vellojin was an international free agent signing back in 2018 out of Columbia. Until last season, Vellojin had yet to play professional baseball in America, instead spending two seasons in the Dominican Summer League.

However, in 2021, Vellojin suited up for Low-A Daytona and was quite impressive. Vellojin hit .247/.401/.403 with 21 doubles, seven home runs, and 34 RBIs in 362 plate appearances. And make no mistake, heading into last season, Vellojin's glove work was well ahead of his hitting.

The most impressive stat that I saw from Vellojin's 2021 season was his walk-rate. Drawing a free pass 19.9% of the time is quite impressive for a 21-year-old. Combine that with a wRC+ of 127, and the Cincinnati Reds may have something special brewing down on the farm.

With Stephenson firmly entrenched as the Reds starting catcher heading into 2022, there's no need to rush Vellojin's development along. Cincinnati fans know all too well that it takes time to develop a reliable backstop. Keep an eye on Daniel Vellojin headinf into next season.

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