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4 under-the-radar Reds prospects ready to breakout in 2022

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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Elly De La Cruz went from a virtual unknown in the Cincinnati Reds farm system last season to a Top 100 prospect heading into the spring. De La Cruz, much like Jose Barrero before him, found a way to make a name for himself in the minor leagues and will now be the most-watched Reds prospect during the upcoming season.

But De La Cruz isn't alone. The Reds farm system is ripe with talent, and it may just be a matter time before some of the club's younger talent is able to showcase just how good they really are. So which young prospects, some of whom you've never heard of, look ready to break out in 2022?

1. Reds prospect Jackson Miller is ready to breakout.

Jackson Miller has no real minor league stats to speak of, as the COVID-19 pandemic robbed the young catcher of any development in 2020, and a series of injuries and ailments kept Miller out of all but seven games last season.

But, don't sleep on 20-year-old who will bring an enormous amount of athleticism behind the plate. While there's not one tool that really sticks out for Miller, he's solid across the board and has an above-average arm.

Miller isn't really known as a power hitter, and while the position itself seems to encourage catchers to become more of a bat-first backstop, defense will always be key in terms of donning of the tools of ignorance.

The Cincinnati Reds have a pehnomenal track record, espeically recently, of developing quality catchers who were drafted out of high school. Current catcher Tyler Stephenson comes to mind, as do Tucker Barnhart and Devin Mesoraco.

If Jackson Miller is healthy, the Florida native could put forth a solid season and see his stock trend upwards. Many scouts feels as though Miller is between a major league regular behind the plate and a below-average starter. A healthy and productive 2022 season could really improve Miller's standing within the organization.

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