1 underrated Reds prospect at each minor league level who'll excel in 2023

Reds pitcher Sam Benschoter.
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The Cincinnati Reds minor leagues are loaded with talent. Outside of third baseman Spencer Steer, the Reds did not break camp with a single rookie on the squad.

But, as Reds Country knows all too well, this franchise is in the midst of a rebuild. As such, the club will be relying heavily on the contributions from young players and prospects in order to get back to being a playoff contender.

While the Cincinnati faithful have all heard of Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarncacion-Strand, there are some underrated prospects who could make a big impact in 2023. Let's look at one prospect at each minor league level who could excel in 2023.

Reds prospects: Ryan Nutof could excel at Triple-A Louisville

Ryan Nutof is not a household name. While Casey Legumina and Ricky Karcher draw most of accolades from the group of relief pitchers at Triple-A Louisville, don't sleep on Nutof heading into the 2023 season.

Nutof was a 16th-round pick of the Reds all the way back in 2017. The right-hander spent most of last season at Double-A Chattanooga, but was promoted to the Derby City before the close of his 2022 campaign.

Nutof appeared in a total of 43 games last season with 39 of them coming in Chattanooga. Nutof has no problem throwing strikes, as his 26.7-percent strikeout-rate would indicate. But he'll have to gain a measure of command in 2023. Last season at Double-A, according to FanGraphs, Nutof posted a 12-percent walk-rate.

There are bound to be several relief pitchers who are yo-yo'd between Triple-A Louisville and the major leagues this season. Not even a week in and Cincinnati has already designated Bennett Sousa for assignment and selected the contract of Kevin Herget. If Ryan Nutof pitches well, his could be the next name called up to The Show.