Well, at long last, Cincinnati Reds fans were finally able to see two of the organization's top prospects this past week. Both Matt McLain and Brandon Williamson made their major league debut while on the road at Coors Field.
McLain and Williamson joined Levi Stoudt, one of the team's top pitching prospects who debuted earlier this season. Spencer Steer, who made his first big league appearance near the end of last season, is still in his rookie season as well.
There is certainly a lot of young talent in the Cincinnati organization, but only nine players can suit up on a daily basis. Given the depth of the Reds farm system, which three prospects in the minor leagues are blocked at the major league level and could be traded later this year?
1. Reds prospect Jose Torres is blocked and could be traded.
If you're a shortstop within the Cincinnati Reds organization and your name isn't Elly De La Cruz or Edwin Arroyo, you may be traded or asked to switch positions in the near future. Even Arroyo may fall into that category.
But at just 19 years old, there's very little chance that the Reds are willing to give up on Arroyo so soon, even with what feels like a dozen capable shortstop prospects in the farm system. Jose Torres, on the other hand, could be a different story.
According to MLB Pipeline, Torres ranks as a Top 25 prospect in the Cincinnati farm system. A former third-round pick, Torres is currently playing at Double-A Chattanooga. The 23-year-old's bat let him down in 2022 and hasn't improved much this season.
Torres is a defense-first shortstop prospect who's also seen time at second base. But with Matt McLain, Elly De La Cruz, Edwin Arroyo, and Jonathan India likely to be part of the Reds infield for the foreseeable future, Torres is expendable.