5. Reds prospect Joe Boyle will not survive the MLB trade deadline.
As was mentioned earlier with a prospect like Yerlin Confidan, if the Cincinnati Reds are looking to add major league talent at the MLB trade deadline, they'll have to let go of a prospect or two in order to make a deal.
Joe Boyle was selected in Round 5 of the abbreviated 2020 MLB Draft. The right-hander is wildly erratic but throws absolute gas. Boyle can routinely hit 100 mph on the radar gun. Unfortunately, you don't always know where it's going.
If you enjoyed watching Ricky Karcher, you'd love watching Joe Boyle. Boyle currently owns a walk-rate north of 20-percent according to FanGraphs, but also has 32-percent strikeout-rate.
Boyle is a reliever, plain and simple. The Reds are not doing the right-hander any harm at the moment by utilizing him as a starter in the minor leagues, but if he's ever going to make it to The Show, it'll be as a reliever.
Joe Boyle, much like Yerlin Confidan, will need to be added to the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster this offseason in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. A reliever like Boyle that opposing GMs believe they could stash on the active roster might be more appealing than a low-level minor league outfielder like Confidan.
The Reds might be able to tempt another team to take Boyle at the trade deadline based on the right-hander's raw tools. Out of all the organization's Top 30 prospects, Boyle might be the most likely to move.