5 Reds prospects who should participate in the Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League has been a proving ground for several Reds prospects over the past few years.
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4. Reds prospect Matheu Nelson should participate in the Arizona Fall League.

If there's one area of the Cincinnati Reds farm system that needs a major overhaul in terms of development, it's at the catcher position. The Reds seem to be churning out pitchers nearly every month, and even the hitting has taken a major step forward, but since Tyler Stephenson debuted in 2020, fans have not seen the Reds develop a young catching prospect.

The Reds solved the need for catching this past offseason with the signings of both Luke Maile and Curt Casali. Maile should be one of the first players the Reds re-sign to a free agent contract during the offseason, but the club still needs to develop from within.

Another top prospect at one point in time was Matheu Nelson. The Florida State product, unfortunately, has been extremely underwhelming since joining the Reds organization in 2021.

Nelson has shown some pop this season. The backstop has double-digit dingers on the year while playing at High-A Dayton. After gunning 33.3-percent of would-be base stealers in 2022, that number has dropped to 25.4-percent this season.

There's definitely some swing-and-miss to Matheu Nelson's game, but he's got a cannon for an arm. Tyler Stephenson made a trip to Arizona a few years ago and really honed his skills. Perhaps the Reds will look for Nelson to do the same this year.