Allan Cerda's explosive power has been on display during his first week at Double-A

Reds prospect Allan Cerda at Cincinnati Reds Photo Day.
Reds prospect Allan Cerda at Cincinnati Reds Photo Day. / Sam Wasson/GettyImages

He's coming! One of the more intriguing additions to the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster this past offseason was Allan Cerda. After all, the outfielder had barely played 20 games at High-A heading into the 2022 season.

But the Reds knew what they were doing. While it would've been a little shocking to see another team select Cerda in the Rule 5 Draft, Cincinnati wanted to be doubly-sure they didn't lose one of the top prospects.

Cerda had been mashing down at High-A Dayton throughout the 2022 season, and just last week, the 22-year-old received a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga. Despite the bump up in competition, Cerda's assault on opposing pitchers continues.

Reds OF prospect Allan Cerda is making his presence felt at Double-A Chattanooga.

While most of the focus among Reds Country has been on top infield prospect Elly De La Cruz, and rightfully so, his former running mate should be garnering a lot of attention as well. Allan Cerda is destroying opposing pitchers.

In just six games at Double-A Chattanooga, Cerda is 7-for-21 with three home runs and two doubles. That's right, five of his seven hits this past week were for extra bases. The Lookouts outfielder also recorded seven RBIs.

During his first week at Double-A, Allan Cerda is slashing .333/.481/.857, and according to FanGraphs, he has a 22.2% walk-rate and wRC+ of 232. Every minor league stop that Cerda has made throughout his professional career has seen the outfielder post a wRC+ of 127 or better.

We spoke last week about Cerda's need to cut down on the strikeouts, and in a very small sample size, he's done just that. Cerda's K-rate is 29.6% which is down almost seven points from his 36.5% strikeout-rate with the Dayton Dragons.

Might we see Allan Cerda make it all the way to Triple-A this season? That seems like a stretch, but if he continues to pound the baseball like he has during his first week in Double-A, it's going to be very difficult for the Cincinnati Reds' decision-makers to keep the outfield prospect in southern Tennessee for very long.

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