Who will be the next Reds prospect to make his MLB debut in 2022?

The Cincinnati Reds have seen a lot of prospects make their major league debuts in 2022.
The Cincinnati Reds have seen a lot of prospects make their major league debuts in 2022. / Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services,
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The Cincinnati Reds have seen a lot of prospects make their major league debuts in 2022. Most notably among them have been pitchers Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo.

Most recently, we saw Graham Ashcraft make it to The Show last Sunday. In addition to the trio of hurlers, Mark Kolozsvary, Alexis Díaz, Daniel Duarte, and Jared Solomon have all made their big league debuts in 2022.

So who's next? Well, that might be a difficult question to answer. Most of Cincinnati's best prospects are playing at High-A Dayton. Elly De La Cruz, Rece Hinds, Austin Hendrick, and Connor Phillips are all currently on the Dragons' roster.

Matt McLain and Andrew Abbott recently made the jump to Double-A, but you have to imagine that duo won't make their MLB debuts until September at the earliest. With Ashcraft having made his major league debut earlier this week, there's no prospect at Triple-A Louisville who looks ready for the big leagues.

Who will be the next Reds prospect to debut in 2022?

Typically, players make the natural progression from A-Ball to Double-A. Then once they've honed their craft, Triple-A is the final stop before making their major league dreams come true. But few ever actually reach those lofty goals.

When it comes to which Reds prospect will be next in line to make his major league debut, I'm going to go outside-the-box and predict that it's corner infielder Christian Santana who's currently at Triple-A Louisville.

On the season, Santana is hitting .339/.397/.444 and according to FanGraphs has a wRC+ of 132. Santana is a power-over-hit prospect but his batting average has been above .300 the last three seasons.

One area where Santana fails to score high marks is when it comes to taking walks. In his last three minor league seasons, Santana has yet to have a walk-rate above 4.0%. But this season, the 25-year-old is reaching base via the walk 8.8% of the time.

No one else at Triple-A seems likely to debut this season. Perhaps a prospect like Mike Siani or Brandon Williamson will see the major league diamond for the first time, but both players are currently at Double-A.

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