The Cincinnati Reds have had a good deal of success in recent years developing talented prospects into major leaguers. Players like Tyler Stephenson, Nick Lodolo, Jonathan India, and Hunter Greene all have the look of potential stars.
But the Reds have also had some swings-and-misses. Robert Stephenson, Alex Blandino, Phillip Ervin, and Alfredo Rodriguez never developed into the type of players we all thought they were going to become.
Developing players takes time. It takes a willingness on the part of the player and the organization. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. But if a player has the right mindset and the club offers him the tools to reach his potential, some players have the ability to reach superstar status.
Do the Cincinnati Reds have any potential superstars down on the farm? Let's look at four young prospects who have the chance to blossom into franchise-altering players in the major leagues.
Reds prospect Allan Cerda has superstar potential.
Allan Cerda was added to the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster over the winter and took part in major league spring camp earlier this year. Cerda began his 2022 campaign at High-A Dayton, but if he keeps up the torrid pace with which he began the season, it won't be long before we see him make the leap to Double-A.
Cerda made a huge jump up FanGraph's farm system rankings. Tabbed as the No. 21-ranked prospect in the Reds organization in 2021, Cerda is now seen as the fifth-best prospect in Cincinnati's fam system this season.
With Cerda being added to the 40-man roster, the clock is now ticking. The outfielder was optioned to High-A Dayton prior to the 2022 season, so the club will no doubt want to elevate Cerda to Double-A by mid-summer with eyes on him heading to Triple-A Louisville in 2023.
Cerda has power, and plenty of it. Last season, while splitting time between Low-A Daytona and High-A Dayton, Cerda hit 17 home runs and racked up 55 RBIs. The Reds protected Cerda from the Rule 5 Draft by adding him to the 40-man roster. That should give you some indication for how highly the club values this young prodigy.
In order to reach superstar status, Allan Cerda must improve his pitch recognition and lay off those tempting breaking balls that inevitably end up out of the strike zone. Cutting down on those strikeouts will be the difference between Cerda being a superstar or a rotational outfielder. By the way, I'm banking on the former.