These 6 Reds prospects are now ranked among MLB Pipeline's Top 100

Cincinnati Reds infielder Noelvi Marte
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Cincinnati Reds fans should be excited about the future. MLB Pipeline released their newest Top 100 prospect list and the Redlegs are well represented. 

Of the 100 spots up for grabs, Reds prospects occupy six of them. Only the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Guardians, and Los Angeles Dodgers have more prospects ranked inside the Top 100.

Of the six players, the Reds have an even mix of home-grown talent and prospects acquired via trade. So which six Cincinnati Reds prospects made the cut?

6. Reds prospects: Andrew Abbott, LHP (No. 99)

Andrew Abbott started the year at Double-A Chattanooga. The left-hander made three starts where he had a 64.3-percent strikeout rate and a FIP of -0.52. That’s right, NEGATIVE. 

Abbott was quickly called up to Triple-A after winning Double-A Southern League Pitcher of the Month. Since joining the Louisville Bats, Abbott has pitched well but has fallen back down to earth slightly. 

The 23-year-old lefty still owns a 34.9-percent strikeout rate, but his walk-rate and more importantly his home run rate have seen an increase. The sample size is still small at Triple-A, but there is plenty of time to adjust to a new level of competition.

The good news for Abbott is the successful start turned in by fellow lefty Brandon Williamson in his major league debut. The immediate need for rotation help isn’t fully there at the moment, which allows Abbott to hone his craft in the minors.

MLB Pipeline still forecasts Andrew Abbott's major league arrival in 2023. The fanbase should all anticipate the Virginia University alum to be in a Cincinnati Reds uniform in the coming months.

5. Reds prospects: Matt McLain, SS (No. 94)

Matt McLain was put on this updated list, and just as quickly, was called up to make his MLB debut in Colorado this past Monday night. McLain started his 2023 campaign off with a bang and proceeded to be the hottest hitter in all of Minor League Baseball. 

During his 38-game stay in Louisville, McLain put the baseball world on notice. According to FanGraphs, McLain posted a slash line of .348/.474/.710 with a 193 wRC+, the 23-year-old shortstop showed the Cincinnati Reds front office he was more than ready. 

His 12 home runs were just five shy of the 17 he hit all last season. McLain’s power surge was impressive, especially in a lineup as star-studded as the Louisville Bats. Now that he is on the big league roster, McLain has assumed the role of starting shortstop. His Great American Ball Park debut will come against the New York Yankees this weekend.

4. Reds prospects: Cam Collier, 3B (No. 56)

The Cincinnati Reds first-round pick was considered by some experts to be a “steal” in last year's draft. The youngest player in last year's draft class, Cam Collier was drafted with huge upside in his ability to hit the long ball. 

So far, 2023 has been a bit of a slow start for the 18-year-old third basemen. In 27 games, Collier is hitting just .220 with two home runs. At 26.4-percent, his strikeout-rate is a bit higher than it was in the complex league last season. 

Cam Collier is still extremely young. At just 18 years old in Low-A Daytona, the son of former MLB player Lou Collier has plenty of time to polish all of his skills. Collier is an interesting prospect for fans to keep an eye on as the years go by.

3. Reds prospects: Edwin Arroyo, SS (No. 35)

Edwin Arroyo was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds at last year's trade deadline deal with the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Luis Castillo. Arroyo joins this list as the third-highest-ranked prospect in the Reds organization. 

Defense is the staple of Arroyo's game. Of all the top infield prospects in Cincinnati's farm system, Arroyo might be the best defender. The 19-year-old started his season off in a bit of a slump at High-A Dayton.

Lately, however, Arroyo has started to take off. The slick fielding shortstop is 10 for his last 34 with four extra-base hits and just six strikeouts. His recent surge at the plate has been a joy to watch. Arroyo is a glove-first type player, but could be starting to develop a good bat to go along with it.

2. Reds prospects: Noelvi Marte, SS/3B (No. 23)

Noelvi Marte was a player who was also included in the Luis Castillo trade last summer. Marte was the headliner in the deal, as a player with plus-power potential. Since coming over to Cincinnati’s organization, Marte has continued to hit. Although he hasn’t quite yet grown into his power ability, his bat hasn’t cooled down. 

In Double-A Chattanooga, Marte is hitting .276 with six home runs and just as many doubles. There's uncertainty of whether or not Marte will stick at shortstop, or with so many shortstop prospects in the farm system, possibly move to third base.

The Reds tried Noelvi Marte at the hot corner last year in the Arizona Fall League and were happy with the results. With his power potential, the 21-year-old's game might translate better at third base.

1. Reds prospects: Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B (No. 4)

It’s hard to imagine there being three better prospects in baseball than Elly De La Cruz, but apparently the experts at MLB Pipeline see things a little differently. Only Jordan Walker, Jackson Churio, and Jackson Holliday rate higher than De La Cruz.

By this time, there isn’t much more to say about the 21-year-old Reds prospect that fans don’t already know. De La Cruz is at the front door to the big leagues; it’s just a matter of time before the Cincinnati Reds answer the knock. 

After starting the year on the IL, De La Cruz has found his rhythm again in Triple-A. One area that has improved drastically, is his plate discipline. De La Cruz has tallied 13 walks in the month of May, marking the highest monthly total in his minor league career.

Elly De La Cruz's 450-foot home runs seem to be a naturally occurring event at this point. The phenom offers an elite-level arm across the diamond, and his speed is top-tier. Between 2021-2022 De La Cruz stole 47 bags while only being caught six times.

Already being on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster will help De La Cruz's breakthrough to the big leagues this year. His time is coming, Reds fans. When De La Cruz gets the call, the atmosphere will be electric.

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