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.