Biggest risers and fallers in latest Reds prospects rankings

MLB Pipeline released their updated ranking of the Reds Top 30 prospects.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Lyon Richardson
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Lyon Richardson / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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MLB Pipeline released their most recent updates to the Cincinnati Reds Top 30 prospects, and there was a lot of movement atop the rankings.

Rhett Lowder, Cincinnati's first-round pick during last month's draft, found his name near the top of the rankings. Four other selections from the 2023 MLB Draft found their names among the Top 30 Reds prospects.

Aside from the addition of those five draft picks, there was some shuffling among the Reds top prospects. A few players moved up, while others moved down.

Biggest risers and fallers in latest Reds prospects rankings.

The Cincinnati Reds top international signing from this past year, Alfredo Duno, flew up the rankings and he'll continue to do so. Duno is still just 17 years old and has been utterly dominant in the Dominican Summer League this season. Duno is hitting .304/.467/.512 across 38 games.

Joining Duno as one of the Reds big risers is Lyon Richardson. The 23-year-old right-hander comes in as the Reds 15th-ranked prospect after bouncing back from Tommy John surgery. Richardson has been dominant in his limited innings, holding a 1.86 ERA in 58 minor league innings.

Two former top draft picks for the Reds saw themselves plummet down the rankings. Austin Hendrick, a 22-year-old outfielder and former first-rounder, has already struck out over 400 times in less than 300 games during his professional career.

Hendrick was joined by Jay Allen, who dropped to 18th in the Reds organization. Allen has struggled mightily since being elevated to High-A. In 25 games with the Dayton Dragons, he's hitting .154/.260/.220 with 40 strikeouts and eight walks.

MLB Pipeline's prospect rankings hold no true value to the players, but it's still a fun tool to use for player evaluation. The future is bright in Cincinnati and MLB Pipeline seems to agree.

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