MLB.com has unique selection for the Reds 'breakout' prospect in 2023
You know that it's January when different experts and pundits begin to release their predictions for the upcoming season.
The MLB Pipeline crew of Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Sam Dykstra got together and selected one breakout prospect from each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams heading into the 2023 season.
The trio selected a relative newcomer to the ranks of the Cincinnati Reds farm system; left-handed pitching prospect Bryce Hubbart, a third round pick from the 2022 MLB Draft.
LHP Bryce Hubbart selected as Reds' breakout prospect in 2023.
The Cincinnati Reds selected Bryce Hubbart during last year's draft. After pitching 15 games for the Florida State Seminoles, Hubbart showed that he had starting potential. The southpaw went No. 94 overall and was immeadiately sent to the Arizona Complex League after signing a contract with the Reds for $520,000.
Hubbart pitched in just two games for the ACL Reds before being promoted to Low-A Daytona. In three games with the Tortugas, Hubbart threw 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball and struck out 10 batters while allowing just one hit.
The most likely scenario is that Hubbart returns to the Florida State League to begin his 2023 season, and if things go as swimmingly as the writers at MLB Pipeline believe they will, then it won't be long before Hubbart makes his ascent up the minor league ladder.
Reds fans saw a similar type of trajectory from fellow left-handed hurler Andrew Abbott last season. Abbott began his 2022 campaign at High-A Dayton and was so dominant that he was quickly promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. Abbott could potentially make his way to the big leagues next season.
Bryce Hubbart obviously has some things to prove before being anointed as the next big thing, but there's plenty of reasons to believe that the left-hander could be a key contributor for the Cincinnati Reds down the road. Let's hope this prediction from the folks over at MLB Pipeline comes true.