Stellar performance sees this Reds prospect move into Top 100

The Cincinnati Reds have several prospects ranked among the Top 100.

Cincinnati Reds prospect Connor Phillips
Cincinnati Reds prospect Connor Phillips / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Reds just seem to be churning out top prospects left and right this season. Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, and Andrew Abbott were all among the Top 100 prospects in baseball this season according to MLB Pipeline.

But another youngster has joined the Top 100. Former Seattle Mariners farmhand, Connor Phillips, has made it and is now among the best prospects in the game.

According to MLB Pipeline, Phillips has earned way among the elite, coming in at No. 100. Phillips joins fellow Reds prospects Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo, Cam Collier, and Christian Encarnacion-Strand.

Stellar performance sees Reds prospect Connor Phillips move into Top 100.

Connor Phillips has seen a tremendous jump in competition over the past few weeks after making the leap from Double-A Chattanooga to Triple-A Louisville. But the top-level of the minor leagues has not phased the 22-year-old hurler.

Phillips struggled, as many young pitchers do, in his first outing after moving from Double-A to Triple-A. Phillips first start for the Louisville Bats saw the right-hander go just 1.2 innings, face 11 batters, and surrender two runs on one hit while walking five batters.

But since his first start in Triple-A on June 30th, Connor Phillips has been nearly un-hittable. Phillips is 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his four starts since and has struck out 27 batters over 21 innings of work. Free passes have still been a bit of an issue, as Phillips owns a 14.1-percent walk-rate during that time.

There's an outside chance, especially if the Cincinnati Reds don't add a starter before today's trade deadline, that Connor Phillips could make his major league debut later this season. While both Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo are expected back soon, the old adage states that you can never have enough pitching.

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