Ranking the 10 most important young players for the Reds future

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz
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4. Cam Collier, Reds infield prospect

If this feels high for last year's first-round draft pick, that's because it is. The Cincinnati Reds received the steal of the 2022 MLB Draft when Cam Collier fell all the way to No. 18. Cincinnati happily swooped in and secured the services of Collier.

Where will Collier ultimately play? Who knows. The 18-year-old was brought up as a third baseman, but Collier's bat will be his carrying tool. In his first professional experience last season, Collier made 35 plate appearances in the Arizona Complex League and posted a wRC+ of 203 according to FanGraphs.

The son of former big league Lou Collier, Cam has an advanced approach for such a young player. Beginning the season with Low-A Daytona, Collier hasn't experienced the same level of success with the Tortugas that he did in the ACL, but that's to be expected.

Being that Cam Collier is so young, and the Cincinnati Reds have more infielders than they know what to do with, there's absolutely no reason to rush him to the big leagues. However, there are those who believe that Collier will make his major league debut by the time his 21 years old.