Cincinnati Reds Top-25 Prospects
If you love offensive upside, you’ve come to the right place. This system has high-upside bats coming out the wazoo with a few of them on track to reach Cincinnati at some point during the 2019 season. One of them, Nick Senzel, likely wouldn’t even be on this list anymore if a bout of Vertigo didn’t limit his availability in 2018 and delay his Major League debut. He’s just one of many high-upside Reds prospects in this system. In addition to a formidable elite tier below, Cincinnati has several up and coming prospects in the lower minors that have a chance to become household prospect names within the next year or two.
Overall System Grade: B+
Minor League Affiliates
Triple-A: Louisville – International League
Double-A: Chattanooga – Southern League
Single-A (Advanced): Daytona – Florida State League
Single-A (Full): Dayton – Midwest League
Short-season Single-A: None
Rookie: Greeneville – Appalachian League, Billings – Pioneer League, one team each in the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona League.
All other team top-25 prospect rankings can be found here.
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New Top-25 Cincinnati Reds Prospects
1. Taylor Trammell, OF, Bats: L, DOB: 9/3/97, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+): .277/.375/.406/.781, 19 2B, 8 HR, 25 SB, 12.6 BB%, 22.8 K%, 397 AB
You can honestly flip-flop Trammell and Senzel and I’d be 100% fine with it. Both rank within my top-20 overall prospects and have incredibly high upsides. Just in different ways. The Reds have taken it slowly with Trammell, letting him spend all of 2016 in the Pioneer League (R), all of 2017 in the Midwest League (A), and all of 2018 in the Florida State League (A+) where he won the MVP award of the futures game in July. Trammell has been more than up to the challenge at each level, never recording a batting average lower than .277 or an OPS below .752. A bump to Double-A to start 2019 is likely with a mid-season promotion to Triple-A in the cards.
Any discussion regarding Trammell usually starts with his blazing speed. That speed has led to solid range in center field and 48.4 steals per every 600 at-bats. But the beauty of Trammell is that he’s far from just a speedster. He’s damn good with the lumber, too. Trammell has the kind of skill set that is tailor-made for the leadoff spot. In addition to the speed, Trammell has shown plus contact skills with a clean left-handed swing. He starts with his hands shoulder height, coils down and back, then explodes through the zone with a direct path to the ball and exceptional bat speed. He doesn’t use a ton of lower leg movement and has minimal load, but his hip rotation creates plenty of torque.
— Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame) July 15, 2018
Trammel is able to control the zone and generate consistent hard contact to all fields and has some natural loft to his swing. He’ll never rank among the lead leaders in dingers, but with his raw power, bat speed, and swing path, he should be able to consistently reach the high teens or low 20’s in homers with a ceiling of 25 as of now. Add that to a potential .300/.400 AVG/OBP and we have a dynamic, All-Star caliber leadoff hitter in the making.
2. Nick Senzel, 3B/2B, Bats: R, DOB: 6/29/95, ETA 2019
2018 Stats (AAA): .310/.378/.509/.887, 12 2B, 6 HR, 8 SB, 9.8 BB%, 20.2 K%, 171 AB
Vertigo is a good song by the band U2, but a horrible thing for a person to have. Per WebMD:
“Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off balance. If you have these dizzy spells, you might feel like you are spinning or that the world around you is spinning.”
That’s what Nick Senzel had to deal with for most of 2018. Doesn’t sound too fun, does it? But let me make one thing clear. In no way, shape, or form does this suppress his dynasty value. Not one freaking bit. Senzel remains one of the best pure hitters in the minors with an incredibly high floor. Think of him as Keston Hiura with a tad more category juice.
— The Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) March 23, 2018
Senzel uses a quiet and balanced pre-pitch setup with a wide stance. Like with Trammell, there’s not a ton of lower half movement. Back leg load is minimal and pitch timing for Senzel is a slight rock and a heel raise. No leg kick or toe tap. But when that heel comes back down, that’s when the magic happens. Senzel’s quick wrists and torque from his hips creates phenomenal bat speed through the zone with a clean swing path. Simply a beautiful swing. Senzel possesses elite hand-eye coordination and barrel control with the ability to use all fields. If he doesn’t end his career with a batting average north of .300 I’ll be shocked.
That batting average upside alone gives him value, but that alone isn’t why Senzel is one of the top-20 prospects in all of baseball. He’s got some power and speed to go along with it. Neither are plus tools, but I would grade both his power and speed as above-average, putting him in the range of 25 HR and 25 SB per season in his prime. Senzel’s quickness and athleticism are key as he’s blocked at third by Eugenio Suarez. He’s going to have to switch to second, short, or most likely the outfield to get his advanced bat to the Majors quicker.
3. Jonathan India, 3B, Bats: R, DOB: 12/15/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (RK/A): .240/.380/.433/.813, 9 2B, 6 HR, 6 SB, 15.2 BB%, 23.9 K%, 150 AB
India was the No. 5 overall pick back in June and trailed only Nolan Gorman in my final 2018 FYPD rankings. There are some similarities between him and the man ranked directly above him. India doesn’t have one plus tool like Senzel’s hit tool, but he’s solid across the board with no glaring weaknesses in his profile. The work he did during his final season at Florida is a big reason he’s vaulted up to this lofty ranking. After a lackluster .274/.354/.429/.783 line during his Sophomore season, India put up one of the best seasons in the nation with a .350/.497/.717/1.214 line, 21 homers, and 15 steals in 68 games.
Patience had a lot to do with that surge. India’s walk rate more than doubled from 9.2% to 20%. His strikeout rate didn’t change much, but India’s improved selectivity let him tap into his above-average raw power and contact skills and really start to drive pitches with authority. I don’t envision much additional power projection from what he’s showing right now, but there’s enough pop here to settle into the low to mid-20’s for home runs, which is also a fair projection for his speed output as well. India isn’t a speedster by any means, but is quick on the bases and at the hot corner, profiling as a 20/20 threat with above-average defense. Though, he has the same issue that Senzel is dealing with and will likely have to move off the position down the road.
4. Hunter Greene, RHP, DOB: 8/6/99, ETA 2021/2022
2018 Stats (A): 68.1 IP, 4.48 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 11.7 K/9, .251 AVG
The words “UCL sprain” make everyone wet their pants apparently. It’s obviously never a good thing to hear those two words for a young pitcher, but it is by no means a death sentence. The Reds shut Greene down early in 2018 to rest his elbow in hopes that he can return 100% this spring and avoid Tommy John surgery. While the UCL sprain might have driven down his dynasty value a little, that just means you can grab him for a slight discount. If you can, I highly recommend you do so.
Reds top prospect Hunter Greene struck out eight over three frames with a fastball up to 100mph in his 2018 debut. pic.twitter.com/EgVothlt5z
— BASEBALL VAULT™ (@BSBVAULT) April 13, 2018
Greene is in the rare club of pitching prospects I’ll throw a “potential future staff ace” label on. There’s about 12-15 of them in the minors right now and Green is firmly in that group. He features one of the most electric fastballs in the minors, sitting in the mid to upper-90’s routinely and hitting triple-digits often out of a high 3/4 arm slot. Greene is able to repeat his delivery well and doesn’t have much effort in it. Offsetting the cheese is a mid-80’s slider with good bite and an improving changeup with a little fade. Both have the potential to be above-average to plus pitches for him.
Greene is still raw as a pitcher, but has immense upside as a staff ace with the chance to rank among the league leaders in strikeouts regularly. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that his elbow holds up this season.
5. Tony Santillan, RHP, DOB: 4/15/97, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+/AA): 149.0 IP, 3.08 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 8.1 K/9, .253 AVG
We’ve seen two different versions of Tony Santillan so far. There’s the younger Santillan with subpar command and walk issues that was striking out 10-plus batters per nine innings. And then we have the 8-9 K/9 version that we’ve seen over the last two seasons with better command and fewer walks. As enjoyable as the higher strikeout rates can be, I’ll take this Santillan seven days a week.
Santillan uses a 3/4 arm slot and gets good extension from his delivery. The fastball sits in the mid-90’s and can touch 100 with arm side action. Both of his breaking balls have flashed plus, especially hit two-plane tilt slider, but he’ll need to improve the consistency of them. If he can, along with keeping his command in check, Santillan should develop into a strong, innings-eating #2 starter.
6. Jose Siri, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 7/22/95, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+/AA): .239/.294/.449/.743, 17 2B, 11 3B, 13 HR, 23 SB, 6.8 BB%, 30.1 K%, 372 AB
Following a complete annihilation of the Midwest League in 2017 (.293, 24 HR, 46 SB), Siri posted another impressive season in the power and speed department, but saw his strikeout rate regress and climb up over 30 percent. That sentence basically sums up Siri in a nutshell. Elite level speed, average or better raw power, and plenty of contact woes and pitch selection issues has been his M.O. for his entire career. Siri is able to generate plenty of bat speed with quick wrists, but really needs to refine his pitch selection if he wants to hit for a respectable average in the Majors.
He’s shown the ability to do so, cutting down on his strikeouts in 2017 while hitting .293. If he can refine his plate approach and remain balanced at the plate, ultimately he could settle into the .260-.275 range with 20/40 upside and become Carlos Gomez (the 2012-2014 version) 2.0. That’s 110% the best case scenario here and the floor is a platoon/4th outfielder, but that power/speed upside is so damn enticing. Enough so to invest in Siri rather heavily in dynasty formats. Just do so knowing the risk involved.
7. Shed Long, 2B, Bats: L, DOB: 8/22/95, ETA 2019/2020
2018 Stats (AA): .261/.353/.412/.765, 22 2B, 12 HR, 19 SB, 10.9 BB%, 23.6 K%, 452 AB
A prep bat from the 2013 draft class, Long has been a slow riser through the Cincinnati farm system. The 2019 season will mark his seventh in the system and likely his first at the Triple-A level. Long made a name for himself with a .293/15/21 season in 2016 and has continued to blossom into one of the top offensive second base prospects in the game. Long has a quick left-handed stroke and gets natural loft from his swing due to the slight uppercut swing path.
He’s a little on the small side at 5’8, but don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t some additional power upside here. Long packs a punch and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see him get into the 20-25 home run range. On the other hand, what we’ve seen from him in the minors is likely as good as it’s going to get. He’s not an overly quick runner or defender for that matter. The lack of range and average throwing arm will limit him to second base moving forward, but Long has the skill set to become an above-average offensive performer at the position.
8. Mike Siani, OF, Bats: L, DOB: 7/16/99, ETA 2022
2018 Stats (RK): .288/.351/.386/.737, 6 2B, 2 HR, 6 SB, 7.8 BB%, 17.1 K%, 184 AB
Do you want to know how to lure a top-2 round talent drafted in the fourth round away from a strong collegiate commitment? Throw $2 million at him. Yeah, that works. Siani, a New Jersey prep bat, has a dynamic all-around skill set that made him a very desirable target for the Reds and equally as desirable in dynasty leagues. Siani’s most noteworthy tool is his plus speed that shows up regularly on the bases and in center field where he projects as a potential gold glove caliber defender with a strong throwing arm. And guess what? I envision his offense to become nearly as good as the stellar defense.
Siani has a balance pre-pitch setup, minimal load, and fluid hand movement from setup to coil and through the strike zone. The bat speed is electric and Siani is able to cover the entire plate and spray line drives to all fields. It’s still very early in his professional career, but this looks like a future .280-.300 hitter with 15-20 homers annually if he can add some loft to his swing. Siani is one of my favorite sleeper bats from this 2018 draft class. I’m buying everywhere I can.
9. Mariel Bautista, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 10/15/97, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (RK): .330/.386/.541/.927, 12 2B, 8 HR, 16 SB, 6.9 BB%, 12.4 K%, 209 AB
In a system full of offensive talent, Bautista has to be one of the most intriguing names. He’s spent the last four seasons in rookie ball, most recently in the Pioneer League, and has hit north of .300 for three straight seasons. Granted, he was a 20-year-old in Rookie ball, and stats at the level always need to be taken with a grain of salt, but there’s an intriguing skill set here.
First off, Bautista has an athletic frame and plus speed. He’s consistently been a stolen base threat during his professional career while displaying above-average range in the outfield. At the plate, he’s still raw, but shows above-average contact skills and plate discipline with developing raw power. His swing can get a little long at times and I’ve seen him get out on his front foot too early at times, but for the most part, the swing is clean. With continued refinement and development, Bautista should be able to hit for both power and speed. Sleeper prospect alert. My fellow prospector, Ralph Lifshitz, sums it up quite well.
Mariel Bautista is the best prospect the industry doesn't talk about. Legit 5 tool player, had an ISO jump of nearly 140 points year over year, has an 89% success rate on steal attempts, has hit .320 or better for three years consecutively and plays a + centerfield. #Reds
— Ralph Lifshitz (@ProspectJesus) December 5, 2018
10. Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP, DOB: 9/18/95, ETA 2019/2020
2018 Stats (AA): 147.0 IP, 4.35 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 8.9 K/9, .246 AVG
After a two-plus year layoff, Gutierrez was able to get back into game action and the results were as you would expect after a layoff like that. There was plenty of rust and general fatigue that caused the Reds to shut him down, but also flashes of the upside that made him one of the top international prospects available in 2016. Gutierrez features two plus pitches in his low to mid-90’s fastball and big breaking curveball. His changeup isn’t quite as advanced, but Gutierrez gets some good fade with it and it could develop into an above-average third pitch for him. If he can continue to develop the changeup and maintain the gains he made with his command, Gutierrez has the upside of a No. 2 or 3 starter. That fastball/curve combo would also look great coming out of a bullpen.
11. Stuart Fairchild, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 3/17/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A/A+): .264/.344/.407/.751, 26 2B, 9 HR, 23 SB, 9.3 BB%, 24.7 K%, 455 AB
The 38th overall pick in 2017, Fairchild has gotten off to a rock-solid start to his professional career. He hit .304 with a .393 OBP in the Pioneer League and followed that up with 41 extra-base hits and 23 steals last season. The contact skills and speed have always been apparent with Fairchild, especially the plus speed, but the added power was a nice touch in 2018. Don’t get too excited though. Fairchild is a contact-first type of hitter and doesn’t project to have more than 15 home runs annually. But you want him for the speed he brings to the table and the likely strong batting average and OBP thanks to above-average contact skills, a clean swing, and solid plate discipline. Fairchild should continue to move quickly through the Reds system.
12. Michael Beltre, OF, Bats: S, DOB: 7/3/95, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A/A+): .278/.397/.402/.799, 13 2B, 8 3B, 5 HR, 22 SB, 16.1 BB%, 19.8 K%, 353 AB
The one thing I’ve always liked about Beltre is his approach at the plate. He’s had a walk rate above 10 percent every season in his career with a career-high 16.1% rate coming last season. In fact, his walk rate improved some after a mid-season promotion to the high Single-A Florida State League.
A switch-hitter, Beltre is much more advanced from the left side where he hit .296 (.221 as RHB) in 2018, with all five of his home runs and 21 of his 26 extra-base hits. Due to the line-drive nature of his swing and linear bat path, Beltre doesn’t project for much more that 12-15 homer pop, despite what his strong 6’3 frame might suggest. But what he lacks in power, he makes up for in speed with the upside for 25-plus steals while playing a solid right field. Expect him to get the bump to Double-A to start the 2019 season.
13. Lyon Richardson, RHP, DOB: 1/18/00, ETA 2023
2018 Stats (RK): 29.0 IP, 7.14 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9, 7.4 K/9, .308 AVG
This ranking is strictly due to the long-term upside Richardson possesses. He just started focusing on pitching full-time about a year ago and displayed enough upside on the mound for the Reds to take him in the 2nd round of the 2018 draft. Richardson features a three-pitch mix out of a 3/4 arm slot with a repeatable delivery, although, there’s some effort here. His bread and butter offerings right now are a low to mid-90’s fastball with run and sink and a low 80’s slider with two-plane tilt. The changeup is way behind, but a major reason for that is his inexperience on the mound. If he can at least develop an average changeup and refine his command, Richardson could blossom into a solid mid-rotation arm.
— Prep Baseball Report (@prepbaseball) June 5, 2018
14. TJ Friedl, OF, Bats: L, DOB: 8/14/95, ETA 2019
2018 Stats (A+/AA): .284/.381/.384/.765, 20 2B, 5 3B, 30 SB, 11.6 BB%, 17.5 K%, 489 AB
Man, there’s a lot of speed in this system. This is now the sixth prospect with plus or better speed within the top-16 overall. Friedl falls in the “or better” category as he’s truly a blazer on the bases and shows plus range in the outfield. His subpar throwing arm will likely limit him to left though. At the plate, Friedl has a clean left-handed stroke with plus bat speed and plate coverage. He doesn’t strike out too much and can use the whole field to his advantage. He’s strong enough for double-digit pop, but Friedl realizes that speed is his best tool and uses that to his advantage by simply making contact and letting his legs do the heavy lifting. We could see him up in Cincinnati by the end of the season.
15. Tyler Stephenson, C, Bats: R, DOB: 8/16/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+): .250/.338/.392/.730, 20 2B, 11 HR, 1 SB, 10.0 BB%, 21.8 K%, 388 AB
This might seem a tad low for Stephenson, but with his lower ceiling, I couldn’t rank him above the guys above. He screams average Major League catcher to me. Before you bite my head off, that’s not a bad thing at all. It just doesn’t help us too much in dynasty leagues. Stephenson has a bunch of average tools across the boards with the exception of his 30-grade speed and plus arm. He’s shown the ability to use the entire field and work the count when needed, giving him a solid floor. We’re likely looking at a .260/15 type of catcher.
16. Jacob Heatherly, LHP, DOB: 5/20/98, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (RK): 38.2 IP, 5.82 ERA, 1.91 WHIP, 9.3 BB/9, 11.4 K/9, .241 AVG
A 3rd round pick in 2017, Heatherly endured a rough 11 starts in 2018 where he walked more than a batter per inning. He’s always had subpar command of his arsenal, but 2018 brought that to new heights. The stuff is here for Heatherly to turn into a #3 or #4 starter if the command allows it. He sits in the low-90’s with some life offsets that with an above-average fading changeup and a curveball that flashes plus at times, though, is a very inconsistent offering. I’ve watched Heatherly a fair amount and don’t have any long-term concerns with his delivery or high 3/4 arm slot so I’m optimistic that the command improves. We’ll see.
17. Aristides Aquino, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 4/22/94, ETA Debuted in 2018
2018 Stats (AA): .240/.306/.448/.754, 20 2B, 20 HR, 4 SB, 7.9 BB%, 25.2 K%, 404 AB
2018 Stats (MLB): 0/1
This is your textbook corner outfielder. Aquino has a strong 6’4 build with plus raw power, a strong throwing arm, and subpar contact skills. There are a lot of moving parts to his swing, especially in the hands that start high and never stop moving through contact. Once he gets going, his quick wrists partially make up for his longer swing, but Aquino would greatly benefit from a refined approach and a more direct swing path. If he can do that, .250 with 25-30 taters isn’t out of the question.
18. Keury Mella, RHP, DOB: 8/2/93, Debuted in 2017
2018 Stats (AA/AAA): 108.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 8.4 K/9, .226 AVG
2018 Stats (MLB): 9.1 IP, 8.68 ERA, 2.25 WHIP, 7.7 BB/9, 7.7 K/9, .351 AVG
A San Francisco signee back in 2011, Mella came to Cincinnati in the 2015 Mike Leake deal and has gotten a brief cup of coffee with the Reds in both 2017 and 2018, although, without any success. In the minors, success has been there for Mella, finished with a sub-3.80 ERA in every season outside of 2018. Mella mainly uses a low-90’s fastball that can get up into the mid-90’s and a tight slider with good shape to it. His changeup has some fade to it when Mella is throwing it well, however, that hasn’t been consistent. The upside here isn’t overly high, but if Mella can keep his command in check, turning into a #4 starter is within reach.
19. Jose Israel Garcia, MIF, Bats: R, DOB: 4/5/98, ETA 2021/2022
2018 Stats (A): .245/.290/.344/.634, 22 2B, 6 HR, 13 SB, 3.7 BB%, 21.7 K%, 482 AB
Garcia is an interesting prospect in this system. He signed for $5 million out of Cuba in 2017 in large part due to his upside on both sides of the ball, but has struggled since coming to the States. The main cause of that has been his approach at the plate. Garcia doesn’t strikeout at an overly high clip, but he barely walks and his aggressiveness can lead to poorly hit balls instead of waiting for a pitch to drive. If he can learn some patience, the contact skills are there to hit for a solid batting average with double-digit pop. Speed is Garcia’s carrying tool at the second, though it’s been more apparent at shortstop with his plus range than on the bases so far. Garcia is definitely one to at least monitor in dynasty leagues right now.
20. Lorenzo Cedrola, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 1/12/98, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (A): .292/.332/.382/.713, 21 2B, 1 HR, 23 SB, 3.4 BB%, 13.7 K%, 380 AB
After a promising start to the season in Single-A Greenville, the Red Sox dealt Cedrola to the Reds for international bonus pool space in early July. It’s a minor trade on the surface, but there’s some upside here with Cedrola. He has an aggressive approach at the plate as you can see from the tiny walk rate, but the swing is clean and quick from the right side with above-average contact skills and plate coverage. Cedrola rarely strikes out and uses a contact-oriented approach, slapping line drives around the field and utilizing his plus speed. If he can continue to hit, Cedrola could develop into a low-end Major League regular.
21. Bren Spillane, OF/1B, Bats: R, DOB: 9/21/96, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (RK): .236/.375/.439/.814, 9 2B, 5 HR, 2 SB, 16.3 BB%, 41.3 K%, 148 AB
Welcome to the big power and big strikeouts section of the list. Spillane was the Reds 3rd round pick in the 2018 draft and got off to an interesting start to his professional career. He put his plus raw power on display with nine doubles and five home runs, but also struck out over 40% of the time. Yikes. That’s the book on Spillane right there. He has a big 6’5 frame with the power to match and can crush mistakes a country mile. However, he’s overly aggressive, swings at way too many pitches outside of the zone, and tends to get long with his swing. If Spillane can shorten his swing and improve his pitch selection, the power will make him an asset at first base or a corner outfield slot. He’s got a long way to go though.
22. Ibandel Isabel, 1B, Bats: R, DOB: 6/20/95, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+): .257/.332/.562/.894, 13 2B, 36 HR, 1 SB, 8.6 BB%, 36.3 K%, 397 AB
Let’s get one thing straight. Isabel is on here for the power and that’s it. Standing in a 6’4 and 230 pounds, Isabel fits the hulking first baseman profile to a tee and has the plus-plus raw power to go along with it. He’s combined for 64 homers over the last two years in just 841 at-bats. But there’s a problem. A big problem. All those dingers have come with 333 strikeouts. I’ll save you the trouble, that’s a 35.6% strikeout rate. A big reason for this is Isabel’s long swing. He can punish mistakes, but his long swing path and hand drift leave him susceptible to higher velocity up in the zone. He also can’t lay off junk in the dirt to save his life. The power is glorious. The rest of his game is equally as troublesome. Looks like a Quad-A bat at the moment.
23. Jimmy Herget, RHP, DOB: DOB: 9/9/93, ETA 2019
2018 Stats (AAA): 59.2 IP, 3.47 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9, 9.8 K/9, .253 AVG
Alright, I guess I can throw one reliever into this top-25. Herget is a deceptive right-hander that throws from multiple arm slots making his plus fastball/slider combination even more difficult to handle as an opposing hitter. Despite the multiple arm slots, Herget has displayed clean mechanics and solid control. I wouldn’t say he has closer upside, but definitely can rack up holds as a high-leverage middle reliever. Expect to see him in Cincinnati as soon as Opening Day.
24. James Marinan, RHP, DOB: 10/10/98, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (RK): 53.2 IP, 3.35 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, 8.4 K/9, .287 AVG
A 4th round prep arm in the 2017 draft, Marinan landed in Cincinnati after a mid-season trade from the Dodgers in 2018. He works with a four-pitch mix with his low to mid-90’s sinking fastball being the best of the bunch. None of his secondary offerings are above-average yet, but he’s shown progress with all of them and his curve has flashed plus at times. Marinan has the looks of a workhorse #4 or #5 starter.
25. Fidel Castro, OF, Bats: L, DOB: 12/26/98, ETA 2021/2022
2018 Stats (RK): .278/.407/.517/.924, 14 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 4 SB, 15.4 BB%, 30.4 K%, 176 AB
I haven’t seen much of Castro, but from what I have seen, he has some solid tools to work with and could end up with 50s or 55s for tool grades across the board. He’s shown a good feel for hitting and the ability to use the whole field, though, his pitch selection could use a little work. The power and speed both project to be average to above average and he plays adequate defense in the outfield with a strong throwing arm. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but Castro could develop into a decent Major League corner outfielder in a few years.
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