After moving multiple prospects in order to rid themselves of Homer Bailey’s contract, what has changed with the Cincinnati Reds list?
We are in our third offseason at Call to the Pen of putting together top 10 prospect lists for every organization in baseball. Today’s list is the Cincinnati Reds.
Our team prospect lists are compiled by Benjamin Chase, who has spent time doing plenty of watching via MiLB.tv of every organization in baseball along with talking to a very wide array of scouts who have seen players in person to hone his own opinion on players. That allows for a wide coverage on players from the Dominican Summer League all the way to the major leagues.
These lists are the opinion of Ben, and his process is heavily weighted on his own view, but also on trusted views of others. Typically, each system’s list of 10 is peeled down from a consideration list of 50-75 players. There will be some weight given to a player who is closer to the major leagues, but often these opinions will be different than some of the “major” lists out there. Feel free to comment at the end of the list with any questions you may have!
With that out of the way, let’s dig into today’s list:
Cincinnati Reds system review
The Cincinnati Reds have been drafting in the top 5 for the last three seasons, and they’ve also used their spending in the international market, especially in Cuba, to supplement those high draft picks and build one of the top farm systems in the game.
As some of the premier players in the farm system work their way up to the upper levels of the farm system, the Reds have made overtures this offseason that they could push in some chips to supplement the major league roster alongside their big prospects as they reach Cincinnati. This could give those prospects a soft landing onto a competitive club that isn’t in the place of a defending division champ or something of that variety, yet also is not a doormat.
Regardless, the future is bright and coming soon for Cincinnati Reds fans!
Let’s start with the countdown, starting with a player that fell outside of the top 10, but was picked up in 2018 via the draft or international signing and is worthy of extra attention going into 2019…