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Day four gives us the next five guys on the Top 25 prospects list for the Cincinnati Reds. If you missed the top 15 from earlier this week you can see them at the link above for the entire list.

Subscribers will get to see the top tool for each player as well as a new thing for this season where I will list the upside role for the player. All ages are listed as of June 30 of this past season and is the official “age” of a player during the season. Each day this week will have five players listed to complete the Top 25 and on Friday afternoon there will be a free chat (or All Questions Answered) post to address any remaining questions everyone has about the rankings or players.

*To be eligible for the list a player must have 2015 Rookie of the Year eligibility (Fewer than 130 at bats in the big leagues, fewer than 50 innings pitches or more than 45 days on the active MLB roster that doesn’t include September)*

16. Tucker Barnhart | C

2014 Teams: Louisville Bats, Cincinnati Reds | Acquired: 10th round, 2009 draft | Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 23

Barnhart began the 2014 season with the Reds in the big leagues as he filled in for an injured Devin Mesoraco. He wouldn’t stay for long and would be up-and-down several more times during the season. He struggled in the first half, but he would hit .292 from July through the end of the season with Louisville as he rebounded well. The catcher threw out 39% of opposing runners between Louisville and Cincinnati on the season as he showed off his plus throwing arm behind the plate.

Louisville 292 9 3 1 29 0 28 34 .246 .319 .316
Cincinnati 60 0 0 1 1 0 4 10 .185 .241 .241

17. Seth Mejias-Brean | 3B

2014 Teams: Bakersfield Blaze, Pensacola Blue Wahoos | Acquired: 8th round, 2012 draft| Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 215 | Age: 23

The third baseman got his season started out by hitting .300/.396/.476 in Bakersfield with 44 walks and just 49 strikeouts in the first half of the season. That earned him a second half promotion to Pensacola where things didn’t go as well. He had a quality walk rate and his strikeout rate, while up, was still solid. His power disappeared though as he struggled to hit .235/.333/.323. What didn’t change with the promotion was his strong defense at third base.

577 15 5 14 67 8 76 99 .270 .365 .406

18. Junior Arias | OF

2014 Teams: Bakersfield Blaze, AZL Reds | Acquired: Free Agent, 2008 | Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 22

The 2014 season was basically a lost season for Arias. He got off to a strong start over the first eight games of the year before breaking a bone in his lower leg/ankle area. He wouldn’t return until the end of July when he began rehabbing with the rookie level Arizona League Reds. He would finish out with nine games in Bakersfield, playing a total of 17 games with the team on the season. He remains one of the tooliest players in the system but unfortunately missed out on nearly the entire year of development. He’s currently playing in the Dominican Winter League.

77 2 0 3 10 9 5 18 .271 .338 .429

19. Carlton Daal | SS

2014 Teams: Dayton Dragons | Acquired: Free Agent, 2012 | Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 160 | Age: 20

Carlton Daal entered the year with a grand total of 75 career plate appearances as a professional. Despite the inexperience, he went to Dayton and hit .296/.334/.351 with 13 stolen bases in 95 games. A wrist injury cost him the final five weeks of the season. The shortstop had some problems with errors but he also showed off some good range on the season.

370 10 3 1 29 13 19 60 .296 .334 .351

20. Rey Navarro | SS/2B

2014 Teams: Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Louisville Bats | Acquired: Free Agency, 2013 | Height: 5′ 10″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 24

One of a few outstanding free agent pick ups during the offseason, Rey Navarro split his 2014 season in Pensacola and Louisville where he hit a combined .282/.343/.435 with 46 walks and 58 strikeouts in 132 games. He split his time on the defensive side of things between second and shortstop.

542 34 2 12 57 5 46 58 .282 .343 .435

Top Tools and Upside Grade

Upside Grade Explanation

Grade Explanation
80 MVP Caliber/Cy Young Caliber
70 All-Star caliber/#2 starter
60 Above-average starting position player/ #3 starters/Elite closers
50 Average Starting Position Player/#4-5 Starter/Elite set up men and good closers
40 Quality bench player/swingman starter/good middle reliever
30 Fringe big-leaguer who is often moved between AAA and MLB
20 Career minor leaguer

It must be noted that this is for their pure upside and how far they are from reaching that is not factored in. This grade is simply in a world where their pure raw talents all come to fruition. It’s a perfect world grade for what a guy could become not a grade based on what they are necessarily likely to become.

16. Tucker Barnhart | C

Grade: 50

In a perfect world scenario Tucker Barnhart is a catcher who can provide a solid average and on-base percentage to go with strong defensive skills behind the plate.

Top tool: Arm

Barnhart features a plus throwing arm that has helped him control the running game.


17. Seth Mejias-Brean | 3B

Grade: 55

If everything goes right for Mejias-Brean he is a .280 hitter with 20 home runs and above-average defense at third base.

Top tool: Defense

Mejias-Brean shows good range at third base and can make all of the plays you want to see from a third baseman.

18. Junior Arias | OF

Grade: 70

In a perfect world scenario Junior Arias can be a star center fielder with above-average defense, a good average and 25 home runs to go along with 40 steals.

Top tool: Running

Despite a nice set of tools across the board it is his running that stands out with plus-plus speed that rates out at 80 on the 20-80 scale.

19. Carlton Daal | SS

Grade: 55

In a world where everything goes right for Carlton Daal he is an above-average hitter for average with enough power to keep a defense honest and an above-average defender at shortstop.

Top tool: Defense

While he had problems with errors in 2014 he shows off all of the right tools to be an above-average defender in the future.

20. Rey Navarro | SS/2B

Grade: 50

Navarro could be an every day second baseman with solid defense and a quality bat that doesn’t stand out in a big way but is solid in all aspects.

Top tool: Hitting

Navarro has a slightly above-average hit tool that plays up a little thanks to quality plate discipline.