Keith Law continued the Midseason Prospect List updates that have swept across the internet over the last week by unveiling his update at ESPN.com this morning. The list is for insiders, so you will need to be an ESPN Insider to see the full list, but the Cincinnati Reds landed just one player on the Top 50.
Right handed pitcher Robert Stephenson was the lone Reds representative on the list. The Louisville Bats starting pitcher for tonight came in ranked as the 43rd player on the list, which is up from the 49th spot that he was ranked at coming into the 2015 season. Law makes notes that he still thinks the command and control are below-average, but that his stuff and body are too good and durable to believe he is destined for the bullpen just yet.
Overall, I think that Law is on point about the command and control, but that really ignores the strides made by Stephenson in the last seven weeks in that department. The comment is warranted given the entire body of work, but the lack of a comment about the improvements does stand out to someone who has been following his entire season. It will be interesting to see how Law responds with his post season rankings on Stephenson if he continues to throw strikes at the rate he has been lately.
There were seven players that made an honorable mention list and outfielder Jesse Winker did land on that list with a note about how well he’s hit since June began. In that time frame, the left handed hitter has posted a .320/.417/.477 line with 22 walks and 25 strikeouts.
Players who are in the Major Leagues right now, but still technically prospect list eligible, were not placed on the list by Law.