It’s that time of year again. Prospect ranking time. Every day this week we are going to unveil five more spots on the list as we work our way through the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospect List for the 2016 season. You can see the entire list (once it’s published in it’s entirety) here.

Subscribers will get to see the top ranking tool for each player. All ages listed are as of June 30th of the past season and is the official “age” of a player during the 2015 season.

On Friday afternoon there will be an All Questions Answered thread to take on any questions about the list.

*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)*

11. Keury Mella | RHP | Age: 21

2015 Teams: San Jose (SF), Daytona Tortugas | Acquired: Trade (Leake), originally a free agent signing in 2011 (SF) | Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 200 lbs

Another trade by the Cincinnati Reds in July brought in more pitching as Keury Mella from the San Francisco Giants. After pitching well in the California League, he joined the Daytona Tortugas rotation in August. The righty posted a strong ERA of 2.95, but he struggled with his control, walking 15 batters in 21.1 innings before being shut down late in the season with shoulder stiffness.

W L IP H HR BB K ERA WHIP
8 4 103.0 77 7 41 106 3.23 1.15

12. John Lamb | LHP | Age: 24

2015 Teams: Omaha (KC), Louisville Bats, Cincinnati Reds | Acquired: Trade (Cueto), originally drafted in the 5th Round, 2008 Draft (KC) | Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 185 lbs

The 2015 season was a big one for the former Royals top prospect. An injury changed his career several years ago as his stuff didn’t seem to return to the level it once was at, but in 2015 he began taking a step forward and was dominant at the Triple-A level before being traded to the Reds at the end of July. He would make just three starts for Louisville before joining the Reds for the rest of the season. His ERA was 5.80 in 10 big league starts. He struggled to keep the ball in the park, but he showed a good ability to miss bats, striking out 58 batters in 49.2 innings pitched.

Level W L IP H HR BB K ERA WHIP
Minors 10 2 111.1 94 7 36 117 2.67 1.17
Majors 1 5 49.2 58 8 19 58 5.80 1.55

13. Tyler Mahle | RHP | Age: 20

2015 Team: Dayton Dragons | Acquired: 7th Round, 2013 Draft | Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 175 lbs

Tyler Mahle may have taken as big of a step forward as anyone in the Reds system in 2015. The right hander went to Dayton and was dominant of the Midwest League, posting a 2.43 ERA in 152.0 innings. He showed outstanding control, walking just 25 batters and striking out 135.

W L IP H HR BB K ERA WHIP
13 8 152.0 145 7 25 135 2.43 1.12

14. Taylor Sparks | 3B | Age: 22

2015 Team: Daytona Tortugas | Acquired: 2nd Round, 2014 Draft | Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 205 lbs

After a very tough start to the season, Taylor Sparks put together a strong final three months of the season, posting a .773 OPS (where the league average was just .650) while showing improvements in nearly every category offensively. He also made big improvements defensively, cutting down on his error rate as the season progressed.

PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
493 22 4 13 54 14 30 162 .247 .302 .401

15. Jon Moscot | RHP | Age: 23

2015 Teams: Louisville Bats, Cincinnati Reds | Acquired: 4th Round, 2012 Draft | Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 210 lbs

The season got out to a good start for Jon Moscot as he went 7-1 in nine starts for the Louisville Bats with a 3.15 ERA. That performance earned him a call to the big leagues in early June. He would only make three starts before his season would come to an end as he injured his non-pitching shoulder making a play at second base that would require season ending surgery.

Level W L IP H HR BB K ERA WHIP
Minors 7 1 54.1 50 5 19 34 3.15 1.27
Majors 1 1 11.2 11 2 5 6 4.63 1.37

Top Tools

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John Lamb | His cutter in the mid-to-upper 80’s is an above-average offering.

Keury Mella | His 97 MPH fastball gets plenty of sinking action and can be a plus pitch at times.

Tyler Mahle | As expected with a pitcher who walked just 25 batters, control is the best tool for the right hander.

Taylor Sparks | Sparks shows off plus raw power, which is the best tool among his well rounded toolset.

Jon Moscot | Of his four pitches, his above-average slider stands out the most.

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