Baseball America just released their Top 100 Prospects List for 2016. The Cincinnati Reds landed six players in the Top 100, but didn’t have anyone inside of the Top 30. Still, it was a strong showing from the organization.
Right handed starting pitcher Robert Stephenson was the top Cincinnati Red on the list, coming in just ahead of another Reds pitcher. Stephenson ranked as the 32nd overall prospect in the game. He split his season between Double-A and Triple-A where he struck out 140 batters in 134.0 combined innings pitched. He’s listed with three plus pitches in the scouting grades section.
Left handed pitcher Cody Reed ranked as the 34th overall prospect in the game. Acquired in the Johnny Cueto trade, Reed joined the Reds system at the end of July and dominated the rest of the season, posting a 2.17 ERA in eight starts for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The lefty is listed with two plus pitches in his scouting grades section.
For the spots 51-100, there are four Reds listed. Jesse Winker actually heads that list, coming in as the #51 prospect. The outfielder ranked 6th among Reds prospects on the organizational list done by JJ Cooper, but he appears to be ranked 3rd among the organization on the Top 100 list (more on this later). He’s listed with a plus hit tool and average power in his scouting grades section.
Infielder Jose Peraza shows up on the list next for the Reds, coming in as the 66th overall prospect. That’s a drop for the former Dodger and Brave prospect, but still a strong showing for the 21-year-old. The infielder is listed with a plus hit tool and plus speed in his scouting grades section.
Left handed pitcher Amir Garrett cracks the list next. The former college basketball player jumped up the prospect rankings to the 73rd spot on the list with an dominant season for the Daytona Tortugas in 2015 where he posted a 2.44 ERA. He’s listed with a plus fastball in his scouting grades section.
1st round pick from 2015 Tyler Stephenson rounds out the list for the Reds. The catcher came in at the #98 spot on the list. The 18-year-old spent his 2015 with the Billings Mustangs where he got his first taste of professional baseball. He’s listed with a plus hit tool and plus power in his scouting grades section.
With six Top 100 prospects, and a system that seems relatively deep, it brings up the question posed yesterday: How does that system rank as the 12th best system in baseball? That’s a good amount of top end talent to go with tons of depth to not even make it into the Top 10 organizations in baseball.