There’s a big change this year with the Baseball America Reds prospect list. After being compiled by JJ Cooper for the last, well, almost forever, C. Trent Rosecrans has taken over. Cooper has been promoted up the ladder at Baseball America and it would seem some of his new duties require him to drop some of his past work. Rosecrans, who has been contributing to the pages of Baseball America for a while takes over the Reds system coverage.

This morning he published his first set of rankings on the Reds system for the magazine. The list itself is free to see for everyone, as is the best tools list. The full scouting reports, though, require a subscription. Rosecrans has the same Top 10  prospects that I had two weeks ago. We, however, had a different order. I don’t want to give away the entire Top 10 because you should head over and read the entire article there, but here’s how the Top 5 shakes out:

  1. Nick Senzel
  2. Hunter Greene
  3. Taylor Trammell
  4. Tyler Mahle
  5. Jesse Winker

The expected names show up in the best tools section. There was one big surprise to me in the best tools section. I won’t give away who takes the nod, and I’ve heard good things about this player defensively, but the best defensive outfielder seemed like a lock for Jose Siri in my mind. If the winner in this category is better than Siri, we’re talking about a future Gold Glove caliber player. Among the 15 Best Tool winners, there were 11 different players listed. Only Jose Siri and Nick Senzel showed up more than once.

Reds prospects look strong in the AFL on Thursday

Scottsdale got big contributions from the Cincinnati Reds organization on Thursday night in the Arizona Fall League. Taylor Sparks went 2-4 with a walk, was hit by a pitch and added his 4th home run of the season. He’s hitting .328 through 16 games (20-61). Hitting 9th in the lineup, Chad Tromp contributed in his own way. He went 3-5 and also homered to drive in two runs. He’s hitting .375 through eight games (12-32).

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