Shed Long is the Cincinnati Reds top prospect at second base, though the team has more than a few prospects at the position. Monday, MLB Pipeline, the official prospect-hub, ranked Long as the 6th best second base prospect in all of baseball.

For Shed Long he had a tale of two halves. In the first half with Daytona he hit the cover off of the baseball. In 62 games with the Tortugas he posted a .312/.380/.543 line that included 16 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs. He was arguably the MVP of the Florida State League in the first half. That earned him a promotion to Double-A Pensacola.

In the second half things didn’t go as well. A slow start, fueled by a lot of bad luck and hitting the ball right at guys (or being robbed of home runs) was compounded by a wrist injury that cost him a month down the stretch. He hit just .227/.319/.362 for the Blue Wahoos. That came despite walking more and striking out less than he had done with Daytona. A drop of 100 points of BABIP will do that.

Following the season, I ranked Shed Long as the Reds 8th best prospect. The power he provides at second base is his biggest asset. With the potential for 15-20 home runs he sticks out at the spot. But, he also brings some speed and ability to hit on the offensive side of things. Defensively he’s gotten better over the years and now projects to be an average defender at second base.

Shed Long talks about looking forward to 2018

Shed Long was in Pensacola over the weekend, coming in for their Fan Fest event. WKRG, the local CBS affiliate caught up with him at the event for an interview to talk about his health and looking forward to spring training with the big league club after being added to the 40-man roster over the offseason.

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