Fangraphs writers Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel teamed up to create the Top 100 Prospects list this year for the site. The Cincinnati Reds landed four players in the Top 100.
Showing up on a Top 100 list for the first time is outfielder Jose Siri. He ranked as the #93 prospect on the list with a 50 Future Value. That suggests an everyday caliber outfielder in the Major Leagues. Siri was the final Reds player on the list. His write up is the same from the Reds organizational list, but always interesting to see how others view his game.
There are some red flags here, chief among them Siri’s reckless and epicurean approach at the plate. But he’s remarkably talented, possessing elite bat control and an ability to lift the ball in the air with great regularity. Siri is also a plus runner with a chance to be a plus defensive center fielder with a plus arm, so his bat has some room for regression after a breakout 2017. His scouting report reads much like Nick Williams has for the last several years with a tick better tools across the board.
Nick Senzel was the top player from the Reds organization on the list. The third baseman came in ranked as the #7 prospect on the list, which includes Shohei Ohtani (some lists don’t count him because of his professional experience in Japan). He’s listed as a 60 Future Value player, which generally suggests an All-Star caliber player.
The next Reds prospect on the list is Hunter Greene. He comes in ranked at #42. The right handed pitcher has a 55 Future Value attached to him. That’s an above-average starting pitcher grade, and in line with the guys ranked 24th through his 42nd spot.
Taylor Trammell isn’t far behind Greene on the list. The outfielder came in ranked as the #57 prospect in baseball. His 50 Future Value suggests an everyday player, and is in line with prospects ranked 43rd through 100 on the list.
The “other” Reds prospects
What’s interesting about the list is that Tyler Mahle isn’t on the Top 100. When Eric Longenhagen released his Reds list back in November at Fangraphs it had Mahle ahead of Jose Siri by one spot. Both held a Future Value grade of 50, so the difference between them was small. Still, it’s a bit surprising to see that difference. It would seem that Kiley McDaniel was a bit higher on Siri and talked him onto the list over Mahle.
With that said, Tyler Mahle was listed in the “Other Prospects in Consideration” list. He was joined by several other Reds prospects. Second baseman Shed Long showed up, along with shortstop Jose Garcia among six infielders here. Jesse Winker showed up on the outfielders list. While these players weren’t listed in any order, it would give the Reds eight guys in the Top 137. That’s not a bad look for the depth of the farm system.