The Minor League Baseball season is now seven weeks in. That seemed like a good time to take a look back at the offseason Cincinnati Reds prospect rankings and see who has, and who hasn’t improved their stock with the early season performance.

Which Reds prospects have improved their value the most?

While remembering that this is only looking at the Top 25 Prospects entering the season, there are a few guys that jump up to the top of the list and three of the four guys are sitting on the Daytona Tortugas roster. Taylor Trammell, Tyler Stephenson, and Tony Santillan have all performed very well to start the season.

Taylor Trammell got out to a slow start in the 2017 season, but as the season went along he just kept improving. In 2018 he’s just continued with where he left off and then some. In the very pitcher friendly Florida State League the 20-year-old outfielder has hit .296/.403/.489 on the season. That’s come along with a higher walk rate and lower walk rate than he showed in Dayton.

For catcher Tyler Stephenson it’s much of the same as well. His triple-slash levels are up across the board in Daytona. He’s hitting .299/.390/.460 on the season. His walk rate and strikeout rates are similar to where they were last season, but his power has gone up despite the move to a more difficult hitting environment. That’s power that has been waiting to come out since he was drafted.

On the mound it’s been Tony Santillan that’s stood out in Daytona. The recently turned 21-year-old has posted a 2.05 ERA through eight starts and 44.0 innings. Control has been the biggest thing that has help the right hander back in the past. To this point in the season he’s pretty much pounded the strikezone. His walk rate this year is just 6.6% and it’s never been below 10.5% at any other point in his career (2017). With elite level stuff, his improvements in control, his stock is certainly up.

Up in Pensacola it’s Shed Long that’s making the move on up. While his first half in 2017 was very strong in Daytona, but he struggled in Pensacola in the second half, hitting just .227/.319/.362 in 160 plate appearances. This season, back in Pensacola, he’s put all of that behind him and he’s hit .293/.358/.493. The power is back and he is showing solid plate discipline to go with it.

Which Reds prospects have their stock down?

While technically not a prospect any longer, the guy at the top of the list could be Jesse Winker. Or maybe not depending on exactly how would want to look at it. Mired in a slump, he’s currently hitting .244/.344/.311 on the season. He’s walked nearly as often as he’s struck out, and his on-base percentage is above-average. But, he’s not hitting for average right now, and his slugging percentage is Billy Hamilton-esque. And while this is more on the Reds for playing him out of position, his defense in right field has been less than stellar. Overall, at least right at this moment, his stock is down.

Jose Garcia has been hitting better over the last week, but his current line with the Dayton Dragons is .180/.224/.223 with five walks and 33 strikeouts in 37 games played. It’s been a struggle for the first-year pro from Cuba. There have been flashes on both sides of the field. Over the weekend he made an outstanding defensive play showing off good range and a very strong arm. The bat is showing signs of life, too. There was a lot of time off between time in Cuba and his time in Dayton, which could explain some of the rust in his game.

Miles Gordon hit .319/.389/.530 in 2017 with the Billings Mustangs. This season, though, he’s hitting just .200/.304/.286. It’s been interesting, though, because diving into the numbers he’s walking more frequently and he’s striking out less than he did last year. But his power has fallen off to this point in the season. If his batting average on balls in play improves from it’s current .245 things will start looking better than they currently are. With that, and his declined power output though, things are down mostly across the board.

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