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1. Nick Senzel, 2B/3B, Triple-A Louisville Bats

The season is over for Nick Senzel. He suffered an injury to his hand a few weeks ago in Louisville and it required surgery. There’s a chance that he could return for fall ball during instructional league or the Arizona Fall League if the Reds want to go down that route. Currently 23-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: There’s not really a weakness in the game of Nick Senzel. He’s got above-average tools across the board and the production to back it all up. When healthy, he’s Major League ready at both third base or second base. Previously ranked: 1

2. Hunter Greene, RHP, Low-A Dayton Dragons

The season has had a hiccup or three this season for Hunter Greene, but by-and-large, he’s dominated the Midwest League as an 18-year-old. His ERA is bloated by a few real tough outings in April, and sits at 4.69 on the year. In his last 11 starts, though, it’s sitting at 3.02 in 53.2 innings. He’s walked 20 batters with 80 strikeouts in 63.1 innings on the year. Currently 18-years-old

Strengths/Weakenesses: The strengths are apparent for Greene. He’s got a fastball that works 97-100 MPH, and has been up to 102 MPH this year. His slider and change up both show themselves as above-average to plus offerings. I wouldn’t categorize it as a weakness – he’s 18-years-old – but if you had to nit pick, you’d point to his change up as a pitch he needs to use in games more often. But, that is being nit-picky. He’s incredibly advanced for an 18-year-old pitcher and he’s generally dominated guys much older than he is in the league he’s pitching in. Previously ranked: 2

3. Taylor Trammell, OF, Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas

Just named to the Futures Game, it’s been an outstanding season for Taylor Trammell in the Florida State League. The left-handed hitter has a .307/.405/.444 line in the pitcher friendly league to go along with 12 steals and 19 extra-base hits. Currently 20-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: Let’s start off with the lone weakness – his arm strength. It’s improved since he was drafted, but it’s still below-average. In my opinion it’s not a big deal, though some scouts do think it could limit him to left field. I don’t agree with that because I believe the ability to catch the ball is far more important than controlling the run game on balls that can’t be fielded for outs. The strengths for Trammell are everywhere else. He’s hitting for average, he’s showing some pop (and there’s more in there), he’s got speed, and he can play center or left field with plenty of range. Previously ranked: 4

4. Tony Santillan, RHP, Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Cincinnati Reds just promoted Tony Santillan up to Pensacola this past week. In his 15 starts in the first half with the Daytona Tortugas he posted a 2.70 ERA. Over his 86.2 innings pitched, the 21-year-old righty walked 22 batters and had 73 strikeouts. Currently 21-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: The biggest weakness entering the season for Tony Santillan was his control. He’s taken a big step forward this season in that regard, lowering his walk rate from 10.5% in 2017 to a well above-average 6.1% in 2018. When he’s at his best, he’s working with a fastball in the mid-to-upper 90’s, while also flashing two plus offspeed pitches. He’s got big time stuff, and with the control coming around like it has, he could really start to get people talking outside of Reds circles. Previously ranked: 7

5. Jonathan India, 3B, Rookie Greeneville Reds

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Jonathan India a month ago with their 1st round selection. The 5th overall pick has only played in two games thus far with Greeneville, so there’s not much to talk about when it comes to performance as a professional. But, he had a breakout season for the Gators in 2018 while in college. Currently 21-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: Power and athleticism stand out for Jonathan India. The infielder spent most of his time at third base while at Florida, but some scouts believe there’s an outside chance he could play shortstop in the future and they almost all think he could be a good second baseman if he winds up making that move. There doesn’t seem to be a glaring weakness in his game. Previously ranked: Unranked

6. Tyler Stephenson, C, Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas

So far in 2018 Tyler Stephenson has been able to avoid what’s plagued him the previous two years: injury. And it’s paid off, as he’s currently got the highest OPS of his career despite playing in easily the toughest league to hit in that he’s ever played. He’s currently hitting .268/.353/.438 on the season with 14 doubles and eight home runs for Daytona. Currently 21-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: Tyler Stephenson can hit. He uses the entire field, and shows off power from line to line. His eight home runs are already a career high. Defensively he’s got a very strong arm. There’s still things to work on behind the plate, as there is for nearly every 21-year-old catcher in the history of baseball – but he’s shown improvements across the board behind the plate over the last two seasons. Previously ranked: 6

7. Shed Long, 2B, Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos

On Friday night Shed Long was hit by a pitch in the head/face and didn’t play in the games either Saturday or Sunday. Prior to that, though, he was hitting .265/.360/.425 on the season for Pensacola. In just over half of a season played he has hit 14 doubles, three triples, and eight home runs. He’s also stolen 13 bases for the Blue Wahoos. Currently 22-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: Shed Long has pop to all parts of the field. Being short doesn’t hold him back – he’s very strong, has a quick bat, and swings to do damage. He’s also an above-average runner. If there’s a weakness, and it’s a bit nit-picky, it’s that he’s only viewed as a solid defender at second base. Previously ranked: 8

8. Jose Siri, OF, Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The year got out to a rough start for Jose Siri, who was injured in the first game of the spring and missed the next two months and a half months. He joined Daytona on May 10th and spent the next six weeks with them before joining Pensacola on June 22nd. He’s struggling at the plate a little bit, hitting just .240/.275/.423 currently through 46 games played. Currently 22-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: In terms of pure upside there probably isn’t a single player with a higher upside than Jose Siri, except maybe Hunter Greene. Siri has above-average to plus raw tools across the board. His current strengths are his speed, defense, arm, and his power. All play very well right now. But, his weakness is his pitch identification and plate discipline as a result of that – and it is showing up against more advanced pitching right now. He has 10 walks and 61 strikeouts this season. Previously ranked: 9

9. Jeter Downs, 2B/SS, Low-A Dayton Dragons

The full-season debut for Jeter Downs has gone quite well with the Dayton Dragons. The 19-year-old is hitting .265/.347/.429 in 83 games played with 19 doubles, two triples, and 10 home runs. He’s also stolen 25 bases in 32 attempts for the Dragons. Currently 19-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: At the plate, Jeter Downs looks like he’s going to hit for both average and power, particularly for a middle infielder. His power is mostly to the pull side, and I’d expect it to remain that way – but he’s got 15-20 home run pop in his bat if he continues to develop as expected. The biggest weakness in his game isn’t truly a weakness, but it’s probably that he’s going to be a second baseman and not a shortstop in the long term. Previously ranked: 11

10. Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP, Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The 2018 season has been an inconsistent one for Vladimir Gutierrez. You could say that for each of his two professional seasons thus far since signing with the Reds. On the season he’s posted a 4.67 ERA in 90.2 innings with 23 walks and 83 strikeouts. But, as pointed out yesterday, he’s been performing significantly better of late (1.50 ERA in his last six starts). Currently 22-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: Vladimir Gutierrez has multiple above-average pitches, and he throws plenty of strikes. He’s a guy who can generally pound the strikezone, but at times he will struggle with consistency in the zone and it does get him in trouble at times. That consistency is possibly his biggest weakness right now. Previously ranked: 10

11. Stuart Fairchild, OF, Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas

In the first half of the season with Dayton, Stuart Fairchild hit .277/.377/.460. His game was well rounded as he also stole 17 bases in 21 attempts and that helped him earn a promotion two weeks ago to the Daytona Tortugas. He’s had a slow start there, but it’s just been 13 games played. Currently 22-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: As noted above, Stuart Fairchild has a well rounded game. At the plate he looks like a guy who should hit for a solid average with solid pop in his bat. He’s got above-average speed and can use it well on the bases and in the field. The biggest weakness for Fairchild isn’t exactly a weakness – it’s that he doesn’t really have that one standout tool to his game. There’s nothing wrong with having 5 solid-average tools or better, though. Previously ranked: 13

12. Keury Mella, RHP, Triple-A Louisville Bats

Keury Mella was just outside of the Top 25 entering the season. He’s now in the top half of it after a strong performance with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. In 16 starts he posted a 3.07 ERA over 85.0 innings with 31 walks and 87 strikeouts. That earned the 24-year-old a promotion to Triple-A, where he made his 1st start of 2018 at the level on Sunday afternoon. Currently 24-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: Keury Mella shows off two above-average pitches and a solid third offering that give him a chance to start. After watching his strikeout rate decline in 2017 at the Double-A level, he began to miss bats at a high rate once again in 2018 and continues to show solid control. He’ll still battle consistency every so often, and some scouts still think he’ll wind up pitching out of the bullpen. Previously ranked: Unranked

13. Lyon Richardson, RHP, Rookie Greeneville Reds

When the year began for Lyon Richardson he was in high school and facing off against kids who were playing their final year of baseball of their lives. Fast forward a few months and he’s now a 2nd round draft pick pitching in Greeneville, Tennessee against guys that, for the most part, are 2-4 years older than he is with a lot more baseball experience. Currently 18-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: His biggest strength is clearly his name, right? I mean, his name is LYON. That’s great. Jokes aside, when he’s at his best he’s got a mid-90’s fastball that’s touched 98 and a potentially plus breaking ball. The 18-year-old is also considered to be very athletic, which should bode well for making adjustments as he develops in the future. His biggest weakness, as it is with most high school pitchers, is an unrefined change up at this point in his career. Previously ranked: Unranked

14. Josiah Gray, RHP, Rookie Greeneville Reds

Much like his teammate, rotation-mate, and also 2nd round draft pick, Josiah Gray was not a Red when his 2018 baseball season began. Gray put together a big junior year at Le Moyne College, posting a 1.25 ERA in 93.1 innings with 20 walks and 105 strikeouts. He had previously only thrown 23.0 innings in college and was a quick riser in the draft throughout the year. Currently 20-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: The biggest weakness for Josiah Gray is probably just the lack of experience by comparison to other pitchers his age. He hasn’t pitched as much as many guys have because he was not really a pitcher full time until this season. His strengths include an above-average fastball, a strong slider, and good control. Previously ranked: Unranked

15. Andy Sugilio, OF, Low-A Dayton Dragons

It hasn’t been a good season in 2018 for Andy Sugilio in Dayton. Early in the year he injured his hamstring and after missing over a month, he returned. He’s been hampered by it a little bit since, though and at times you could notice it in his speed. The 21-year-old outfielder is hitting .247/.284/.344 in 39 games played. Currently 21-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: When healthy, Andy Sugilio is among the fastest players in the organization and he can show off plus-plus speed. That allows him to have range in center field, and run the bases well. There’s more power in his game than he’s shown this year, and he projects as a better hitter for average than he’s shown this season, too. The tools are there, but the production hasn’t been to this point in the season. Previously ranked: 15

16. TJ Friedl, OF, Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The season began for TJ Friedl with a return to Daytona where his 2017 season ended. Things went much better this time around with the Tortugas as the outfielder hit .294/.405/.412 with 11 steals and nearly as many walks as strikeouts. That earned him a promotion after the All-Star break to Double-A Pensacola where he’s posted an OPS that is 1 point higher. Currently 22-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: This season has seen TJ Friedl show stronger plate discipline than he has in the past. And that has in turn allowed his hitting abilities to show up more, and it’s particularly been stronger against lefties than in the past where he’s hitting .275 with a .431 on-base percentage against them this season. Defensively, and on the bases, he uses his speed to his advantage. He can cover plenty of ground in center field – and that is the best fit for him in the future. If there’s a weakness to point to, it’s probably that outside of his speed/defense, he doesn’t really have that above-average tool to lean on – giving him a profile more like that of a quality 4th outfielder who can play everywhere. The strides against lefties this season could change that profile. Previously ranked: Unranked

17. Jose Garcia, SS/2B, Low-A Dayton Dragons

The Cincinnati Reds spent the last of their international money before the new rules went into effect on Jose Garcia last year. The Cuban shortstop didn’t play in 2017, but he showed well in spring training and was sent to Low-A Dayton. He got out to a slow start, but has been hitting well over the last few weeks and has his line up to .218/.270/.295 on the year. Currently 20-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: He’s athletic and looks like he can handle shortstop long term. His arm strength stands out. Offensively, you can see the parts are there for him to hit, but the tools are not yet consistent. There’s more power in his game than he’s shown so far. He was probably not quite ready to start the season in Dayton – even though I was very impressed with what I saw from him in Goodyear – but the tools are there, and I’m a believer that those tools will catch up soon enough and the production will begin to show up in the stat line. Previously ranked: 12

18. Mariel Bautista, OF, Rookie Billings Mustangs

In 2017 Mariel Bautista hit .320 with 16 steals in 17 attempts for the Arizona League Reds. This season he got a promotion to the Billings Mustangs. Early on, just a few weeks into the season, he’s hitting .266/.329/.438. He’s already walked more times this season, six, than he did last season in less than half as much playing time. He’s also cut down on his strikeout rate, granted it’s just three weeks worth of playing time. Currently 20-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: He’s potentially got five average or better tools. He’s got above-average speed and can handle center field, and he also uses the speed well on the bases. While he hasn’t hit for power yet in his career, there’s power to be tapped into. Last season he walked just five times in 157 plate appearances, which was a rate that needed to be improved upon. This season he’s drawn six walks in 73 plate appearances, so that’s a big improvement so far. Previously ranked: Unranked

19. Hendrik Clementina, C, Low-A Dayton Dragons

The Cincinnati Reds picked up Hendrik Clementina in a trade last summer with the Dodgers. He struggled a bit when he came over, hitting just .240/.302/.365 with Billings in 27 games. This season things have gone quite a bit better. The recently turned 21-year-old has hit .286/.359/.542 for the Dayton Dragons with 11 home runs and 14 doubles in 56 games played. Currently 21-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: The biggest strength for Hendrik Clementina is his power. He’s got above-average to plus power potential, and he’s already showing it in games with power to all fields. There’s some swing-and-miss in his game right now, which could limit what kind of average he may hit for in the future. Behind the plate he’s made improvements, and he’s thrown out 33% of attempted base runners this season. But, there are still questions among some scouts as to whether he can remain behind the plate in the long run. Previously ranked: Unranked

20. Miguel Hernandez, SS, Rookie Greeneville Reds

After a season that saw Miguel Hernandez hit .299 between stops with the DSL Rojos and Arizona League Reds, the shortstop is now in Greeneville with the organizations newest affiliate in the Appalachian League. He’s only played in 15 games, and hasn’t played in a few days since exiting a game after appearing to suffer a leg injury running out a ball. Currently 19-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: Miguel Hernandez shows off good defensive tools at the shortstop position where he could be an above-average defender in the future when his tools become skills. He’s got a chance to hit for average in the future and there’s some speed to his game. How much power he will hit for in the future is a bit of a question mark to his game right now. Previously ranked: 20

21. Ryan Olson, RHP, Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas

The season got out to a very strong start for Ryan Olson in Daytona, but a few starts before he hit the disabled list really ballooned his ERA. It jumped up to 4.64 in 52.1 innings with 18 walks and 46 strikeouts with the Tortugas in 10 starts. He’s currently rehabbing with the Greeneville Reds. Currently 23-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: Ryan Olson is already 23-years-old and has made just 16 appearances in his professional career. Injuries kept him off of the mound most of the 2017 season. His big strengths are a sinking fastball that works up to 96 MPH, and he shows good control. He’s got the repertoire of a starter pitcher with four different offerings – with his change up being the best of the secondary pitches. His biggest weakness has been staying healthy and on the mound. He missed most of 2016 in college, then most of 2017, too. Previously ranked: Unranked

22. Jose Lopez, RHP, Triple-A Louisville Bats

It’s been an inconsistent season in Triple-A for Jose Lopez. On the year he’s posted a 4.68 ERA in 84.2 innings. He’s shown good control, walking just 26 batters and striking out 69 on the season. He has given up 15 home runs – after giving up just 12 in 147.0 innings last season. Currently 24-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: The biggest strength for Jose Lopez is his ability to throw multiple pitches for strikes. His fastball doesn’t have huge velocity, but he hides the ball well and it let’s the pitch play up at times from it’s low 90’s velocity. His slider flashes itself as an above-average most of the time. He’s had struggles with allowing home runs this season. Previously ranked: 16

23. Aristides Aquino, OF, Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos

For the second year in a row Aristides Aquino is in Pensacola. He’s improved his output this season across the board, but not by as much as you would hope. He’s hitting .244/.292/.416 on the year in 71 games played. His power is still his calling card with 14 doubles, a triple, and nine home runs on the year. Currently 24-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: As noted above, power is the big strength for Aristides Aquino. He’s got above-average to plus raw power. Defensively his arm also shows off as above-average to plus. He’s struggled to hit for average with the jump to Double-A as pitchers have been able to get him to expand the strikezone a bit more than he had in the past. He’s struck out 28% of the time he’s stepped up to the plate this season. His walk rate is just 5.6% on the year. Previously ranked: 18

24. Jonathan Willems, 2B/3B, Rookie Greeneville Reds

The 19-year-old is out to a strong start for the Greeneville Reds in 2018. He’s only played in 14 games with the season beginning a little more than two weeks ago. In that time he’s hitting .333/.379/.550 while playing both second and third base. Currently 19-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: Let’s start off by talking about the weaknesses. The track record for Jonathan Willems is non-existent. He struggled to hit in the Dominican Summer League in 2016 as a 17-year-old. He struggled to hit in the Arizona League last year, too – granted that was for all of 69 plate appearances, which is three more than he’s had this season in Greeneville. Willems has also struggled a bit on the defensive side of the ball when it comes to errors. On the flip side, he’s got tools to work with. He’s very athletic, has a chance to hit for both average and power, and the few scouts and evaluators I’ve spoken to about him had good things to report on him. My views have been limited, but he passed the eye test. Previously ranked: Unranked

25. Mike Siani, OF, Rookie Greeneville Reds

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Mike Siani in the 4th round earlier this year and signed him to a well overslot bonus to keep him from going to college. He’s only played in two games at this point with the Greeneville Reds, but he’s already made an impression on the defensive side of the ball. Currently 18-years-old

Strengths/Weaknesses: Scouting reports coming out of high school basically scream about his speed and defensive being at the top of the charts. He’s considered a plus to plus-plus runner with defense in center field to match. Offensively, the speed will certainly play on the bases. The weaknesses to look at with Mike Siani would be that a swing change prior to his senior year of high school. That led to less than expected production. Scouts seemed to be split on exactly what kind of hitter he profiled as – with some grading him as below-average in both the hit and power tool, while others had him as a potential above-average hitter for average with slightly above-average power potential. Previously ranked: Unranked

Players who graduated from the preseason list: Tyler Mahle, Jesse Winker, Alex Blandino, Phillip Ervin.

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