The draft is over, but the signing deadline hasn’t come just yet. Usually that’s when the national publications will overhaul their prospect rankings. But Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen decided that they weren’t going to wait for all of the draft picks to sign, or not sign if that’s the case. They went ahead and updated their prospect lists, both the team rankings as well as overall minor league rankings. And they included draft picks, signed at this point or not.
The top prospect in the organization now, at least on Fangraphs, is Taylor Trammell. The Chattanooga Lookouts outfielder has jumped up to the #7 prospect in all of minor league baseball. He is one of four Cincinnati Reds prospects that are still within the Top 100 prospects in the minor leagues. Trammell is joined by Jonathan India, Tyler Stephenson, and Hunter Greene – all of whom are in the 60-100 range on the list. Nick Lodolo, the Reds 1st round pick this season, Tony Santillan, and Jose Siri are in the 100-200 range on the list.
When it comes to the draft picks from 2019 only Nick Lodolo and Tyler Callihan are inside the organizational Top 10 list. What’s interesting is that they are also including Cuban infielder/outfielder Michel Triana despite the fact that he hasn’t officially signed yet. Only one prospect in the organization was listed as trending up, even though a few guys did move up in the rankings. I believe the “trend” is based on their FV rating moving up or down, rather than just their overall ranking. Jose Garcia jumped into the Top 10 rankings for the organization and got listed as trending up.
Billings, AZL, and Greeneville information
The Billings Mustangs begin their season tomorrow. As of right now, which is 1:35pm ET on Thursday, no roster has been released for the Mustangs. When I get it, there will be a post talking about some of the players on the team. Billings will open up at home against Idaho Falls at 8:35pm ET. On Monday the Arizona League Reds will begin their season at 9pm ET, in a road contest against the AZL Rangers. Then on Tuesday it’s the Greeneville Reds who will round out the start of the season, hosting the Kingsport Mets on TACO TUESDAY at 6:30pm ET. As with the Billings roster, we don’t have anything for the AZL or Greeneville squads yet, but once they are available a post will go up with information on the players.