MLB Pipeline has updated their Top 100 Prospect List, as well as their organizational Top 30 Prospects list. Let’s start by taking a look at the Top 100 Prospect list, where the Cincinnati Reds landed four players.
Taylor Trammell remains at the top of the list for the Reds, coming in at #30 overall. The outfielder has had some inconsistency this season. The 21-year-old had an OPS of .846 in April, but his OPS in the three months since have been .637, .635, and .650. Overall he’s hittign .236/.351/.339. The walks are up, significantly, while his strikeout rate is roughly the same as it was last year. But the power is way down in 2019 as he’s battled through several injuries but remained on the field and played through them. He’s also stolen 17 bases in 21 attempts.
Hunter Greene cracks the list at #53. While he hasn’t pitched this season due to the fact that he underwent Tommy John in early April after tearing his UCL in late March during spring training. The #2 overall draft pick in the 2017 draft was trying to rehab a previous tear in his UCL that was suffered in July of 2018 while he was pitching the the Dayton Dragons.
Another pitcher is next on the Top 100 list representing the Reds. Nick Lodolo, the 1st round pick this season, comes in at #61 on the list. So far the results for the left-handed pitcher have been outstanding, though in a limited fashion. He’s only thrown 14.1 innings over seven starts between Billings and Dayton, but his ERA is 2.51. He’s yet to walk a hitter and he has struck out 26 of the 59 batters that he’s faced.
The final Reds prospect to make the list is 2018 1st round pick Jonathan India. The third baseman comes in at #96 on the list. He’s spent most of his season in the pitching friendly Florida State League, but was promoted from Daytona to Chattanooga just over a week ago. Between his two stops this season he’s hitting .254/.349/.398 through 94 games this season.
The Cincinnati Reds Top 30 List
The crew at MLB Pipeline also updated their Top 30 Prospect list for the Cincinnati Reds. There’s some changes on the list from the start of the season. The top five prospects aren’t surprising. After that is where we start to see things get a little different from the other lists. 2019 draft picks Tyler Callihan and Rece Hinds are ahead of Tyler Stephenson, Michael Siani, and Jose Garcia – who rounds out the top 10.
The most underrated player on the list, in my opinion, is Joel Kuhnel. The right-hander has dominated out of the bullpen in 2019 for both Chattanooga and Louisville. He has a 2.02 ERA in 49.0 innings with 12 walks (3 IBB) and 45 strikeouts between his two stops. And he can throw triple digits. He’s got the stuff, the numbers, and he’s doing it in Triple-A. Being rated 25th on the list seems a bit low at this point, especially since he was ranked 26th when the season began on this list.