Baseball America is kicking off their prospect ranking season today. This morning things got rolling with the individual league Top 20 prospect lists. They are starting at the top of the minor leagues at the Triple-A level and began with the International League, which is where the Louisville Bats play. Outfielder Aristides Aquino was the only player that made the list from the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Unlike prospect rankings that will come out later in the offseason, for the league specific lists, a player doesn’t have to currently have “prospect eligibility” remaining. They simply needed to have enough at-bats or innings pitched in the league. Also worth noting with the league lists, as opposed to the team list or the overall top 100 lists that will come out later this offseason, the league list is based on the opinions of the managers throughout the league, and not as much on the scouts throughout baseball.
For the International League, the Louisville Bats and Cincinnati Reds just had Aristides Aquino make the list. He came in at #10 on the list after a huge season for the Bats before his call up to Cincinnati in early August. In his time with Louisville he hit .299/.356/.636 in 294 at-bats with 13 doubles, a triple, and 28 home runs.
With the breakout in Louisville, Aquino earned a call up in August and shattered the rookie home run records to begin a career for about three-and-a-half weeks as he just continued to hit homer after homer. He’s slowed down a bit in the last few weeks. Still, his 17 home runs in the Majors ranks 12th in baseball among rookies. He saw his first pitch in the Majors this season on August 1st. Between the two stops he’s now hit 45 home runs in just 520 plate appearances.
Arizona Fall League update
The entire Arizona Fall League has today off. But last night the Reds team, the Glendale Desert Dogs played late into the night. Jose Garcia went 2-6 with a steal and a run scored. Reliever Diomar Lopez came out of the bullpen and threw 2.0 shutout innings. He allowed one hit, walked one batter, and he struck out two hitters. Jonathan India remained hitless, going 0-4 and he was hit by a pitch. He’s reached base in each of the four games he’s played. India walked in each of the previous three games he’s appeared in.