Baseball America is in the middle of releasing their league Top 20 prospect lists. Today the got to another league in which the Cincinnati Reds have an affiliate, the Double-A Southern League. No Reds prospects made the list (sub required to read), which was described by author Matt Eddy as “an epic year for the Southern League” due to just how deep it was with prospects. There is a caveat, though. Taylor Trammell did make the list, coming in at #16 on the list. As surely you are aware if you’re on this website, he was traded at the deadline in the 3-team trade that brought Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati.
How deep was the league this season? Well, Nick Madrigal was the 4th overall pick in 2018 and hit .341 in the league (42 games) and was the #17 prospect in the league. Royce Lewis was the #1 overall pick in 2017 and is 20-years-old. He was rated as the #18 prospect in the league. It wasn’t just deep. It was so deep that if you aren’t a Top 50 prospect in the game there’s next to no chance you were making the list.
Tyler Stephenson, a former 1st round pick, and a Top 100 prospect hit .285/.372/.410 as a catcher this season. His wRC+ for that line is 130. A good pedigree, a premium position, a well above-average offensive performance in a league he was young for? That’s usually going to make one an absolute lock to make a list like this. But Stephenson was not to be found on the list given just how deep the league is.
Checking in with the Arizona Fall League
Let’s keep the conversation on Tyler Stephenson. Last night he crushed a double to drive in a run for Glendale. LISTEN to how loud that thing was.
— Mike Rosenbaum (@GoldenSombrero) September 26, 2019
Of course, the double ultimately would not count. The game came to a halt when rain came through, and it didn’t let up. That led to the game being postponed and the stats compiled in the game were erased.
The Desert Dogs were set to host their contest tonight, but the game was moved to Salt Rivers Field tonight. That’s a good thing. Perhaps. Salt River Fields is where Major League Baseball is testing out the computerized strikezone. That means that we get pitch tracking and info as the public. So let’s hope that the game tonight features all of the Reds relievers so we can get a little bit of further information on them that we otherwise wouldn’t.