Another day is here and Baseball America has released another Top 20 prospect list. This afternoon they released the Pioneer League Top 20. That’s the league where the Cincinnati Reds rookie affiliate Billings Mustangs play. And they landed three players in the Top 20 for the league.
Often forgotten about because he’s been rehabbing his way back from Tommy John surgery, Noah Davis was the top Reds prospect on the list. The 22-year-old right-handed pitcher came in at #8 on the list. He began his season by making five starts in the Arizona League as he was coming back from surgery, throwing just 8.0 innings over those five appearances. He then went to Billings where he made eight starts and posted a 2.10 ERA in 34.1 innings with 13 walks and 30 strikeouts.
The next Mustangs player to make the list was another starting pitcher. Miguel Medrano was named as the Pitcher of the Year in the league. The 21-year-old clearly put up strong numbers given that he was the pitcher of the year in the league. He made 14 starts and posted a 3.13 ERA (league ERA was 4.60). Medrano threw 60.1 innings on the season and walked just 14 batters while striking out 66.
Rounding out the list for the Cincinnati Reds was their 7th round draft pick from 2019. Eric Yang was taken out of UC Santa Barbara where he had a huge junior season. The catcher went to Billings and played in 51 games, hitting .290/.428/.420. He stood out for his on-base percentage. While he walked 23 times on the season with 44 strikeouts, it was the fact that he was hit by 19 pitches in just 51 games that really stands out in his stat line.
One of the Reds top prospects spent time in the Pioneer League this season, but Nick Lodolo didn’t throw enough innings to qualify for eligibility. One notable omission could be Omar Conoropo. The reliever basically piggy-backed on a starter all season. He threw 59.0 innings on the year – a starters workload for the league. He posted a 3.36 ERA on the year with a 1.05 WHIP, 13 walks, and 55 strikeouts.