The week continues with the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospect List by looking at the next group of five players between 6 and 10 on the list. We’ve been counting down since Monday and it’ll keep on going through Friday.
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Just as a reminder, these write ups will not feature full scouting reports. Those will be included with the Season Reviews, which will start next week – first working my way through the Top 25 prospects before then branching out into another 50-75 interesting prospects through the remainder of the offseason. For the entire list you can click here (each day it will be updated as the next piece comes out).
*To be eligible for the list a player must have 2020 Rookie of the Year eligibility (Fewer than 130 at bats in the big leagues, fewer than 50 innings pitches or less than 45 days on the active MLB roster that doesn’t include September)*
6. Jonathan India | 3B | Age: 22
2019 Teams: Daytona/Chattanooga | Acquired: 1st round, 2018 | Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 200 lbs | B/T: R/R
The Reds drafted Jonathan India out of Florida in 2018 with the fifth overall pick. He was coming off of a huge season there where he put up an OPS of 1.213 in 300 plate appearances. But his professional debut didn’t exactly go as expected. While he was above-average – he hit just .240 between Greeneville, Billings, and Dayton in 2018. His 28 walks helped give him a .380 on-base percentage, and his 16 extra-base hits pumped his slugging percentage up to .433. Still, the overall numbers weren’t quite what you expected from the #5 overall pick.
In 2019 Cincinnati pushed him to Daytona to begin the year. In the minors most pitcher friendly league Jonathan India was again above-average, but didn’t quite hit as well as expected. His .256 average was the thing that stood out. He drew plenty of walks, giving him a .346 on-base percentage, and he slugged .410 – which in that league, along with a .256 average, is actually decent power output. His OPS was 26% better than the league average when adjusted for park factors. He moved up to the Double-A affiliate in the second half and watched his game change at the plate. With the Lookouts his power dropped off, but he walked significantly more, struck out significantly less, and hit for a higher average. Overall in Double-A in 145 plate appearances he hit .270/.414/.378.
Biggest Strength: Power potential. While he hasn’t quite shown it off in games yet, there’s plenty of pop in his bat if he can get to it.
Biggest Weakness: Through two seasons as a professional the hit-tool, which was supposed to potentially be above-average, has been anything but in games. He’s hit .254 – and while the peripheral numbers are there to suggest it could improve – right now, .254 is .254.
2019 Season Stats
7. Stuart Fairchild | OF | Age: 23
2019 Teams: Daytona/Chattanooga | Acquired: 2nd round, 2017 | Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 190 lbs | B/T: R/R
After being drafted in 2017 the Reds sent Stuart Fairchild to Billings. The second rounder hit well, posting a .304/.393/.412 line for the Mustangs. Last year saw Cincinnati send the outfielder to Dayton to begin the year and he performed well, posting an .836 OPS in the first half and earning a promotion to Daytona. That’s where he hit a bit of a slump, hitting .250/.306/.350 in the second half with the Tortugas.
The Reds sent Fairchild back to Daytona to start the year and things went better this time around. The outfielder hit .258/.335/.440 while walking more, striking out less, and hitting for significantly more power. He was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga for the second half and not only didn’t miss a beat, but improved. Fairchild played in 42 games for the Lookouts down the stretch, hitting .275/.380/.444 while improving his walk rate and drastically cutting down on his strikeout rate in Double-A.
Biggest Strength: He’s a center fielder who has a chance to provide plenty of offense.
Biggest Weakness: Despite being an above-average speed guy, and having success on the bases in the past, he was caught stealing more times in 2019 than he has successful steals (7 caught stealing, 6 steals).
2019 Season Stats
8. Jose Siri | OF | Age: 24
2019 Teams: Chattanooga/Louisville | Acquired: International FA 2012 | Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 175 lbs | B/T: R/R
After having a breakout year in 2017 with the Dayton Dragons where he hit .293/.341/.530, the 2018 campaign for Jose Siri didn’t quite match up. After injuring his thumb in spring training he missed nearly two months before joining Daytona. Once he got things going there he was promoted to Double-A Pensacola. In 66 games there in the second half he hit .229/.300/.474.
The Reds sent Jose Siri back to Double-A this year, but this time with their new affiliate in Chattanooga. With the Lookouts his walk rate and strikeout rates were essentially the same as they were in the previous year with Pensacola – but his power output wasn’t nearly the same. He hit .251/.313/.388 before getting a call up to Triple-A for the final month of the season. The center fielder struggled at the plate, hitting just .186/.252/.245 as his strikeout rate jumped to 35% and his power fell off of the map.
Biggest Strength: Defense. He’s a plus defensive center fielder with athleticism, range, and a strong arm.
Biggest Weakness: Pitch identification. Things have improved some in the last few years here, and his walk rate has gone up – but he also watched his strikeout rate jump up to well over 30% in 2019. Making contact has been a big issue since arriving in the upper levels of the minor leagues.
2019 Season Stats
9. Rece Hinds | IF | Age: 19
2019 Teams: Greeneville | Acquired: 2nd round, 2019 | Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 215 lbs | B/T: R/R
The Cincinnati Reds used their 2nd round pick in 2019 to select Rece Hings out of IMG Academy in Florida. Known for his power potential, Hinds was sent to join the Greeneville Reds in the Appalachian League. He went hitless in his first three games of the season. Unfortunately he only played in three games all season. His quad began to act up early on and while he remained with the team and even participated in some workouts while there, whenever he tried to get back to game speed he had to step back.
Biggest Strength: Power. He’s got plus to plus-plus raw power in his bat.
Biggest Weakness: Defense – sort of. Where he is eventually going to wind up on the defensive spectrum is a bit up in the air right now. He played shortstop in high school, but third base seems likely early on his career.
2019 Season Stats
10. Tyler Callihan | 2B | Age: 19
2019 Teams: Greeneville/Billings | Acquired: 3rd round, 2019 | Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 205 lbs | B/T: L/R
The Cincinnati Reds used their draft budget to go big with their 3rd round pick, selecting and signing Tyler Callihan to a well over-slot signing bonus to bring him into the organization. The Reds sent the then 18-year-old to join the Greeneville Reds to begin his professional career.
After hitting .200 with no walks and no extra-base hits in the first seven games of the season he turned things around. Over the next 50 games, including a late-season call up to Billings, Tyler Callihan hit .273/.313/.479 with 22 extra-base hits. He split his time on the defensive side of the ball between second (22 games) and third (31 games)
Biggest Strength: Power. He’s got above-average to plus raw power to tap into in the future.
Biggest Weakness: From a statistical standpoint he didn’t walk hardly at all during the year and that’s a rate that’s going to need to improve. From a tools standpoint he’s a below-average runner.
2019 Season Stats
You can see the entire Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospect list here (once it’s completed at the end of the week)