While I don’t believe that companies are working together to time out their releases, it always seems to happen that way. Both MLB Pipeline and The Athletic’s Keith Law released their 2020 Cincinnati Reds prospect rankings within a few hours of each other.
MLB Pipeline’s list goes 30 players deep, and is free – an important factor for some of you who don’t subscribe to The Athletic. You can take a look at the entire list here. Their Top 10 features the names you expect to see, with perhaps a different order – but the names are mostly the same ones you see on the other national lists. Outside of the Top 10 list they’ve got a few “standout” picks where they are the high list on a few players. Ivan Johnson, the Reds 4th round pick in 2019, is their #13 prospect – his highest spot on any list we’ve seen so far. He was only in one other Top 20 (though he was on several lists in the 20’s). Alfredo Rodriguez, another shortstop, came in at #17 – his highest spot as well.
Keith Law dropped his Reds organizational list at The Athletic. The top 10, much like the list at MLB Pipeline, had the usual names. But after that we began to see a few “standout” picks for Law, too. Tejay Antone who only made one other Top 20 (MLB Pipeline at #20) came in rated 12th – easily his best ranking. Andy Sugilio was next on the list and the outfielders only other top 20 ranking was 18th.
One strange thing that Law wrote was about Tyler Stephenson, noting that “every time Stephenson gets rolling at the plate, he gets hurt.” And while he later noted that he didn’t hit the injured list in 2019, he only played 16-19 games per month in 2019 – information that is correct – the last time that Tyler Stephenon was actually hurt was in 2017 – two full seasons ago. Just a strange thing to lead off a write-up with. He does note that the potential is there for an above-average regular with Stephenson, but the start of the write up just began so weirdly that it felt like justification of hesitancy.
We’re still missing Reds Top Prospect lists from both Fangraphs and ESPN at this point. Fangraphs will certainly be releasing a list. With Law’s exit at ESPN in favor of The Athletic, and Kiley McDaniel heading from Fangraphs to ESPN, it’s unknown if McDaniel is going to put together lists for each team or if he’s just sticking with the Top 100 list for this season.