The crew over at MLB Pipeline/MLB.com have updated their Top 100 Prospect List for 2020 and they included some of the draft picks from this past July. Three Cincinnati Reds have made the list, but one player fell off of the list, too, as a result of the draft picks being added in.
Let’s first take a look at the three Cincinnati prospects who made the list. Left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo is atop of it from a Reds standpoint, coming in at #53 on the list. The lefty was the first pitcher taken in the 2019 draft out of TCU and was the #7 overall draft pick. He was invited to spring training as a non-roster invite, and when Summer Camp opened back up in July, the Reds brought him in as a part of the alternate roster at Prasco Park.
Our top prospect here at RedsMinorLeagues.com, Hunter Greene, comes in next on the MLB Pipeline list at #58 overall. Like Lodolo, he’s also at Prasco Park. Unlike Lodolo he wasn’t invited to big league spring training, but for good reason – he was still recovering from Tommy John surgery. Greene had the surgery in April of 2019, and headed to minor league camp when it opened up to continue his rehab. But once things were shut down he got some additional time and he used that time quite well, too. While he was hitting 102 MPH in June during a bullpen session, Greene said he was focusing on improving his secondary stuff and that he feels good about it.
And then 2020 1st round pick Austin Hendrick rounds out the list for Cincinnati, coming in at #92 on the list. The 12th overall pick in the draft this season cracked the top 100 list in his first year of eligibility. The left-handed hitter shows enormous power potential, but it’s going to have to wait to be seen without a minor league year for him to play in.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 26, 2020
Tyler Stephenson had joined the list recently as MLB Pipeline updates their list during the year. But, when the overall list was updated the new additions pushed him back off of the list, leaving the Reds with three guys still there – just swapping out Hendrick for Stephenson.