Fangraphs has been working their way through their organizational prospect rankings and just before Christmas they released their Cincinnati Reds Top 36 Prospects list. Cincinnati was the third team that was covered. As you can imagine, the list wasn’t the easiest to put together given the lack of baseball games being played by many of the players in affiliated baseball. If a player didn’t reach the Major Leagues, then they didn’t play in any games. A handful of prospects in each organization were at their respective alternate sites. There were also instructional league games in October between the complexes in Florida and Arizona, but by-and-large, more than half of the players in each organization didn’t get on a field after early March.
This whole situation meant that for some players we have some updated information, and that for a lot of other players, there’s no new information at all to really be gleaned. The gap between prospect lists that were produced after the 2019 season and the ones produced after the 2021 season are probably going to be wildly different, even beyond players who graduated, because of all the missing information in the middle.
With all of that said, there was some new information of note from some of the guys. A good look from Tyler Callihan from instructional league among the Top 10 prospects, an interesting report on Riley O’Brien in the Top 20 group, and a good breakdown of what we may be able to see from Graham Ashcraft in the Top 30 group.
While I haven’t put together my list yet, it’s getting closer to the time to do so. I’ve been waiting for winter ball to take place with the hopes of getting some more information on guys who didn’t play this year. Unfortunately there weren’t many Reds prospects that participated this year – though not due to any lack of willingness, but without a season, the amount of higher level players who did want to play this year is larger than many of the past years that allowed some lower level guys a chance to get on the field.
With that said, looking at the rankings from Eric Longenhagen, who is Fangraphs lead prospect writer, it feels like I’m going to be a little bit higher on Tony Santillan and TJ Friedl than he is. He’s probably a little higher on Lyon Richardson than I am, but the reports are good and he’ll be moving up a little bit in my rankings from where he’s been in the past. It’s a reasonable list with tons of good information on it. As I always say, pay less attention to the number next to the players name and a lot more attention to the write up below the players name. Go give it a read.