On Wednesday morning new farm system rankings came out from both The Athletic’s Keith Law as well as the crew over at Baseball America. For the most part they were in agreement – the Cincinnati Reds farm system is a middle of the pack farm, but with some potential higher end talent.
Baseball America’s Top 100 list came out last month and the Cincinnati Reds only had two players in the Top 100 – Jose Garcia and Austin Hendrick. But they had eight players get votes for the Top 150, showing off good depth in the organization – just a lack of “elite” prospects that would rank in the top 25 of the entire league. To note, Baseball America considers Tejay Antone a prospect because they only use the at-bat and innings pitched designation, and not the 45 days on the MLB roster designation (Antone has more than 45 days, so he will not be counted in places that use this as well as the other two).
In the farm system rankings the Reds wound up being rated 19th by Baseball America. That’s up from last year, but down from the #8 and #10 spots that they were in the previous two years. The #19 ranking is only ahead of one other team in the division, the Brewers, who came in near the bottom of the list.
At The Athletic, Keith Law had three Reds in his Top 100 – Hunter Greene, Jonathan India, and Nick Lodolo. In his farm system rankings, Law has the Reds coming in at 17th overall. In the write up for the organization he only mentions on prospect, Hunter Greene, noting he could potentially pitch at the top of a rotation. Law is the highest national writer when it comes to ranking Greene, which could be the difference in the ranking of the system compared to Baseball America. His ranking of Greene is a lot closer to my feeling on the Reds top prospect – I wrote last month that Greene could be the most underrated prospect in the game right now. Worth noting here that Law uses the 45-day rule, which means unlike at Baseball America, Tejay Antone is not considered a prospect anymore.