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.

4 Responses

  1. Alex Reds

    Sad to see how far the Reds have dropped. These last 1.5 years of trades has led to a much weaker farm, and not enough to show for it.

    • Doug Gray

      The biggest reason for the drop off has been Nick Senzel graduating. A top 10 caliber prospect can carry a farm system and they had that two years ago. Right now, outside of Keith Law ranking Hunter Greene 28th, no other place has a single Reds prospect in the top 50. No one they traded would be a “carry the farm” prospect. The guys they traded fit right in with the rest of the ones they have – guys rated in that 50-150 range. Nothing wrong with that, and the depth would be nice – but it still would not be the same rated farm system of 2-3 years ago.

  2. MuddyCleats

    Not sure you can put a lot of stock in these projections? Seems as though rankings can easily b mis-represented or skewed in either direction? The real question of strength of one’s minor leagues would b how well they support the ML team w/ quality ML players? I think history shows Cincy isn’t one of the top organizations in this respect. They have a huge opportunity to improve things this year and in this year’s draft. Definitely rooting for them to do just that!

  3. Simon

    Ggod times. The Reds have invested so much in the club that im so excited for the next 10 years! We are bound to win a championship in the next 35 years or so!