In a trend over the last few years, rather than doing full on updates to Top 100 prospect lists twice a year – once at mid-season and then during the offseason – several places are updating them during the year when players on the list exhaust their prospect eligibility. While they don’t redo the list, rather just remove a place that’s no longer eligible and add someone new at the back end of the list, it’s something a bit different than it used to be. This afternoon the Cincinnati Reds added another prospect to the MLB Pipeline Top 100 list when a graduation opened up a spot to add shortstop Jose Garcia at #100.

The addition of Jose Garcia gives the Cincinnati Reds six prospects on the Top 100 list now. While Garcia is at #100, Jonathan India is at #98, Tyler Stephenson is at #85, Austin Hendrick is at #78, Hunter Greene is at #63, and Nick Lodolo is at #51.

We’re at a bit of a strange spot when it comes to prospect rankings right now. Many guys didn’t play last season in a place where they could truly accumulate stats and even the guys who were at the alternate sites and playing – the environment they were in wasn’t quite game-like, either. There’s simply so much unknown on a lot of guys, even still. Having a spring training this year did help a little bit – but only for guys that saw plenty of action in big league camps. Minor League spring training just started this past week for a few teams. Cincinnati began their spring training on April 4th for their minor leaguers.

The Minor League Baseball season begins in two-and-a-half weeks. It will be good to see the guys out on the field again and a good opportunity to see who was able to make gains while away from the structured development system in the last year.

4 Responses

  1. RojoBenjy

    Reds are in first with Suárez at SS.

    If they can get by this year like that and Garcia blooms?

    Woah

  2. kevinz

    Man If Garcia can take a Leap, this team could be even scarier.
    Just as well If Greene can be healthy and make a Jump.
    Love how India and Stephenson Play the game.

    • RojoBenjy

      “ Love how India and Stephenson Play the game.”

      Agreed

  3. CP

    It’s nice to see the Reds get some love with their prospects right now. It does give you hope that this year won’t just be a blip on the radar, but rather there might be an extended window of competing ahead of us.

    Suarez putting the team first and moving to SS gives Garcia all the time he needs to develop and removes the pressure on him. Castellanos is likely opting out I’m afraid after this year and that free’s up the OF logjam, but not for the better. I love have Castellanos in our line-up.

    Doug is there someone in the Red’s minor leagues that you think could make a push for this list by end of year or this time next year? Who isn’t getting the love you think they deserve or is primed to jump?