On Monday we released the updated Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospect List. And then the Reds went out and traded away one of the prospects on the list, creating an opening on the list and today I’m here to make the addition. On the original list at #25 when it went through the first few drafts, Ariel Almonte just missed out on the list after a few edits when Elly De La Cruz went wild for the first few weeks of his season and reports started rolling in. Almonte, however, now moves back onto the list with the departure of Noah Davis who was traded to the Colorado Rockies.
25. Ariel Almonte | OF | DSL
Why he’s here: One of the top signings in the most recent international signing class, Ariel Almonte got a $1.85M signing bonus – second most for the Reds in the class, just behind the $1.9M given to fellow outfielder Malvin Valdez. A right fielder with a big time arm, Almonte is a left-handed hitter with plus power potential as he continues to fill out his frame and develop. The 17-year-old is hitting .250/.429/.438 with eight walks in 10 games for the Dominican Summer League Reds to begin his career. Stock Remains the Same.
Prior Ranking: Unranked
Here’s what the updated rankings look like:
|4||Matt McLain||SS||Just Drafted|
|10||Jay Allen||OF||Just Drafted|
|11||Tyler Callihan||2B||A/Injured List|
|12||Mat Nelson||C||Just Drafted|
|13||Rece Hinds||3B||A/Injured List|
|16||Andrew Abbott||LHP||Just Drafted|
|20||Mark Kolozsvary||C||Team USA|
|22||Joe Boyle||RHP||Injured List|
|24||Elly De La Cruz||SS/3B||A|