ESPN’s midseason Top 50 Prospect List was released this afternoon and the Cincinnati Reds have three players on it. Kiley McDaniel rated Hunter Greene 15th overall on the list. Nick Lodolo wasn’t that far behind, ranking him 23rd on the list. Down at 40th on the list is Jose Barrero. You will need an ESPN+ subscription to see the list and the write ups, but if you’ve got one then here’s the link for you.
Kiley McDaniel only has two pitchers ahead of Hunter Greene on the list. Greene is scheduled to start tonight for Louisville where he’ll be making his 9th start in Triple-A and 16th of the season. Between his two stops this season (Double-A Chattanooga/Triple-A Louisville) he’s thrown 79.1 innings with a 3.06 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, allowed 63 hits, eight home runs, walked 30 batters, and he’s struck out 110. He’s only faced a batter that’s younger than he has in one game this season. The 21-year-old Greene has held opposing hitters to a .216/.300/.332 line on the season.
For Nick Lodolo he’s the 7th rated pitching prospect in the game according to McDaniel, and the top rated left-handed pitching prospect. He was just promoted to Triple-A this week and has now made 11 starts on the season. Blister issues cost him about a month’s worth of starts, and since returning he’s had his pitch counts monitored and they’ve been a bit low as he’s eased his way back into games. That’s limited him to just 46.2 innings pitched this season, but when he’s been on the mound he’s been very good. Lodolo has posted a 2.31 ERA this season while allowing just two home runs, 34 hits, walking just 11, and he’s struck out 70 batters in 10 starts for Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville.
Jose Barrero, like the two pitchers ahead of him, has also split time this season between Double-A with the Lookouts and Triple-A with the Bats. After 40 games with Chattanooga where he hit .300/.367/.481 the Reds sent him up to Triple-A and not only did he not skip a beat, he’s gotten even better. In 31 games since joining the Bats he’s hitting .319/.410/.586. Between the two stops he’s now hitting .308/.386/.525 with 16 doubles, a triple, and 14 home runs. He’s also stolen 14 bases – one off of his career high that he set back in 2019.