After not having a minor league season to look back on in 2020 it certainly feels great to be able to talk about some Cincinnati Reds prospects who were among the league leaders this season. Some of the Reds top prospects are going to be missing, and the pitching leaderboards are a complete mess because hardly anyone qualified in any league among pitchers – with some leagues the Reds played in having as few as THREE pitchers qualify for the league ERA title. Guys promoted mid-season don’t tend to make leaderboards, either, because it’s tough to rack up enough counting stats when you aren’t around for most of the season…. though it didn’t stop a few guys listed below.
The Louisville Bats were easily the worst team on the farm for the Cincinnati Reds in 2021. Every other team was at least .500. The Bats finished the season 17 games under the .500 mark. With that you wouldn’t expect many players among the league leaders. And that’s how it was, too.
The infielder finished in a tie for 7th place in the league with 110 hits.
The recently called up to the big leagues outfielder finished in a tie for 5th in the league with five triples.
With only 12 pitchers qualifying for the ERA title, Riley O’Brien’s 4.68 ERA ranked 6th in the league among that group. He also had the 7th most innings pitched with 107.2. His 116 strikeouts were the 3rd most in the league.
The Double-A South had a wide range of games played among the teams due to cancellations. Birmingham nearly played a full season, completing 118 games. Chattanooga only played in 112. Tennessee played 109. The Lookouts finished the season 58-54.
The 23-year-old outfielder finds himself all over the leaderboards in the Double-A South. He led the league with 130 hits and tied for the league lead in triples with 7. He was 2nd in both average (.320) and runs scored (68). Cedrola was also 4th in RBI (61), and he was 8th in the league in both on-base percentage (.356) and OPS (.817).
After a slow start to the season, Wilson Garcia turned things around in the second half and finished among the league leaders in five different categories. He was 2nd in the league in both hits (116) and RBI (64). Garcia also finished 4th in batting average (.290), tied for 7th in home runs (18), and 9th in slugging percentage (.468).
Better known as Byrd Tenerowicz in some parts, the infielder finished in the top 10 in the league in all four of the slash categories. His batting average ranked 9th (.264), his on-base percentage 10th (.351), his slugging percentage 7th (.472), and his OPS was 6th (.823).
Despite playing in just 74 games, TJ Hopkins tied Lorenzo Cedrola for both the team and league lead with 7 triples on the year.
Splitting his time between the rotation and bullpen, Randy Wynne tied for the league lead with 8 wins. He also finished 10th in the league with 89.1 innings pitched.
While he didn’t pitch enough to qualify for the ERA title, he pitched enough to finish 3rd in the league with 7 wins.
The lefty was only one of six pitchers in the league to throw enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. His 5.03 mark was 6th in the league. He finished 6th in the league in innings pitched with 98.1 and was tied for 9th with 88 strikeouts.
He was tied with Curlis for 9th in the league with 88 strikeouts.
The Dayton Dragons won their division with a 65-55 record but they didn’t make the playoffs as in 2021 the league championship will be the two teams with the best record and those two happened to be in the other division.
The outfielder was a bit of a nightmare for opposing pitchers on the season. While he wasn’t a power threat he was a problem in every other aspect. Hurtubise was 5th in the league in batting average (.283) and he led the league in on-base percentage (.413) thanks to the average and the 4th most walks in the league (58). He also finished 3rd in steals (39) and 4th in runs scored (77).
Another speedy outfielder with Dayton, Siani finished 6th in the league with 30 steals.
Rounding out the Dragons outfield, Cotton was tied for 9th in the league with 24 steals.
The right-handed starter finished 2nd in the league in ERA (3.49) and batting average against (.222), 4th in WHIP (1.15), 7th in innings pitched with 98.0 and 9th in strikeouts (107).
The reliever pitched in 28 games and picked up 7 wins – tied for 5th most in the league.
The Daytona Tortugas finished 60-60 on the season, picking up a win on the final day to get to the .500 mark.
The catcher was making his US debut this season and the 21-year-old was among the league leaders for Daytona in six different categories. Daniel Vellojin was 3rd in walks (72) and on-base percentage (.401) in the league. He finished 6th in slugging percentage (.403) and 5th in OPS (.803) while finishing tied for 6th in doubles (21) and tied for 10th in runs scored (56).
While he only played in 66 games during the season with Daytona, Allan Cerda was sure to show off some pop. He finished tied for 5th in home runs (14) and tied for 10th in triples (4).
Elly De La Cruz
While he only played in 50 games in the league this year, Elly De La Cruz finished 2nd in the league in triples with 7.
The catcher/first baseman/DH/outfielder/pitcher (he pitched once – we’re counting it) did a bit of everything on the field. That included tying for the 6th spot in the league with 5 triples.
The infielder tied for 3rd in the league with 22 doubles. He also finished 10th in the league in batting average (.248).
The outfielder only played in 69 games but he finished tied for 3rd in the league with 22 doubles.
Mostly a reliever this year (just two starts), Frainger Aranguren tied for 7th most wins in the league with 6.
With 9 saves, Vin Timpanelli tied for 2nd most in the league.
Arizona Complex League
The ACL Reds finished the season 33-26.
The 18-year-old outfielder made his professional debut in a big way in 2021. He led the Arizona Complex League in home runs (11) and slugging percentage (.573). Confidan also finished 3rd in the league in both hits (56) and OPS (.932) while finishing 5th in RBI (34), 7th in batting average (.315), and 9th in runs scored (33).
The 18-year-old first baseman was 7th in the league with 28 walks.
The shortstop finished in a tie for 10th in the league with 11 doubles.
The 30th overall pick in the draft only played in 19 games but he stole 14 bases, which was enough to tie for 8th most in the league.
The catcher was tied for 6th in the league with 7 home runs.
Despite pitching in just 5 games, Tyler Garbee’s 4 saves were tied for 6th most in the league.