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.

Triple-A

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.

Alfredo Rodriguez

The infielder finished in a tie for 7th place in the league with 110 hits.

TJ Friedl

The recently called up to the big leagues outfielder finished in a tie for 5th in the league with five triples.

Riley O’Brien

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.

Double-A

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.

Lorenzo Cedrola

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).

Wilson Garcia

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).

Robbie Tenerowicz

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).

TJ Hopkins

Despite playing in just 74 games, TJ Hopkins tied Lorenzo Cedrola for both the team and league lead with 7 triples on the year.

Randy Wynne

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.

Graham Ashcraft

While he didn’t pitch enough to qualify for the ERA title, he pitched enough to finish 3rd in the league with 7 wins.

Connor Curlis

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.

Ricky Salinas

He was tied with Curlis for 9th in the league with 88 strikeouts.

High-A

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.

Jacob Hurtubise

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).

Michael Siani

Another speedy outfielder with Dayton, Siani finished 6th in the league with 30 steals.

Quin Cotton

Rounding out the Dragons outfield, Cotton was tied for 9th in the league with 24 steals.

Eduardo Salazar

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).

Pedro Garcia

The reliever pitched in 28 games and picked up 7 wins – tied for 5th most in the league.

Low-A

The Daytona Tortugas finished 60-60 on the season, picking up a win on the final day to get to the .500 mark.

Daniel Vellojin

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).

Allan Cerda

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.

Garrett Wolforth

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.

Brandon Leyton

The infielder tied for 3rd in the league with 22 doubles. He also finished 10th in the league in batting average (.248).

Danny Lantigua

The outfielder only played in 69 games but he finished tied for 3rd in the league with 22 doubles.

Frainger Aranguren

Mostly a reliever this year (just two starts), Frainger Aranguren tied for 7th most wins in the league with 6.

Vin Timpanelli

With 9 saves, Vin Timpanelli tied for 2nd most in the league.

Arizona Complex League

The ACL Reds finished the season 33-26.

Yerlin Confidan

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).

Yassel Pino

The 18-year-old first baseman was 7th in the league with 28 walks.

Braylin Minier

The shortstop finished in a tie for 10th in the league with 11 doubles.

Jay Allen

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.

Wilfred Astudillo

The catcher was tied for 6th in the league with 7 home runs.

Tyler Garbee

Despite pitching in just 5 games, Tyler Garbee’s 4 saves were tied for 6th most in the league.

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11 Responses

  1. Kevin S Davis

    Doug,

    What outfield position does Jacob Hurtubise project going forward. How is his arm and other defensive projections?

    • Doug Gray

      His speed makes up for some deficiencies. He’s not a bad outfielder, but he’s not a standout guy, either.

  2. weigarp

    Has hitting really dropped off that much in the minor leagues that Robbie Tenerowicz could hit only .264 and have the 9th best average in AA and even worse, Brandon Leyton hitting .248 in Low A and finishing 10th? Yerlin Confidan, Jay Allen and Jacob Hurtubise had superlative debuts. On a side note, if the Reds don’t have a plan for Alfredo Rodriguez moving forward, I hope they release him so he can explore other opportunities.

    • Doug Gray

      Hitting has dropped off quite a bit because pitching is really stinking good now (and the defenses are better than ever at turning balls in play into outs). But unlike the big leagues, due to promotions – far fewer players qualify for the league batting title. Generally speaking, the best hitters get promoted and don’t qualify. It muddies the waters a bit.

  3. DaveCT

    Vellojin certainly seems to do a lot of things well.

    Next year’s Lo-A outfield could be Austin Hendricks, Jay Allen, and Yerlin Confidan. Wow.

    And, as MK’s been pointing out, SS throughout the system all of a sudden is packed.

    2022 middle infield combos could see De la Cruz/Torres at Dayton, Johnson/McClain at Chattanooga, and AlfRod/Narvaez/Lopez at Louisville, and India/Barrero in the show. Throw in Minier and perhaps the DSL kid (Jorge?) bringing up the tear in Daytona and thats some impressive depth. This doesn’t include Rey, Rivas and other Ult type guys.

  4. Rhaye

    Elly De La Cruz also leaped up the Reds prospect board on Fangraphs from entirely unranked in the Reds system altogether to number 73 in baseball. He’s now their 3rd best prospect per Fangraphs, after Jose Barrero (25th in baseball) and Hunter Greene (35th in baseball).

  5. RedsGettingBetter

    I thought Carson Spiers would have enough outings and good numbers (ERA) to be kind of mentioned in this article…
    Could Hurtubise make the major league team in next future? Are Hurtubise´s upside below-average to be a good MLB player? Or at least a useful one?

    • DavecT

      Hurtubise has great speed but very little power. It’d be rare, IMO, for a guy like that in today’s game to become more than a 4/5th OF.

      I’m with you on Spiers.