It’s officially prospect list season. On Wednesday Baseball America released their Top 100 Prospects list and that list featured four Cincinnati Reds. 24 hours later we are getting the Top 101 Prospects from the crew over at Baseball Prospectus. Their list also features four Cincinnati Reds prospects, but there’s a rather big difference or two between the two lists.

Jose Barrero, who was the top rated prospects in the organization on the Baseball America list is absent on the Baseball Prospectus list. It’s not that they don’t think highly of him, though, it’s that the two publications use different criteria to determine if a player is still “prospect eligible” or not. The folks at Baseball America don’t use service time, they simply use innings and plate appearances. By that number, Barrero qualifies. Baseball Prospectus uses those two factors, but also uses service time, and with the weird 2.7 days calculation for the 2020 season, Barrero doesn’t qualify by that factor and thus isn’t eligible for their list.

While Barrero wasn’t eligible here, Cincinnati still landed four players on the list. Matt McLain, the Reds 1st round pick in 2021, came in at #77 on the list and was the final Red on it. The shortstop from UCLA  played in two games at the complex level before moving to High-A Dayton where he spent the rest of his season. Between his two stops he played in 31 games and hit .283/.389/.462 with 10 steals, 17 walks, and 24 strikeouts.

Hunter Greene was the top rated prospect from the organization on the list, coming in at #32 overall. He was followed by Nick Lodolo at #42, and then Elly De La Cruz at #70.

Greene was rated as the 7th best pitching prospect in the minors after splitting his season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville where he posted a 3.30 ERA in 106.1 innings with 39 walks and 139 strikeouts. Lodolo, who had battled blister issues in the middle of the year that severely limited how many innings he would throw, and then a shoulder issue late in the season that cost him the final month, was the 9th rated pitching prospect in baseball on this list. For Elly De La Cruz, he was rated as the 19th best shortstop prospect in the game. That’s not a bad climb for a guy who wasn’t even rated among the Reds 30 best prospects when the season began. But hitting .296/.336/.539 as a teenager with 35 extra-base hits in 61 games and explosive tools will skyrocket a guy up any prospect list.

Among the teams in the division there is a clear “loser” within the Top 101 and it’s the Milwaukee Brewers. While they do have three players on the list the highest rated player comes in at #94. St. Louis also only has three players on the list, but Jordan Walker is rated 7th overall and they have another player within the top 30 spots. Pittsburgh is probably at the top, having five players on the list with three in the top 30 and four in the top 40. The Cubs have four players on the list, but only one in the top 30.

5 Responses

  1. MBS

    I know Barrero isn’t eligible on this list, but we essentially have 3 SS that are top 100 prospects by various publications. That’s amazing!

    • Gaffer

      McClain MAYBE is a SS. But, always better to start as a SS and move to 2B, 3B or CF than try to move a 3B to SS.

  2. SultanofSwaff

    I like that all 4 will be arriving in the bigs (hopefully) within 12 months or so of each other. With some smart extensions (Mahle, Castillo, Stephenson, India, Winker) you would have the core of a sustainable playoff contender in place.

    • Alan Horn

      I agree. The key word is smart. Likewise, they will have to spend some money.