Usually a list that comes out a bit earlier in the spring, but with the owners having locked out the players the crew at MLB.com couldn’t publish a list full of players on the 40-man roster so they had to wait until there was baseball. Late on Thursday night was the time that they chose to unveil the new Top 100 Prospects list. Cincinnati had four players on the list.
Hunter Greene was the highest rated Cincinnati Reds prospect. The right-handed pitcher came in at #22 on the list. He’s coming off of a season where he posted a 3.30 ERA in 21 starts between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville. In his 106.1 innings he allowed just 86 hits, 13 home runs, walked 39 batters, and racked up 139 strikeouts. Added to the 40-man roster in November, Greene is currently in big league camp with the Reds and is scheduled to pitch on Monday.
Nick Lodolo, the 2019 1st round pick by the Reds, comes in at #42 on the list. The left-handed starter battled a blister issue during the 2021 season and lost nearly six weeks before returning in limited action. He would also battle a shoulder strain that cost him the final month of the year. When he was on the mound he was rather dominant, posting a 2.31 ERA in 50.2 innings – mostly in Double-A Chattanooga with the Lookouts, though he threw 6.2 innings in three starts with Triple-A Louisville.In big league camp as a non-roster invitee, Lodolo will start the Reds spring opener on Friday afternoon.
Elly De La Cruz claimed the #76 spot on the list. The switch-hitting shortstop exploded onto the prospect scene last summer, first with the ACL Reds where he only spent two weeks before joining the Low-A Daytona Tortugas. Between his two stops he hit .296/.336/.539 with 18 doubles, 9 triples, 8 home runs, and 10 steals in 61 games played.
Matt McLain, the Reds 2021 1st round draft pick, rounds out the list for Cincinnati as the #87 prospect on the list. The shortstop played in 31 games last season, 29 of them coming with the High-A Dayton Dragons. He posted a .283/.389/.462 line in 126 plate appearances with 8 doubles, a triple, 3 homers, and 10 steals. Last week after the lockout was lifted the Reds gave McLain an invitation to big league camp as a non-roster invitee.