Cincinnati Reds prospect Leonardo Balcazar was named the Arizona Complex League Player of the Week for his performance from June 27th through July 3rd. The 18-year-old Venezuelan native has been crushing the ball all season, but took things to another level last week as he went 5-11 with four extra-base hits – including two home runs – three runs scored, five runs driven in and two walks in his four games played. That led to a line of .455/.539/1.273 on the week. After the game on Tuesday night the shortstop is now hitting .333/.414/.600 through 18 games played out in Arizona.

With his performance last season in the Dominican Summer League and his start to this season out in Arizona, Leonardo Balcazar jumped up to the 19th ranked prospect in the 2022 Midseason update of the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospect list.

The shortstop is the four other Cincinnati Reds prospects to be named Player of the Week for their league this season.

  • Matt McLain – Southern League Player of the Week – April 11-17
  • Sam Benschoter – Florida State League Pitcher of the Week – May 2-8
  • Joe Boyle – Midwest League Pitcher of the Week – May 23-29
  • Ruben Ibarra – Florida State League Player of the Week – June 6-12

MLB’s Updated Top 100 Prospect List

The crew over at just couldn’t handle me updating the Cincinnati Reds prospect list on Tuesday, so they went out and updated their Top 100 list as well. The Reds placed four players on the list, led by Nick Lodolo at #29. Elly De La Cruz came in at #51, with Matt McLain following at #61. Brandon Williamson rounded out the list for the Cincinnati prospects, coming in at #77 on the list.

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3 Responses

  1. Bdh

    Phillips and Abbott getting snubbed in their top 100

  2. Matt

    I’m surprised Williamson is still on the list. I guess his step backwards isn’t a huge concern to the MLB pipeline folks.
    I think Phillips could make his way there by season’s end, and hopefully the Reds conduct a few savvy trades to bring in another or few more top 100 players.

  3. RedBB

    Surprised Elly isn’t higher. On the other hand I’m a bit surprised Williamson is on the list but I’ll take it. McLain is a bit lucky to be on it too if I am honest.