We’ve got a whole lot of new prospect rankings to talk about and some impressive home runs to look at. Baseball America, ESPN, and MLB Pipeline each released updates lists and prospect rankings, both for individual players and with Baseball America and ESPN also ranking the farm systems as a whole.
Cincinnati Reds Farm System Rankings
ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel was the first to put out post trade deadline rankings, doing so 10 days ago. Coming into the season he had the farm system rated 20th overall (this ranking did not include Jose Barrero). After the trade deadline the system was ranked 9th overall ($$ Link). Keep in mind that the preseason farm system included the likes of Hunter Greene and Graham Ashcraft, but this ranking did not. This new ranking, though, still included Nick Lodolo, who graduated his prospect list eligibility a few days ago and won’t be eligible or included in any futures lists.
Baseball America released their updated farm system rankings today and they have the Reds coming in at #5 at “midseason” point. That is the highest ranking the organization has had since 2008 when they were ranked 3rd and had Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, and Joey Votto all about to join the team in the big leagues for good. The caveat here is that the current #5 rankings is a “midseason” rankings while the #3 ranking in 2008 was a postseason (post 2007 season) ranking. They had Cincinnati ranked 7th in the preseason (included Jose Barrero).
Cincinnati Reds Prospect Rankings
MLB Pipeline updated their Top 100 list, as well as their team Top 30 prospect lists this week. In their Top 100 list they have five Cincinnati Reds prospects on the list: Elly De La Cruz comes in at #15 and is followed by Noelvi Marte inside the top 20. Edwin Arroyo, Cam Collier, and Matt McLain round out the Reds on the list and fall in the back half of the list.
The new Top 30 prospect list, obviously, begins with those five players above. It’s flush with players acquired since the start of spring training, featuring 14 players who were not in the organization on March 1st this season.
Big time home runs
Isiah Gilliam has one of the furthest home runs this season on the Cincinnati Reds farm system this year. Last night he didn’t quite match the 477-foot home run he hit earlier this season, but he obliterated a 440-foot walk off home run for the Louisville Bats. Ronnie Dawson, who was the runner on second, also knew that it was gone the second it left the bat.
The switch-hitting Gilliam has put together a strong season in 2022. He began the year in Double-A with Chattanooga and played 62 games there before being promoted to Triple-A Louisville at the very end of June. In the 86 games he’s played between the two stops he’s hitting .283/.373/.511 with 18 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, and 12 steals in 13 attempts.
Matt McLain showed off to a national audience on Wednesday night as the Chattanooga Lookouts were the featured minor league game on MLBtv. McLain went 3-5 with a single, double, and a home run on the night.
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15th HR of the year. pic.twitter.com/5HVYpoaviv
— Chattanooga Lookouts (@ChattLookouts) August 18, 2022