It’s prospect list season once again. Today we are looking at the #16-20 spots on the 2023 Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospect List. Each day this week we will unveil five new spots on the list as we work our way through the Top 25 Prospects heading into the 2023 season. If you were supporting the site on Patreon you would have gotten the entire Top 25 list last week and had early access to this, and plenty of other benefits for your patronage. Click here to see what all you can get for helping keep the site alive and kicking via support through Patreon.
A reminder that these write ups will not feature full scouting reports. Those will be included with the Season Reviews, which will start next week – first working my way through the Top 25 prospects before then branching out into another 25-50 interesting prospects through the remainder of the offseason.
*To be eligible for the list a player must have 2023 Rookie of the Year eligibility (Fewer than 130 at bats in the big leagues, fewer than 50 innings pitched, or less than 45 days on the active MLB roster)*
All ages listed are as of April 1st, 2023
16. Victor Acosta | SS | Age: 18
2022 Teams: ACL Padres, ACL Reds | Acquired: International FA 2021 (Padres), Trade (August 2022) | Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 170 lbs
What to like: He showed good or better tools across the board, is athletic, and is a switch hitter. One of the Padres top international signings in 2021 his numbers did take a step backwards as he moved up from the DSL to the ACL, but he showed a good walk rate and he had a solid rate of contact in 2022.
What he must work on: Just 18-years-old he’s in need of experience and playing time. Defensively he has the tools to play shortstop and second base, which is where he’s rotated in his career (76 starts at short, 16 at second), but he needs to cut down on the errors as he’s made 32 of them in his career and has a sub .900 fielding percentage at shortstop.
17. Joe Boyle | RHP | Age: 23
2022 Teams: Dayton Dragons, Chattanooga Lookouts | Acquired: 5th Round, 2020 Draft | Height: 6′ 7″ | Weight: 240 lbs
What to like: There isn’t a pitcher in the organization with a better fastball/breaking ball combination than Boyle. He was dominant in Dayton this year, giving up just 25 hits in 74.2 innings and striking out 122 batters before moving up to Chattanooga where he made six more appearances before the season came to an end.
What he must work on: Control. For as dominant as Boyle was he was just as bad when it came to the walks. In 100.2 innings he walked 84 batters. The average big league walk rate in 2022 was 8.2%. Boyle’s walk rate was 20.0% between High-A and Double-A. While he won’t need to cut his walk rate in half, he will need to cut it down by quite a bit moving forward.
18. Carlos Jorge | 2B | Age: 19
2022 Teams: ACL Reds | Acquired: International FA 2021 | Height: 5′ 10″ | Weight: 170 lbs
What to like: After an incredible pro debut in 2021 with the DSL Reds where he put up an OPS of 1.015, Carlos Jorge moved up to the ACL and hit .261/.405/.529 – finishing 4th in the league in OPS. He also stole 27 bases for the 2nd straight season.
What he must work on: The production was still quite good in 2022, but his strikeout rate went up significantly. In 2021 he struck out 17% of the time, but it jumped up to 26.6% in 2022. Cutting back on the strikeouts moving forward seems to be the obvious area of improvement for now.
Video (via Carlos Jorge’s Instagram)
19. Michael Siani | OF | Age: 23
2022 Teams: Chattanooga Lookouts, Louisville Bats, Cincinnati Reds | Acquired: 4th Round, 2018 Draft | Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 188 lbs
What to like: Known more for his elite-level defense, Siani took big steps forward in 2022 at the plate. He cut his strikeout rate significantly and hit for way more power than he ever has before, all while maintaining a good walk rate. Siani also stole 52 bases in 129 minor league games during the season.
What he must work on: Despite hitting for more power than ever before almost all of his power came against right-handed pitching. He had 15 doubles, 6 triples, and all 14 of his home runs come against righties. Against lefties he hit .274 but slugged just .325 as he went homerless and managed just 4 doubles and a triple in 117 at-bats against left-handed pitching. Finding a way to show a little more power against lefties seems to be the biggest area of needed improvement.
20. Julian Aguiar | RHP | Age: 21
2022 Teams: Daytona Tortugas, Dayton Dragons | Acquired: 12th Round, 2021 Draft | Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 180 lbs
What to like: In his first full season he posted a 3.46 ERA in 96.1 innings between his time in Daytona and Dayton. He showed strong control, walking just 27 batters on the season and he racked up plenty of strikeouts with 113 of them. On top of the good numbers, his velocity went up from where he was at in 2021 in college and the short time on the mound after he was drafted.
What he must work on: Like many other Reds pitchers, Aguiar had his pitch count closely monitored and he never threw more than 75 pitches in a single start all year. He will need to show that he can handle a larger workload both on a start basis as well as an innings basis moving forward.