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
11. Brandon Williamson | LHP | Age: 24
2022 Teams: Chattanooga Lookouts, Louisville Bats | Acquired: 2nd Round 2019 draft (Mariners), Trade (March 2022) | Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 210 lbs
What to like: When he’s at his best he shows three quality offerings, including a plus breaking ball and he’ll throw plenty of strikes. When he’s in the strikezone he limits hits and power – in 2022 batters hit just .246 against him and slugged just .376.
What he must work on: Consistency, and in several areas. His control took a big step backwards in 2022 as he walked 77 batters in 122.2 innings. It wasn’t just his control that was inconsistent, though, his stuff was inconsistent throughout the season, too.
12. Ricardo Cabrera | SS | Age: 18
2022 Teams: DSL Reds | Acquired: International FA 2022 | Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 178 lbs
What to like: One of the top prospects in the 2022 international signing class and the Reds top signing from the class, Cabrera looked good in his professional debut after struggling for the first couple of weeks. He also showed improved defense as the season went along.
What he must work on: He spent the 2022 season as a 17-year-old, so as you’d imagine with most everyone that age – he has to work on just about every aspect of his game.
13. Jay Allen II | OF | Age: 20
2022 Teams: Daytona Tortugas, Dayton Dragons | Acquired: 1st Round 2021 Draft | Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 190 lbs
What to like: He’s an athletic outfielder who has the potential to do a little bit of everything on the field. He stole 43 bases in 91 games between Daytona and Dayton this past season and he walked at a good rate.
What he must work on: He struggled to hit for both average and power in 2022, posting a .225 average and a .324 slugging percentage during the season. Hitting the ball with more authority, consistently is probably the biggest area he will need to work on.
14. Andrew Abbott | LHP | Age: 23
2022 Teams: Dayton Dragons, Chattanooga Lookouts | Acquired: 2nd Round 2021 Draft | Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 180 lbs
What to like: After spending three years as a reliever at Virginia, Abbott moved to a starter as a senior and was outstanding. That continued after he was drafted in 2021 and into the first month of 2022 when he dominated in Dayton. He’s got several average or better offerings when he’s at his best. The lefty also tends to throw plenty of strikes.
What he must work on: Consistency. After arriving in Double-A Chattanooga he was very prone to go from cruising to giving up a big inning to the opponents. In the first six starts and the final three starts of the season he posted a 0.37 ERA in 48.2 innings. In the middle 16 games he posted an ERA of 6.23. Finding a way to be a little more consistent would go a long way for the lefty.
15. Rece Hinds | OF | Age: 22
2022 Teams: Dayton Dragons, Chattanooga Lookouts | Acquired: 2nd Round 2019 Draft | Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 215 lbs
What to like: He has some of the best raw power in the minors, plenty of speed, is athletic, and has a big time arm that’s transitioned well with his move from third base to the outfield. In 2022 he stole 13 bases and had 28 extra-base hits in 79 games played – missing two months after breaking his hamate bone midseason.
What he must work on: Making contact. Hinds struck out in 38.8% of his plate appearances in 2022, and it’s been a little higher in the AFL through 17 games, too. There’s likely going to be plenty of strikeouts in his game, but he’s going to need to find a way to cut down on the strikeouts moving forward.