This morning the crew at Baseball America (which I cover the organization for, but do not have any input on the Top 100) released their 2023 Top 100 Prospect List. On the list there were four Cincinnati Reds prospects.
To the surprise of no one, Elly De La Cruz headlines the list for Cincinnati. The shortstop comes in at #8 on the list. Two years after exploding onto the prospect scene, De La Cruz is now a top 10 prospect in all of baseball. In 2022 he was one of the organization’s representatives at the Futures Game. He also split his time between High-A Dayton and Double-A Chattanooga where in 120 total games he hit .304/.359/.586 with 31 doubles, 9 triples, 28 home runs, and he stole 47 bases in 53 attempts. Added to the 40-man roster in November, De La Cruz will be in big league camp next month.
The next player on the list for Cincinnati was Noelvi Marte, who came in at #63 on the list. A midseason acquisition from the Seattle Mariners, Marte had a big season between High-A Everett and High-A Dayton in 2022. Between his two stops he played in 115 games and hit .279/.371/.458 with 23 doubles, 19 home runs, and he stole 23 bases in 32 attempts. After spending his entire career as a shortstop, he played third base in the Arizona Fall League in order to get experience at the position as he gets closer to the big leagues in case it’s a spot that’s open when he’s ready.
Just two spots behind Marte was Edwin Arroyo. The shortstop also came over in the trade with the Mariners at the trade deadline this past summer. He checks in at #65 on the list. The switch-hitter took big steps forward with his bat during the 2022 season. After being known as a slick defender he went out and hit .293/.366/.480 with 25 doubles, 10 triples, and 14 home runs in his time between Single-A Modesto and Single-A Daytona. He also went 27 for 33 in stolen base attempts.
The final Reds player to make the list was 2022’s 1st round pick Cam Collier. The third baseman comes in at #70 on the list. One of the top prospects in the draft, Collier fell to Cincinnati at #18 and signed a well over slot deal. After graduating high school early, Collier enrolled at Chipola Junior College and hit .333/.419/.537 as a 17-year-old in what would have been his junior year of high school. After the draft he played in just a handful of games thanks to the lateness of the draft, hitting .370/.514/.630 in 35 plate appearances with the Arizona Complex League Reds.