The crew over at MLB Pipeline released their 2023 farm system rankings on Wednesday evening and they placed the Cincinnati Reds 5th on the list. That’s down from the number four spot that they were given at the midseason point of 2022. The Arizona Diamondbacks jumped both the Reds and the Cleveland Guardians to push each organization down a spot on the list.

The Reds, as we already knew, have four Top 100 prospects on the MLB Pipeline list – Elly De La Cruz (10th), Noelvi Marte (29th), Edwin Arroyo (44th), and Cam Collier (69th). Here’s what was said about Cincinnati’s farm system:

Not only are the Reds adding talent via the Draft (Collier was their first-rounder a year ago as the most recent addition to the Top 100), but the trades they made at the Trade Deadline brought in heaps of talent, from two of the Top 100 guys listed above (Marte and Arroyo), to some really intriguing players like Spencer Steer and Christian Encarnacion-Strand. And any system that starts with Elly De La Cruz is one worth watching.

None of this is all that surprising. MLB Pipeline is the last of the large, national publications that has published their farm system rankings and the Reds have been rated well by most outlets. Six weeks ago Kiley McDaniel of ESPN also rated the Cincinnati farm system as the 5th best in baseball and noted that “the Reds could be interesting again soon,” based on the strength of the farm system coupled with the handful of young guys already in the big leagues.

It’s not likely going to be long before the 2023 season is impacted by some of the Reds farm system. Players like Elly De La Cruz, Brandon Williamson (if he doesn’t make the team out of spring training), Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and perhaps Matt McLain could be knocking on the door in short order.

While the Reds top the National League Central in these rankings, both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals are in the top 10 as well. The Pirates coming in ranked 8th and the Cardinals are right behind them and are ranked 9th. The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are also both in the top 15. It’s a strong division when it comes to farm systems.

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5 Responses

  1. Doc

    What is the name of the GM who put together most of this farm system? Rhetorical question. Asking for a whole bunch of FO critics.

  2. Gregmlb

    I really can’t understand how McClain isn’t a top 100. I can’t imagine many organizations have a pitcher like Boyle.

  3. tom Turner

    Mclain does not have that wow tool, but, I would take him on my team 10 out of 10 times.