The middle of the week gets us to the middle of the 2024 Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospects List. Today we’re going to look at the prospects from spots 11 through 15.
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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 2024 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, 2024
11. Leo Balcazar | SS | Age: 19
2023 Team: Daytona Tortugas | Acquired: International FA, 2021 | Height: 5′ 10″ | Weight: 190 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: He’s a well-rounded player who can do a little bit of everything well. He’s also been a strong performer everywhere he’s been, including early on in Daytona before he tore his ACL and saw his season end after just 18 games played.
What he needs to improve on: Most things are in need of improvement for Balcazar. If it’s getting repetitive to say he’s young and of course he has to keep improving, sorry, but that’s just where it’s at. With that said, despite good defensive tools, he’s been error prone at shortstop, posting an .893 fielding percentage there in his 59 games at the position.
12. Rece Hinds | OF | Age: 23
2023 Team: Chattanooga Lookouts | Acquired: 2nd Round, 2019 Draft | Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 215 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: Hinds is very athletic, is one of the faster runners in the system even if he doesn’t often get credit for it, and has the best power of anyone in the farm system. He’s been able to make the adjustment at every level he’s played at so far.
What he needs to improve on: While it happened in 2023 in the second half, cutting down on the strikeout rate is probably the biggest area he needs to continue to improve on.
13. Hector Rodriguez | OF | Age: 20
2023 Team: Daytona Tortugas, Dayton Dragons | Acquired: Trade (Mets), International FA (2021) | Height: 5′ 8″ | Weight: 186 lbs. | B/T: L/R
What to like: He’s done nothing but perform everywhere he’s played. While he’s short, he’s got plenty of tools and after entering the season with just a few home runs to his name in two seasons he went out and crushed 16 of them in the pitcher friendly Florida State League in 2023 as a 19-year-old.
What he needs to improve on: In his career he hasn’t walked all that often. He makes contact at a good clip, so it does help mitigate the lack of walks a bit but it’s an area that he could improve upon.
14. Ty Floyd | RHP | Age: 22
2023 Team: Did not play professionally | Acquired: 1st Round, 2023 Draft | Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 200 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: He’s got a plus fastball to go with three average secondary offerings that will flash a little bit better than that.
What he needs to improve on: Finding consistency. At times in college he was dominant, but his control would come and go, and his career ERA at LSU was 4.17 (and 4.35 this past year).
Did not pitch after the draft
15. Blake Dunn | OF | Age: 25
2023 Teams: Dayton Dragons, Chattanooga Lookouts | Acquired: 15th Round, 2021 Draft | Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 210 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: Dunn had a big breakout season in 2023 that saw him hit 23 home runs and steal 54 bases. He’s got tons of speed to go with good power and a well-rounded game.
What he needs to improve on: Getting hit by pitches less often. Kidding, sort of. He was hit by a pitch 32 times in 2023, though. After the season he had it’s tough to point to anything specific he needs to really improve on.