Today’s the day that we make it into the top 10 part of the 2024 Cincinnati Reds prospects list. At this point there probably aren’t many surprises because you likely know which of the top end guys are remaining, but maybe the order will be different than you expected.
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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
6. Chase Petty | RHP | Age: 20
2023 Team: Dayton Dragons, Chattanooga Lookouts | Acquired: Trade (Twins), 1st round, 2021 Draft | Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 190 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: Petty led the organization in groundball rate. He’s coming off of a season with a 1.72 ERA where he walked just 5.5% of the hitters that he faced.
What he needs to improve on: It’s not necessarily something to improve on as much as it is something he has to prove, which is throwing a starters worth of innings. His workload has been controlled quite a bit in both 2022 and 2023, with last season not having him go beyond 4.0 innings in any of his 18 starts after missing the first month of the season.
7. Ricardo Cabrera | SS | Age: 19
2023 Team: ACL Reds, Daytona Tortugas | Acquired: International FA, 2022 | Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 178 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: After being one of the top international signings of 2022, Cabrera has crushed the ball after a first month of struggles as a pro. In 2023 he hit .350/.469/.559 with 21 stolen bases in 39 games as an 18-year-old in the Arizona Complex League.
What he needs to improve on: At his age he needs to improve on just about everything, but it’s the defensive side of things where the numbers give an indication of needed improvements. He posted an .891 fielding percentage in 2023 while splitting time between shortstop and third base, making 19 errors in 41 defensive games.
8. Carlos Jorge | 2B/CF | Age: 20
2023 Team: Daytona Tortugas, Dayton Dragons | Acquired: International FA, 2021 | Height: 5′ 10″ | Weight: 160 lbs. | B/T: L/R
What to like: At every level he’s spent a majority of the season at, Jorge has been one of the best hitters in the league. He’s also been among the league leaders in stolen bases at each level he’s played at, too.
Where he needs to improve on: Around the midseason point the Reds began to play Jorge in center field a few times a week. An infielder coming up, he’s still quite raw when it comes to all things defense-related in the outfield.
9. Sal Stewart | 1B/3B | Age: 20
2023 Team: Daytona Tortugas, Dayton Dragons | Acquired: 1st Round, 2022 Draft | Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 215 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: Stewart knows what he’s doing at the plate. In his 125 games as a professional across three levels he’s walked 88 times and struck out just 82 times in 546 plate appearances. He’s also hit .276/.396/.418 in that span. During the 2023 season he showed he was able to make adjustments and turned in a big second half of the year.
What he needs to improve on: You’ve got to be really nitpicky here but he didn’t hit for much power at all in 2023 against lefties – slugging .359 with just one home run (he hit 11 against righties).
10. Alfredo Duno | C | Age: 18
2023 Team: DSL Reds | Acquired: International FA, 2023 | Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 210 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: In his professional debut he did everything you could ask of him at the plate. Duno hit for average and power, and he walked nearly as often as he struck out while posting a .303/.451/.493 line as a 17-year-old. He also went 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts.
What he needs to improve on: Everything. He is not even 18-years-old as of the publishing of this list. But one thing we didn’t get to see him do in 2023 was play defense as he was held out from catching during the regular season. With catcher being the most important defensive position on the field, it’s a very important aspect of the game that he hasn’t shown yet as a professional.
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