We are finally here. We’ve made it to the top five of the 2024 Cincinnati Reds prospects list. There should be no surprise as to the players here if you’ve been following along the rest of the week to see who is left.
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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
1. Noelvi Marte | SS/3B | Age: 22
2023 Team: Chattanooga, Louisville, Cincinnati | Acquired: Trade (Mariners), International FA (2018) | Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 216 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: Noelvi Marte can do a little bit of everything, and a lot more than a little bit of some things. He’s got above-average speed, projects to hit for average and power, and he’s got the tools to be a good defensive third baseman.
What he needs to improve on: We’re being a bit nitpicky here, but he was rather inconsistent in 2023. His OPS by month looked like this: .656, 1.035, .503, .978, .593, .972.
2. Rhett Lowder | RHP | Age: 22
2023 Team: Wake Forest | Acquired: 1st Round, 2023 Draft | Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 200 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: He’s an advanced college arm with above-average stuff and big time performance in college, going 15-0 with a 1.87 ERA as a junior.
What he needs to improve on: It’s not so much what he needs to improve on as much as what he needs to prove, and that’s that he can carry his stuff forward to a professional 5-day schedule and carry his stuff deeper into a season than he saw in college.
3. Edwin Arroyo | SS | Age: 20
2023 Teams: Dayton Dragons, Chattanooga Lookouts | Acquired: Trade (Mariners), 2nd Round, 2021 Draft | Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 175 lbs. | B/T: S/R
What to like: One of the better defensive players in the organization, Arroyo got out to a slow start at the plate, but from May 31st through the end of the year he hit .281/.360/.480 – turning things around after struggling early on.
What he needs to improve on: Consistency at the plate. While we’re picking nits here a little bit, he hit under .250 in three of the six months of the season.
4. Connor Phillips | RHP | Age: 22
2023 Teams: Chattanooga Louisville, Cincinnati | Acquired: Trade (Mariners), 2nd Round, 2020 Draft | Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 209 lbs. | B/T: R/R
What to like: Between the fastball and the slider, Phillips may have the best 2-pitch combination of anyone in the farm system. But he’s also got a good curveball and a solid change up to go along with them.
What he needs to improve on: Control. Over his 125.2 innings he pitched this season he walked 70 batters. Between his time in Louisville and Cincinnati he walked 43 batters in 61.0 innings.
5. Cam Collier | 3B | Age: 19
2023 Team: Daytona Tortugas | Acquired: 1st Round, 2022 Draft | Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 210 lbs. | B/T: L/R
What to like: In 2023 he was essentially a league average hitter in the Florida State League while being one of the youngest players in the league. He’s got an advanced approach for his age, understands the zone well, and had plenty of potential at the plate that he hasn’t tapped into yet.
What he needs to improve on: Elevating the baseball. Early on in the year he was hitting a ton of groundballs and his offensive output lagged behind. While his groundball rate did get moving in the right direction as the season went along and his numbers started getting better, it still remained higher than you’d like to see.
Here is the entire list:
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Beginning on Monday we will begin to have one article per day focusing on a season review and a full scouting report on each of the players in the Top 25.