The crew over at MLB Pipeline is in full on prospect ranking mode right now. Over the last week they’ve been releasing their Top 10 prospects at each position, working their way up to Friday’s Top 100 prospect list. So far the Cincinnati Reds have had two players make their position’s Top 10 list. Carlos Jorge was named as Major League Baseball’s 10th best second base prospect, and Rhett Lowder came in at #6 on the list for right-handed pitchers.
Among the tools ratings within the Top 10, Carlos Jorge got the nod for being the fastest player on the list. He had more triples than any other second baseman in minor league baseball as he wasn’t shy about trying to grab third when the opportunity presented itself. He’s got as many triples as he does home runs in his career – 22. And he’s done that in just 198 games, with all of those being played as a teenager. He’s also stolen 86 bases, setting a career high with 32 of them in 2023.
After beginning the 2023 season in Single-A Daytona where he hit .295/.400/.483 in the pitching friendly circuit, Cincinnati promoted Jorge up to High-A Dayton for the final four weeks of the season. He got out to a slow start, posting a .399 OPS in the first two weeks. In the next two weeks he picked things back up, hitting .308/.349/.667 for Dayton to round out the year.
Rhett Lowder didn’t pitch after being the #7 overall pick in this past summer’s draft. He went 15-0 at Wake Forest in 2023 and posted a 1.87 ERA in his 19 starts. The MLB Pipeline crew noted that he had the highest floor of any pitcher in the Top 10 list. They also tabbed him, along with Phillips prospect Andrew Painter, as having the best control among this group.
Chase Petty getting back into the upper 90’s
The Cincinnati Reds started the Reds Caravan yesterday. Chase Petty is on the road with one of the legs of the tour, but before he made his way to Cincinnati to get on a bus and travel around for a few days, he spent the winter working with Baseball Performance Center and they recently shared a video of him throwing at their place and had some Trackman data under the video.
There are four fastballs listed on the chart, ranging from 98.0 to 99.0 MPH. Coming out of high school, Petty was known for his triple-digit fastball, but as a professional he hasn’t thrown nearly that hard. Instead he’s thrown in the 93-95 MPH range and gotten tons of ground balls while pounding the strikezone. While he hasn’t been a low strikeout pitcher, he hasn’t been a high strikeout pitcher, either. But if Petty can continue to generate grounders at the rate he has, while also adding in a few more strikeouts due to an increase in velocity, things could get far more interesting than they already are (and we’re talking about a guy who posted a 1.72 ERA last season without giving up a home run in 68.0 innings) as he could be one of the rare high ground ball, high strikeout rate pitchers (this combination tends to be real good).