Major League Baseball announced the 2024 MLB All-Star Futures Game rosters today. Every team gets at least one participant, but some organizations will get two. This year the Cincinnati Reds will be represented by their two most recent 1st round draft picks in Cam Collier and Rhett Lowder.

Cam Collier has spent his entire 2024 season with the High-A Dayton Dragons. He has had a bit of a rollercoaster type of season so far. For the first five weeks of the season he hit .314/.360/.588 with seven doubles and seven home runs. He was outstanding. But the next two-and-a-half weeks saw the 19-year-old go into a huge slump. In 14 games he went 3-53 (.057) with just two walks and with 20 strikeouts.

After an off day on May 24th, Collier returned to the lineup for the Dragons and picked up a single, going 1-4 against Quad Cities. The next day he went 4-5 with a double and a home run. Things have returned to a more “normal” for the infielder since then as he’s put up an OPS of .781 in the last five weeks. His overall numbers haven’t quite recovered from that big slump from the middle of May, but his .733 OPS is still better than the league average (.696). And when you compare his numbers to other teenagers in the league, he’s been far and away the best hitter among the group, with only one of the other three players within 77 points of his OPS for the year.

Rhett Lowder will be joining Collier as one of the Reds representatives. The 2023 1st round pick has split his time on the mound this year between Dayton where he made five starts and Double-A Chattanooga where he’s made nine starts.

The season went well for Lowder when he was in Dayton. While pitching for the Dragons he posted a 2.59 ERA in 25.1 innings with a 0.95 WHIP. It wasn’t long before the right-handed starter was pushed up to the next level. Things haven’t been as smooth in Chattanooga. He’s been on the up-and-down ride through his nine starts with the Lookouts. Overall, his ERA with Chattanooga sits at 6.69 in his 39.0 innings pitched. His WHIP is at 1.59 as he’s given up 53 hits since his promotion.

On the whole he’s made 14 starts with a 5.04 ERA and thrown 64.1 innings and given up 71 hits. He’s walked 15 batters, given up seven homers, and he’s struck out 71 of the 281 batters he has faced during the year.

2 Responses

  1. mac624

    Good for both as both should see MLB time at some point in their careers.

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