Top Pitching Prospect
There are a few interesting pitchers on the roster, and Hunter Greene may begin his career there when he does sign. For now, though, the top pitching prospect would seem to be Jacob Heatherly.
The 19-year-old lefty was the 3rd round in the 2017 draft. He struck out 116 batters in 69.2 innings this past season in high school as a senior to go with a 1.11 ERA. When he’s at his best he can hit the mid-90’s with his fastball. He also a good curveball that can be a swing-and-miss pitch.
Top Position Prospect
The Reds are full of intriguing position prospects. The top guy for me, though, is outfielder Mariel Bautista. I wrote about my impressions on him from my time in Arizona during spring training if you want a more in depth report.
In 2016 he spent the year with the Dominican Summer League Reds and hit .333/.408/.473 as an 18-year-old. He’s only played in two games this season (the AZL Reds have only played three), but he’s out to a strong start, going 4-7 with a stolen base.
Another guy that is very intriguing is Edwin Yon. He’s just 18-years-old and is coming over from the Dominican Summer League. He’s played there each of the last two years. He hasn’t exactly hit well, but he was also 16 and 17-years-old at the time. The Reds clearly like him, bringing him stateside despite lackluster performance and he’s just 18.
He’s already a very tall kid. He’s listed at 6′ 5″, but after seeing him in the spring, that might be underselling him slightly. There’s plenty of power potential here. His height may ultimately be an issue, as guys with such large strikezones have historically struggled to hit. We will have to see how it plays out over the years in this case.
The last guy I want to mention is Victor Ruiz. He’s a 17-year-old catcher/third baseman out of Mexico. As a note, if you happen to look him up on any statistical website, just know that he’s not actually 5′ 1″. That’s a typo on MiLB.com, which is where other sites are pulling their data from. He’s listed at 5′ 10″ in the Reds Media Guide. He’s got some tools, but at just 17-years-old, there’s a lot of work to still be done. Keep an eye on him, though.