Apparently it’s Top 100 (or 101) Prospect List day around the internet. Both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus released their lists earlier today. On Saturday, MLB Pipeline will be releasing their Top 100 list, too, in case you wanted to follow along. The Cincinnati Reds were represented well on both of the lists released today.
Let’s start with the Baseball America list. They first released a Top 100 prospect list after the 1989 season, and have long been the gold standard for prospect lists. They are considered the premiere source for Minor League Baseball coverage, having been founded in 1981. From my perspective, the reason their lists hold so much clout is more than just the longevity of the publication. It also stands out because the people in charge of the lists over the years don’t tend to change often. So you can compare lists from year-to-year and hold up the results. That isn’t the case at most other publications where writers are come-and-go far too frequently.
You can see the entire Baseball America Top 100 list here, but you will need a subscription to read it. With that said, the Cincinnati Reds landed five prospects on the list. In order, they were: Nick Senzel, Taylor Trammell (#33), Jonathan India (#51), Hunter Greene (#57), and Tony Santillan (#69). All five of the prospects ranked in the top 70 of the list, with Senzel coming in at #10 overall on the list. Santillan, a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher, joins Senzel among the group with an ETA of 2019 for the expectation. He split his season in Advanced-A and Double-A last season where he posted a 3.08 ERA in 149.0 innings between the two stops.
What is interesting to see with the Baseball America Top 100 list is the order of the Reds prospects. Earlier this winter they released the Reds organizational list, which had the players ranked in this order: Nick Senzel, Hunter Greene, Taylor Trammell, Jonathan India, Tony Santillan. On the top 100 list, which has more contributors, Hunter Greene falls from second to fourth among the Reds prospects. They are all grouped together in that second to fifth range, so the difference is essentially non-existent. Still, it’s interesting to see that “the group”, or perhaps even the final decision maker on the Top 100 list was talked into dropping him down the list.
The Baseball Prospectus crew jumped out this morning with their list, beating Baseball America to publish by about 2.5 hours. And they also beat them by one prospect, as theirs goes to 101. You can see their entire list here, and it’s free for everyone to read. Unlike the Baseball America list, the Cincinnati Reds only landed four prospects on the list.
Nick Senzel headlines the Reds organization here, coming in at #9 overall. He’s hilariously listed as “3B/2B/SS?/OF?” on the position aspect of their rankings. Taylor Trammell finds himself next on the list from the organization, just two spots below Senzel. The #11 spot for the Reds top outfield prospect is the highest ranking he’s had to this point in his minor league career.
Cincinnati’s 2018 first round draft pick Jonathan India comes in on the list at #35 overall. The fifth overall selection in the draft has a pretty high ranking compared to a few players selected ahead of him in the draft. He split his season between Greeneville, Billings, and Dayton after signing in early July. He spent time at third base and shortstop during the season.
The final Reds prospect to make the list was right-handed pitcher Hunter Greene, who came in at #75 on the list. After a slow start in the first month of the season, Greene dominated the Midwest League over the next two-and-a-half months before his season ended with a torn UCL. He opted to rehab the injury, much like Anthony DeSclafani and Michael Lorenzen did in past years. The now 19-year-old began throwing in December without restrictions in preparation for the 2019 season.
Neither of these lists provide full scouting reports on the prospects mentioned here. But over at RedsMinorLeagues.com you can read them all right here. You may need to go to the bottom of the page and choose a different set of pages as there are now over 30 reports written and only ten are listed per page.