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.

33 Responses

  1. Matthew Hendley

    Very nice Job, hopefully it will not be too much longer before these individuals are up to help THIS club win a lot of games.

  2. Ethan L

    I got see Santillan pitch for the Mustangs in Orem. Wow! He made many hitters look foolish. Perhaps he could be the next Cueto.

  3. Steve Mancuso

    The position designation for Nick Senzel would be a lot more hilarious if it weren’t accurate.

    • matthew hendley

      Noone can spell Super Utility anymore

    • ToBeDetermined

      Steve

      Yea, I appreciate Doug pointing out Senzel’s various positions. But, I thought the same thing. Don’t we all including Reds FO consider Senzel to be truly be 3B/2B/ and potentially either a SS or OF.

  4. Old-school

    Predictions on April 1 where these 5 will be headed?

    Senzel- GABP or AAA?
    Santillan-AAA
    Trammell AA
    India – Dayton low A
    Greene -stay in warm sunny AZ a few weeks?

    • Matthew Hendley

      April 1st? Senzel is in AAA. May 1st, He is probably up.

    • Doug Gray

      Greene and India in Daytona when the season begins. Santillan is a toss up between AA/AAA. Senzel…. depends if he can play center or not. I’d say 60/40 for AAA/MLB if he can.

      • Old-school

        The CF question gives the Reds an out. They could send Senzel to AAA to play CF every day for a month.

        Daytona season tickets just went up if Greene and India are both there.

        Is there a Gray/Mancuso ST report planned?

      • Doug Gray

        Daytona is Advanced-A. Not to be confused with Dayton, which is Low-A.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Assuming he’s healthy, Senzel will play in AAA for about two weeks then come to the major leagues. Front office malpractice, otherwise.

      • Colorado Red

        The players agreed to the rules, if the FO, did not do it, it would be bad.
        trade 2 weeks for a year, is always to good bet.

  5. Oldtimer

    I am headed to Arizona ST Feb 23-28. I am unqualified to give ST report but I plan on seeing CIN, CWS, and MIL games with some friends from Milwaukee and Chicago.

  6. WVRedlegs

    I can’t get right with the B-P list. I’m left shaking my head. Only 4 Reds, the omission of Santillan, India at #35 is quite high, and Greene at #75 is quite low. India didn’t show justification for such a lofty ranking. While Greene, after a bad first month, was in a groove from mid-May until late July when he was placed on the DL. I can understand Greene dropping a bit, but down to #75 is confusing.
    I think BA is more on it. Five Reds. Santillan at #69 was good to see, but surprised a little being in the top 70. But, they also had India higher than Greene, which I just don’t get.
    Will India get more time at SS this season? That seemed to be the plan last year, but never really came to fruition. What was it, 1 game? Will they keep him at 3B? Or might he get more time at 2B now that Downs and Long are no longer in the organization? Or is time in the OF in his future? After a long college season, India’s lackluster first pro season is understandable. But he has to show his talents this year and why he was the 5th overall draft selection last year.

  7. Oldtimer

    I think Reds may see Garcia and (Miguel) Hernandez as future SS prospects. Rodriguez, too (if he starts to hit better). They are about as far away from MLB as India.

  8. Tom

    The Reds represent 3.33% of MLB but have 7% of the top 70 prospects. That’s a great sign for the health of the Reds’ farm system.

  9. HoF13

    Ugh – Rodriguez. To me, the moves that define the previous front office are the Chapman trade and the signing of Alfredo Rodriguez. That’s what I think of first. Sad.

    • Colorado Red

      I do not blame Walt for the trading of Chapman, that was probably (cannot prove it), Big Bobs fault.
      Get him out of here for what ever you can get.

      • ToBeDetermined

        But, isn’t Big Bob really part of the FO ?

    • Oldtimer

      Name the only Reds GM to get the Reds into the playoffs this (21st) century.

      Hint: first name is Walt.

      He traded for Scott Rolen and Eugenio Suarez among others.

  10. Kettering Reds Fan

    Question of the day:

    These lists were prepared before the trade for Gray.

    Does anyone know where Reiver Sanmartin stood in the Yankee prospect list? Everyone focusses on the immediate (Gray) but hey might be overlooking what we might have gotten for the future (Sanmartin).

    • Old-school

      Not in their top 30. He was a Reds analytics team target per DW.

      • Shchi Cossack

        “Reds analytics team target”

        How sweet are those words to the Old Cossack’s ears (eyes?)…

    • Shchi Cossack

      Sanmartin was not on a Yankee’s prospect list, at least not a list for the top prospects. He’s also not on any Reds top prospect list…yet. He’s a work-in-progress with some VERY interesting, albeit limited, performances over the past 2 seasons.

      • Doug Gray

        He won’t be making any Reds Top 25/30 prospect lists.

      • Kettering Reds Fan

        Wasn’t expecting him to be a top 50 prospect on the Yankee list. much less where he’d slot on the Reds’ list. Given the trade structure that would probably been too much visible value on the table to provide he necessary balance/symmetry. But I did think along the lines of being between 50 and 100.

        And yes, I love it that he was specifically targeted by analytical methods by a team formed to do exactly that.

        The Reds have entered the Twenty First Century at last. Better late than never.

  11. Ron Payne

    Any chance Reds go after Cuban shortstop Yolbert Sanchez?

    • Doug Gray

      Doubtful. He’ll cost more money than they are allowed to spend unless he waits until July.

      • LWBlogger2

        Wasn’t it the Alfredo Rodriguez signing that pushed them over the threshold so they can’t spend until July this year?

  12. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Well represented. Good job.

    This is one aspect I hope the FO will take once they are “pretty much” done with moves for this season. Work on developing the minor leagues. Instruction, scouting, etc. That’s where I believe the Reds have lost with the departure of Krivsky and O’Brien. I believe they understood where we need to grow this team, from the minor leagues. When Jocketty came in, it seemed like the Reds lost this. So, I was real glad to see this, with DW in here. And, I hope listings like this become even bigger for us.

    • Shchi Cossack

      The main impact in the improved prospect quality of the Reds minor league system has been draft position.

      Senzel: 1st rnd, #2 in 2016
      Trammell: CBA #35 in 2016
      Greene: 1st rnd, #2 in 2017
      India: 1st rnd, #5 in 2018
      Santilla: 2nd rnd, #49 in 2015

      High draft picks will (hopefully) not continue after the 2019 rule 4 draft. That’s why protecting those prospects was so important. Equally important will be replacing those prospects with quality going forward. That means successfully tapping into other resources for prospects that have been underutilized or ineffectively utilized previously and making the most of the prospects drafted. Hopefully the improvements implemented by the DW/NK/DB regime will be able to produce positive results in that regard.