The Cincinnati Reds farm system is stocked with plenty of pitching and it was that way before they added even more in trades at the deadline. The Reds currently have four pitchers among the league leaders in their respective leagues in ERA.
Right handed pitcher Tim Adleman currently ranks 3rd in the Southern League with an ERA of 2.43. The 27-year-old has thrown 144.2 innings, which ranks 4th in the league on top of his ERA that is 1.38 lower than the league average.
At an older age, he’s not viewed much as a prospect, and he’s probably not going to get much time in the big leagues as as starting pitcher. With that said, he’s got enough stuff that he could possibly work out of the bullpen at the Major League level in the future.
Amir Garrett is currently in a 3-way tie at the top of the ERA leaderboard in the Florida State League. The Daytona Tortugas starter has a 2.41 ERA in 134.1 innings pitched. The pitcher friendly league has an average ERA of 3.22, with the Reds left handed prospect being 0.81 better than that.
Garrett is among the Reds top prospects and is already on the 40-man roster. As a hard throwing left hander there’s a chance we could see him later in September in a call up with the big league club after Daytona completes their playoff run.
20-year-old Tyler Mahle has been about as dominant as any pitcher in the system this season. The Dayton Dragons right hander leads the Midwest League with a 2.39 ERA in 147.0 innings pitched. His ERA is 1.18 better than the league average in the league.
Last week I took a second look at the right hander from a scouting perspective for subscribers at my site. His stuff improved throughout the season and he’s put up numbers that compare with just about anyone.
The left hander was recently promoted to the Dayton Dragons, but before his promotion Ty Boyles was leading the Pioneer League in ERA with a 2.17 mark. That bests the league average ERA by 2.74 as the hitter friendly league currently has a 4.91 ERA.
The 19-year-old has struggled in two starts since his promotion, but he’s one of the youngest pitchers in the Midwest League after being just one of six teenage pitchers in the Pioneer League to have made at least 10 starts this season.
Pitching is certainly a strength of the Reds system and as the season comes to an end they have several pitchers among the league leaders in ERA. Of those pitchers the only one that is currently a top 10 prospect is Amir Garrett, showing off just how much depth there is on the mound within the organization.