As I’ve sporadically written this column over the course of the season, various players have seen their stock rise and fall. I sat down to write this column and realized that, suddenly, the picture is a lot clearer. And that we need to add a few names to the list. So here we go, let’s look at the list.
Cody Reed – Seems to be killing himself with what’s between his ears. He’s not going to be part of the picture unless he gets that lined out.
Amir Garrett – Same as Reed. His AAA numbers are awful. This is pretty shocking to me, frankly, but I suppose you never know.
Jose Peraza – He hasn’t been given up on, yet. But he has been benched. He needs to return to the plate approach he had in Louisville when the Reds first acquired him. Time isn’t running out for him, but it’s getting later all the time. He probably gets one more season to prove himself.
Dilson Herrera – Season ending shoulder injury. Ugh.
Robert Stephenson – His stock is perhaps not quite as low as the other pitchers – he’s finally gotten his walks down in AAA – but he’s going to need to show something at the big league level.
Rookie Davis – Injuries and uneven results in the minors
Sal Romano – Due to injuries, Romano is the only player who hasn’t really seen his stock move. He’s getting his chance with the Reds right now and having mixed, though somewhat promising results.
Luis Castillo – Looks like a real pitcher to me. We’ll see how he does for the rest of the year, but he’s probably getting a slot in next year’s rotation.
Tyler Mahle – Six starts in AAA, five quality starts. His numbers are holding steady and it looks like sometime next year, he’ll get a shot. Maybe even at the beginning of the year.
Nick Senzel – I wondered when he’d make it on the list and here he is. He’s hitting .314/.375/.480 at AA. The jump from A+ to AA is supposedly the biggest until the big leagues, and he didn’t miss a beat. He’ll be knocking on the door soon, though he’ll reportedly finish the year in AA.
Jesse Winker – There’s not much power, but for the second year in a row, he’s getting on base like crazy. He’s finally gotten some cups of coffee and one assumes that his time is finally coming.
Adam Duvall/Scott Schebler – They’ve both proven they can hit. Slumps happen, of course, but the Reds now have a crowded outfield.
Baseball is a strange game. But seems as though all the prospects might end up yielding a couple of big league starting pitchers and half a lineup’s worth of hitters next year. Who knows where, exactly, they’ll play, but one assumes the Reds plan to figure that out.