The 2021 Minor League Baseball season begins today. After missing the entire 2020 season it’s great to have all of the minor leaguers back on the field. While there are many fans of the individual teams in their city and root for them to win as many games as possible, for the fan of a big league team it is usually more important to have the players in the farm system develop into quality big leaguers than to win minor league championships.

If you are one of those latter types of fans, then you may keep tabs every so often on the prospects in the Reds farm system (hey, there’s this whole entire website dedicated to covering the farm system right here that you should check out). With today being opening day in the minors it felt like the perfect time to take a look at where some of the Cincinnati Reds top prospects will begin their season.

Here’s a slightly modified list, ranking wise, where I removed the players already in the Major Leagues from the last update made to the organization’s Top 25 prospect list even if the players still have some eligibility remaining as prospects.

Rank Player Pos Team
1 Hunter Greene RHP Chattanooga (AA)
2 Nick Lodolo LHP Chattanooga (AA)
3 Jose Garcia SS Chattanooga (AA)
4 Austin Hendrick OF Daytona (Low-A)
5 Tony Santillan RHP Louisville (AAA)
6 Christian Roa RHP Daytona (Low-A)
7 Rece Hinds 3B Daytona (Low-A)
8 Tyler Callihan 2B Daytona (Low-A)
9 TJ Friedl OF Louisville (AAA)
10 Michael Siani OF Dayton (High-A)
11 Vladimir Gutierrez RHP Louisville (AAA)
12 Noah Davis RHP Dayton (High-A)
13 Lyon Richardson RHP Dayton (High-A)
14 Mariel Bautista OF Dayton (High-A)
15 Michel Triana 1B Daytona (Low-A)

Four of the top five prospects in the organization are in Double-A Chattanooga with the Lookouts or Triple-A Louisville with the Bats. Hopefully that turns out to be a good thing and they can help out, if needed, at some point in the 2021 season. Low-A Daytona is stacked with potential – both on the pitching staff and the field/batters box. Don’t sleep on the team in Dayton, though. The team isn’t quite as “prospect heavy”, but there are some interesting follows on that squad – particularly in the rotation with Lyon Richardson, Noah Davis, and Eduardo Salazar who picked up quite a bit of velocity since he was last pitching in a game back in August of 2019.

11 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    My oldest daughter lives in Rome, GA (will be doing a summer job for the High-A Rome Braves) and that’s very close to Chattanooga. I may need to plan a visit where I can go see some of our guys play.

    So does the start of the AAA season mean the “alternate site” is no more?

    • Doug Gray

      Correct. There is no longer an “alternate site”.

  2. SteveLV

    The return of minor league baseball is a wonderful thing.

  3. Steve Schoenbaechler

    This is one weakness for the organization right now It seems most of our higher prospects are in the lower ranks, at least to me. They still have to be developed.

    • Doug Gray

      It feels that way because Tyler Stephenson and Jonathan India are in the Major Leagues right now. They are both still technically “prospect” eligible, but I took them off this list because everyone knows where they are. If you count them, literally 5 of the top 6 prospects are in MLB or Double-A.

  4. Rex

    Vladimir Gutierrez looked pretty slick in the spring. I would like to see him start at Cincinnati (MLB)

    • DaveCT

      Even the bullpen. Calling all hands on deck.

  5. Moon

    I live in Hunsville and they have a new minor league team here, a AA team that will host Chattanooga 1-6 June. I plan to catch at least a couple of those 6 games and hope maybe to see Lodolo and Greene pitch.

    • Rex

      minor league games are great to attend

      I saw Scooter and India at Daytona 2 or 3 years ago, it was so fun to be at a small park

      I really hope to spend a spring in Arizona before I expire 🙂

    • Doug Gray

      That’s one of the great things about the new format this year: 6-game series means you get to see every starting pitcher when the team comes through your town (assuming of course everyone is healthy)

      • Mark Moore

        OK, now that makes sense. My daughter will work Tuesday through Sunday for homestands. Always Monday off. Sometimes a week or 2 weeks in between home stands (lasting 1 or 2 weeks).