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.
|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.