The crew over at MLB Pipeline has updated the Top 100 prospects in baseball and they’ve updated the Cincinnati Reds Top 30 prospect list now that the draft signings and the trade deadline are behind us.
The Reds have graduated from prospect list eligibility this season the following players: Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, Spencer Steer, Brandon Williamson, and Andrew Abbott. Even with all of those players no longer being eligible to show up on these lists, Cincinnati has five players rated as Top 100 prospects in all of baseball.
Leading the way is Noelvi Marte. Coming in at #24 on the list, Marte has split his season this year between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville. In 50 games with the Lookouts in Double-A the infielder hit .281/.356/.464. After his promotion at midseason he has hit .274/.358/.479 in 32 games with the Bats in Triple-A. Between his two stops he’s got an OPS of .278/.357/.470 with 19 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs, and 16 stolen bases.
2023’s 1st round draft pick Rhett Lowder is the next Red on the list and the right-handed pitcher comes in at #44. In his junior season this year he posted a 1.87 ERA while going 15-0 in 19 starts. In his 120.1 innings he had 24 walks and 143 strikeouts. He has not yet made his professional debut.
Shortstop Edwin Arroyo is the #62 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. The shortstop has spent the entire season in High-A with the Dayton Dragons. He got off to a slow start in 2023, hitting .182/.234/.311 in the first 36 games of the year. But in the 57 games since then the 19-year-old has turned everything around and has hit .296/.387/.491. Overall this season he’s got a .745 OPS with 21 doubles, 5 triples, 10 home runs, and 25 steals in 93 games.
Christian Encarnacion-Strand comes in at #73. Now in the big leagues, he spent much of the year in Triple-A Louisville. With the Bats he hit .331/.405/.637 with 21 doubles, 2 triples, and 20 home runs. With the Reds he’s played in 22 games since his call up and he’s hitting .270/.317/.419 with 2 more doubles and 3 additional home runs.
Right-handed pitcher Connor Phillips is the final Reds prospect on the Top 100 list and he is right behind Encarnacion-Strand at #74. He made 14 starts in Double-A Chattanooga where he posted a 3.34 ERA in 64.2 innings with 27 walks and 111 strikeouts. Phillips has also made seven with Triple-A Louisville where he’s posted a 3.41 ERA in 29.0 innings with 22 walks and 34 strikeouts. Between the two stops the 22-year-old has a 3.36 ERA in 93.2 innings with 49 walks and 145 strikeouts.
The Top 30 prospects in the organization is also updated now. As you would expect, the top five guys on the list are the same five in the Top 100. But after that there’s still a lot of depth. The Reds biggest international signing ever (non-Cuban division), Alfredo Duno, is ranked 14th on the list. He was considered one of if not the best players in the entire signing class and has an OPS over 1.000 right now. That’s a strong farm system.