The Cincinnati Reds have two of their top prospects heading to the 2024 Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game in two weeks. 2022 1st round pick Cam Collier and 2023 1st round pick Rhett Lowder have been named to the team. Not every organization gets two players added to the roster, some only get one.

Cam Collier is currently playing with the High-A Dayton Dragons. The third baseman ranks 3rd in the league with 13 home runs this season in his 70 games played. He’s also 5th in runs batted in with 47.

The 19-year-old infielder is the 3rd youngest player in the Midwest League this season. Among the other three players in their age 18 or age 19 season in the league this year, Collier is easily the best hitter. His .733 OPS is 77 points better, 132 points better, and 167 points better than the other guys. For a little more context, the Midwest League’s average hitter age is 22 and the average OPS for the league is .695. Collier is much younger than nearly everyone in the league and he’s hitting at an above-average level.

That’s not to say he’s hit great, though. After a great start to the season, he’s slowed down quite a bit in the middle of May when he went through a 3-53 slump. He’s picked things back up in the 31 games since then – including hitting five home runs – but his numbers took a big dive during that two week stretch in May and haven’t quite recovered fully as he’s pushed his line back to .232/.311/.422 on the year in 70 total games.

Rhett Lowder has had a bit of a similar arc to his season as Collier. The Reds 1st round pick last season began his professional career this year with Dayton. He made five starts with the Dragons and posted a 2.49 ERA in 25.1 innings and was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga in early May.

After a solid start in his Lookouts debut where he allowed three runs in 5.0 innings, the wheels fell off in his next two outings as he gave up 16 earned runs on 14 hits in 6.1 combined innings. He turned things around a pitch over the next three outings as he gave up four runs in 15.0 innings, but then gave up eight runs in 7.2 innings in the following two starts. His last outing saw him rebound with 5.0 innings of 2-run baseball. All told with Chattanooga, he’s got an ERA of 6.69 in 39.0 innings where he’s given up 53 hits, walked nine, and struck out 42.

On the season between his two stops his ERA is now at 5.04. When he’s on top of his game, he’s been quite good. But particularly in Double-A, he’s been a bit of a rollercoaster with up-and-down performances that have left his overall numbers on the poor side of things.

 

5 Responses

  1. west larry

    I was a bit surprised to see Rhett Lowder named to the All star futures game. I know he’s one of our best pitching prospects, but, as you said, he has really had a up and down season.

    • mac624

      top 10 picks with any type of success usually get to the Future Game at some point in their minor league careers. He’s the #21 ranked minor league prospect. Seems like a no-brainer that he should be, despite his up and down season so far.

      • Mauired

        21st in all of baseball and number 1 prospect in NL Central. At least on MLB.com

  2. Will the Red

    Thinking they leave Lowder in AA all season, or bring him up to AAA, assuming he doesn’t have another 2 game horrible stretch like he did previously?

  3. AMDG

    I assume this is based more on where prospects were rated to begin the season, and draft status?

    Otherwise, it seems a slap in the face that 0.230-hitting Collier made it over his teammates H Rod & Stewart.