Rival Rankings: Cincinnati Reds

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

The Reds were banking on getting a player with a quick path to the big leagues when they selected Nick Senzel last season, and they were pleasantly rewarded as he rolled through the Midwest League in his first season of pro ball. The 21-year-old third baseman hit .329 with 23 doubles and seven home runs in 58 games after joining Low-A Dayton. Senzel moved past Amir Garrett to take over the top spot on the Reds prospect list, but the 24-year-old Garrett could still prove to have the biggest impact for Cincinnati. A former basketball star who just committed full-time to baseball in 2014, Garrett’s fastball sits in the low-to-mid-90’s and he combines that pitch with a plus slider and improving changeup to give Reds fans hope that he could join their rotation in 2017.

2016 DRAFT CLASS

When the Phillies tabbed Mickey Moniak with the first overall pick in the draft, Cincinnati was thrilled with the opportunity to grab Senzel, one of the most advanced college bats available, with the second overall pick. They opted to pass on some higher upside high schoolers in favor of a player with a quick path to the big leagues and Senzel made the decision look like a good one in his pro debut. With another pick at the end of round two, the Reds did look to the high school ranks, selecting outfielder Taylor Trammell with their competitive balance pick, #35 overall. The left-handed hitting Trammell put together a nice first season as well, hitting .303 in 61 games for Billings of the Pioneer League.

TOP TEN PROSPECTS

1. NICK SENZEL (3B)

2. AMIR GARRETT (LHP)

3. JESSE WINKER (OF)

4. ROBERT STEPHENSON (RHP)

5. ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ (SS)

6. VLADIMIR GUITIERREZ (RHP)

7. ROOKIE DAVIS (RHP)

8. TAYLOR TRAMMELL (OF)

9. LUIS CASTILLO (RHP)

10. TYLER MAHLE (RHP)

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