Top Baseball Prospects for 2016 and Beyond
Now updated for 2016's Top Prospects
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Top Reds Prospects for 2016
Current Overall SB ranking shown in grid below.
Selected by the Reds in the first round of the 2011 Draft (27th overall), righthander Robert Stephenson was a rare high-school choice for the usually conservative Cincinnati franchise. The tall Californian overpowered his peers in his senior high school season, posting a 1.19 ERA in 76 innings that included not one but two no-hitters. A power pitcher in the classic mould, he can already top 98mph with his fastball. As always, though, it's how well his secondary pitches develop that will determine his fate in pro baseball. He's done a very good job handling higher levels in the minors, which means only MLB is really left for him now.
More Scouting Book Info on Robert Stephenson
SB 32 BA 32 SC 25 BP 30 SN ES 31 ML 35
A lefthander acquired in the trade of KC's trade for Johnny Cueto, Cody Reed is a fast-rising lefthander in a system that could use some starting pitching. The hard-thrower broke out in 2015, posting a shiny 2.41 ERA with 144 strikeouts in 146 innings split between high- and double-A ball. His mid-90's heater would play in MLB right now, as would the erratic but electric slider, but it's that developing change that is propelling him up prospect lists. If it's on, he'll be in Cincinnati this season.
More Scouting Book Info on Cody Reed
SB 54 BA 34 SC 48 BP 47 SN ES 54 ML 66
A quality shortstop prospect born of the Atlanta system, Venezuelan Jose Peraza has an all-around strong offensive toolset, hitting for average and with good gap power while also showing plus speed and savvy on the bases. He slashed .296/.350/.374 and stole 25 of 30 bases while moving up from Danville to the GCL in 2014. In the field he looks like a true shortstop, with the range and arm to stay at the position. A new member of the Reds with a much more clear path to the majors than he had with the Braves, Peraza is looking to break out in 2016... and he very well might do just that.
More Scouting Book Info on Jose Peraza
SB 61 BA 66 SC 52 BP 81 SN ES ML 71
A polished all-around hitter in the Cincinnati system, Florida native Jesse Winker has burned up the charts in the past two years by combining a very good eye with plus bat control with developing power. After a slow start in AA last year, Winker turned it on, ending up with a .282/.390/.433 slash line and 13 homers in 443 at-bats. Even if the power never comes, he looks like a solid offensive force in the near future. He could be a quality number two hitter.
More Scouting Book Info on Jesse Winker
SB 66 BA 51 SC 83 BP 50 SN ES 41 ML 34
SB 73 BA 73 SC 91 BP 77 SN ES 86 ML 69
David Alejandro Chacin (come one, which name sounds more like a closer to you?) is a flame-throwing Venezuelan pitcher currently with the Reds, who named him their minor league reliever of the year for 2014. A sturdy strike-thrower with a heavy fastball and plus slider that come from a confusing, nearly-sidearm slot, he's got all the makings of a lights-out reliever once he takes his knocks in the minor leagues. 2017 looks fine to us, though the rebuilding situation in Cincinnati could accelerate that timetable or alter the city in which he arrives at any time.
More Scouting Book Info on Alejandro Chacin
SB 117 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An older prospect drafted and developed by the Yankees before being shipped to Cincinnati in 2015's offseason, righthander Caleb Cotham is a converted starter who might find new value as a relief pitcher. Putting away his so-so curve and change for a reliever's slider-fastball combo, he doesn't have the velocity or movement expected from a top-flight bullpen artist, but he's a seasoned pitcher who knows how to get outs, one way or the other. Cotham put in 18 pretty good major league innings for the injury-ravaged Yankees in 2015, and should be a useful piece of the deeply-damaged Cincinnati bullpen in 2016.
More Scouting Book Info on Caleb Cotham
SB 132 BA SC BP SN ES ML
SB 145 BA SC 85 BP SN ES ML
SB 173 BA 98 SC BP SN ES ML