Tis the season for national prospect rankings. Yesterday saw Keith Law at ESPN.com rank the various farm systems (Insider access needed) in all of baseball and the Cincinnati Reds were ranked 16th in all of baseball. That sounds about right to me based on past rankings and how the Reds system looks like. Law sees plenty of outfielders and power arms in the system but believes it is missing up the middle talent and questions the starting pitching depth.
His assessment, from a national point of view makes sense. While I think the Reds have some pitching depth, from a national point of view, it is Robert Stephenson and a bunch of other guys way behind him. Guys like Nick Travieso, Jon Moscot, Ben Lively and others, while known to Reds fans, they aren’t really in the conversation nationally at this point. With the outfield it seems like the group of Billy Hamilton, Phillip Ervin, Jesse Winker and Yorman Rodriguez left a good impression.
Law should be releasing his Top 100 Prospects later today. I will have an update when that list goes live with a new topic to discuss that list.