Jason Parks has released his Cincinnati Reds top 10 prospects list today. There are a few surprises on the list, though I think the biggest one may be that Yorman Rodriguez is ranked higher than Jesse Winker. Everywhere else has had Winker ranked 4th behind Stephenson, Hamilton and Ervin. Parks is a big believer in ranking guys on pure upside, at least more than other outlets are, so the rankings aren’t exactly out of whack. After reading the scouting reports on all of the guys, I can’t say that I am in disagreement on his reports at all with the lone exception of the small amount that was included for Nick Travieso who wasn’t listed in the top 10, but was mentioned in another part of the article. I saw a bit better version of Travieso than Parks did or had reports on.
The biggest surprise for a player who made the list had to be Ismael Guillon who struggled mightily with his control this season. For position players that we haven’t seen this high before (though I wrote two weeks ago how in reflection I already felt I had him ranked too low), Jose Ortiz rounded out the top 10 here. On the list, the Reds split it 5-5 with pitchers and position players, but after Stephenson took the top spot the next four spots went to position players before going on a run of four pitchers.
If you are a BP subscriber, go give the scouting reports a read. If you aren’t a subscriber, at least go check out the list.