Fangraphs prospect writer Eric Longenhagen just released his Top 100 Prospect list for 2017. The Cincinnati Reds didn’t exactly shine in the rankings, landing just three players on the list. Nick Senzel topped the list for the Reds, coming in at #30 on the list. What’s interesting about that ranking is that he’s behind four other 2016 draft picks on this list. The top player from the 2016 draft on the list is Louisville outfielder Corey Ray. He’s currently recovering from knee surgery that he had in October. The next guy is Cal Quantrill. He missed the entire 2016 college season with Tommy John surgery. I’m willing to listen to arguments that Ray could be a better prospect. But a guy who missed his junior season with Tommy John surgery is a real tough sell for me. To each their own, I guess.

Left handed pitcher Amir Garrett is the next Red on the list. He comes in at #65 overall. Here’s what Longenhagen has to say about Garrett in his scouting summary:

While Garrett lacks monster stuff, he’s on the precipice of the big leagues and has been remarkably healthy throughout his career. His arm has very few miles on it, as Garrett, a former college basketball player, only began pitching full time in 2014. That, along with his athleticism, affords him late-blooming pitch quality and command projection.

The last Reds prospect on the list is also the last prospect on the list. Jesse Winker rounds out the Top 100 right at #100. The author thinks he’s going to have below-average power. He projects him for something like 10-15 home runs in the future based on the grades he handed out. I continue to think that people are sleeping on Winker’s raw power.

Within the “other prospects in consideration” group the Reds had two others listed: Second baseman Shed Long and outfielder Aristides Aquino. This continues to just show the wide variety of opinions on the quality of the Cincinnati Reds prospects. Guys like Robert Stephenson, Sal Romano, Luis Castillo and Taylor Trammell weren’t even in consideration for the list.

5 Responses

  1. Bill

    Interesting to see others from the 2016 draft in front of Senzel. I haven’t had one day where I have wished the Reds picked someone else.

  2. Norwood Nate

    I think there is a lot of talent in our top 16 or so prospects. In that group I include Senzel, Garrett, Winker, Stephenson, Romano, Trammell, Aquino, Gutierrez, Castillo, Travieso, Ervin, Mahle, Santillan, T. Stephenson, Long, and Okey. I would expect at least half of them to be sniffing around top 100’s and top 150’s. Beyond that, there are some top level relievers right after that group. It’s a good system, I expect almost all those guys to contribute to the Reds in the next three years (T. Stephenson is the one that may be behind that group).

  3. asinghoff

    Corey Ray actually had a torn meniscus. Might just be a simple mix-up with the torn ACL of Kyle Lewis.

    • Doug Gray

      Thanks for the correction. I think what got me is that I heard the Brewers announcers talking about him the other day, noting that he still wasn’t ready to play. And I knew he injured the knee last season – the recovery time of the entire offseason had me thinking it was the ACL.