Baseball America just released their top tools list among minor leaguers for 2017. You need a subscription to read the entire article, but the first top tool is for best athlete. It’s on the free side of the article. Coming in as the third best athlete in the minor leagues is Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Taylor Trammell. He was also listed as the best athlete within the Reds organization in the 2017 Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

That’s where the free side of the article ends over at Baseball America. That, however, is not where the Reds stopped showing up on the lists. Nick Senzel, Jesse Winker, Ariel Hernandez, Taylor Sparks and Aristides Aquino also were nominated in various categories for best tools. Ariel Hernandez tops one of the pitching categories. The rest are all ranked 3rd or lower in their category (most only go to five spots).

Tom Nichols continued his 2017 Dayton Dragons preview earlier this afternoon. This one looks at the potential outfielders. The five candidates that he previews are T.J. Friedl, Taylor Trammell, Jose Siri, Michael Beltre and Mitch Piatnik. The final four names on that list all seem like virtual locks to begin the year in Dayton unless an injury holds someone back to extended spring training. It’s Friedl that represents the wild card.

T.J. Friedl spent a month with the Billings Mustangs in 2016 at the end of the season. He hit .347/.423/.545 with 13 walks and 25 strikeouts in 137 plate appearances. He’s now 21-years-old, so skipping the level wouldn’t be an overly aggressive move. It would also open up playing time for the others, who are also legitimate prospects who could use playing time nearly every day.

Minor Leaguers in the game tonight

There will be five minor leaguers that are on the Cincinnati Reds travel roster tonight as the club takes on the Cleveland Indians on Fox Sports Ohio. The Reds will add two left handed relievers to the pitching staff: Brennan Bernardino, and Juan Martinez, and then add right hander Domingo Tapia. Catcher Garrett Boulware will also join infielder Seth Mejias-Brean as other minor leaguers that join the roster for the game tonight.

3 Responses

  1. Steve

    Doug, fyi, Tapia is listed as a RH pitcher on the roster for Pensacola.

    • Doug Gray

      He is a right hander. The Reds, however, listed him as a lefty and I just followed in line. I knew it didn’t sound right, but figured I was thinking of someone else.

  2. Steve

    Think Friedl can be on the Daytona roster. That would also allow Gordon to get a spot with Dayton. Regardless, the outfield in Dayton will be one to watch in 2017.