The Cincinnati Reds have landed three prospects inside the Baseball America Top 20 Prospects list for the Florida State League. The Daytona Tortugas went to the playoffs, making it into the league championship series before falling to the Fort Myers Miracle – who had the leagues top two prospects in Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff.

For the Reds and Tortugas, outfielder Taylor Trammell led the way. He showed up as the fifth overall prospect in the league according to the coaches and managers in the league. And as previous league lists, it must be noted that these rankings are based on what those people felt rather than what the scouts that looked through the league felt. At times there can be differences in how each view the players.

It’s not surprising that Taylor Trammell ranks at the top of the list for the Reds. He was a Top 30 prospect at the midway point of the season. Trammell spent his entire season in Daytona. With the Tortugas he hit .277/.375/.406 on the year with 19 doubles, four triples, eight home runs, and he stole 25 bases. The Florida State League is very pitcher friendly, so on the surface his .781 OPS only looks solid, but with better context it’s well above-average. He also played in the Futures Game, where he took home MVP honors after hitting a triple and home run for Team USA. Trammell had a few nagging injuries throughout the season that he played through and still put up good numbers.

After coming in as the sixth ranked prospect in the Double-A Southern League, Tony Santillan finds himself as the 14th prospect in the Florida State League. It was a breakout kind of season for the 21-year-old right hander. The stuff has always been there, but in 2018 the consistency and control showed up, too. He made 15 starts, all in the first half before being promoted, for Daytona. Santillan posted a 2.70 ERA in 86.2 innings with 22 walks and 73 strikeouts.

The third Reds prospect in the Top 20 for Daytona was catcher Tyler Stephenson. For the first time in his professional career, Stephenson was able to make it through a full season while remaining healthy. That, more than anything else, was the best thing he was able to do on the year. Getting that time on the field was great, but he also performed while out there, too. He came in ranked 18th overall on the list. He racked up 450 plate appearances with a .250/.338/.392 line to go with 20 doubles, a triple, and 11 home runs. Behind the plate he threw out 25% of opposing base runners.

This was the best showing for a Reds farm team in the league rankings thus far. In both the Triple-A International League and the Double-A Southern League the organization only had one prospect in each.

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4 Responses

  1. abado

    Doug, how many teams are in each of the Reds’ affiliates leagues?

    • Doug Gray

      AAA: 16
      AA: 10
      A+: 12
      A: 16
      Bil: 8
      Grn: 10
      AZL: 18 (but 14 organizations – 4 teams have 2 teams in the league)

  2. Billy

    A little surprising to me that Santillan was 6th in the Southern League and 14th in the FSL, yet the Reds didn’t have anyone else (Siri, Long, Gutierrez) make the Southern League list but did have Stephenson make the FSL list. Seems like the FSL coaches are pretty high on Stephenson to me.

    • MK

      Tyler was hitting nearly.300 the entire first half. After Okey was promoted and in the heat of Florida not surprising he swooned a little the second half. The kid is good. Good for him for making the entire season for the first time major injury free.