The league Top 20 prospect lists continue to roll out over at Baseball America. This morning the Midwest League Top 20 list went live and the Cincinnati Reds were represented by two players on the list.

Hunter Greene and Jeter Downs both found themselves on the list and inside of the Top 10 rankings. They were the only two Dayton Dragons players that made the list. The Midwest League isn’t always an easy league to land multiple prospects on, as the league has 16 teams in it.

Hunter Greene came in fifth overall on the list. After a slow start in the first six weeks, Greene turned things around in mid-May and dominated the rest of the season until he was injured in late July. Over his final 13 starts he posted a 2.91 ERA with 13 walks and 71 strikeouts in 58.2 innings . On the season as a whole his ERA was 4.48 in 58.1 innings with 23 walks and 89 strikeouts. That all came before he suffered a tear in his UCL in his pitching elbow. He was shut down and will be rehabbing the elbow during the offseason with the hopes that he can pitch in the 2019 season rather than having to have Tommy John surgery.

Jeter Downs was the eighth ranked player on the list put together by votes from the managers around the league. He split time defensively at both second base and shortstop, though that split was about 65-35 at second base. At the plate he hit .257/.351/.402 on the year with 23 doubles, 2 triples, and 13 home runs. He also stole 37 bases in 47 attempts. Depending on who you ask you will get different opinions on where he winds up defensively, though the majority of people I spoke to think that second base is his future defensive home. There are a few that believe he can handle shortstop, though.

With the Midwest League being 16-teams deep, it’s not too surprising that only two players made the list. Stuart Fairchld performed well in the first half before being promoted to Daytona. Hendrik Clementina showed off big power at a premium defensive position. But in a deep league, those two probably didn’t get too much consideration. Perhaps in a league that had a few less teams they could have gotten a bit more recognition.

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5 Responses

  1. Stock

    I am glad Greene and Downs made the top 10. You mentioned Fairchild and Clementina but not the prospect I was hoping would make the top 20. Garcia can stick at SS from what I have read. Garcia got off to an extremely slow start but in the second half was every bit as good offensively and better defensively to Jeter. I understand the exclusion but in my mind I don’t think there are 20 players in the Midwest league who are better prospects than Garcia.

    • MK

      I watched Downs and Garcia from April through August and Downs can handle shortstop but Garcia can handle it better. Downs looks better and more comfortable at second and Garcia doesn’t. Long term I think Garcia has more upside.

      • Stock

        Thanks for your input MK. Nice to hear considering how many times you have seen them play.

      • Rojo Benjy

        MK- how much will Downs’ makeup adversely affect his potential? I’ve read you and maybe some others discussing his diva/prima donna attitude.

  2. BurgRed

    I agree that Garcia has more upside and out played Downs this year but I liked what I saw from Downs. So let’s let the boys develop and hopefully they become the next great double play combination!